Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Forest In Progress



This has been such a fun quilt to work on. I've found myself sewing every chance I get. Yesterday I finished up the quilting and today is binding day! The quilting is faux-faux-bouis. Yes, that is two fauxs.



Faux bois is French for false wood and it usually includes knot holes when used as a quilting motif. It is also called wood grain quilting. By removing the idea of knot holes I was hoping for a more uniform, all-over texture.



I really wanted the trees and the bold solid colors to be the focus of the quilt, but still I still wanted it to have great texture. In my mind I rationalized it as having a wood grain, nature trail, country road kind of feel. Or if your local, it's like driving up Highway 9. ; )



When I was finished I held it up for my husband to see and his first comment was, "I like how the wavy lines look kind of like wood." Mission accomplished! I didn't even prompt him to say that.

I'm putting the finished touches on the pattern and it will be available really, really soon. Thank you to all who have been asking!

-A


Color Walk 002

Sometimes when I'm walking I see something that makes me stop and take a closer look.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Color Walk 001


Sometimes when I'm walking I see something that makes me stop and take a closer look.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Forest Inspiration



Isn't it funny how the colors that surround you every day seep into your imagination and take root? This is what it looks like to walk through my neighborhood this week. It has been a dry, hot summer in California. The leaves feel like they are turning colors out of sheer exhaustion. The temperatures are cooling off (if only slightly) at night and I can see a few brave blades of grass emerging. I'm inspired to make something that captures the feel of this fall.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tidal Lace Blog Hop

Happy Kelp Quilt, Photo by Danielle Collins

Tidal Lace is the debut fabric line by my friend Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics. It's a combination of hand drawn lace inspired prints and wee little tide pool creatures like anemones, limpets and sea stars. The color palette has a fresh vintage, seaside feel to it, which I love. 




I know Kim through the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild and most of our conversations have revolved around our love of fabric. Shocking, I know. Kim is such a sweet person, always encouraging, curious and quick to smile. It has been so exciting to cheer her on as she made this fabric, her fabric, come to life. Thank you so much Kim for inviting me to share a small part of this journey with you!! : )

Shimmer, Tidal Lace by Kim Andersson
Shimmer is my absolute favorite print. It comes in three different colors and it is so versatile. The hand drawn lines are killer and the variation of color would add a lot of interest and movement to any patchwork project. Check out this post post on Kim's blog where she talks about her inspiration for each print.



Going with the sea theme, I designed a new quilt called, Happy Kelp. I grew up in a small beach town with excellent tide pools and this collection feels like a little piece of home. I wanted a playful motif that would highlight all of the different prints in the fabric line. Colors were placed to give a scrappy, patchwork feel to the otherwise very structured composition.



Happy Kelp was inspired by the Kelp Forest exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Each quilt block is pieced using simple curves. Fabric placement makes the kelp leaves pop right off the watery background.


I quilted the background with an all over meandering pattern to enhance the watery feel and add a great crinkly texture after washing. The kelp is the star of the show and to help it stand out even more from the background, I outlined each leaf using my free-motion foot.

QUILT DETAILS
Name: Happy Kelp
Size: 43"x55"
Pattern: Coming Soon!
Fabric: Tidal Lace by Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics
Thread: Aurifil 50wt #2610, Light Blue Grey

I hope you've enjoyed a closer look at Kim's fabric, Tidal Lace, and my quilt, Happy Kelp. Visit these other blogs for more inspiration and fabric eye-candy!! : )

BLOG HOP



Mon 15th Sept: 
Windham Fabrics 

Kim Andersson : I Adore Pattern


Tues 16th Sept: 
Erin Harris : House on Hill Road

Amy Gunson : Badskirt

Cath Mosley on Instagram


Wed 17th Sept: 
Anne Sullivan : Play Crafts 

Stacey Day : Stacey In Stitches


Thurs 18th Sept: 
Adrianne Ove : Little Bluebell

Terri Carpenter : The Quilted Fox


Friday 19th Sept: 
See How We Sew

Amanda Hohnstreiter : My Sewcial Hour


Sat 20th Sept: 
Ann Haley : Sew Messy

Madeleine Roberg : Domestic Strata


Sunday 21st Sept: 
Cal Patch : Hodge Podge Farm

Rebecca Ringquist : Drop Cloth


Monday 22nd Sept: 
Alicia Wietholter : Swoon Patterns

Stacey Sharman : Peppermint Pinwheels


Tuesday 23rd Sept
Jen Carlton Bailly : Bettycrockerass

Miriam Blaich : The Berlin Quilter





GIVEAWAY - This giveaway has ended and the winner is Gill! Congratulations!!! : )
Windham Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Tidal Lace to one lucky reader! To enter please leave one comment below telling me what you'd like to make. I will randomly select one winner on Wednesday September 24th, 2014. International entries are welcome. The winner will be announced in this post and contacted via email. Good luck everyone!!

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