Friday, July 8, 2011

Another guy who quilts

Thursday night the guest speaker at our guild meeting was Aaron, the son of guild member Chris.   He's a science teacher, husband, father, and has been quilting for just over two years.  He  presented a trunk show, along with his perspective on how he's grown as a quilter.

Aaron had always admired quilts and had a general idea of what was involved, and thanks to his mother, he started with a borrowed sewing machine, basic tools, and access to her stash. Chris taught him the basics, and away he went.

This "Exploding Star" was one of his early quilts, made entirely from HST, approximately 780 by my count.  The finished HST size was 1-1/2 or 1-3/4", I believe. 
UPDATE:  In response to several questions, the pattern for this star quilt is in The Best of Scrap Quilting Made Easy, an older book by House of White Birches.  I bought a copy via Amazon or E-bay.  A close-up of the Exploding Star is on the cover. 

Log cabin blocks are some of his favorites, not so much the making of the block but the variety of ways they can be used. 
If you enlarge the Christmas tree photo, you'll see that the entire quilt is made from log cabin blocks.  I believe those were 1/2" finished width strips.

 The spinning log cabin blocks with turquoise border below was an early  paper piecing project, and it was also an early project that he machine quilted.

The wallhanging with the wonky little houses and trees was a crowd favorite.  The finished project is no more than 18-20" square, if I remember correctly.  Click on the photo to enlarge it to enjoy the fabric details he included.

This bold quilt (left) was his venture into foundation piecing, with the strips sewn onto muslin.  He enjoyed the fact that the lines didn't have to match exactly when he sewed these blocks together.

His machine quilting is impressive on the large bright quilt with black background and candy-striped border.  (right) 

(left)  He found he did NOT enjoy making this bargello quilt.  It may be his last. 

On the right, one more log cabin quilt, held by Aaron and his mom. 

This was an unbelievably impressive quilt, made totally from 1" squares.  He named it "Around the World in 5293 Squares."   This quilt was NOT made block by block.  It was not made with strip sets.  It was made row by row,  sewing one square to the next square.

He planned out the entire quilt on an Excel spreadsheet and organized the pieces on paper plates (a trick from his mother, and one I use a lot too).  It's a gorgeous quilt!
By the time he made this one, he was comfortable with his machine quilting, but this is quilted with straight stitching or cross hatching through the rows .  The quilting is perfect for this quilt. 

His new challenge with this quilt -- Y-seams.  It's made from Civil War repro fabrics, and note all the little log cabins around the 8-pointed stars.  The quilting is outstanding.  He loves quilting feathers.  He quilts on his sewing machine, not a long arm or a mid arm.  He uses his Janome.   This is his masterpiece, so far.  We know he'll keep making outstanding quilts as he hones all his quilting skills. 
Great trunk show.  Great program.  


Quilts And Pieces said...

WOW! What a fun trunk show! The around the world quilt is amazing. And that last quilt is the one our guild made for a raffle quilt. It is NOT easy!

Mary L. said...

Fantastic trunk show! Impressive quilts and quilting both.

AnnieO said...

Terrifically ambitious quilter! Looks like he has tried nearly every different version of a log cabin block on his journey! I love the little wonky houses too, and the last quilt is simply gorgeous.

Julia said...

wow...amazing work!
I love the little wonky houses too, and the last quilt is just so gorgeous.
Julia ♥

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Oh My Goodness - how fabulous! He is so talented and such work!

Shirley said...

Thank you for showing Aaron's work Vivian. He has a tremendous sense of colour and I just love that Bargello quilt. I can understand why he doesn't want to make another one as they are fiddly to do but he mastered it and it is fabulous. Please pass on my congratulations to him on such wonderful work.

Stitches said...

Wow, those quilts are outstanding, what a great job he had done with the colors and workmanship. I know we will hear more about him in the future.

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow! They are all so impressive - and the quilting...really...on a small machine? I am amazed.

Karen said...

Wonderful work! I like what he did with the 1" squares, as I think of my ever growing box of squares. :)

Needled Mom said...

OMGosh!!!! What an amazing show and what a talented quilter.

Stray Stitches said...

His work is amazing. Such an accomplished quilter after just two years.

Maureen said...

Wow! and he's only been quilting 2 years!?! Amazing. The Around the World is my favorite.

Barb said...

thanks for sharing this great trunk show!
I loved the wonky houses!!!

Valentina said...

Gorgeous quilts! And he has been quilting how long?! :)
Wonderful show. But Viv, my jaw dropped at the 1"squares quilt, gives me that push to keep collecting them, :). It has been wonderful catching up with you. I love the way your civil war blocks are coming along, :)

Starrlite59 said...

Can I get the pattern for the star quilt at the top of the article and fabrics used?

Karen said...

I would love to have the pattern for the star quilt as well? Is it available? Your work is beautiful!

Vivian said...

In response to Karen, author of #16 comment above. You are a "No Reply Blogger" and I have no way to contact you other than this. The star quilt is called "Exploding Star"--a House of White Birches pattern. I found the pattern in an older book, "The Best of Scrap Quilting Made Easy." I bought my copy through Amazon or E-bay. I don't remember which. Good luck.


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