Saturday, July 26, 2014

Derived Inspiration, No. 2 "Stitched"

Derived Inspiration

Derived inspiration- The process of being deeply inspired by something/someone.  It happens to us all the time. We photograph, we pin, we post, we admire, we dream……...then we create.

This is No. 2 in a series of quilts. The first in the series is to be gifted to a friend but it won't be mailed until mid-August, hence the out of sequence numbers. No matter if it's the first or the 100th, the process is the same, the spark of an idea taken hold and mulled over until just right. The translation of thought into something realized. The beginning, but certainly, never the end.

The inspiration for this quilt was a quilter and her pattern. 

Leanne's style and quilting ethic makes me want to do my best always, and she was kind enough to let me use her pattern in a slightly different layout than that described in the canvas quilt pattern which is available on both Craftsy and in her Etsy store. The challenge (for me) was to use what I had (fabric/batting/backing/threads) but to also have fun. I started with one block.

What I used from the inspiration: The basic block pattern, in pillow size.
The goals: To make a small quilt using the original block I made, plus 5 others,  using solids and prints and using similar colors in different tints. To try and incorporate something I've never done before (inset seaming), and give the languishing metallic threads in my thread stash a second chance to shine- literally.

The Details:
"Stitched" Derived Inspiration (No. 2) - 2014 (named from the stitch like inset seam joining the quilt panels)
39" x 50"
Quilt block: Canvas Quilt- she can quilt (Leanne)
Fabrics: All stash material, Kona black, steel, medium gray, ash,  bright pink, medium pink,  curry, maize, snow, azure)  for the "stitch", and the canvas blocks. Various printed quilting cottons for block centers. 100% cotton flannel (pre-washed) for the backing, pieced.
Threads: Aurifil #2012 (top and bobbin), #2625 (top); Gütermann #10, 116, 110 (Top); Coats and Clark #V35 (top) and Sulky metallic #142, 7009 (top)
Batting: 100% cotton Warm and Natural
Binding: 2" wide straight of grain, color and layout inspired by comments on instagram.
Quilting: Bernina modified stitch #4, 5mm wide using a walking foot.
Detail of center inset seam, metallic threads really show up on black, on the right.
I used multiple different thread colors and types on the quilt.
Makes the otherwise solid background a bit more interesting.

inset seam with glue residue. Not pretty, but it did the job
Seam total width= 1/4"
Split binding detail, top

quilt back with pieced flannel

binding detail lends pop of color to back of quilt

washed and wrinkly the "stitches" really standout.

New things I did in this quilt that I haven't done before : Joining seam for the Canvas Quilt pattern panels- an inset seam featured in Threads Magazine, July 2014. Glue basting using a washable glue stick (when pins don't/can't do the job) and using metallic thread for quilting. (I think I finally figured out a trick to make it less unpleasant to use).

Thank you to Leanne (she can quilt) for use of her pattern, Canvas, #canvasquilt. Thank you all my fellow IGer's. I appreciate your binding suggestions.


  1. It's wonderful, I love every detail, especially the way the different tints of the colours work together. This is a beautiful quilt!

  2. Another winner Stephanie. I'm interested in trying glue basting sometime too


  3. This is really lovely and I'm so intrigued by that inset seam. Wish I was in your studio to hear you tell about it as I don't quite 'get' it - will have to look for that issue....Anyway, Love that you used Leanne's delightful block and went from there!

  4. Thanks for walking through your process for us. I need that kind of help and now I have a map! I love the way your project turned out.

  5. This is oh so lovely! Thanks for sharing!


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