Posts Tagged ‘local quilt show’

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40.2 Binding, Binding … Bound

July 31, 2016

Forgive my lateness in this post. I started writing a month ago and didn’t get any pictures transferred over until the July 31st weekend. I thought I had set this up to publish already, but now I see it’s still a draft. Many things have happened, not many of them actually quilting related however, but there is a huge post waiting to be written about my experiences with my local guild! This post is not it (yet). And now a massive, fun, quilt trip to write about. Any event, here is quilt “news” from me frome early July.

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My quilts are finally “going, going … gone” from their Work in progress status!

Thanks to my days at the retreat center, I finished the birds of the air quilt blocks, sent 40 off for the swap, keeping 8. I will get back 39 of the blocks since one is a “donation” block for Frances who has written a quilting book called “Birds in the Air.” I did get back 39 blocks, one being a donation block for Frances, which she has since received, but there were like 35 or so swappers (I forget how many) and so some of my blocks are done by the same quilter. I may add more blocks to what I have done already. This was easy block and a very fun swap!

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The local quilt show on pushed me to get some finishes beforehand. I had 7 quilts before the quilt retreat at the Creative Place without binding on them, in addition to 2 very mini hot-pad sized quilts. Most were trimmed down prior to the retreat, but a few were not.

I also quilted & stitched down my challenge quilt for the guild show.

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I didn’t mind free motion on the quilt with everyone in the room with me. It was a nice topic of conversation, and several people commented on how they liked how unusual the quilt was. And boy it’s artsy. I personally don’t like the frayed edges on the solids. But I don’t do much raw edge applique. My other attempts at raw edge over needle turn are my Don’t Panic Quilt done in batiks (higher thread count), or a few other quilts where I had satin stitching on the edge. I think it may have been exacerbated by the fact these are “lower thread count” since they’re solids.

Anywhoo, the birds in the air done, and the quilting on the challenge quilt done, means that duh,duh,duh, duhhhhh – binding was left on several, several quilts. Not large ones, thank goodness, but I do bindings a special way, and usually finish by hand. Luckily the focus provided at a quilting retreat leads to just that. I could get the fronts sewed down in the early morning before most people are awake, and then handsew later on, when everything is put away to pack up to leave.

And I just loved seeing all these little lovelies. Together was a blast!

Did I say little? 🙂

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This is pre join on one quilt that ended up going for charity quilt.

It has a life and a story that I haven’t told, but even so, it went out to the charity quilts for something colorful for our guild show. It was a hard decision, but I think the right one to let this mini,mini quilt go.

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Did you realize how many of my quilts have the “hidden underneath”/kicker/flange binding on them? A LOT! And I love it since it gives off the extra little something needed to color frame the quilt.

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Like this one in yellow. This block was given as a paper piece practice from my guild for a name tag. I put the block into use by multiplying it (the original block was just one square) last summer I was going through bright scraps, and my only criteria was “make it bright and saturated in color” for chosing color. And small pieces are a plus here.

Sadly enough, I donated this one too. I love this little guy, and hope it brightens up someone’s day just a little bit!

I don’t think I individuallized the other bindings I was working on, but here’s the quilts ‘en mass’.

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Ok out of the 4 quilts you see here, 4 quilts have the kicker/flange on them. Clockwise from the top left, flange in: true deep blue (not turquoise), dark purple, dark coral, and bright pink.

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And this quilt was finished quilting (except for the very corners) a few years ago and just needed corners and binding. The binding was set aside special years ago. This one is a decent sized bigger than my other quilts, but even this is only like 3 feet on each side. I am sure I talked somewhere about my card trick quilt. No flange appropriate for the card trick quilt. But I thought about it. Briefly.

No more individual ones at all. Luckily, I can spread out when most are still asleep. All these yummy quilts to bind. Mmmmm.

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Like a multilayered hero quilt sandwich with all the toppings available, all these stack up quite nicely in a small quilt stack! With only binding showing on most of them!

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I am thinking about it, and a couple of choices I would have changed the “outer binding” to be a little less wild if it wasn’t for the kicker to ground the quilt and the binding together. Like the yellow calms down the crazy purple/orange binding on the bright quilt, and the tie-dye nostalgia print has a dark purple to ground the binding in with the quilt and gives it just the right movement.

Now if only I could be making these quilts bigger on the scale of 1:4 or so then maybe others would take these little quilts seriously.

