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Wednesday
Aug012012

Modern Domestic

A few weeks ago, I shared that I'm teaching beginning quilting at Modern Domestic. What's that, you ask? Well, Modern Domestic is a local Portland sewing studio. It offers two fully equipped classrooms, a warm and knowledgeable staff, and a community of creative makers. They also host many classes and open sew times. Besides those draws, it is simply a beautiful space to work in and on amazing Bernina machines. 

Last Thursday, I taught my first class of a three session class. I was a little nervous to be teaching in a new venue. I kept thinking all day that I had the day and time wrong, or that I would arrive late. Does this happen to anyone else?! But alas, I arrived in plenty of time. I have four students who are a lot of fun and we had a great time getting to know each other while learning to quilt! Everything turned out really well, I'm excited to teach again this week. 

I'm teaching how to make a quilt from start to finish using this pattern for the top: 

Here are some of the fabric choices of a few of my students. Won't these look great?!

If you've thought about wanting to learn to sew garments or make a quilt, but something has stopped you, make sure to check out Modern Domestic! You'll become the  you thought you'd never be! ;) 

Monday
Jul232012

Sisters Outdoor Show

***Over the past weekend, Chris and I vended at Portland Flea. It was a huge success and I'll have more photos and tales soon!***

Last weekend, I was in Sisters, OR with some great friends from Portland Modern Quilt Guild (PMQG). Petra rented a beautiful house for us and for four days this was our view: 

My days consisted of biking down into town, quilting, and laughing with friends. The house was beautiful and it had the most gorgeous wood chandelier. 

On Saturday, it was the huge quilt show, people come from all around the country. It was pretty impressive! Many of the quilts were traditional, so our special exhibit was such a stand out! Here's a look at PMQG's special exhibit: 

These are just a few of the quilts, I'm so proud to be a part of this creative community. I'm so inspired by everyone's art! In the second picture I'm standing next to Michelle who made the lovely improv quilt. Our quilts got to be friends hanging next to each other all day. :) 

The crazy part of the trip was even though it was hot all weekend, at 2pm a downpour of rain began! In the 37 years that this show has occurred, it was never canceled by rain. But this year, the storm was so strong all of the quilts had to come down and all were saved! Even the iPhone didn't see this one coming! ;)

It made for a memorable day! I'll definitely go back next year as I loved making new deeper friendships with my quilting friends! 

 

Wednesday
Jun062012

Half Log Cabin // Tutorial

First off, thanks for the feedback from the yesterday's boy baby quilt! I received a few texts, tweets, and comments, so much so that I thought I would share a little mini tutorial today. Also, I finished another one that I plan on posting to etsy, even though I'm so in love with it. But I do enjoy seeing a quilt go to a new happy home. 

If you Google "Half Log Cabin" many different tutorials pop up of all sorts of options that you can create with this simple block. When I was beginning to plan this quilt, I couldn't find the exact proportions that I wanted to make, so I improvised and wrote out my own. Here are my own measurements: 

Cut two of each of these measurements. Then starting with the square, sew (with a quarter-inch seam) to the top and bottom the 3" x 3.5" strips, then to the sides 3" x 8.5" and so on. I found it was easiest to press the seams outward after sewing each strip.  The block should measure 20" x 20".

Make four of these blocks. For this quilt, I mixed high and low value prints in each block, and randomly placed the fabrics in different spots within each block. I found that this made for a more random, evenly placed look when the quilt is finished. 

After the the four blocks are made, I numbered the big blocks, then stacked the quarter blocks. I arranged these blocks a pattern. I found it easiest to look at the longest strip of the blocks to distinguish them from one another. Then, I attempted to have one of each of the four blocks in each horizontal row, and one in each of the vertical rows. That way no two blocks were right beside each other. Finally, I looked at the orientation of the longest strip and tried to make sure that each block faced all four ways. However, in marking this photo, I realized that the number 4 block faces left twice. But overall, you can't tell, and I think it makes for a balanced quilt! 

