BMQ YouTube Series – Episode 8: Unboxing Video from Bluprint

BLACK LIVES MATTER — Please click on the link to find out what you can do to help end the oppression and killing of our fellow human beings.

It’s time for my second unboxing video! I am very sad to say that Bluprint is no longer in operation. Back when it was Craftsy, I took the How to Quilt: Cozy Throw Quilt with Amy Gibson class and made my very first quilt. They had a big going-out-of-business sale at the end of May, so I ordered a bunch of yardage to have on hand for quilt top backgrounds and quilt backs as a birthday treat. Please be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any of my upcoming videos, and feel free to leave comments or questions below. Thanks for watching!

BMQ YouTube Series: Episode 7 – Shannon (again!!)

In this episode of my YouTube series, I sit down once again with Shannon Reed and discuss creativity and her writing process. Be sure to check out Shannon’s new book that is being released very soon and is available for pre-order now! What are your thoughts about the creative process? Feel free to leave any comments or questions on my YouTube channel or contact me here on my website. And be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on any of my upcoming interviews and videos!

P.S. This video was recorded almost a year before COVID-19 caused the worldwide lockdowns. Hence our non-social distancing.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Please click on the links below to learn how you can side with your fellow human beings who are being oppressed and killed by the white supremacy that is woven throughout the fabric of every aspect of our society. It is especially important that white people accept that racism exists on an interpersonal level, an institutional level, and a structural level throughout our country and, once accepted, we do what we can to combat it.

Racism 101

Black Lives Matter

Anguish and Action

Showing Up for Racial Justice

Nationwide Bail Fund

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Vote Forward

Stacey Abrams: I Know Voting Feels Inadequate Right Now — Just Hear Me Out

Rooftop Water Towers

This quilt design was inspired by all of the rooftop water towers you’ll see as you perambulate around New York City. You might think the rooftop water tower is just some rotting old, unused piece of infrastructure from a bygone era, but after reading this article from 6sqft you’ll realize they’re just as much in use today as they were decades ago. As a result, the rooftop water tower has become a well-recognized symbol of NYC, appearing in graphic designs on hipster tees, screenprinted tea towels sold at outer borough flea markets, and stenciled graffiti walls throughout the city.

When I was working on my BK Snaps quilt, I wanted the blocks to represent different “snapshots” you would find around Brooklyn. Of course, I had to include a rooftop water tower. I used scraps to make my prototype block, and it was so cute I decided right then and there that I would design a whole quilt around that block at a later date.

A few months ago I finally started working on a bunch of different water tower blocks. I was determined to only use scraps for the blocks themselves and improv piece them so they were each unique. Once I made a few, I started thinking about the overall layout I would want for the quilt top and decided I wanted it to look like a gallery wall of “framed photos” of rooftop water towers. So I framed each block with matching solid strips of fabric and kept making blocks in different shapes and sizes until I was satisfied with the layout.

As I was piecing the quilt top, I began thinking about the overall quilt design. Because the blocks are scrappy and cutesy, I wanted the quilting to contrast — maybe something a little more graphic and urban. I decided to fill the white background sashing with various triangular shapes and sharp-angled polygons filled in with very dense matchstick quilting. Then every once in a while, I would break that up with a more open grid-like quilting design. I find the overall effect to have a graffiti-like quality, which I think is appropriate for the subject matter.

Because the majority of the quilting is very dense, I decided to keep the quilting inside the blocks very simple. I stitched in the ditch around each water tower and then quilted easy wavy lines in the “air” around each tower. I ultimately decided to not quilt inside the actual frames at all because I wanted a noticeable break between the dense quilting of the sashing and the very low-volume quilting of the water towers. (A distinction you might notice more on the back of the quilt.)

My final design decision was using a striped binding to frame the entire “gallery wall.” I was fortunate enough to have this fabric on hand, and the colors of the stripes are varied enough that they seem to match whatever colors are near them. And the colors of the binding are light enough that they don’t take the eye away from the blocks, which should be the focus of the quilt.

Et voilà! That’s my Rooftop Water Towers quilt! It took me FOR-EV-AH to finish, but I’m so happy with how it turned out. I really love how it combines urban imagery with a traditional crafting style. Have you ever been inspired by your surroundings and created something as a result? I’d love to hear about it, so please post comments and questions below. Share your own crafting stories, please! Happy making, everyone!!

BMQ YouTube Series: Episode 6 – Rooftop Water Towers quilt

I just completed a new quilt, and this video takes you from the beginning to the end of the process. And what a process it was! Whew!! I’d love to hear about your own quilting and making process, so be sure to leave any questions or comments here or on my YouTube channel so we can keep the quilting conversation going. And please subscribe so you don’t miss out on any upcoming videos!

#BrooklynConnectedQAL – Piecing It All Together

It’s time for the next video tutorial for our virtual quilt-along, hosted by the Brooklyn Quilters’ Guild ! I hope you’ve all been busy making all of your blocks, and now it’s time to start putting them all together. How exciting!!

Please post pics of your progress on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #BrooklynConnectedQAL. And be sure to follow that hashtag so you can see everyone else’s posts. Find the written pattern instructions on Barbara Danzi’s blog. Also be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of my upcoming demos. And please leave questions and comments and advice in the Comments section. This is all about staying connected as a community even as we’re staying home and social distancing.

#BrooklynConnectedQAL – Cutting & Piecing

Welcome to the next video tutorial for our virtual quilt-along, hosted by the Brooklyn Quilters’ Guild ! In this video, I’m demonstrating cutting and piecing the individual blocks for the quilt top. I include demos for ruler-cut blocks as well as improv-pieced blocks. Because it’s such a long video, I’ve listed the demo timings in the description box on my YouTube channel so you can skip ahead to the sections you want to watch.

Be sure to post pics on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #BrooklynConnectedQAL. And follow that hashtag so you can see everyone else’s posts. Find the written pattern instructions on Barbara Danzi’s blog. Also be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of my upcoming demos. And please leave questions and comments and advice in the Comments section. This is all about staying connected as a community even as we’re staying home and social distancing.

#BrooklynConnectedQAL – Fabric Selection

I hope you’ve decided to join our virtual quilt-along, hosted by the Brooklyn Quilters’ Guild ! This video is all about fabric selection. What a great opportunity to go through your stash and start using some of those beautiful fabrics you’ve been collecting! Be sure to post pics on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #BrooklynConnectedQAL. And follow that hashtag so you can see everyone else’s posts. Find the written pattern instructions on Barbara Danzi’s blog. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of my upcoming demos. And please leave questions and comments and advice in the Comments section. This is all about staying connected as a community even if we’re all self-quarantining right now.

#BrooklynConnectedQAL – Introduction

In this time of social distancing and self-quarantining, the Brooklyn Quilters’ Guild is hosting a virtual quilt-along. Watch the video below to learn all about it, and please join us! As you start putting your blocks together, be sure to post pics on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #BrooklynConnectedQAL. And follow that hashtag so you can see everyone else’s posts. Find the written pattern instructions on Barbara Danzi’s blog. I’ll be posting demo videos throughout. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of them!

BMQ YouTube Series: Episode 5 – Unboxing Video from Connecting Threads

I’ve posted a new video on my YouTube channel! This is my first unboxing video. Ooh! I took full advantage of the latest clearance sale at Connecting Threads, so join me as I reveal my new treasures. Please subscribe so you don’t miss out on any upcoming videos, and be sure to leave any questions or comments here or on my YouTube channel so we can keep the quilting conversation going!