Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Klar Quilt

This is my second entry in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this year! This is my latest finish I called the Klar Quilt inspired by Yoshiko Jinzenji stunning quilts from Quilting Line and Color: Techniques and Designs for Abstract QuiltsAmysCreativeSide.com. I entered this one in the Modern Quilt category.

For this quilt I used mostly Ikea fabrics and a few matching fabrics from my stash. It included a lot of fun fussy cutting. I also posted a tutorial for this quilt (part 1 and part 2) which is really easy and good for a beginner quilter.

I am really happy with this one, and I had a lot of fun taking it to the beach… (more photos here)

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Strimla Quilt

I decided to enter my Strimla Quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this year! I have followed the Festival for a few years but have never thought I would enter one of mAmysCreativeSide.comy quilts. But as I promised myself to show my work more, I am entering, two, yes two! of my quilts I finished recently.

I entered this one in the Original Design category. Hopefully that’s a good fit. I was inspired by a painting I saw somewhere online, but did not pin it before my browser crashed so I will never be able to properly credit my muse… it was done in several shades of red, with the darkest being in the middle. I forgot about the painting for a while until one day I found myself not quite inspired to work on a wip hanging on my design wall, so I started sewing together some 1 in strips of fabric. The dark blue square was born.

After a few weeks spent on finally finishing other projects, I got back to this square, chose some lighter blue fabric and made two more. 4 more squares in yellow and orange, and the center design was finished.

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As I pondered about the background, I realized that the color squares make up a part of a 9 patch block. Can you see it? With the two white squares between orange and yellow – a huge 9 patch square. So I decided to mirror that in the background. So I made 9 patch squares that were 1/3 the size of the middle design in neutral, low volume, black and white or gray fabrics.

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When the background was all done, I was still not very satisfied, so I added a border with even smaller squares. Finally I was happy with the design. And that’s what I am showing you today.

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I have had many issues with this quilt and I wrote all about it in the original post.  There are more photos there as well. And here you can see some work-in-progress photos.

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Strimla quilt

Klar quilt: finished 😅

I am not going to talk about this quilt much in this post except to say I am so, so happy with how it turned out. I think this is going to hang on the wall. For all the details see Tutorial Part 1 and Part 2. More pictures on flickr.

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klar quilt tutorial: part 2

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In the Part 1 of this tutorial we fussy cut all the squares – the larger 3.5×3.5 in and the smaller ones at 1.5×1.5 in. Then we boxed the smaller squares with the background fabric, in this case white, and we ended up with 49 squares that need to be assembled in the quilt top.

To speed up the process, and at the same time not loose track of which squares go where, I chain stitched 2 by 2 columns – all you do is pick up the squares of the columns you are working on in two piles – making sure you keep the order and then you stitch two and two together without breaking thread, like so…

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Order in which you sew these columns is up to you. The following two pictures show what I had done – in the first pass I stitched columns 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6; which left me with 4 “new” columns. So in the second pass I sewed together blocks in columns 1 and 2 and then 3 and 4, and so on.

Or if you prefer an illustration…

Almost done. Each row is separated with a 1 in strip, so you need to cut 6 strips 1.5 in wide and as long as the width of your rows + 1 in. Why + 1 in… I just prefer to have a little extra that I can cut off , than to have to cut another strip; also I am not a very accurate cutter so I like to have a bit of a buffer to work with. For this particular example – 7 blocks 3 in in width finished size, plus two raw edges at each side of a row, makes 21.5 in. I cut strips around 22.5 in.

Once you have your strips all you have to do is sew them in between the rows. The tricky part here (not that tricky but something to think about) is to align the squares vertically across the strips. That’s it. Once you have all the rows connected simply cut off the excess).

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The very last step is – the border. I cut the strips 4 in wide. That will give me about 3 in wide border once the binding is on. That’s it. All you have to do then is sandwich and quilt it. Done!

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If you are looking for the Part 1 of this tutorial you can find it here.