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40.0 Guild Challenge Quilt from Coloring book inspiration

June 19, 2016

Oy!

I took a few months off quilting to reset. Something about taking all my closet out, moving my ironing board and design wall, only having limited time to do outside tasks before blazing hot temps take hold – where we are now! – and family emergencies during another month, offset me from quilting until getting this challenge quilt ready for the June local guild meeting.

I’ve been a guild member since 2009, and this is the first “guild challenge quilt” I have participated in that we have had of this kind.

Ok, so we were given a challenge fabric and told, keep it small (about 2 feet), add one off white solid, add one other solid, and the rest is up to us.

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So I purchased some variations of solid fabrics.

challenge quilt fabrics

I had a thought about recreating either a fabric design, or a notebook cover, or a coloring book I picked up a while ago.

coloring book inspiration

Between this and a frequently added Pintrest board of gradient colors, I decided to try to recreate the front design.

coloring book inspiration colored diagram

I drew a quick sketch, then one morning, I sat down with some rulers and circles, and drew out and then colored a design based off this colored pencil design. And proceeded to color it in.

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I drew the design actually on the heat and bond paper that gave me a “real life” feel of the size of each piece I was adding to the quilt design.

This design turned out very “arty” for my taste. I think I teased a portion of this somewhere else.

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I used the gradients of having several different colors of teal as the focus, and the little accent pieces of yellow, orange and pink to pop in and out of the piece.

Setting up the quilting part, I started looking at videos and how best to approach this. I was essentially setting up a large applique quilt, but have decided in many recent times that I feel like I have very little patience for handwork. I needed to do this quilt raw edge.

I remembered a video Leah Day did of a piecing applique quilt from several years ago.

If you don’t swing back to her video, I used the ideas of a few major concepts that later helped me with my quilt.

  1. Leah showed the upward direction on the back of her pieces so she could piece her quilt correctly again. This helped me get the right orientation.
  2. Leah had an outline behind her fabric she was pasting her quilt onto.
  3. Leah had flipped her design right to left to get the correct orientation on the front. This was something I should have remembered on my own, but actually did not.
  4. Leah suggested cutting and placing strips down on the quilt, line at a time. Which was a slow way, but it got me organizing my quilt in such a way, I didn’t get any part mixed up with any other part.

Ok so I flipped the design around and put the new flipped design on another piece of heat n bond paper. I also eliminated the very “darkest” teal. In matching it up in a line with the other pieces, it had the wrong tone. It was darker, but it had a little bit more brown or grey tinted into the fabric color that didn’t “pop” with the rest of the quilt color.

flipped over outline of piece on heat bond paper

Actually eliminating the one fabric made it easier. I had done a proof of concept piece, and as much as I liked the tweezers and setting the pieces down, I actually liked having slightly larger pieces in my finished piece. It makes it more likely to be done when this is all said and done if the pieces are a little larger.

proof of concept piece

The darkest teal in this piece above, I took out.

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Then I had one more challenge that I myself had created for myself. My original design was on heat N bond, which would mean that if I added pieces to my finished quilt and ironed them down, that I would heat n bond my “design” to the table.

Luckily, I had all the small quilts I have been free motion quilting during the month of March. I took a quilt sandwich of similar size, placed that on the table, and then took a piece of freezer paper, traced the outlines onto the freezer paper from my heat n bond design, then heated up the freezer paper “pattern” onto the back of the quilt sandwich as a barrier for the table.

I had traced the outlines of my design several times before really getting started on the fabric part of my quilt.

When everything was ready, I took some close up pictures of my design for reference.

close up of outline piece on heat bond

And once I had the whole quilt photographed, I carefully cut up the patterns out of the heat n bond paper, one strip at a time.

cut up heat bond pieces

It was so nice using solid fabrics for this quilt, I didn’t have to worry about right side and wrong side. I applied each piece of my template to a piece of numbered fabric. I tried to consider the raw edge quality of the quilt, and attempted to make the main line go along the grain of the fabric if possible.

heat bond pieces reassembled back

After applying the pattern to the fabric, I carefully cut the fabric around each piece, giving a little bit of a seam allowance to each side evenly. I was going to have to slightly overlap the pieces with the neighboring pieces. If each of these pieces didn’t match up with my original designed sizes, that was ok, as long as the overlaps made sense with the rest of the quilt.

heat bond pieces layout front

And here was another section cut out and then flipped over.

heat bond pieces long section

heat bond sections pieces long section front

And a different section that was meant to be “interrupted by another piece”. –  Shown from the back.

heat bond sections two sections assembled back

As I completed each section (slowly), I carried them over from my working space to my ironing board.

layout of several sections on ironing board

After cutting out to size all the sections of this quilt, I picked a section to start with, and using the (faint) outline on the freezer paper as a guideline for placement, got my section organized the way I wanted it. Then hit it with a hot iron.

gradient challenge first piece

The adding of each section became more and more fun. As long as I was paying attention to what goes under what piece, this quilt seemed to work out well. You may be able to see the faint outline under the off-white fabric.

