Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Dresden Reflections

Since starting my longarm business a year ago I've found much less time to sew things that I want.  Luckily I love the quilt that I was able to make for myself this year, and it hangs on the wall in my studio.  I'm entering it in the Two Color Quilts category. 

This quilt first appeared in Issue 12 of Fat Quarterly.  It's jelly-roll friendly, although I used 8 different Pure Elements by Art Gallery.   
 I used the EZ Dresden Ruler and parallelograms to create the effect of waves--every seam on this quilt is straight!  It was a fun challenge to figure out how to do it.

I enjoyed quilting a different pattern in each color.

The quilt measures abut 39" on each side and is certainly one of my favorites to date. =)  I quilted it using my Brother 1500 on a Grace frame--this was before I got my longarm.  I matched the thread colors as closely as possible and I love the effect.
The quilting created some fantastic texture on the back.
Thanks for stopping by!  Thanks also to Amy for hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  It is such a treat to see so many wonderful creations!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What I've been up to... HMQS 2013 and More

There's been a lot going on around here.  My latest project is at the end, so be sure to take a look!

Our camera decided that it liked to eat batteries so we had to get a new one.  The pics of my finished "Las Mariposas" quilt for the HMQS Riley Blake Designs challenge are on that camera, and I'll probably get them off sometime.  Probably.  Here it is at the auction at HMQS where it sold for $200 in support of Bridge of Love, an organization that helps place kids into foster care in Romania.

I had a couple other quilts hanging in the show as well.  Here I am with the kiddos in front of my Dresden Wave quilt.

Dresden Reflections.  It was fun to enter, and definitely a learning experience.  I learned a lot about show quilts and I may not actually enter again for several years, we'll see.  I may just stick with the county/state fairs for a while.

The Salt Lake MQG did a special display this year, which had most of the quilts my husband and I liked best.  We loved this one by Emily Herrick

One of my favorites by Brooke.  The hubs kept saying how much planning this must have taken.  Isn't it gorgeous?

I love the effect that Tanya got with strip piecing on this one. 

Brooke's Color Cog mini using the EZ Dresden ruler.  Another fav. 

Jenny made this and won the EZ Dresden Challenge.  Her design is just fantastic.  She's moving back to Australia soon and I will miss her so much.

This one is by Marci.  My husband really liked her uneven borders.

 I was lucky enough to take seven classes this year, yes, SEVEN.  I'm still on a little but of information overload, but I figured now is the best time to take classes, when I need it the most.  I definitely learned a lot and got some good ideas about how to improve my quilting. 

And now for the latest project--I was contacted by Laurie Dewberry recently asking if I could do some quilting for them.  This is Joel Dewberry's newest line, Bungalow, due out in September.  This quilt was HAND appliqued and pieced by Leigh.  She did a fantastic job.   I started quilting it by outlining the appliques. 
 I used 3 different size circle templates to help me stay in the right spot.  Outlining is hard.

In the petals I quilted a swirly outline/echo design that reminds me of half of an onion.  I did pebbling in the background.

Isn't this a gorgeous quilt?  I love the fabrics together, and the colors.  The curves in the design are just lovely as well.

I absolutely love how it turned out.  It was fun to participate in making this quilt.

 I'm planning a quick post in the next day or so for Blogger's Quilt Festival, so you'll hear from me again soon. =)
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