Sunday, May 17, 2015

"Sonnet" and "Amsterdam" - Finished Quilts for Cloud 9 Fabrics

 Photo by Cloud 9 Fabrics

Last week, I sewed up and quilted two commissioned quilts for Cloud 9 Fabrics' Quilt Market booth in Minneapolis. I loved every minute of it! Cloud 9 Fabric is super soft (certified organic cotton) and the designs are so unique and just lovely. I'm not getting compensated to write this post, by the way - these are just my opinions!
I didn't have anyone to help me take pictures that day, so I had to settle for inside.

I made a quilt from the Sonnet pattern (free and designed by Elizabeth Olwen) with Elizabeth's "Morning Song" fabrics. Readers may have noticed that I don't often follow patterns, but this is one I would definitely make again. The top came together fast (a few HSTs and large cuts of fabric), and I love how it gives off the illusion of folded-over paper.

For the quilting, I was on a tight deadline and I knew I would be bored to tears with straight lines. You know I love to quilt! I threw a couple of ideas past Liz and she liked the topographical map design. You can see a version of this by Leah Day here; I am looking to do a video tutorial of my method this summer. I can tell this will be a go-to free motion quilting design for me.

And here it is, hanging at Quilt Market!

I also made a from the free Amsterdam pattern, which was designed by Michelle Engel Bencsko. Michelle's new Aubade fabric has touches of metallic, which I absolutely fawned over. Some of the fabrics are all metallic, too.

These colors would make a great baby quilt such as this one. The piecing took longer than the other quilt (lots of HSTs) but it was fun to see tulips popping up on my floor/design wall. I really took advantage of the white space on this one; I pebbled in the sashing to make it pop.

 Here it is at Quilt Market, on the right!


I have several commission quilts and double-sided tablerunners lined up for the summer, and I'm so excited to get started! I'll likely be taking more commissions, too. Plus, I will be working on my own projects in between... so expect to hear from me a lot. :)

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  1. Both quilts are lovely! Great choice of quilting on both of them! I hope you were commensated handsomely for your time, especially on such a tight deadline!

  2. Congratulations! You are hot!

  3. I really love the Sonnet quilt. Congratulations!

  4. Congratulations on commissioned work. And getting paid to work with shiny new fabric? What a drag! ;) I love that you got to see your work at market, too.

  5. Love this! Just found your blog and the Sonnet quilt. After looking around, I find I really like this spot!!! I follow several blogs...but yours is real and very much my style...thanks for what you do! Excited to see more.

  6. Both of these quilts are so nice. The quilting really enhances the patterns. Can't wait to see what summer brings!

  7. Both of these quilts are so nice. The quilting really enhances the patterns. Can't wait to see what summer brings!

  8. Congrats on being commissioned to make two quilts for market! They are both beautiful!

  9. These are both gorgeous Jess. Your quilting is lovely - I can't wait to see your video on how to do the topography design.

  10. you're seriously a quilting super hero (make yourself a cape, woman!). I'm continually inspired by your FMQ! I love how both of these turned out, the colors are so soft and your quilting really complements them. The topographical map quilting looks great juxtaposed with the straight lines of the sonnet quilt for sure, I'm glad it worked out!

  11. Love the topographical map quilting idea!! I've hiked with maps like that in England, hmmmmm.......

  12. Oh my gosh, I love that first quilt! It's such a simple pattern too!

  13. Oh my gosh, I love that first quilt! It's such a simple pattern too!

  14. Congrats. That's great. Both are lovely plus it is great to see them in their booths.


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