Sunday, November 29, 2015

Quilt Festival: Mixed Technique Quilts

Are you ready for some spectacular quilts from Quilt Festival? Mixed technique quilts are on today's menu.
Keiko Ike's Mariner's Compass quilt uses color and design to create an intended mysterious effect. Keiko combined machine appliqué, machine piecing, and free-motion in Magical Zone, which took the top prize for Mixed Technique.
Magical Zone by Keiko Ike
Emi Chabata was awarded second place for Flowers in Bloom in the Rainy Season, which contained appliquéd hydrangeas, Grandmother's Fan umbrellas, and beaded raindrops. All work was done by hand.
Flowers in Bloom in the Rainy Season by Emi Chabata
Linda Fleschner used modified English paper piecing,  fused appliqué, and long-arm quilting to create her third place recipient. The Radiant Star pattern, a monochromatic color scheme, and a Ravendale paisley print came together to create this beauty. If you look closely, you can see how the elaborate border mimics the fabric prints used in the central star.
Ravendale Star by Linda Fleschner
Mailyn Badger won Honorable Mention for Exuberance, named by her late husband who watched her hand embroider and appliqué it during his illness. Though she struggled for six months to bring herself to quilt it following his death, she eventually persevered by thinking about what he would have wanted. It is a testament to the tie between quilting and the affection for loved ones.

Exuberance by Marilyn Badger
The original design was inspired by Judy Niemeyer's Coxcomb Contest.
Exuberance by Marilyn Badger
The Mixed Technique category has a striking array of variation among styles, but all seamlessly melded traditional techniques in unexpected ways. They are excellent examples of taking a pattern in an entirely new direction, and making it one's own.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Fabric Fun

Since I can't refute the claim of being an enabler, here are some discounts for your shopping pleasure:


Use code Gobble 60 for 60% off. Shipping overages will be refunded.

Fat Quarter Shop
25% off all orders until midnight Saturday.

Sale lasts until Saturday night.
30% off with code GIVETHANKS.

Clover & Violet
Use code Thankful2015 for 25% off everything.

Everything is 25% off.

25% off with code BFCM2015.
Use code BLACKFRIDAY30 for 30% off everything.

$15 covers your linky cost for one year, which is 25% off.
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Schoolhouse: Valorie Wells & Lizzy House

Valorie Wells has a new fabric line called Mystic, that exudes the magic of Morocco. Patterns, including Flying Carpet (shown below) will be available through Stitching' Post in December of 2016.

This one is gypsum.
Here's Mystic Blue.

Because I am so grateful for those of you that keep coming by, I have a giveaway for you today. To get in the running for two fat quarters of Mystic, just let me know how you follow Quilting Mod in the comments below. For an extra entry, share the giveaway and let me know in a second comment how you shared. I'll use the Random Number Generator to pick a winner on December 4.

Lizzy House is responsible for one of my favorite collections this season, The Lovely Hunt, which was inspired by tapestries. The quilt below is by Michelle.

The Lovely Hunt is highly fussy cuttable. Just feast your eyes on these Cathedral Window pillows by Felice Regina (@iamlunasol).

Isn't this paper pieced unicorn by Julia Eigenbrodt (@stars_sunshine) incredible?
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Quilt Festival: Innovative Aplique Quilts

Today I'm going to take you on a little stroll around the Innovative Appliqué section of Quilt Festival in Houston, TX.
First place went to Molly Hamilton-McNally for Reborn. This needle turn appliqué piece represents Molly's journey from darkness and depression to light and happiness through the art of quilting.

Reborn by Molly Hamilton-McNally @ Quilting Mod
Reborn by Molly Hamilton-McNally

Charming Chinz, a completely hand-done "welcome the family" for a very fortunate daughter-in-law, was awarded second place. Linda Roy is sure a mother-in-law to beat all. Any bachelors with a mother like that fill the top rungs of the eligible bachelor ladder.

Charming Chinz by Linda Roy @ Quilting Mod
Charming Chinz by Linda Roy

Gouldians in the Jade Vine gives the viewer a glimpse into Ruth's tropical Australian garden, with its jade vines and Gouldian finches. Techniques employed include hand appliqué, confetti piecing, embroidery, and machine quilting.
Gouldians in the Jade Vine by Ruth Bloomfield @ Quilting Mod
Gouldians in the Jade Vine by Ruth Bloomfield
If there were an award for best use of unprecedented materials, I could see Rodeo by Cathy Wiggins taking it home by a wide margin. Given that I just made up that category, it was awarded an Honorable Mention instead. Cathy long-armed layered deer hides and appliquéd hair-on cow hides by hand through hand-punched holes.
Rodeo by Cathy Wiggins @ Quilting Mod
Rodeo by Cathy Wiggins
What's the most unconventional material you've ever used in a quilt?
See you later for more Quilt Festival fun!
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Epic Diaper Bag

It's been said that quilty friends make the best friends. I'm inclined to agree.
I celebration of the upcoming birth of my third child (who has now been born), my dear friends Renee Hoffman of Quilts of a Feather and Sara Walker joined forces to make me a treasured baby gift.
Quilts, rather than bags, are more my forte, so I was very excited that they were so generous of their time and talents.
I love the luxurious Cotton + Steel prints and ample pocket allotment. It holds all my things. I was inspired to make a coordinating diaper changing pad. Unfortunately, throwing a project with iron-on vinyl in the drier is not a very good idea. Now it looks more like a raisin.
Enough about me (and my mishaps); let's talk about my impressive compadres. The quilting may be less apparent from the front, but Renee's workmanship is astounding.

I'd consider having another baby just for a bag like this. Oh wait, that's just the mommy brain acting up again.
Thank you so much Sara and Renee. You guys are awesome!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Quilt Market Continued

I'm back with more coverage from Quilt Market in Houston. Prepare for more pretties!
Jackie Mcfee's collection for Camelot Fabrics, With Love, has understated beauty within its muted corals and neutral hues.
 It's the epitome of class subtle and feminine softness.
When I say "Wildland" I'm usually referring to my household that includes three youngsters; but in this rare instance, that's not what I mean. Wildland is actually a cheery, Native American-inspired fabric collection by Miriam Bos for Birch Organics.

Emily Isabella's latest children's collection, Homestead, is based on agrigarian themes. It isn't gender specific, which makes it perfect for creating handmade gifts for yet-to- be born babes with parents who want to be surprised.
Quilting Treasures used the Festival of Stars Block of the Month by Pine Tree Country Quilts to showcase their Ombre Scroll fabrics, which will be released in March.
Now, let's talk about Luke. He unveiled his virgin fabric line for Moda, Dapper, at Market.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Giveaway Winners

Congrats to Joyce and Kathryn, who have both won Little House totes in my latest giveaway. Please e-mail your mailing addresses to

I follow via Bloglovin. I love Anna Marie Horner's new collection. Thanks for the giveaway.
I follow you via bloglovin. I think Anna Maria Horner's fabrics are always winners. thanks for the show.

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