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!

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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,


and a red star pin cushion at Denseyndehimmel,

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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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Friday, June 7, 2019

Petunia Patch Mini

Finally I get to share the tiny Petunia Patch blocks from last week! Here she is, the third Petunia Patch quilt from the Scrappy and Happy Quilts book (affiliate link), this time in a mini size.

Petunia Patch 1 and Petunia Patch Mini quilts

Remember Petunia Patch 1 was bigger than I wanted, measuring 49" x 49" because of 9" blocks? And that I wondered about the quilt's ultimate purpose? Well, for the moment, I decided to use it as the larger quilt in the local fair's 'Mini Me' contest. 

Petunia Patch 1 and Petunia Patch Mini quilts full on
                              Petunia Patch 1 and Petunia Patch Mini

After making Petunia Patch 2 with 7" blocks, I realized the blocks were very forgiving for resizing. Why not make an even smaller version specifically for the contest? With 3" blocks, Petunia Patch Mini measures in around 17" x 17". That fits the contest criteria of "the block must be less than half the size".

This little unfinished block measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", which is a third the size of the original.

Petunia Patch 3 inch mini block

Though not necessary, I placed all of the little petunias in the same positions as on the big quilt, Petunia Patch 1,

Petunia Patch 1 and Mini quilts fabric placements

even situating directional fabrics the same. 

Petunia Patch 1 fabric orientation
                                               Petunia Patch 1  

Petunia Patch Mini fabric orientation
                                              Petunia Patch Mini

Ditto for the green stems. Check out how the strip size really changes the look of the fabric print.

Petunia Patch 1 fabric closeup
                                           Petunia Patch 1

Petunia Patch Mini fabric closeup
                                       Petunia Patch Mini

Crazy me even miniaturized the Robinia pantograph to 39%, 

Petunia Patch mini with small Robina pantograph

though I wished I had used a thinner thread. I'm certainly not un-stitching all of that!

Petunia Patch Mini quilting closeup

Petunia Patch 2 now lives with her new owner, while Petunia Patch 1 and Petunia Patch Mini are hanging at the fair - I can't wait to see all of the quilts this year! More to come about the fair on Monday.

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Midweek Makers #178

Welcome to another week of Midweek Makers! I'm sharing a couple of fabric pulls for two Accent on Angles quilts (affiliate link). Both involve a pack of eight fat quarter Asian prints, with pieces from the stash thrown in. I think I'll start with these reds, with a black accent strip,

pink Asian fabric pull

and the Autumn Joys pattern.

Autumn Joys quilt pattern from Accent on Angles book

Then move on to a second quilt, using these blues, a gold accent strip,

blue Asian fabric pull

and the Use It Up! pattern. This one uses a bit more yardage, which I have plenty of!

Use It Up! quilt pattern from Accent on Angles book

Speaking of blue, I saw several projects last week in which blue was main color - check these out:

from Alycia Quilts,


from Viridian's Blog,


from Quilt Bee,

                                 Country Cousin quilt: QuiltBee

and this from Den Syende Himmel.


Now it's your turn - come share what you're working on!

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