Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fabric Tuesday: The Triton Quilt

Happy Tuesday!
Today's post is all about the evolution of the Triton Quilt I made for my son who is now a Freshman at University of California at San Diego (UCSD).  

Beginning Idea: Saturday, April 5th ~ Triton Day/Preview Day at UCSD. On drive to campus my son asked if I would make him a quilt and the design process began.  

As we walked around campus, I found my inspiration.

Process:  I used the Pictures to Pixels class by Caro Sherridan on Craftsy.com.  Although time consuming, the instructions were very clear.  I highly recommend this class if you wish to make a pixelated quilt.  

Once I finished finding all of the various Kona Color fabrics I needed, I began cutting on 9/3/14.
First stacks of fabric cut and ready.  Squares are 3" x 3".
Block 1 finished. 9/8/14
Blocks are 18" x 15".
Block 2 finished. 9/9/14
Six Blocks done.  9/10/14
9/19/14 ~ I thought I had all 16 done....
9/21/14 All 16 sewn together.  Success! 

9/22/14 Adding more Kona Snow to bring quilt top to 95" x 65".
9/24/14 Quilt backing done ~ hanging over kitchen island.  

9/24/14 Taping down quilt top to ready for basting. 

9/24/14 Batting
9/24/14 Quilt backing - Checkerboard squares of Kona Ocean and Corn Yellow,

9/24/14 Pinning the layers together.  OMG be careful not to scratch the floor with the pins! 
9/25/14 Start of the quilting process.  
Quilting took three days.  I did a straight line quilt pattern approximately 3.5 inches apart all throughout the Kona Snow using Aurifil #2024 White.  On the Triton design itself, I used Auriful #2740 Dark Cobalt, quilted in a stipple pattern meandering around from the bottom, and up and down all three tines.  
Binding:  I bound the quilt with a 2.5 inch strip in Kona Ocean and used Pat Sloan's Machine Binding tutorial.  Highly recommended! 

Ending:  Friday, September 29, 2014 at approximately 11:30pm.  Here is the quilt after it was washed and dried.  I was exhausted but exhilarated to be finished with this project.  Just in time! 
By the way at 10:00pm at night these two boxes, when inside a cabinet look extremely similar....What I thought were 6 (I was paranoid of bleeding) Color Catchers were actually Bounce sheets in the washer after the cycle was finished.  

9/30/14 7:00am A quick morning shot before the quilt is packed and driven to UCSD. 
The best part of the entire process was the text I received from my son after we had said goodbye and driven home. He sent me a picture of the quilt on his bed and a sweet thank you for all of my work.  
9/30/14 Approximately 3:00pm
I'm sharing the Triton Quilt on Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.  

If you want to hear more about the Triton Quilt, please listen to my latest podcast episode, The History Quilter Podcast Episode 42 Quilt Kits of the 1920's, 30's and 40's.  

Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

History Quilter Podcast Episode 42 Quilt Kits of the 1920's, 30's and 40's

A new History Quilter Podcast Episode is now available on iTunes, Podbean and Stitcher Radio.  

Here is the quilt I made for my son who is now a Freshman at UCSD.  
The Triton Quilt - 95" x 65"

Links talked about in the episode: 

Modern Marvels: Quilts Made From Kits, 1915-1950 now showing at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  

International Quilt Study Center & Museum at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Palette Builder 2.1 from Play Crafts.  This website is genius!  Upload your photo and within seconds Kona Color fabric colors are listed that match the colors in your photo.  Again, absolute genius! 

Pat Sloan's Machine Binding Tutorial from Pat Sloan.  This method creates a very attractive and strong blanket stitch to attach the second side of your binding.  Can't say enough about her tutorial - very helpful and easy to follow.  

Impossible to see with this photo - I'll get a better one when the Triton Quilt comes back at Thanksgiving. 

Go have a great day.  I know I will as I get to go teach!