I ended up using tweezers to help me place the “right” fabrics on front or on the back. For me, my general guideline was to have the lighter fabrics on the bottom, except in cases where that was an “alternating design”. I also tried to keep yellow on the bottom in places I would also be able to chose that too.

assembling the pieces raw edge and pattern

I originally had a different blue piece for the top corner that matches the “eye” I have on the right side. After doing all these pieces and strips on these smaller sections of lighter blues, I decided I wanted to add a little bit of color to the background. Adding even more of the quilt pieces to the quilt below.

assembling the pieces, more sections on fabric

In addition, I had a bright patterned yellow fabric that I tried to put into the quilt that would fit in the section next to the blue as part of a “sun” piece. Boy was it bright and distracting. I laid the cutout piece next to that section of the quilt, and it was too distracting. It felt like a “sun” part, but it just wasn’t working.

I did find a very light yellow and forgetting to flip the diagram over, I ended up placing the very very light back of that piece on the bottom right corner opposite my blue piece. It’s there, but hard to even notice, it’s so light.

And then I put the “front side” of the really light yellow to make sure I got a feeling of “offwhite” for the challenge portion of the quilt. It was a very lightly mottled tone-on-tone that fully reads as solid.

finished piece all heat and bond only

This is actually where I am with this quilt right now. It needs sewn down currently.

I did get it spray basted to a piece of batting and backing is the blue fabric in the “eye of the bird”. It reminds me of a bird with arms and a ball in his hand that trumpets out the front.

Sorta kinda but not really.

As I sew these pieces down, I will also quilt through the quilt sandwich at the same time. This will save me a step.

I was able to show off what I have finished to the guild on Tuesday, which was the “soft” due date for the quilt. We had quite a few people bring their challenge quilts to the guild meeting. Mine was not finished, but I was able to hold it up for all to see what I was working on, and to my knowledge, none of the pieces fell off in transport to or from the meeting.

This is going into our quilt show held on July 8th & 9th. Assuming I can actually sew it down & bind it in time. I may even use the challenge fabric in the binding!

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39.9 The end of March-A-Long for another year

April 3, 2016

March A Long Sewing

Frequent/expectant blog readers may have noticed a lack of posting anything last week. This was against my initial intentions, putting off the post too long last weekend made the post unable to happen as I was whisked away from the land of internets for a good day and a half last weekend. Seriously, there are still places in the US that are internet unfriendly.

Anyway, I think the gentle rip from my original plans was enough last weekend to knock the wind out of my (quilting) sails.

Any event, I am here now, a week later, discussing the end of March, the end of March-A-Long, the end of 15 minutes sewing every day.

Thanks go out to all who started and didn’t stop, all who marched loudly the whole month long, all who marched silently, all who wrote hashtags, all who did not, all who posted on social media – this blog, the FB page, twitter, instagram etc.

Thanks go out to all who took just a little more moments to think about quilting on a more daily basis than what they were doing before.

Thanks for encouraging each other, thanks for encouraging me, thanks for going along with this silly experiment in daily self-discipline!

As I state in the audio file, I really liked having a different focus for the month than normal that was broad enough to encompass a lot of different types of tasks. By saying I was doing more free motion quilting, I was doing more basting, more image pinning, more video watching, more drawing lines on pictures, more drawing lines on fabric, more changing of my needle, more thread changes, more foot changes than I had done in the last 11 months!

Way to go everyone!

By the way, I recorded this on April 1st outside, many bird noises and then a train noise that I completely didn’t notice too much when recording.

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39.6 March-A-Long 2016 first week

March 6, 2016

2016-03-01-17.54.47.jpg.jpegI am testing out my Instagram skills this month to try to stay “on top of” pictures for the daily tasks of March-A-Long. March-A-Long is a commitment to sew/quilt/plan for 15 minutes daily during the month of March. As you can see above, this is the pieces of the new block of the month from Ula Lenz Stained Glass Ray of Hope quilt.

A lot of my personal time has been spent on Craftsy. Relearning Free Motion Quilting techniques & designs. I echo quilted the insides of this quilt, but not yet the outsides. Background fabric is too different, so I am going to decide what color works today for this small top.

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If you’ve participated in sewing for 15 minutes a day in March, let me know! Glad to know I’m in such great company already!

Have a great week, and keep on getting those stitches in! Keep experimenting!

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38.9 Quilt Accomplishments for 2015 – the Year of Scraps

January 15, 2016

I would like to recap my 2015 quilt related accomplishments. Many of them are tops, I really did little to no Free Motion Quilting during the year of 2015. I did have three quilts quilted during the year.

Some of the blog posts I was about a month or two behind. Usually I am finding myself sewing or surfing with my extra time, or board game playing, or football watching, or video game playing, or playing solitaire on my phone, or chatting with ladies from 4 other quilting states at the big quilt show this year.

You get the picture. Distractions abound.

From the beginning of the year, I did spend a lot of my weekends quilting, even if they weren’t documented immediately afterwards.

I will try to recap my quilt life 2015, using some familiar pictures, some new.

I started off with the last round of the Twilter Round Robin quilt I was working on for Diane.

Round Robin Dianes Twilt On quilt with Darla borders

I did the last bargello style border (green to blue waves). I drafted this from graph paper. I made more work for myself than I needed to because of the multilevel greens that I added.

