Sunday, September 25, 2016

Amy's Blogger Quilt Festival - Large Quilt

I'm entering my Gravity quilt into the large quilt category.   Technically, it could be considered scrappy as there are 112 fabrics in it....   but I did not make from scraps so I opted for Large Category

I'm sure most of you have seen this quilt, a number of versions can be found online.   I really loved making and quilting this one!   My original post can be found here

Be sure to visit to vote for your favorites


Amy's Blogger Quilt festival - Modern

Be sure to visit Amy's Modern category to view all the quilts and vote for your favorites!

This quilt is being entered into the Modern Category.  The piecing is not really modern but the way I quilted it, while steeped in traditional techniques is a favored style in modern quilting.

I created this piece for our local longarm challenge, you can find that story about SUDS here.  I did turn out rather cool.   But I was very rushed.   It was a 1 day on the longarm, no rip kind of day, also dealing with a back/shoulder aggravation due to pushing myself with all thecustome longarming that I do.   I was in agony that day but I got it done.   If you start looking hard at each element, some techniques and general flow of the quilt has lots of areas for improvement.   But again,  initial impression is good!   I really love the back.  I named the quilt "Fith Grade Primer"


I look forward to playing around with this style more in the future! 


Friday, September 23, 2016

Fancy Fox

Isn't this adorable!   This quilt was made by the WAQG bee called The Wannabees,  for their biennial donation to the MD Anderson Quilt Project  that they hold every 2 years.   Some of their quilts travel to different locations and guild shows to promote their auction (proceeds to cancer research).   They also have a huge booth @ Houston Quilt Festival.   Quilts will be displayed there this year and next year, then the auction will be maybe a month after Festival next year.   2 years to collect and promote.   You should see the Cherrywood exhibit they have going right now.  (I looked for a link but not seeing it online yet, friends have posted photos)   Amazing talent in that exhibit!    It's such a good  cause, not only do we help raise funds, quilting is also being brought into the spotlight and our local talents can shine!

This year the bee worked on a fun, whimsical quilt that will be treasured by some lucky person.   I used Leisha Farnworth "Kindling" design, hand guided panto to create a fur like effect and create lots of texture and consistent quilting.   I see this being a quilt used on a bed, well loved.

You know you want this!    Be sure to follow along and be ready for the bidding next year.  Hopefully this cutie will be hanging at the MD Anderson booth next month and you can see it in person then.    These patterns have really created lots of interest in the quilting home dec world, there is Fancy Fox, Forest Friends, Hedgehogs.... such cute patterns. 


Friday, September 9, 2016

Lou Ellen's Paradise in Blooms

Wow!   Another beautiful Paradise In Blooms entrusted to me.   This one was a little difficult, I knew she wanted detailed quilting but the fabrics really did not want to let the quilting outshine their own beauty.   I went with a darker thread for some of the details and then back to a more blending thread for fill work.     Lou Ellen originally called me after seeing Lou Ann's PIB at the Conroe show where it won a 1st and... Best of Show!   She now is someone that I call a friend.   We sew together at our WWIT (What Was I Thinking Bee) and have attended 2 retreats together since that phone call in March of this year.  I look forward to many more years of sewing fun with her!   Quilters are the BEST!

Photo overload!   I'm sorry.   I can't help myself.  Some are similar but show just a little different.  So I'll include lots of them.    Thank you Lou Ellen for trusting me with your heirloom quilts!

My entry living area that is my "office".  I could not resist taking pic of PIB and my Gravity.

Full Photo

center detail

another pic of the room, I like seeing all those quilts!

In progress, seeing the backs always is exciting.

In progress picture.   Darker thread for feathers, lighter thread for fill.