Sunday, October 27, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2013

Have you heard about the Blogger's Quilt Festival that Amy hosts over at Amy's Creative Side? I love looking through all the entries each spring and fall, and I almost never remember to enter any of my quilts in time. For this festival though, I knew exactly which quilt I wanted to enter: my Gradated Mod Mosaic quilt.

Finished Gradated Mod Mosaic Quilt

You regular visitors here at Pitter Putter Stitch know how much blood, sweat, and tears went into this quilt. It started back in March of 2012. I had received a ton of color wheel charms and didn't have a clue as to what I should do with them. My month in the Sew Beautiful Bee was in April and inspiration struck as I looked through the colorful charms.

I started planning a ROYGBIV quilt. My goal was to create a quilt that would lead your eye through the color wheel in a gradated manner. I used Paint (yeah, I'm fancy that way) to draw a mock up of my idea to share with the girls in the Sew Beautiful Bee.

Gradated Color Mod Mosaic Sew Beautiful Bee

I sent out my fabrics,

Almost ready to send

made several blocks of my own, and then started piecing the quilt together. The top came together exactly as I envisioned.

Gradated Mod Mosaic Quilt Top

Fast forward to the end of 2012 and I still hadn't finished the quilt. I wanted it to turn out amazing so I sent it off for quilting in January 2013. Unfortunately, the back was attached to the top sideways. I nearly started crying when I noticed that it wasn't on right. So I began the arduous task of unpicking all the quilting that had been done. My sweet husband even spent a night or two helping me.

Once all the quilting was unpicked and I was recovered from all the mojo-draining that happened, I re-basted the quilt and set out to quilt it myself. I quilted organic straight lines about 1/4-1/2 inch apart horizontally across the quilt. The quilting gave the quilt such amazing texture, which is exactly what I was hoping for!

Finished Gradated Mod Mosaic Quilt

For the backing, I used large squares of rainbow colors as a simplified/color-blocked version of the front. I also included the Sew Beautiful Bee label each of us received.

Finished Gradated Mod Mosaic Quilt Back

Thanks to all the ladies in my bee! I couldn't be happier with how this quilt turned out.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Finished Chicopee Scrappy Trip Quilt

Back in August, I started this quilt for one of my nephews going away to college. Here is the finished product! I really love how it turned out!

Finished Chicopee Scrappy Trip Quilt

I didn't have a specific plan for color placement - it would have looked nice with a dark fabric running through the center of each block or something - but I really like the variations in the randomness.

Finished Chicopee Scrappy Trip Quilt

I used a light colored binding on this quilt, and I think it may have been a first for me. 

Finished Chicopee Scrappy Trip Quilt

The backing features another flat sheet from Target. I'm nothing if not predictable.

Finished Chicopee Scrappy Trip Quilt

I quilted meandering loops in gray all over the quilt. It's my M.O. for quilting.

Finished Chicopee Scrappy Trip Quilt

I had a hard time letting go of this one, but I'm glad that it was well-received by my nephew. I have a few leftover patchwork blocks that I'll be able to use in another quilt...if I manage to not give it away.

Finished Chicopee Scrappy Trip Quilt

I loved making this quilt. It was so quick and I even enjoyed the unpicking the tubes part. I plan to make another one in this pattern for myself using Nordika and some coordinating solids and oval elements that Jeni recommended on her blog.

Since I'm still recovering from surgery and unable to do any sewing, I hope to get some photos of the Geranium tunic and dress that I made for my daughter's birthday this year. I've been spending a ton of time perusing Instagram, Flickr, and various blogs and I'm so itching to get back in the swing of sewing. A couple more weeks and hopefully my arm and hand will be in working order.


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