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Mad Farmer’s Medallion – Complete!

Mad Farmer's Medallion -Finished!

One of my favorite Wendell Berry quotes is this one, from his famous poem “Manifesto, Mad Farmer Liberation Front“:

Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.

And another, from another well know Berry poem “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer“:

I am done with apologies. If contrariness is my
inheritance and destiny, so be it. If it is my mission
to go in at exits and come out at entrances, so be it.
Mad Farmer's Medallion -Finished!

I love both poems and they kept coming to mind as I embarked on this ridiculous medallion quilt about three years ago. Here is a post from 2014. As I say in that earlier post, this quilt was definitely inspired by “15 Minutes of Play” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe — though I must admit I spent more than 15 minutes working on this quilt!

I have finished it just in time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival and am sharing it in the festival in the scrappy category – I think it qualifies! Check out all the great scrap quilts here and feel free to vote for me to win a prize 🙂 I have another quilt in the hand quilting category, my Improv Star.

I have also finished this time to enter it into the Septemeber Sewing Challenge hosted by The Sewing Loft in honor of National Sewing Month. Lots of fun projects over there as well to check out! 

The quilt is about 90×90 inches – so a real challenge to photograph, I might get some better ones but I am not really sure how to accomplish that at some point. I keep day dreaming about constructing some kind of quilt hanging apparatus, but when am I supposed to do that? I’m too busy trying to use up the rest of my scraps!

Most of the dark gray repeated throughout the quilt is from organic sheets from Target – one of my favorite fabrics for quilt backs for quilts I sell, and so I have a ton of small strips of it from over the years.

Mad Farmer's Medallion -Finished!

I quilted most of the quilt with a loopy flying geese/meandering triangles quilt pattern. I thought about quilting each part separately but it just didn’t seem right. I wanted something to kind of unify the quilt over all. However, I did do special quilting in the border, which I’m really happy with.
Mad Farmer's Medallion -Finished!

This quilt has bred more and more scraps and turned into several additional pink and gray scrap quilts, including this mini-quilt, which I made with just the scraps from the border!
Mad Farmer's Medallion -Finished!

I was originally going to do a pieced back, and got the back 75% pieced, but one day I decided the quilt would be too heavy, and that very day there was a sale on Tula Pink Freefall Wide backing. Who am I to disagree with fate?
Mad Farmer's Medallion -Finished!

 

Double-Sided Baby Quilt

Rainbow Alphabet Baby QuiltHigh Contrast Drunkards Path Baby Quilt
I finished this baby quilt shortly after the baby was born, but never got pictures of it. I used it as a play gym for her until recently, since she is now too grown up for play gyms! I wrote about the play gym process here – it was easy to pull off the arches and transition it into a play mat – perfect for sitting on the front porch and watching the cats.

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The Littlest Baby Blanket

Scrap circles raw edge applique baby quilt

This little quilt is made from the scraps of this very big quilt.  It doesn’t really have much of a purpose, but it is so sweet and soft looking I’m sure it will find a nice use in the house.

Scrap circles raw edge applique baby quilt

I had all the circles in a pile. I just glued them down with a glue stick and then began quilting. I wanted it to have the frayed edges. This is how much it has frayed after one wash.

Scrap circles raw edge applique baby quilt

I thought about match stick quilting and also about doing a grid. But I think it has enough stitching in it for now. For the first time in many years, I didn’t do a nice double fold binding, but instead just folded over the backing and sewed it down. I didn’t square it either. If I decide someday it needs a more polished finish, I’ll do it then.

Scrap circles raw edge applique baby quilt

Really Scrappy Rainbow Lonestar Finished!

Really Scrappy Lone Star Rainbow Quilt

Yay! I had wanted to finish this hateful thing glorious beast by the end of the year. In part to reach my Finish Along goal, but more because I was worried I would NEVER finish it, and frankly I was sick of having it hang in my “unfinished quilts” pile. I did NOT want to press it again, and I had already pressed it. So it had to get done! I have something of a tutorial here, if anyone is interested in my modified lone star math I had to come up with.

