Posts Tagged ‘Quilts’


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.


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.



A cute little fall quilt.


And cute little winter quilt.


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!


Minglewood done in Christmas colors.


Minglewood in ‘light brights’.


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.




31.2 Smaller Quilts from the 2013 show part B

July 23, 2013

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


218Look at all these feathered stars! 🙂



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!


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


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


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


Lots of patriotic applique here.


Whole cloth style twilling embroidery.



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.



31.1 Quilt Show 2013 smaller sized quilts took over

July 22, 2013

The tiny quilts really took over the show with twice as many as any other quilts.  Size of small quilts went up to 57″ so my tiny ones were right up there next to some larger lap sized quilts.

These are some of the other members’ quilts that I liked.


Beautiful whole cloth quilt and you can see what looks to me like ruler work in the center blocks.  And they sashed it, and added feathers.


This quilt is part of a quilt kit that highlights twilling, the knotted embroidery stitch that is so popular here. Love this quilter’s work, that takes a lot of time to twill that much.  And the gradation fabric!


Funky jewely applique. How cute.


Now I know who’s quilt this is. I love the addition of some photographed blocks. On instinct I knew it was important when posting originally (this is a little bit edited a few days later), but the impact of this quilt fort he recipient and for the quilter is amazing. I wish I had time to really look at this quilt in person at the show.  Luckily the quilter who made this has a blog, and I would love to direct you to read her story about this quiltThis is the latest about this quilt, a little bit sad (3rd paragraph in).

What a memory!


Actually, this is an older picture of our featured quilter. This little wallhanging is framed and embroidered celebrating a very special anniversary, done by her daughter who is part owner of the local quilt shop.


Because I’ve seen this a lot, I keep thinking this quilt is older than it really is. This quilt is whole-cloth-style but is actually twilling and the quilting is amazing on it too. There is a subtle “low volume-ness” to this quilt.


I think this was a round robin quilt with the applique society. We saw it come together at a retreat I believe. So Cute!

Well I do have other small quilts, but I am breaking them up into another blog post. Hope you’ve enjoyed the virtual quilt show so far. Stay tuned.


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

podcast feed

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).