economy 101

economy 101

I can finally share the quilt I’ve been working on for the Clothworks Farm to Fabric challenge! I am super excited about this one because the quilt was accepted to be shown at the Houston Quilt Market and Quilt Festival a few weeks ago. What an honor! The quilts made for the challenge were supposed to reflect the theme of buying American-made and local goods. I tried to keep it as simple as possible, and made a quilt entirely out of economy blocks…you know…’cause shopping local is good for the economy and all.

I picked out some differing shades of red, pink, purple, orange, grey and white solids, and went to work on the economy blocks. I chain-pieced most of them…I always love the stage in chain-piecing when you take the pieces off and they are still connected by the thread. If you hang them end-to-end they look like bunting flags. When you do it at the right stage in making economy blocks, they look like little envelope bunting flags…like this:

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ha ha!

Anyway, I messed around with a few different layouts for the blocks

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before I decided I liked the simpler second version better.

And here’s what I came up with:

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I love economy blocks. They make me happy!

Another thing I love is that when you put them together, you get a secondary star pattern. So that’s how I quilted it:

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Can you see it?

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There’s a picture of the back that makes it easier to see the way it’s quilted. I hand-quilted this one with #8 perle cotton in ecru. I don’t usually do a whole lot of hand-quilting, but I found it very relaxing, portable, and enjoyable.

And now that quilt market is over, my quilt is off to, um, well, I have no idea. I just know that it’s out there traveling somewhere. And it’s in safe hands, so don’t worry! If anyone out there reading this knows where else these quilts are going, feel free to let me know. Thanks!

And that’s all for now.

Thanks for reading, and have a large day!

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Linking up to Persimon Dreams for the bonus challenge! Take a look over there and see some other great quilts made for the same challenge!

blogger’s quilt festival part 2

blogger’s quilt festival part 2

I decided to go outside the box a little bit for my second Blogger’s Quilt Festival entry. This is actually a set of small quilts that all work together. I like to call it “Me and My Arrows.”

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I used an online tutorial from Grace and Favour to piece six individual arrows. Then I quilted them with some lovely 50 weight rainbow variegated Aurifil thread. When I was done, I finished them by couching a black yarn around the edges and cutting the remainder of the excess fabric and batting away. I like the effect it created! Once I had six complete arrows, I hung them all on a dow rod with some curtain hanger clips, and voila! Me and My Arrows!

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Each arrow measures appx 5″ X 22″. I hope you like them.

And thanks again to Amy’s Creative Side for hosting this super-fun event!

blogger’s quilt festival part 1

blogger’s quilt festival part 1

I’m so excited that it’s time for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival again! Thanks to Amy’s Creative Side for hosting this super-fun online event!

Voting is now open! If you click on THIS LINK and then scroll down a bit, you will see pictures of multiple quilts. Each picture has a heart on the top right corner. If you would like to vote for my quilt, simply click on the heart symbol in the corner of this picture. Thanks!

Here’s my first entry:

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I like to call it Big Big Funky Star.

This is my first lone star quilt. Someday I might try a more complicated version with lots of little tiny pieces. But I do like the way the bigger diamonds make the quilt look a bit more modern.

Here’s a closer pic:

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I used several different graphic prints from my stash, and a nice zebra print for the outside corners. I did a lot of echo and straight-line quilting with my walking foot on my home machine to accentuate the piecing. I made a scrappy binding using leftovers of the black and white polka dot as well as some grey and black plaid. The quilt is 48″ X 48″ around.

The pattern came from Moda Bake Shop. Here is a link.

And here is a link to my original blog post about the quilt.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my entry!

one block wonder

one block wonder

I recently completed my ONE AND ONLY one block wonder quilt top. I say that because, while the quilt pattern has a beautiful effect, I simply cannot keep myself entertained while cutting up and putting back together ONE fabric over and over and over again! Some people seem to love making these quilts, but it is just not for me.

Anyhoo, I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out. I started with this nice Amy Butler print:

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And ended up with this:

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I could’ve made it a bit larger, but I just got to a point where I had sewn together about 500 identical equilateral triangles into hexagons and had to stop the madness in order to preserve my sanity.

I also made the triangles a bit smaller than what the instructions called for because of the scale of the original fabric.

So it is a small-ish quilt top.

But it is a beautiful quilt top.

And for my October goal, my plan is to have it quilted and bound by the end of the month.

Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes.

Thanks for reading – erin

 

moonflowers

moonflowers

 

In an effort to practice some of my newly acquired free-motion quilting skills, I dug through my WIPs for things to quilt. I happened upon this small, already-sandwiched quilt top and knew I had found a winner! I probably made it close to a year ago using Kim Lapacek’s “Spinning Nines” pattern. You can follow the link to buy the pattern at her Etsy shop if you like it.

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I really enjoyed using this pattern. Next time I use it, I will try higher-contrast fabrics. But I like the way this quilt is a bit dark, despite the fact that it is made using all floral prints. Hence the name – moonflowers.

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As for the quilting, it was difficult to photograph. But I did the entire thing with my free-motion quilting foot – even stitching in the ditch! So it was great practice to learn how to become one with my sewing machine…or something like that…ahem.

I used a wandering clover design in the purple patches, and I just left the black patches empty. I learned the clover design from Leah Day’s Craftsy Class: Free-Motion Quilting a Sampler. It is basically a stipple with a three-leafed clover here and there. It shows up a bit better on the back:

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If anyone is interested in learning how to free-motion quilt on their home machine, I highly recommend buying that class. I have been wrestling with this technique for at least a year now, and lately have just given up and used my walking foot for straight lines in my quilting. But she gives some pointers, tips, and even ways to modify your machine that seem to be working like a charm for me. Now I just need to practice. A lot. Hence the formation of this small quilt! I hope you like it!

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Thanks for reading,

Erin

me and my arrows…

me and my arrows…

the Project Quilting challenge this month was to “make it a mini.” or make a quilt that measures less than 24″X24″ all around. one of my fellow Project Quilters upped the antie a bit and suggested some of us make !four! mini quilts this month. of course I was in. and then things just happened and I ended up with SIX MINI QUILTS! all arrows. they were pretty fun to make. here they are:

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I used the tutorial on Grace and Favour to piece the arrows. then I quilted them with 50 weight variegated rainbow aurifil thread. then I finished them by couching a nice black yarn with a zig-zag stitch around the edges. I loved the effect that made! each arrow quilt measures appx 5″X22″ all around.

I used these curtain-hanger clips to arrange them on a dow rod, and !voila! They look pretty nice over my fireplace, but I may end up selling them. I may even make more…these were pretty fun!

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and that completes my goal for September! linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes.

thanks for reading!

erin faller

september goal

september goal

for September, I’ve decided to make the goal of completing the off-season Project Quilting challenge: Make it a Mini

TIMES FOUR!

thanks to Terry Truesdale–a fellow project quilter– for upping the antie on this one and giving me the idea.

For those of you who don’t know, the Project Quilting challenge this month is to make a mini quilt, which is defined as a quilt smaller than 24″X24.” Which means my goal for this month is to complete four small quilts!

Wish me luck!!!

lady in red

lady in red

Project Quilting’s challenge this month was to do a quilt in only red and white. I decided to use it as a way to practice some of my free-motion quilting techiques, and here is what I came up with:

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I am calling it “lady in red.” I made her here on the banks of the muddy Susquehanna in Duncannon, PA, and she measures about 9.5″X18.5.”

Here’s a close-up:

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I used two different fabrics for the lady: one solid red fabric, and then another red with white stars. I used fusible web to do some raw edge applique, and then free-motion quilted the snot out of her. This was a fun little quilt to make. I see more small art quilts in my future.

Thanks for reading!

catching up with Globetrotting

catching up with Globetrotting

I started Pat Sloan’s Globetrotting block-of-the-month quilt in January and randomly stopped in April. I’m thinking I probably got distracted by my garden and pool! So I spent my free time the past few days catching up with blocks from May, June, July, and August. If you’re not familiar, the quilt-along is pretty awesome. Lots of people are doing it, it is free, each month a different block pattern is posted, and each of the blocks have been inspired by a different city.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

January – Washington D.C.

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February – Venice, Italy

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March – Chicago

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April – San Juan, Puerto Rico

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May – London, England

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June – St. Louis, Missouri

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July – Sydney, Australia

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August – Paris, France

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which means I’m caught up! just waiting to see what Pat has in store for us in September.

Here is what they look like all together up on my design wall:

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pretty fun!

Everyone in the group is using the same patterns, but different fabrics. The differences are amazing. You can see all the variety by following this link to the flickr group. Enjoy!