Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pivot - Ta Da!

Pivot

I finally named this little quilt Pivot. She is 20" square. I made her for the Lethbridge Modern Quilt Guild modern mini quilt paint chip challenge. We are hoping that maybe we can hang our quilts together in public somewhere soon. Once I find my paint chips again I will come back and add a photo here of them. They are grey, creamy white and orange.

Pivot

Of course, I left this project to the last minute. Our guild meets on first Tuesday night of the month. So I started on Monday night. Luckily I had thought a lot about what I wanted to make so I was able to get right to work. I had made a block very similar to this for Stephanie in Bee Sewcial and I took this opportunity to make a similar one. Next time I will try for about 60' square.

This pieces for the top were cut without a ruler. I did keep my ruler nearby to help me stay straight-ish rather than veering off to the side too much. Each of the fabrics I used were left overs - scraps I guess - and I did not have any extra, so I wanted to avoid too many totally unusable cuts.

I have to say that I am in love with the combination of thin not straight lines and the creamy white and light grey to make the. I admit to choosing my paint chips with this plan in mind.

Pivot

I started quilting Pivot that same night but it was late and I was tired. I used a variegated orange Star thread for the triangle and a variegated grey Aurifil thread for the stripes. The quilting is dense not straight lines, unevenly spaced. I used my domestic machine because, perhaps surprisingly, it is very challenging to quilt lines on the diagonal on the long arm and easy to do on the domestic. I got up early and quilted before work and took a couple of coffee breaks and finished the quilting at lunch.

Pivot

My guild is hoping to hang these quilts in a show and I knew I wanted to wash the quilt for the added texture that would add. So the quilt was larger than 20" - by about 3" on each side. Also since I knew I was not going to have time to wash it after it was bound and still take it to the guild meeting, so I washed it before I bound it. I trimmed off the extra backing and batting and zig zag stitched the edges before throwing the quilt in the washer and dryer. Luckily I was working from home that day.

Pivot

I'm not sure everyone knows how mini quilts come out of the washer and dryer so I took this photo. I then steamed her flat. I did not press the iron down much as I steamed the quilt as I wanted to keep the texture. I let the quilt rest for a bit and then I trimmed it to 20" square.

Pivot - back

I added a white binding to match the stripes. I did not want the binding to steal the show and if I had had more time I might have used a faced binding instead. Here is the back which is a fabric that I thought complimented the quilt nicely. I used a single fold binding (tutorial here) and hand stitched her after work.

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I shared all these photos except the top one on instagram as I went. Pivot was finished in time for my guild meeting, the last binding stitch went in 30 minutes before I had to leave. 

I am going to share her about the internet, I really love this little quilt. I am linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It up Friday.

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I've also linked up at Fabric Tuesday.

Best,

Leanne

28 comments:

  1. Always love your work Leanne and this is no exception! Fabulous!

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  2. It's lovely, I wish I could reach through the screen and feel the texture!

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  3. It looks wonderful.....a favourite colour combo of mine!!!

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  4. Your quilt speaks to me . . . And the procrastination!

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  5. Aside from a great design, the texture really adds interest to your mini quilt. I'm inspired.

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  6. I enjoyed seeing the progression through IG, and I have to say that you had the perfect fabric for the backing! I hope you can share photos when the quilts are displayed. :)

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  7. Стильно смотрится квилт.

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  8. Great design and the quilting not only accentuates it, but gives it a 'ghost' feel on the back. Beautiful execution of what must have been much creative musing.

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  9. What a lovely finish. The texture makes you want to touch it. Great colour combination.

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  10. Really beautiful and I can soooo relate to its title! I've loved following your progress on IG too - thanks!

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  11. That is one amazing little quilt!

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  12. Love this little one, esp. The not quite straight lines and that quilting!

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  13. Just out of curiosity: did you quilt the triangle inside - out or outside - in?

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  14. Love it Leanne! The colors make me think of dreamsicle ice cream - yum! The design is totally visual, and your matchstick quilting complements it perfectly.

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  15. That texture is craaaazy good!

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  16. Another beauty! The texture gets me every time!

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  17. I'm in awe of what you have done. It's absolutely stunning. I do have a question. Do you really plan for your next one to be 60' square? WOW! I don't know how you would get that done on a domestic machine.

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  18. I love this! Did you make the striped fabric and add it as one piece? Tryin to figure out the process.

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  19. Hi Leanne, I love the little Pivot quilt in every way. I do have two questions about the quilting--in your photo I cannot see a walking foot on your machine. I've been trying to do this type closely spaced quilting on my Bernina with a walking foot and find it devilishly hard to maneuver as well as see with the walking foot. Are you just using a regular foot to quilt or does your machine have some kind of integrated even feed mechanism (like the Pffaf has). Also I'm wondering if you are using a super thin batting (wadding) and that is how you are able to quilt so closely without a walking foot? I'm planning to try the thinnest batting I know of which is Dream Request 100% cotton batting on my next attempt. I will be really grateful for any tips you can offer on these two issues. Thank you kindly, Katie S. Kms1at outlookdotcom

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  20. Love Pivot! It's very interesting and the strips really look like one striped fabric. A closer look, though, and it's awesome to see that you pieced it. The quilting in your orange triangle really does the trick for adding movement and boldness.

    I find angles are tough on the long-arm, too. Invariably that's when I'll get a wobble! Now I wonder what other long-armers do about that.

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  21. Love this Leanne
    She definitely fits with the style of your other work, fresh and vibrant with a clear idea!

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  22. Leanne, what a beauty. Of course I'm partial to Orange. Love that it's totally of scraps. Thanks for the "after wash" share too...the texture really makes it cool.

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  23. Beautiful! Interesting that you added the binding after washing and squaring up.

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  24. It's fantastic Leanne!!! Great use of the three colors you were given. I like the white binding and the fabric for the backing too. Hope your guild finds a nice location to showcase them all.

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  25. It's beautiful - the colours are perfect together and it looks so tactile.

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  26. Beautiful finish! I love how the colors and design are highlighted and enhanced by the quilting.

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  27. You do like a bit of "just in time management" Leanne! It is a beauty of course!

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