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42.0 Designing a quilt for the guild

November 10, 2017

Every other year our guild is making an opportunity quilt – sorta like a raffle quilt – for the guild. Our current one will be drawn for in a few more weeks.

Here is our current guild opportunity quilt that is just about out the door!

We used Tula Pink’s Modern quilt blocks in greys and blues. Bordered in green to help get the blocks to the correct size, and then grey sashing with subtly darker cornerstones. We were making these blocks from our own guild’s stash, and it turned out great because there is such variety in the colors used.

We did this with expressed permission from Tula Pink, and specific instructions for guild members with the patterns involved. Which makes sense for the designer to protect their own copyright.

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Somehow for the next opportunity quilt, we were having a guild discussion and, sorta because I through out a question or two, I sorta attached my name out there for designing/picking the next one we do as a guild.

We won’t have to have the quilt fully made until like January or February of 2019, but I am trying to think early, think ahead on this.

Something about this project was nagging me. I spent a good chunk of time looking through quilt block books, scrap quilt books, this year.

I have been spending time flipping through my quilt-block calendar.

I usually flip through this and leave it up on a block that I would like to make, like the one in the picture above.

I went through lots of designs on electric quilt 7 and just spent time thinking and thinking and planning and planning.

I printed out several different types of quilts that would be fun to do.

I had some time away from my computer and away from Electric quilt. During the times I was away, I used my book of 1000 quilt blocks, and my calendar and started sketching by hand on my moleskin, and used my good coloring pencils for some design inspirations.

A few days I couldn’t find my moleskin and I used this sketchbook to get a generic idea for other blocks.

As you can see, I like the grid work already done, everything is much better attended to.

Something about this block drawing and coloring is very soothing.

I think some of these would be nice to add into Electric Quilt and then explore some other color ranges.

I also think I zeroed in on some designs that won’t work well with a mixed group, but will work better as a non-scrappy quilt, that I am saving for myself. Tell me a better way to start and desire to make many many more quilt starts?!

I was attempting to figure out what blocks would be interesting enough that one would want to purchase a chance at, but also easy enough to have people work towards the quilt together, that will work as things with their stash.

I kept coming back to a quilt design that I had done a while ago. That I had altered a while ago. A quilt block called Aunt Sukey’s Choice.

Over and over, I saw this design and kept thinking it would work!

I was able to make one block for the quilt, and I even showed it off to the guild. A guild member had a good suggestion about the middle portion being one piece instead of four smaller pieces and reworking the white sections nearby. I like this idea and it will help simplify the quilt a bit.

I tend to work in “cool color pallets” or “warm color pallets” when doing scrappy quilts.

I ended up reworking this quilt a little bit after showing it off to the guild. The one I had shown to the guild was just blue and green alternating. I was leaning towards cool colors anyway.

But If I think of this quilt block as a sort of “nine patch”, the half square triangle sections could look just as good in reverse as they do pointed out. And alternating reverse blocks with non reverse blocks would be good design in and out and have a good direction to the the quilt.

So this is my rework of this design, which, for the moment, I am calling Sukey’s Reverse.

I am going to write up directions to the quilt, This is the same block but with different colors and a reverse section next to a non-reverse section. Nothing harder than what was already done.

I am giving myself the option to use a small amount of sashing that could fit in between blocks with dark blue cornerstones if the quilt blocks are not squared up correctly.

A suggestion has been to get members to upsize the blocks and then cut down to the correct size before putting together. Also we could assign the half square triangle blocks to someone, and the four patch blocks to someone, and we could cover the various amounts of skill needed for the quilt.

If we’re smart, we can do this out of our stash.

I kept getting told to use a block or pattern that was either free or get permission to buy the book. And depending on my pattern writing skills, my guild members may ALL agree in the end. But this is what I wanted to do from the outset, take something familiar and then make something new with it.

If this pattern is already out there and possibly popular, please let me know, but this was something I truly created from a block pattern and a good design program. I am liking the blues on all the outside blocks, and the other colors on all the inside blocks I think this will ground the quilt but also have a nice variety of colors and interest and fabrics!

