Jaftex Blog Hop

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I’ll be participating in Jaftex Corp’s 85th Anniversary Blog Hop! This will be chock full of cool projects and awesome prizes—here is the complete list of stops. Go check them out, and make sure you come back to see the quilt I made on September 20!

September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio
September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder
September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle
September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts
September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions
September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs
September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono
September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts
September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios
September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy
September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs
September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts
September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive
September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake
September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2
September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting
September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket
September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts
September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads
September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky
September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts
September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs
September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.
September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

About Jaftex: Jaftex Corp. was founded in the 1930’s when Jacob A. Fortunoff started selling fabric on the streets of New York. At that time, the mainstay of the business was women’s sleepwear and lingerie. In the 80’s, Jacob’s grandson, Robert, dramatically changed the business of the company. The business focus was transferred to the over the counter quilt industry when Robert purchased companies like A.E. Nathan, Henry Glass, Stylemaker, Chanteclaire, Fabric Editions/Studioe and more recently The Blank Quilting Corp. Robert is now joined by his two sons, Scott and Greg. Scott currently is the President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. & A.E. Nathan Co., Inc. Greg just joined the business in late 2014 and has successfully spearheaded the company’s foray into precut fabrics among other contributions.

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Golden Snitch tutorial

English Paper Pieced Golden Snitch Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

I’m participating in a Harry Potter Mini Quilt Swap over on Instagram, and as a little extra for my partner, I made a Golden Snitch using English Paper Piecing.

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It’s been getting a lot of love from the other participants, and since it will be a little hard to part with, I decided to make myself one, and put together a tutorial for you in the process.

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Gnomes and Trees quilt block

Have you started your Christmas sewing yet? Ha, ha. Funny. I generally start Christmas sewing on about December 15th, but I’m way ahead of the curve this year because I asked members of my Stash Bee hive to make Christmas blocks for my turn as Queen Bee last month. I realized I hadn’t shared the tutorial here and thought I would do so!

Gnomes & Trees quilt block tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

This block was inspired by this quilt, but a wonkier version. It’s a great block for using up some of those scraps, and other than the open squares, doesn’t require any sort of precision. These instructions are for individual 3×3 blocks that finish at 15″ square, but if you’re making the whole quilt by yourself you could just as easily sew together the subunits in rows and columns.

Click below for the full tutorial!

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Celestial Orbs pattern is available!

I’m pleased to announce that the pattern for Celestial Orbs is up on Craftsy (for US customers) and PatternSpot (for international customers)!

Celestial Orbs Quilt Pattern

My lovely pattern testers improved this pattern greatly; you can see one version, by Tracy, here and here! Hers is Fourth of July themed, and it’s lovely to see it in different colors.

I think this pattern suits itself well to a variety of fabrics. I mocked up a couple of more traditional versions. Here is the mini quilt, also included in the pattern, in traditional florals:

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Or how about Kaffe Fassett?

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Paper piecing instructions aren’t included in this pattern, but I’ve drawn up a free 5-page guide that covers the basics so even a beginning paper piecer can make this quilt. Click here to get the PDF, it will also be accessible from the tutorials page.

And if you make this quilt, I’d love to see what fabrics you choose!

(Edit: update to add Tracy’s second post)

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MQG Riley Blake fabric challenge

A while back the Modern Quilt Guild sent out fabric bundles with the instructions to try something new using the fabrics. I realized they would be perfect for a design I’d been thinking about for a little while.

Geese in the Ferns | Flying Parrot Quilts

Several people told me it reminded them of ferns, so I’m calling this one “Geese in the Ferns.”

The new technique I tried with this quilt was reverse appliqué. I first paper pieced the curved geese sections, then I cut out the white background sections, carefully turned under the edges, and machine appliquéd them on top.

Geese in the Ferns in progress | Flying Parrot Quilts

Geese in the Ferns finished top | Flying Parrot Quilts

I marked registration lines on my templates to help me line them up again later, but foolishly did so using the first pen I grabbed from my cup, which turned out to be a pink felt tip pen. It made easily recognizable lines, but when I used starch to turn under the edges, it bled right onto on the white fabric and has left small pink spots in places. I haven’t washed the quilt, so it remains to be seen whether they will come out, but given that I’ve ironed over them I’m not holding my breath. I like to say that I learn from every quilt, and this one definitely taught me a valuable lesson.

At the suggestion of my friend Marybeth, I quilted large swirls in contrasting turquoise thread. I filled in the rest with all-over small swirls using white Invisafil thread. (Marybeth had some great additional suggestions about quilting ghost triangles, but I was really just ready to be done with this quilt, particularly given the pink spots.)

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I used some of the leftover fabric on the back and a spot in the binding. Even though it’s very simple, I think the back actually looks pretty interesting with the contrasting swirls.

Geese in the Ferns back | Flying Parrot Quilts

Geese in the Ferns back detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

I’m working on a whole bunch of quilts simultaneously, so there should be lots more to show soon!

