Saturday, October 22, 2016

Quilt Fiesta Santa Fe: Part II

I'm back with more quilt-related inspiration from Quilt Fiesta Santa Fe. If you missed my last post, check it out.
I loved the ombre effect in "When I am Old I Will Wear Purple" by Elizabeth Rickert, quilted by Sharon Cook. The pattern is by Noah Earnheart for the Missouri Star Quilt Company (although I wasn't able to locate it online).
"When I am Old I Will Wear Purple" by Elizabeth Rickert
Quilted by Sharon Cook
Kompass Inspired by Kaffe and Katja by Sarb Sarang Khalsa was a vibrant beauty.
Kompass Inspired by Kaffe and Katja by Sarb Sarang Khalsa
Star Sampler by Kathy Sublett, Quilted by Pam Millward took 1st Pieced Group and Best Machine Quilting. The My Lucky Stars pattern by the late Pam Bono in no longer available.
Star Sampler by Kathy Sublett, Quilted by Pam Millward

I found this extraordinary appliqué in the display for the guild's hand appliqué group, but no further details were provided.

Serendipity by Fran Holden and quilted by Lynn Horpedahl caught my attention, with its negative space and high contrast between bright, warm colors and the dark background.

Serendipity by Fran Holden

Quilted by Lynn Horpedahl

Back to the Garden by Nancy Arseneault earned first place for Appliqué and Best of Show using the Piece O'Cake Anniversary Quilt Pattern.

Back to the Garden by Nancy Arseneault

The unique quilting done by Linda Robinson on Melody Griego's Dandelion Messages quilt caught my attention. Melody used the Sheandoah pattern by Creative Solutions.

 Dandelion Messages by Melody Greg

Quilted by Linda Robinson
I remembered Cover Me in Stories by Carla Beene and quilted by Linda Robinson from the New Mexico State Fair. It was awarded Judge's Choice.
Cover Me in Stories by Carla Beene
Quilted by Linda Robinson
Thanks for joining me for the Quilt Fiesta Santa Fe!
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Quilt Fiesta Santa Fe: Part I

I attended the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild's biannual quilt show, Quilt Fiesta Santa Fe the second weekend in October and thought you might like to see some of the highlights. I'm sorry some of the lighting isn't optimal; the convention center had mostly natural lighting via skylights and very minimal auxiliary lighting.
Learning Curve: Pot with Rainbow Curve by Ruth Hamelink won second in the Innovative Art category.
Learning Curve: Pot with Rainbow Curve by Ruth Harmelink
The color scheme of Lines-Curved and Straight: Mostly Aubergine by Ruth Hamelink and quilted by Joan Duvall, calls bacon to mind for me more than eggplant. Perhaps it's time I had lunch and reconsidered my dietary habits. Or maybe I'm just thinking about Debbie of A Quilter's Table's Bee Sewcial Bacon Quilt.
Lines-Cruved and Straight: Mostly Aubergine by Ruth Hamelink
Quilted by Joan Duvall
Ruth Hamelink's Lines and Shapes: Black and Terra Cotta won Honorable Mention in Innovative Art.
Lines and Shapes: Black and Terra Cotta by Ruth Hamelink

First place in the Small Pieced category went to The Cougar by Nicole Dunn, who was inspired by Lisa Kroll.
The Cougar by Nicole Dunn
This one doesn't look any simpler up close.
The Cougar by Nicole Dunn

Trip to Japan, also pieced by Nicole Dunn, was inspired by Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match by Mary McCusker. It took second place in the Pieced Group category.
Trip to Japan by Nicole Dunn, Quilted by Donna Smith
Tears in Heaven by Nancy Steidle won Best Original Design and first in Innovative Art. Nancy is certainly a master of elegant embellishment and layering.
Tears in Heaven by Nancy Steidle
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Autumn Stars

My Autumn Star quilt is finished!
I made quick work of this one with my walking foot and a serpentine stitch.
Autumn Star is one of twenty patterns in The Jolly Bar Book by It's Sew Emma. Jolly Bars are Fat Quarter Shop's exclusive 5" x 10" Moda precut. I highly recommend the spiral bound book because of the numerous stress-free, well-illustrated patterns and economy pricing (under $10).
I used Chestnut Street by Fig Tree Quilts and a chocolate solid for my top, but there are limitless possibilities for this design.
See other patterns from the book by checking out the sew along. If you make your own, share on social media using the #jollybarbook hashtag.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Picture Day

