Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Quiting Gallery Embroidery Mini Quilt Swap

Here is my quilt for the Quilting Gallery Embroidery Mini Quilt Swap.  Everyone had to make a 10" x 12" quilt using the same hand embroidery deign. The design came from the Stitching Cow website.

I wanted to offset the embroidery on the quilt, but it looked kind of blah next to all the squares, so I added some fancy green rick rack to frame it in.  Then I did some close stippling around the design to help it stand out a bit more.

It should have arrived to its new home in Illinois by now so I can post it on my blog now and not ruin any surprises.

You can see some of the other mini quilts here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Siggie Blocks

These are my first ever signature blocks.  There are 173.  I made 174, but one went MIA and is no where to be found, so I am sending in 173.  They are for the Scrappy Siggie Block swap hosted by the Quilting Board.  The pattern we had to use is the tutorial from the P.S i quilt blog.

Just playing around with layout ideas.

Can't wait to get signatures from all over the US and turn them all into a scrappy quilt!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Iris Folded Fabric Postcard

Last month my friend sent me this special card card for my Birthday.  She made it herself using a technique called Iris Folding.   Since I had never heard of that particular technique before, I decided to Google it and find out all I could.  It is done using small folded strips of paper and placing them around a specific pattern shape.  

Since all the designs I found were small enough to fit on my 4 x 6 fabric postcards, I kept wondering if I could make one out of fabric instead of paper.  So I pulled out my left over fabric scraps and gave it a try.  This whale is my first attempt.  It really was quite fun to make it, and I printed out some other free patterns from the Circle of Crafters website to try later on.  

Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Mosaic Color Play

These are the three latest blocks I have made for the IFQ Mosaic Color Play block swap.  The first two have already been mailed, the brown and gold one will go out in today's mail.  I just have to swap three more times and I will have enough to make a nice sized quilt.

Friday, June 4, 2010

"Remember When" Guild Challenge

Each year the quilt guild I am in challenges us to create a quilt with a specific theme.  Each June the quilts are revealed and displayed in the Hartsville Museum for the duration of the summer.  The theme for 2010 was "Remember When" and all the quilts were unveiled yesterday.

This was my first year participating in the challenge and the theme was really hard for me.  I had a difficult time trying to incorporate "Remember When" into a quilt.  I even had a whole year to think about the idea and still I couldn't think of anything.  I really did want to participate though, so I came up with: "Remember when I had all those one inch half square triangles?  Well I finally turned them into another quilt."  Lame I know, but at least it gave me the opportunity to put something in the show.  Since the scraps were old,  I figured that helped fit into the theme as well.

At the museum yesterday, the guild members all voted on different categories for winners, Best Machine Work, Best Handwork, Best Wall Hanging, Best Appliqué, Best Large Quilt, Best Art Quilt, and Best Use of Theme.  My little quilt didn't win any but I didn't expect it too.  There are so many very talented women in the guild it is hard to compete against them.  The show was wonderful to attend. I loved seeing everyones work and interpretation of the theme. And it sure is nice to have a piece hanging in the museum.  :)

This last photo is my quilt in the museum.  The quilt measures approx. 28 x 32 inches.  I am very excited to have it there for thousands of people to see. (Last summer over 4000 people went through the Hartsville Museum while the quilts were on display.)

To see all the other quilts in the show, you can click here.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pink Bowl

When I made the previous two clothesline bowls, my son thought they were the neatest thing and he wanted me to make one for his school teacher.  Since I know his teacher loves pink, we decided to make her an all pink bowl.

I wanted to decorate this one up a bit so I took the last bit of the clothesline and swirled it around a few times just for looks. Then I added some very small yo yo's for a more dramatic effect.  I love it!!  I loved it so much I wanted to keep it for myself.  But then again, those are the best items to give away.  If it is good enough to keep it is definitely the kind of workmanship you want to give away.   :)