Design Wall Work on “Out of Africa”

Going from this box of 228 half hexies . . .

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. . . to a quilt top is quite a process.

Here’s a short video of how I did it!

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The original fabric:

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Starting with a Clean Slate . . .

As Shakespeare noted, “’tis not so deep as a well nor so wide as a church-door, but ’tis enough, ’twill serve.” My new “design wall” sewn from two 3-yard lengths of white flannel is a little wonky, but I think it will work for laying out the “Out of Africa” One Block Wonder!

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Also, I have sorted the 228 pairs of half-hexies into visually similar groups:

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I named and labeled them with sticky notes. The labels read:

Tigers
Leopards
Zebras
Zebra Mix
Hippos
Elephant Heads
Elephant Trunks
Giraffe Heads
Giraffe Necks
Giraffe Chests
Mix
Gray

It’s a start.

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Out of Africa One Block Wonder

Recently, I joined a group on Facebook called “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum.” I had made a couple of One Block Wonder quilts quite a few years ago, and this group sparked my interest in doing at least one more. A One Block Wonder is a quilt made from hexagons sewn from six identical 60 degree triangles. Briefly, the way to achieve this is to stack six layers of a fabric, matching the pattern repeat, and cutting out adjacent 60 degree triangles. When sewn together the six identical triangles form a kaleidoscopic hexagon. Of course, hexagons tessellate and the rest is history! If that was clear as mud, try reading this best reference book on the subject, “One Block Wonders Encore,” by Maxine Rosenthal and Joy Peltzmann:

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Part of the methodology of creating a One Block Wonder is to sew the cut triangles in sets of two half hexagons. Keeping the two halves of the hexagons separate until later in the process makes construction easier. So far, I had sewn 228 sets of half hexagons:

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Two Hundred twenty eight hexagons required 8 yards of this fabric:

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Isn’t it fun? The line of fabric from Tina Higgins Designs for Quilting Treasures is called “Out of Africa.” Here’s a close-up so you can see the wild animals better:

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Almost all of the hexagons turn out differently. I have placed two half hexagons together on my cutting table so you can see some of the fun results:

Tigers:
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Leopards:
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Hippos:
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Zebras:
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Elephants:
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Then you get down to some wacky bits and bobs like elephant ears and giraffe necks:

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And elephant trunks and hippo heads and leopard heads all together now:
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All of the hexagons will be sewn together in a (uh-hem) pleasing arrangement I hope! In the mean time, I bought some coordinating fabric for accents and borders and backing, etc.:

For accent border, orange:
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For backing, black and gray:
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And just in case I need it a panel depicting larger versions of the animals:
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The next step is arranging the hexies on a design wall. I will keep you posted.

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Winter Place Mats, etc.

I made a set of eight place mats for my daughter’s Christmas gift. I used three fabrics from a coordinated line. I simply layered the backing fabric, batting, and front fabric and free-motion quilted the yardage on my long-arm. I used the tree print for the fronts:

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I used a floral for the backs:

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…and a birch-tree print for the bindings. Here is the right side of the machine applied binding:

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And here is the back side of the machine applied binding:

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I had some quilted yardage left over, so I made eight napkin rings . . .

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. . . and two potholders. The front:

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. . . and the back:

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The tree on the potholders was based on a paper foundation pattern I created in eQ8. Notice the snowflake “star” and the Christmas tree balls from the fabric selvage! Too much fun!

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“Splendor in the Scraps”

My latest finish, “Splendor in the Scraps” is based on a pattern by Marcie Patch that first appeared in America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2014/15, a special newsstand-only publication of McCall’s Quilting, and now available for free download at http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/Splendor-in-the-Scraps-FREE-Traditional-Scrappy-Lap-Quilt-Pattern .
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The light was favorable one morning and I captured these good images of the quilting on the front and back of the quilt:
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A fun feature I added was a reversible binding. Orange on the front . . . :
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. . . and toile on the back:
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There were only three basic patches to construct the quilt top: A square-in-a-square using various prints for the center square surrounded by orange, a square-in-a-square using a constant tan for the center surrounded by various light neutrals, and two reverse image flying geese units sew together forming a square. However, when sewn together according to the pattern instructions these diamonds and stars were created.
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The backing was a toile print which I carefully fussy cut to match the pattern across the three strips of backing:
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Detail of the charming toile print used for the backing :
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Some final views of the finished quilt:
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The original pattern called for four inch squares. I needed a slightly bigger version, so I made my patches five inches. Consequently, the finished quilt measured 95 inches by 105 inches. I used So Fine thread by Superior Threads in color Mushroom. The orange corners and the tan squares were both Grunge by Moda fabrics. The colored prints were scaps of “Silk Road” by Benartex left from a previous quilt. The batting was Hobbs 80/20. I quilted this quilt on my Innova long-arm quilting machine in a free motion “fern” motif.

