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41.8 Sewing in Spurts in Summer 2017

October 27, 2017

This past summer, I have not been exactly away from my sewing machine. I’ve not exactly been glued to it either.

The last post of personal sewing was in May, when I was working on Grandma’s Footstool quilt, which you saw in full as a quilt in the Kansas City Regional Quilt Show.

The quilt now rests in the sun of these shorter fall days while I contemplate where it is going to permanently reside.

This next piece isn’t a quilt, but a metal “barn quilt” that I had to purchase at the show. I promised myself it would make it outside in my yard, but this wall still had an empty space, and I think I still like it here. For now. Maybe this is where Grandma’s Footstool will reside more permanently if I do move this block outside.

In June, I attended a mini quilting retreat, a weekend away with my sewing machine and several “mostly new-to-me” friends, although I am starting to get to know some of the ladies better the last year or two they are in my guild. The group of ladies I joined for the retreat have been sewing together for years and years and go to retreats every month. I got lucky last year in hitching a space at the retreat last year, and attended this year, and am going to try to plan to attend next year.

On that retreat, I used some leftover pieces to make a nice scrappy small quilt. This was actually made the last thing at the retreat.

I had the aqua and maroon four patch squares from so long ago in addition to the one in the middle with gold, I had brought with me the gold pieces and decided just a nice scrappy quilt (my size) with it. I am improving the borders as I rarely do a “plain border”.

The color in this quilt isn’t near as wonderful as what it could be in actuality. Something about the photograph tones down the colors here to ‘real life’.

During the retreat, I worked on quilting the small quilts I have had here ready to baste since earlier this year during March A Long.

This one was mostly “fish-scale” aka clamshell quilting. As I put these random pieces together last fall, I saw the main piece as a fish head and tail. One block got away from the design so it was going to be its own miniquilt I might as well put them together. Currently it’s just a pin holding the piece on the bottom together, but I like the flow of both pieces visually. The quilt above was leftover blocks from someone’s other quilt that I took the scraps. I can call this quilt something like Fish Scraps. Or Fish scraps and heads. If I ever get the gumption to put a quilt in my bathroom, I think this might relocate to there. Right now it’s got a great small space next to my design wall.

This mini quilt is super mini, like 1.5 feet by 2 feet. The half square triangles used were 1.5 inch bonus blocks. Isn’t this a nice setting for these tiny blocks? I couldn’t decide on a flange color so I went with three, blue sides, pink top and bottom, and purple corners. This is currently in the entrance to my quilting room. Simple. I was originally thinking of donating it to my guild show, and I still can, but I think I will have a hard time doing that.

The other quilt that was from the same leftover pieces from the same quilt. These were a little larger 1.75″ each half square triangle. I like the setting on these, and yes, the oranges/yellows cut through the diagnonal here. No name on this one yet. Again couldn’t decide on binding, went with a highly contrasted choice since that’s what this quilt told me it wanted. This quilt is a little larger overall, about 2.5 feet by 3.5 feet or so.

This quilt I have had pieced for several years but never had the edges pieced. I originally intended this quilt to have wonky borders and binding, and then maybe it was a year ago, I decided to add the black triangle border. Now on retrospect, I could have added another black border to the quilt before quilting and binding this.

The binding is a gold and black inner flange, set quite wide to get the effect of the pattern better, I had drawn out a year ago what I originally wanted the quilting to look like, but I never until this year decided to do the actual quilting in such a high contrast color.

This optical illusions quilt started off its life as a single ombre fabric that graduated from green to black. I was specific in how I cut the fabric up to piece back together, and most of that was done in 2012 – according to my notes and pictures. I am glad I went simple and bold on the center of the quilting, I like what the gold brought into this quilt, even though it was scary to quilt. Most of the quilting was done still at the retreat, but in the wee hours of the morning when there were no eyes on me at the time. Then I just got to sit and stare at this quilt for the rest of the retreat.

Speaking of sitting and staring, I finally got my applique hot air balloon sewn down to a white piece of paper. For a while this summer, I had the balloon floating over this scenery piece I picked up from a guild member at one of our guild quilt shows. I do like the affect, and I kept searching for tree fabrics until I realized that we are supposed to be looking at tree tops here. I am thinking I may not match these two pieces up this way anyway, and go with a different background even yet from what I here for the hot air balloon. I have stalled out on the basket, something I didn’t draw already, and I have sorta one made, but not really liking it yet so far.

