Apr 7, 2014

Blog Hop: States of Matter

We're into April which means it's time to celebrate working with angles!

Tomorrow Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations has an awesome mini to show you!! (And some cutting tips!!). For now, I have an alternate version to show you. 

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This is another quilt that had a first draft. ;) I made it in shades of purple - which was crazy hard because there are so many tones and matching them was almost impossible. 


States of Matter from Quilt Lab by Alexandra WinstonStates of Matter from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston

Alas, I'm not a purple lover, so when it came time to compile the quilts for the book I went with the seafoam and grey scheme. I also changed up the quilting to be straight lines - I wasn't in love with how I tried to convey the different states with wavy lines.


States of Matter from Quilt Lab by Alexandra WinstonStates of Matter from Quilt Lab by Alexandra WinstonStates of Matter from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston



Mar 17, 2014

Blog Hop - Scattered

March is flying by! Tomorrow Bonnie is showing us her version of Scattered!


Scattered from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston

Unlike last week I don't have a "blooper" version of this one! But I did want to share something extra so I've done a quick modification to turn it into a pillow.


The blocks finish to 15.5" square. So with a little boost from the axes this will finish to an 18" pillow! This will permanently reside over on the Scattered page (which has 1 small errata!).
Quilt Lab Scattered Pillow

Mar 10, 2014

Blog Hop: Fractal

This week we're taking a closer look at Fractal. Tomorrow Andrea is showing off her awesome version!!!

Fractal by Ali Winston

When I submitted my proposal this quilt was included. Fully made so that they could get an idea of how I see and how the designs would come to fruition. 

Fractal from Quilt Lab by Ali Winston
I probably should have ironed it. It's been folded for almost a year...

It's fine, but didn't really match the vision I had for the book. The color scheme came from this lovely photo. I did a pretty bad job pulling fabrics to match!!
Website no longer exists. This is the designer.
This matches way better than the real thing! 
It was a great learning experience though. It's what pushed me to change the design to be patchwork, and to pull inspiration from my then favorite fabric (Jay McCarroll on the back). I also circular quilted it instead of echo quilting it. 

Alternate Fractal from Quilt Lab


Making 2 of the same quilt isn't always ideal. But sometimes that's how you find out what works and looks best! You can learn from my mis-steps. :) I imagine that prints would look great if you didn't want to do patchwork, I would just make sure to alternate large with small scale and lots of contrast in the colors.

Mar 4, 2014

Basic Binary - Modified

Hi everyone! I have a great line up of people that will be showing you just how versatile the patterns in Quilt Lab are. And I'll be poping in to show you some of the quilts that didn't make the cut.


Basic Binary from Quilt Lab by Ali Winston

This week we're talking about Basic Binary. I didn't notice until the book had been printed that they left out the main table that goes with the pattern. Sigh. :( I'm sorry! It's bound to happen, so let's talk about where you can find these kinds of goodies (and errata).

Up at the top there is a tab at the end that says "My Book". Once you are there You'll see all 12 project pictures. Click on the picture for more details about each project.




Since we're talking about Basic Binary, here is the table. I used washi tape to tape it to the back inside cover.


The link above will take you to a much nicer PDF

I wanted you to see how you can take the ideas for each pattern and really change them. In the book I used rectangles in warm and cool tones to represent the 1s and 0s.



Basic Binary from Quilt Lab by Ali Winston

This pillow says "Winston". As you can see, this is nothing like the quilt in the book! I changed the block shape and color scheme. Here what distinguished the 1s from 0s are the direction of the HST.


Basic Binary from Quilt Lab by Ali Winston

My advice for this pattern is to check your chart as you go to make sure you picked up the correct piece. I noticed a mistake in my layout as I went to sew - close call!! 

Blog Hop 

March 4 - Here we are!!
March 11 - Head over to Andrea's blog (Knitty Bitties) for her take on Fractal
March 18 - Bonnie (Pink Stitches) is mixing up Scattered
March 24-31 - Link Party. I'm sure there will be some sort of prize too.. ;)

April - Angles
April 1 - I have a free bonus pattern for you!
April 8 - Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations will be modifying on States of Matter
April 15 - Amy Lou Who knows her Calculus (does anyone remember 2Gether?)
April 22 - Deborah from Whipstitch has an awesome new molecule to show you for Molecular
Link Party

May - Circle
May 6 - Katy from I'm a Ginger Monkey gives us some Culture(d)
May 13 - Lindsay (lindsay lindsay) from Lindsay Sews has an Echo
May 20 - Amanda from A Crafty Fox (and Westwood Acres) will make you shudder with a cool version of Aperture Science


May 27 - Angela Cut To Pieces and I teamed up for a joint free pattern!!\
Link Party

Mar 1, 2014

Blog hop and link party

It's MARCH!! Can you believe it??? That means that Quilt Lab has been out for over a month. Hvae you picked a project that you want to work on?




