Monday, February 23, 2015

Rainbow Rain Quilt top {Finish!}

Update: giveaway closed. Kath is our winner! Thank you to all who played. It was so fun to hear everyone's idea of a rainy day. :) And hullllooooo?! Why did I not think to put sewing as a favorite rainy day activity!?


Welcome to my stop on Gina Martin's Bump to Baby fabric blog hop!

Today I'll be showing you my Rainbow Rain quilt top and walking you through my favorite, lazy-lady applique technique. If you are interested in the templates for the raindrops and clouds, I can post those in my shop soon...

Rainbow Rain

Ok, so the first thing I did was to cut out my shapes from my fabrics. Here are my raindrops all cut out and in rainbow order of course. :) 

All my rainbow raindrops cut out on this sunny day. ������

Next, I cut my raindrop shapes from a very light weight, fusible interfacing. 

I'll be appliqueing my raindrops. First I turn the edges by sewing a lightweight interfacing to each.

Next, I sewed the interfacing raindrops and fabric raindrops together. Be sure to put the sticky side of the interfacing and the right side of the fabric together. Using a 1/4'' seam allowance, stitch all the way around each raindrop. 

Then, trim down the seam allowance around the pointy part of the raindrop and also clip the rounded part of the raindrop. Then cut a hole in the interfacing raindrop only - this is the hole where you will turn the raindrop right side out. Be careful not to snip the fabric raindrop on accident! 

Once I've sewn each raindrop and fusible interfacing together (right side and sticky side) I clip the rounded part, clip the point, then cut a small hole in the interfacing. Then I'll turn the raindrops right side out.

Repeat the process for all the raindrops. Then turn them right side out and finger press them flat. The sticky, fusible side of the interfacing should now be on the backside of the raindrops. If you are using fusible interfacing like me, you don't want to iron them because that will activate the fusing. Finger pressing will be just fine for now. 

Something to think about: Another option for cutting out the back (the interfacing) is to remove more of the back (interfacing). In the picture below, I'm showing you both ways. At first I started with just the slit, but then I moved onto a larger hole. I found it easier to turn the raindrops inside out this way. Some people like this way because it also reduces the bulk in the appliqu├ęd shape. But with the hole, you also lose some of your fusing, which could make the shape less sticky. 

Next, as I turn each raindrop right side out I finger press them flat(ish). I don't iron them bc I don't want to activate the fusible interfacing. Now I'm ready to play with placement and then iron baste each right onto the background or even my quilt san

Next, I repeated the process for the cloud pieces.... 

Making clouds today. ������

Clipped my curves and my inset corner.... 

Clip the inset corners almost to the seam line before turning.

Turned it right side out.... 

I'm just a little black rain cloud  Hovering over the honey tree.  I'm only a little black rain cloud  Pay no attention to me.

Here's a shot of the backs.

Rainbow Rain

Now, for the real fun! Make your quilt top background. For me, I'm making a baby quilt that I want to finish around 36'' wide by 42'' long. So I cut a 37'' width from some white fabric. I'm keeping the selvedges on until I'm finished with the quilting. 

Lay out your background and play with the lay out of the clouds and raindrops until you are happy. Then pin each in place. 

Rainbow Rain quilt

Next, baste the shapes in place using your iron to activate the fusible webbing on the interfacing (be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions for the fusible interfacing!).

Rainbow Rain quilt

And that's your quilt top! 

Rainbow Rain quilt

The next step would be to top stitch the shapes in place. I usually use a 1/8'' seam allowance. 
For this quilt though, I'm planning to use the top stitching as a part of the quilting. So I'm not going to top stitch until I've made my quilt sandwich. The background quilting will be diagonal lines I think! 

And that's my FAVORITE lazy man's way to applique. :) 


Ok, giveaway time! Gina is giving away a jelly-roll of From Bump to Baby fabric to my readers. Aren't Jelly Roll's the best? To enter please leave a comment on this post. Can you share your favorite rainy-day activity? Mine would probably be going to the movies or reading a good novel. What do you like to do? 

I'll draw a winner on Sunday. (I think the giveaway is only open for U.S. peeps.) Good luck! 
Also be sure to check out the other stops on the tour! 

Monday the 23rd
Becca Bryan, Me!, of Bryan House Quilts

Tuesday the 24th
Sally Keller of Sally's Angelworks

Wednesday the 25th
Brooke Sellmann of Silly Mama Quilts
Jessica Toye of Jess Toye Quilts

Thursday the 26th
Hilary Smith of Young Texan Mama
Tammie Schaffer of Crafty Tammie

Friday the 27th
Gina Martin of Pattern and Hue 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Icarus Star - Wanderer Fabric edition {Quilt Top}

I'm so lucky to have been sent Wanderer Fabric from April Rhodes! I met April at last Fall's Quilt Market in Houston. But prior to meeting her, I became familiar with her work through her Staple Dress pattern. Of course I made a couple Staple Dresses, and plan on making another. But April also has a bunch of other totally adorable patterns I'd like to try too.

Wanderer is her second fabric release; the first was Arizona. Her colors and aesthetic totally blow my mind. I'm a total fan so I tried to play it cool when I introduced myself to April at market. :) But, she is so sweet and enthusiastic. It was lovely to meet her.

Icarus Star - Wanderer Fabric

After tossing around some ideas with April, I decided that my Icarus Star quilt pattern would be a perfect quilt for Wanderer. My Icarus Star is inspired by Kilim designs and Wanderer happens to have a killer Kilim print (the Serape Dream and Serape Fervor prints).

Icarus Star - Wanderer fabric

The Icarus Star pattern can be found in the book Modern Rainbow. The Icarus Star in the book is of course made in color order, but for Wanderer, I wanted to mimic the color arrangement found in the Serape prints. And you know, I think I like the Wanderer version better than the book version! (sssshhhhhh!)

