Overlapping Triangles Quilt and Plate

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“Overlapping Triangles”  twin sized quilt.

Last year, one of the awards I received from the Minnesota State Fair included a gift certificate to  Bear Patch Quilting in White Bear Lake.  So, last fall I drove up to the store to see what to spend my certificate on.  I had some ideas of fabric I wanted, however, when going through the shop I was unable to find anything matching my ideas. Not wanting to drive up there again on another day, I looked around and found some fabric that I liked.  Without any plans for what I was going to make, I purchased two yards of the black fabric and took it home.

Overlapping Triangles Plate
My inspiration.

Several months later, when looking at some fused glass ideas, I came across a plate that I really liked. And, upon thinking about it, I realized it would make a nice quilt pattern as well. So, I went to my computer and came up with an idea for a quilt to make using the fabric.  Using the colors of the black swirled fabric, I designed the quilt to have graduated colorings in the strips.  When designing, I didn’t like the blunt ends of the triangles and decided to angle them.  I also decided to make the triangles overlap.

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My design.

When I went through the fabrics in my stash, I was happy to find that I had enough of each of the colors I selected that I only needed to purchase the black fabric needed.

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Close-up of quilting.

This summer, I finally pulled out these fabrics and started working on my idea. Finishing it in time for the state fair, I decided to enter it and received a third place ribbon.

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MN State Fair Display.

While the quilt was on display at the fair, I made some things to go with the quilt.

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Matching Throw Pillow and Fused Glass Plate.

 

 

 

 

 

Minnesota State Fair

1It’s Fair time in Minnesota.  Most people who post fair pictures on social media that show the many foods eaten at the fair.  Today, when I went to the fair, I actually didn’t eat anything, although the food did smell really good! But, I did spend a couple hours looking at the projects in the Creative Activities Building.  Lots of wonderful craftsmanship on display.

Here are my quilts:

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“Bounce” – hung upside down, even though I had put a note on the quilt to designate the bottom of the quilt.  Placed first in the scrap quilt category.

 

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“Window on My World” – kinda hidden in the back of the display case.  No ribbon for this quilt.
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“Overlapping Triangles”  – placed third in the pieced bed quilt category.  I will post more pictures of this one once I get it back from the fair.

I took lots of pictures of other quilts as well:

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Sweepstakes Winner – Zeeda Magnuson
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Best Use of Color – Patricia Henseler
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Best Machine Quilting – Mary Alsop
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Best Hand Quilting – Laura Sahlberg
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Best Child/Crib Quilt – Paige Peterson
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Best Hand Applique – Judi Betz

And other crafts that caught my eye:

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Dog House – Greg Aamodt – he’s actually the dad of my husband’s business partner
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Milano Cathedral – Not sure who the craftsperson was, but this was awesome.

Bounce – a playful quilt depicting the view of a child’s ballpit

As promised, I took some pictures of my quilt.  This is a twin sized quilt.  The scalloped edge along the stitched circles marks the edge of the mattress.  So, when on a bed, the view of the ball pit and the bounce line will be very visible.  The border spaced balls will fall on the overhanging quilt border.

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Quilt Front

Because the background is dark, it is hard to get a good photo that shows the stitching. However, I used a light tan for the backing. Flip over the quilt, and the stitching is very visible.  After finishing the long-arm quilting, I felt that the stitched balls were getting lost in the background and hard to see.  So I added a decorative stitch edging to these stitched circles. I think it really helps make the circles stand out more both on the front, but especially on the back, of the quilt.

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Quilt Back
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Close-up of Stitching

This quilt was a lot of fun to make.  Certainly the most stitch edged applique that I have ever done.  I have so many other ideas for quilts to make.  Time to get sewing again!

 

National Quilting Day

Today is National Quilting Day.  And, how did I spend my day – quilting, of course!

