Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Midweek Makers #25

Welcome to Midweek Makers #25!



It's been almost six months of Midweek Makers, and I would like to thank everyone who visits each week and shares their wonderful projects. I love looking at everything that you do, and hope that others are as inspired as I am. You are such wonderful creators!

Speaking of inspiration and creativity, I was blown away last week by the beautiful dip dyed fabrics created by Julie at Pink Doxies

                              

This was just one batch using her creative technique, which she gives an excellent tutorial for. Thanks so much Julie for sharing your work! Be sure to grab a Feature button.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Quilts at the Fair Part 2

Today it's Part 2 of the fair story. In Part 1, we were surprised by the ribbons and special awards given to Jagged, Light at the End, Heart to Heart, and Patchwork Suburb, and we didn't think there could be much more. Up and down the rows we went, admiring some really beautiful quilts, and seeking out my other entries. Turning the corner, I looked up, and there was Spangled Stars, hanging high on the wall.


Spangled Stars

With a blue ribbon attached! I was really happy about this one, as it's one of my favorite red/white/blue quilts. The judges complimented my workmanship, the quilting enhancing the quilt, and the fortuitous patchwork print binding. If you recall, this quilt was the result of the quilt-along I hosted last year, and it's awesome to have my own design a prize winner. The free directions for this quilt are still available, as links toward the bottom of the page on the Welcome to the Spangled Stars Quilt-along post, if you're interested in making your own. 

For that quilt-along, I also made Lily Pond


Lily Pond
using the same pattern but in a different colorway. Judges loved the colors and workmanship, but the upper left corner was not square, probably due to washing and shrinking. I should have paid more attention and done some blocking, but really, I just wanted folks to see the quilt. But it's something to be aware of for future entries.

Now that my head is out of the clouds, it's back to finding three more quilts. Interlude and Simple Woven Version were next to each other midway down a row. We didn't take any pictures of them there, but here they are.

Interlude

I was encouraged by the judges comments on Interlude, as they found the collection of xmas prints pleasing, with the layout inviting to explore the prints. With that, it received an Honorable Mention.

Simply Woven Version

The comment on Simply Woven Version is a bit odd, as the judge referred to a black background. ???

Now for a funny story. Hubby and I were admiring a fantastic confetti quilt that had deservedly won a special award, when we overheard a couple say, "Wow, that's a really wild quilt! Makes my head spin!" And which quilt do you think they were referring to??? Wild Cherry Limeade!

Wild Cherry Limeade

Were they embarrassed when I told them it was mine? A bit. But I quickly agreed with their assessment, as this is one wild quilt! Seemed like a great idea of hot pink, black, white, and lime green ric rac when it was a block. But the whole quilt - WILD! Then the dang thing gets Honorable Mention and Best Handguided Machine Quilting! We had a really hard time picking our jaws off the floor, as this was definitely not expected.

Of course, there were some items noted that I need to work on. Three things came up, which I've been made aware of in the past. My favorite, and the one that always goes through my head when quilting, 'stitch-in-the-ditch needs to be in the ditch'. Yep, know it, and work hard to do it, but sometimes, it just doesn't happen.

The other two comments are regarding binding. Because I machine stitch my bindings these days (no time for hand stitching any more), I need to work on 'binding stitching not being visible', which is a stitch-in-the-ditch issue. Ugh. And last but not least, 'corners should be square'. Sometimes, those corners end up being curved outwards a bit, due to all the fabric folds. I do trim, but sometimes that's not enough. But if those are the only things I need to worry about, that's not so bad.

Hubby and I left the 375+ quilt show totally stunned, with hubby saying that it was all about me this year. Yeah, maybe so, but I certainly didn't intend it that way. Just got lucky. Does it help to know Patchwork Suburb was rejected from QuiltCon? It might make it into PIQF, if I choose to enter it, but win anything? No, don't expect it. So I'll take these awards, and continue making quilts that please me.

My advice for you: quilt because it makes you happy.



