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41.9 Medallion Dreams in the Summer

November 3, 2017

As you might have seen I have a few other things on the design wall I stared at this summer. Some of these are inspired by the round robins I was part of a few years ago, and yes, I still love my round robin quilt and it’s my most cherished quilt ever, even though it’s taking a break currently waiting to be sure that no more water is coming down the ceiling from it’s normal place.

Here’s an old picture of my round robin quilt before it was quilted. But this will give you an idea what we are talking about with round robin and medallion quilts.

I made a post about How Round Robins work, with that post being the center of a trading round robin & medallion quilt parts and pieces, and here was the final picture of all the other round robins that we did that year. Some of the pictures below I was part of early, some was part of at the end. Very high levels of creativity!

For this year, I decided to make at least 3 medallion quilts from the starts I have here. These will sorta follow the round robin rules, but I don’t have any other quilters to trade with for these. So whatever I turn out will be my own round robin creativity. Which is the fun part.

First medallion

I had a left over block from my blue and red and purple cathedral windows type quilt. I decided to make it into a medallion quilt. Here’s an old picture of the quilt. I use it all the time, nice lap sized quilt!

I have the block bordered and was originally thinking pillow, but why not just make it the center of a new quilt?

I am thinking something like this would be a nice finish for my first medallion quilt of the summer. Some of the design is inspired by the wrought iron fences from one of the quilt vendors I saw. And yes I also want to make some form of wrought iron fence applique quilt. This is just the design from the base blocks in EQ7 from the block library.

I still haven’t yet completely committed on this first medallion quilt, This might be the last round, but I am currently stuck on the “second round”. I do like what I have here, but in thinking of fabrics that will go with this, I am not exceedingly sure. Which might be telling me to make some sort of change to this second round. I think I like the 3rd round good, even though it’s a combo of the applique pieces provided by electric quilt designers.

The first medallion quilt I have not decided any fabrics beyond what has already been done.

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Second medallion

The second block I want to also medallion / round robin quilt, I have all the fabrics for it, but haven’t settled on a design yet for the second round, but I have some basics started. This center I got from the guild show last year 2016 as either someone else’s unfinished top/block/medallion.

I wasn’t the only one who saw it and liked it, I am intrigued by the fact that someone didn’t just finish this little joy as is, but for me, I am thinking, we need to do something nice to this and make it the center of attention. The nice coral and yellow blocs are pretty small.

I have been collecting fabrics to match this medallion already.

Some of the fabrics I have also include some bonus pieces from my Arkansas Crossroads Quilt.

I keep bringing the half square triangles (the things in the lumps on the right) to various sewing days and other things to trim them down but every time I get them out to sew with, I decide to work on something else. I am thinking these pieces will either have to be an outer round, or I will have to double and triple them up in an earlier round. Here’s the start of playing in electric quilt 7 with this quilt. I am not totally sold on the design yet, but it’s a start. I found these blocks interesting to work with. Probably too much yellow, but don’t worry, I will adjust or switch.

Third medallion

A third block I also have had for a while is this dark blue with red flower block.

This block I had purchased at the fabric recycles place and I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to making something new with it.

I actually was the one who put the orange border on the quilt block already. This quilt I was going to try to “medallion up” at home at the same time as working on the other medallions of the round robin quilts. Little did I know how much I was putting into their designs and how much that would take.

At that time, I picked out most of these fabrics, but not yet designs.

I haven’t worked a lot with the red orange yellow pallet and I am liking the start of this one too. I need to recreate this one in electric quilt and see if I can spark something already. Maybe this one needs to be multiple medallions on point settings since I haven’t done too many of those yet. I think I may start with that idea and see where it goes.

An update to Electric Quilt 7 just came out – EQ8 – and I purchased it! Looking forward to using it instead to push these designs forward!

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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.

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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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