Friday, June 28, 2019

Round Robin Kick Off

Our guild meeting was Monday, which was the exchange day for a Round Robin. That's a quilt group event in which each participant adds a round to a quilt, then passes it to the next person for them to add a round. Yes please - count me in!

So, today, I'm sharing the center for the start of my quilt, a printed chicken panel I picked up at our guild's fabric sales.


chicken panel for round robin


I think the original intent for this chicken was a pillow, as there are two of these. I'm sending only one for the center, and seeing what my fellow quilters in the group come up with to go around him. With the other, I'll do my own quilt, following the same rules (see below), but with a different set of fabric.

For my fellow quilters, I'm supplying quite a bit of chicken themed fabric, 


chicken fabrics for chicken quilt

some acquired years ago at estate sales and such, and others from the guild. Also included are some blenders, and background, which should help with the overload of chicken fabric.


blender fabrics for chicken quilt



Our rules for this Round Robin state that each round should contain one of two elements:
round 1 - pinwheels or something from nature
round 2 - quilter's choice
round 3 - flying geese or four patch
round 4 - snowball or log cabin

Final rules such as size, additional fabric, etc, are provided by the owner, and listed on a worksheet that travels with the quilt. I asked for no additional fabric and that mine end up as a lap size.

And a final rule was no in-progress sharing on Instagram, Facebook, or blogs. So this little guy won't be seen again until the end of the year - the final quilt will be a total surprise! Sounds like fun, doesn't it? 

Have you participated in a Round Robin? Feel free to share your experience in the comments - let's inspire the start of new quilt groups!

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Midweek Makers #181

It's Midweek Makers time, and halfway through 2019 already - where has the year gone?? If you're just joining in for the first time - Welcome! 
Come share your projects, so we can all be inspired!

After a brief vacation last week, I now have more progress to report on my Accent on Angles quilt (affiliate link). I've got blocks and block units!!!

accent on angles blocks and units

How awesome are those?? Now the fun begins to place them into the Autumn Joys quilt setting from the book. I'm going to have to come up with a different name for my quilt though, as mine is definitely not an autumn theme. What do you think of Flower Joy? That's the best I can think of right now - I'm open to suggestions!

For this week, I'm featuring anything that struck my fancy. No particular theme: I just think these are really cool.

these two bags from Patchouli Moon Studio,

                                    


                                                     

fabric painting from DonnaleeQ,

                                   

and this improv block from Anja Quilts.

                                   


Now let this week's party begin! 
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Monday, June 24, 2019

Patriotic Patterns for Celebrating

I love anything with red, white, and blue! And with July 4th just around the corner, my house is all decked out and ready to celebrate! Everyone's favorite, the Patriotic Wave runner is in the living room,

Patriotic Wave table runner by QuiltFabrication



Salute is in the dining room,

Salute table runner by QuiltFabrication



United is also in the living room,

United table runner by QuiltFabrication


and Fireworks decorates the dining room wall.

Fireworks wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

See? I really like red, white, and blue! The above patterns are available in my QuiltFabrication Etsy shop, and the patterns below are some really cute FREE ones (just follow the links) - all in time for the 4th next week! 

Stars and Stripes from A Bright Corner,

                                    Stars and Stripes free PDF pattern for a quick and easy table runner


Patriotic table runner from Or So She Says,

                                    patriotic Table-Runner-Tutorial


Patriotic Love from Make It Coats,

        


Firework Table Runner from Make It Do.

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It's not to late to start stitching - enjoy the Fourth of July!!






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Friday, June 21, 2019

Accent on Angles Update

Phew! I've had lots of little things to share recently - how about an update on the Accent on Angles quilt? (affiliate link)

I'm currently at the angle/insert strip stage for all of the strip sets,


angled strip sets


with many more to go! I kept cutting fabric strips until the fat quarters were gone, 

strips for an Accent on Angles quilt

resulting in 7 strip sets of four. That's a lot of strips to make a lot of blocks! This quilt will be bigger than the Autumn Joys quilt in the book, hopefully a lap size.

