Posts tagged #retreat quilt

Luminary

Luminary quilt by Jamie Swanson for Alison Glass with Island Batik Blue Moon fabric

A few weeks ago, the Gallatin Quilt Guild had their annual retreat. Each year, we have a retreat quilt that participants can choose to make. This year’s quilt is Luminary by Jamie Swanson for Alison Glass. I decided to make mine with a layer cake of Blue Moon by Island Batik.

The quilt uses an organized improv technique. The first step was to cut all of my fabric into various width strips. It was really fun to get a good look at all of the fabrics as I cut them into strips. That one layer cake turned into quite the pile of fabric!

From there, I randomly sewed the fabrics into strip sets. I ended up with 49 strip sets. I’m not sure how many diamonds that will make, but I’m thinking I’ll end up with something bigger than the original pattern.

Once everything was sewn into strips, I started subcutting them. These smaller pieces will get shuffled and sewn back together to make the diamonds in the quilt. I only got about 1/4 of the way through this step at retreat, but I had a blast. I’m excited to keep working on this quilt.

My friend Jennae is the one that chose this year’s quilt. She actually finished hers at retreat! Isn’t it amazing? I really love the way it turned out. I never would have thought to use the blue background, but it really makes the quilt sing. Looking back at this picture makes me want to get a move on with my own quilt!

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Serendipitous

Last Friday, I shared one of the most special quilts I've ever made. Now I'm sharing the bonus quilt. Here's a look at the two of them side by side.

The original quilt was made with stitch and flip squares. By sewing an extra line at each corner, I ended up with a whole pile of bonus units that I used to make a second quilt. I just love the interesting movement that's created by the split pinwheels. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope.

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There's something really special about getting two quilts in one. It almost feels as though Joy and I each have the same quilt, and any time I use mine, there's a part of her here with me. And even though she's 1500 miles away, she can wrap up in a hug from me anytime with her quilt.

I named the quilt Serendipitous since it came from Missouri Star's Serendipity pattern. The name fits, because the start of our friendship was certainly serendipitous. I used the same binding fabric as Joy's quilt, which just completes the feeling that they're two peas in a pod. Kind of like us.

I used all of the scraps to piece the back of my quilt. Along the bottom are the three blocks that were leftover from Joy's quilt. I think this is my favorite pieced back that I've made so far. I really like the string piecing in a controlled colorway. It gives me ideas for making a whole quilt top that way.

One of the things I love most about quilting is how it brings us all a little closer together. There's just nothing better than sharing a quilt between friends.

I really like that this pattern let me make two different quilts at the same time. Have you ever made a quilt like that? I would love to hear your ideas for more 2-for-1 quilts.

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Twinkle

Today's quilt is really special because I made it for one of my very dearest friends. I met Joy in college, and she is one of the kindest, most genuine, and most loyal people I know. My life is so much richer for having her in it.

All of the fabrics were chosen with Joy in mind. I actually got the backing fabric within months of starting to quilt, because I knew the sheet music and ballet slippers were perfect for her. After I had several quilts under my belt, I was ready to start planning. I asked Joy for her favorite color combination, and she said blue, purple, yellow, and grey. They aren't colors I had previously considered together, but I just love the result.

I started the quilt at my guild retreat a couple of years ago. Every year, several of us start the same pattern at retreat, each with our own fabrics. It was my turn to choose, so I went with this quilt - Serendipity by Missiouri Star Quilt Company.

I chose this pattern because shooting stars have always been special for Joy. Anytime she's out at night, she searches the sky. At first glance, it's a beautiful night sky, but when she looks closely, she often sees a shooting star. The same is true of this quilt - at first glance, it's a pretty lattice, but when you look closer, you notice the stars at each of the intersections.

It so happens that I finished this quite some time ago and never wrote the blog post. It's amazing how time flies! The label says it was finished in September 2016, though I could have sworn it wasn't nearly so long ago as that. Where do the years go?

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Few things in life are as special as giving a quilt to someone you love. Especially when they like it! I have it on good authority that Joy sleeps with her quilt every night. I wish I could have gone to Texas to give it to her in person, but at least I know she can always wrap up in a hug from me when she needs it.

One of the best parts about this quilt is that the construction method yielded enough bonus units for a second quilt. I kept the bonus quilt, and it makes me happy every time I use it to know that it's the sister of the quilt I made for Joy. You can read all about the second quilt here.

Have you ever made an extra special quilt for an extra special person? I'd love to hear about it!

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