Friday, August 29, 2014

Post 27-Mia's Garden is going to MQX!


I'm so excited!
 I just found out my quilt, Mia's Garden, got accepted into MQX Quilt Festival Midwest!
You can see my name in the middle column fourth from the bottom.



Looking at the other finalists really put things in perspective for me. 
I recognize a lot of those names...Leah Day, RaNae Merrill, Gina Perkes, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Linda Thielfoldt, Cathy Wiggins, Judy Woodworth. (Click on their name to see some of their amazing work.) These are just a few of the amazing quilters whose quilts were juried into this show.

I was encouraged by one of the founders of MQX, Janet-Lee Santeusanio, to enter my quilt into the show. I don't know about you, but sometimes I need a little nudge to get me out of my comfort zone. I'm glad Janet-Lee gave me that nudge. My studio will feel a little empty when I ship my quilt to Illinois, but at least one of us gets to go to the show. :)

Today's show and tell is a small table runner I quilted for a customer who picked up the appliqué pieces in Peru. 


I used freehand and rulers to do the line designs. The leaf motif was a digitized design by my awesome friend and designer Karlee Porter at karleeporter.com.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Post 28- Twenty years and counting!

Yep.
It's hard for me to believe, but this past weekend I attended my 20-year high school reunion.
The truth is time flies whether or not you're having fun.
For the most part, the past 20 years have been fun...
mixed with hard work!

Nerves almost got the best of me, but I made a last minute decision to attend the reunion with a little encouragement from my close friend from high school.
I'm so glad I went!

I feel so blessed to have associated with the people I did in high school. Maybe it's because we were a somewhat small graduating class, or maybe it's because we were at a newly-built school as the second graduating class, but whatever the reason we had kindness and friendship unknown to many graduating classes. Everyone was nice to everyone else and 20 years later it was still the same!

But enough reminiscing!
I was sorting through my quilt pics from this last year and realized I still have a ton of quilt pics to post. I quilted this quilt for my customer, Shirley, at the beginning of the year. It was so much fun to quilt because of all the different blocks. 













Like most of my quilting, this was a mix of freemotion quilting, ruler work, and computer-guided quilting.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Post 29-Celestial Star Block Update


So here it is...my completed Celestial Star Block! 

I'm looking forward to hanging it up at Christmastime in a few months. But let's not go there! I'm still enjoying the summer and don't even want to think about the cold and snowy days up ahead!

I enjoyed putting this block together, but I'll admit I still need practice with my paper piecing. I did have a few mistakes that required cutting more fabric out and starting again. 

Diane at fromblankpages.blogspot.com, who is sponsoring the Celestial Star quilt along, has great tutorials for paper piecing. She got me through this block without too much sweat and ripped stitches!

One more update:

My sweet Mia finally sounds like a little girl again instead of Darth Vader! 

For the past six months she has had so much junk in her chest that every breath made her sound like Darth Vader. 
We tried taking her off dairy to see if it was an allergic reaction. 
We tried an inhaler. 
We tried antibiotics. 
We even did a chest xray, which was clear.

 Look at this crazy contraption they put her in for the X-ray! It really wasn't as bad as it seems and she was in it for less than a minute, but yes, I made her stay longer so I could snap a pic!


The doc finally put her on Zithromax, a more powerful antibiotic, to rule out walking pneumonia.

And guess what?

 It worked! 

I'm so glad we have our healthy baby back!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Post 30-Wholecloth update

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am part of a fun group of friends on Facebook who are all Handi Quilter owners. We help and encourage each other on our longarm journey. Many of us decided to join Lisa Calle in her Radiance Mini Wholecloth challenge using the Robert Kaufman Radiance fabric.


I took a class with Lisa back in May when she taught at HMQS in Salt Lake City. She is an amazingly patient and encouraging teacher. Her quilting blows my mind, so it was a privilege to learn from her. She was even sweet enough to pose for a pic with me. ;)


This is the design I finished in her 4-hour class.

Because the wholecloth is supposed to be 18x18 in, and this design is only about 13x13 in, I couldn't just trace the design onto the Radiance fabric with a light box. I had start from scratch. Thankfully, Lisa's class was all about layering designs, so it wasn't too difficult. I had the basic design on one layer, all the curves and angles on another layer, and the smaller design elements on the last layer. 


I changed a few design elements because I felt what I had just wasn't what I wanted.
I'm really pleased with how the design turned out. I can't wait to start quilting it!
But first...I have a few customer quilts to finish!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Post 31-Quilt Bliss and Thimble Blossoms! Quilting Concentric Circles on a Longarm.

First of all, I want to say THANK YOU! to everyone for their kind comments about my 1st place quilt! I love being part of such an uplifting and supportive community of quilters! 

I don't have many friends or family members who enjoy quilting. My oldest daughter tolerates it, but that's about it. So I'm constantly on the lookout for people who are passionate about quilting.

 There is a great online community of quilters, but sometimes I just want to sit and talk and quilt with real people. I'm a bit nostalgic and think of the days of quilting bees with fondness, when building connections was just as important as finishing a quilt.

