Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Chicopee kaleidescope

The last Inspiration Post of the year is a great one! Kati of from the blue chair made a gorgeous kaleidescope quilt using Denyse Schmidt's fabric line: Chicopee. She uses linen to really help the prints stand out. It's a wonderful negative space fabric choice.

Copyright from the blue chair. Photo used with permission.

Kati's inspiration was another kaleidoscope quilt she saw by Angela of Fussy Cut. We can see why it inspired Kati to make her own! Kati's quilting is also inspiration! It's superbly done and adds immensely to the quilt.

Copyright from the blue chair. Photo used with permission.

Copyright from the blue chair. Photo used with permission.

The back is pieces of leftover fabrics from the same line.

Copyright from the blue chair. Photo used with permission.

It's a warm-feeling kind of quilt and we just love it. See here for more about Kati's quilt. Thanks for sharing, Kati!


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KCMQGers - have a wonderful holiday! We'll see you when the new year rolls around!






Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Wonky Cross Quilt

This week is another entry in the Madrona Road Challenge from earlier this year. Rachel, of Let's Begin Sewing, was inspired by a cross quilt that she saw on Pinterest. She decided to make a wonky cross version for her challenge quilt.

Copyright Let's Begin Sewing. Used with permission.

The white background really sets off her wonky crosses well, and that line of gently curved pieces is a great complement in the negative space. It's beautifully set.

Copyright Let's Begin Sewing. Used with permission.


Rachel tried circular quilting for the first time, and offset her start point to make even more of a statement.

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More about Rachel's quilt can be found here. Thanks for sharing, Rachel!



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Single Boy

This week we bring you a boyish take on the Single Girl Quilt pattern. Made by Judith of Needles and Lemons, this is her Single Boy Quilt!

Copyright Needles and Lemons. Photo used with permission.

We love everything about this quilt! The bright colors are so great and the background complements them perfectly. The quilting fits the design well (though it must have taken forever to do) and the overall effect looks fabulous.

Copyright Needles and Lemons. Photo used with permission.


Judith also made a larger size Single Girl Quilt for herself, which inspired this little boy version. You can read about that quilt here.

Copyright Needles and Lemons. Photo used with permission.


Thanks for sharing, Judith!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt

This week, we'd like to feature one of our own members: Carla of Lollyquiltz who did a fabulous modern take on the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.

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Carla began work on this quilt in June of 2011. She and her friend Cindy participated in the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along with the goal of doing 2 blocks a week, 111 blocks total. Carla blogged as she went along, and even went into detail with the letters and back story that was part of the Farmer's Wife book.

These are the first two blocks Carla made:

Copyright Lollyquiltz. Photo used with permission.

And this is the very last block she made to complete her sampler:

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Carla set her blocks in white.

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She backed it in white sateen, and had a long-arm quilter named Lynne Harbour quilt it.

Copyright Lollyquiltz. Photo used with permission.

Carla's work on this quilt is simply astounding. She took a phenomenal quilt pattern and made it modern with her choice of fabrics and colors. Her journey begins here, if you'd like to read up on it. And her final post is here.

Thanks for sharing, Carla!



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Arrow Tail Quilt

In August, Laurel of Sing All You Want started a quilt along based on a design she came up with for her son. She named it Arrow Tail Quilt and we think it's fabulous!

Photo by Sing All You Want. Used with permission.

For the quilt along, she made another version using a fabric line from Joann's called: Rosette, by Juliana Horner. It's great use of fall fabrics for this design.

Photo by Sing All You Want. Used with permission.

Instead of machine quilting this, Laurel decided to hand tie it with cream-colored perle cotton. It's such a lovely touch. Backing is Garden Main Floral, Laurel's favorite print in the collection.

Photo by Sing All You Want. Used with permission.

There is a flickr group for Laurel's QAL; you can see other quilts in this pattern there.
The tutorial page to make your own version of this quilt can be found here.
Thanks for sharing, Laurel!




Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Oh Snap!

Welcome back to Inspiration of the Week! This week we have Emily from Quilts by Emily showcasing her Oh Snap! quilt. It's a fun, Polaroid-themed piece.

photo by QuiltsByEmily. used with permission.

She used this tutorial to make a bunch of Polaroid blocks. She made hers slightly larger than the tutorial for more impact.

photo by QuiltsByEmily. used with permission.

And turned it into a beautiful quilt!

photo by QuiltsByEmily. used with permission.


Her backing is so cute too.

photo by QuiltsByEmily. used with permission.

View Emily's post here for more information on her Oh Snap! quilt. Thanks for sharing, Emily!





Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fractal Radiance - Thank You!

We are holding off on our regular Inspiration of the Week post in hopes that you've found some inspiration with all of the Fractal Radiance Quilts this week. We'd like to express our gratitude to all of our members and friends who worked together to make this pattern set a reality.

Design Contest Participants - This all started earlier in the year with a design contest and we had quite a few very talented members submit designs. It made for a very difficult selection process! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. 

Design - We are so grateful to Katie for not only creating a winning design and quilt but for also offering to include the pillow pattern. Katie was a pleasure to work with and went above and beyond to make sure every detail was perfect. Take a look at Katie's post about Fractal Radiance and see some gorgeous photos of the first pillow she made.
Fabric - Robert Kaufman Fabrics generously donated all of the Kona Solid Cotton fabric needed for Paula to test this large quilt. They have such an amazing amount of beautiful colors available. I don't know how Paula chose those 19 colors! It's definitely a great quilt pattern to include all of your favorites.

Pattern Testers - Paula, Mary, Lesley, and Melissa all tested quilts and/or pillows. We wanted to ensure success for every person that used the patterns so each was made and checked for accuracy three times!




Quilting - Paula, Denise, Mary, and Katie showed off their fabulous quilting skills and made it possible for us to get photos of finished quilts to share.




Photography - Sarah Sorrell let us squeeze into another photo shoot she had already lined up and photographed the beautiful cover and detail shots on Katie's quilt. Douglas Carr was such a good sport and helped lug quilts along a trail at Lenexa Lake to take fantastic shots of all the other quilts. He was able to capture Denise and Mary's quilting in such great detail!

PDF Pattern - Shea was able to use her pattern making experience to work closely with Katie to create the downloadable PDF. She was a fantastic support through this whole experience!

Technical Everything - Sarah wowed us all with her Technical Editing expertise to fine tune the smallest details of the pattern and then was able to work her magic on the website to make it possible for everyone to download and pay for the pattern. She watermarked photos, wrote blog posts, kept our membership posted on Facebook and so much more!

Details - Marilyn, Denise, Sarah, and Lesley worked hard all along this process from choosing the pattern design winner to the the very last detail before during the launch to make sure this pattern was the best it could be.

Fabric Bundles - Tammy agreed to offer bundles of fabric through her online shop to make shopping for this pattern easier. Bundles from Marmalade Fabrics are ready to go.

Member Enthusiasm - We are probably a bit biased but we think we have the most fabulous guild members ever! They've been patient and enthusiastic about this pattern from the very beginning and have continued to encourage testers and inspire us with their talent month after month. I'm sure some of them will put their own creative spin on this pattern and we can't wait to see what they come up with. Our member blogs are listed here. I wouldn't be surprised if you see some Fractal Radiance quilts show up there.

Thank you all! 





The Fractal Radiance Pattern Set Includes clear instructions and handy diagrams for:
A large 62" x 86" quilt
A small 36" x 50" quilt
A 12.75" x 16.75" pillow
Bonus Facing Finish instructions!

 If you make something with this pattern, we'd love to see you share it in our Fractal Radiance Flickr Group!

Visit our Fractal Radiance Pattern page for purchasing information!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Fractal Radiance - Small Quilts

We hope your are all enjoying the launch of the Fractal Radiance Pattern Set! We have two more beautiful quilts to share with you today. Both were made using the smaller quilt pattern that measures 36" x 50".
Mary Workman created this quilt using calm and cool solids. A guild member commented during a guild meeting that it reminds her of the sea. Mary used straight line quilting running in different directions on each triangle to really accentuate each piece.
Paula Leber chose bright Art Gallery solids and prints for her small quilt. The all over quilting design pairs well with the interesting angles in the piecing. You'll notice that she used a visible multicolored binding and we think the pops of color around the edge work beautifully on this quilt.

