Posts Tagged ‘Quilts’


31.0 Quilt show middle sized quilts, part two

July 21, 2013

Last weekend we had our quilt show and I am finally starting to get pictures transferred from my computer to the internets.

I think I took over 300 pictures, so this big task has been looming over my head for a while.

So I’ve been hanging out and quilting instead.  But as the quilt show post is the first ‘blog post UFO’ I’ll work through some of those pictures first.

We had 3 major categories of quilts, small quilts, twin quilts, and queen/king quilts.  All determined by size. I’m going to start off with pictures of the middle sized quilts as they were first to be photographed.

Well at least the ones that got in on that side of the show. There were a few smaller and larger quilts thrown into this section of the show.315

First is the DWR (Double Wedding Ring Quilt). Applique is not a stranger to members of this guild and adds to this quilt quite a lot. Done by the guild president.


I liked this quilt, it is funky colors. And triangles. Lots of triangles. Half Square Triangles.


This quilt is by our quilt show coordinator most years and designer. This quilt has been seen in the local quilt shop before. She probably has a pattern for this quilt.


This is just amazing amount of piecing and work. This was part of a two and a half year project and/or class/and or BOM (I wasn’t part of it) and there are several ladies who tackled this pattern. The name escapes me right now, but I do remember it’s not Dear Jane, but one of the other ones like it.


This quilt is a paper pieced version of a BOM that I wanted to do in dark blues.  I have loved this pattern for years. Somehow I think this was hung such that I couldn’t get the full quilt in the picture sadly.


I have always liked the “Priscilla style” blocks in EQ and love the edging on this very modern looking quilt. This was one that we folded in order to binder clip the quilt to the backside. I hope this quilt survived the fold okay after it was taken down (didn’t see, too much else going on).


Love the subtle blues and browns in this quilt.


Someone’s little owls!


Not my colors in particular, but it was one of the guild pass around Pizza Box blocks and I made two of the blocks for this little guy! Turned out great with the sashing!


I like the mountain feeling this quilt gives!


Wild colors, and the black spirograph fabric is wonderful!


This was one of our minglewoods. I think this was another BOM and/or class as this quilt was done in several colors throughout the year.

I hope you enjoyed part 2 of the quilt show. I will try to get parts 3 & 4 & 5 done sooner, but some of it depends on upload speeds & my patience.


30.9 So we had a local quilt show Part 1, the hiccups and setup

July 17, 2013

We had our local quilt show, and as one of the “young-uns” (20-30% of the <40 group set or so) I took off 3 days of work to help with the show in all the forms I could think of to help out.

Prior to the show I was SOOOO BUSY!

One of the days was “catch up on all my projects day” where I put in movie after movie, and hand sewed sleeves down (I did 3 running stitches in the sleeves across the length of my quilt).

I also measured fabric to give away for the garage sale (which did much better than the silent auction pieces as a whole).

Problem is I pretended I was still in college and parked myself on the floor and watched the movies, working on the floor, and by the end of the day on my ‘rest day’ my back was hurting – don’t do that, I wasn’t thinking right.

quilt show auction quilt

I also got the binding hand sewed, the two sleeves hand sewed to the auction quilt, hand sewed the label for the auction quilt, safety pinned the labels to the rest of my quilts, wrote up the descriptions for each quilt, embellished the little star quilt a lot with iron on pieces, bought fruit, cut up fruit, found my tripod, probably a few other things as well.

That was all done on my catch up day and catch up week. Before the show.

During and before the show on the set up day & beyond – the Hiccups

And then during the show set up there was the usual, tables, chairs, vendor spaces, quilts to check in. I had no participation in the racks and the setting up there, but a few friends & family of the guild came and worked to get the racks set up early in the day (usually doing that from 6-7 with 4H help, but this year participation was a little down)

setting up racks and vendors

Our quilt show is held in the gym of a middle school which is found on the lower level from the ground floor. So every trip to go down to the show itself was walking up and/or down the stairs, or occasionally taking the elevator with carts and such.

There were a few hiccups in the show.