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41.7 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival KCRQF 2017 – Part 5 – Quilts Focusing on Quilting

October 9, 2017

Hi, this is part 5 of a quilt show featuring quilts from the June 2017 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. I have decided not to post details about the quilts but I very likely have taken the information down of the quilts in the form of pictures of the quilt tags. I have put off this online quilt show long enough and have documented the quilts that I decided to show. I wish I could be more explicit here, but I am finally getting at least some recognition of some of the quilts that I enjoyed seeing at the show. Part 1 describes some of the show itself.

This is my own category of quilts that are based a lot on the quilting patterns. Not necessarily the categories put up by the show itself. Some of the quilt pictures below may not show the quilt in the entirety as they may be blown up to show quilting designs in detail instead of the larger picture.

This next quilt most of the texture is done with quilting “tightly” back and forth in an S shape. Looking up close to this quilt, the pieces are straight, but back from this long view angle, the whole effect of the quilt is curvy.

 

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41.6 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival KCRQF 2017 – Part 4 – Applique based quilts

October 7, 2017

Hi, this is part 4 of a quilt show featuring quilts from the June 2017 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. I have decided not to post details about the quilts but I very likely have taken the information down of the quilts in the form of pictures of the quilt tags. I have put off this online quilt show long enough and have documented the quilts that I decided to show. I wish I could be more explicit here, but I am finally getting at least some recognition of some of the quilts that I enjoyed seeing at the show. Part 1 describes some of the show itself.

This is my own category of quilts that are based a lot on applique. Not necessarily the categories put up by the show itself.

This last quilt, I actually do know a little more about. A year ago, I attended an outside quilt show held by another guild. During this show, they had art quilt display where a few members of the art quilt guild (alliance?) showed and explained some of their quilts. This quilt was among the ones that was described and it was one of the most remembered quilt, by me, from that previous show because of the symbolism held in the quilt.

If you can read below, this tag describes the journey of refugees, but could also be translated to the journey of many people that are facing multiple challenges.

From what I remember, the first panel, the light blue on the top represents the people as they are originally. As time travels, there is more red /representing war/strife/ and we can see the narrowing of the group, and how there is a swelling of red and dark at the bottom.

The second panel shows the journey, and how there is still red and strife, and some groups split off and some are keeping traveling on, heading upward on the journey toward the 3rd panel.

At the top of this panel, there is still more violence and strife for some, and eventually by the end, the blue is finally settling in with the new areas, new people, new ideas, new outlook in green.

Forgive if I am not perfect in my memory of this quilt, but I found it fairly fascinating and beautiful as well. Using squares and colors and values as representations of a larger idea.

 

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41.5 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival KCRQF 2017 – Part 3 – Paper Pieced quilts

October 5, 2017

This is part 3 of a “quilt show” from the Regional quilt festival in Kansas City held in June 2017. I have most likely documented names of quilt makers and quilts, but because of this lateness, I have decided not to match them up with the quilts I am showing here. Ask and I should be able to provide information. The introductory post about the festival itself is found in Part 1, and Part 2 are the simple & modern designs.

This part is my own category of quilts that I liked that I called “Paper pieced quilts”, which does not necessarily mean that the quilts were known to be paper pieced. I hope you enjoy the quilts in this part.

Close up of my fingers for comparison on size of pieces.

The next quilt had specific symbols on it and a guide to the symbol were pinned onto the quilt below. The guide says Hobo Quilts Glossary. I found this fascinating!

 

 

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41.4 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival KCRQF 2017 Part 2 – Simple & Modern Designs

October 3, 2017

I attended and participated in the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival in both 2015 and 2017. I haven’t yet posted some of my favorite quilts from the show. I took pictures of all, but I don’t think I am going to post the name and maker of the quilt, but if you ask, I can probably access this information to pass along. No promises, but I do have pictures of tags of quilts as well, just not going to put them here for space reasons.

I have put this task off too long and I am deciding just to put pictures instead of pictures & info up. My apologies. I have documented my own quilt in the previous post. None of the pictures in the next few parts of this series will be of quilts of mine.