I completed the quilt top for fellow quilter (and also once “quilt” podcaster) who lost her husband suddenly in the fall of 2014.

Darla and Ruthanns quilt top

Looking back through my archives, I can’t believe that I forgot to blog about this quilt. It was meant as a nice surprise for Ruthann. She wanted something “green and sciencey”. I had seen this quilt in a book I got in 2014. I had emailed a bunch of other people in our group, most of which remembered Ruthann, but not all of them had.

I had a list of the strip sizes I needed, and instead of the other people sending me “completed blocks” I asked if they could send strips and/or strip sets. I was amazed at what was sent on this quilt.

And I did lots of extra work, cutting up and only using a portion of what was presewn  for me just so I could have a lot of variation on the quilt.

I completed the top in early January, and completed the finished quilt in May, after our meetup with Jackie from Sew Excited Quilts quilted this quilt (and one other) for me.

ruthann and teddy healing quilts

I had overestimated the size of making 5 full DNA strips, so the last one became a “bed runner” which was quilted separately by me at home.

In Feb, at the annual guild retreat, I finally finished my borders and my backing for my Royal Red King’s Puzzle quilt.

Royal Red Kings Puzzle Quilt Top With Borders

In March, I translated the quilting pattern from my Dancing ribbons quilt to ceramics. I need to mount this.

dahlia plate after glazing

I also finished the borders on my weave quilt after figuring out how to do the ends.

Circular ends

I brought a small quilt I had worked on a few years ago, a disappearing four patch quilt, to the lady who was quilting my Royal Red quilt. Sandy from Artfully Quilted did the honor for me for the red quilt, and also works on donation quilts for the local hospital. I was happy to donate my disappearing four patch, even though I was originally going to practice free motion quilting on it.

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I think sometime I worked on the back for the weave quilt, I didn’t finish it, but I got some pieces together for it. I usually piece my backings so I don’t buy the extra large fabrics that often. But it takes some time.

April I made some things for the quilt show, in addition to another quilt block for another quilty podcaster.

galaxy star pattern via quilters cache

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I also received my fantastic Round Robin quilt back and in the squeak of time, got arrangements for this quilt to be in the regional festival. I think I was on top of the world one minute of the day, and I was crying in disappointment the other part of the day. This quilt, didn’t almost make it into the show, and I am blessed that things either worked out for it to be there, or someone gave up a spot or something else happened to allow me to have the quilt in the show. Anyhow I can only take credit for the center, some of the fabrics, and the tiny outside border.

Darlas round robin quilt finished top

May was the finish for the show, getting all these quilts ready with labels, sleeves, and everything prior to June. It was also time for me to get extra wound up for inviting some friends to Kansas City area.

May I also met with Jackie for our (now annual sorta) sewing day at her studio!

Royal Red styled on porch swing

June was our regional quilt festival, and fantastic meetup with friends and with guildmates, seeing other friends’ quilts and making new friends.

twilter meetup five twilters at barbecue

three of seven twilters entwined

In July I finalized my “watermelon dresden” pattern for myself, and worked on getting my studio organized, and set myself up for the fall of scrappy quilts.

water melon dresden version 2

string quilt small

August, I was getting myself organized and sewing all the 16 patches that eventually became my Arkansas Crossroads quilt. And getting more strings for the hashtag quilt swap.

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And I was starting to make shoo flys for the disappearing shoo fly quilt.

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I also took some time out to make a few small blocks for other small projects. These went to different quilts for different projects, but are both definitely “my” style.

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I made my hashtag blocks to be sent out to the twilter swap.

string hastag blocks to send

And received some different ones in return.

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Then the end of the year I started sewing together all the scrappy pieces I was working on in the fall.

shoo fly top as a table topper scrap quilt

I think I just blogged about unsewing and resewing my Winslow’s Corners quilt, which took up some of my November time.

Winslows Corners Quilt with good corners

I experimented but haven’t yet committed on a low contrast, but high saturation scrap chevron quilt. (still in many smaller pieces)

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One weekend I looked at all the scraps I had left over from Ruthann’s quilt in the spring and put together a different top for picnicking.

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And on Thanksgiving day, got my Watermelon Dresden quilt layout figured out with actual fabric pieces I am working on.

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Currently I am in a “small battle” (with myself) as I ran out of the background fabric needed to make the quilt. The shop that sold it to me in November, I called, and they don’t have the same fabric anymore. I am working out how to do it since I started some of the border pieces already in one fabric.

Actually, the quilt will have lots of background space due to how I set the border pieces. I figure there will be lots of room for background quilting on this quilt.

And since I am writing this in January, I will hold off on my latest quilt block project. That is actually finished – for January anyway.

Oh… and in April, just before all the mess for the quilt show started, I attempted to quilt my Samurai Sudoku quilt. But I was having a bad day, things weren’t lining up right. I haven’t yet told myself to rip out and start over on the quilting, but I almost have. I have been avoiding the longarm rental since I have to make a decision on this quilt that I will not like to make right now.

upclose picture of samurai sudoku quilt on longarm

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38.0 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival – Diary – Day 2 – Part 2 – Judged quilts and Categories

July 6, 2015

The weekend of June 19th – 21 was the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival otherwise known as #KCRQF.