One vendor didn’t pre-order tables and showed up w/o and they got it straightened out eventually.

garage sale items

There was sandblasting in the hallways & rooms adjacent to the elevator and there was rumor that we weren’t going to be allowed to use the elevator at all for the first day, which meant we didn’t put out signs to go to the elevator. We did decide to keep the door leading to the elevator locked for that first day and to unlock it when someone who needed the elevator would need to attend the show, but it wasn’t widely publicized due to the sandblasting going on.  It was an okay solution, but unfortunate that the timing was such that it happened on the same weekend.  Saturday it was less of a deal and the doors were left unlocked.

We tried a new show set up that instead of every quilt needing sleeves, we tried using binder clips and clipping together two quilts at once that were similar in size.

arlenes quilts

But we were unpracticed at this, and decided next time that we needed to receive the quilts in the lower area (all the binding and clipping and sorting was done in the hallway upstairs with limited space to put the quilts), our arms dangling in the air holding back-to-back two quilts, trying to fold them all up trying not to drag them on the floor too much. And then I would run downstairs with 2-3 quilt groups in my hands. At least for a while. I was exhausted.

We figured out a better strategy for next year and I hope we remember this then.

arlenes quilts in the middle

And the featured quilter who has many of her quilts in the show from years past, a show tradition of ours, she did not have a special tag for her quilts compared to the other quilts, and so her quilts were put into the viewers choice along with the others. Which is okay, but maybe they’ve already had a chance to win at other shows??? Perhaps a different type of tag for the featured quilter would have been more special & appropriate, showing to the community that these quilts were specifically set apart from the others, to honor her more, and to keep more recent quilts in the show being judged against each other??? Just a few thoughts on that.

arlene in front of one of her quilts

A few ladies had some health issues that kept them from being able to participate when they originally planned, (they came later) and a couple of no-shows (scheduling or other conflicts), but a couple of “how can I help you’s”, and “let me help you with that’s” happened as well.

And we really needed to reorganize our viewers choice categories.  We had twice as many small quilts as we had other sized quilts, and so there were like 65 quilts competing against each other in that category compared to 30 competing in the other two categories.

Three personal hiccups

One was a little disorganization on my part not having a calculator the first hour I was working the garage sale, and for the life of me I couldn’t add or keep count.

Two was when I had only half the “still pictures” of the quilts taken with my tripod & point & shoot camera on the first day, and then I did NOT proceed to charge my camera battery between day 1 and day 2 of the show, and before I knew it on the 2nd day battery was low, so I ran home for my charger to get the last 12 pictures taken later in the day.

And the very last hiccup was  last 15 minutes of the show when I was trying to take pictures of my personal quilts set against the plain black sheet background sheets. The earlier pictures were done with all the “quilt tags & descriptions” on the quilts, and before I left, I was personally taking the tags off, getting a nice centered picture, and then putting the tag back on.


I was on my very last picture, the Don’t Panic quilt, and somehow when I took the tag off, it pulled the top of the sheet a little bit, which removed the binder clip a little bit. I tried to move the sheet some more to fix the issue, and then I heard, “snap, snap, snap, snap’ and before I knew it both sheets back to back were on the gym floor, including all the mini quilts (most of which were mine actually). Luckily the show was 5 minutes from being done, so I was able to speed up the ‘quilts coming down’ process on those 10 quilts or so.


Well I know I don’t have a ton of “full on” pictures here (this part of the post), but I wanted to share the setup stuff that happened about a week ago or so.  Then I’ll pick & chose more pictures from the show to share with you in later posts. It took about a half hour to transfer all 350 pictures from my camera (no wonder I ran out of batteries!) Bye for now!


30.6 SQ Ep Post March A Long 2013 and Foundation Paper Piecing general tips

May 4, 2013

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It’s finally out, the post March A long Report, plus some discussion of my projects, a tiny bit of paper piecing advice in addition to the project.

*quick warning, I play with the mic stand in this episode – not terribly loud, but occasionally distracting. whoops. not taking this out of the audio.*

During the month of March, we try to quilt for 15 minutes, building our ‘quilting muscles’.

If you listen to the podcast, the first 20 minutes or so I recap some of the achievements we accomplished in the month of March. Here are the links to the past March A Long posts where people reported their progress.

You did it!  So did I! Congrats to everyone who worked toward this wonderful hobby.