Finally, sew each block together. I like to sew the horizontal rows together to make long strips. Then sew each row together to make the quilt. You have yourself a quilt top! For directions on making a quilt sandwich and quilting it, there are many great books on the topic, Modern Log Cabin by Susan Beal or The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman are two great books to start with and they are local to Portland! ;) 

Or if you're in the Portland area and want to learn, come to the class I'm teaching at Modern Domestic! I'm really excited to be one of the new teachers there. We're offering a beginning quilt class from start to finish! Click here to check out the Baby Block Quilt and to sign up

This Half Log Cabin quilt is very addicting, as soon as I finished this one, I knew that I wanted to make another one with my Echo fabric by Lotta Jansdotter

If you have any questions, let me know! I'm happy to help! ;) 

Happy Quilting! 

Friday
Apr272012

Modern Shapes Quilt

It's no secret that I'm a Mid-Century design lover. I love the shapes and designs of this period. Upon learning that the PMQG has the opportunity to have a special exhibit at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this summer, I knew I wanted to make something extra special. However, time and ideas were running very low! I've been talking with Rachel from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild about making a quilt inspired by Mid-Century designers/shapes, but everything seemed too overwhelming for my 10 day deadline. Then I saw this print by SuZanna Anna, and I knew that it was fate. I had to recreate it as a quilt. But how? I tried piecing a few pieces together, and that did not work! Curves and intricate designs were too much, especially for my deadline. Applique was my next thought, I hadn't done much with applique, and to learn a new skill and stretch myself seemed like a perfect opportunity for this challenge. 

First, I thought that this should be done in all solids. However, I love prints and I've just completed two projects with all solids. My heart was yearning for some patterns. Especially since I have lots of beautiful fabric that I haven't touched in a long time. It was time to use my stash! Pulling different fabrics and laying them out to design on the order, is by far my favorite part of the quilting process. 

This is my first attempt at choosing the patterns. I was concerned that there was too many of the same prints, but I did like the consistency. I decided to play around with it more after a trip to the fabric stores. At first, I wanted to break away from the rainbow, I've already done that, however I love the way the colors work together and provide consistency.

 

Finally decided on final fabrics and layout, now off to applique! I purchased two yards of kona white, however, I quickly realized that wasn't going to work after seeing this: 

You could easily see through the white to the background pattern. There was a complicated way around this by somehow cutting out the fabric from behind, but I didn't want to go that route. I went back to Bolt (local fabric store) and found that Robert Kaufmann has a thicker solid line, his white was perfect! In some fabrics you can see through a little bit, but most it's not visible. Perfect! 

I used heat n bond lite to the white, cut out the pattern, then ironed it to the patterned fabric. Then I zig zag stitched each seam to provide durability and a finished edge. It really helped make the whole piece look really well-finished. 

Here's a work in progress shot: 

What did I do during the super teaduous part of sewing the appliqued edges? Watch Downton Abbey of course! I purchased Season Two, just for this project. So enjoyable! ;) 

Finally, the finished project: 

Now, off to quilt and bind it! 

I hope that you all have a great creative weekend! Happy Friday! 

Friday
Jan132012

Friday Favorites << 05

 

Who isn't in love with Lotta Jansdotter's new line echo?! I love this dresden plate made by Claudia from Machen und Tun.
Mr. Bazaar introduced me to Marks & Spencer's new collection this week. I simply couldn't take my eyes off of it! I love the sleek design of the furniture, along with the bright bold pattern of the rug! 
Modern Findings featured these beautiful Cathrine Holm spice canisters.  I'd love to find these someday   soon! 
You might have seen Luke Lamp Co as he was featured seller on Etsy this week. As a browsed through his shop, I was stunned by how he clearly showed his aesthetic through his photos. I love old lightbulbs and his style subtly transported me back in time. 
Those are my favorites from this week! Hope you have an amazing weekend! 
I have a list a mile long, as Chris gets ready to sell many of his pieces in Seattle on Saturday, and I'm getting ready the last minute pieces for Alt: (custom bag, business cards, packing, outfit planning, etc.)
See you Monday!