1, 2, 3 Quilt of the Day

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Today’s quilt is from the Squares chapter of 1, 2, 3 Quilt. This Lopsided Squares Quilt is partly improvisational and requires very little measuring, which makes me happy. The mix of brights and neutrals is still one of my favorite combinations.

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Hand quilted by Diana Taylor. Photographed by Laura Malek.

1,2,3 Quilt of the Day

Cluster-Dots-Quilt

Here’s the Cluster Dots Quilt from my book 1, 2, 3 Quilt. This one features appliquéd circles made using a freezer paper technique for neat circles. I machine stitched them with a zig-zag stitch for speed and durability.

Although it looks like this is a whole cloth quilt, it’s made up of individual blocks. If you used patterned fabrics for the background pieces, this would make a very different quilt. I used a combination of quilting cottons and Liberty of London lawn fabrics. This is a 72″ x 90″, or twin-sized quilt.

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The very talented Tia Curtis did the quilting on this one with simple pebble quilting to echo the circle design of the fabric. Photos by Laura Malek.

Here’s a detail:

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1,2,3 Quilt of the Day

Dresden-Flower-Quilt

Today I’m featuring my Dresden Quilt from 1, 2, 3 Quilt. In the book, there’s a quick shortcut technique to make these large 25″ dresdens that are then appliquéd to the whole cloth background using fusible webbing. I really had fun with the quilting on this one, taking the geometric straight line quilting in all different directions. I wanted the flowers to stand out a bit, so there’s not much quilting on them.

This is a throw-sized 60″ x 60″ quilt. Here’s a detail shot:

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Photos by Laura Malek.

Triangles Quilt

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Triangles, anyone? They don’t seem to be going anywhere, so if you want to learn to make four different types of triangles, you could try the Triangles Quilt from my book 1, 2, 3 Quilt. This is still one of my favorite quilts in the book. Quilting done by Lisa Sipes. I think this quilt is still hanging out at Intown Quilters if you want to go visit it in person.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I make things, then take photos of the things, which gives them a new life of their own. Objectifying objects. It’s the Instagram shots, book photos, and blog posts that reach farther than the object itself ever could. Most of my quilts end up stacked in a closet. So it makes me wonder, what am I really making? I think the reality of social media has given a new dimension to crafting; hearts, comments, and likes added to process photos, detail shots, and enhanced images. I love it all, but I wonder if this digital objectification is taking us too far from the original intent and purpose of the object itself?

Double Diamond Quilt Block

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Today I’m excited to be participating in Patchwork Posse’s Around the Block Round Robin of quilt block designs. My block, pictured above, is called Double Diamond. I’ve made the block here in my Garden collection fabrics and solids. Below, you can see what a full quilt might look like. You can also see how some simple changes to the layout would create different designs.

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Be sure to head over to Patchwork Posse to enter to win a copy of my book, 1, 2, 3 QuiltClick on the image below to print out the .pdf with full instructions.

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