Now that we are a family of five, I've reached an entirely new level of negligence when it comes to taking pictures of the kids. Fortunately, I've made a routine of getting family pictures taken by Jessica Inman a couple times a year. Now my kids won't wonder if I actually raised them, due to the lack of photographic evidence.
Of course, I tend to bring a quilt along. This time, I brought my Summer Breeze quilt (pictured above) made with Pat Sloan's Hometown Girl fabrics for the Fat Quarter Shop's blog hop. Jessica was kind enough to take a few shots of the quilt at the Albuquerque Botanic Gardens where we had our shoot.
Photo by Jessica Inman
Summer Breeze felt right at home with the Farmall tractor. If you're interested in making your own, the pattern can be purchased from Fat Quarter Shop. There's a video tutorial and kit featuring Kate Spain's Latitude batiks available too.
Photo by Jessica Inman
Here I am with my husband Rob, and kids Bryce (7), Linnea (3) and Cade (1). Thanks for humoring my show and tell of the familial variety. 
Photo by Jessica Inman

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Quilting Mod Challenge #1

A couple months ago, I issued a challenge to my readers to create a project using Art Gallery Fabrics Round Elements and link up the first week on October. Seven challengers unveiled a broad assortment of beautiful projects. You can see their process shots on social media at the #QMChallenge hashtag.
Melanie of Mostly Crafty is a pro at making flying geese! She used the Heading South pattern by Material Girl Quilts to make a beautiful quilt. It has the perfect backing too! I think it could function in summer too; just turn it upside down, and call it Heading North.
 Jayne from Twiggy and Opal made Get to the Point, a wall-hanging incorporating her free Star Thistle pattern. The geometric quilting compliments the paper-piecing so nicely.
Renee of Quilts of a Feather made Curvy Clutches using the free pattern from Pink Door Fabrics for some appreciated teachers. As a teacher turned stay-at-home-mom, I think this is an awesome gesture.
Betty Cruikshank at Sew What Now made a quilted jacket for one very lucky four year old great granddaughter. I admire this project greatly, as I have very limited apparel-making experience, and an almost four-year-old daughter who would adore such a jacket, if only her mom had Betty's sewist skills.

Sharon at Yellowcat Quilt Designs multi-tasked on the challenge, using blocks from Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks she made as part of the #100Day100Block Challenge with the Shadow Block Mini Quilt pattern from Studio Dragonfly to make this gorgeous quilt.
This table runner was created by Connie of FreeMotion by the River using her Piano Keys pattern, which is available for purchase on Craftsy.
Susan of Super Mom No Cape made a tissue box cover and an adorable Halloween treat bag.
You can check out all the great projects by clicking through the linky below:

I had mentioned some prizes. Jayne and Susan won a rainbow bundle of fat quarters.
Betty won a prize bundle featuring all these goodies.
Thanks to all who participated. I enjoyed the wide variety of inspirational projects, and was impressed by each and every one of you!
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

AGF Stitched with Kimberly: Timber

Some fabric lines are completely irresistible. Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics falls into this category for me. My heart was set on those bunnies and owls since I caught my first glimpse at Quilt Market in May.
AGF Stitched with Kimberly: Timber @ Quilting Mod
Of course, I jumped at the chance to use this beloved collection for the Timber quilt. Timber is one of many free patterns and YouTube tutorials available courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop as part of the Art Gallery Stitched with Kimberly series.
AGF Stitched with Kimberly: Timber @ Quilting Mod
I used Moon Stories Ash, Nox Iridescence Dim, Magical Gust Crisp, Birds of Night Mist, Moon Stories Spark, Luminaries Gold, Birds of Night Slate, and coordinating Pure Elements solids. You can see coordinating Art Gallery fabrics for all the collections on the AGF website. The backing is Moon Stories Spark.
AGF Stitched with Kimberly: Timber @ Quilting Mod
Kimberly made her Timber quilt from Pat Bravo's Heartland Collection, and there's even a kit available. The pattern makes a good size quilt at 64.5" x 80.5" and provides an excellent opportunity to feature focal prints.

Tisha of Quilt Icing used 50 weight grey blue Aurifil thread to intricately adorn Timber with feathers, swirls, pebbles, and other lovely textures. She never ceases to amaze me!
AGF Stitched with Kimberly: Timber @ Quilting Mod, Quilting by Quilt Icing
It's always fun to see how changing up fabric selections can alter the look of a quilt. Visit the other participating bloggers to see their versions.
Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Natalia from Piece N' Quilt
Megan and Heather from Quilt Story
Erin from Why Not Sew
AGF Stitched with Kimberly: Timber @ Quilting Mod, Quilting by Quilt Icing
I'm linking up with:
Keeping It SimpleQuilting is more fun than HouseworkCooking Up QuiltsQuiltfabricationQuilter in the Closetmop it up mondayshomework
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