Here’s what this graphic, modern quilt looks like with the release of the final row.
I haven’t made mine yet as I’m finishing up a few other projects first. But this year-long journey has been fun and instructive. Look at all these fun patterns! And I’ve learned some new sewing methods for sure and am using them elsewhere.
The patterns and the videos will apparently stay “up” at the Bernina blog for some time if you want to check out anything in this project.
That’s a good thing as the 11th row will be released very soon now as we are now into September. (How did that happen so fast?)
The August row is either a 4-inch circle or an improv blob like an ink blot. Both would be fun, but I chose the circle since I was still hunting for a method to make a good BIG circle without needed a template/ruler to make the background fabric for the circle. This reverse appliqué method WORKS. And I tried it for a 12-inch big circle and it went beautifully. THANK YOU SUGARIDOO, Irene.
Here’s my Cotton+Steel version. The mushrooms are so darn cute—and the color is a good match for the rainbow/solid “emerald” color Sugaridoo chose for this spot. (See below.)
There are two more finished rows waiting for the two missing mystery rows that will come next—one on either end of this big piece.
It isn’t ideal, but it is vastly better than nothing. And, the Zoom meetings have meant that we can continue our progress on our current challenge: Bee Inspired. Each participant lays out what s/he wants, and other participants strive to make something creative within those parameters.
In the Zoom meetings those who are participating in “Bee Inspired” AND who were on the Zoom meeting revealed the blocks they had made for two members.
Sarah wanted us to make “circles and sticks,” and she did a great job of giving us color samples that would provide what she wanted, including gifting us with the shades of background greens she wanted. Here’s what a “stick” block looks like—and I am not sure which member made this one. Sarah plans to alternate the “stick” blocks with the “circle” blocks.
You can see some of the blocks we finished on the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page. When Sarah has all the blocks, she will decide the layout, how to trim blocks, etc.
I chose to make circles, and I had a lot of fun experimenting with different circle forms. The top, yellow circle is 8 inches, and I made it with Latifah Saafir’s “The Clammy” ruler. This ruler is very nifty—and comes in various sizes. One cuts the backing as well as the circle, in two different cuts, and Saafir has videos to show one how to sew the circle into the hole created in the square. I left this piece big as Sarah, if she uses it, may want to trim it so the circle is off-center. Of course, LOL, when one cuts out the yellow circle, one has a yellow square left over with a hole in it, which begs for being used. AND a green circle left over from the green square cut, which begs to be used. It could be a never-ending process. Especially for someone who likes to use up leftovers…
One thing I found is that it is hard to find methods to make LARGE whole circles. Although I suppose that the cardboard method Tara Faughnan taught us in season 1 of the Color Collective would work, now that I think about it. And, the reverse machine applique method Irene of Sugaridoo used recently in her Bernina Quilt Along (we are now on row 8 of 12 rows) could work as well.
There are MANY circle of geese patterns online, and many are free. I saw this one from #jeliquilts on Kelly Lautenbach’s #itsjustsew Instagram gallery. She was using it for a temperature quilt where each circle has geese representing temperatures for the days in a month. Tia Curtis just recently posted pictures of Kelly’s quilt while she was quilting it. I really love this block. I was able to use four of Sarah’s blue choices to make the circle.
The purple circle on the right is, I think, 10 inches. There are all sorts of sizes of Drunken Path rulers online. And I was able to find the magenta/purples Sarah wanted from my stash.
The bottom two blocks are probably so NOT what Sarah wanted, but I had fun trying to hand cut the Drunken Path forms and then sewing them. The encouragement came from Sherri Lynn Wood’s book THE IMPROV HANDBOOK FOR MODERN QUILTERS. AND, I am getting much better at sewing free-hand curves on the machine. They are fun.
As always, I told Sarah to use or not use whatever she wants, to cut up blocks, to discard them, etc.
Jan’s challenge was “squares.” We just did this Zoom meeting last Thursday, so these blocks are not yet up on our Facebook page. Jan received some really nice blocks, and it will be fun to see them again online and to see what Jan does with them.
Jan asked for blues and greens, with one other added color of our choice. And, we could use neutrals if we wanted.
I made her Tara Faughnan’s Radiating Log Cabin block from season 1 of The Color Collective. I chose the blues and greens and had my favorite color pop of a warm coral. Then I noticed that I was not stopping to make the blocks because I could not figure out the color order. I wanted the coral to be the center square and radiate outwards, but it was just so not working. When I switched to a softer purple, which I knew Jan liked, I was able to cut and sew the block.
I made some smaller blocks in the colors I chose so she could spread the color around if she wanted. Again, I told her she could NOT use whatever did not work for her, cut up blocks, trim them back, or whatever.
I love how these blocks came out, and it was fun to make them. Tara Faughnan’s use of this Radiating Log Cabin format makes a really handsome block.
Our next challenge reveal will be in September, so I guess I better start thinking about it.
We have a number of new quilters at Coastal Quilters these days. Our CQ president, Tori Manzi, who is an internet wizard, found this Bernina-sponsored Sugaridoo QAL (quilt-a-long) and encouraged CQ members to do it. A bunch of us are… This QAL is meant to teach all kinds of quilty methods and lasts for a year.
Irene is Sugaridoo—and she quilts and designs patters, is multi-lingual, and lives in the Netherlands. She is also totally adorable—a very happy and sunny personality.
You can join up anytime—all the info is on the Bernina website.
Here is the schematic for the year—you can see that each row has an accent piece in the dark grey. I am doing this rainbow version in Kona solids, but there is another version as well.
We have completed three rows now: 1, 5, and 12. Row 1 is made with the freezer paper method, which I have grown to really like. The other two rows really need to be pieced.
There is a FB page where people can discuss progress and post images. There is a lot of discussion there about seam size versus unit size in order to create blocks and rows that measure correctly. Irene, though, keeps telling everyone “not to worry,” that it will all work out.
The finished quilt will be something like 70 by 90 inches.
I seem to be doing two quilts however…
I’m not sure how that happened…
I’m using Cotton+Steel/Ruby Star Society colored fabrics with their neutrals as much as I can. Who knows how this work out within the rainbow design.
Coastal Quilters President Tori Manzi encouraged members to join this year-long QuiltaLong—sponsored by Bernina—which is meant to teach some sewing skills. Many of us are going to take part.
One could do the rainbow version, with fabrics Sugaridoo chose, as seen below. One could buy Sugaridoo’s kit or just collect the listed Kona fabrics elsewhere. One could also do a version with less fabrics that is not rainbow. Or, one could put together whatever fabrics one wanted. The goal is to learn some new techniques (or refresh old ones) by making a bar of the quilt each month for a year.
I chose the rainbow version, since I have not made a rainbow quilt.