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What’s In The Box?

I have been very lucky that I have been super busy the last few months.
It is very exciting to have several projects in many different magazines.
This month I have the pleasure of being in not one,

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not two,

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but three magazines.

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One of the coolest patterns I have worked on was this optical illusion quilt for Jenny at Love Patchwork & Quilting.

As always it starts with a bit of looking around online and through my photos. After a chat with Jenny on what would be a good selection of fabrics I narrowed it down to a few of the new lines from Art Gallery. Because most new fabric ranges are available online as jpegs, I can easily create my quilt digitally before even ordering the fabrics. This method allows me to shift and reposition the prints to best suit the design. I like doing this!

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Once a decision on the fabric was made ( Winged by Bonnie Christine) I was ready to get quilting so the great people at Hantex sent me over what I needed and away I got to cutting.

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As you can see the finished quilt looks virtually identical to the image above which was made digitally.

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Once it was pinned out the spiral was started on my Janome Horizon 7700.  This machine makes quick and easy work of the full size quilt.
(Thank you to RayStitch for always letting me use the big green table to pin my projects)

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I really like the way this turned out.  Looking forward to sitting warmly under it on the sofa watching some bad tv!

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I even seam matched the back so you won’t be able to find the join.  I dare you to try and find it!

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Let’s go for a ride!

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Meet Caleb and Dylan.  My two bamboo bikes made by a company in the states.  I assembled both bikes by myself and love riding them around London.  Caleb and I participated in the London Night Ride together this past year. Dylan is my fixie and has been relaxing on the wall for a bit.IMG_0136Some people might call me a bit bike obsessed.  That might be true but I thought it would be fun to combine my bike with a quilt.  I found a really cool image online not too long ago and my next magazine project was born.

Starting with an illustrator rendering of the chain, I began to deconstruct it into more manageable sections. Playing with the layout to see what looked best.

The result can be found in this months issue of Quilt Now! (issue 9).

image-8It was a fun thing to do.  I enjoy creating my own templates and this one had a few interesting shapes to contend with.  Most people can deal with the Drunkards curves but the other two take a bit of planning.

Once I drew out my shapes I then printed them and added my seam allowance. Scanned them back in and redrew them to the correct size and shape.

On a visit to CT last year, Denyse Schmidt gave me some bundles of her Florence collection so as this quilt was to be mine I thought I would use my own stash to create it. I pulled a few colors that I liked and placed them in the order that appealed to me.

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Then the pressing and cutting began.

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Once all the pieces were in front of me on the table I pieced the easy parts first. I have a curved piecing foot so that is what I used but it can be done the pinning method as well.

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When the top was finished I pressed out my back and taped it all to the floor when the baby was napping.  With my safety pins in hand I got to pinning.

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It was a really fun thing to figure out and quilt. image-9

 

 

 

 

Rain or Shine?

I was asked by David at Dashwood Studios to come up with a quilt to use at shows that would display their new Rain or Shine? range.

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A few days later a package arrived at the house with some strike off prints.  I immediately starting to like about what I could do with the very brightly colored prints. Then it hit me, Giant raindrops and an even BIGGER Umbrella!

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My original sketch just had a solid background and while I didn’t want it to take away from the prints I knew it needed something. I found some Kona grey solids and a few sky blues and got to cutting.

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So I decided to cut some squares and then sew them together.  Then I cut some more and added them to the mix.  After a while I ended up with over 100 little trimmed blocks that needed to be arranged.

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I found some space on the living room floor and started to lay them out.  Shuffling them around so the tones were different. 

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Next was the blue!

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I made my Raindrops and Umbrella pieces using some interfacing and then carefully appliquéd them in place.

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Let’s Quilt Now!!!!!

This past year I had the pleasure of seeing my friend Katy Jones at the Festival of Quilts and a brief chat about me doing work for her new magazine, Quilt Now!, turned into this really cool Triangle quilt.

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Since I have never done work for a magazine before I was excited and nervous about giving them what they wanted. Katy sent me a few of her Pinterest boards with the colors she was looking for. After a visit to the Wharf with Haydn I noticed an image on the elevator with random triangles. When I got home I created a digital layout and we were off.

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Step two was selecting fabrics for the quilt. I emailed Annie at The Village Haberdashery and she said to come on by and pick out what I needed. I wanted a bright and fun quilt so I went with some interesting choices.

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Using my layout sketch I trimmed my triangles out and placed them up on my design wall. After a few tweeks here and there we were ready to go. You’ll have to get the magazine for the instructions!!

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I wanted to add a bit of something to the back so I made a large triangle using the scraps I had and some contrasting orange and black to set it off.  With the remaining larger pieces I stripped them down to 2.5″ and bound the quilt in them.

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So now I am working on a few more.  One for the March issue and one for April.

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An Open Book

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So I am a fan of the band Blue October and have been for years.  It started as a bit of an accident.  I had gone to a show with a friend to see another band I like and Blue October was the co-headliner. I was drawn to the music and the lyrics and have continued to follow them over the last 10-11 years seeing them in concert every time they either play in NYC or in London and on a few occasions in San Francisco while we were on vacation.

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This year the lead singer, Justin Furstenfeld released an acoustic album of his songs and was touring the UK and Germany. “Open Book” is a mix of Justin singing and talking about his life.  The good, the bad and the ugly.

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As I follow them on Twitter and Facebook I noticed this cool image that Justin posted before the album was released. I thought it would make a cool quilt.  As some of you know I have been making these pixelated portraits as of late.  I plotted out my image and began to figure out what to use for the black and greys.

Then it hit me, I have some older tour t-shirts that I don’t wear as much as I used to and placed them out to see if I had enough to do what I needed.

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After pressing the shirts flat I started to cut them up.  As they are not quilting cotton I had to interface the back side of the shirts to keep the edges from rolling and fraying.

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Once all the shirts were prepped I figured out the size I was going to cut them up into. After some quick calculations I thought my best best would be 2″ squares ending up with a 1.5″ finished square.

Let the cutting begin!!

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I carefully chopped up the fronts and backs of the shirts into tiny little squares and separated them into color. Most of the squares were black but on some of the shirts I used the printed silkscreen image as varying shades of grey.

Now on some of the other quilts I just gridded up the entire project into 5×5 or 6×6 sections and pieced them together normally.  They were bigger squares and quilting cotton.  Since we were using smaller squares and t-shirts I opted for the fuse and sew method I have seen demonstrated by Oh Frannson! Off we went.

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After a few days of careful planning while Haydn was sleeping I had a finished portrait of Justin.

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Will get to the actual quilting soon.  When I saw Justin in October I mentioned I had made this and offered it to him.  The full band will be back in February so I will plan on getting it to him then.

Choo Choo!!

I was asked by the Simon & Schuster Marketing Department to design a Pop Up for the 2014 Caldecott Awards Banquet. This years winner was Brian Floca for his book, Locomotive. Since S&S is the publisher of the book they get to create the Program that gets handed out at the event.  That means I got to design the Pop and the booklet.

Since many will never see the Pop Up, I thought I would show the construction of it.  I made a white dummy and sent the die line files to Brian and he made this amazing art overnight.

Have a look!

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Been a bit busy!

Sorry for the lack of posts as of late. I have been a bit busy.

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Victoria and I welcomed Haydn into our family in March and everything has been a bit crazy since. Hopefully I will be getting back to regular posts soon.IMG-20140516-WA0000 IMG_0929 DSC_0021

 

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