During my participation in the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop I connected with some great quilters. Janice from Color, Creating and Quilting and Jen from A Dream and A Stitch are hosting a Shadow Block Mini Quilt-along. I decided to jump in, because I only have five or six quilts I’m currently working on. Right after I decided to sign up, my Mom came to visit and house-sit while I traveled. She brought these luscious green batiks with her and gave them to me!
Batiks have been my passion since I began quilting back in 2000. Fabrics are like drugs to me, and I would say that batiks are my heroin. This particular batch was acquired by my Mom on a pilgrimage we made to Keepsake Quilting, in Center Harbor, New Hampshire. It was our second visit, and will probably not be our last. My nieces were with us, and helped me pick out some breathtaking fabrics. (They are still in my stash, waiting their turn on the cutting table.) Mom chose a set of Hoffman’s Bali charm squares, a layer cake, a jelly roll of neutrals (not batiks) and some yardage. She also picked up a package of Tailor’s Quilt As You Go backing, which I do not currently have a plan for. I’m not sure what her vision was, but I have a whole new plan to use these greens.
So, first step is to get out the 5″ charm pack and pick 20 for the Shadow Mini Quilt. This took longer than it should have.
Next, press them all and trim. Don’t get your keeper pile confused with your reject pile, drink a glass of wine, then come back in to the studio. You will be really confused in the morning.
Here we are – all cut and ready to assemble. I have two thoughts:
- I’m loving that cutting out an entire quilt took less than an hour.
- What was I thinking. There are 40 1″ squares here. Have I learned nothing from the City Sampler? I don’t like sewing 1″ bits.
Unfortunately, sewing had to wait until after the family Labor Day picnic. One trip to Pennsylvania under threat of a tropical storm will make coming home to the studio all the sweeter. I probably won’t even mind burning my finger tips while pressing open the seams on the 1″ squares.
Well, maybe just a taste…
Life turned out to be busier than expected this weekend. Wahh. I had to take my older son to college on Sunday, and rather than just a few hours, it ended up taking all day. On a side note, if you ever have the opportunity to visit Ikea on Labor Day, don’t. Also, if your 19 year old assures you he has everything he needs, double check, so you don’t have to drive back to college with towels. When we finally got home, I pretty much collapsed, rather than finishing the quilt as planned.
So, this is my progress this morning. I love seeing the quilt get closer to complete on my design wall. Initially it looks okay, but as each seam gets joined, the piece really starts to pop.
Here she is all basted.
I call this one “shark farts,” which is my new favorite curse picked up from our Netflix sessions of 30 Rock. Don’t let your backing fold over before you quilt.
And here are my obligatory weiner photos. It is important to keep your hands properly moisturized while quilting.
This is where my quilt stands right now, at 9:47AM. The majority of the quilting is complete. I want to quilt the edge of each green square where it floats above the grey, but that requires a thread change, and I have a few non-quilt things to finish today. My younger son looks like a Chia pet and school starts tomorrow. I hope we can get his hair cut, gather his school supplies, and finish up some paperwork for my college boy. The quilt should be finished tonight. I hope. I will update the post as soon as I have completed the project.
Here she is, in all her glory. It’s dark now, so no fancy photos in the yard. I did minimal quilting. I love the elaborate quilting others did on their versions, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I really like the strength of the illusion.
Here is a list of other quilters participating in the project – be sure to check out their quilts. Leave comments to be entered into a drawing for prizes! I will be giving away a set of 5″ blue charms in batiks so that you can make your own Shadow Mini quilt.
Jen Rosin at A Dream and a Stitch
Janice Holton at Color, Creating and Quilting
Debora Exum at Studio Dragonfly
Amanda Everest at Quiltologie
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Bonnie Stapleton at Institches with Bonnie
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Joanne Harris at Quilts by Joanne
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Mary Schuberg at Needled Mom