Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ADORNit Quilt : TwoTen

I was first introduced to ADORNit fabrics when I had purchased several yards of their Burnish-Grey to use as the background of my STAR'D quilt.  The subtle "cross-hatch" grey print hit the spot when it was mixed with vibrant pops of color (as seen in the below photo).

I was curious what a quilt made entirely from these subtle prints would look like, so I contacted ADORNit; who graciously provided me with several Fat Quarters to use.  I played around with lots of different combinations and finally chose these. Did I mention that I'm a sucker for text prints too.

Not wanting to compete with the subtleties of the fabric, I decided to use a combination of rectangles measuring 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" and squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".  The resulting quilt is simple; but full of character.

I've named this quilt TwoTen.  Why? Well for no other reason then in all of the text that is visible on the quilt, the number two and ten were quite visible while I was quilting this with a stipple stitch.  While you might not be able to see these numbers from the photo above, the number two (left side middle-ish black block) and ten (lower right corner, black vertical rectangle) are there.

And here's a closer look at some of the fabrics, as well as the lovely texture the quilting makes.

Thanks ADORNit !
This was an excellent quilty experiment.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

BAQS Special Exhibit

Have you heard of the BadAss Quilter's Society?

I've been following this group on social media for a while and recently saw that their Call for Quilts deadline was extended.  I'll get back to them in a minute.

Now another group, AQS [American Quilter's Society], host Quilt Week in several cities throughout the US and this year they have collaborated with the BadAss Quilter's Society to create a special BAQS Exhibit. Aside from QuiltCon, I often ignore these opportunities; but something about being part of the BadAss Quilter's Society exhibit seemed like it was right up my alley.

This past Friday afternoon I received an exciting email that two of my quilts will be part of this exhibit.


Confetti Amongst Friends will hang at Quilt Week in Chattanooga, Tennessee on September 10th-13th.

And this Untitled quilt will hang at Quilt Week in Des Moines, Iowa on October 1st-4th.

It is exciting to know that a little part of me will be there, representing the modern aesthetic...and of course the BadAss Quilter that I am...hahaha!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cotton + Steel

- Mary Claire sends me a text that says "I'm heading to Janie Lou"

- I think to myself Can it be...did Cotton + Steel come in?  Pop over to Instagram and there it is...a stack of cardboard boxes.  Which to a non-quilter might look like the strangest thing to photograph; but to a quilter, especially one waiting for Cotton + Steel, this is Christmas in July.

 Photo from JanieLou's Instagram feed on 7/23/2014

- Zip out the door for "lunch" and 5.1 miles (15 minutes) later I arrive, when who should I see there but Mary Claire of course, and a few minutes later Laura. [Mary Claire & Laura are 2 of the 8 ladies in my LouBee quilting bee].  Clearly some of us were stalking social media.


Jane and Jenny, Janie Lou's fabulous owners, are frantically adding the bolts into their inventory; while we Ooohhh and Aaahhh over fabric that until now the vast majority of quilters have only seen online.  We quickly started making piles of what we wanted cut...a FQ of this, a 1/2 yard of this, 1 yard of this, so on and so forth.

I can definitely see myself popping back in to buy a FQ here and there, or a 1/2 yard of something for a binding, overall I am very pleased with my small lunch-break assortment and am glad that I waited to see the fabric in person.  

While I could have pre-ordered the fabric online like many people did; I have been burned in the past when I let hype and frenzy run my pocketbook. Besides, getting to spend an hour or so with some quilty friends in my local quilt shop was an unexpected and exciting surprise.

Do you have plans to buy Cotton + Steel