My Favorite Quilt: Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits

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Thank you to Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit for curating our My Favorite Quilt series throughout June! (Here’s Jessica’s favorite quilt.) It’s been fascinating to learn more about why quilts are special to different quilters. We’ve noticed lots of themes throughout the month: Go big! (You might want that finished quilt to be bigger than your initial plan.) Enjoy the process. Make it meaningful to you as the artist. Quilting is a joy…

Thank you to everyone who participated in the My Favorite Quilt series! We’ll announce three winners (random selection) for the fabric gift certificates a little later this week. Thank you to Fabricworm for sponsoring this fun look at the quilts we love.


Our final quilter is Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits. Jessica Levitt is a fabric designer for Windham Fabrics; her newest collection, Cascade, will be released in Fall 2014. She also teaches several classes: Planned Improv Piecing, Modern Wonky Log Cabin, Color Theory for the Modern Quilter and Foundation Paper-Piecing. Jess wrote the book Modern Mix and designs patterns with Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio. I met Jess at the interest meeting for the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild in 2011. She was preparing to form the guild as President. We have since become great quilty friends and partners in crime. I’ve seen Jess’s pick in person and it is a real stunner!

Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
The most correct answer to this question is that it’s whatever quilt I last finished. I’m sure most quilters say the same, but honestly it’s quite hard to pick a favorite. That said, I’ll go with my “Somewhere Under” quilt. I made the quilt in the fall of 2012. The design is original but I have since published a pattern with Empty Bobbin patterns. The fabrics used are all Kona cottons in quite a few (30+) different colors. I designed the quilt in greytones and only added color as I pieced each block.

Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
Yes, “Somewhere Under” was shown in the inaugural QuiltCon in Februray 2013 and is printed in the gallery section of the new book Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making, released July 2014.

What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
The first I remember when l thinking of this quilt is Hurricane Sandy in Oct 2012. When I finally returned from Quilt Market (after being stuck an additional three days) to my home in NJ, the state was in turmoil. Few had power and it was cold. Luckily our home was not damaged but after toughing it out for one freezing night, I packed up the kids, my sewing machine and fabrics and headed to Pennsylvania for a hotel with vacancy and power. I spent the next few days entertaining the kids and the evenings piecing “Somewhere Under” in the hotel room. It was actually quite homey and nice bonding time with my kids and it makes me smile to think about watching them sleep as I chose color combinations for each arch.

What do you like best about the quilt?
My favorite feature of the quilt is the slight wonkiness of the arches. I think it looks like a modern painting, or at least something hand-drawn versus the perfection of computer design. I love how graphic and bold it is with a human touch. I also really love the graphic cloud quilting I quilted in the background.

How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
I played with color combinations as I chose each arch and discovered some new favorites. It’s also one of the few quilts I’ve created in all solids, which is difficult for me because of how much I love print fabrics, but I love the results and I’m sure I’ll make more.

If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I almost never make the same quilt twice, but I probably will with this one since I have the pattern all written out and I love it so much. I’m going to try it with prints next. But the one thing I would like to change is the quilting on the arches themselves. My idea was to free-motion straight lines (rather than use a walking foot) to create some more human imperfection to it, but about half way through I decided it looked too sloppy, like I just couldn’t sew a straight line. It bothers me and possibly some day I will rip those stitches out and replace them with ones done with a ruler.

Where is the quilt now?
It’s still in my personal collection at home.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt

What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June.


Rules:

  • You can link up anytime throughout the month (6/1 – 6/30).
  • Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
  • You can answer all or some of the questions below.
  • Click on links to read and comment on other posts! Quilty love should be shared.

Questions:

  • Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
  • Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
  • What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
  • What do you like best about the quilt?
  • How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
  • If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
  • Where is the quilt now?

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This series is sponsored by Fabricworm, your source for modern, designer and Japanese import fabrics, perfect for crafts, quilts and home decorators.

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