Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - July in January

This week we are featuring a great improvisational quilt! Anna, of Six White Horses, made this quilt for a couple of her oldest friends. Her color inspiration came from the dress she wore to their wedding years before. They requested improv and that it be easily hung on the wall. This is what she came up with:

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We think it's so interesting! The colors are wonderful and it's bright and airy. It's a great piece to have on the wall. Anna made it to go with pillows she'd made previously. Straight line quilting and scrappy binding completes the look.

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Read more about Anna's quilt here. Thanks for sharing, Anna!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Shelbourne Cross Quilt

Everyone loves a cross quilt. This one caught our eye with its gorgeous fabric selection and easy layout. Jolene of Blue Elephant Stitches used a bundle of FQs of Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt in green to create this gorgeous baby quilt.

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She used Kaffe shot cotton in Aqua on the back to make it the softest baby quilt ever.

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And that binding! We love it!

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Read more about Jolene's quilt here. Thanks for sharing, Jolene!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - The Bee Quilt

This week we have another hand project as our inspiration! What, this looks like something that was done on a machine, you say? That's what we thought! But no. Casey of The Studiolo made this stunning quilt for her son with hand applique and hand quilting methods.

The front design is honeybees and dandelions which Casey hand appliqued.

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She went over the edges of the applique with blanket stitching and then crocheted borders around each element also.

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For the back, she used some fabric that reminded her of honeycombs.

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She hand quilted tiny hexagons throughout the white space of the quilt.

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And all that took her just two years. We are impressed! See Casey's posts about this quilt here and here. Thanks for sharing, Casey!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

[Book Review] Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild thought it would be fun to begin posting reviews of some modern quilt books on the blog. If you have a book you think would be a good one for us to review, please email us and let us know!

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Review by Paula Leber
Paula is a member of KCMQG and blogs at paulasstitchwitchery.blogspot.com


I have been asked to review this, the third book from Tula Pink called Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. It is a “sampler” book made up of 100 basic, modern quilt blocks. There is nothing terribly difficult in this book. If nothing else it will assist in honing your cutting and piecing skills! The 6.5 inch square blocks are quick, simple and fun, almost addictive once you get started. I have made my way through the first 70 blocks! You will enjoy seeing each block come together in your own choice of fabrics. Each creation is new and different.

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The book is divided into only two chapters. The first contains all information needed to construct the blocks that are made up of strips, crosses, triangles, squares and rectangles. The second chapter contains information on several different design ideas for putting your blocks together to complete the quilt top. I have found the measurements to be accurate. There are Tula’s tips and tricks to help you along the way. All are very helpful.

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Needless to say Tula’s examples are all made from her different fabric lines, combined with solids and blenders. You can see these blocks made from many different fabrics in the Flickr groups, City Sampler Quilt Along and Fearless Fabric Fiends… Having a Tula Pink Quilt Along. These groups have formed specifically for this book. Many of the blocks are quite creative.

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I would definitely recommend this book even to a beginning quilter. It will teach you not only to match your seams but to strive for accuracy as you construct each block. So come and quilt along with me and create a simple sampler masterpiece!

Paula's ever-expanding book with her completed work in it. Photo by bubbabean22

~ Paula, bubbabean22

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Hexie Rings

This week our inspiration is for all you out there who need portable projects that use up scraps. Hexies are one of the best portable projects available. Haven't done hexies before? Prepare to be inspired!


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Rebecca of Parsley is the New Black started making hexagon flowers a few years ago as a way of having a portable project during her travels. She had no real plan in mind aside from putting those scraps to use. Eventually she had enough that she had to do something with them, and the idea for a flower field was born. She strung her hexies into rings and used a lovely teal backdrop to make the flowers pop.


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She quilted pebble texture and some echo lines to complement the flower rings.


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It's just gorgeous, and we know we have more than enough scraps to accomplish this too! See more about Rebecca's quilt here. Thanks for sharing, Rebecca!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Community

We've all been there before. We get that feeling that we are doing too much, we are too busy, we are too crazily jam-packed with activities that we don't have time to think or ponder or contemplate. Andy of a Bright Corner took a step back and remembered how to take a breath during the day. She carved out a bit of time to just sit each day and play. Out of her play came this quilt: Community.

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We all belong to various communities, whether they be large or small, tight-knit or very informal. Andy's sense of creativity and belonging speaks volumes in her work. We think it's mesmerizing.

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Andy discusses her inspiration, creative searching and community foundations in her post about this quilt. It's well worth the read. Thank you for sharing, Andy!