This pattern is so versatile and works with so many different choices of fabrics. If you make something from this pattern, we'd love to see you share it in our Fractal Radiance Flickr Group!

 Information on purchasing the PDF pattern can be found here.

The Fractal Radiance Pattern Set Includes clear instructions and handy diagrams for:
A large 62" x 86" quilt
A small 36" x 50" quilt
A 12.75" x 16.75" pillow
Bonus Facing Finish instructions!


 
Marmalade Fabrics
is now offering fabric bundles for this pattern!


Visit our Fractal Radiance Pattern Page for purchasing information.




Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fractal Radiance - Large Quilt

Hello again, KCMQGers! Yesterday we launched the Fractal Radiance Pattern Set and you got to see the pillow and small quilt Katie created that was the inspiration for the patterns. Today we'd like to show you the large version of Fractal Radiance that Paula made (and Denise quilted) as part of the testing process.


Here's what Paula had to say about making the quilt:

"What a dazzling quilt with all of these beautiful Kona colors. This quilt was challenging yet so much fun to make. Large pieces, and with a little care for those bias edges it comes together smoothly and easily and the best part quickly. In a weekend or so you can have a spectacular Fractal Radiance quilt of your own!"

Paula has a wonderful eye for color and chose beautiful Robert Kaufman Kona Solids. There are 19 colors in this large pattern. Since the triangle pieces begin as rectangles, you will have a wide assortment of colors to add to your stash after cutting. And who wouldn't love adding these brilliant colors to more projects (like the Fractal Radiance pillow)! The Konas Paula used were:

A:  Papaya #149
B:  Mulberry #80
C:  Bright Pink #1049
D:  Candi Pink #1062
E:  Hibiscus #188
F:  Hyacinth #1171
G:  Lapis  #357
H:  Crocus #142
I:  Pansy #258
J:  Honey Dew #21
K:  Caribbean #1064
L:  Bahama #1011
M: Cyan #151
N:  Lagoon #139
O:  Peacock #1282
P:  Robin Egg #1514
Q:  Kiwi #1188
R:  Sour Apple #144
S:  Spearmint #217



We love that Katie wrote directions in the pattern set for achieving a facing finish for the binding. You can see that the facing finish on both quilts allow the eye to move across the solid fabrics and beyond the edge of the quilt.

Check back tomorrow to see more quilts from our testers.

Information on purchasing the PDF pattern can be found here.

The Fractal Radiance Pattern Set Includes clear instructions and handy diagrams for:
A large 62" x 86" quilt
A small 36" x 50" quilt
A 12.75" x 16.75" pillow
Bonus Facing Finish instructions!


Marmalade Fabrics
is now offering fabric bundles for this pattern!

 If you make something from this pattern, we'd love to see you share it in our Fractal Radiance Flickr Group!



Visit our Fractal Radiance Pattern Page for purchasing information.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pattern Launch - Fractal Radiance

Hello KCMQGers! The long awaited pattern launch day is finally upon us! We are so excited to present this pattern set: Fractal Radiance by Katie Larson for the KCMQG!



We asked Katie to tell us about her experience creating the quilt pattern and this is what she had to say:
This pattern originally started as a pillow I made for my friend Lindsay who likes bold colors and patterns. I liked the way it turned out so much that I decided to enlarge it as a small quilt for myself. It was a challenge to determine how to accurately cut out the large triangles, but I think I came up with a method that works well and isn’t too complicated. I love that it’s simple yet dynamic, and because there aren’t a lot of pieces, it goes together fairly quick. 
I was so excited to find out this design was chosen to become a pattern, and have learned a lot in the process. I hope you enjoy the pattern, and can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Here's the pillow that started Katie's process.

