Sunday, August 19, 2018

Variations on a Theme

With Sujata's permission,
I have been teaching from her Cultural Fusion Quilts book
at the newest of our local quilt shops.

Epicenter (above and below) is my recent sample quilt
that helped promote the freeform rail fence class.

Instead of a regular binding, I used facing for this one,
my fifth free form rail fence quilt.

You can read the story behind the facing decision HERE.

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But as all of us who have made Sujata's quilts before know,
there's more than one way to work with her blocks.

Hence the title of this post . . . 

Using the block samples in the book,
I made one version that reminds me of a coins quilt.

32" x 32" - bound with a soft yellow solid.

That same block could be rotated 90 degrees
and become a vertical coins/column-style quilt.

Same layout but quite a different look.

I quilted this one with Buttercup Yellow 
using my wavy window blind shadow design.

Another set of step out blocks were laid out
in the quarter log cabin style.

I really like this design and wonder 
how it would evolve with even more blocks.

One day I may even make another one 
just so I can play with the idea.

Backed with a soft floral and bound with a solid.

32" x 32" and quilted along the seam lines 
with an organic wavy line
using Buttercup yellow Glide thread.

Inspired by LeeAnn's quilt in the book,
I took the pinwheel idea a step further.

Instead of keeping the four quadrants together,
I split them up to create this layout.

32" x 32"

Backed with a Tula Pink print and 
bound with a soft purple Moda Marble.

I quilted this one in a wiggly concentric spiral 
from the center out to the edges
using Eggplant Glide thread.

Hopefully these example quilts
demonstrate to the students
that there is more than one way
to work with Sujata's freeform rail fence blocks!


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Spotted Winkel Quilt is Finished!

My Spotted Winkel quilt is DONE!!

Come enjoy LOTS more photos
along with the quilt's creation story

Thanks, Sujata -- your book continues to rock!!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Chinese Coin Quilt with Cultural Fusion Borders

I've been working with Chinese Coins as an alternative use for strings and finally finished this quilt. Only a year in the making. Wanting to continue the freehand cutting and piecing, I made the borders with ideas from Sujata's book.

The navy and purple diamonds of the inner border used her Hourglass instructions while the pennants of the outer border started as Endless Mountains. It was exciting to combine different quilting instructions into an original work, to mix scissor cutting with rotary cutting, and to work with a broad range of scraps and colorful fabric from my stash. More details on my blog.

Thanks for your friendship and inspiration, Sujata.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Another Take on "Peppermint Pinwheels"

I like small projects that I can get finished!  This was made with one fat quarter batik and one fat quarter of a custom designed muslin (Sharpie Tie Dye) and just a little bit of orange accent.  I find myself using orange quite a lot.  Happy color! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kansas Troubles

I recently finished this passage quilt using the Kansas Troubles variation in Sujata's book. Grouping these sometimes disparate fabrics into larger units helped organize the quilt.

Kansas Troubles passage quilt
A bit more here.

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Borders On!

I sewed the blocks together and added a plain border. I could have taken the easy way out and stopped there, but instead I took the time to make half square triangles for the border.  I'm glad I did!

I was working from scraps and was OUT of golds.  I rounded up the browns, introduced a couple new ones, and stitched them up with a variety of cream prints.  Do you think it needs another gold border???

(36" Square)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hourglass Blocks

In my first experience with crooked hourglass blocks, I went off on a tangent:

I enjoyed them so much that I made more.  This is on the design wall now.  It's all I have of these golds and browns, so I'll stop here.  But I have more hourglass ideas in my head!