I have decided I had so much to say about the quilt show that I would write down in diary format what I went through on different days of the festival, share possibly a few stories, and pretend to take you along with me to the festival.

I am in the middle of covering Saturday, my main day of seeing the festival. My last post was about the guild quilts, and my post about that was the friday twilter meetup day.

So after taking the pictures of all the guild quilts I was ready to go do something else, look at vendors maybe. But when I got back up to the front, two ladies with sheets and golf pencils were there, ready to ask if I would help in determining viewers choice for all the guild quilts.

How could I decline?

So I went back through trying to decipher all what quilt fits into what category. Because the quilts on this side were organized by guild, this made it much harder to pick a favorite. What if my actual favorite was in the back and I failed to go back and see the quilt again?

Organization of Guild Quilts & Quilt Show Categories

Also some categories had only a few entrants, and some categories had many many entrants.

The categories for this show were:

  • Pieced Hand Quilted
  • Pieced Machine Quilted
  • Applique Hand Quilted
  • Applique Machine Quilted
  • Mixed Techniques Hand Quilted
  • Mixed Techniques Machine Quilted
  • Innovative

There were only a few hand quilted items. VERY impressive, but most of the hand quilted quilts were only competing against a few other quilts. These were hard to find in the show.

They were exquisitely done, don’t get me wrong, but perhaps all the handquilting needs to be in a category by itself so there are more quilts to be judged against?

Just a thought.

The Mixed Techniques Machine quilted category has about 100 quilts, the Pieced Machine Quilted category has about 200 quilts, and Innovative has about 30 quilts.

It’d be interesting to see a different way for the show to be broken up.

Perhaps the unevenness of the quilts is due to the fact that we were not limited by how many quilts in each category we could put into the show for the guild side of the show. I know my two quilts went in as the same category, so they competed against each other.

Anyway, the quilt I put down for viewers best of show I somehow failed to get the name of the quilter, so I cannot attribute this quilt to anyone correctly right now.

applique quilt best of show for me

applique quilt best of show for me

I think I was mesmerized by the crystals on the borders. Blurry picture below. Oops.

blurry picture of borders

blurry picture of borders

There were many quilts, and it was fun to run back and forth down the isles, making quick marks on the side of the paper to see which quilts would win in each category. Unfortunately I didn’t take track of my voting sheet for posterity.

After voting for the quilts, it was already lunch time, and the remaining twilters were meeting for lunch.

We had decided this time not to go “off campus” for lunch because parking the day before was hard. So we went back to the connecting Sheraton hotel and had a fancy lunch with hardly any other guests.

No pictures of this event, what were we thinking??

Anyway, it was nice to sit and learn about the private lives of the twilters who came by and to share some thoughts about etsy, quilting, traveling, home life, past lives. I think this was the lunch where I was more quiet & listened a lot. It was so neet just being with friends we haven’t really seen, but have had a chance connecting with online in many different ways.

I still had vendors to see & shop, the judged quilts to photograph, and the Beatles quilts to go view before we left. AND I wanted a picture of the 3 of us who worked on the round robin quilt. We were mostly separate for the afternoon, I went off on my own again, met up with Jackie & her friend Jackie occasionally on the vendor floor, Tami & Valerie went off to rest … it was a big trip and there is a lot of walking involved here.

three of seven twilters entwined

I didn’t take too many pictures of vendors because that was the only possible restriction for pictures for the show. Some vendors rightfully so don’t want people to take pictures of their quilts and patterns. Not all of them, but some, and that’s understandable.

I walked by several vendors I knew from other shows, some I had spoken to before, some I had not. One was Caitlyn who used to be in our guild who opened up her own modern fabric store that she even rented space from a local downtown area for about a year and a half. It was nice to see her again!

Also I met with Nikki who helps with the Quilts of Valor and is a member of like 2-3 guilds (not mine though) and we have become facebook friends and have similar tastes in quilts. She keeps telling me I should join the Modern guild. If they met in the afternoon, I’d consider it.

I zeroed in on a few vendor items I wanted to come back to later. Then onto the judged quilts.

How the Judged Quilts worked in KCRQF

The judged quilts were open to anyone who wanted to enter their quilts into the show who got in their entry in time with enough space.

I do not know if they cut off certain categories early, but entrants had the entire month of March to enter their quilts for the show. I was seeing they were still requesting submissions at the end of March.

There were no jury on the quilts, it seemed to be “first come, first served”. Each entrant could only enter one quilt per category. And you didn’t have to be a member of any of the guilds to be entered into the show. Or even local. Most were though.

The same 7 categories were in the judged quilts as were for the guild quilts above. Again, it seemed like there were not as many hand quilted items as machine quilted items. A few categories had less than 10 entrants.

This side was also less entered than the guild side. I was glad to see the guild quilts strong, but surprised how few people entered their quilts for judging. Perhaps we all want to get the quilts at the show, but don’t want to know what the judges have to say about the quilts.

My quilt was WAY down at the back of the show, at the end, right near the food. So people would have to see it if they were heading towards the food at the back of the show from the judged quilt section.

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I love it, but was surprised how dark the quilt seemed compared to the other quilts around it.

