Friday Finish: Rainbow DNA Mini

In the fall, the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild is putting on an exhibit on modern quilting at the Gathering Quilt Show in Manchester, so we decided to have a little challenge to get everyone in the spirit.  Everyone picked out a traditional block and our assignment was to modernize it using only solids.  

I pulled the Snake in the Hollow block, which is really just a Drunkard's Path block with eyes in the corners.  I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but I knew I wanted a bunch of colors to play with, so I ordered a charm pack of Denyse Schmidt's Modern Solids.  

Once the pack arrived, I started sketching out ideas, but in the middle of one doodle, I'd have another idea.  Before I knew it, I had several pages of colorful doodles, and couldn't decide which one to go with.  So I pulled the very first idea I had, made a tiny drunkard's template, and made a couple test blocks (remember this tiny mini?).  But I realized that I really didn't love making those tiny curves, and couldn't stand making more.  So I picked a different sketch!

So I went with the one idea I had that didn't involve sewing all those curves!  I pieced a bunch of the solids together, on point, and trimmed it to size.  Then I made a mile of bias tape to do the curves, and realized that it was not going to be a very smooth curve.  Then I found this post by Dorie about her Bias Tape Applique Challenge quilt.  She talks about using bias bars to get really skinny strips to sew down.  I loved the idea, so I just used the technique without buying the bars.

As soon as the top was done, I knew I wanted to graffiti quilt it, and that I would need monofilament to make it work with all those colors.  I absolutely hated working with the stuff (it took ten tries to wind a bobbin, the tension was weird, and where there was buildup, it gets a bit shiny) but it worked out in the end.  

I named it Rainbow DNA because it was super late the night (actually morning) it was due when I finished, but I needed a title for the label, and I couldn't stop thinking that all the straight lines between the curves looked like a flattened strand of DNA.  Yeah, I'm weird.

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday!  And this is one that I can cross of my 2015 Finish-Along list!

And one more link!  Finished just in time to be entered into the Applique Category of the 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival!  Be sure to go and check out all of this year's great entries!

AmysCreativeSide.com


Friday Finish: Pebbles on the Beach Mini

I have totally fallen in love with needle turn applique.  I've always loved a good hand stitching project, and these projects have turned out a lot easier to do than I thought and I can stitch shapes that I like without having to deal with machine sewing curves.

Our guild (Seacoast Modern!!) had a mini swap with another guild.  The theme was a "Sense of Place" which completely threw me for a long time.  I seriously would try to figure out what I would make, brain would turn to mush, and I'd avoid thinking about it with a different project.

Then, I bought a copy of

Savor Each Stitch by Carolyn Friedlander

.  I was completely hooked by this book; great projects, a good read, and pretty colors.  So I tried to see if one of the minis in the book would apply to the swap challenge.  One of the best thing about the seacoast is the beach, and one of my kids' favorite things to do is find pretty shells, rocks, or sea glass, and Aerial Grove kind of reminded me of pebbles lined up on the beach.

So I pulled a rainbow of scraps and started stitching them down to my "sand" fabric.  I had thought to put them upright as a center column with blue ocean to the right and green grass to the left, but it just looked to busy, so blue ocean won.  I used lighter colors close to the sand to get a waves crashing effect.   Then I quilted it all over with a wave pattern.

And of course, you need a label.

Once I finished that mini, I started right up on one that I would get to keep.  I think in the new year, I'm going to start work on a whole quilt of needle turn, as my big 2015 project.  

Linking up with

Amanda Jean

for Finish It Up Friday and

Quilt Matters

for

TGIFF

!