May 14, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Modern Building Blocks

I always love participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. A no-pressure, inspiration-filled way to share our recently finished quilts.  Today, I am thrilled to enter my Modern Building Blocks quilt, a kit put together last year by Moda.  It uses an amazing palette of Moda Bella solids and, I may have said this before once or twice, but I think this is my favorite quilt I have ever made!

96" x 96"
Pattern: Modern Building Blocks by Moda
Fabrics: various Moda Bella Solids
Thread: Aurifil 50wt neutral for piecing
Quilting: Straight lines 3/4 inches apart 
by Happy Me Quilting

I started it in August of last year, but I didn't finish the top until early this year.  I contemplated the various quilt designs I could choose, and decided just to go with straight line quilting. The result is clean and doesn't distract or cloud the star of the show, which are the quilt blocks.

In fact, I almost feel like when you look at this quilt, it looks like a printed piece of fabric - all cohesive and unified as one design, despite the multitude of block sizes, colors and styles.

This quilt is now happily residing on my son's bed, until I can steal it back for him. His "forever" quilt is currently at the longarmer. I'll be sharing that with you soon!!

I hope you love this quilt as much as I do! Go visit all of the amazing quilts in this Festival, which runs May 15 - 29.

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May 6, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Gravity Quilt top finished

Hi there quilty peeps! This week, I finished the top of my Gravity Quilt. Jaybird Quilts has done it again with her amazing rulers and fantastic pattern instructions.  This top was done in the span of about a month - it came together so easily once I really focused my attention on starching, pressing (not ironing) and finding that perfect scant 1/4" seam.  Josh is really excited to get his very own quilt - and I'm excited to get it off to the longarmer very soon.  I just need to decide on how to have it quilted. Any ideas?

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Linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced today.  Check it out for your weekly shot of inspiration! I am also joining a new link up this week at Sew Fresh Quilts - need to get back in to my weekly posts and this might be a good way to remember!

Sew Fresh Quilts

March 31, 2015


Although I regularly connect with many of you on Instagram, I wanted to take a few minutes to catch up with you on my current project list.   I have actually been doing quite a bit of sewing at night and for my birthday, I asked for a quilting retreat which I just did over the weekend. So, there is lots to show-and-tell.

First, a finish! I did finally finish up my Modern Building Blocks kit. 

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This is probably my favorite quilt to date and there is TONS of Instagram action on this quilt (#modernbuildingblocks) if you want to see all the great variations out there. My friend Emily longarmed it for me and we decided that straight line quilting was really the way to go on this.  I just love, love, love this quilt.

Second, I have been working on a baby quilt for a friend.  I found the easiest block tutorial over at Bee in My Bonnet's blog and also on Instagram.  And voila, a week or so later, I had this adorable top.  Now, just to get it quilted and gifted - how fun and bright for a sweet little baby girl. 

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Third, I have been working on this Night Sky quilt by Jaybird Quilts for my son Will. He picked out the pattern and the colors, and I set out on an adventure with 60 degree triangles.  Lots and lots of 60 degree triangles.  I have to tell you though, Jaybird Quilts' Sidekick ruler and pattern is amazing!  I don't say this lightly, she has the best instructions and patterns of any designer out there. 

 I chose to do a queen size version of her quilt (I am still scratching my head over this - the crazy things we do for our kids!!!), with 84 half hexagon blocks. Her rulers help you achieve precision piecing with very little room for error.  One tip, starch is your friend!

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So, now I can check this top off my list.  I am going to have it custom quilted, but I am anxiously awaiting some fabric that isn't in stores yet for a backing and then will send it off to my longarmer.

And, because I love her quilts so much, next on my cutting table is also from Jaybird Quilts - it's called Gravity.  It uses her Super Sidekick ruler, which is just a larger version of the Sidekick, as well as the Hex n' More ruler. I can't wait to get this started!  I bought the kit from Fat Quarter Shop and you will love the fabric variations in this quilt - with something like 100+ different shades of Kona.

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And, finally, because I just cannot resist a Swoon quilt, I am making a second swoon quilt in Solids.  I gifted my first Swoon and love the pattern too much not to have one of my own. And because 2015 is the Year of the Solid here at the Tilted Quilt, I have decided to do my Swoon in solids.  Here is my progress so far.  I can tell you honestly, there isn't a Swoon quilt out there that I don't love. 

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The last thing is my upcoming project. I am challenging myself in a way that I don't think I have ever challenged myself with quilting. I bought this pattern and, folks, let me tell you, I am quaking in my heels over this one. It's very small (about 36"x 36") AND incredibly detailed.  It is called Fly Away by Jacqueline De Jonge and this one is going to be interesting. I have the pattern, but haven't selected fabrics yet.  That alone may take me a year. I will keep you posted, dear friends!

Whew, that's a lot to catch up on - what have you been working on?

I haven't done this in a while, but I'm also linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday link party. Jump over there for some fun inspiration and a little April Foolishness too!

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February 11, 2015

Tap.Tap.Tap. Is this thing on?

I feel terrible that I haven't paid any attention to my little blog in the last few months.  Between holidays and a brand new job I have not had a lot of time for sewing.  In the little time that I have had, I've managed to finish my Modern Building Blocks quilt.  It is by far my most favorite quilt I have ever made, you just have to see it!

You can see all of my finishes and WIPs on Instagram, which has been my main mode of communication with the quilty world lately. Won't you pop on over and follow me? I'll follow you right back and we can share quilty news more regularly. Deal?


I'll work up a big post soon with my finishes, promise!!

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