Or not, they’re fun quilts. I got the quilt made out of “purina” leftover blocks in this stack. Purina, like the logo of red & white checkerboard. For the dog food etc. I can’t ever not call the quilt that now. Quilt on the left below. 

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36.3 You can take quilts outside?

October 21, 2014

I was able to visit a new experience for me last weekend – an outside quilt show at the arboretum.

It was labeled as a Quilt Walk, which was a show without vendors or quilt boutique/garage sale.

There were two sections of the park which quilts were tied to fences by zip ties and binder clips. It was a lovely fall day, with fall splendor colors splaying out for all to see.

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The smaller quilts, which seemed more like me than the larger quilts, I found a quilt artist I contacted who is local who has a style of quilting that I admire.

I kept seeing Trisch Price’s quilts (author of Accentuate the Negative) and thinking how much I really liked her quilts.

Fibonacci!

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And she did this technique that I am trying to decide if it is double applique or “magic binding” around the applique pieces, where the applique pieces is slightly outlined by another color pop, which I really admire and will show up in one of my quilts one day.

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I like hats, as you may have noticed before if you have seen a picture of me lately. Cool hat quilt. – Mary Strege

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And the larger quilts were also impressive.

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Sometimes flapping in the wind.

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Or hung over the rocks – these quilts were like the featured quilters’ quilts – very impressive!

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And I saw 4 bed turnings! The first one was someone I have followed on flickr for a few years, that saw me at the only one meeting of the modern quilt guild meeting I’ve ever attended, and had the courage to talk to me, and I had the courage to talk to her at the show just before she did her own bed turning.

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Bed turning was a table, layered with several quilts. We got the story of each quilt, an abbreviated story, like a mini trunk show. Which was so fantastic!

It was nice to see each artist and what they chose to display & talk about!

The quilts were even nice from a distance.

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I wonder how many people who were there to visit the Monet garden got to see similar colors in the quilts!

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31.6 Spoils of war … err … what I got at the quilt show

July 27, 2013

I had this vague idea to try to purchase something from as many vendors as I could while at the local quilt show.  One of my favorite things is sitting down for lunch with the vendors and finding about their day or their ideas of quilting in general.

I went around to the vendors the first day, walked around to about each one of them, and scouted out things that I liked at each place.  Two vendors were from our own guild and were easy to talk to in between garage sale shifts because they were upstairs with most of us guild members.

The other vendors, I went around, talked with many of them about their processes and what they do.

And I would like to show you what I got, and maybe share some stories.

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The first was actually a commission from one of the vendors who is essentially my age who lives pretty close to me who runs her own online fabric shop I Don’t Do Dishes on Etsy.

You should be able to see a pressing board, which I know she wouldn’t be able to make & ship off for her regular Etsy purchasers, I think pressing boards would classify as “quilt show only” types of purchases. She had like 4 pressing boards that looked so cute at her booth, and she had a lot of pretty modern fabric, and again I stress she lives pretty close to me. I bargained with her to make me a pressing board like the ones she was selling with a specific very Darla-like fabric.  She agreed and we made the exchange this week and I am SOO SOOO happy about this.

And she said that she has 4 potential shows to go vend at in the future, so this could be really good for her. We talked quite a bit about the toils of “guessing what will be popular” part of opening up a shop, her general philosophy about being able to turn over fabric to be able to buy the stuff that is going to be the next big thing, purchasing entire ‘lines’ of fabric and why it’s not always a good idea. And how good or useful ‘go cutters’ really are to cutting jelly rolls and such.

I am going to have to save up my pennies to go get some more of this fabric before it is gone. She also had more pretty fabric, for which seeing the bolts travel to the show was quite unusual.  It sounded like a stress to move all the wire shelving (what I use to store most of my fabric, actually) from one place to another. Anyway, check out her shop, I am sure she would like the business.

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Then right next to her was my last actual purchase during the show, and it was also very very nice to talk to this guild member too, she was definitely a sales lady, and she didn’t waste a minute of her free time. She had aprons, and bowls and she knew how to help package them.

Here’s the bowl I purchased, I kept eying the colors in it.

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She said this particular bowl she had this amazing argyle colored fabric and she did the thing with the strips around the clothesline.  Her website cherylshandiwork doesn’t have a ton of specific pictures of individual bowls, but is nicely done and shows her in action at several local events.

She has aprons that adjust, casserole carriers, bowl sets with fabric bowls, recipe cards, and an actual food bowl for chili. Several different sizes of bowls, some oblong shaped ones that are great at holding rotary cutters, pens, etc, and several sets.

