Bias 3 – all finished!

I put the final stitches in the binding of Bias 3 this weekend! I so enjoy getting a quilt finished up. And I am really in love with this one.

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As my work has progressed I’ve tried to maintain the balance of working with minimalist design, yet keeping interest in the quilt. If I may say so myself, I think that I hit that note just right with this quilt and it’s a place that I’ll keep exploring.

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I did my usual straight line quilting on it – following the lines of the piecing. I left the red stripes unquilted to make them pop even more…

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You can really see the quilting on the back!

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Believe it or not, I’m gonna blog AGAIN this week so keep an eye out. Happy Monday!

Bias 3 quilt top

I got this quilt top finished up today. I am absolutely thrilled with how it came out.

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It’s 60″ x 75″ and the longest stripes are 94″ long. I knew when I came up with the design that I would need to work hard to keep the lines straight. I pieced the entire thing in my Modern Solids, and I’m so happy with how crisp and straight it came out.

I thought I’d show a few photos I took as I made it…

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Pressing played a big role in the process… I pressed all of the seams open to keep it nice and flat.

Bias 3 - In progress

Bias 3 - In progress

Piecing this many 1 1/2″ stripes was a bit nuts, but worth it in the end!

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Once I’d finished piecing it all, I put it up on my design wall, drew on where to trim and squared it up! Here’s a couple of pretty photos of it…

Bias 3 Detail

Bias 3 Detail

Oh and one bit of business! The winner of the copy of Quilt Improv is Christina. Congrats and I’ve dropped you an email.

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!

Quilt Improv blog tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Quilt Improv by Lu Summers. Thanks for stopping by!

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What a great book… To start with it’s beautiful. The photography is bright and vivid with amazing out door locations. It makes you eager to dig into your stash and start sewing. But this book is more than a pretty face!

It is all about improvisational piecing, which is what made me fall hard for quilting back when I started. I think that all quilters, beginner or experienced, should try it. It opens your eyes to how free and fun quilting can be. Quilt Improv really embraces that concept of the freedom of improv piecing, but it is arranged so that the reader can learn specific blocks and techniques. This gives a great frame work in which to tackle improv piecing, making it approachable and fun.

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First, the book teaches a series of blocks. They are all so colorful and bright, often sewn up with Lu’s amazing fabrics. There’s so much movement, life, and energy in her wonderful piecing!

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Then, the book features a quilt for each block learned.

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When looking through the book, I instantly fell for the quilt that features the improv string block. All those solids call my name of course!

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Following Lu’s thorough instructions I quickly sewed up the parts for a string block.

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After arranging them a few different ways, I decided to make a change from the diamond and arrange them in this sort of broken stripe arrangement.

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Since the whole point of improv is to add your own spin, I figure that’s ok! This wonderful book really inspires and promotes creativity and exploration.

Who would like to win a copy?!? F & W Media is kind enough to be giving one so leave a comment here and I’ll be picking a winner next Friday. And be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour!