Volcanic Island – Construction Reconstruction

I feel like November is going to be a month of finishes.  And here is one of my favorite finishes: Volcanic Island – Construction Reconstruction.

I began this quilt in July of 2008, so it has taken me more than four years to get it done, but here it is and I love it!  I am really excited because three months ago I had a technically finished quilt that I just didn’t think was right:

See, technically done, but just not right.  Pretty in it’s own way but not as vibrant and interesting.

I won’t be afraid to cut apart a finished quilt again!  And as a bonus here is the back:

It is difficult to see, but this is one of the most heavily quilted quilts I have made.  Due to cutting it up and sewing it together, it has a ton of quilting with a lot of really nice parallel lines.  You can really see the design fun I had here, since some of the front became the back and vice versus.

November ufo

What quilt is this that laid to rest under my sewing table for nearly a year?  Can you see it peeking out of the random materials I laid on top of it?  Yes, we are finally back to the denim cathedral windows quilt. I have great faith that I will finish it in November.

Now, October, that was a wash.  Although I made progress, neither of my October quilts got finished.  Next year I will give them each their own month.  I really want to get those quilts mended.

September, now, that is a big surprise.  I just finished the September ufo, and will be doing a wrap up this week.  Yay!

Also, I have big news-  I will be showing three of my quilts at the holiday party at my work.  I work at a big corporation, so I will have the opportunity to show my work to a couple of thousand people.  I am excited!  I have started preparations:  I need to more professionally hang the three quilts, I ordered some business cards with this blog’s name on it, and I am planning to make a look book with my quilts in it.  My mom gave me a couple of quilt brag books last year so I will be definitely fleshing those out to show.  I know I already said it but I’m really excited!

Paul’s quilt – Blogger’s Quilt Festival

I am entering Paul’s quilt in a competition: Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  If you would enjoy seeing some real show stopping quilts, head over there and scroll past the prizes.

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The Quilt Stats:

  • Quilt Measurements : 84×84
  • Special Techniques used, if any: improvisational piecing
  • Quilted by… Roberta Brooks
  • Best category: Scrap quilt, bed quilt

Now for a brief history of Paul’s quilt:

Paul is my younger son.  I had already made my older son a quilt for his bed, and I wanted to make one for Paul.  I asked him for input and he mainly had two stipulations: red and black.  He has been going through a black period with his clothes the past few years (not goth, more jazz musician style). Many of the t-shirt panels and much of the grey and black denim are his own outgrown clothes.

It is fun to work for me to work on a “sampler” quilt since I can use so many different ideas and improvise all the way to the end.  I tried to incorporate a lot of different elements that all related back to Paul.  He has only really worn black jeans for the past few years, so those crazy denim blocks were my first ideas.  For a time I thought I might have two or three quilts: one denim, one t-shirt and one pieced blocks, but the color palette was enough to unite the different blocks.

I also love the quilting motif I used – circles with straight lines.  As usual, I did a combination of hand quilting and machine quilt.  I did machine quilt in the ditch on the horizontal lines between rows for extra stability.  I used several different sized plates as templates and then used a white pencil to draw the circles on for a guide for my hand quilting.  I love the landscape effect that evolves from these shapes.  I decided to leave my knots exposed ala Alabama Studio Sewing.  It is difficult to see, but I used embroidery floss, in red, black and grey as well as  metallic thread to create the hand stitching.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t photograph well, but there are multiple sizes of wales of corduroy in the black jean blocks.  It adds a lot of texture. In the upper center, the ripped area is a pocket that I pulled up partially.  I really love dimensional sections like this.

In the upper right corner is a block I call the Christmas cow, a partially completed block that I had from my grandmother.  I try to add a little fabric from the materials I was given when she passed to all my quilts.  The black pin polka dot fabric in the frame is from my Aunt Lou.  I love to add these layers of meaning to my quilts.  It evokes the generational history we all have from the fiber arts.

I love the way the back turned out.  The bottom is musical instruments, then black on black music notes, then dragons, then lobsters on newspaper, finally music on white.  All in all, I think it is one of my best quilts and I am really glad that Paul ended up with it.

technical difficulties, September ufo

So, this is the second time I am publishing this due to the word press glitch.  Hopefully, that is my third and final technical difficulty.

Anyway, yesterday started with me dumping my smoothie all over myself.  I decided not to let it get to me.  Then, I was humming along making much progress, when I broke a needle.  When I replaced it, the machine made this clunking sound.  So, today, I plan to give my machine some tlc plus perhaps another new needle.  In any case, it is unlikely that I will get the ufo done today.

In any case, I am pleased with my progress.  I have a clear idea of how to finish this quilt now, and I am happy with it.  Because of this quilt, I have an interesting new technique.  As soon as I clear my quilt queue, I plan to start a quilt with this technique.  It solves my problem of wanting to work small, but also wanting full size quilts.

slow progress but progress none the less

I almost have the center section done.  I love the way it turned out, way better than it was.  The tension is considerable as to whether I will finish it by the end of this month.  One more weekend to try!

whew!

I started piecing these blocks back together and I love them!  I even used a new technique that I had never tried before that created those think lines of orange. That orange is actually the back fabric.  I sewed the blocks together back side together.  Then I had the seam allowances on the front.  I pressed, then basted them open.  Then I added thin strips just to cover the raw edges, I left a thin line of the seam allowance showing.  I am really excited to finish this center part today, then I get to start working on the outer frames.  I realized yesterday that I didn’t have to keep the back the back or the front the front on the frames, so I can’t wait to start playing.

It’s so fun to have a quilt I was so ambivalent about become so exciting!

Paul’s quilt wrapup

We had  a great weekend camping but I’m running a little late.  Here is the wrap up of Paul’s quilt. Now, I don’t generally like working with a client, even when he is my own son.  However, he pretty much had two stipulations: red and black.  Many of the t-shirt panels are his own clothes.

It is fun to work with these “sampler” quilts.  I tried to incorporate a lot of different elements that all related back to Paul.  He has only really worn black jeans for the past few years, so those crazy denim blocks were my first ideas.  For a time I thought I might have two quilts, but the color palette was enough to unite them.

I also love the quilting motif I used – circles with straight lines.  I did machine quilt in the ditch on the horizontal lines between rows for extra stability, but I did quite a bit of hand quilting.  I used several different sized plates as templates and then used a white pencil to draw the circles on.  I love the landscape effect that evolves from these shapes.

I also like the black corduroy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t photograph well, but there are multiple sizes of wales of corduroy in the black jean blocks.  In the upper center, the ripped area is a pocket that I pulled up partially.  I really love dimensional sections like this.

Again here is the Christmas cow, a partially completed block that I have from my grandmother.

I love the way the back turned out.  The bottom is musical instruments, then black on black music notes, then dragons, then lobsters on newspaper, finally music on white.  All in all, I think it is one of my best quilts and I am really glad that Paul ended up with it.

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Yes, I did

Yes, I cut into a finished technically finished quilt- bound and everything.  Septemeber’s ufo is the Hawaiian quilt.

I cut out all of the squares out.  I plan to reassemble them closer together.  I didn’t like how far apart they were.

I have a lot of scraps to add as well.  I’m excited about it now, but it was really hard to cut it up.  I kept on listing the things I love about it but it just wasn’t quite right.

September ufo

This month’s ufo is number 11. This quilt is technically done but yet I still don’t like it.  I have been thinking about cutting it up and assembling it again because there are a lot of elements I love about it.

flames

This is what did with the painted fabric.  I cut it really small and sewed it down.  I love the way it turned out.  I still have to finish the rest of the houses.

 

Published in: on August 16, 2012 at 6:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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