 

The piece on the right on the top, was from way way back with a tilted four patch swap with Quilt Cabana Corner Sandi that I made for myself as inspiration. I was making a quilt top the way I always do, and I decided to cut it and I am wanting to quilt it and somehow attach the three pieces together. Possibly. I had this out to remind myself to quilt it, but this didn’t happen.

Also, this might seem less impressive, but I expanded a scrap quilt this summer to be bigger than it already was!

I believe this scrap quilt that you already saw pictures of last fall was on my design wall like this until I realized that if I turned it, I would get to use the whole design wall more efficiently and get a better chance at not duplicating too much.

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I did have other sewing adventures this summer, but I am going to break them up into other posts. It worked well for me last month to write several posts all within the span of a few days, and I am currently on the same kind of roll here.

Several of these quilts were finished, but none of them are really large in size. It helps me to stay motivated to get small things done. And then they can be moved around my house and displayed there!

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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.

By Americasroof at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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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41.2 Some stitching at home

May 24, 2017

So it seems like lately I have been wanting to be under the radar in about all areas of my life, so, naturally, no blog posts. Whoops.

The weather being nice, and the prompting of Tabletop day, and the various activities for others have kinda kept me from sewing. That is, unless I employ the “March a long” strategy of sewing after work and sewing daily. Which doesn’t /didn’t happen after March this year.

Anyway, I have a few sewing objectives in the last month. My small quilt was picked to be part of the guild group for the upcoming Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival (KCRQF) in less than a month. And it wasn’t finished quilting.

I did get a start on this right away beginning of april. I did the long figure 8’s and the long thin lines, as what I had decided a year ago on my quilting diagram.

But then I went to change it up on the alternate blocks from my original plan.

And this is not my best work here, but I really liked the way it brought a different dimension to the quilt with a different type of design. And I froze on it. For a while.

Finally decided to press on and complete this quilt. I took one long weekend day to get all the rest of the blocks done, and then put the binding on while sewing at my friend’s house.

I forgot to take a picture of this with the binding sewn all the way back.

I have since turned it into my guild so they will have it by the time they need it for the show. Next picture I will have will be of it in the show itself. Here’s hoping it still looks ok after not seeing it for a month. I did a large rush job to get it finished by the end of the guild meeting in May, and I’m not proud of that, but it is what it is.

Here’s an up close version of the quilting/quilt.

It’s a fun and cute little quilt made with alternating blocks, one of which is called footstool, and one is Grandma’s Choice (modified). So naturally the quilt name is: Grandma’s Footstool.

I didn’t make a fancy label for it – usually my quilt labels are printed on from electric quilt onto that printable fabric, but for this one, I just used a pigma micron pen for marking the label.

And finally, I got some good quilt fabric for my ladders and bubbles quilt for the border blocks.

I went to a quilt shop to help a friend design a quilt for her church, bought a plain blue (with green tint). Later I went to a small quilt show which then prompted me to go to another quilt shop in the area, and actually I found fabric that I liked even better for the borders.

This is still in the planning and cutting stage, but mainly I spent time ironing the fabric down to be manageable after getting it prewashed.

So now, instead, I’ve been wanting to piece, and wanting to work on older stuff. The blocks that I have been staring at for a while now found their way into my sewing machine.

I did massacre the points on this quilt, and if it’s for me, I don’t care. I am considering this as our guild auction quilt for next year’s show for our charity work. It’s small and bright and cheery. And now will need quilted. Or I may not donate it if I think the cut off points show way too little care. The unfinished size of the block was 1.5 inches each.

Trying to get other things off my design wall, I decided to next work in stages on the single patch quilt that is the other quilt with these same batik/black leftover quilt bit blocks.

I have batched them to help me sew these up better. I don’t really care too very much about colors except for orange. I have an orange stripe (3 of them) that I am trying to keep in diagonal ripples in this quilt. I am actually not batching them in the end, just for the temporary time before all the seams are sewn.

I find it cathartic to sew one line of new patches, one line of double patches, and then one line of 4 patches, then I go back to the single new patches, and I am rippling my way through the quilt. I do this so I can keep each line of patchwork straight. I can easily tell what I am sewing and where the next line of patches I need to sew are, and where the newly sewn patches can go.

I am curious to know exactly how much fabric I will lose to the seam allowance. This will also be a nice wall hanging but not super big in the very end. But that’s ok with me, easier to swap out in the rest of the house that way!

Well there is more to share, but this is enough! Thanks for letting me share my quilting progress. The past few days are more “march a long” and doing sewing during the work-week as a heads up for the nice long memorial day weekend coming up!

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