My guild members were great at telling me they thought it could have won something. It is definitely dramatic looking. I tried not to spend too much time hovering around my quilt. Unfortunately, it was hanging next to a truly innovative quilt. One I kept seeing people go up to and exclaiming how good it was! And I liked it too.

I had put my quilt in innovative and should have put it into another category, pieced machine quilted. I really thought it would have more chance in this category. I decided early & quickly to put it into the show, and then thought later about the category a little more.

Anyway, here are some of the judged quilts I saw & took pictures of. Again in gallery form. I was way less diligent at getting names on all the quilts here, so instead I am just going to label all the quilts the same. More about the show in the next post.

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37.9 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival – Diary – Day 2 Part 1 Guild Quilts

June 28, 2015

The weekend of June 19th – 21 was the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival otherwise known as #KCRQF.

I have decided I had so much to say about the quilt show that I would write down in diary format what I went through on different days of the festival, share possibly a few stories, and pretend to take you along with me to the festival.

After much uncertainty (of my schedule … see a story about Saturday schedule in previous post), I had Saturday to visit the show mostly free. The only thing for certain on my agenda was a Lecture done by Trisch Price about designing quilts in a series, and that wasn’t until the end of the show day.

I was planning to treat myself to breakfast at a fancy breakfast place, but decided instead to go to Panera and of course a bird came begging along for some food (cheese bagel).

begging bird

After it was clear I wasn’t going to be needed, I sat down with fellow guild member Lois and we talked a little bit about family and living away from a place we grew up. Lois is our current guild secretary and does a fantastic job remembering / recording all the details during our meetings that I usually miss some.

Both of us were worried the guild booth would not be staffed on Saturday, and both of us came early to make sure we weren’t needed to help setup/run the booth Saturday. Neither of us were needed, so we were free to enjoy the show.

I stood in line for the show behind the lady with this T-shirt, which was ironic because I had a similar T-shirt on – same saying, different artwork/fonts.

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The T-shirt reads: “Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine”. I ordered mine online two weeks prior, and it showed up in the mail on the Friday of the show. Quilt magic was surrounding this whole entire show, I tell you.

Viewing The Show & Taking Picture Strategy

Anyway, I went right into the show and I decided I wanted to get pictures of all the quilts. All 700 quilts. As good as I can. And yes, I am going to try to do it on my new phone. The camera on this new phone has the same megapixels as my older camera in my “pockets of awesome”, but it seemed to work faster & easier than the regular point & shoot camera.

I noticed all the other people starting at the front, heading slowly down the rows to the back. I had already been to the show the day before, so why not start at the back and head towards the front?

I tried to do a systematic way for getting pictures of the quilts. I started back to front, each side of the show at a time. Then in the next side repeat the process of back to front.

quilt traffic at 3pm sunday

Also each section of the walls was like a “C” shape, so I tried NOT to move away from each C until I got at least some picture of each quilt in each section before moving to the next section. If people were standing in front of one quilt, I tried to get a picture of a different quilt. There were 3-10 quilts in each “C shaped” section.

Arbitrary rules for my arbitrary completionist attitude. I do have to say I do a similar thing when I photograph quilts for our local quilt show. Very methodical and it gets at least one good picture of each quilt in the show for our posterity for the guild.

Of course for our own guild, I bring a tripod to make sure the camera is steady and centered at the center of the quilt. But this is just for ME, not for everyone at the guild to enjoy.

 

But this time, I was trying to SPEED through. Almost as fast as possible. AS I was going, I was trying not to blur everything, not necessarily document EVERY quilt maker too, but one shot, one idea of each quilt at a time.

The back to front technique was a great idea. I had also read taking pictures in the morning was the best time. And I had witnessed that to be true during our local guild-only show.

But for this show, probably the best time would have been like 3 in the afternoon. It was way less crowded than right away in the morning. The picture above shows traffic at 3PM on Sunday, almost dead compared to early Saturday morning.

I joked around with people that back to front was awesome because I could go picture/picture/picture for a long time, and then “thump” hit the wave of people coming towards the back. Today they all had pieces of paper with them and a pencil too. So they were slower, and more methodically going through the quilts. I liked dashing to the back quickly as if I had someplace to be.

Guild Quilts

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The two halves of the show were organized completely differently. It was almost as if there were 2 shows together in one – three if you count the Beatles exhibit.

The guild quilts were organized by guild. We had no restrictions on how many of each category of quilt would be entered with the guild, as they were not necessarily going for judging. Which means we had hand quilted quilts next to machine quilted quilts next to innovative quilts, and applique quilts.

The different colors of hanging papers signified the different categories of the quilts. As you may be able to see in the picture above, one of the local guild names on the top right, a quilt with a blue tag, and then on the far left a yellow tag which would be next to the quilt next to it. These two quilts were in the same guild, Kaw Valley Quilters Guild, but not the same type of quilts.

I liked how this showed & felt like community. The book lists all the names of all the quilts by Guild for the guild side of the show. Guilds first, then quilters.

A few of the guild quilts

My speed method of taking pictures did have its downside. I have plenty of pictures that are blurry. Which is too bad I couldn’t settle myself down enough to take a good picture. I think it was how I was going close to some quilts, and then far for the next quilts. The camera probably couldn’t figure out what focus to use and I am sure if I wasn’t “fighting against time” I could have slowed down a little bit more.

