Guild Quilt Show

Our quilt guild’s bi-annual show was this past Friday night and Saturday (October 17 and 18, 2014).  I was once again on the committee that hung the quilts.  We were very organized this year and had the quilts hung in record time.

I was also doing demos again this year. Unlike some other quilt shows, our guild does not just do demos at specific times during the show.  Our demos are on-going through the whole show.  This means that the people that are doing the demos are doing lots and lots of talking.  :)  There were four of us doing demos this year.  We had the most perfect spot with perfect lighting against this bank of windows.

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This was my home for a day and a half while I demonstrated how to make string/crumb blocks using a stabilizer.  I use used color catchers as my foundation, but any other stabilizer product such as muslin or paper could be used.  If you use paper, you will have to remove the paper before quilting your quilt.  This is one reason why I use the color catchers–there is nothing to remove; the color catcher is not removed and stays in the quilt.  Granted the quilt is a bit heavier because of the additional layer.

The woman doing demos beside me was demonstrating another technique for using up scraps–making those fabric wrapped bowls that are so popular now.  We were very complimentary to one another with our demos as we were both showing how to use up scraps that some people put would put in the trash.

The quilts that I entered in this year’s show were:

~Yin and Yang

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~Mexican Tiles

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~The Pumpkin Patch

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~Christmas Corners

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~Home is the Best Place to Bee

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And lastly, my entry into the challenge for this year’s show; Roses are Red, Violets are Blue.

DSC_0872I was very tired by the time I got home after quilt show take down last night.  …but ask me in two years if I am ready to do this again and my response will be a definite, Yes!!!

 

“Fast Food” Table Runner for Easter

I have been slowly working on a stack of UFO’s that need to be quilted.  This weekend’s finish was this Easter table runner.  The pattern is a Terry Atkinson design called, Fast Food.  The pattern is very simple–making use of a stripe that does all the work.

This table topper has been sitting for at least 2 years waiting for me to have the opportunity to quilt it. The Quilt Show was broadcasting their shows for free this weekend.  So while Ricky and Alex talked; I quilted.

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This is a close up of the fabrics and the quilting.  I quilted in the ditch around the blocks and then went up and down each yellow stripe.  I love the dense quilting!Fast Food Easter Table Runner_Atkinson Designs_March 23, 2014 (4)-Optimized

 

Hawaiian Slide Show – Now a Flimsy

DSC_0494I finished my Hawaiian Slide Show quilt to the flimsy stage.  This is a queen size quilt.  It is too large to get the whole quilt in one shot indoors, so here are a couple of shots of it laying across the roller of the long arm.

The quilt pattern is from my favorite designer, Terry Atkinson and it is called Slide Show.

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My design wall is now empty so I have room to play with the layout of the next project.

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While in New Mexico last year, I purchased a yard of this Robert Kaufman print that depicts the jewellery that is so popular in the Southwest.

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I used this fabric to make some table toppers for my mother’s birthday on March 14.  I kept making projects until I ran out of this print.

First up is a hexagon-shaped table topper made from the Atkinson Designs pattern, Happy Holidays.

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The runner at the top of the next picture was from a place mat idea I had seen somewhere on the Internet.  I didn’t like this piece as a place mat so I cut the bottom off of it and added some extra strips to the end and made it into a runner.

The square smaller topper was from a pattern from Designs to Share With You called, It’s Fast, It’s Easy.

The small zipped bag was made from the leftover bits and was assembled in a quilt as you go fashion.

Happy Birthday Mom_2_2013This last table topper was made from another Atkinson Designs pattern called, Waffle Time. Happy Birthday Mom_3_2013

Happy Birthday Mom!

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Hawaii Slide Show

This is the newest quilt that I am working on.  This year, I wanted to focus on making the quilts that I was dreaming about making when I was on vacations and buying all the great fabrics that would later remind me of the places that I had visited.  I rarely buy the traditional tourist souvenirs when on vacation.  I now look for fabrics that invoke memories of the place  I am visiting.

My husband and I cruised to Hawaii in the fall of 2010.  While visiting the Islands I collected cotton fabrics that reminded me of the thousands of Hawaiian shirts I saw people wearing.

This is what I have assembled so far on my design wall.  The quilt will be queen size (90″ x 102″) when I am finished.  The pattern calls for cutting 2 of the large 8 in x 8 in squares from 21 different fabrics for a total of 42 squares.  This photo shows the first 21 squares and their sashing.

DSC_0292This pattern is from Terry Atkinson’s line of patterns and is called, Slide Show. atk138My quilt will finish with a border of blue batik with a white hibiscus flower on it.  I searched for a blue fabric the colour of the ocean for the border to remind me of the endless blue ocean we sailed across for 5 days before we came to the Islands.  Five days of sailing on open water with nothing to see but sky and water is worthy of a memory in this quilt!  :)