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Swoon Quilt Completed

Early last fall (September 2016) I finished up the Swoon Quilt in a big hurry because I had ordered a new long arm. The new long arm would be too narrow to load the 115″ x 115″ Swoon Quilt, so I had to finish it up quickly. I decided to use a pantograph instead of custom quilting to make things move along a lot faster.
Some of the blocks after quilting:
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You can see how big the quilt was by how it draped over the edges of my old 8′ x 8′ cutting table!
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I included four extra blocks in the backing fabric to make it large enough:
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To photograph the whole quilt I had to fold it into fourths.
The northwest quadrant:
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The northeast quadrant:
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The southwest quadrant:
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The southeast quadrant:

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Machine applied binding from the front:
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And from the back:
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In case you missed it, here is the movie of all the blocks I posted before:

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Place Mats and Cozy

How do you keep your pot of tea warm?
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With a tea cozy of course!
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Cute, isn’t it?
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Nice to have some matching place mats . . .
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. . . with turquoise binding and backing, too.
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I made some red place mats, too . . .
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. . .with gold backing.
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I kept the quilting simple on these, mostly horizontal lines with just a few diamonds to emphasize the fabric designs. I used Hobbs 80/20 for the batting and Superior King Tut threads for the quilting. The place mats measure 15 inches by 18 inches. I quilted the fabrics with my Innova long-arm quilting machine although, they would be easy to quilt on a domestic sewing machine.

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Mimi’s New Mexico Quilt

I made a quilt especially for Mimi to use when she comes to visit me in New Mexico:
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This is the first bed-sized quilt I have completed on my new Innova long-arm quilting machine. Also, it is the first quilt I have ever done using ruler work only, no feathers or curves:
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I ended up using the “boomerang” motif extensively all over the quilt. In the flying geese . . .
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. . . and in the central blocks:
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I added a little variety by using a diamond motif in the gray sashing strips:
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I love the backing fabric I found in my LQS, “Quilts Ole” in Corrales, NM:
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When I had the quilt hanging for the photo shoot, the sun shone through to the backing creating a fun stained glass effect!
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Do you have a quilt stand? They are so handy:
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My quilt design was based on a design called “Elemental” by Art Gallery Fabrics.

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Southwest Motif Throw Pillows

I pieced and quilted some coverings for six throw pillows using Southwest motifs I gleaned from the internet:

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I used hand dyed fabrics from Cherrywood Fabrics with a Kona Cotton gray background fabric. I had to add a batik here and there:
Brick:
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Teal:
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Brown:
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Watermelon:
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Orange:
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Yellow:
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I quilted the tops using my Janome 8900 sewing machine with the AccuFeed foot which is like a walking foot, but it is built in on the Janome. I used a variegated, brownish King Tut thread by Superior Threads. Here are some closeups of the quilting:
Brick:
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Teal:
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Brown:
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Watermelon:
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Orange:
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Yellow:
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The pillows are about twenty inches on each side.

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“One Wonderful Curve” Table Runner

I completed another table runner. The design is based on a table runner from Jenny Pedigo et al.’s book “One Wonderful Curve”. Jenny used six of the curved units in light colored fabrics, but my version only has five of the curved units and features my signature lime green plus a dark brown.

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This is my first project on my new Innova long arm quilting machine. We recently moved from Michigan to New Mexico and simultaneously upgraded to the Innova. Here are a few pictures of the quilting in progress:

Recently, when I make a table runner or small quilt which will see lots of use, I prefer to bind by machine rather than by hand. In this picture, I have made the double fold binding, sewn it onto the front of the quilt, pressed it to the back of the quilt and glued the binding to the back of the quilt to hold it in place while I stitch in the ditch from the front of the quilt. This method usually works really well.

Displayed on the floor to catch some of the excellent New Mexico sunshine:

From the back side:


Over the side of the kitchen banco (banquette):

On the dining table again:
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