Kona Modern Quilts

Happy Saturday everyone!! I am sure you have a busy holiday weekend ahead of you, so I appreciate you stopping in today. Today’s quilt is brought to you courtesy of the Robert Kaufman fabric company.

modern quilt made with kona modern quilts fabric

When I am quilting a quilt with a lot of little pieces and colors, I try to find some kind of reoccurring element within the quilt.  If I can find it, I always quilt it the same. I like to say it’s like the verse of a song, it adds some repetitiveness to the quilt. Around each center pieced block is a border, so I picked two designs (back and forth lines and squares) and alternated between the two.

modern quilting

Even though the “borders” are different colors, I quilted them the same.

robert kaufman fabric quilt

Another thing that I like to do when quilting busy quilts, is to highlight random pieces within the block. Quilting each little piece differently might overwhelm the quilt.

quilting busy quilts

I quilted a swirl all over except for a few random pieces. Just to add a bit of detail…..

dense modern quilting

I think it adds a custom touch to the quilt without overwhelming it!

This quilt was fun to quilt, but it isn’t exactly what it seems to be…..it was made using Kona Modern Quilts fabric from Robert Kaufman. This fabric line is kinda like a modern quilt cheater cloth….and I love it!!!! If you look back up at the quilt at the top, the blocks surrounded in white are pieced block. But the rest of the pieced sections are large pieces of the fabric.

In the picture below, the left side is the cheater cloth and the right side is actually pieced.

kona modern quilts fabric

I think it’s kinda hard to tell the difference!  When I am quilting for the awesome people at Robert Kaufman, I know that the most important thing about the quilt is the fabric. I want to make sure the quilting helps sell the fabric. To make that happen in this quilt, I quilted all of the blocks the using the same techniques….whether they were pieced or the “cheater” fabric. When the quilt is viewed in person, it is hard to tell which is which.

On a completely different topic, I am having a giveaway on my Facebook page. I have decided that my quilt studio is beyond help, so I am giving away a copy of the book, Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter. Head over there and leave a comment on the picture of the book telling me about your studio…..you never know, you just might be the lucky winner!

Happy Quilting!


WInter Windows

Yesterday  I blogged about Lilac Crush, one of the quilts in Quilting Modern. Today, I am going to share Winter Windows, another quilt in the book. This was the quilt that taught me a lot of about quilting negative space.

Quilting Modern- winter windows

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the whole quilt, but I think that you can get the idea from this photo. The center of the quilt is pieced with random, irregular blocks with large areas of negative space on the top and the bottom.

At that time, I hadn’t quilted a whole lot of modern quilts, so I was still trying to figure out how to make the most of the negative space.

quilting in negative space

I ended up quilting the same random shapes in the top and bottom of the quilt, kind of like ghost blocks. They echo the piecing without distracting from the quilt top. This was the first time I had done that, but it wasn’t the last. This is one of the techniques that I talk about in my book.

Since the quilting in the negative space is dense, I opted for a simple echo quilting within the blocks. I also think that it provides a little bit of contrast.

piecing of modern quilt

So, the next time you are quilting a quilt with a lot of negative space, try quilting “blocks” in it. Not only will it break up the large areas, it will help emphasize the quilt pattern.

What do you think? Do you like quilting the negative space in a quilt?

In other news, I think I have a soon-to-be quilter on my hands! She loves my new Janome sewing machine!

my janome

Feather Friday

I love quilting feathers……I mean, I really love quilting feathers. I think it is because it was the one design that I just couldn’t get. I tried and I tried, but they never looked quite right. I had even convinved myself that I would never be able to quilt feathers. Then, I took a longarm class, the only one I have ever taken…..(that’s not bragging, that’s complaining!) and it was about feathers. Watching the teacher describe it it, step-by-step, it finally clicked…..and I have been wanting to quilt feathers ever since.

I know that not everyone like feathers…..*sigh* So when I get the chance to quilt feathers on a quilt, I get really excited. Take for instance, this quilt made by John, aka Quiltdad.

This quilt is in issue 8 of Fat Quarterly!

Photo by: John Adams

I really wanted the quilting to emphasize the pattern, so I quilted the feathers to look as though they were traveling up the quilt.

And of course, the back of the quilt….


How about some more feather eye candy?

Natalia quilted this quilt and just blogged about it yesterday……love the feathers!!

Photo by Natalia

Or this feather that I quilted on Tula’s quilt:

Some more feathers on my Moda Bake Shop quilt:

If you don’t like traditional feathers you can check out my plume feather tutorial here….it is more like a fern than a feather.

Or if you love the traditional feathers and want to learn how to do them…Sewcalgal has a great tutorial on her on her blog by Diane Gaudynski.

Happy Feather-full Quilting!

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