To help showcase the patterns - and how you can modify them! - I've lined up a bunch of awesome bloggers to do what they do best. :) I'll be dedicating the next 3 months to the main 3 chapters in Quilt Lab. March will be all about rectangle projects, with a linky party. April will focus on the angles, and May on circles.


March 4 - Check back here for a few other projects that I've made using Binary code

March 11 - Head over to Andrea's blog (Knitty Bitties) for her take on Fractal
March 18 - Bonnie (Pink Stitches) is mixing up Scattered
March 24-31 - Link Party. I'm sure there will be some sort of prize too.. ;)

April - Angles
April 1 - I have a free bonus pattern for you!
April 8 - Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations will be modifying on States of Matter
April 15 - Amy Lou Who knows her Calculus (does anyone remember 2Gether?)

April 22 - Deborah from Whipstitch has an awesome new molecule to show you for Molecular

May - Circle
May 6 - Katy from I'm a Ginger Monkey gives us some Culture(d)
May 13 - Lindsay (lindsay lindsay) from Lindsay Sews has an Echo
May 20 - Amanda from A Crafty Fox (and Westwood Acres) will make you shudder with a cool version of Aperture Science
May 27 - Angela Cut To Pieces and I teamed up for a joint free pattern!!

(and some of these descriptions are a bit pun-y and lame - but it's late and I may have had a few glasses of wine...)

Feb 13, 2014

New Fabric, some sewing, a mini pattern, and a few giveaways

With all the snow days that we've been having in Atlanta I've actually had time to sew! In fact, I've sewn so much that I feel like I have to spread it over a few posts lest I blow my .... well, you know.

New Fabric & Some Sewing
Let's talk about Blend for a second, shall we? They are local, which is awesome. And have quite a few cute lines of fabric. So when I asked if I could play with some upcoming collections and they said yes I was blown away (wait for it...).



This collection - Blown Away - has just started shipping this month. It's very sweet and I adore the rainy cloud print (on the bottom)!


Blown Away Quilt by asquaredw
Quilt measures 36" x 44"
I saw the fabric and KNEW what the quilt had to look like. The inspiration was just there. I love when that happens. I'm quite pleased with the quilting. Like wind blowing. And the humps in the "mountain". I like it. It was out of my striagh line comfort zone. ;)


Blown Away Quilt by asquaredw

I made this using my Sizzix Big Shot Drunkard's Path dies (this and this). I trimmed the blocks down to be 4" unfinished - 3.5" finished. The method is the same as I used for my clamshells.


I also documented my curved piecing trials on Instagram (head over there for videos).




A Mini Pattern
These aren't the fanciest directions, but here are the pieces I used to make this baby quilt.




Giveaway 1
Unfortuantely none of my friends are having baby girls at the moment. So I am passing this quilt onto one of you.

There are 2 ways to enter (and you can do both!).
1. Sign up for my email list (scroll down). I'll use this to notify you about giveaways or other really cool stuff. Not boring everyday stuff.
2. Find me on IG and repost the photo (directions are over there!).

Contest is open around the world, but if an international person wins I will ask them to cover the additional mailing charges (about $11 to Europe). Entries close Feb. 20 and the winner will be announced Feb. 21.

Giveaway 2
And because this month is apparently the month of giveaways for me, don't forget about my giveawy for my book - Quilt Lab! This contest ends Monday, Feb. 17
Tell me: From my book, what project are you most excited about / which is your favorite? And what fabric from Westwood Acres would you use to make it?

There are 2 ways to enter (and you can enter once each way, for 2 entries!):

1. Post to Instagram, mention @a_2_w and use #quiltlabcontest 
2. Comment on my status on my Facebook page

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Feb 3, 2014

Fun things!

I was on American Patchwork and Quilting today! You can catch up on my episode (and all the others) through the iTunes Podcasts

Ali on Quilting Radio!

And:
To enter post on my Facebook page (1 entry) and/or a picture on IG mentioning @a_2_w with #quiltlabcontest (1 entry).
2 winners will receive a FE bundle from Westwood Acres. Open until Feb. 17!

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