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Baby girl quilt

A friend of mine just had a baby girl, so naturally… time for a quilt!

Baby Girl quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts I don’t typically work much with precuts, mostly because I’m religious about pre-washing my fabric, but this little jelly roll of Heather Bailey True Colors seemed perfect for a baby girl without being too heavy on the pink. Because I don’t use precuts much, I also never really know what to do with them, but fortunately I found this great tutorial from Missouri Star.

Baby Girl quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I quilted the quilt with an all-over flower and swirl pattern using a light green thread, which blended really nicely.

Baby Girl quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Finished size is about 30″x40″, which I’m told is a good size for car trips. It’s summer in the south, so a quilt won’t be needed for car trips for a few months, but hopefully it will come in handy eventually!

Baby Girl quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

 

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Celestial Orbs

My second entry to the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival is called Celestial Orbs:

Celestial Orbs | Flying Parrot Quilts

This quilt was inspired by the traditional “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” block. The center stars are paper pieced:

Celestial Orbs assembly | Flying Parrot Quilts

This makes really nice sharp , perfect points when the melon units are added.

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I used many of my favorite fabrics—bits of Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Lizzy House, Violet Craft, Sarah Jane, and a few others.

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I had a hard time deciding how to quilt the quilt—I think it would suit itself well to intricate custom quilting, but in the end I decided to offset the solids with a simpler large spiral quilted using my walking foot. It took a lot of turning, turning, turning!

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I’m working on the pattern for this quilt, and it should be ready soon. In the meantime, head back over to the Festival and check out all the other gorgeous quilts!

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

 

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The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes

My first entry into this spring’s Bloggers’ Quilt Festival is “The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes.”

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes | Flying Parrot Quilts

Those of you that follow me have seen a lot of this quilt, but I thought I’d share some photos from the making of it. More closeups of the finished quilt are at the end. The quilt started with the “Insane Artichoke” quilt block that I designed:

The Insane Red Artichoke

The Insane Red Artichoke

A few of my friends told me I really should design a larger quilt using this block, but medallion quilts aren’t really my thing. At that point the idea of having two artichokes disintegrating was born. Piecing the centers was the easy part, but then I had to get into large-scale improv piecing. I cut the triangles to size, then pieced them into strips that I added to the center one by one:

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes assembly | Flying Parrot Quilts

I did the two blocks individually, then joining them was the real challenge.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes assembly | Flying Parrot Quilts

There was a lot of laying stuff out on the floor. The final joins were super awkward and ended up being some sort of weird piecing-appliqué hybrid:

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes assembly | Flying Parrot Quilts

The finished top was an awkward shape, but allowed me room to trim it to size after quilting, which makes for a perfectly square quilt.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes assembly | Flying Parrot QuiltsA lot of people have asked me about how much of the quilting was marked, so here a couple of pictures showing that. I went through at least an entire one of my blue water-soluble markers. All the circles and all the feathers/teardrops were marked ahead of time; only the background swirls and stippling was done without marking. This was mostly to keep the circles round, which I have a hard time with otherwise, and to keep the feather sizes consistent.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes quilting | Flying Parrot Quilts

This was a picture taken while burying threads in the artichoke centers. There were a lot to bury.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes quilting | Flying Parrot QuiltsThis quilt is featured in the current issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited!

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes | Flying Parrot QuiltsThanks for reading this far—as promised, here are detail photos. There are also more in my original post on the (then almost) finished quilt. Then head over to the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival and check out all the other amazing quilts!

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I’m on the Me Being Crafty podcast!

I’m super honored to be featured today on the Me Being Crafty podcast with Tsoniki Crazy Bull! If you aren’t familiar with the podcast, it’s well worth subscribing to. Tsoniki interviews a lot of different quilty people and talks to them about the process of being creative. We chatted about quilting for show and my evolution as a quilter, among other things. You can listen and subscribe via iTunes and via Stitcher.

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Rainbow mini swap quilts

I guess it’s official, I’m addicted to swaps! It’s so much fun to make and receive a special handmade quilt for/from a complete stranger. And I have to say that each time I participate, I end up making something that stretches me in some way, because the whole point is to make something to your partner’s taste, which of course isn’t always the same as yours.

In any case, this time around, the theme was rainbow, and my partner requested something with “bright colors” and “loud low volume.” This is what I came up with!

Rainbow mini swap | Flying Parrot Quilts

The blocks are 3″ finished, which was fiddly, but they came out so cute!

Rainbow Mini detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

I quilted it with straight lines using my walking foot, changing thread colors every few lines so that was rainbow too. The backing, to match the newsprint fabric on the front, is this fabulous color swatch print from Carrie Bloomston.

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The quilt I received was this beauty from Charlayne, using my favorite Tula Pink Saltwater line!

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I love the little peeks of octopus and the sparkly background!

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Thanks again, Charlayne!

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