And the small quilt that resulted from it:


A close up of the beautiful quilting:



Katie used Kona solids in her small quilt:
A: Coral #1087
B: Pomegranate #1295
C: Violet #1383
D: Cerise #1066
E: Dark Violet #1485
F: Deep Blue #1541
G: Ice Frappe #1173
H: Turquoise #1376
I: Crocus #142
J: Jade Green #1183
K: Candy Green #1061

We think this design is so innovative and can't wait to get our hands on it! How about you?

The Fractal Radiance Pattern Set Includes clear instructions and handy diagrams for:
A large 62" x 86" quilt
A small 36" x 50" quilt
A 12.75" x 16.75" pillow
Bonus Facing Finish instructions!

 Information on purchasing the PDF pattern can be found here.

If you make something with this pattern, we'd love to see you share it in our Fractal Radiance Flickr Group!

Check back tomorrow to see the quilts our pattern testers made and hear what they had to say about their experiences!


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Marmalade Fabrics

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Visit our Fractal Radiance Pattern page for purchasing information!




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - This One's for the Birds

This adorable tumbler quilt comes to us from Candace of Saltwater Quilts. Using a traditional tumbler design and modern fabrics, Candace made the sweetest quilt!

photo used with permission

She used greens, blues, yellows, low volumes and threw in a punch of red here and there.

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The straight line quilting follows the tumbler blocks.

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The back showcases the quilting well also.

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And where did the name come from? This adorable bird print!

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Be sure to check out Candace's post for more information, as well as her previous posts here, here, here and here. She takes wonderful photos of her work! Thanks for sharing, Candance!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - improv challenge baby quilt

Shelley of elsie's girl recently finished an improv challenge baby quilt for her Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild. She did a wonderful job with the improv blocks! They are fabulous.

photo used with permission

Her sense of symmetry prevented her from setting the improv blocks asymmetrically, but we think the center alignment accentuates the improv blocks perfectly. She quilted with lime green thread in a random, wavy-lined pattern with a few log-cabin-like sections that mimic the improv blocks.

photo used with permission

A fun Michael Miller dot makes the back stand out, and a black and white striped binding finishes it off perfectly.

photo used with permission

Read more about Shelley's process here. Thanks for sharing, Shelley!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Star-plus quilt

This week's inspiration is a gorgeous star-plus quilt made by Claudia of Machen und Tun, based in Munich, Germany. She started off making the smaller sized star blocks and then decided to add in some medium sized ones for variety. Once she saw them all together, she decided it needed even more contrast and made two super large star blocks. We love this effect!

photo used with permission

She quilted in straight lines, in the plus shape.

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Claudia plans to write a pattern for this quilt, so check back with her for more info on that. We know it's one we would love to make!

photo used with permission

Thanks for sharing, Claudia!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - do. Good Stitches Flying V Quilt

Jessica of a little gray has participated in the do. Good Stitches charity bee for the last several years. Her most recent quilt finish for that group is our Inspiration of the week. We love helping the community and this quilt is a beautiful item to give back.

photo used with permission

Jessica's flying geese design was put together in strips. Each participant was asked to make one strip of flying geese, with them all pointed in the same direction, and with the colors in groups instead of mixed up. Jessica took those strips and created the staggered effect above. She quilted in dense lines about 1/2" apart.

photo used with permission

The binding is the dictionary text print from Moda's Mama Said Sew and the backing is Vintage Modern print (Bonnie & Camille for Moda).

photo used with permission

We think whoever receives this quilt is going to love it! Check out Jessica's post for more of her inspiration details. Thanks for sharing, Jessica!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Swapsies: A Rainbow Mini Quilt

Paper-piecing lovers, this one is for you! This gorgeously intricate mini quilt was made by Kelly of kelbysews as a swap gift. If this was our swap gift, I don't think we could give it away!

photo used with permission

Kelly says the only hard part was lining up the corners when sewing the wedges together. We can see why!

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We love her fabric choices here, and the quilting is perfectly suited to the design.

Kelly bought the pattern for this mini on Craftsy. Read more about her quilt here. Thanks for sharing, Kelly!