Modern Quilting

Quiltcon 2015 – Improvisation

Improvisation – Quilt is pieced improvisationally (without the use of a defined pattern or templates).

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Full Bloom by Latifah Saafir Los Angeles MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnie Individual MQG

First Place The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnle

Monroe, New York, Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Nydia Kehnle

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Aleph Bet by Serena Brooks Los Angeles MQG

Second Place Aleph Bet by Serena Brooks

Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Serena Brooks

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - This Way by Tricia Royal Chicago MQG

Third Place This Way by Tricia Royal

Chicago, Illinois, Chicago MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Tricia Royal

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - For Tonya by Emily Coffey Ashville MQG

 

For Tanya by Emily Coffey
Asheville MQG (North Carolina)
Judge’s Choice

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Yin Yang by Serena Brooks Los Angeles MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - A Dance For Emily by Rossie Hutchinson Ann Arbor MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Mosaic by Pamela Rocco South Bay Area MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - From The Day Forward by Tina Michalik South Bay Area MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Kelly Quilt by Maritza Soto Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Abby's Abstract II by Amanda Jean Nyberg Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Intersection by Neva Asinari Central Jersey MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Fade Into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle Individual MQG

 

Fade Into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle
Individual Member, Colorado

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Juicy by Charlotte Newland Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Fade To Black by Sarah Lowry Triangle MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Untitled (Improv Half Log Cabin) by Heather Jones Cincinnati MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Rainbow Remix by Rebecca Bryan Houston MQG

 

Rainbow Remix by Rebecca Bryan
Houston MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Gradient by Alys Gagnon Melbourne MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Abyuna Al Minya by Patricia Lutteral Individual MQG

 

Abyuna Al Minya by Patricia Lutteral
Individual Member, Argentina

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Infinite Whispers by Jennifer Chan Los Angeles MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Northwest by Stacey Sharman Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - In Anniston by Chaene Kimber Individual MQG

 

In Anniston by Chawne Kimber
Individual Member, Pennsylvannia

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Modern Sunset by Lauren Palmer and Wild Geese by Penny Gold Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Blocks From The Crayon Box by Carolyn Griffith Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Las Ventanas by Kristine Shields Central Oregon MQG

 

Las Ventanas by Kristin Shields
Central Oregon MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Arne by Rossie Hutchinson Ann Arbor MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Transposition by Anne Hammond Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Primary by

 

Primary by Elisa Albury
Salt Lake MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Tune In Next Week by Chawne Kimber Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Through The Open Window by Amy Anderson Asheville MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Pickle Jars by Jamie Gonce Los Angeles MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Shades Of Gray by Terry Aske Vancouver MQG and Emerald City by Charlottr Newland Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Off Centre by Andres Rosales Los Angeles MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - The White Quilt by Shannon Page Dallas MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Spiraling Out Of Control by Christa Watson Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - I'm A Fan Of Fabric by Rachel Kerley Portland MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Shifting Impressions by Marianne Hacik Edmonton MQG

 

Shifting Impressions by Marianne Haak
Edmonton MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Mahjong by Leslie Schmidt Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Lite Brite by Maria Shel Individual MQG

 

Lite Brite by Maria Shell
Individual Member, Alaska

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Entropy by Elisa Albuny Salt Lake MQG

 

Entropy by Elisa Albury
Salt Lake MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - You Can't Rush Art by Amanda Jean Nyberg Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Sunburst Quilt by Tara Faughnan Individual MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Bird's Eye View by Nathalie Bearden Individual MQG

 

Bird’s Eye View by Nathalie Bearden
Individual Member, Texas

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Folded Flock by Jenna Brand Ann Arbor MQG

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecker Individual MQG

Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher

Cincinnati, Ohio

Quiltcon 2015 - Improvisation Flying Geese by Sherri Lynn Wood Individual MQG

 

Score for Modern Block Improv: Flying Geese by Sherri Lynn Wood
Individual Member, California

General Information Quilting · Modern Quilting

Quiltcon 2015

Quiltcon 2015 - ORD to Austin Non Stop

Quiltcon 2015 Early Wednesday morning. Waiting for American Airlines flight and feeling pretty Bad Ass right now. Wanna be a Bad Ass Quilter too? Head over to Bad Ass Quilter’s Society and talk to Maddie Kertay.

Quiltcon 2015 - Emily, Shruti & Me

Headed out to Iron Cactus for a taste of Austin (Texas). Emily Lang from Mommy’s Nap Time and Shruti Dandekar made the trip from India.

