Wednesday, September 21, 2011

W.I.P. Wednesday #4 Kona Charm Challenge (still, again)

You know, I might be having more fun photographing this quilt than actually sewing it.

Today I took my tired toddler to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to check out an exhibit on op art textiles from the 1970's. I'll have photos and details in my "Fieldtrip Friday" post. Something to look forward to, right? In the meantime, if you need me I'll be in my sewing room making millions of triangles!

Happy sewing,

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bit off more than I can chew?

Last night was the September meeting of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild. Man, there are some seriously talented quilters in this town.

Our little guild is currently working on the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Charm Pack Challenge, with the big reveal on October 13th. Our theme is half square triangles. I'm way behind this go round. While I've had an idea in my head for months, I only started cutting and piecing this morning.  So my dear children - sorry you're feeling neglected but Mom's got to finish this quilt...

Oh, the colors!

Um, what was I thinking?
Did you watch this week's Project Runway? Think I'll blog about it tomorrow.

Happy sewing,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Another W.I.P. Wednesday

Let's start with a finished product, shall we? It always feels so good to complete a quilt.

An original design featuring "Swanky" prints by Moda. Backing is a Happier print by Riley Blake Designs

I opted to machine bind this quilt. While I prefer the look of a hand bound quilt, sometime you do what you gotta do. Have you ever used Wash Away Wonder Tape double sided adhesive tape? I love the stuff. I stuck my binding in place on the back side of the quilt, then snapped on my handy dandy Janome "S" foot and stitched in the ditch along the binding seam on the top side. It literally took less than five minutes to complete

Here's another WIP I'm working on -

I picked this up panel along with a bundle of coordinating fat quarters at the Robert Kaufman Sample Spree table at Spring 2010 Quilt Market. I added the midnight blue Carolina Chambray border and dotty cornerstones just to give it a little something extra. Sadly, Treadle Yard Goods, informed me that Robert Kaufman has essentially discontinued the vast majority of Carolina Chambray. Stock up if you see any because it's absolutely wonderful.

Now that the quilting is done I hope to get the binding on before the end of the day, children permitting.

Here's my last sneak peek. It's Sherbet Pips!

Please let my package full of backing and binding arrive today. I've been waiting ever so patiently.

Happy sewing,