During the show, she was making new wrapped strings, and it was fascinating to watch her work & interact with everyone.  She didn’t use bias strips in making her bowls, its straight cut all the way.

She has been making these bowls for so long she knew exactly how long of a piece she needed before gluing it to the cord, she knew what kind of cord she liked, how big of strips she needed to get full coverage and minimize the amount of fabric she needed.

Here is a picture of her shop. Well some of it.

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And you turn a bowl upside down and stitched to the back is her name, and a variation of her business card.

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And then the last of our own guild members, I bought another bowl from her shop that her husband made.

Out of wood.

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This is just the perfect shape, and I got to talk to him and her a little bit about his process.

I really liked some of the multicolored wood that he had for sale (another piece I didn’t buy), and asked him how he made it.

It sounds like a long process, as you have to create boards of alternating colors, glue them, wait, and then stack several boards together that all have alternating colors, and then glue everything down, wait, and then you can cut shapes out of it with the lathe.

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It looks like I failed to get pictures of his part of the shop, and this picture was taken just before everything was packed up. In the picture above, you can see some of the quilts and patterns that Rose Cottage Quilts has for sale.  She does florals, pastels, uses antique linens, handkerchiefs, embroidery, and now wool applique (the bright stuff in the box in the front).

It doesn’t appear that the wooden pieces he had for sale are on the website, perhaps he is building up for his own separate side business. I know they have sold quilt racks at the local shop in the past, and they make a great team.

Did I fail to mention that she has put on the quilt show for several years, and although her role has changed for this past show, she still was instrumental in getting the whole thing put together?

A few more things, and I will let you go from talking about this quilt show.

The very first thing I purchased was something that was me but not me.

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These earrings and necklace were made of recycled glass. I don’t tend to wear jewelery, but I found the process of making these fascinating, and I did want to find a way to support the lady who was making these.

The chain is my own, the pendant would work better with a silver chain, but this is what I had available.  Krazy Lady Designs.

She takes glass shards of discarded glass, lays them together in interesting ways, and then fires the pieces in a kiln and some of them turn out, and some of them don’t go exactly the way one would expect.

I love the teal and the purple combo.  And even if I don’t keep them, I can always gift these for one of my nieces.

The next picture to show is the beautiful hand dyed stuff!

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I talked to this lady a really long time about how she dyes, and her hand dyes, she does a little snow dyes, over dyes, and the whole process. She uses Procion dyes, and she has devised a way to get the gradation of the same color by taking the dye and diluting it, and then putting the next one in, and diluting it a little more. I think she said like half each time usually.

She had some wonderful textured pieces, and I liked these since they were a simple over dye. She has been doing this 10 years and I asked her if after setting up her business she has gotten tired of doing all the dying, and she’s STILL excited to do it, and keeps experimenting with things she is working on.

She came from the other side of KC, and she may have brought some of her friends with her, because I heard some people from the Missouri side attended the show.  I wish I could have bought more from her, her gradations were delightful!

Lastly, I think I’ll share with you my 2nd salt seller pincushion.

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This goofy fabric kept calling me back and calling me back, so I told her that I KNEW I had to have it.  She described how she made a yoyo like shape and then stuffed it, and she has gotten good at figuring out exactly how much will stuff the little pincushion well.  And then runs a little bit of glue around the edges to keep it all in place after putting the button on the top.

She had some other really cute pincushions for sale, some were in tea cups, and a couple in little glass birds.  It was fun to see all the combinations, and she enjoys making the little pins that compliment the piece.

And I didn’t buy one, but I kept talking to the guy who runs Stitches and Glass. I talked to them about how Sandi from Quilt Cabana Corner bought a featherweight from them, and they rightly remembered it was just before a storm coming (before hurricane Sandy).

I was interested to know how much business they got at quilt shows as probably not many people would be there to buy featherweights, but they find it important name recognition. I found it wonderful that someone close by has interacted with someone that I knew across one half of the country.

They were excited to give / sell? a machine to a lady who was traveling to Africa for some kind of mission work to help women in poverty through sewing. At least that’s the part of the story I remember anyway.

Okay, well, I have been doing a little bit of cleaning & little bit of sewing, and so next post will finally not be about the quilt show.  Hope you enjoyed learning about some of our wonderful vendors, and the rest of the show!

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31.5 My quilts that I put up in the show specifically

July 26, 2013

If you are a normal reader of my blog, you may recognize one, two, or even three of these quilts. Here they are.

