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love, Love, LOVE!

modern quilt - pink and yellow spiral pattern
The top of my spiral quilt is finished, I’m still in love.  I need to get a backing together, then I’m sending it out to a long-arm quilter, this is just too big for my little machine.

And, I’m working on a version of this quilt as a pattern – my first.

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I have a stack of other projects demanding my attention, but I’m busily sewing spiral blocks instead.  I’ve got a good stack now, and even though the (full size)  quilt will be far bigger than my design wall, I’ve stuck some of the the blocks up there, pretty much just so that I can admire them.

quilt in progress: modern yellow/pink spiral pattern

I just love this quilt.

 

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I don’t usually go through quite this much “process” before I start sewing, but since I did, I thought I’d share the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat… or something less melodramatic.

I had an idea, the other day – you can make spirals more or less the same way as a log cabin block.  And, I think “spiral” is my favorite shape. So I started sketching, and then (unusual for me – but useful in this instance) moved to the drawing program on my computer, and I got this far (there ae a bunch of un-colored in spirals that are hard to see):

modern quilt design - log cabin spirals

And I looked at it, and I loved it, and I wanted it, and I started imagining it on my bed. I even have a stack of fabric that’s been sitting, waiting for just the right project. Love!

And then I looked at it again, and cursed. Quilters, notice how nicely my curlicue’s fit together in a lovely organic, non-linear arrangement then, notice how my beloved design contains about a million and two inset seams, and no clear way to assemble the blocks. Drat!

*sigh* back to the drawing board, err, program. A snow-day later, and much adjusting of block placement and sewing line drawing , I’ve got a design that I can actually sew, if not the neatest mock-up:

quilt design - log cabin spirals layout

Not sew in a neat grid, mind you, but I did figure out a way to split it into manageable sections with reasonable seams. (the blue boxes) Victory!

And started cutting:

 

(please ignore the somewhat strange lighting: winter light + red room = weird photos)

I’ll show you more once I have some actual blocks to share: I can’t wait to see them myself.

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Work in Progress

Just a sneak peak of a new project:

sneak peak: quilting work in progress blue and gray solids

I’ll post more once I’m done:

 

Sneak peak: blue, gray and white cotton solid sewing project

 

 

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This is the inside of the front of an quilted pillow Christmas present.  I was trimming in up before I add the backing, and couldn’t resist a few pictures of the rows of quilting on the plain cotton

handmade pillow progress: straightline quilting

 

Concentric squares of quilting are kind of a pain on larger projects, but still one of my favorite things.

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handmade gift pillow - concentric squares straightline quilting

 

I’ll post pictures of the front as soon as I get the pillow finished, and photos taken (tricky, lately, with so little sunlight) I gave away the quilt that this pillow goes with, before I could get a picture of it, so this time I’m determined.

 


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This quilt spent the better part of a month on the design wall waiting for a decision about the border color. I finally decided on a leaf green border, and a soft yellow for the background. Both kona solids, to compliment the solids in the blocks.

quilt progress photo - improv quilt solid pastel colors and fussy cut trees

As you can see, it’s bordered, sandwiched, basted and well on it’s way to being finished. The quilting is bands of organic lines in the white sashing, and a square around each of the fussy-cuts.

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Blue Ribbon

Finally getting back to some sewing – no particular plan though, just a block.

I started this for a gift that I ended up taking in another direction, but decided to finish the block anyways (I’m trying to work through, instead of adding to, my WIP/UFO pile).  A pillow? a mini? Not sure, but that’s what a 3 day weekend is for.

patchwork quilt block blue ribbon

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