Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Q122 – La Vie en Rose – Quilt

Good Day,

Our new quilt is La Vie en Rose.

Our new quilt has a story, a very happy and positive story. It has been completed and delivered to its new home in Florida.

A very close friend of ours discovered a few months ago that she has breast cancer. Her diagnosis was positive. Her doctor established that she had in fact discovered a small malignant lump. The conclusion was that she indeed had an early stage of cancer. Early this week, surgery was performed and the tumor has been removed and our friend is already back at home. Hurrah for a timely and self-examination, and our friend is on the road to recovery and recuperation.

La Vie en Rose is our original construction and was inspired by the work of graphic designer Tilman Zitzmann.

La Vie en Rose is composed of four fabrics – two solid grey; one batik blue-grey; and a floral pink and white, “Party in Pink” designed by the Henry Glass Company. The completed dimensions of La Vie en Rose are: Width – 54” (137 cms.) and Length – 66” (168 cms.) It is just about the size of an Afghan/Lap size quilt.

The top is composed of both 1 ½” squares and squares of the same size created by triangles. The border is just about 5” (12.7 cms) completely surrounding the perimeter of the inner top. The binding was also created using the “Party in Pink” fabric.

It is a heavy and dense quilt as it is composed of four layers: the top, the back, and two layers of cotton batting. We used both our longarm and domestic machines to create a double hatch line pattern and a free-form/free-hand floral/vine pattern to provide both structure and compliment to the quilt. It is heavily quilted. We used thread by YLI; the front Sticks & Stones – a variegated grey, pink and white and Paris Boutique – a variegated pink and orange. The thread on the back is a solid grey.

Here are some more images of our new quilt, La Vie en Rose.

And the back -

All our best wishes and thoughts go to our friend.

Enjoy and bon chance,

Jim and Andy.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

My Quilt – Blumish Two – Evolutions – Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden Colorado

Good Day,

Our Blumish Two has been elected as a finalist in the upcoming Evolutions Juried Quilt Challenge.

This event will be on display at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado July 31 through October 28, 2014.

Any questions, comments, thoughts, ideas, please feel free to contact Andy or Jim at Quilts SB.


Jim and Andy
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Friday, June 20, 2014

My Quip – Our Betty Whites – Mountain Stars Quilt Show

Good Day,

Our two Betty White wall hangings, BW 1950 and BW 2010 will be on display at the Mountain Stars Quilt Show as a part of the Notable Women Quilt Initiative.

The Mountain Stars Quilt Show will be held at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, in Medford, Oregon. The dates of the show are June 27-29.

Check the Notable Women Quilt Initiative site to see the addition of some new and amazing wall hangings.


Jim and Andy
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Quip – Our Blumish Two – Vermont Quilt Festival

Good Day,

Our Blumish Two quilt will be on display at the Vermont Quilt Festival.

The Vermont Quilt Festival will be held at the Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street in Essex Junction, Vermont. The dates of the show are June 27-29.

Once the Vermont Quilt Festival is over our Blumish Two heads west to The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado for Evolutions 2014. Stay tuned to Quilts SB for details.


Jim and Andy
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Q121 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – Quilt

Good Day,

We have now completed our 121st quilt, Tampa Kaleidoscope.

Our Tampa Kaleidoscope is one humongous quilt created primarily from one fabric. The Tampa Fabric was commissioned by Keep Me In Stitches a local Tampa Bay specialty sewing center. This is Andy’s and my second attempt at constructing a quilt/wall hanging using this fabric. Our first is Tampa Windows a quilted wall hanging. To date we have not yet constructed a typical Hawaiian style shirt from this fabric.

Tampa Kaleidoscope is a large king size quilt that measures 88” (224 cms) wide and 100” long (254 cms). The construction of the top includes three of the Keep Me In Stitches (KMIS) fabric colorways plus complimentary blue and grey fabrics. Our inspiration of the kaleidoscope design using the KMIS fabric is the work of quilt artist Bruce Seeds  and Maxine Rosenthal’s 2005 book, One-Block Wonders – One Fabric, One Shape, One-of-a-Kind Quilts.  The blues and the grey, (no play on words intended), are used for the borders and the backing.

We designed and used both our Babylock Jewel Longarm and our Janome Memory Craft Professional to create a free motion quilting design. The techniques we used are concentric hexagons, pebbling, and stippling. The threads used were both Sulky and YLI.

Here are images. We are both amazed at and how the cutting technique transforms the original fabric.

Follow our construction and progress of our Tampa Kaleidoscope.

April 30, 2013 – A New Quilt Experiment and Leaning Process – Tampa Kaleidoscope

May 2, 2013 – Progress Report – Tampa Kaleidoscope

May 4, 2013 – Update – Tampa Kaleidoscope

May 5, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – Progress On Colorways

May 12, 2013 – Progress – Tampa Kaleidoscope – And The Thought of Two New Quilts

June 20, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – Quilt Progress

June 24, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – The String Begins

July 1, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – Quilt in Progress

July 13, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – A Quick Update

July 21, 2013 – Tampa Kaleidoscope – Loaded On Longarm

June 17, 2014 - Tampa Kaleidoscope completed.

Keep tabs with us at Quilts SB for updates and our progress. Scroll down to the bottom of each page on Quilts SB to see our Grid of our completed quilts and wall hangings.

Please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB.


Jim and Andy
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