Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Building Bridges

It's been such a long time since I could post something I've sewn. Feels pretty good. When I haven't been working on the TV stepouts I've been sewing on this, Bridges. The idea started when my son Jon sent a sketch for my new logo, very bridge, scaffold like. I sent that to Sarah and she worked her genius and came up with the logo, but that original sketch got me thinking. Then I moved to Chicago and started exploring the neighborhood. I didn't have a clue that in Chicago there are bridges everywhere...at least in my neighborhood. I walk under them, over them, around them, and I can see multiple bridges from my balcony. I started with the idea of making a couple of pillows, but it seems to be morphing into a quilt.  Bridges are pretty inspirational...so many lines, and shapes...it's fun to play with.

I also finished my swap items for the KC guild's swap with the Portland guild.  We were supposed to use Susan Beal's Modern Log Cabin book and her talk at our meeting as our inspiration.  Not a problem.  That girl is a walking log cabin encyclopedia.  If you ever have a chance to hear her talk log cabin, grab a seat and pay attention!

I used three different log cabin variations.  This is the most traditional with a traditional spiral and color placement.
I went more minimal on this one with just a touch of a pineapple log cabin added in.
And I went minimal with this one but spiced up the quilting on it.  I did some spying on my partner, so I hope these fit in her house.  Wrapping them up to send back to KC.

Don't forget to check out Jenifer's book in the last post....leave a comment for a chance to win a copy!

29 comments:

Alexis said...

Wow. Those bridge/scaffold blocks make my heart sing! Incredibly inspiring!

Brenda said...

I like the bridges and and the log cabins are inspirational, especially the quilting lines on on the last one.

Rachel Hendrian said...

I love your quilting patterns! so cool!

Megan said...

First - the quilt top is looking amazing! Second, as a member of PMQG, I just want to let you know that your log cabins would look great in my home!

kelly said...

this is going to be incredible!

What Comes Next? said...

great bridges blocks - you're right - there are so many shapes and angles with bridges - lots to inspire!
I really like your log cabin blocks - all different, but all great. The quilting on the last one is spectacular!

LSS said...

There are about 20 bridges in downtown Chicago alone! Love the blocks.

Live a Colorful Life said...

You seem to be settling in and will undoubtedly place your mark in the Chicago area. Beautiful work!

LC said...

Your bridges are so interesting. I am working on a similar idea that came from the lines and shadows of an old wooden gate. What really caught me are those log cabin blogs. Now I want to go start another quilt and not even bother with breakfast or having a shower Thanks for this post (I think)!

The Calico Cat said...

Your quilting really lifts that last one!

carol said...

LOVE, LOVE, love the way you quilted that last one. I probably will quilt something just like it some day. Hope you don't mind.

MariQuilts said...

Love the bridges...can't wait to see the progression.

audreypawdrey said...

Love the quilting on your last potholder! The bridge blocks are coming together so well! They are so graphic, and I love the negative space. I am glad you are finding so much inspiration in your new city.

Poppyprint said...

I love all the structure in your bridges WIP. It really appeals to my scientific side. All of your log cabin projects are great - I'm sure your partner will love each and every one!

Sarah D. (KCMQG) said...

Love, love, love the bridge work!

Alli said...

I love the quilting in your last block! :)

Suzanne said...

The pineapple log cabin reminds me of photos with photo corners. I like it a lot! And the bridges are a natural offshoot of your new header and blog design. They are also very Frank Lloyd Wright and equally apropos to your Chicago whereabouts.

angie said...

Love the bridge quilt you are working on...amazing! Also love your log cabins. Great to see you sewing again. I've missed you!

Esch House Quilts said...

Your bridges quilt is fantastic! I love the thicker and thinner lines and the great geometric shapes.

Pat V. said...

These blocks are fantastic. I'm having a difficult time picking my favorite, they're all great!

QuiltSwissy said...

I love this. This is my kind of stuff here.

glen

Melissa said...

Love the quilting on the third potholder. So unexpected! I need to get going on mine...and try out those grommets again.

angela said...

I love the pineapple/log combo. Fun concept!

Barb said...

love your machine quilting!

Chris said...

WOW! Those are beautiful!!! Lovely colors, simple in design placement and the quilting just sets each one off beautifully.

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bloomingpoppies said...

It sounds so cliche, I think, to say something is "truly inspired" but that bridges quilt-mmm, mmm, mmm. Awesome!!! Can't wait to see what develops.
Love your holiday minis too- super cute!!!

Mary said...

Thank you for the daily inspiration I am able to draw from your blog..... I visit you daily and so enjoy your posts. Your work is beautiful. I'm noticing that it has been a while since we have seen your pup! Everything ok? Howsabouts a gratuitous pup picture...

MightyMom said...

I really like the last one!

Linda Beth said...

I have yet to send you a proper note, but just wanted to say that Susan Beal just got the "potholders" to me!!! (I use quotes because those are the most generous potholders/trivets I've ever seen!!) I missed the PMQG December meeting, but have to tell you they are AMAZING! Thank you, Jacquie!
My best,
Linda