Sunday, May 28, 2017

God's Green Earth - 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge

Earlier this year, I was cutting fabrics for a potential "Greenery" inspired quilt; the next day, the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge was announced. So here's the quilt I made to celebrate the color of the year, I'm calling it God's Green Earth. 

While selecting the fabrics for this quilt, it became clear to me that there would be other colors to join the party as well. I love green but, I love colors too, and this makes for a more interesting quilt (in my point of you).

 I used different fabrics from different designers, scraps too, although at the end, I put as much back in the scrap bin if it's not more ...

 For the quilting I did a horizontal matchstick quilting (again) on my longarm, I used a light green thread (King Tut 40w Angel Green #958). She ends up at 56"x67" after the washing.
I LOVE this type of quilting, I love the way it looks and, it's relatively easy on the longarm.

The backing is Meadowlark Blue & Green Ovals & Triangles, an earlier print by Denise Schmidt that was bought a few years ago for another quilt but, was never used. I'm glad I was finally able to use it.
And to finish it up, I made a scrappy binding using some of the same fabrics I used in the quilt, I like the way it blends with the quilt.

I was totally inspired par the first set of blocks of the Long Time Gone Quilt-Along, the Bow Tie, an old and traditional block. I used the Bow-Tie Circles by Kaffe Fassett, you can find the pattern in this book.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Courthouse Steps - A Finished Quilt

I started this quilt about a year ago and, after finishing the top last spring, it just laid there for a while until I decided to go on with matchstick quilting. I am so glad I did. I think I'm going to call it Step-By-Step.

There are so many different fabrics in this quilt, I used a lot of scraps, but it hardly made a dent in my scrap bin. I had a great time mixing different fabrics to create each block. Not a fast quilt to make but, a rewarding one. 

Now a little more about the process for those who might be interested.

The first thing I did was to separate the scraps into three different bins, light, medium and dark. Then from that bin, I divided them by length but keeping the light /med/ dark separate. Bigger scraps were cut into strips then joined the others. 

All blocks were paper pieced. You can see bellow how I arranged the strips before assembling the blocks. To save some time, I worked on 4 to 6 blocks at a time. 

Evolution of a Paper Pieced Courthouse Steps Block.
Such a fun block to make!!

As for batting goes, all I had in hand was wool batting, and I wasn't sure how it would turn out, so I went to the big craft store near me and settled on Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20. I read once that 80/20 batting had a nice drape so I thought I could use that. :-) Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 is a thinner batting, so again I figured it would be perfect with the dense quilting. I pre-washed it; I was afraid it would shrink too much (remembering a previous quilt I made using the same batting that shrunk way too much for my liking). I think it's ok to pre-wash batting in some cases, definitely not something I do every time. 

For those who wonder about the texture, the best way for me to describe it, is that it sort of reminds me of the Catalogue blankets my mother used to make on a large loom. 

Details about the quilt:

Name: Step By Step
Size: 53"x 68.5"
Pattern: Courthouse Steps paper template I printed online. 
Fabrics: From the scrap bin to my stash, there is a mix of everything.
Backing: Penmanship in Milk from the Honor Roll Collection by Anna Maria Horner 
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20
Thread: Superior Threads King Tut White Linen 40w 
Binding: Normandy Court Ticking Stripe Navy/Blue by Michele D'Amore
Finished: May 2017