Tuesday, August 25, 2015

One Hour Basket

A few months ago I came across a cute quilted basket on Instagram.  Of course, I clicked through the hashtags and discovered the One Hour Basket.  It is a super easy and quick project and I have now made four of them.

I made the first one, above, with my favorite Kaffe fabric on the inside and free motion quilting on the exterior pieces.  This is the perfect size for me to use in my car to keep all the random stuff (sunglasses, extra napkins, first aid kit, sunscreen, etc) I have contained.

It worked out so well for me as a car container that I made up three more for my boys to each have a basket for all the random treasures, toys, and books they like to keep by their seats.

And then, I liked the pattern so much, that I suggested that the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild make them as a fun swap item.  I made the last one with some fun wonky triangles and straight line quilting.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

MQG challenge

The Modern Quilt Guild periodically sets up fabric challenges. I don't participate often because I have such a limited amount of time to sew. However, the recent Riley Blake challenge fabric was such a nice color pallet that I signed up. The challenge was to try something new so I gave quilt-as-you-go a shot for the first time.  I made two small wonky quilt-as-you-go panels and then turned them into a zip pouch. 

It's a fun technique and I can see a lot of potential in it for creative quilting. I really like how my pouch turned out with this method and might start doing quilt-as-you-go for all my pouches and small bags. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

QuiltCon mini

I was lucky to attend QuiltCon 2015 in Austin this past February.  It was an amazing event and I came away totally overloaded with inspiration.  I met many internet friends and quilting celebrities, saw an amazing number of spectacular quilts, and had a fantastic trip with my Seattle Modern guild friends.  I was able to take two classes while there: quilting with Angela Walters and a workshop with the Gee's Bend quilters.  I learned a lot and finally finished (last month!) my mini quilt from my Gee's Bend workshop.  

I choose to hand quilt my mini since that is the way the Gee's Bend quilters finish their work.  It was the perfect size to carry with me and I completed most of the quilting while at our Friday homeschool co-op.  My fabrics are a mix of old men's shirts that were my husbands, a small scrap of green, and a bunch of neutral scraps (some mine and some from the scrap bin at the workshop).  I included one small scrap of Cotton & Steel pink in the corner.  It seemed appropriate given how popular Cotton & Steel was at the convention and it gave it a nice little pop of color.

I have very mixed feelings about this project.  The workshop was not was I was anticipating and it was a process that I find difficult.  Improve is just not my thing even though I keep trying.  I am pleased with what I created and it will go on my wall of mini quilts in my sewing room.  I did learn a few interesting tips when working with improve from the workshop that make it more accessible to me so there might be more improve in the future (or not!).