Now that’s settled, I wish I could post everything here. These quilts are going to be divided up by my own categories, not categories that the show decided. I spent a ton more time in the guild section of the show than the judged portion of the show. At this point I honestly can’t remember which quilts were judged and which were guild.

The festival is put up by 16 guilds and as such, guild members have opportunities to put their quilts in the show as decided upon by the guilds themselves. Some guilds are small (like mine), and some guilds are way bigger and have 2 meetings a month instead of the one we do. I also did not document which quilts were in which guilds. I actually did, if I count all the quilt tag pictures I also took, but again, I am not posting here due to time/energy etc.

********* Part 2 – Quilts for their simplicity and Modern designs ****************

I made one of the following types of quilts, but didn’t have the good foresight to see how lovely it would be to do all monochromatic colors.

Doesn’t this quilt look like one from the recent Charlotte Hawkes mystery quilt?

 

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41.3 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival 2017 Part 1

September 30, 2017

Much like the long stretch of time that a quilt (of mine) is made, I have stretched out the time between the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival (#KCRQF) and the writing about it. The festival is held in June and I am just now writing about it, after organizing, flipping the pictures the correct way, and deleting all the extras close to a month ago. You might say this post in and of itself is it’s own UFO.

I got the current camera that I use just prior to the same festival held in 2015, and after the 2015 show, I learned – “hey, I need to slow down taking all these pictures” because ever so many of the pictures are blurry. Since then, as a general practice, I take 2 or 3 of the same shot. Usually one of the pictures are not blurry. But SO MANY PICTURES!

During the show, I don’t curate only the quilts I like, and always undertake the personal challenge to get one picture at least of each quilt. In addition to trying to take pictures of the quilt tags too! This is a lot of pictures, and as a result, coming back from a big show, I tend to procrastinate the task of picture sorting.

A lot!

I had 1600 pictures to sort through to remove the blurries and duplicates. Originally. Now I have 1250 from the show. Still a lot. I took a second full picture stroll the pictures to highlight and organize pictures to show off to you, because I don’t have space to put 1250 pictures online.

I have organized a virtual quilt show for you. Part 1 will be the generic show itself, and other parts will highlight specific “types” of quilts. Other parts will come later, hopefully not as much later as this post was.

Let’s get started!

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Living in the “greater Kansas City area”, we have a multitude of guilds in the area. This is the 2nd ever show run by the guilds, for the guilds, and for the surrounding (or other) public.

This year 16 different guilds participated in the show. Each guild has an allotment of space for viewer’s choice quilts, each guild provides general volunteers to help with the show, each guild brings an opportunity quilt to, and each guild has a different responsibility from hanging quilts, to hospitality room, to attendance etc.

Our guild is small and we normally are assigned bag check. This year, we got a great space for it. I spent some good quality hours visiting not only with members of my guild during the bag check time, but also members of the public, picking up, or dropping off purchases. Lovely!

I even saw someone I didn’t expect to see that I knew and sat next to at a retreat, and she came from Oklahoma. I forgot a picture, but it was totally a highlight to see her because she and I are quiet quilting buddies (sorta), and I won’t get to see her this November.

In the picture above, you can see the shuttlecock in the quilt in the background. For those not aware, the shuttlecock is a Kansas City icon, there is a large statue or two in front of the Nelson Atkins art museum, shown below.

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A quilt with the icon is a really nice call-back to the uniqueness of Kansas City to welcome everyone into the regional quilt show. This quilt is done with the Regional Quilt Festival colors, and presented as part of the challenge given to all members of all the guilds.

 

And someone from my guild (she is in two guilds at least, and the other guild got the honor of the tag on the quilt), got the honor of being the back facing quilt at the front of the show! These two quilts under glass are a lovely entry and exit point for the main show.

Some of the area in front of the show. This is the guild hallway just on the way to entering the main quilt show! The past show they had full booths and we sold handmade stuff, this year, we were selling chances for our opportunity quilts. A few guilds rented space inside the vendor area of the show.

And on my first afternoon, look who I ran into and we were able to talk to briefly!