Really Scrappy Lone Star Rainbow Quilt

Ok, get ready for a million pictures, because I am just in love with the front and back of this thing! Plus a lot of boring process thoughts, because it was an interesting learning experience for me!

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#OHCraft Sew-in and Finish Along

This weekend I went to the #OHCraft Sew-in, which is an awesome, low key, annual retreat for crafters across the state. It’s such a nice weekend and was beautiful with the fall weather. I’ll be honest, I spent most of the time sewing, and did not really make the most of my access to the beautiful Appalachian scenery!

However, I finished three tops that had been languishing in the WIP shelf for over a year!

Now I have a giant pile of quilts that need basted and quilted. That is going to be my goal for the finish along: To finish them by the end of the year! Yikes! Lucky a new bolt of Warm and Natural just arrived in the mail! I keep trying to find a batting I like more than Warm and Natural, but I come back to it every time. This is my third 40 yard bolt! I feel like that is some kind of milestone.  I also want to set the goal of finishing the Cardinal quilt this month! That’s my goal for October for A Lovely Year of Finishes. Here is the link up to all the folks who are part of the finish along!

I have something of a tutorial up for my Charley Harper Mosaic quilt here. I might decide to add another row of neutrals across the top – it’s not feeling quite balanced to me. I don’t want to get wishy washy with this quilt and never finish it like my Goldfinch quilt though!

#ohcraftsewin #ohcraft Finally finished my project from last year!

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How to Make A Really Scrappy Lone Star Quilt

Really Scrappy Lone Star TuturialTraditional Lone Star Overview
The Lone Star is a traditional diamond shaped block – traditionally you do planned colors so it makes a cool radiating star pattern. For an example of that, here is a cool tutorial! It requires really careful piecing, because if all your bias cut seams don’t match up just right, you lose some of the effect. The strips are all the same length and width and you have to carefully calculate your strip piecing and color placement to get the perfect effect.

Another option is the slightly scrappy lone star, which Better Off Thread has a nice tutorial  with examples for that effect! While her version uses a variety of colors with random placement, the strips are all the same length and width.

HOWEVER, I didn’t use either of these wonderful tutorials, because what I wanted to  do was to make a lonestar with different width strips, for an effect that is truly, madly, deeply scrappy.  So far my quilt looks like this – it has about 33 pieces per block which means it has about 2,770 pieces so far! Here is before I added the blue strips along the outside edge to square it up.Scrappy Lonestar

And one block looks like this – a strip pieced diamond with 45 degree bias cut edges. Using my math below, you’ll create a diamond block. You can certainly use smaller measurements for a smaller block!

Scrappy Lone Star Tutorial
So this tutorial is going to be how to turn a pile of string scraps of a million different lengths like this:
Scrappy Lone Star Tutorial

Into the quilt above! The quilt isn’t done yet, but I have made enough of these things to explain the process!

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Finished that Scrappy Trip

Some years ago, everyone on the internet, ok, maybe just the quilters, started making scrappy trip along quilts. They are fun and fast and a great way to use up scraps, how could I resist?  I made one using the ugliest fabrics I had and then made another using the ugliest fabrics I had that matched this muted rainbow color scheme. I then lost interest in finishing the second one and made this awesome Eric Carle Quilt instead and the scrappy trip sat for a year and a half.

Except it didn’t just sit! We actually used it on the bed on colder nights as a back up blanket, which Matt hated because “the safety pins are cold” but for some reason we did not grab one of the 9,000 other quilts that are cluttering up my house.

Anyway, today, I killed the beast! I mean, I quilted the last 25% and bound it up.

We've actually been using this #scrappytripalong on the bed only 75% quilted and unbound for about a year as a "back up" on colder nights. Matt who never complains has asked multiple times for me to finish it because "the safety pins are cold and make me

I’m happy with the quilting, which is from a Nan Moore quilting book. Nice open loop de loops and paisley type shapes. Very comfy. Fast but more interesting than a meander.

Scrappy Trip Along Muted Rainbow - Finally finished!