There were 700 quilts to photograph if I wanted them all. And we had planned to do lunch with the twilters, and I wanted my picture with twilters in front of Twilters Entwined quilt, and I hadn’t seen the vendors, and I hadn’t seen the Beatles quilts, and I had the lecture, and Sunday I was going to be volunteering.

So I SPED through the quilts. Too bad. I missed out on some great pictures.

I did get some pictures of hanging cards next to the quilts. Looking over them in detail this weekend I figured out something. If I really liked a quilt at the “gut level”, I took a second picture of the tag. Sometimes the tags were blurry. Sometimes they were fine.

Good thing I had the guild book to help me decipher names here.

I am going to post these as a gallery, something I don’t often do. It seems if you click on one, it takes you through the gallery at more full size. Let me know if this feature has issues. It seems to work on my computer when I test it. About 30 pictures of quilts with names of artists attached.

NOW THE GUILD QUILTS

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37.8 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival diary – Day 1

June 28, 2015

Whew! It’s been a busy week following a very busy and very happy weekend last weekend.

For those who didn’t know, hadn’t heard, last weekend was our big biannual (maybe that’s semiannual) quilt show with participation from a WHOLE lot of quilt guilds. I think I read 15 guilds.

Anyway, it was tireless work and planning and thinking ahead to make the quilt show a success!

We had several nationally known speakers come to the show to teach (and to take) classes, a lot of them are in the local KC area. I forget sometimes what an essential asset we have in our wonderful teachers and vendors to our larger community.

Arriving on the main show floor at the top of the long escalators, we see a quilt completed by one of the major quilt planners.

entrance quilt under glass

This quilt was done by Lynn Droege was beautiful under glass and a great way to entice people to go into the hall.

I have so many memories of my experiences of the show, I am going to try to write them down for posterity. This post will have LOTS of writing, the next post may have LOTS of pictures in addition to LOTS of writing.

Indulge me as I go on in “diary format” and pretend I am reading this account to you in podcast form. Or that I am Frances, sharing a few delicious “quilt diaries”. Quilt Diary – Day 1

The Too Long;Didn’t Read version is: I had a lot of fun, met people I knew, people I didn’t know, felt happy, show went well.

How the show was organized

The first hallway before the main quilting area was the individual guild booths. This was our main moneymaker for the year, and all the last year we have been making items to sell at the boutique. My guild had lots of different types of items for sale, kinda like a craft show. Several guilds had opportunity quilts.

I somehow failed to get pictures of our guild booth, or the general front hall with all the guilds, even though each day I was blessed to see people from my guild and others.

Then a right hand turn and either with a ticket or a bracelet we could get into the show itself!

Immediately when we come into the hall, there is a door prize ticket booth on the left. The far left-handed side were all the guild quilts that were not judged. There were 2 full rows (each side) of quilts here. About 500 quilts on this side.

Directly in the middle were the vendors. Several rows of vendors.

And to the right-handed side coming into the show room were the judged quilts. About 150 quilts or so here if my math is right.

map of show floor

I was able to be at the show the 3 days of the festival itself. There was one other day of classes I did not attend.

AND there was a special room of 3 special exhibits that weren’t part of the main hall, down on the first floor, there were Beatles quilts by a group of quilters in Virginia, and Kansas City Star quilts (a main reason this is a great quilting hotspot), and some of the best quilts from QuiltCon.

So much to tell! I may break it up by days instead of break it up by types of things seen like Kathy did.

Personal Experiences of the KCRQF Day 1

Friday was unfortunate in that I had to work, but as soon as I got done at noon, I drove past the scary construction on the scary interstate to the show.

I had the “pockets of awesome” or on Friday, the “pockets of no charge”. I had my old phone which had all the phone numbers and access to data and was going to be my main connectivity with the twilters I was set to meetup with.

I also had my normal camera, the one that has been taking all these pictures for this blog since like 2012.

And I had my brand new phone, not really setup yet.

And a cable to charge all the things. At one time I had both phones outta charge. Silly technology.

Ok. First thing I did after entering the show was to find Carole’s quilt – I See Bridges. And I took a picture of me in front of it.

i see caroles quilt i see bridges
I tried to make a joke about how I saw bridges and I saw Carole’s quilt, but I didn’t see any twilters.

Unfortunately, Carole & Gretchen had plans to come to the show and neither one was able to make it. Carole’s quilt was about the only judged quilt I saw from anywhere not in the KC region, which I found very fantastic for her to enter the show that way. It was really unfortunate that she wasn’t able to see it in person.

I was starting to get nervous because the phone with the texts was notorious for dropping almost half available battery in half an hour, and I knew I would have to periodically check twitter and email on this very unreliable phone.

I think I was walking around for almost an hour back and forth before I saw anyone. Luckily Jackie and I were able to text. I stayed in the back of the show before I met up with anyone just to “stay in a central place”. I forgot how much I don’t have to wait for people on a regular day.

Jackie & I met up, walked the vendors really quickly, and then got in touch with Joyce, who follows Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of Us who also wasn’t able to attend the show. Joyce was with her friend Linda who was in the area, and Joyce and Linda were delightful to meet, even though she was not on twitter, and didn’t really know us, didn’t officially consider herself a twilter.