So lately I've been trying to find ways to connect with more people who are just as passionate about quilting as I am. I've started attending some new guilds. But I've always wanted to attend a quilt retreat. It just seems like I always find out about them after they've ended. 

A few nights ago, I googled 'utah quilt retreats' and found a few links. One of them was for the Quilt Bliss 2015 retreat at Timber Moose Lodge in Heber. And guess what? Registration was the next morning!
I took this as a sign that I needed to be at Quilt Bliss, and made it a point to register as soon as it opened the next morning. I'm so glad I found it when I did, because it sold out in less than 2 hours!!

Oh, and did I tell you who will be teaching? Miss thimble blossoms herself, Camille Roskelley! A few other amazing teachers, Jeanette Hartvigsen, JoyLyn Rigby, and Heather Armstrong, will also be there!

I'm so excited! My only complaint is that I have to wait 7 months!!

In light of my Quilt Bliss excitement, I am posting pics of a Thimble Blossoms Round & Round quilt made by Brittany over at Quilter's Haven in Bountiful and quilted by yours truly.

 I can't take any credit for the design. Brittany told me exactly what she wanted. I think it turned out amazing! In fact, I loved it so much I bought the pattern!


Quilting circles as large as these can be tricky on a longarm machine where the throat space is limited, so all the quilt lines had to be marked before I loaded it on the frame. 

Since I don't own circle rulers this big (can you imagine?!), I had to find a different method of marking circles. 
Thanks to Google and some awesomely smart people, I found all I needed was some string and my blue marking pen.

I tied the marking pen onto one end of the string. Then I held the other end of the string in the center of the quilt and marked with the pen as I moved it in a circle around the quilt. I adjusted the length of the string from where I was holding it to adjust the size of each circle.


Once it was on the frame, it was just a matter of quilting on the lines using the guidance of a curved ruler.


I love the blue border with circles that breaks up the larger circular design! That's not part of the pattern. Brittany in all her awesomeness added that! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Post 34- My first 1st place 'Mia's Garden'


The weeks seem to come and go and before I know it it's been two months and I still haven't mentioned something as important as my FIRST 1st place win!

I'm finishing up this quilt...finally!...with a blogpost and linking it to Finish It Up Friday with crazymomquilts.blogspot.com!

I entered the AdornIt Quilt Challenge at HMQS (Home Machine Quilt Show) in Salt Lake City in May. 

I have to confess that despite my hopes of winning, I had convinced myself I wasn't going to win, so I decided not to go to the awards ceremony. I regretted that so much when my awesome friends from the Handi Quilter Education Department (Vicki, Marie, and Cheryl) text me congrats on my win.

Before the quilting began:

This was a pattern on the cover of Quilter's World Spring 2014 edition (designed by Holly Daniels).

Quilting in progress:


I should mention that everything on this quilt was done hand guided with either templates and rulers or free motion quilting with the exception of the round flower motif (pic below). I designed that in Art & Stitch on my computer.


And finished!



Love the back texture too!


When I finally made it to the show I made it a point to introduce myself to Carolee McMullin, the founder of AdornIt. I was able to learn her amazing story of starting both her scrapbooking company and her fabric company, AdornIt, while raising a family. Now her children are grown and help within the company. 

I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet Carolee. Not only is she inspirational to small business owners, but she is a genuinely kind person! And, like you and I, she is passionate about sharing her creativity with the world!


I also entered the SewBatik Challenge at HMQS and won a Judge's Choice award.








Monday, July 21, 2014

Post 32- Celestial Star QAL

After a few weeks of good vacationing, I'm itching to get back to quilting again.

I have more than a few project deadlines coming up. A wonderful group of Handi Quilter owners from across the seas have adopted me into their FB longarm group. I feel pretty lucky to have their friendship. They are always so encouraging and creating the most inspiring quilts! 

Many of the group joined Lisa Calle's Radiance wholecloth challenge and are hoping to display their wholecloths at a show somewhere overseas. Since I took a class from Lisa back in May and wanted to quilt up the design I made in her class, I decided joining the challenge would be just the thing I needed to get this done. (Yep, I work better with deadlines than without!) An update on that project will be coming sometime later this week.

I also recently joined the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild for a sew-in at Thimbles and Threads in Draper. What fun! Not only did I make some good progress on a project, but I met some awesome gals! One of them introduced me to the blog fromblankpages.blogspot.com and the Celestial Star quilt-a-long. 

With all of my other projects and customer quilts, I was hesitant to join the quilt-a-long. But it sounded so fun! So here's my compromise...I'm joining but only making one 18-inch block. So here's what I have done so far.

The first step was purchasing the pattern and coloring some grayscale designs.


They're all fun designs, but my fav is the bottom left. 

I want to use one of the fabric bundles I bought at shop hop. 
Here are the choices:






The next step...coloring the design in some of the fabric collections.


There must be something going on with the bottom left pics, because once again that's the winner!
I really want to make some use of the Christmas fabric I bought, so I think that'll be my fabric choice. 

Stay tuned for more Celestial Star QAL and Wholecloth fun!
 
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