Saturday, April 23, 2011

Organic Line Quilting

The front of my wonky star quilt.
I really love straight-line quilting, but it doesn't go with the wonky style of blocks that I have been drawn to lately. I discovered the concept of organic straight line quilting (tutorial at Tallgrass Prairie Studio) and fell in love! I've always been more of a free-motion stipple quilter, or a straight outline quilter. Organic line quilting takes the best of both worlds and combines them. My biggest concern was I would start skewing my lines and under up with more of an angle than I would like. I ended up using two entire spools of thread - but then again, this is one the biggest quilts I've made in awhile. Overall, I really liked the effect, and for the first time - I actually machine washed and dryed a quilt to make it all crinkly!
This is the back of my wonky star quilt.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Purple Mosaic Blocks

I had wayyyyy too much fun buying purple fabrics for my mosaic block! I cut up barely a third of it to pass out for the block swap. I may need to make another purple quilt :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Quilt Bee Swap Blocks

My quilt bee is having their first quilt block swap. I've been apart of a few swaps in the past, and being the first "Swap Mama" is a bit stressful. I knew that some of the girls in my group were relatively new quilters, and I didn't want to ask them to do something intimidating. Since I was having such a hard time deciding, I thought I would actually give my group some options to vote on.

-Freeform house block. I give you a background fabric with 2 other fabrics to incorporate, you add your own fabrics. Inspiration at:
Via Lollyquiltz

-Mosaic block - I provide the majority of the fabrics, you can incorporate a few of your own

Via Oh Frannson

-Star block - I provide the majority of the fabrics, you can incorporate a few of your own

Via mpfox223

I really like the idea of having people add from their stash when we have quilt block swaps. The group decided on the Mod Mosaic quilt block and I decided on a purple theme. We decided on using the Oh Frannson technique and she has a great tutorial. I'll post the fabric and examples soon!