Autumn Joys from Accent on Angles book

And I must say the instructions in the book for creating the angle blocks are top-notch! Susan Purney Mark writes full, complete instructions and provides great images - a beginner would have no trouble following along.


Right now it's fun to see the angled strip units coming together, though it does take a bit of time to create them. But once those angled units are sewn together, it's just a matter of cutting into the proper block size to place into a quilt layout. Woo-hoo! Almost there!

Happy Quilting today!




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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Midweek Makers #180

Welcome to Midweek Makers! With all that's been going on in my quilting world, I'm taking the day off - and this is my dream spot to spend the day!


Doesn't that look wonderful? Just needs a book and a tall, cool drink. (And don't forget the very buff guy coming out of the water!)

With this breather from quilting for the day, there are no updates to share, and no features to highlight. Let's walk away from the computers and sewing machines for a bit, and go enjoy the sunshine!

If you do have a project to share, feel free to link up - the party is open until Friday at midnight. Updates and features will return next week!

Have fun!



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Monday, June 17, 2019

Guess Who's Off to Houston!

Yep - I'm heading to Houston this fall for the International Quilt Festival - my very first time! And guess what? Mediterranean Rose is headed there too!


Mediterranean Rose quilt by QuiltFabrication

A couple months ago, on a total whim, I entered Mediterranean Rose into the American Traditions exhibit for the Houston show. I'm usually not one to enter into a lot of shows, mainly because of shipping quilts, but for this one, I thought why not enter and see what happens.

Well, my first indication that Mediterranean Rose was juried in was a phone call from one of the show directors, asking if I had shipped my quilt.        Wait - what?? 
Turns out I hadn't received the congratulatory entry email and the quilt was supposed to be in Houston by May 31, and here it was June. Oops!

To further complicate matters, the quilt has been hanging at the local fair for the last two weeks, and it wouldn't come home until today. Fortunately, the quilt delivery delay to Houston was noted and approved. Seems pretty early to ship for a show in late October, but maybe they want to be sure all the quilts are there. 

Once I knew Mediterranean Rose was in, the hunt for flights and accommodations ensued. Most hotels were booked, but I managed to get the last room in a place close to the convention center - phew! Having my quilt in such a large, well-known quilt show requires that I attend - and so I will!

More quilt show posts to come in November!

Happy Quilting!



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Friday, June 14, 2019

Paper Piecing or No?

In between quilts from the two books of the month, I pulled out a block I designed last summer, wanting to put into a quilt this year. Here's a sneak peek - I don't want to give it all away just yet!



Using notes from last year, I made several more blocks, double checking and clarifying those notes. Currently, I have 14 blocks - they were pretty addictive when making them in batches.

While the construction was still fresh in my mind, I typed up the block instructions, with detailed images for a future pattern. When I was all done, I thought, would this block be easier to make if paper pieced???

For some parts yes, for other parts maybe. My first thought was, is it worth my time to produce a paper pieced version? 
Then my next thought was, "Do quilters really like paper piecing?" 

I've heard both sides: those that use the technique love it for it's precision and the ability to create blocks not possible by standard piecing techniques.

And there are those who are afraid to even try it. Reasons given vary from difficulty working with odd shapes, dreading tearing out paper, or feeling it's just too complicated. 

So, I'm taking a poll:  
Do you like paper piecing?
Does it influence your quilt making?

Feel free to leave a simple 'yes' or 'no' in the comments, or go ahead and explain your paper piecing thoughts. The results will certainly help me decide if it's worth it to write up a paper piecing pattern. At the moment, I'm leaving all of my instructions and images in place for more blocks to come.

Thanks for the input!



Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Midweek Makers #179

Welcome to Midweek Makers! This week, I'm seeing red, not only with my own project involving these squares,

red squares for a secret block

and the Asian strips for an Accent on Angles quilt (affiliate link),

Asian fabric strips for an Accent on Angles quilt

but also these projects from last week:

 a patriotic table runner from Run n' Stitch,

                                  

beautiful border quilting from Quilts etc,

                                  IMG_8254

and a red star pin cushion at Denseyndehimmel,


Your turn -come share what you're working on!

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Monday, June 10, 2019

2019 Fair Winners!

It's early June, which means the fair is in town. It also means lots of quilt entries by me, because, well, I quilt. A lot. 

This year, I had an entry for just about every class in several divisions, with only two sets of quilts competing against each other. Trust me - I don't set out each year to specifically make quilts for class entries. It just happened that way this year, for a total of 14 quilts.

Upon walking into the quilt show (which has close to 400 quilts), the first division displayed was the Mini Me Challenge quilts. And look there - Petunia Patch 1/Mini placing 3rd! Certainly did not expect that - it shows on my face!

Petunia Patch Mini Me Challenge

The next two we saw were Summer Ocean and Going In Circles, both in the Modern category - neither of them placed, which is ok, because I don't consider myself to be a full blown Modern quilter. But the quilt that won was impressive! (Sorry - no picture because I don't have the owner's permission)

While viewing all the wonderful quilts, we were struck by how many were in a 'computerized quilting class'. If they were quilted by a computer, they had to go there, divided into classes by size. Seems half of the quilts in the show appeared in this category - fortunately, I don't quilt by computer.

Next, hubby and I came upon Fright Night, placing 3rd,

Fright Night by QuiltFabrication



and Regatta (which is really not this grey blue), placing 2nd.

Regatta quilt


Then there was Ladybug Dance in for raw edge applique, with an Honorable Mention ribbon.

Ladybug Dance by QuiltFabrication


Hubby was disappointed, until I pointed out to him that the quilt is a 50/50 mix of applique and piecing. The winners were 95% applique, and quite lovely, thereby deserving of their wins.

Turning the corner, our next big surprise was Mediterranean Rose, entered in for hand applique. Not only did it receive a 1st, but also a rosette for Best Applique Quilt! Wow!

Mediterranean Rose by QuiltFabrication


And the surprises kept coming! Further down the aisle was the 5th Grade quilt, with an Honorable Mention, and also a big rosette for Best Use of Blue! Go figure!

5th Grade Quilt

And 5th Grade happened to be a late entry. Believe it or not, I had to make sure I had it before entering, because I thought I had given it away.

Moving down the line of quilts in the same class, the 5th Grade's quilt competitor, Hunter's Star, was hanging with a 2nd place award - didn't expect that!

Hunter's Star by QuiltFabrication


Ok, this is getting old, isn't it? Remember there are 14 quilts - bear with me for a couple more!

Finally we get to the table runners, and there's Clover with a 1st, which I was hoping for because of the quilting,

Clover Runner by QuiltFabrication


and Sunflowers with an Honorable Mention. 

Sunflower Runner by QuiltFabrication


I must confess, I ruined Sunflowers chances of placing higher by darkening in some eyelashes on the back with a Sharpie. Guess what happened? It bled through to the front, leaving little black marks in the background. Not sure if I can fix that -  I may just have to live with my mistake. Live and learn.

And the last two, in different classes, are Hold It Together, with a 1st,

Hold It Together by QuiltFabrication


and Welcome to My Birdhouse with a 2nd.

Welcome to My Birdhouse by QuiltFabrication

Am I done? With the quilts, yes. But there's one more item - I decided to enter in two jams, Apricot/Pineapple and Apricot with Grand Marnier. The Grand Marnier placed 2nd - guess they like unusual flavor combinations!

Apricot Grand Marnier jam


Phew! Now I'm done. This is my big quilt showing for this year, with 7 original designs. I may enter one quilt into one show later this year - we'll see. And that will be it until next year.


Happy Quilting!





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