AJ Dub of Harriet Homemaker Strikes Again wins the giveaway for the March A Long as decided by

I am currently listening to the Ender’s Series on Audible by Orson Scott Card through audible. There are many books to listen to, the story is science fiction, also somewhat political (one story arc), some are older books, some are newer –  great audio drama due to multiple people reading the story!

I am working on my Quilters Healthy Choices #QHC by doing more exercise in the last 5 months than the previous number of years combined.

I recently went to a local arboretum. Beauty for ‘early spring’.

arboretum april 2013

Then I discuss about how I work on paper piecing. I really mean foundation piecing. Some tips below:

  • I glue the first piece down.
  • I cut my strips into sizes that I may try to use later, such as 5″ by width of fabric, 3.5″ inch strips by width of fabric. Especially when I am deciding the size needed for the rest of the pattern.
  • I don’t trim off the quarter inch or eighth of an inch in between seams. Unless there is a seam ending in the middle somewhere. Or unless you plan ultra bulky amount of quilting on the piece.
  • I prefold my paper before sewing. And I prefold all the way down the length of the paper.
  • After I fold the pattern, the piece that I am going to fill up next has to match up with the fabric behind or it won’t fit very well. This eliminates the need to have an “extra large” piece of fabric that all gets cut off and discarded. (see picture below)
  • Make decisions that make sense for you to help you stay organized. Do things that may help you out in the long run. Always put the dark fabric in a specific place if it doesn’t matter to the design.
  • Make one copy of one block before moving on to chain piecing or cutting all of them, you may save on fabric if you try out something first.
  • I pin down the other side of longer seams to help it stay in place, but I don’t pin the whole seam unless I fear it shifting around too much.
  • Carol Doak’s paper piecing is wonderful, use it for times when you have either intricate or small patterns when pulling out paper will be a pain in the bu*t later.  Regular paper also works okay.

how to measure for paper piecing

pin one long seam graph paper of all kinds, shapes, & sizes. You print off what you need in handy 8.5 X 11 pieces, downloads to PDF files.

Craftsy paper piece design for Hexadaisy.

The love it / hate it / love it / hate it block for the hexadaisy with stripes.

outer rings purple

I bugged about everyone I knew online to see what they liked better, but shows my decision in making the design. I picked the 5th option not shown below – combines the left half with the right half of the mosaic below – which was always intended (some people didn’t know that).

hexadaisy choice mosaic

I ultimately decided (finally) to use grey swirls instead. I love the stripes and striped pattern will work on it’s own in a different quilt. But NOW the stripes are gone for this project as they were TOO DEMANDING of my attention.

swirly grey centers

The version is going to the quilt guild auction in July. When it’s quilted.

small hexadaisy top for auction

A completely random couple of notes tacked on.

Be careful at a quilt show in case of emergency. See if your quilt guild has insurance in case expensive sewing machines become damaged.  A guild close to mine had a problem at a local show recently.

Also don’t forget to finish making blocks for other quilters if you signed up to do them.


28.7 Getting Star Struck

November 25, 2012

A month (or two?) ago my cousin asked if I would like to do a baby quilt (not for her, but for her daughter). I said sure, and then proceeded to forget / put off deciding to do it for at least another month.  I had thought maybe I would, but how would I charge, would I charge, precedent is set, all these questions & many more froze me to my path.

So I avoided it.

Not a great strategy of dealing with things, I know, but one I am most familiar with.

So I was asked a week ago if I was still up for doing it, and so I rummaged around looking for jelly roll patterns, happened on Quiltville (OK I know about quiltville, I have KNOWN about quiltville for quite some time now) and I happened to see a quilt or two that struck my fancy.

Made some decisions. Finally.

So I proceeded to message rapidly & rabidly my indecision, my possible solutions. A day or so later, she told me that her daughter really liked black & brights a lot, which was one of my favorite quilt options that I really liked that I would be happy with a quilt like this, even if things didn’t work out for the baby quilt.

Cuz was cool, telling me she didn’t want to cause me stress, and if it happened, great, if not, then I’d be getting something I really liked out of this ordeal (and even so, will be making blocks for myself for this quilt anyway).

