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Dec 7, 2017

Hoop Quilts with Improvisational Piecing

Dec 7, 2017
Pin It Improv Hoop Quilt
I have so many ideas for Hoop Quilts, and I finally found a little time to put needle and thread together for this one.  Improv piecing.  Combining this technique with the modern black and white prints of Me+You Indah Batiks had been calling to me.

The pie shape of each Drunkard's Path block utilizes improv.  I was able to use the bright colors in contrast with black solid to make a block slightly bigger than the curved template.  Positioning and direction of the curve template on top of the block could drastically change how the pieced looked.  I was going for a crystallized look.
Matchstick Quilting detail Improv Hoop
After piecing the quadrants together, I used matchstick quilting in the solid black area.  It really gave it great texture.  Thanks for the help IG!
Improv Hoop Quilt Stitching Details
Add some hand stitching in the color areas....
Improv Hoop Quilt Hoop guts
And, poof!  It has that added pop needed to make it shine.  I love using elements in the prints as hand stitched designs or echoes in the solid areas.
Hand Stitch Detail Improv Hoop

Improv Hoop Quilt stones
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Dec 1, 2017

Chocolatier Block of the Month #12 - Quilt Top

Dec 1, 2017
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Chocolatier BOM Skittles Quilt Top
Fabric is Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics for my version of the BOM.  Find my color selections listed here.
Here we are - crazy!  We've worked our way through all the blocks in the BOM and this month, that last pattern includes sewing the quilt top together.  This quilt has been a lot of work!  I hope you've learned a lot and enjoyed the process along the way.  The big reward is about to be seen in your quilt top!

I'm only giving you one sneak peek of my skittles version of the quilt today.  I'll be back later in December will the full finish.  I can not wait.  :)

Thank you so much to all those who participated.  You've made Chocolatier come to life!

SHARE with US!  I'd love to see what you make.  #chocolatiersampler on Instagram

**Chocolatier Pattern is now a sampler.  Receive all 12 patterns at once. Available here.**
An Introduction Guide AND all the block patterns are emailed immediately upon payment.  If you purchase the hard copy, the Introduction Guide is still emailed.  The paper patterns will follow shortly via USPS.

For all the details on Chocolatier, go here.
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Nov 19, 2017

AGF Quilt Block Tour of Makers - Hoop Quilt

Nov 19, 2017
Pin It Indie Folk Hoop Quilt 2
Welcome!  Today I am sharing a project I made using one of the quilt blocks available in the Art Gallery Fabrics Video Tutorial Series on YouTube.  If you haven't stopped by their channel, take a look there the next time you need inspiration.  There are free PDF pattern downloads for quite a few quilt blocks, all with corresponding video tutes using your favorite AGF fabric collections.

I made the Morning Star quilt block.... and of course...... turned it into my favorite project..... a Hoop Quilt!

Indie Folk Hoop Quilt
I decided to use Pat Bravo's Indie Folk collection.  Indie Folk is very different from my normal mix of solids, blenders and tone-on-white prints.  I wanted to work with this bohemian collection to explore something different from my norm and show how well Hoop Quilts can work with all different styles of fabrics.

Due to the sewing of curves to assemble the hoop, I had to make a small change to the assembly of this quilt block.  Instead of the center square being one solid square, I had to make it into 4 smaller squares in order to make 4 quarter circles for the hoop.  No biggie - with a busy floral in the center, I think you may only notice since I pointed it out.

The colors in these fabrics are stunning and I love the way they came together to show off this Morning Star block.  With such busy prints in the line, this hoop only needed a very small amount of embellishment to let it shine.  I added, as always, big stitch hand quilting around the perimeter of the circle and just a few lazy daisy and running stitches at the corners of the quilt block.  Love it!

Indie Folk Hoop Quilt Close Up This pattern works with the templates for a 23" hoop in the Hoop Quilts pattern.  It's big and bold, and totally killing it!
Indie Folk Hoop Quilt far away

Follow along with the rest of the tour and don't forget AGF hosts a monthly contest for their Quilt Block Collection.  You can make and win!

November 14 Karen O’Connor @ladykquilts
November 16 Amy Friend @duringquiettime
November 17 Kate Basti @katebasti
November 18 Yvonne Fuchs @quiltingjetgirl
November 19 AnneMarie Chany @genxquilters
November 20 Maureen Cracknell @maureencracknell
November 21 Sharon Holland @sharonhollanddesigns
November 22 Lucy Brennan @charmaboutyou
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