Just after we met Joyce, another friendly face, Valerie, showed up and introduced herself to our group, recognizing one of us, probably Jackie.

three twilters and Joyce

This was when Linda took a picture of us twilters and Joyce Friday afternoon.

At this point, we walked around and talked a little bit. I met one of our local guild members (also named Sandy – I think I know like 5 quilting Sandys), the one who quilted my red & black King’s Puzzle Quilt, and we had another long conversation, while Valerie & Jackie had things to do.

I got a cool idea of a suggestion of a collaboration with Tami since her round with all the folds was really fantastic on my quilt and her & I may be a good compliment.

And just as the local Sandy left, I was able to locate Tami! At this point, my phone situation was really getting desperate, my charge was like zero on both phones. I was seeing the people who were important for me to see, in addition of stopping by local people who I also kept seeing and they kept saying nice things about my quilt on the judged side of the show. It was also nice to sit and talk with people I know that did a lot of work for the show and just enjoying the show in general!

Tami & I had a small intimate discussion right there near the front door of the hall, probably in everyone’s way, but you know what, I didn’t care. I never exactly told Tami that I officially put my quilt Twilter’s Entwined in the show. I was so worried that I had jinxed it out of the show.

twilters entwined

Long Side Story Here

Here’s the short story of that. The round robins were due back in Feb, and Feb our guild voted on quilts to put into the show. The day our guild was voting, I had no energy, I had had a crappy day, I was burnt out doing all the work on Diane’s round robin, and so I brought nothing to add to quilts for my guild for the show. I didn’t have my round robin quilt anyway, and I know how long it takes for ME to go from top to quilt — LONG time usually.

Anyway, it was at our Feb guild retreat (after the voting) that we heard of several twilters going to try to come down for the Kansas City Show, thanks in particular to Sandy from QFTRUS really encouraging people to consider a meetup.

At the retreat, I finished the red & black quilt, and guild members said I should try to get it into the show, so Royal Red King’s Puzzle, I arranged to have it quilted in time to enter for the judged section (guild section was closed already, or so I thought). That was my very first long-arm purchasing interaction I have ever had.

Anyway, all the deadlines for the show had come & gone March 31st. I received my round robin quilt early April. A week later, there was a frantic email from our president saying ‘oops, we have more space than we thought’. Later the email said, ‘we can add more quilts, but the catch is that I have to know by 6PM on Friday (the day I am reading this is the same Friday)’. So I thought I could include Dancing Ribbons, sent off an email and then driving to work started thinking.

What if … I could get the pink quilt, the round robin quilt, twilter’s entwined completely finished in time? Would it be crazy, would it be do-able? If I could just get a quilter to agree to it……

So I put a post on twitter, tagged Jackie and a few other people maybe, and waited to see the response. I had massive emails/texts/twitter messages back & forth. I tell you it was nuts. I first thought for certain I could get both quilts in, emailing back the guild president, I met up with Jackie after work, showed her the pictures, we had already setup a sew-in date for early May, so would she be available to quilt it? YES?! PERFECT!

I was bouncing up & down the walls, not believing my good fortune. Tami did the round on the quilt and she was going to be here to see it and be a part of it hanging in the show. And another twilter was quilting it. Amazing! Things fell into place. I was joyous, I was obnoxious with happy, I was just so incredibly amazed and just feeling absolutely great!

Then later that night, they said there wasn’t enough space for the “medium-large sized” Twilters Entwined quilt.

Embarrassed at my overreaction about how things just seemed to work for the quilt. I was pretty much in tears that night. Mostly from embarrassment at myself and how I wasn’t keeping everything into perspective.

Fortunately, the next morning the guild president called me and told me that they were looking/talking with one of the coordinators, and somehow there was actually more space. I am not sure how that happened or if it was a result of me going overboard, or just miscalculation, or something else occurring somewhere.

But after that, I put in my paperwork, but wasn’t fully convinced it was going into the show until I turned my quilts in with the rest of our guild the meeting Tuesday before the show.

 The rest of Friday continues

So Tami said she had seen my little Dancing Ribbons quilt in the show, was looking at it with I think Kathy earlier that day before I got here, turned her head to the side, and then saw the pink and purple quilt of my last story, Twilter’s Entwined. And she said she was floored. I really was excited for the fact that she may not know the quilt was there, I thought it was a nice surprise for her.

tami and twilters entwined

This picture is Tami in front of Twilter’s Entwined. I think taken by Kathy. Before I got there.

Anyway, while talking to Tami, Kathy came along and we talked about her love of Angela Walters, her love of blogging and how I love her quilt memes and blog posts are always so funny! And we kept standing right there at the beginning of the show.

Kathy did get a picture of her by my Royal Red King’s Puzzle quilt. Taken by Tami maybe. Before I got there.

kathy in front of royal red kings puzzle quilt

Kathy looks great in front of my quilt, right?

