Sassy Squares Wedding Quilt – 2018

My daughter bought four identical Batik jelly roll packs at Joann Fabrics months ago.  The fabric was not girly, in fact, it was more masculine than anything else.  I think this was what drew her to these patterns – they were unique.

What to make?

When the opportunity to use these unique jelly roll strips came along, the next question was just what pattern to use.  Because this quilt would be given as a gift at a wedding shower, the fabrics were a perfect fit – more neutral than girly.

After looking at a variety of more simplistic quit designs, we decided on Sassy Squares.  Of course, I didn’t have a pattern as we found an image on Pinterest we liked. Yes, I know, this is an all-too-familiar scenario, but I would rather go rogue and figure things out for myself!

In order to make this design work, we needed to add an additional background fabric.  In this case, I used one of the beauties that my daughter gave me for Christmas!

Note: The actual jelly roll strips were 2 7/8 inches wide. I am so glad I measured before cutting the background strips.

Quilt Design

The actual blocks from the jelly roll sets are based on triangles.  There are actually only 2 blocks for the internal section. The blocks all have the same elements, but how they are put together makes then unique.

The Finished Quilt

Overall, the quilt was a challenge but ultimately turned out to be a beautiful wedding shower gift.  As you can see, my grand-puppy, Loki, loves to model with the quilts I make!

She is quite photogenic!

The Long Arm Quilting

My daughter chose the quilting pattern as well and after auditioning many different designs, settled on Celtic Sea by Urban Elementz

The sweeping curves was a great addition to the straight line elements of the blocks in this quilt

As you can see, the back was almost as pretty as the front!

In the end, the recipient was so very happy as can be seen by this reveal photo

One Last Thing

Remember when I said that this quilt was a challenge?  I am so glad that we have 4 jelly roll packs to work with because I mangled a few blocks.  This actually was a blessing in disguise as our daughter really hated to give the original quilt away, it turned out that pretty.  This allowed me to make a smaller version for her.  I was also able to use every scrap on the smaller version so now there was no waste!!

This image was taken in high winds which is what contributes to this wavy look, I really did flatten it all out before assembling my wonky blocks!

What challenges are you working on today?

 

Quilts of Valor – Sewing Day – February 3, 2018

Quilts of Valor

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

I know that many of you enjoy making quilts for friends, family and donation.  Below is a link to their website where you can learn about today’s activities as well as other chances to assist our Veterans throughout the year.

QUILTS OF VALOR WEBSITE

As you can see from the title, today is a sewing day for the Quilts of Valor.  Members and non-members alike are invited to join.

Old Glory Quilt 2017

Old Glory 2017


Quilts of Valor® National Sew Day

Registration is now open for the Quilts of Valor®  2018 National Sew Day

February 3, 2018

Great prizes awarded throughout the day.  You must be registered to win.

Non-Member Registration

Member Only Registration

If you are interested in the requirements for their donation quilts you can go here:

Basic Requirements


Their website also has a ticker showing quilts donated.  As of this writing the ticker showed:

Quilt Awards Recorded

Quilts Awarded This Week:

450

Quilts Awarded This Month:

1871

Total Quilts Awarded:

180,236

These are very impressive numbers!


If you haven’t done so yet, consider donating to this or a similar charity.  Often, I look to my local community as well to give to those that live in my area.

No matter if you actually participate in the online event, or spend a bit of time sewing Red-White and Blue quilts, the feeling is the same.  By supporting our Veterans and through them, our Country, we exhibit our pride in this great nation we live in.

Star Spangled Legion Quilt 2017

Star Spangled Legion Quilt

 

 

Rail Fence Stars Quilt 2018

Rail Fence Stars

 

Wave the Flag Legion Quilt 2015


Looking back at 2017

2017 was a great year for Gotch Enterprises.  A ton of 2017 projects were designed and completed, many customer projects were quilted and quite a few custom garments were born as well.

Because a picture is truly worth a thousand words, below are images of some of my favorite projects from 2017.

Garments

The 2017 Projects in garment design really took on forward momentum.  I found that there is really nothing I cannot do, given enough time in my schedule.  Now, I just have to decide what percentage of my sewing time will be spent on what!

Presently, I am working on a coat for my favorite knight to match my gold gown.  I can’t wait!

In-House Quilt Projects

In 2017, I created projects from many different types of inspiration including BOM’s, block manipulation and even Pinterest!  Most times, my initial inspiration was one or more fabrics that were just screaming to become something beautiful.  Also, I try to do at least one donation quilt for our local groups.  Lastly, the cruise quilt was one created out of need – and I am so in love with it

Customer Projects

Sometimes I get just as excited about my customers projects as they do!  Each week, I get to oooo and ahhhh over the amazing quilts created by so many talented quilters.  They inspire me and challenge me to make what is already a fantastic quilt into a finished project that compliments all their skill and choices.

I am so thankful for this opportunity and look forward to what will come to my door in 2018!

What projects inspired you the most in 2017 – and what excites you for the new year?

