Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lucky again - Building Blocks Tuesday

Ta-Da!  Another Lucky Star BOM block to share.  This one is called "Sunlight Star".  It was the 2013 June block.  Since my last block was mostly gray, I chose to make this one mostly yellow.  I love how it turned out.

Lucky Star BOM June 2013

But, I need your help with this one.  I look at this block and I really like the pattern, of course I like the colors, but I'm not sure I like it any better than the other Lucky Star blocks I've done.  So, it boggles my mind how the picture of this block has gotten so many views on Flickr, and before I even posted it here??  I only uploaded it on Sunday.  I added it to two groups, my Lazy Bum group and the Stitching with Don't Call me Betsy group (cause it's her pattern and BOM).  As of lunchtime yesterday, it had already received over 2700 views, at dinner time it was 4600!  The only other picture I have had reach 4 digits is the one of my Handstitched Medallion Quilt, but that was just over 1400 (and that took months).  Another oddity is that half of the people favoriting it are photography types??  This photo is terrible photography, so I just don't get it.

Handstitched Medallion Front

So please tell me what is so special about this Lucky Star block (so I can do more of whatever it is!)?  I really do want to know.  I'm starting to get a bald spot on my head where I've been scratching it. Thank you!

What blocks have you been working on?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page in your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading!

Jen






Sunday, April 20, 2014

Inspirational Sunday (28) - via the 2013 International Quilt Festival in Long Beach

After finishing my modern baby quilt this week, I feel like continuing with the modern vibe for this week's inspirational post.  There are several modern quilts from the show that I haven't shared yet, so here are half.  I will share the last few next week.

This first one is called "Cantilevers" by Jessica Levitt of Bridgewater, New Jersey.  It is machine pieced and free-motion machine quilted.  The design source was a trio of windows on a building.

"Cantivlevers" by Jessica Levitt of Bridgewater, NJ

Jessica says, "I wanted to repeat the design elements of the windows in a structured way, but not in a traditional block format.  A longer element originates off the edges of the quilt.  Thus they are cantilevers that extend onto the quilt surface.  I chose to use vibrant solid fabrics in crisp, modern colors to echo a sparse modern building element.  I also used slight variations in the shades of both the background and the bars to add interest.  The background quilting adds movement and contrast to the straight-lined piecing."

"Cantilevers" by Jessica Levitt, close up


And look!  She used my favorite swirl design for the quilting!

The next quilt is called "Zinnia" by Lynn Harris of Chelsea, Michigan.  It is machine quilted.

"Zinnia" by Lynn Harris of Chelsea, MI


Lynn says, "The quilt (design and colors) was inspired by a photo I took of zinnias growing in our garden a few years ago.  The quilting is a bit "organic" in nature.  It is made up of many rows of parallel wavy lines.  With its simple, asymmetrical design on a solid gray [back]ground, this quilt fits with the modern quilt theme."

This design sure would be a great way to use up some orphan HST's!  And I like the wavy quilting.

The next quilt is called "Tilework" by Elizabeth Harvatine of Toluca Lake, California.  It is pieced.  (Don't you just love some of these descriptions?).  The design was inspired by her fabric selection.

"Tilework" by Elizabeth Harvatine of Toluca Lake, CA

She says, "The fabric colors have a calming, soothing feel to them and I wanted to design something clean and precise to balance that feeling.   The color scheme is modern and unusual but still pleasing to the eye."

"Tilework" by Elizabeth Harvatine, close up

This last one is called "Broken Plaid" by Alissa Carlton of Los Angeles, California.  It is pieced and machine quilted.  The design was inspired by her ongoing exploration of non-block based quilt design and the look of weaving with piecing.

"Broken Plaid" by Alissa Carlton of Los Angeles, CA

She says, "Broken Plaid reflects the modern quilting movement in its use of negative space, color choices and bold graphic design.  The impact given by the piecing design is enhanced with the straight line quilting that maintains the plaid concept of the piecing."

I like how the quilting lines make a plaid-like texture on the quilt.

I just finished Jacquie Gerings new Craftsy class "Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot".  It was pretty darn good!  I'm anxious to try out some of the methods she discusses to get these more modern looks in my quilting.  You would think they would be rather simple, but there is actually a bunch of preparation and accuracy needed.  Jacquie does a great job teaching you what it takes, and she is a fun/funny instructor too.

Have you tried any of the "straight-line" quilting techniques on your quilts?

Thanks for reading today,

Jen

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival is Coming Soon!

After taking the last one off, I can't wait for the return of the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.
AmysCreativeSide.com

Twice a year, Amy hosts this fabulous event where anyone can show off their quilts in a fabulous online quilt show.  And of course, there are prizes.  Honestly though, just getting to see everyone's creations is tops!  I've been inspired by so many of the entries and found way too many new blogs to follow.

There are all sorts of categories.  If you have a finish from the last 6 months that you are proud of, ENTER it!!  I want to see it!

Hmmm, but what should I enter this year???

Thinking about it,

Jen