We broke up as a small group in the late afternoon, with our prearranged meetup place & time – Joe’s Kansas City barbeque, which was like one “block” over from the convention center. During the time in between out-of-town twilters, I went back to the bag check area, found a plug in for my navigation phone so at least I could figure out what side of the road Joes was on exactly. I chatted and laughed and laughed with our bag check ladies from our guild, another from another guild, and I sat in the spot of the 3rd.

We constantly talked about how well the show seemed to be doing, how the people at bag check in the morning saw packed lines going up & down the escalator, how parking was a nightmare, and another lady from our guild saw me and asked if I knew I was working Saturday for the boutique.

What’s with this Saturday thing?

This had started to become a running joke with me, in addition to another embarrassing situation I put myself in due to a horrible typo. And finally by now, I had seen my twilters, so if nothing else, working Saturday wouldn’t be an issue for me since we were now able to meet on Friday night instead of Saturday morning.

I was originally signed up to do two volunteer sessions for the show. One for the ‘show itself’, and one for the ‘guild’. One of these I actually DID sign up for Saturday morning, before the Twilter’s had looked at schedules and decided that maybe Saturday breakfast was going to be our only shot at everyone getting together at once. The only time we were originally were going to meet was Saturday. This was the “Original Plan”.

A few days later, I asked both groups to make sure I wasn’t volunteering Saturday morning, I would just switch and then it would be easier and I wouldn’t miss the meetup.

Well, you know how many different versions of schedules get floated around, and how we all think we’re making a change, and somehow it doesn’t stick? Well, somehow both groups put me on Saturday morning, there was more going on, but the 2nd time it happened, (planning stages here), I was starting to get worried that things wouldn’t work out. I asked a 2nd time to make sure I wasn’t volunteering on Saturday … there were emails, and a very large typo. And it was embarrassing. And teeny tiny bit funny, once the hurt feelings from the typo were straightened out.

Once I knew we were meeting Friday night instead, that eased my worries a little, because no one had accidentally put me down for volunteering on Friday. Thank goodness for Jackie pulling together the spreadsheet with our times on it and noticing the date /time was available.

But that hadn’t been planned until a week/few days before the show. Good thing too, because we were getting the idea no one in particular was looking forward to a really early morning meetup for breakfast (except for maybe me).

I was just “so sure” that I would get volunteered Saturday by one or both groups I signed up to help, and that I would completely “miss out” on the meetup with everyone all in one place. I did get myself worked up for a while, imagining being “this close” to something I really wanted, and not being able to have it….

So on Friday of the show when I was told I was working Saturday, I burst out laughing. Mainly because of our other arrangements, also how silly it was to think how hard I was fighting not working Saturday. But now Saturday morning was MINE – FREE.

I decided to come early Saturday & make sure the one group didn’t actually NEED me to be here – a little family issues & trying to interpret someone else’s chart made it possible that I would need to help out on Saturday.

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Me waiting for the show on Saturday, reading this diagram of classes (below).

kcrqf classes

Anyway….

At 6PM I pulled up to Joe’s, met with Valerie and Steve, then Jackie & Greg showed up, then Kathy & Cliff drove up with Tami.

I had heard great things about Joe’s, but mostly I heard about the fact it used to be called Oklahoma Joe’s and they changed the name to Joe’s Kansas City instead. And I heard the food was really good. I think the last time I had eaten it was like 10 years ago when I first moved to the area at a work function.

It was a “go up and order” your food and then sit down with a table once you got it kind of place. And I put myself in the front of the line.

I was tired, excited, elated, happy…. exhausted, talking a lot … on my feet for hours and hours and hours Friday. Luck was on my side when we got through the line, it was busy, and I wasn’t sure we were going to get to sit together, and oh boy, now I would somehow have to figure out how to arrange a seat. And then, a seat magically appeared. Large table with space for everyone! YAY. More quilt magic occurring.

Yes, the things I worry about.

So we got to sit together at Joe’s KC after the #KCRQF.

twilters and spouses at barbecue Joes

I didn’t realize that it was guys on one side + Kathy, and girls on the other. But there was a Royals game on that the guys could watch.

You can just barely make out our heads on the left.😉

It was nice sitting across from Kathy & Cliff, we talked of them driving to Missouri Star Quilt Company on their way back in the morning, and it turns out that Cliff is a Husker fan (go Huskers), and now I will know someone in Illinois that is watching the Illinois/Nebraska game this fall when they play!:)

Kathy had saw the Beatles quilts down on the main floor. She seemed to really enjoy them! Kathy mentioned that she attended Quilt Con and she thought that this show, put together by GUILDS (not a quilt company) was super well run, seemed to work really smoothly, things seemed mostly on the top of their game. It was impressive about what we did. Luckily, there are enough guilds in the area that can help out with a show like this one to have the manpower to have the crowds we were talking here.

I may have lost some other parts of conversations, but soon, we were getting our “twilter meetup” picture and I was driving myself home.

twilter meetup five twilters at barbecue

Twilters agreed to try to meetup for Lunch the next day who all was here.

And that is another day, and another story, and hopefully more pictures, in another blog post. And I don’t know exactly when it will be written/posted. This story so far has taken me a lot of the afternoon. Probably why I was putting it off. So much to tell. And tell and tell. I don’t want to forget my fun & fantastic weekend, so I will be back hopefully soon with more details for you to share in my experience!

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