Cruise Quilts 2018

This year, I have chosen a fun new long-term project: Cruise Quilts. I will be creating quilts based on inspiration photos taken on a recent cruise.  These quilts will be the cornerstone of a new Trunk Show which I hope to finish in 2018.   Presently, I have two trunk shows available: From Kits to Custom and 21st Century Quilting.

Our Cruise

It really wouldn’t be fair to just jump into the quilt elements without first sharing how much fun my daughter and I had on her very first cruise.  To say it was magical, would be an understatement.

We took off on December 2, 2017 from Galveston Texas on the Carnival Valor for a 5 day cruise.  Our stops:  Cozumel and Progreso.

Shopping, relaxing, or enjoying the ship’s amenities, this was a vacation that will provide wonderful memories for years to come.

Cozumel Excursion – Sharks and Rays!

Off the ship, we enjoyed shopping and a really exceptional excursion.  Yes, I swam with nurse sharks and rays.  Akin to cats, the rays swam among us and even rubbed against our legs to get our attention.  Such amazing and beautiful creatures was a fantastic experience.

You can bet there will be a quilt with a Ray and Shark on it before I am done!

Quilt Inspirations

The images that follow are a sample of the inspirations gathered for this project.

The first quilt I have started began with an education.  Look closely at the inspiration image – I did not.

If you pay attention, you will see that the colored “blocks” are not all the same size.  I was so excited about the fun quilting element and colors that I didn’t catch this the first time.  Instead, I designed this quilt with same-sized blocks and sashing.

After looking closer at the image, I saw that the blocks were all different sizes, this means that sashing will not work.  The new image is below.

Oh yea, the math was intense, but I am confident that the end result is going to be so much fun.

With the new year looming ahead, I am so excited about the list of projects I have to work on.

What projects will you be working on in 2018?

 

And don’t forget to check out other completed quilts at my Quilt Gallery.

 

Cardinal Christmas

Every year, I try my darndest to have a new Christmas Quilt for the holidays.  My journey this year began with an image that I stumbled across on Pinterest. This image was posted by:

 

 

quiltinspiration.blogspot.com with the caption: Quilt Inspiration: Free pattern day: Woodsy Winter quilt

 

*NOTE- the image is not a quilt, but a drawing

 

The Pattern:

Because I shy away from patterns as a rule, I didn’t click on the link. Instead, I saved the image and thought about how I would go about making something similar.  I truly hate rules, so wanted to find the best way to make my own version in an organic sort of manner.

One of the things that drew me to this image was the way it allowed for larger prints to be showcased instead of cut up into tiny elements that were then lost.

The Fabrics:

My next job was to find suitable fabrics.  I did have a cute grey with trees and cardinals already waiting for a perfect project.  Next I needed something with a dark presence.  A poinsettia print fit the bill.

Another print I found in my stash was a small red cross pattern in gold.  Because the poinsettia print also had gold mixed in, this was a perfect choice. The last print was for background and sashing which was also in my stash, a gorgeous white with gold snowflakes.

Can you see a pattern emerging?

The last fabrics I needed were some solids to break up all these beautiful prints.  I chose a green and a red – of course!

*NOTE: when I went to put it all together, the green I chose just looked dirty, so luckily the Rock House Retreat had a gorgeous sage green from Moda on hand to save the day.  You can read more about Rock House and the wonderful time I had at Retreat HERE!

The Process:

In looking at the inspiration image, it may at first seem that this quilt was a Jelly Roll candidate.  This was not the case as a Jelly Roll is 2.5″ wide.  In order to showcase the large print fabrics, I chose to utilize 6″ strips instead.

I began by cutting all the fabrics into 6″ strips.  Of these, I cut the large print fabrics into random sections that were quite long.  The red and green I cut into 1.5″ and 2.5″ sections.

At this point, I used the design board to begin laying this all out.

Rock House Retreat TX

It is at this stage that it is very important to try to go for a random look.  At times, I thought this looked like a DNA Fingerprint Report!

The trick was to create a random look that was pleasing to the eye.  At first, when I placed the pieces on the design board, they ran up and down in uneven lengths.  That was OK because once I had the look I wanted, I simply cut the ends so that everything was even.

Sashing and Borders:

As I mentioned above, the sashing and first border was created using the gold snowflake background fabric. It is so lovely and brought all the stacks of internal fabric together.  For the outer border, I used the red/gold cross.  The size of all these elements were 2.5″ (2″ finished).  This choice lends a bit of continuity to the design and allows your eye to appreciate the larger print fabrics.

Long Arm Quilting:

I chose to quilt an edge to edge design that had lots of space so that the focus remained on the beautiful fabrics.

You can about image my excitement when I found this pattern, it is called… wait for it… Christmas Cardinal!!  How could I not use this edge to edge pattern?  The pantograph comes from Urban Elementz if you want to get it yourself.

As an additional unifying element, I used gold thread front and back for the quilting. As you can see, it was a perfect choice.

 

The final element was the binding, which I completed with the same sage fabric that was in the quilt.

I began this journey with an inspiration image and some beautiful stash fabric, and what I ended up with is a Christmas Quilt I am proud to display over the holidays.

Cardinal Christmas

What holiday projects do you hope to finish before Christmas?

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