Designed by Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs, “Teal Mini Swap” is an annual event intended to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, funds for Ovarian Research Fund, and give quilters and sewers a fun little swap. In the last five years this has raised approximately $8,500
Iris of Misty Fuse had share the post of this event and immediately I signed up. There was a $15 fee which included you piece of challenge fabric and information about the partner that has been chosen for you to swap with.
So this is the quilting design for the background and the main focus of the quilt.
I applied fuseable to the fabrics and cut each one out.
This is the original layout I had planned.
Played a little bit with the orientation.
Decided this is what I found best for me. It allowed me to think about quilting the ladies without any gap. Going up one way and continue with out a start and stop going the other direction.
The dark teal stripe was the challenge fabric.
Stitching around in a straight stitch as opposed to a zig zag stitch. Just my preference. Used my Bernina Virtuoso 160.
I like to try to carry the design of the front over to the label. Think of it as another element and not just a tag…
One was a 5 inch sq. I had in my stash,Tula fabric and challenge fabric.
Two more Tula fabrics. One Tula had signed , and another from my stash!
“Live Your BRIGHTEST Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella” will be a featured art quilt exhibit hosted by Pokey Bolton at this weekend’s Quilting in the Garden in the greenhouse at Alden Lane (Livermore, California).
Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery again offers hundreds of quilts from celebrated artists and the quilting community. These are hung for display throughout the nursery using their enormous and beautiful heritage oaks serve as both support structure and background for this wonderful 2-day display of color. The quilts go up by 9:00 each morning supported by dozens of quilt lines. Quilts come down each night. My quilt titled “Lolipop” will be included in this years featured hosted exhibit.
To those who are visiting please accept my apologies. Arrived home just in time to get good and sick. Two doctor appointments later I am now battling pneumonia. Please sign up or check back in about a week for tutorials on Silk Screening, Shiva Paint Stick and Machine Stitching Applique.
Have you heard of the magazine Simply Moderne?
This publication is fairly new and, in fact, NOV/DEC issue #3 came out. Yep, I am excited too! Tell ya why in a moment.
THEN….turn to pages 54 – 57. See it? Yep…..me or mine I should say. If you look really close on page 43 , even the back of my quilt was able to be used as a table topper. I Know! exciting right? Pinching myself…
If you have any questions on making Topiary feel free to contact me.
Oh, and have a Wonderful and Creative New Year!
While it’s been a tough two weeks some fresh air and a lake view does the mind, body and soul some good. Having colorful quilts surrounding you at the same time brings a smile to your face. Like sunshine on the water.
My schedule for Open Studio at this weekend’s International Quilt Festival is;
- Sleeves on Quilts – Thursday, March 26 th 10:00 am until Noon
- Paper Piecing – Thursday, March 26 th 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
- Beyond Basic Binding – Friday, March 27 th 10:00 until Noon
Here is a tutorial I am offering at this year’s International Quilt Festival Open Studio.
Measure quilt back from edge to edge in the direction where the sleeve will hang. This will be your length. (top) The width will be 9 inches. (bottom)
Place your sleeve right side down. Fold your nine inch edge a ¼ inch in on each side. PRESS. (top) Fold another ¼ of an inch on each side. PRESS. Then machine stitch close to inner edge. (bottom)
Bring the bottom edge up to meet (raw edges) wrong side together. (top) With wrong sides together, sew a ¼ inch seam the length of the sleeve. Begin the seam about ½ inch from the end, backstitch, continue seam to the end, then backstitch. This prevents the tail of the thread from hanging out the end of the sleeve. Press to form a new crease at the folded edge. Baste a large stitch ¼ inch along the new folded edge. (bottom)
Place your hands into the sleeve rotate sleeve to position basted edge on the bottom and the stitched seam on top. (top) Position the two seams over each other. Gently press your top seam open. Press entire sleeve forming two new creased folds. (bottom)
Take sleeve with opened seam side down against quilt backing. Center along quilt back, pin sleeve along pressed edges to the quilt back. The top of the sleeve should be about ½ inch from the top of the quilt.
Hands sew top of sleeve, being careful not to stitch through to the front of the quilt. Then hand sew bottom sleeve again being careful not to stitch through to the front of the quilt.
Hands sew bottom edge of the sleeve sides to the back of the quilt. I recommended that you double stitch or tack the corners.
Remove the basting stitch to give the sleeve the needed “D” shape for proper hanging.
Quiltcon 2015 in Austin, Texas was a great celebration of modern quilting. Look below for prior postings with images from the other categories.
Quiltcon 2015 – Best of Show
i Quilt by Kathy York
Austin, Texas, Austin MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Kathy York
Judge’s Choice, Janine Vangool
Face #1 by Melissa Averinos
West Barnstable, Massachusetts, Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Melissa Averinos Quilted by: Melissa Averinos & Suzanne Whiteside
First Place, Bias Tape Quilting Challenge
CPU by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia, Tasmania, Australia MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katherine Jones
First Place, Best Machine Quilting
Diving Geese by Katie Pedersen
Seattle, Washington, Seattle MQG
Pieced by: Katie Pedersen Quilted by: Krista Withers
2015 Coats Award of Quilting Excellence
Coral Reef by Marla Varner
Sequim, Washington, Bainbridge Island MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Marla Varner
First Place, Appliqué
Anniversary Quilt by Katrina Hertzer
Calgary, AB, Canada, Calgary MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katrina Hertzer
First Place, Improvisation
The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnle
Monroe, New York, Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Nydia Kehnle
Judge’s Choice, Stevii Graves
For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, MQG of Asheville
Pieced & Quilted by: Miriam Coffey
First Place, Handwork
Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral
Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Patricia Lutteral
First Place, Modern Traditionalism
Long Island Modern Sampler by Kim Soper
Centerport, New York Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Kim Soper
First Place, Small Quilts
What’s the frequency, love? by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
Woodbridge, Connecticut, Southern Connecticut MQG
Pieced & Quitled by: Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
First Place, Minimalist Design
Breathe by Leanne Chahley
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Edmonton MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Leanne Chahley
First Place, Group or Bee Quilts
Playing with Little Bits created by participants of Mid-Atlantic MOD 2014
Columbia, Maryland, Baltimore MQG
Pieced by: Rose Daley, Anna Levengood, Jill Stafford, Jessica Skultety, Jessica Levitt, Robin Tillsworth, Rachel Singh, and Elizabeth Timmons Quilted by: Rose Daley
First Place, Piecing
Flight Path by Mary Menzer
Virginia Beach, Virginia, Virginia Beach MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Mary Menzer
First Place, Use of Negative Space
Blackbird Fly by Krista Hennebury
North Vancouver, BC, Canada, Vancouver MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Krista Hennebury
*Sorry, no image of 7 Up by Debra Jalbert
First Place, Michael Miller Fabric Challenge
7 Up by Debra Jalbert
Clermont, Florida, Orlando MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Debra Jalbert
First Place, Youth and Judge’s Choice, Carolyn Friedlander
Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon
Sutton, NSW, Australia, Canberra MQG
Pieced by: Mollie McMahon Quilted by: Mollie McMahon & Jules McMahon
People’s Choice Award at Quilt Con 2015 went to “A Quilt for Our Bed” by Laura Hartrich and quilted by Nikki Maroon.
Here are a few of the quilts that were on display at Quiltcon 2015 from Gee’s Bend.
Devil’s Walking Stick by Mary Margret Pettway
Railroad Crossing by China Pettway
Lazy Gal Bars by Lucy Lee Pettway-Witherspoon
Untitled by Unknown Maker
Housetop Red and Turquoise by Ruth Kennedy