Co-worker Jennifer nearly fell over today when she saw me writing this blog post. “You can’t do a blog post today – you’ve already done one this month,” she said. As if I only do one per month! Well, that’s pretty much true, actually. “Oh, but today is special,” I said. “I am participating in the Quilter’s Newsletter’s Best Tradition With A Twist Blog Tour.” This special issue hit newsstands a week or so ago, and contains 21 creative projects of all sizes.
Nine of the quilt designers are blogging about their project this week, including yours truly. Here’s a list of the others:
January 27, Janet Jo Smith at www.dyesmithy.com
January 28, Twisted 9 Patch, www.jendalydesign.com
January 28, Emily’s Nonsense, www.rOssie.blogspot.com
January 29, Jennifer Parks, www.jennykaequilts.wordpress.com
January 30, Nancy Mahoney, www.nancymahoney.com/blog/
January 30, Natalie Barnes, www.beyondthereefpatterns.blogspot.com/
January 30, Gigi Khalsa, www.quiltersnesletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
My modern quilt guild (www.facebook.com/barriemodernquiltgroup ) has really got me thinking modern these days, so when Quilter’s Newsletter sent out the call for “tradition with a twist”, I thought “modern”. Northcott had just introduced the Artisan Spirit – Shimmer pre-cuts, including fat quarter rolls, so I chose 3 coordinating rolls (hibiscus, peacock and mineral). Then I took the traditional circle shape and modified it in some blocks by making it an oval. Additionally, I changed the scale of the blocks: the main blocks are square, but I made my sashing blocks rectangular, necessitating my cornerstones (the blocks at the intersections of the sashing blocks) to be small squares, with smaller circles in then. Here is my quilt:
Since I was thinking “modern”, I did not add any borders to my quilt. With the quilting, I emphasized the circles in the background squares and rectangles, and did free-motion spirals in the circles and ovals, all with a variegated thread. The circles and ovals are fused in place, and when I do fusible appliqués, particularly large shapes, I like to “window” the fusible webbing – that is, I remove the center of the fusible by trimming ¼” inside my cutting line before I fuse it to the fabric. With this quilt, I could use the centers of the large fusible circle pieces for the small circles.
Quilter’s Newsletter has a yummy bundle of Shimmer fabrics to give away, so for a chance to win, please post a comment on my blog by 9am tomorrow (Friday) telling me your favorite method of appliqué.
I will draw 2 names, and the 2nd name will receive a bundle of fat quarters from Northcott’s Mandolin collection that just arrived in our warehouse. Like the Shimmer collection, Mandolin has a hint of metallic, adding to the elegance of it.
I think this collection would be perfect for the sashiko class that I will be teaching on the Australia/New Zealand cruise that I am going on next Spring (Feb. 13 – 27, 2016) with Quilt Camp at Sea. Here is a picture of my original quilt.
I can already picture it in Mandolin, can’t you? For a chance to win the Mandolin bundle, please tell me if you’ve ever been on a quilting cruise, and where it was, or where you would like to cruise to if you haven’t yet tried a quilting cruise. That’s 2 chances to win – 1 for telling me your favorite appliqué method, and 1 for telling me where you have or would want to cruise to with some quilting “buds”. Good luck!