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an experiment in abstract quilting

mountain quilt 1The Big Rock Candy Mountain quilt is finished- all quilted and bound! As with most projects, the first step is the hardest and that was definitely true in this case. Working without a pattern requires a huge mental effort and so I must admit I walked away from this project for months at a time because I was having a hard time seeing the big, final picture. But all the hard work in abstract quilting was so extremely rewarding, and now, I think I’m hooked.
mountain quilt backFabric with assorted keys on the back, a panel from Urban Outfitters I found a few years back.
big rock candy mt quiltThe quilting was done by Corn Wagon Quilt Company in Springville UT. They have done custom work (freehand by the human operator, not a computer programmed stitch) for me before so I trusted they would do a good job again. I was very undecided on how to quilt this project. I went back and forth on various ideas, asking everyone’s opinion and you can see what won out- based on majority rule. I had Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night pictured in my minds eye when I saw the background. I had pictured swirls bigger than these but I didn’t specify exact size and I think these smaller swirls suit just fine.
big rock candy mountain quiltThere are a few stars in the sky- I had pictured more but I think it works out just fine. Someday I’ll have my own long arm quilting machine and I’ll be free to quilt whatever I can dream up (after hours and months of lessons, practice and messing up I’m sure).
triangle pieced quiltI love the way the straight stitches on the mountain really make the points and geometry stand out. Very simple- in a good way.
backlight quiltBacklit and blowing in the wind, it took me about 5 minutes with the camera poised and ready to get this picture. The wind was making it flap and twist, but I had to get at least one good picture with the mountains in the background and the sunlight coming through the fabric.
keys on the backsideI learned from my mother-in-law to always title, sign and date a quilt. Here is one way- just a corner of muslin or plain white fabric in the back corner, hand stitched on, for the important details. This location works well because you can easily flip the bottom corner over for the details without taking the quilt down off the wall. (And I’d better not forget to sign it…)
hanging a quiltIf the quilt is meant to hang on the wall, include a sleeve at the top when stitching the binding on. About 2 or 3 inches wide across the top should suffice. This picture is actually a great bad example of what to use when hanging the quilt. I’ve got a very bendy piece of wood that is twisting and turning (as you can see) and not allowing the quilt to hang nicely flat against the wall. Chose a strong, flat and thin piece of wood for hanging and there will be minimal to no sag over the years.
quilting from the backA view of how the quilting stitching looks against the keys on the back.
folded quilt
mountain quilt with timpOne last look, with my neighboring mountains before this quilt goes off to it’s new home. it’s going to artist Colt Bowden and growing family. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye. (I might have to make another one for me).

For a look at this quilt in the piecing triangles process look here.

some new goods on Etsy

It’s been a busy couple of weeks-  a little summertime fun but mostly sewing and participating in a few local outdoor markets. I decided to make a few crib-sized patchwork quilts, manageable in size and fun to put together. As you can see, it’s all about random, kitschy color combos this summer- but organized within a theme- such as ‘pink’ in this baby quilt. They’re all in my Etsy shop.
patchwork crib quilt

‘Boy’ fabrics and colors here…
patchwork boy baby quilt

Then back to pink, but with a red binding. I do so love pink and red together.
patchwork baby quilt

I’ve been making patchwork picnic blankets too. This one (below) is made with 10 inch squares and no theme what-so-ever, just scraps. The top (as you can see) is pieced but the back is a single piece of fabric sewn to the front in pillowcase style (right sides together, stitch around all edges leaving a 15 inch or so opening to pull the whole thing right side out again). Turn the whole thing right side out, iron flat and top stitch the edges. No batting, no quilting. The size of this one is 54 inches by 86 inches- a little longer than a standard picnic table size. Great as a picnic blanket, or throw too.
patchwork picnic blanket

And the ever-so-handy 2 in 1, reversible, half aprons for cooking, entertaining, gardening, working or anything else you might need to look cute for. All the goods shown here are listed on Etsy.
reversible aprons

wonky quilt squares, part 2

The big reveal… the top of the wonky quilt is all finished. I really went heavy on the white space, like I said I would. It’s still being debated (with my spouse) whether or not I should add some other sort of detail or color to the outside, like pick out the seam between the white and the black and white outer border and add a thin strip of color to ‘put a box’ around the 4 squares or just leave it. I’m inclined to leave it- enough already. I think I’ll run it past the quilt guild ladies tomorrow- they’ll have some excellent ideas I’m sure.
blue and white wonky squares

blue squaresI truly love the white and black geometric ‘step by step’ Alexander Henry outer border fabric and in this setting. I’ve been hoarding the 2 yards I have of it for some years now. I’ve always pictured it as a summer skirt. Well, it seemed to fit well here so I grabbed the scissors and cut before I could change my mind.

step by step Alexander Henry fabric

abstract quilt square

close up of blue fabrics

mountain and quilt

blue fabric scraps

For a look at Part 1 and how to piece this type of squares, visit here.

Bonus feature: Here’s another finished quilt top, made by my 13 year old daughter… who was just playing around in the fabric strip scrap pile. I love to see the youngsters being clever and especially making entire quilts! Now we just need to get both quilt tops quilted and bound and placed on the end of our beds.
scrap quilt

colorful quilt top

scrap stripe quilt