Quilting With Solids – Bloomin’ Quilt

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Blog, Quilts, Tutorials | 3 Comments

Part 2 of my venture into the world of solids.

We had a bout of grey days here a few weeks ago and I’m one of those people who feels the lack of natural light down to my core. Needing a pick-me-up, I decided to create a quilted garden in my sewing room.

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Like the Cobblestone quilt, I kept the shapes and layout simple and graphic so that I could really just play with, and highlight colour.

tamara kate - bloomin quilt detail

On a bed of white, I opted for a range of pinks, from cool to warm, light and soft to deep and rich and everything in between. Then I contrasted them with a range of greens. They are all luscious shades of Michael Miller Fabrics’ Cotton Couture line. The result just makes me happy.

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The quilting was achieved by tracing a large gradual arc with a stylus, then quilting with a walking foot. The Janome 8200 that I sew with has a gizmo attached to the walking foot that can be set to any width to echo quilting lines. I was thus able to create lines set 3/4″ apart with great ease and rapidity. I repeated this process in 4 or 5 spots to keep the eye busy and to create interesting shapes where the arcs intersected.

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When it came to binding, I was undecided as to which soft colour to choose so I randomly cut a number of colours and patched them together to create a little more happiness.

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There is a free tutorial for the Bloomin’ Quilt on the Michael Miller site here with a list of all the yummy shades I used.

Happy Quilting!

Quilting With Solids – Cobblestone Quilt

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Blog, Quilts, Tutorials | One Comment

I love pattern! I know … big surprise. I thought however that it was about time I tried my hand at quilting with solids. Michael Miller’s line of Cotton Couture solids is so dreamy soft to work with and they just keep adding more & more colours to the range. They’re up to 150 now!

tamara kate - cobblestone quilt

For my first attempt, I decided to work with a colour palette I would not usually tend towards with muted shades of greys, teals and mauves and a punch of gold to perk up the range.

tamara kate - cobblestone quilt detail

I worked out a layout based on a dream tile floor and set it all on a 45º angle. To avoid a monotonous look and keep the eye moving about, I also interspersed smaller squares within a few of the larger ones.

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To keep things interesting I opted to quilt each square a bit differently (yes, there’s a bit of duplication, but not much), all using a walking foot.

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You can find a free tutorial for the Cobblestone Quilt on the Michael Miller website here with a list of all the luscious colours I used.

Oh, and if you’re heading to Quiltcon next week, stop by the Michael Miller booth and you’ll see the Cobblestone Quilt in person!