IG Quilt Fest Week 2

The quilt festival on Instagram continues. I had such a positive response last week that I thought I would share this week's pictures, as well. I got a little bit behind, but I'm all caught up with the photo prompts now.

Day 8: Stacks
My stacks are pieces for the next quilt on my list. I'm making a scrappy version of Elizabeth Hartman's Roller Rink quilt from her book Modern Patchwork. As soon as I finish Talkin' Turkey, this quilt will be my primary project. I started it at retreat in October, and I'm getting excited to pull it back out.

Day 9: Finally Finished
I started Easy Street as a mystery with Bonnie Hunter in 2012. It then languished in the closet until the end of 2015 when I pulled it out to finish. Once I had the top together, I decided I needed to use up the scraps in my craziest back to date. That back felt like it would never get done, but I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. It feels so good to have this quilt finished and to be able to sleep under it every night. You can see the front of this quilt here.

Day 10: Solid Love
My favorite thing about solids is the way they show off the quilting. Here are four quilts with solid fabrics on the backs. I quilted the top two with edge to edge designs, and I custom quilted the bottom two. Click the links below to see the fronts of the quilts.
Top Left - Sharon Stoneberger's Roller Rink
Bottom Left - an anonymous client's Crazy Daisy
Bottom Right - L. Carter's Christmas Trees
Top Right - my En Provence

Day 11: Favorite Color
I love cool colors. My favorite is purple, followed closely by blue then green. My mom made this wonderful quilt for me in all three of my favorite colors. I often wrap it around my legs while working at the computer.

Day 12: Pressing Matters
My Rowenta has certainly seen better days. Interestingly, I've had the bottom taped on for a year and a half now, and it's still going strong. I have no plans to replace it anytime soon.
I also keep a sad iron in my studio. It's wonderful for making my seams really crisp and flat. I press with the regular iron first, then I let the sad iron rest on the seam while I press the next piece. It's amazing how much of a difference it makes.

Day 13: Best Tip Ever
I keep my old needle cases to store used quilting needles. Whenever I replace my needle, the used needle goes in the case labeled "old". When it's full, I toss it in the trash and pull out a sharpie to write "old" on my newly emptied needle case, and the cycle continues. I find this quicker and easier than working with a separate sharps container.

Day 14: Recently Finished
Instead of a quilt, I thought I would share my new ironing board topper. I have been planning to make a big ironing board for a long time, and I am beyond thrilled that it's finally done. It holds so many pieces! After making do with the few flat spaces in an old warped board, this giant board feels like heaven. Many thanks go to my dad for helping me build it.

Day 15: Quilts and People
Speaking of my dad, here he is! Last Tuesday, my parents and I went on a photo shoot. Dad and I held the quilts, and Mom took the pictures. It was a fun day.

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check out the #IGQuiltFest on Instagram. It's being hosted by @amyscreativeside. She posts a new photo prompt each day, and quilters around the world contribute their pictures. You can also follow me @snowydaysquilting.

Kyle's Brookie

The ever talented Tese Shekitka made this wall hanging for her brother-in-law, Kyle. It features a lifelike brook trout and embroidered fishing flies.

Tese has made several of these quilts in the past, and each one is a little better than the last. Though, this one is so gorgeous, I'm not sure how she could improve it any more! One thing she did differently this time was to put a layer batting behind the fish to give it a bit more pop. Combined with the double layer of batting in the rest of the quilt, it provides a nice roundness to make the trout look realistic.

I enjoyed collaborating on this quilt with Tese. We worked together to decide what kind of quilting would best suit each space. Firstly, I stitched in the ditch around the trout to provide greater definition between the fish and the water. The water itself is quilted with a horizontal stipple that adds a suitable rippling movement. Next, I filled the spacer blocks with loosely packed pebbles of varying shapes and sizes to mimic a riverbed. Finally, the diamonds in the sashing are intended to give the geometric feel of a woven fish basket.

Upon examination of the borders, you can see the amount detail that goes into the three-dimensional embroidered flies. Tese has spent a lot of time figuring out how to get these to come out just right. Here we have a Royal Wulff on the left, and a Woolly Bugger on the right.

I quilted the inner border with a gentle S-curve to feel like a flowing watery fern. The spacer blocks are full of bubbles, and the outer border contains a second geometric design to balance the diamonds in the sashing.

This wall hanging was truly a blast to quilt. I always enjoy working with Tese on her projects. I'm happy to say that she loves it, and I'm sure her brother-in-law will, too.

Fastest Finish Ever

When the IG Quilt Fest prompted us to share a fast finish, I was reminded of a quilt I made before I started Snowy Days Quilting. A coworker was expecting a baby, and I had decided that I wanted to make her a baby quilt. I found out that she was expecting a girl exactly one week before the shower. 

Due to the time crunch on this quilt, I wasn't able to do my usual outdoor photo shoot. In fact, I had about 10 minutes to snap some quick pictures before I ran to work on the day of the baby shower. While the pictures are somewhat lacking, I hope you will agree that the quilt is still worth sharing.

All of the decisions on this quilt were made in the interest of time. I picked up two batik charm packs and turned them into a 39" square disappearing nine patch quilt. I really liked the combination of pinks and browns in the charm pack. It's a color combination I may have to play with again someday.

This was before I had my longarm, so I free motion quilted it on my trusty domestic sewing machine. I went with an all over meaner in a variegated pink thread. I rarely do a meander, but it was a good choice when I was in such a hurry!

It was already getting late on the night before the baby shower, so I knew I needed to do the binding by machine. I had never tried that before, and I thought a decorative stitch would add some interest while masking any newbie mistakes I made. I still really like the idea, but I found that my machine doesn't like to feed well for decorative stitches when there is the extra bulk of the binding on one side. Fortunately, this stitch was simple enough that I was able to make it work.

Once the binding was sewn, all that was left was the label. I wrote a brief message, stitched the long edge down by hand, and the quilt was finished! If I remember right, I finished sometime after 1:30 am on the day of the shower. I caught a few winks, then took the best pictures I could in the early morning light before work. I could hardly believe that I had managed to make a complete quilt in just a week.

I was relieved when the mother was thrilled. I hadn't known it, but she was a quilter, too! She appreciated the effort that goes into even a simple quilt like this, and she loved the decorative stitch on the binding.

Posted on March 10, 2017 and filed under Finished Projects.