The quilt I saw was “Star Struck“. In the dark & brights version. Less scrappy than bonnies traditional scrappy quilts, but scrappy none-the-less.

And the blocks are easy. I’ve made the sub blocks for 11 of them and just started sewing them the last 2 days.

Now I know to get the 4 subblocks sewn (not together yet), it takes me just under 10 minutes and 30 seconds!

So you wanna see?

If you want to learn how to make the blocks, head over to Bonnie Hunter’s site to see her progress and get the steps on how to make them. Her tutorial is easy to follow.

Here’s my first 2 blocks. Oh so fun!

And I love the secondary pattern that shows up in the end. So satisfying. And cheery!

But due to the pinked edges, I don’t think the baby will see many sharp points on this quilt.

But sharp objects are bad for babies anyway.

I neglected a whole bunch of things today to work on this. So rapid progress made so far may come to a grinding halt this coming week with work, cooking, shopping for groceries, playing video games and / or billiards.  So we’ll see how much of this gets done beyond today.

It feels better getting things done toward this quilt, even if things don’t work out with the commission. (price doesn’t seem right, baby hates the quilt, mommy hates the quilt, baby is 25 before getting the quilt made, ya know, baby is opposed to triangles, or is allergic to triangles, baby cannot stand the randomness, or detests rotational symmetry, – ya know the regular things that could cause this to go wrong).


25.7 Some Pictures from MQS

May 24, 2012

None of these quilts are mine.

I put these quilts together in groupings that may or may not have been grouped this way at MQS.

Remember that MQS is Machine Quilter’s Showcase, so the machine quilting on these quilts are amazing!

The first slideshow is a grouping of geometric quilts.

Then I put together a slide show of traditional based quilts.

Then I had a slideshow of whole cloth and embroidery quilts (no applique that I can see)

And I noticed several quilts were storm at sea quilts.

And the theme of Under The Sea quilts were shown in these quilts or inspired by them.

There are more, but this is what I have done currently. Enjoy the machine quilting and designs!


23.0 Mathematics and German

February 20, 2012

I really really want to do this pattern that I found from a link off of a link to a site in Germany. At least the website is German and also English. And the pattern is also in English.

I’ve never bought a pattern overseas before, but this would be totally worth it. But I’ve also never really used a quilt pattern before either. Not fully anyway.

The quilt that was created was located here, and I could buy the pattern here.

And I was thinking that the part that scares me the most is the buying something overseas, but I really shouldn’t worry that much, I assume it happens all the time.

I also would be taking a while to match my colors I think.

But I would be totally stoked in making this design!

Stellated icosidodekahedron

If you’re reading this when it posts, I’ll be up the road at a retreat, thinking about/sewing on my own quilts!


18.3 SQ Episode 029 – Angles in Quilting: Part B Quadrilaterals

August 13, 2011

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Now we’re looking at 4 sided figures in quilting – Quadrilaterals!

We have lots of kinds of Quadrilaterals from geometry class

Prallelogram Family

  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Rhombus
    • Diamonds!
  • Parallelograms

Other Quads

  • Kite
  • Trapezoid
    • isocelese trapezoid
    • regular trapezoid
  • Random Shaped Quadrilaterals


  • all 90 degree angles
  • all equal sides
  • vertical, horizontal and diagonal symmetry
  • is a rectangle
  • is a rhombus
  • is a parallelogram
  • usually no bias edges


  • all 90 degree angles
  • opposite sides are equal length
  • opposite sides are parallel
  • vertical & horizontal symmetry
  • is a paralellogram
  • usually no bias edges

(green is squares, yellow is rectangles)


  • all equal sides
  • opposite sides are parallel
  • diagonal symmetry
  • is a parallelogram
  • potentially some bias on 2 sides usually
  • quilters call these diamonds


  • opposite sides are equal length
  • opposite sides are parallel
  • no symmetry necessarily unless special case above
  • potentially some bias on 2 sides usually


  • adjacent sides are equal length
  • opposite angles are equal
  • diagonal symmetry one direction
  • lots of bias edges
  • one definition could make a kite = a rhombus
  • one definition says that the shorter length does not equal the longer length

(dark red = parallelogram, pink = rhombus(diamond), blue = kite)


  • one set of opposite sides are parallel
  • no particular symmetry
  • cut a corner off a rectangle or square
  • created from strip sets

Isosceles Trapezoid

  • adjacent angles are equal to each other
  • one set of opposite sides are equal length
  • symmetry along one axis
  • created from strip sets and/or isosceles triangles

(trapezoid = black, both isosceles and regular)

Four sided quilt patches are everywhere!