Monday, June 20, 2016

Quilts at the Fair Part 1

A little confession here. I love entering quilts into the local fair. Big shows, not so much. Maybe because at the fair, I have a chance to win something. I'm being honest - everyone wants to win, and receive validation regarding their work. I'm just not willing to be the perfectionist that big shows require. I tend to just make quilts, and it's only after they're done that I think they may have some show potential - I don't set out from the beginning to make quilts for shows. 

This past year was no different. For entries, I had 45+ quilts to choose from. Yes, I was busy last year! At $2 per entry, why not enter as many as possible? Entering eight quilts in different classes in the quilt division, and two table runners in the sewing division, I thought only three of the ten entries had any potential to place. And being that entering was a last minute adventure, I didn't go overboard in blogging about them. There was a quiet mention on the Baby Tango post, about sleeves and labels, and that's it. 

Time has been so tight these last six weeks, that we didn't even get to the fair until the last day, yesterday. Upon entering the show, Jagged and Light at the End were the first two I saw, right at the entrance. 



Remember these two from my Think Outside the Box HST Challenge? Well, the judges certainly liked them! Jagged placed 2nd, along with a Judges Choice Award, while Light at the End placed 3rd, in the same category. Made my jaw drop to see both of them win, especially with the added special award!

For both quilts, the judges liked the color choices, saying that it set off the designs. They loved the quilting on Light at the End, and complemented my piecing in Jagged. Trust me, I didn't strive for perfection there - I'm sure some points are trimmed!

Continuing along the show wall, we came upon the Best of Show Winner. And what a stunner it was - peach and green, and just beautiful. Then my eyes fell upon my Heart to Heart table runner, hanging off to the side. What?! 1st place and Best in Show for the Sewing division! This time, I'm stunned, as this is completely unexpected.




I knocked the socks off the judge on this one! She loved the color combination, and the use of solids to set off the background quilting. Well, she knocked my socks off with Best in Show for Sewing!

We continued walking through the show, admiring other's quilts, and coming across my other entries. As I had originally thought it might, Patchwork Suburb placed, receiving 1st in the 'miniature quilt based on a larger pattern' category. 




The lighting in the building made it absolutely shine! And check out the look on my face - pure giddiness by this time. Judges comments were that the elements worked beautifully together, and they loved the piped binding, which by the way, is about an 1/8 inch wide.

And last entry for today, my favorite, the Patriotic Wave table runner.



Though only receiving an Honorable Mention, the judges loved the curve concept.

Tune in tomorrow for Quilts at the Fair Part 2, the finish to this fun story!

Happy Quilting!


















Thursday, June 16, 2016

Colds and Christmas

Nothing like a cold to take the wind out of one's sails. I haven't been sick in over a year, so this cold seems extremely bad, and has certainly made me unmotivated to do anything. So hard to get anything done. 

Don't know exactly where I picked this one up, but it could have been from my graduate this past weekend.


He and his roommates had colds, and mine set in on Monday, with a nasty sore throat. At least I wasn't sick for all the graduation festivities. Can't believe four years is done - Congratulations to him and the Class of 2016!

Yesterday, when my head wasn't so foggy, I worked on a placemat pattern for an upcoming Christmas in July blog hop organized by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

There are twenty-six bloggers participating, each providing a Christmas project to jump start your sewing for the holidays. I'll give you a sneak peek of mine, though it's still just on paper.


You'll get to see more when it's my turn toward the end of July. Hopefully, I'll feel better tomorrow to actually cut and sew. 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Midweek Makers #24

It's Wednesday and time for another Midweek Makers, the place to share your sewing projects.



Last week, Audrey and Diane shared this fun lanyard project at The Cloth Parcel.   

                          Patchwork Lanyard Tutorial

A great tutorial for some 'designer' lanyards - definitely can make these however you want! Thanks for sharing ladies, and be sure to grab a Feature button.


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And now it's time to share what you're working on this week. The guidelines for joining the fun are simple!
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
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