Jackie from Sew Excited Quilts who last time quilted one of my quilts for me. I do wish this picture was a little bit better, but I only do selfies well if I take like 10 of them and pick the best, but I was not going to do that with Jackie. We did get some time wandering the halls. Originally, it had looked like we were going to miss each other for scheduling reasons. Lucky for me, it was the first half/hour I was there at the show.

It was great to see her on the first day and then again briefly on Saturday – near the end! A lovely person to bookend my show with!

My quilt was on a corner, easy to spot.

And something made me laugh because I didn’t pay attention to the word count limit and so my explanation was cut off. My quilt story is meta, because I am always getting cut off and not knowing when to stop talking (writing especially). I thought I was keeping it short, but not enough. Obviously. So me.

I was going to say I took it as a lesson in humility. So, there I go, being shown humility again, it shows exactly how I think, but is also embarrassingly funny.

The last part of my first day, I found Reeze from Morning Glory Quilts, and we took a selfie as well in her booth.

Reeze has been the one who opened up my eyes to the world of swapping and retreating outside of the state of Kansas. I attend one of two retreats held in Arkansas with Reeze, and we both drive down from Kansas. This will be happening for me this year in just under 2 months! My favorite retreat!

Anyway, Reeze has been working toward her business Morning Glory Designs and has been at many shows and at guilds in our central “midwest” area, and boy can she put some good designs together. She likes doing things that seem hard but are actually easy, in addition to all the “fiddly” (my word) fused applique that just looks great. I’ve known her in the quilting world since about the time I started blogging here in 2009. She also teaches EQ7!

One of our California Twilter quilter entered our show and didn’t get a chance to make it here to see the quilt in person. She made this beautiful art quilt about her grand dog!  Good job Sue & glad to see the quilt in person!

One of the days was my turn to sit in front of our own guild’s opportunity quilt! This was done by members with their own stash except the green borders and grey sashing. The cornerstones are just slightly darker grey and that’s a nice touch! This quilt still hasn’t been drawn for (yet, but soon), but one of my local friends from a different guild said she already had the winning ticket already and wasn’t it nice that I was sitting there watching her quilt? 😉

This year the space for the show was all on one level. Last time, there was a beatles exhibit and a modern exhibit in one of the downstairs rooms. This time, we opened up the ballroom and had a whole separate vendor and quilt area. This picture is getting back to the main floor from the middle between the two rooms, guild quilts are along the far far wall from this picture below.

This is the Gwen Marsden exhibit behind which is the judged portion of the quilts, and to the left are the rest of the quilts considered for the guild challenge of the “quilt in the glass”.

Vendors next to the judged section of the quilts in the newly opened area of the show.

This alphabet quilt was deemed best in show by the judges! So many details!

Some of my favorite quilts for the featured quilts are found below. These were submitted to be put behind glass, but not chosen. Many of these quilts were amazing.

The KCRQF quilts that I liked enough for space on this post are below.

My favorite is the one above with the simple lines of black framing the simple blocks turned at angles. Each color is differently quilted.

And the obilgatory “get a picture with me in front of my quilt” that Jackie took of me.

Right across from Sue’s quilt were some chairs and it was nice getting lots of people looking at these great art quilts while I was getting a rest off my feet and charging my battery (literally and metaphorically both).

 

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40.7 End of First half week of March A Long 2017

March 5, 2017

Hey guys, I put together audio for the end of the first half week of March A Long 2017.

We are sewing/quilting/prepping/organizing/shopping …. sewing & quilting tasks for 15 minutes a day for the month of March.

Personally I have been ripping out papers off of this guy.

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I am pretty haphazard with how the papers are being ripped. Some of today I was actually methodical in working on rows instead of just bouncing around everywhere.

Please feel free to report back in comment here, on any day. Next post will hopefully be up Monday afternoon or Tuesday early early morning the 14th due to previous engagements on this upcoming weekend.

I find it easier for me to wait until Sunday, but I know that’s not always convenient for all of you. Comment on this post or any other on March A Long, or link back to me. I will get links approved as fast as I am able, but I don’t always reply. But if I know you’ve posted somewhere, I will do a shout out in Audio Form.

Hope you enjoy!

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