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Getting Ready for Quilt Show!

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Sail Into Quilting – The Lake Norman Quilters’ quilt show is

August 11 and 12 in Mooresville, NC.

Go to the link for location, hours and a $1.00 coupon. There are many amazing quilters in this guild and it will be worth the trip! There will also be vendors, raffles, gift shop and more!

Fortunately, I’ve had my entries finished which sure beats being under pressure at the last minute! There was, however, some final prep. All entries needed to be labeled and then the labels covered so that the judges cannot see them. After judging, the covers are removed. I laid out each entry on my big cutting table and carefully went over them looking for any missed threads. Truly, that can ruin an entry in the judge’s eyes. I then go over both sides with a lint roller and I do so furiously. We have a cat, and I don’t want even one cat hair on an entry. I then put them all in a guest bedroom safe and sound. Our cat is not allowed in the bedroom wing of the house and a shut door insures that he won’t sneak in there.

Burst of Color heARTscreations.com (Medium)

My last finish was my postage stamp quilt, “Burst of Color” using Kaffe fabrics and a neutral batik. I think this wall hanging is pretty, (and yes, the quilting a bit wonky) and hope I can find a place to hang it in my home. Where to put all my finishes is becoming a challenge! I’m going to have to begin to change out my wall hangings with the beginning of each season. 

Burst of Color border heARTsCreations.com (Medium)

Today was the judging part of the show which is always so interesting. Sorry, I cannot divulge results – winners will be officially announced Thursday night. Heavens, if I were a judge, I’d need to give out lots more ribbons – the members of this guild just blow me away with their talent!

Burst of Color 2 heARTscreations.com (Medium)

I have seven entries this year. I only entered my favorite finishes, not believing they are contenders, but I love to show what I love.  I’ll be at the Quilt & Sew-In table, so if you come, please stop by and say “Hello.”

A Quilt for Love

Heart Quilt 2 heARTsCreations.com

A couple we are quite fond of are getting married this fall and I was so excited to make them a quilt. Did you get that – they are getting married this October and the quilt is done!! Not only did I really want to make them a quilt, but I was excited about the design I chose and the colors to go with their décor.

There were quite a few gray fabrics in my stash and I had fun picking out several more. The oranges were a little more challenging. I didn’t want a “Halloween orange,” but more of a tangerine orange. These colors are out of my usual range, but I knew it went with their décor and I love the result!

Heart quilt heARTsCreations.com

It was a lot of half square triangles, so I took a shortcut. I cut triangles on my Sizzix. The fabric had been starched so I didn’t worry about stretching on the bias. It was so much easier than putting two squares together, marking a line and then sewing two seams. It worked perfectly!

            I’m planning to see the couple soon to gift this quilt to them, and my hope is that this quilt adds warmth to their lives together.

 

Fun with Curves Challenge!

 

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Curvalicious Quilts (Medium)

Whew – posting this with only hours to spare! Haven’t missed an Island Batik Ambassador Challenge deadline yet, and don’t want to find out what happens if I do!

June’s challenge is curved piecing. My sofa has been crying out for a quilted pillow, so here was my chance. I chose brown and gold. One half is a checkerboard and the other side is curved piecing.

Laying one piece on top of another, gentle curves were cut, pulled apart, the two to be pieced marked, pinned, then pieced. If the curves are not too deep, the piecing is easy and smooth and I love the results.

On the checkered side, I chose a curved quilting stitch to help play into the theme. On the curved side and around the border, I chose to use my Sashiko machine and sew the simple yet elegant Sashiko stitch.

Curved quilting on squares

Sashiko quilting

SASHIKO Stitching

 

 

Full pillow cover

Confession: technically it is not completely finished – it needs a pillow form. Next trip out I promise – can’t wait to see it on the sofa!

For more Island Batik Ambassador Curved projects, please check out the links here.

Modern Batik Challenge

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

For May, we were challenged with a Modern Batik quilt. My first choice was to do a small wall hanging – I find those a little easier for modern than a larger quilt, but then I decided it was time to break out of the mold and go bold so I chose to do a small lap quilt.

Modern Batik

I went through all my yummy Island Batiks and chose blues and greens, various neutrals for the top portion and a neutral for the section out of the main square. I love this color palette and doesn’t that make sewing them together that much more fun? This quilt is made up of all five inch squares set on point. I did do a pencil sketch, but somehow when the squares were on the design board, I was not happy. What to do? I had them all cut. Then a funny thing happened. I sat on the sofa on the other side of the room and looked over at the design wall and it appeared totally different than when I looked at it straight on! I liked it! Whew!!

Modern Batik

Lots of piecing and then straight line quilting. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many stitches are in the quilting? Then again…maybe not! I used Aurifil 2311 (neutral) for the piecing and Fantastico 5166 for the quilting – both a dream to work with.

Modern Batik 2

Be sure to check out all the Modern Batik creations by the Island Batik Ambassadors here.

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