I was actually able to finish a quilt that I started a few weeks ago. The lighting at the time I finished binding the quilt was not adequate to take good photos.  So, I will post the finished photos tomorrow after I am able to take some nicer photos.

However, I did take photos along the way as I worked on this quilt.

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Applique completed
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Upholstery Fabric

I have named the quilt “Bounce”. The idea was inspired by the vinyl upholstery fabric on the chairs in the staff lounge at Children’s Hospital Surgery Center.

A little over a year ago, we were also considering this fabric for our office remodel.  When I brought a sample of the vinyl to show our staff, one person commented that it looked like a quilt pattern.

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Design

 

Ultimately we selected a different fabric. But, the idea of making a quilt stuck in my mind. A design was created that took the circles of the fabric and replicated them in an applique pattern that looked like balls bouncing in a ball pit.

This winter, I was able to start working on the quilt. This has been a really fun quilt to make!

Using scraps from previous quilts, I first cut out 124 circles measuring 3.25″.

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These circles were then appliqued onto white cotton fabric using my collection of Gutermann thread (50wt).

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From the appliqued fabric, I then drew and cut circles that overlapped the appliqued circles so that the resulting pieces looked like balls. This double applique approach really made this quilt easier to applique than it appears to be.  Basically I was only having to stitch circles each time, rather than partial circles.

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For the background of the quilt, I kept debating between tan and sky blue.  Then, one day, while looking for backing for another quilt, I found some fabric that looked like denim and thought that would be a nice background.

Final pictures tomorrow….

 

 

Window on My World – quilting and hand embroidery. I’m done!

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After hours of quilting and hand embroidery, I have finished my lanscape quilt. I am very pleased with the result. Hopefully when I look at it, I won’t find something that I want to change.

Each season has lots to look at – animals, plants, etc.  It really does look like my backyard.

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Winter / Midnight
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Spring / Sunrise

 

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Summer / Midday

 

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Autumn / Sunset

 

Some of the details:

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Our first dog, a German Shorthair Pointer named Striker, and some hand embroidered flowers.
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One of our first cats, Comet, who liked to climb trees, and some more flowers.
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Our yorkie, Duke, barking an our cat, Onyx.  Onyx is always trying to get up and away from him.
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Our oldest cat, Squigglez, who will be thirteen years old this summer, does enjoy wondering in the yard in the summertime.
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Having a heavily wooded yard and lots of plants, we have lots of wildlife that visit.

 

Baby Quilts

Recently, the daughter of one of my friends announced that she was expecting a baby.  This new life will be the first grandchild for my friend, a miracle that will bring lots of joy to the future parents and grandparents.

This happy news gave me the opportunity to design a baby quilt, something that I haven’t done before.  Looking for inspiration, I came across a photo of baby blocks and that sparked an idea.

EQ7 design for Baby Quilt
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Pink Baby Quilt
Blue Baby Quilt

 

I did enter the pink quilt in the MN
State Fair and received a blue ribbon.

Another State Fair Quilt

Photo from State Fair
About a year ago, I won a package of fabrics from a local charity auction.  This set was a thick “layer cake” which included over one hundred of the 1895 Bali Handpaints Batik fabrics.
Palette of all 370 of the Bali 1895 Batik fabrics.

 

I love these fabrics, they are beautiful to look at, all of the colors of the rainbow.
After I arriving home with prize, I decided to sort them into the base colors.  In doing so, I realized that they would make a lovely quilt with the fabrics sorted into their respective color groups.
Using my EQ7 program, I started playing around with some ideas I had, looking for a design that would show off the gradations of the colors.
Shooting Star Block and Modified Block
The block I settled on is a modified and simplified version of the Shooting Star Block.
EQ7 design
By removing some seams and changing the coloring, I achieved a design that looked like intertwined ribbons.

Time to start sewing!

Finished Quilt “Dancing Ribbons”
Decorative Pillow

 

Pillow Sham – really shows the quilting in the “ribbons”.