Quiltcon 2015 - Grand Rover MOD Squad

Met these lovely ladies at OHare Airport on their layover from Ontario Canada. Their group is the Grand River MOD Squad (Audrey,Marsha,Dorothy and Marilyn). Check out their group on FB.

Quiltcon 2015 - Registeration

Yep a pile of goodie bags. Who wouldn’t want to dive into these…

Quiltcon 2015 - Joyce Franklin & MeCame all the way to Austin Texas and met Joyce Franklin from the Midwest. Owner of Quilts and Other Notions in Creston, Iowa.

Welcome to Quiltcon 2015 Austin Texas

Customer · General Information Quilting · Modern Quilting

Finding The Right Design

Have you ever had a task that you found to have a brain block on?  Maybe mine was temporarily away or just taking a break. My customer and quilt friend, Janice H. had brought me her quilt top to enhance with longarming the right design. She really liked her fabric with the crows and liked the folk feel, this top was giving her.

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I looked at many digital designs; okay hundreds.  Auditioned various designs including a leaf design, but didn’t want to make the finished quilt too seasonal. Found a design by Debra Geissler and Designs by Deb, that had a great design with a pear but adding a bird would be better for this quilt.

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Okay, so if we could just add a crow……hmmmmm. I contacted Deb , sent her a close up of what I was hoping to achieve and 2 days later, DONE.

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Deb was open, fast and right on the money with the design.

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Happy Quilter = Happy Customer!!!!

I must say, this is the second time I have asked for a tweak, or something special from Deb and she has been a pleasure to work with.

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Education · General Information Quilting

Open Studio TAP At IQF

open studio 2014 TAP

During Open Studio, the audience was amazed with the options Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) gives them. So often it is hard to come up with a label for your quilt, let alone write on one. This paper offers you a wide range of alternatives to add to your already finished work.

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My recent quilt that was in the IQF show had a label which I used this product on. Make a ho-hum label into eye-catching.

Education · General Information Quilting

Open Studio Paper Piecing

open studio 2014 PP Cards

Paper Piecing!  Does that mention get you excited or did you just cringe?

If you want to try your hand at it or not sure what to do with an orphan block, here is a great option. You get a free pattern with every set of cards and envelopes and it is less than a purchase of store bought cards. Make a card, send a card and have the recipient be astonished that you made it and you share a part of your creativity, too.  Wonderful scrap buster and I known…..we have scraps.

Education · General Information Quilting

Open Studio Binding International Quilt Festival

I was very fortunate to be able to demo and show some people for the first time how to achieve a new look on bindings.

I chose 2 ideas which I often use myself on my own quilts to add interest or maybe because I ran short on fabric but really want to use it in the binding.

So first – Faux Flange Binding.

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Using a 2 ½ inch binding, Flange  cut 1 ¾ in. Outer Binding  cut 1 ¼ in.

Now if you choose to have more or less of a Flange you can vary your widths to achieve your look, just remember if you add to one, reduce the other so you still have a complete 2 ½ in binding when sewn.

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If you need to join multiple strips to get your length to complete your project, join each, flange strip and then outer binding strip to make two complete units.

When you have the length you need, join the two strips together with a ¼ in seam to form your 2 ½ in width.

Press to set your seams.

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Press seams going to the wider strip.

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Press in half making sure there is a nice crisp line between the two joined fabrics.

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Lay your strip down on the back of your quilt.  I like to use a basting stitch when I first start my binding and test to see where it will come over to on the front. I want enough over hang so when I ( SID) Stitch in the Ditch on the front it will hide in the backing not the binding. Test it; you will save yourself time and often a head ache.  I continue to sew in the same manner I do with regular bindings and also end them the same manner. Use your method of choice.

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Second technique –  2 Color or 2 Sided Binding.

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This makes a 2 ½ inch binding . Cut one strip 2 inches and the opposite strip  1 inch.

Join all your 2″ strips to give you enough length. Join all 1″ strips to give you enough length. * Do this in your method of choice. When you have the desired length for your project join the two strips together with a ¼ in seam.

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Press to set seam and then press this seam open being careful not to distort your fabric if it a long strip.

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Press in half.

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You will lay the narrow 1 ” strip against the quilt on whichever side you have chosen that fabric for.

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I do a test baste stitch to make sure the seam on the binding lays right on the edge of my quilt when I wrap it around.

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Continue to attach when you are happy with your seam and finish in your desired method.

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Hope you gives these a try. If you have any questions shoot me an email.