Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Radiant Orchid Stripes

My latest striped baby quilt.

Inspired by Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014
Radiant Orchid
Pantone Radiant Orchid Striped Baby Quilt Collage
Radiant Orchid Gradient Striped Modern Baby Quilt
Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Stripes
Radiant Orchid Striped Baby Quilt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fabric Pull

Been working on some ideas for fall inspired striped quilts

Here's my first fabric pull.
That teepee print pretty much rocks my world!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rethinking My Original Plan

I can't believe I'm saying this...
But I am rethinking my original plan for my postage stamp quilt.
After my initial happiness wore off that the top was finally finished after so long, I'm now thinking I should make it bigger!

Postage Stamp Quilt on Bed

It is perfectly sized for a twin bed right now, but let's be honest, my kids aren't going to appreciate all my hard work.  So I'm thinking of adding more rows/blocks to widen it for my queen sized bed.
Am I crazy?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Quilt {Finished}

  I actually blogged about this quilt way back when while it was still in the process phase. 
 Now it's another WIP crossed off the list. Yay!

Scrappy Kitchen Sink Quilt Up Close

It was fun to take a crazy hot mess of neglected blocks and give them new life.

Kitchen Sink Quilt Full View
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would turn out so pretty.  I mean, I had hoped it would be cool, but... it turned out so fantastic!  I guess hot messes can be pretty, too.

Floral Vintage Sheet Quilt Back

I had my quilter do an all over baptist fan pattern for the quilting.  (Yep, I jumped on the "Baptist-Fan-Bandwagon.")  Again, I LOVE it!  For the back I used a fabulous vintage sheet I've been hoarding for a couple of years. It wasn't quite big enough, thus the stripes. Vintage sheets were also used for the border on the front.

Scrap Kitchen Sink Quilt Blocks

By far my favorite element in the quilt are those little triangles.
They were a happy accident.

Kitchen Sink Quilt Finished

This quilt contains: leftover blocks from a couple of doll quilt swaps, my 2 daughters' quilts, a quilt I made from my grandmother's clothes, test blocks, bee blocks, leftover strips from my bed quilt, and pieces from quilts that were started and never finished. So many great blocks and so many great memories tied up in one quilt.

Finished Measurements: 68" x 80"
Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Quilt Backs

Picked up some yardage for quilt backs recently.
All of them are pretty fabulous but that Gold Herringbone has me pretty smitten!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Work of Luke Haynes

A few weeks ago my husband and I were able to travel to California to mix a little business with pleasure. While we were there we were able to go to the LA Quilt Show.  The main attraction for me wasn't the show, but the works of fiber artist extraordinaire Luke Haynes. I had read a little about him online, seen some of his work on social media, and had become quite interested in his seeing his art in person, never really thinking it would become a reality.  When we got to LA I realized the timing was perfect for us to attend the show.

To say I was excited would be mildly understated!

 Here are the 4 pieces that were there.  All are quite cool in pictures, but I was most interested in checking them out up close. 

Hamburger by Luke Haynes
 I am by no means an expert or aficionado of art quilts, just a curious onlooker, but it was so cool to look at the pieces up close.  I was completely fascinating to see how they were created.  Luke did a class the night before that I was unable to attend but I can imagine it would have been worth it for those who actually got to be there!

Flag by Luke Haynes
 This flag was the most dramatic piece by far, but was created entirely of simple log cabins. 
I especially liked how the "stars" were created out of random shapes incorporated into the log cabins. 

American Flag by Luke Haynes
 It's a beautiful piece.

By Luke Haynes
 The layering on the art pieces gives each onesuch depth and detail.

By Luke Haynes
Here's a better view.
 Each color is, or course, a new layer.
 Luke uses a lot of recycled materials so it was fun to see that up close as well.

By Luke Haynes
The quilting detail was equally as cool.
This piece makes good use of the texture created by the quilting in the background.

 By Luke Haynes

I am so happy that I was able to see Luke's work in real life. 
 If you ever get a chance as well, Do it!
Definitely worth your time.

Thumbs up to the awesomeness, Luke!