Crossing the Streams is ‘BAD’.


If you like exploring 2D figures, and you like books, and you like podcasts, check out Flatland on CraftLit.


Ecosystem notebook from Barnes N Noble

A4 sized Grid notebook



(This is funny too, not in episode)


Mevio’s Music Alley


17.9 SQ Episosde 028 – Angles in Quilting: Part A Triangles

July 31, 2011

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It’s All about Triangles & Quilting!

We pay homage to one of the cornerstones of quilting – the lowly triangle!

Three sides, three angles, three major descriptions of triangles.

1. Scalene triangle

  • 3 different length sides
  • 3 different sized angles
  • typically used in setting triangles
  • easier to paper piece
  • no lines of symmetry – cannot accidentally flip the block over to fix a mistake
  • can be a right triangle (one angle = 90 degrees)
  • typical triangle found in math class 30, 60, 90
  • can be called half rectangle triangles in quilting

Found in:

  • tilted blocks (as setting triangles)
  • wonky blocks
  • mariner’s compass blocks
  • palm blocks
  • birds of paradise blocks

Eye searing pink blocks are just SOME examples of scalene triangles in these blocks.

2.  Isosceles traingle

  • 2 equal length sides
  • 2 equally sized angles
  • most commonly found in quilting
  • Half Square Triangle – HST
  • Quarter Square Triangle – QST
  • one line of symmetry, flip around the ‘odd’ angle
  • can be a right triangle (HST, QST, flying geese)
  • how you cut could have one bias edge (the hypotenuse) or two (the shorter legs)
  • typical triangle found in math class 45, 45, 90
  • triangle with an acute ‘odd angle’ – kaleidoscope block

Found in:

  • pinwheel
  • broken dishes
  • flying geese
  • ohio star
  • hourglass
  • square in a square
  • friendship star
  • spool
  • maple leaf
  • kalidescope …..

Look for the black triangle to see some of the isosceles triangles in these quilt blocks (there’s many many more)

3. Equalateral triangle

  • 3 sides equal length
  • 3 equally sized angles
  • least commonly found in quilting
  • 6 triangles can make a hexagon block
  • all angles are 60 degrees –  no exceptions
  • 3 angles of symmetry, flip around any angle
  • guaranteed to have 2 sides of bias edges

Found in:

  • thousand pyramid blocks
  • chevron designs
  • strip pieced hexagons
  • tumbling blocks
  • bordered thousand pyramid blocks


Look at the yellow any block to see the equilateral triangle (assuming the image doesn’t get squished somewhere)

Triangle Math Websites:

Home Sewing Front

Working on periodic spiral quilt – mostly basted, now need sewn together

Need an outline behind the spiral for it to stand out from the background

Exothermic quilt – see previous post about my place on this quilt as of a week ago.

Exothermic quilt on point:

Design decisions to make on the exothermic quilt:

  • Borders are GOOD – do NOT fix them
  • On point or not?
  • If so, have to fix coping black/ grey inner border
  • How much more black fabric to buy?
  • Paralllelograms in the middle stay or go?  – it provides good movement, but too much of a distraction??


  • a 5 x 8 sized graph paper notebook for sale?  If so, what brand, where are you finding them, have you seen them online?
  • I would love a notebook this sized to carry around more easily!

A MUST HAVE book for anyone wanting to hand / machine quilt with specific designs:

501 Quilting motifs: Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting from the editors of Quiltmaker Magazine

  • Takes one motif and slightly changes it, multiplies it, rotates and flips it,
  • gives dimensions on block size for motif found in book.
  • looks easy to trace and adapt
  • great resource
  • hardbound
  • spiral inside

If you want to Swap Charm (5 inch) squares, go to this swap on Swap – Bot:

I’m willing to join if there is a good & healthy number of people in the swap!

