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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2013- Carpenter Star Quilt

It’s time for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!!

For this one I’m submitting my Simplicity & Complexity in Quilting in the Two-Color Quilt Category.

This began from an idea I had when planning my Fall 2013 classes.  I wanted a wallhanging that could be seasonal, but not just “Christmasy” or something that would work year round in your house.  I didn’t want it large (no larger than 40″x40″) so just one piece would be needed for the backing.  I also wanted it to look striking while not using too many techniques.

Carpenter's Star

Carpenter’s Star

Inspired by the beautiful red & white quilts in this show, I found my color palette & after searching through some old quilting books, I chose the traditional Carpenter’s Star pattern.  To add dimension to what could be a “flat” quilt, I chose four different red fabrics that had the same hue (red), but with slightly different shades (degree of blackness) to give the quilt depth.  After it was pieced, I liked it, but I still didn’t love it.

Then I put it on the quilting frame.

Carpenter's Star

Carpenter’s Star

Sometimes it takes a while for the quilt to tell me what design it wants, but this quilt screamed feathers from the very beginning.

I chose a traditional, formal feather in a curvy spine to be quilted in the red to emphasis the depth of the colors.  The white took a bit longer to decide on a pattern, but I knew I didn’t want more feathers (I thought that would take away from the other feathers).  I kept coming back to the fact that every time I looked at this quilt I saw the star exploding & I wanted something that would emphasis the radiance of the star.  I opted for straight lines to balance the curves of the feathers & in the ended decided to go with a triple stitch to really give the quilt a striking look.

Feathered Star

Feathered Star

I truly could not be happier with this quilt.  It is everything I imagined it would be, yet didn’t think I could do.  Because friends, this was the first time I quilted the formal, longarm feather on a quilt.  After years of practice & never being quite happy with them, I think I’ve finally got it!

And guess who can’t stop using that feather design?

Linking up with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival on Amy’s Creative Side: (And go check out the rest of the quilts!  They’re amazing!)

Another Tumbling Block Quilt

I recently finished another quilt:

I’m calling this “Floating Tumbling Blocks.”  This is also from Marci Baker’s ABC 3-D Tumbling Blocks & More.  If you don’t have this book & are a quilter, I highly recommend you run out & get it NOW!  She’s got the book jam packed with fun, creative, different designs all using her strip piecing method.  You also can’t beat her detailed instructions & pictures.

I had a blast making this quilt & even more fun quilting it.  I used the “Terry’s Twist” in the tumbling blocks & a basic stipple in the black background.

A Glimpse into Grief

Last week I discovered that a dear friend’s mother passed away from a long illness.  After I shed a few tears for her, I knew it was time to finish this project.

It started as a personal challenge to use some blue scraps from a Judy Neimeyer quilt I pieced.  (I love Judy Neimeyer’s designs, but sheesh there’s a lot of waste & scraps at the end of the day!)  I decided to make it another exercise in “free-piecing,” so I just started sewing pieces together & played around with various layouts.  Nothing inspired me.

Then a little later, we found out that our neighbor’s son was found dead in his apartment, no sign of foul play, just died of natural causes at the age of 26.  After sitting with his mother one afternoon, I came home full of emotions.  I had that nervous energy one gets & got out the pieces to this project again.  It came to me what this project needed to be.

That day, my neighbor had the realization her son wasn’t coming back.  That he truly was dead & that meant all the little interactions one doesn’t often think about won’t be happening anymore.  He will not be at Sunday dinners, he won’t be calling or texting, he won’t be leaving things at their house anymore.  It’s these situations we grieve- the loss of the future.

To me, these feelings always came with a deep, stabbing pain.  Piercing jabs that cut through my skin to my soul.  I hadn’t felt these in nearly 10 years since my mother died & I was surprised how quickly I remembered them.  I wanted to express this pain in this quilt.

So in this quilt, we have a portion of the pain.  Just a glimpse of what I was feeling.  Start at the lower left hand corner & work your way to the upper right corner.  Feel the engulfing darkness.  The swirling pain.  The innumerable short stabs that can overwhelm to the point of exhaustion.  The greater chaos the further away you travel.

This is my grief.

Noel Wall Hanging

I always swore I would never make a wall hanging. Then Quilt Tree offered a Stained Glass Workshop. I’ve always thought the technique was cool & wanted to learn it since I was 11 or 12. Well they offered this class in between the Never Ending Double Wedding Ring. I knew I’d never be able to make a full sized stained glass quilt, so it was either a table runner or a wall hanging. Brenda Henning, the queen of stained glass instruction, has some wonderful books out. While perusing them in the quilt shop, I found her “The Exquisite Table” book. I used Hoffman’s Christmas line for the fabrics, hoping that the batiks would make it less “cutesy.” The letters are green while the borders are a green & red & gold holly. Clover gold quick tape bias was used for the fancy stained glass effect. I’m happy with the results. It didn’t take long at all- had the class not been spread out over 2 weeks, I could have easily done this in a weekend.