#instaquilt at Intown Quilters

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Here’s a collection of some of the blocks from our #instaquilt project that we did in the Makers Tent at the Decatur Book Festival. I think it’s really interesting how these blocks are coming together with no plan at all!

This is a work in progress and you can still add your block! Just make a half-square triangle and share on Instagram with the hashtag #instaquilt. If you want to contribute a physical block, just bring it in or mail to Intown Quilters by the end of the month. We’ll make a quilt that will be displayed and then donated to charity.

This weekend, you can even come out to Intown Quilters and sew some blocks with me and Sarah Phillips of Intown Quilters. We’ll have a few machines and some fabric, but feel free to bring your own machine and supplies if you’d like. Join us at 4:00 pm on Sunday at Intown Quilters in Decatur. It’s a free event and we hope to see you there!

#instaquilt

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How far do your quilts travel? Quilting and technology have converged to create an online sewing community that allows us to find inspiration, share our process, and get instant feedback on our ideas. Recently, I realized that my finished quilts were stacked in a closet while my photos and blog posts continued to reach people. It made me question whether the finished object or the digital image was more important.

We take photos of quilts as they are pieced together, on our laps while we stitch, or with our children and pets snuggled up on them. We share the image and it becomes a digital object, a separate work of art created during the process.

Sarah Phillips of Intown Quilters and I are hosting an activity in the Makers Tent at the Decatur Book Festival this weekend so we decided to expand on the idea of image sharing to create a collaborative digital project where everyone will create their own quilt block, photograph it, and share the image through social media. Then we’ll compile the images into a digital “quilt” that we’ll share online.

How can you participate?

Begin with two 10” fabric squares and create a half-square triangle block. One fabric square should be a neutral white or linen while the other piece may be patchwork, hand-dyed, embroidered, or made with any other creative technique you’d like to use. Or you can simply choose your favorite fabric. Then take a photo of your half-square triangle block and share it on social media with the hashtag #instaquilt. We’ll then assemble the photos and share the collaborative digital quilt both here and through social media.

Add your block to flickr here, pin it to Pinterest, share on Instagram, post to Facebook, or share it any way you choose.

And for those who are willing to contribute their finished block, we’ll sew them together and make a quilt to be displayed at Intown Quilters. You can drop your block by the shop or even mail it. Please note that we may cut down the blocks if necessary to make the quilt a manageable size. We’d like to get all of the entries by the end of September, so make a block today!

If you live near Atlanta, come sew with me and Sarah Phillips from Intown Quilters at the Decatur Book Festival this weekend! We’ll be in the Makers Tent on Sunday at 3pm. We’ll have fabric, sewing machines and other supplies so that you can make an #instaquilt block with us. But don’t worry if you can’t make it; anyone can participate in the project!

For instructions to make half-square triangles, click on the image below for a .pdf excerpt from my book 1, 2, 3 Quilt.

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I made a couple of samples using my new Framework fabric and solids below. Of course if you use the technique above, you’ll have two blocks so you can start a quilt. And if you’re just photographing it for the project, the block could really be any size. Let’s make an #instaquilt!

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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.

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