The backing is a fairly heavy satin-finish cotton sheet. Just something I got at a discount type store once with the idea of using as a whole cloth quilt. To me, this is a double sided quilt, a fancy whole cloth shiny purple on one side and an economical use of ugly scraps on the other.

Scrappy Trip Along Muted Rainbow - Finally finished!

I still had some of the ugly pinks left so I used those for the binding. I do love them all together. Up close you can see all the silly fabrics that I used up. I have sooo many ugly scrap fabrics I have gotten for free other the years. I am actually making my way through them though!

Scrappy Trip Along Muted Rainbow - Finally finished!

Charley Harper Bird Pixel Quilt – Plus Tutorial

Charley Harper Tutorial

I’ve long been obsessed with making Charley Harper quilts for years now – I love his artwork! However, I can’t seem to make my self finish one of them! Here is a an early process shot of my goldfinch quilt and here is the finished top from last fall. Miraculously, I made the back and basted that yesterday, so hopefully photos soon of that coming along! May be a few years before I can decide how to quilt it – but I’m thinking orange peels?

Charley Harper Goldfinch Quilt
I also started a cardinal version last fall at the #OHCraft Retreat that the amazing Kara puts together every year – maybe I’ll finish it at this year’s retreat? Update! I did finish it! Details here. 

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Mad Farmer’s Medallion

I am calling this beast the Mad Farmers Medallion after the Wendell Berry poem series (here is another) It needs another border (can’t decide what) and I can’t decide how to quilt it, so it’s going to sit in the corner till it figures itself out. It is Wednesday, so I am linking with other Works in Progress today.

Mad Farmers Medallion Pink Scrap QuiltIt was an attempt to use up my gray and pink scraps. I have a SERIOUS amount of scrap fabric, partly due to always being the first to pipe up when someone is tossing them out, and partly due to my modest little quilt business and the wedding signature quilts I make. I got 3-4 pink quilt orders since  last fall and was getting an unholy amount of pink scrap build up.

The center is leftover triangle corners from this Princess Pirate quilt. It’s bordered in velvet that is leftover scraps from a dress my mom made in about 5th grade — at least 20 years ago. Winning at scraps?

Mad Farmers Medallion Pink Scrap Quilt
I used to claim I wasn’t a fan of pink, but let’s be real, I love it! I think I was too punk rock to admit it at the time.  But I think this quilt is pretty punk rock?

I am taking a break from custom quilt orders, in part because it stopped being fun, and in part to use up some of my glorious (terrifying) scrap collection. This quilt was definitely inspired by “15 Minutes of Play” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe — though I must admit I spent more than 15 minutes working on this quilt so far!

I highly recommend the book version and the blog – she shares a few basic techniques, but is mostly focuses on inspiration and ideas to get you sewing.

Converging Corners Rainbow Quilt

Converging Corners Rainbow Quilt
Occasionally my guild, the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild – has a block lottery where we all make a block (or two) and each block you bring gives you an entry – a name is pulled and voila! The winner gets a quilt! Our February block was the Converging Corners pattern by Film in the Fridge – I definitely recommend this block as a great option for group quilts.

I was pretty excited to win this beautiful rainbow of block at our February meeting! I decided to make 15 more blocks to make a 5×6 layout. I also made up a border to add a few inches. It’s just under a twin size now. I don’t love quilting huge quilts, but I love having them when they’re done! As soon as I was done with this one, I wished I’d done two more rows to make it 6×7. Future me is always wishing past me had worked just a little harder…

I’m entering this quilt in the rainbow category of the Bloggers Quilt Festival, which is a great excuse every spring and fall to spend hours admiring quilts if such things interest you – you are also welcome to vote for my quilt starting May 24th!

I quilted it using an allover feather pattern – lordy it took so much thread! Most of a spool. I also went through several needles, since the scrappy piecing plus the scrappy flannel on the back was a lot to sew through.

This is my second time quilting with feathers, and I kind of wish the feathers showed up better, but it’s probably for the best they are subtle. I used a pale yellow thread.

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