You have until Sept 2, 2011 to make your decision!


From Mevio’s Music Alley



17.0 Meet my Quilts

July 6, 2011

The following quilts are going into the show this weekend titled with the following names:

Quilt #1:

Challenged by Yellow

28 X 14

I found Judy L’s (Patchwork Times online) monochromatic challenge for the month of January intriguing – Yellow!  Yellow!  Who makes a full yellow quilt?

Challenge is on!

Using Bonnie Hunters (Quiltville) Strip Twist pattern as inspiration, I made the 2 blocks (limited in size by my lack of yellow fabrics) and then found a black and yellow butterfly on my calendar, so I traced and appliqued it onto the top.

Quilt #2:

Make it Sew

6 X 17 X 12

I was inspired to make the style of cover by flossie blossom (on flickr) but wanted a machine cover that had the words “make it sew”.  Make it sew is a play on Start Terk Next Generation Captain Piccard’s famous line “Make it so”  So I added the Star Trek emblem to the front.

I had wanted to complete a spectrum quilt, and on Star Trek they refer to ‘dilithium’ a lot, so the embroidery on the front and back is dilithium – 2 lithium spectra.

The hole in the back is perfect fit for my machine.

Quilt #3:

Homeless Escher Steps in 3D

18 X 16

Pattern from

This is the first quitl I hand pieced which was a breeze.  1-2 sides a day every day after lunch, this took a while to piece, but I enjoyed doing it.

Pattern was absolutely perfect for my round table and then I got rid of the table 2 months after completing this quilt.

Named by blog readers.

Quilt #4:

Tilted Online Friendship (With Tribbles)

37 x 37

This was a swapped block from as the first swap of a group of Quilting podcasters and listeners.  Sandi (Colwell) pieced the tilted 4 patch blocks and I sashed the blocks and added the applique which I designed.

This quilt is my first attempt at quilt-as-you-go technique which caused some issues.

The gold hexagons I call ‘tribbles’ because they were multiplying like crazy for another project.  Even they could not stay away from this quilt.

Quilt #5:

Sunflower Patio Dreams

37 X 39

The leaves and the flower petals were from a pattern called “Delightful Daisies” by Bee Creative Studio which I muiltiplied, created a bud that was opened.

I designed the two flowerpots myself, using one of my flower pots as inspiration.

The birds are from ‘Award Winning Applique Birds’ by Panela Humphries and I envisioned this (quilt scene) as if I was looking out the window on a patio.

After searching online the daisies I made were way more like sunflowers which caused some confusion for a while on the title.

Quilt Auction Quilt:

Tweeting in the Crimson Sunrise

21 x 21

Pattern from Quilters

Otherwise known as “Ouch this hurts my eyes”


Will try to get a podcast around the ‘behind the scenes of a quilt show” by podcasting a little each day the next few days.  The Quilt Show starts Friday at Eudora Middle School and goes through Saturday afternoon.


6.9 Machine Quilter’s Showcase Pictures Part 2

June 9, 2010

… more quilt pictures from Machine Quilter’s Showcase.

7) Quilting depicting far off history. 

A midevil quilt with crests and dragons that has a similar monochromatic feel with tons of detail and contrast.

Some of the detailed quilting that makes this quilt.

High contrast and expressive borders makes me think of Egypt.

Speaking of Egypt, the Book of the Dead quilt depicts wonderful Egyptian writing and pictures.

 8) Getting over my “fear” of using orange.  Orange is the STAR in these quilts which were amazing.

These butterflies were large, you had a sense of being swallowed by them, but it was amazing.

An actual orange star set with aqua.  Also something to consider for color study.

9) Nature quilts that show wonderful scenes

Aztec (or maybe it’s Mayan?) inspired quilt.  Also could be considered a historical quilt.

A wonderful round quilt that makes you think of the desert.

An old and common scene showing the natural wear and tear of a door.  Love it

Detail of some of the bricks!

As a Kansan I am “duty-bound” to love sunflowers, and this offset version with the crazy blue background is amazing.  So picturesque!

This quilt has birds but are fractured, possibly showing movement or something about the artist and how they were feeling, or neither of these ideas.

… you want to see more? …