PGHMQG Inspiration Challenge - August

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This month's PGHMQG Inspiration Challenge is all about August.

Each month, we are to ask ourselves these questions:
  • What are some of my favorite things about the current month?
  • What is my inspiration point for this month?
  • What are the color combinations/design elements that I want to explore this month?
  • Do I want to place any restrictions on myself this month?
  • What are some techniques I want to explore this month?

August Quilt Strip

Last month, I started with my first strip, this is my second one, un-ironed and un-trimmed, but otherwise finished.

My answers to the challenge questions:
  • My favorite things about the month of August, usually our hottest month of the year, doesn't include the heat, so what possessed me to make a symbolic strip of fire? I happen to like all of the things that escaping from the heat entails; swimming, lazing about, sewing indoors where it is air conditioned, my husband taking over the cooking because grilling with fire is a guy thing, just to name a few. As much as I do not like the heat, I do like avoiding it so why not make a blazing hot commemorative strip for the month of August!

August Quilt Strip Inspiration
  • My inspiration point for this month was found in Dorthy Hanisko's Simply Seminole book. Although my fire strip is not exactly a pattern that Dorthy represented in her book, I did use her general Seminole patchwork making techniques to develop my fire pattern.
August Quilt Strip Close
  • The color combinations/design elements that I explored this month were related to fire, so I used a combination of three, yellow based oranges. White and black were also used to represent both day and night as during the month of August, it is usually hot in both the mornings and the evenings. The triangle seemed to me to be a natural shape to use to represent fire.
  • The restriction I placed on myself this month, and will for each month to come was to build this quilt entirely from my stash.
  • The technique I explored this month was Seminole piecing. I bought Dorthy's book well over ten years ago. I was intrigued by the Seminole concept back then and knew that one day I would explore its possibilities. I have a feeling that I will be referring to this book again while working in this quilt.
August Quilt Drawing

I've added my August fire strip to my quilt drawing and will continue to update it each and every month. See you in September!

Quilts for Orlando #quiltsforpulse

Akyra Monet Murray, 18
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
Amanda Alvear and Mercedez Marisol Flores, 25 and 26
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25
Antonio Davon Brown, 29
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
Cory James Connell, 21
Darryl "DJ" Roman Burt II, 29
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Enrique L. Rios, Jr, 25
Eric Ivan Ortiz Rivera, 36
Frank Hernandez , 27
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
Geraldo A. "Drake" Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Juan Pablo Rivera Velazquez, 37
Juan Ramon Guerrero and Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 22 and 32
Kimberly Morris, 37
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Luis Daniel Conde , 39
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Luis S. Vielma, 22
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero and Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 26 and 31
Paul Terrell Henry , 41
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24

Sewing Room Quilt Blocks

Spool Quilt Block
Thimble Quilt Block

Sewing Machine Quilt Block
Button Quilt Block

I thought I could use little sprucing up in the sewing room so I decided to make a sewing themed wall hanging. I whipped up four blocks including a spool, a thimble, a sewing machine and a button, all in bright colors with gray linen backgrounds. I still need to sew them together, quilt and bind them, but I think I'm off to a good start.

The patterns for these are available in my shop, you can buy them individually or purchase a bundle of four at a discount. Be sure to stop by. My shop button is on the right.  Enjoy!

PGHMQG Inspiration Challenge - July

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I am a relatively new and very proud member of the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild (PGHMQG). I joined the group in January of this year and cant believe how much I have benefited from it. I've met kindred spirits, been inspired, learned a lot, have been challenged and have had a great deal of fun. I look forward to every one of our monthly meetings.

This summer, our group launched an Inspiration Challenge which encompasses a series of opportunities for us to stretch outside of our comfort zones. Each month, we are to create a quilt segment that is inspired by the the characteristics of the month. According to the instructions, "There are no rules, no guidelines, no limits. Whatever you make is your own masterpiece. Try a fabric or color that you have never dared to use. Make a tiny block or make it oversized. It is truly up to you. It's okay to stay within your skill set, but you are encouraged to try a new technique here and there. Loosen up and let the passing months be your compass."

Each month, we are to ask ourselves these questions:
  • What are some of my favorite things about the month of _____________?
  • What is my inspiration point for this month?
  • What are the color combinations/design elements that I want to explore this month?
  • Do I want to place any restrictions on myself this month?
  • What are some techniques I want to explore this month?
July Quilt Strip Photo
So here is my first installment which represents the month of July, which reflects these answers to the challenge questions:
  • My favorite things about the month of July are lots of daylight and sunshine.
  • My inspiration point for this month is Modern Quilt Studio's adorable Fun House quilt. I however, will be making my quilt horizontally in rows as opposed to vertically in columns.
  • The color combinations/design elements that I want to explore this month are related to sunshine, blue sky and green growth, ergo my use of brilliant blue, pale yellows and a vibrant green.
  • The restrictions I want to place on myself this month, and every month for that matter, is to build this quilt entirely from my stash.
  • The techniques I want to explore this month... I think I was a little weak here as I really didn't push myself technically. Maybe next month!
July Quilt Strip Drawing
I've decided that each of the month columns will be separated by some form of a thin, neutral, black, white or grey pieced strip, so I've added this to my computerized drawing of the quilt. Each month, I will faithfully accept the challenge, and will update my drawing and my blog posts with another fun section of the quilt. Stay tuned!

Aero and Blimpy Block Patterns for Sale

Aero pic
Blimpy pic
I've received lots of Instagram love for these two little guys, Aero and Blimpy. When initially designed, they were a part of my Tiny Town quilt pattern ensemble and were incorporated into my Big Sky pillow sham patterns. Now these individual patterns are available in my shop as well, as single blocks for you to use for whatever you'd like to make.

Aero and Blimpy Travel Bags
I was in need of a few travel pouches and thought that the plane and blimp images were just the ticket, although I've never have traveled on a blimp! I opted for a sunset color palette this time around and like it quite a bit. It seems to work well for the summer months.

Aero and Blimpy Travel Bags Backs
Pieced 2'' wide strips were used for the pouch backs. A cloud-like quilting design was used overall. This was easy to do, I first drew the lines in pencil using a circle template then quilted along them using my domestic machine and a walking foot.

Aero and Blimpy Travel Bags Zippers
A few months back, I purchased a mixed bundle of zippers on-line an have always been able to find a few that match what I'm working on. That was a good purchase as even though I've been picking away at them, I was still able to find a pink one and a yellow one that worked.

Aero and Blimpy Travel Bags Lining
The grapefruit and yellow polka dot lining is a nice surprise when opening the pouches. I always remember to treat myself to some eye candy, even if it doesn't always present itself.

If you'd like to purchase the Aero or Blimpy block pattern, you can access my shop through the button in the right margin of this blog. Enjoy!