Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Fall 2014

I entered two quilts into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. I entered Contained Chaos in the Mini Quilt category.

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Click here to get to the voting page. You do not need to be a blogger to vote. Look for this cool quilt and tap the heart to vote for it.

The second quilt is the Floral Pop quilt that I entered in the Small Quilt category.

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Same goes here, click here to get to the voting page and look for this bright and bold quilt and tap the heart to vote for it.

This weekend my quilt guild – the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild – had a sew-in at Kelly’s house. Kelly blogs at My Quilt Infatuation and we all had a great time sewing and chatting. I started on a quilt that I plan to give to a deserving family that my church is adopting for the holidays. It uses the So Sophie line by Riley Blake Designs.

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I made lots and lots of half-square triangles (HSTs) and got about 1/3 of them trimmed before I left. After dinner I began trimming again.

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I love how the browns, mustards, mauves, and blues play so nicely together in this line. I finished all the trimming and had this small bucket of pretty scraps.

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The quilting inspector approves:

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I’ve got a plan on putting them together so I hope it will work like it is in my head.

Be sure you head over the the Blogger’s Quilt festival and vote! I’m heading over right now to choose my favorites in the other categories.

Floral Pop! – Finished

Another finish! And it’s a regular sized quilt! It’s been a while but this one is a Christmas gift and I needed to get it done. The quilt top finish post was made in February. I’ve had it basted since April when I basted the Birds and the Bees quilt. It’s been hanging out in my sewing room awaiting quilting inspiration. And when it hit I just had to finish it. I went with the same wavy quilting that I used on my Contained Chaos mini.

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However, I quilted the quadrants from the outside-in using an ‘L’ shape. And quilted the middle center across end to end with the wavy quilting. I think it turned out really cool and I am super pleased with it.

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The backing combined the original fabric I bought for the back and some of the remaining floral focal fabric with one bold strip down the back.

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I quilted it with this variegated pink thread from Gutterman.

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For the binding I used the remnants of the backing and I love the look it gives.

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The gift recipient will be thrilled! She’s bold and outspoken and this quilt represents her really well. It’s also in her favorite colors.

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I’m entering this one in the Fall 2014 Blogger’s Quilt Festival in the Small Quilt Category. It measures 54×66 and makes it just under the size restrictions. Please vote starting November 1st.

Contained Chaos

I have a finish! It’s another mini but it’s still a finish!
The inspiration for this mini came from the Aurifil September Designer’s Block by Pat Wys. This photo is the one Pat made:

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The block is a combination of Friendship Star and Rail Fence blocks. I thought I could expand it and do it in rainbow colors. I’d been contemplating a rainbow mini for a few months but didn’t know what I wanted to do. So, I pulled up Electric Quilt and put the design that was in my head in the computer. And I loved it! I changed the background and main fabric placements and added a few more design elements. I think that they make this quilt a bit unique. Then I started sorting my scraps.

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Such gorgeous buckets of rainbow goodness! I made scrappy slabs using those sorted scraps. The technique is based off of a tutorial by Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation. I was able to see her scrappy rainbow version in person and was inspired to use her technique.
Scrappy yellow slab:

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The Rail Fence sections are 1 1/2 inch wide strips and the scrappy slabs gave such a cool look to these strips. For the texty background, I used random lengths to create the 1 1/2 inch strips. I wanted to continue that scrappy look and I love the movement it gave to the whole design.

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In my stash, I found these fun choices for the backing – Schoolies, Kids Fit to Print Balloons, and It’s a Party Dots in yellow #shopyourownstash:

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I had to go with those Schoolies dots. It had all the colors that were on the front and matched everything perfectly.

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I decided to quilt around each Friendship Star square and then did some wavy quilting parallel to the diagonal placement of the stars.

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The wavy quilting looks awesome on the back!
Time for the photo bombs of the mini itself:

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It is now hanging up in my sewing room next to my Kitty Mini Quilt. I love how they look together. 🙂

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I’m entering this one in the Mini category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. So, pop on over and place your vote starting November 1st.

Brick by Brick

I recently finished a baby quilt to give to a friend for her cousin. I have never met my friend’s cousin but her story touched my heart.

She is in her late 20s and has a 9 year old son from an old relationship. She is the type that never gets a break – broken home growing up, in and out of relationships with those that don’t deserve her, etc. From what I have heard she is a good person with a good heart. She works full-time at a small town bank and within the last year or 2 she met and married the love of her life. All was right in the world. She was in love and pregnant with her second child. She is currently about 7 1/2 months along. About a month ago her husband committed suicide and left her alone. She’ll have to raise 2 children basically by herself. She has joint custody of her oldest child but now no one to help with the baby.

She has been overly stressed since the incident and the pregnancy may be at risk due to her current emotional state. My friend stated that her cousin had nothing yet for the baby. I felt I should help in some way. I didn’t have any baby stuff in the gift closet – time to restock that, right? So, I decided to make her a quilt for the baby. The doctor has determined that it will be a boy.

I recently purchased some Giraffe Crossing by Riley Blake from #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram and the colors are just perfect for the design I was thinking of.

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Browns, oranges, yellows, muted blues. I mixed it up with some boy-centric fabrics I had in my stash that have dinaosaurs, tools, numbers, and letters. Don’t you just love this chalkboard print?

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I chose a brick pattern using 4 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch bricks and spaced the colors out to make sure I wasn’t doubling up on anything. I backed it with dark brown Minkee and quilted with Stitch-in-the-Ditch. That Minkee is just divine and so soft and cuddly.

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I gave it to my friend to give to her cousin and I hope she is somehow comforted during this horrible time in her life.

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I’m entering this quilt over at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival – small quilt category – so be sure to head over there and vote starting on May 23rd.

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival

I was excited to hear about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. I have decided that I will enter my ‘Steeler’s Baby!’ quilt in the Baby Quilt Category. Be sure to head over there and vote for my quilt starting this Monday, November 28th.
As you may recall, this quilt was one that was decided upon on a Friday and completed on Sunday by dinner. It was a whirlwind of activity that weekend.
I have co-worker that is due next month. I’d been thinking about making her a baby quilt but just never committed to it. She is a huge Pittsburgh Steeler’s fan and I definitely wanted to do something that referenced that love but was not so much ‘in-your-face’ by using Steeler’s fabric. I hit Hobby Lobby – I just love their fabric selection – on the way home from work and found my inspiration fabrics.
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I went home and opened up EQ6 and started designing. That process is in a previous post. Then I started cutting and sewing my little heart out. I couldn’t believe how quickly it went together and I’m glad I made the decision to make it. Her shower is in 2 weeks and I cannot wait for her to receive it.

Steeler's Baby!

Steeler’s Baby!

One part of the Festival allows me an entry to win a new BabyLock sewing machine. I can really use that so I can get access to more embroidery stitches to use when quilting. Very exciting!