Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Today's Trend - Low Volume

Let me introduce you to low volume prints. These understated prints are big on background space and modest character. Faith of Fresh Lemon's enviable stash is featured below.

Oh, I have lust in my heart!
If you, like me, can't take it any more, get you own by clicking the pics below.

Here's a mosaic of current low-volume fabrics I created using the Mosaic Maker:

Today's Tool - Palette Builder

Play Crafts has a palette builder that is too much fun! Go to their website, upload a photo, and have a palette made for you. Use your palette as inspiration for a new quilt project.

Also, check out the Color Palette Builder for further exploration.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Today's Trend - Bunting

Lisa Calle at Vintage Modern Quilts made this quilt.

Cheryl from A Pretty Cool Life has a tutorial for her machine applique version.

Christina of A Few Scraps has a tutorial for using the Accuquilt.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Trendy Tuesday - Hugs & Kisses

Corey at http://www.littlemissshabby.com/  features a tutorial for the Hugs & Kisses, which is sweeping the blogosphere.

Sarah Cooper at CoopCrafts is reining in her scraps with this ensemble.

Debbie of A Quilter's Table has a fabulous thing going with her Mid-Century Modern version.

Flickr Group

I have started a Flickr group for this blog. If you make a Quilting Mod-inspired project, share it at http://www.flickr.com/groups/quiltingmod/.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mosaic Contest

Rachel over at Stitched in Color is having a mosaic contest. This is the combination of fabrics I selected:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Today's Trend - Equilateral Triangles

Equilateral triangles are popping up everywhere! To make these triangles, cut a width of fabric strip any width. This width will be the height of your triangles. Use a rotary cutter ruler to cut triangles using the 60 degree marking.

Click on the images to view the original source.

Today's Trend - Pixel Quilts

Pixelated quilts take a concept familiar in the realm of computer imagery and apply it to piecing a quilt top.

Any fan of Dr. Who can appreciate Krisy Daum of St. Louis Folk Victorian's pixelated masterpiece shown here. She used Pic 2 Pat, a free program that turns images into cross-stitch patterns, to create her quilt.

The Victoria and Albert Museum has a free online program that can assist in turning a picture into a pattern as well.

Cut to Pieces by Angela Pingel features a Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along complete with a detailed explanation of the technique used.

Elizabeth Hartman at Oh, Fransson! made this clever quilt inspired by Space Invaders.

Julie Pinzur of Ziperteeth created this beauty by pixelating an image on Photoshop.

For further instruction, Caro Sheridan teaches a free Pictures to Pixels class on Craftsy.

Construction methods vary, but Elizabeth of Oh Frannson! has a nice guest post at Sew Mama Sew that explains her process for piecing tiny squares quickly.

Super Mario Quilt

My friend Ashley White is expecting her first child, Wesley William White any time now. Since her nursery them is Super Mario Brothers, I used Angela Pingel's Super Mario Brothers QAL as inspiration. Instead of using all 1 1/2" squares, I combined squares to make larger units. I also pieced as usual, rather than using the Pellon Stick-n-Wash stabilizer. I rescaled the Mario block to be a 36" x 36" baby quilt, which meant each square of the grid ended up being 2" finished. 

I quilted using a decorative serpentine stitch on my machine at its longest setting for the background. Mario was quilted by stitching in the ditch. I used matching thread colors on the front, and black on the back, since the backing is solid black. The binding was stitched to the back, then pulled around to the front. I stitched while looking at the front side to know if I was catching the binding with my line of stitching or not. The line of stitching appears on the quilt back, just off the binding. This is not very noticeable if thread that matches the backing is used.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Museum Marvels - New Mexico Capitol Rotunda Gallery

After hearing word of an art quilt exhibit in Santa Fe, NM, while reading the Albuquerque Journal, I gathered the family for a field trip. We stopped for a delightful lunch at Jambo Cafe (closed Sundays) and continued on to the capitol and viewed these fabulous quilts. Granted, they are not all modern, but can provide inspiration all the same.

Ancient Flight by Coleen Konetzni

 Local Color: New Mexico by Julie Filatoff

Aspens by Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak 

  Pauline's Ford by Rod Daniel

Navajo Legend by Mary Olives

 Heavy Clouds No Rain by Nancy Steidle

 The Jemez Mountains-Fossil Record by Holly Altman

 Red Rock Morning by Patricia Gould

Jemez Majesty by Michelle Jackson

  Holy Cow by Jennifer Day

  Changing Seasons by Marianne R. Williamson

 Ponderosa Pines by Marianne R. Williamson

 Sunset Over the Jemez by Mary Olivea

 Lilias Del Dia by Nancy Steidle

Spirit Markings by Susan Szajer

 Tortillas by Rita Gonzales Heard

 Desert Dusk by Jeri Beitel

 Nasturtiums by Holly Altman

  Peaceable Kingdom by Judith Roderick

Tree of Life by Judith Roderick

O'Georgia by Nora Bebee 

  Aloft by Betty Busby

  Cosmic Collisions by Katie Pasquini Masopust

  Nambe Lake by Betty Busby

 Wildfire by Marianne R. Williamson

 Vista Tranquilo by Vel Saddington

 Sunset Over Opera by Candace Kenyon

Valley of Fire by Betty Busby 

The Rio Grande Rift: An Ancient Landscape by Carolyn Castaneda Little

Chamisa Alegre by Katie Pasquini Masopust

 Colcha Flowers by Rita Gonzales Heard

La Fonda by Ann Anastasio

Santa Fe Sunflowers by April Foster

Sunglory by Denise Seavey

 Mariachi Melody by Rita Gonzales Heard

 The Last Drop by Jennifer Day

October Aspens by Nancy Steidle 

 Azucena by Cindy Barfield

 Sitting Pretty at the San Marcos Cafe by Rod Daniel

 Moonrise, Shiprock by Patricia Gould

 A Question of Balance by Particia Gould

 Blue Chevy by Rod Daniel

 Old Truck by Kathryn Lazier

Picnic on the Prairie- Now and Then by Vicki Conley

  Adobe Shadow Dance by Michelle Jackson

 Adobe Row by Michelle Jackson

 Architectural Impressions: New Mexico by Cheryl FitzGerald

 Mimbres Section by Susan Szajer

Somewhere in the Land of Enchantment by Carolyn Castaneda Little