The inspiration behind the name "Icarus Star" comes from story of Icarus. If you are familiar with the story ... you will remember that Icarus' his father made him wings from feathers and wax. In his delight, Icarus forgot his father's warning about flying too close to the sun. His feathers melted apart and he fell....

As you may see from the pictures, the Icarus Star is imperfect and a bit lopsided. I never want to (nor am I able to) forget my imperfections and my limitations. I don't want to come off as perfect or having it all together. It's laughable to think it's possible for me to come across as having it all together; if it is, I'm sorry, it's not true! I know that God can make something beautiful despite, or even through, my brokenness. And for me, the Icarus Star embodies that desire.

Icarus Star - Wanderer - Detail

One thing I want to talk about is choosing the background fabric.  If you decide to make the Icarus Star pattern for yourself, hold off on choosing the background fabric until you have the star constructed. Personally, I had such a difficult time deciding on the background fabric in the original version and the wanderer version. This time around, I thought I had a background color nailed down and the lovely people at Art Gallery Fabric sent me the fabric I needed. BUT! Once I got the star made and laid it out on the background fabric, I knew the green wasn't quite right. So I scrambled to find an alternate. The navy turned out to be perfect.

Here's a picture showing the original green fabric, the navy fabric, and the brown I was considering.

Icarus star - choosing the background

So that's my Wanderer project. Be sure to check out April's blog for details about her AMAZING giveaway (read: 20 half yard cuts of Wanderer!). It's an instagram giveaway so be sure to check out April's feed (@aprilarhodes) and #wanderertourgiveaway.

Wanderer giveaway

And also, be sure to check out the other fantastic projects! 

Sunday Feb. 15 - Nicole Morgenthau -

Monday Feb. 16 - Holly Hughes - 

Tuesday Feb. 17 - Shannon Cook -

Wednesday Feb. 18 - Becca Bryan (ME!) -

Thursday Feb. 19 - Rochelle New -

Friday Feb. 20 - Kate -

Saturday Feb. 21 - Amber -

Sunday Feb. 22 - Caroline Hulse -

Monday Feb. 23 - John Adams -

Tuesday Feb. 24 - Maureen Cracknell - maureencracknellhandmade

Wednesday Feb. 25 - Delia -

Thursday Feb. 26 - Kelly -

Friday Feb. 27 - Christopher Thompson -

Saturday Feb. 28 - Jen -

Thanks April! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

QuiltCon Details {Where I'll be}

In a few days I will leave for QuiltCon! Yippie! So I wanted to tell you where I'll be.

I'll be taking 2 classes and attending a handful of lectures. Here are the buttons I made for the QuiltCon button swap. I'll be carrying them around, so ask me for one if you see me. :)

Buttons!!! #quiltcon #quiltconpinswap

There will be 4 quilts of mine from Modern Rainbow: 14 Imaginative Quilts that Play with Color hanging in the show: Huckleberry, Flame, Rainbow Remix, and Ducks in a Row. (I have yet to blog about most of those yet.) You can also see Wavelength in the Stash Booth (Booth 824)

I will be having a book signing in Stash's Booth (#824) on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Stash will be selling my books in their booth as well. Then on Sunday at 11:00 am, I will be doing a demo at Demo Station B: the demo will be about using the full spectrum of color in quilts. It should be pretty good; I hope! :)

Here's a sneak peek! And that's totally not the full spectrum, but there's a method to my madness. I think. :)

Dear color: I love you.

Are you excited? I'm excited! See you there?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Huckleberry {Modern Rainbow}

Today I'm sharing another quilt from my book - Modern Rainbow: 14 Imaginative Quilts that Play with Color.  If you'd like a signed copy, you can buy one in my shop. You can also purchase one from Amazon or a local quilt shop. Or, if you will be at QuiltCon, Stash will be selling some copies in their booth; I think quantities may be limited.

Huckleberry is one of my favorites from the book. It will be hanging at QuiltCon next week - so I hope you get to see it in person!

This was the teaser pic I shared on Instagram a few weeks ago as I was packing it up to ship to Quiltcon.

Pretty folds.

One of the things I'm most proudest of, is that I got an illustrator credit in my book. Which is cool because as I began the whole process I didn't know ... let's see... anything about the computer program I was using (Adobe Illustrator). So for example, the hardest part about Huckleberry was creating the computer rendered sketch. For anyone who is familiar with Illustrator - I didn't know ANY shortcut in Illustrator when I first made the sketch. And yes it took me several weeks (possibly a month or two?) to chip away at this design. Now I know lots of tricks and it wouldn't take me very long. So it was cool for me to start with little Illustrator skilz and develop them while writing the book and end up with an illustrator credit. Now I gots mad skilz, son! (Just kidding! I'm still learning.)

Anyhoo, more about the quilt .... The entire quilt top is machine pieced. I used solids and the gray background is from one of Carolyn Friedlander's collection.

For the quilting, I created a Mandala design in the center negative space. I used a blue wash-a-way marker and my acrylic rulers to create the shapes. Here's an in progress picture of my quilting lines. I just used a zig-zag free motion quilting to fill in the shapes.  I didn't want to take the zigzag quilting all the way to the center - if one were to quilt all the way to the center, the center might stick out, like a belly button. (No one wants an outie. Why is that?)

As soon as Huckleberry comes back from QuiltCon, I will hang it in my sewing room as a color wheel.

And now, back to work on QuiltCon prep!  I am planning to turn another Huckleberry into a skirt to wear to QuiltCon, but I'm running out of time!!! Wish me luck!

Thanks for visiting. :)

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