Most were in the “smallest” quilt category, competing against themselves for viewer’s choice. And they’re pretty much all wallhangings.

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First the most obscure quilt I’ve done. I called it “irregular ice” and it’s pretty much a table runner with a strange shape. But I think it’s the shape that makes this quilt cool. 

Ice to remind me of cold.

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I was so glad they put the two Fibonacci quilts next to each other so they could be buddies. 

The only comment I got was on the feathers the one quilter who always wins awards and stuff said she liked my feathers.

I like the juxtaposition of the two differences together, one with lots of quilting one with a lot less, and the change of the borders to see how different that is with the same center fabrics.

These quilts make me feel like an “artist”.

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I have a small story to show and share later about this quilt, but here it is as it was hanging in the show (it’s changed since then a week or two ago).

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Third quilt I ever done. I love this quilt, this baltimore album quilt (Mimi Dietrich) that is the first headlong plunge directly into the world of hand applique.  Whee.

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I think that the Dancing Ribbons quilt has been talked about and shared a lot on this blog, but then again, a large portion of it was done during last spring & summer (2012). The hanger fell off my door and so currently need to rehang this quilt.

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I figured out a lot of things that I hid in this quilt.  I made a list and asked the questions on the description page to the quilt viewers.  This was placed a tiny bit high so I don’t know if a lot of people read this description or tried to find all the things.

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I loved getting a chance to see the back of my Exothermic Wonders quilt. Love the freeform piecing of this section with the quilt leftovers.

And of course, you gotta see the front side too which is now the center picture on my ipod.

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Which is the largest quilt to date I’ve ever ever done.  And LOTS of work.

Well I hope you enjoyed the quilt show that we had.  Feel free to pin back to the posts about the show.

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31.4 From the quilt show’s featured quilter

July 25, 2013

Many many decades of work went into these quilts and the skill of the woman who made these quilts.

She shows up at a lot of guild meetings, has had cancer, has been looking very good lately, and was glad to be able to feature her quilts in our show.

I personally may not be the most likely pairing of our featured quilter, but I admire all she’s done for the guild in the past and it’s just so nice to see her and talk to her at times.

In all these years she still volunteers to work on other people’s bindings, and she still excels at embroidery, does hand quilting, and last year had the best folded fabric quilts.

Her love of fabric and quilts is amazing and she had 20 quilts in the show, and I’ll show you some of her range.

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This was the most “Darla like” quilt of any she has done. You have the bargello and the applique, and this is just nice.

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This one she was telling someone is her favorite quilt.

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Some nice stitching and embroidery here. Bluework.

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Soft embroidery here.

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Love these baskets. Beautiful!

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Cute pumpkins for something different.

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Simple, small piecing.

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Super sized center with alternating on point and normal set embroidery blocks. Done in beautiful redwork.

It’s been amazing getting to know Arlene over the years and I am glad to see what she does and brings to all of us! Smiles all the time. 🙂

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31.3 Some of the Larger Quilts

July 24, 2013

There were less quilts in this section, so I will show you a larger portion of these quilts.

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This was a LOT of piecing, a LOT of applique, and I saw it at several retreats and up on the wall a lot while the quilter was working toward finishing this quilt.

 

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A cute little fall quilt.

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And cute little winter quilt.

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Night flight. I sat across from the quilter who was making this during the retreat where she was piecing these. She had every 10 blocks finished safety pinned together and that is still a lot of safety pins!

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Minglewood done in Christmas colors.

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Minglewood in ‘light brights’.

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This is a cute little quilt. Look at all the pretty sashing, in addition to all the piecing!

Next, I should show you the featured quilters applique quilts, and then finally my quilts.  Stay tuned. Lots in this virtual quilt show.

 

 

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31.2 Smaller Quilts from the 2013 show part B

July 23, 2013

Keeping on showing the smaller quilts from the local quilt show.

 

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The lady who made this quilt was sad that this was her only entry into the show.  But I like all the tiny pieces that she does really well!  And again applique on the top!

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There’s something zen about these japanese fabrics and birds, and sashing and lanterns. Very cool.

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Another one of those quilts that shows self expression! Love this cute little quilt and what it represents!

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This quilt is a nice clean looking quilt in some of my favorite colors!

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Lots of patriotic applique here.

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Whole cloth style twilling embroidery.

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Lovely little birds and quilt shape. Looks like it could fit above a door or desk or other area and just bring a simle to your face from an unexpected place.

Next post I am going to hit you with will show a few of the larger quilts that were put on the edges of the show.