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Sunday, March 23, 2014

National Quilt Day(s) Fun

Davis North/Weber areas had a very busy and fun weekend to celebrate National Quilt Day!  The schedule of activities for the two day event was front and center as guests arrived.  Yes, if you click on the picture, you can read it and see that both days were the 21st. 

Legacy Village in Layton, has a retirement village, assisted living and rehab units.  The first trunk show was a variety of quilts that belonged to some of the residents.  Sandra, from the Kalico Kut-ups chapter interviewed these residents and told the stories of the quilts.  It was very inspiring and fun to see how happy they were to be recognized.  Below are just a few of their quilts plus a crocheted bedspread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten chapters participated in this event, so there was a lot of variety in the demos and items to purchase.  Lots of mini quilts and baskets for the silent auction as well.  There were 60 quilts on display and Pam White won first place for viewers choice!  All of the trunk shows were wonderful, too.  It is so interesting to see the different styles and how quilters evolve over time.  Three of the trunk shows were presented by UQG Board members…..Josephine Keasler, Kathy Porter, and Crystal North!  Lorie Bashein and Carol Johnson showed beautiful quilts as well.

1 COMMENT:

sewfunwithjules said…

The Friday trunk show of the Legacy residents was very fun and I loved hearing the history of the items. I love the Legacy Quilt show. It was also a surprise to realize I am in these pictures. Thanks for all your hard work. Julie

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No lie! A 10 minute quilt block !

I made this one about a year ago for the Elf Princess.  She wanted a more grown up look than Tinkerbell and what better excuse to try a new pattern and buy a Layer cake?!  The colors are a little off in the photo…not sure why.  It was a beautiful sunny 70 today!  I enlisted the help of two of my preschool moms to hold it for me after preschool.  One of them was about 6 inches taller than the other which accounts for the sag at the right corner.  haha.  The parts that look orangy aren’t that orange and here it throws off the color scheme a little bit.  This pattern is Suzanne McNeill’s 10 Minute Block.  I found it on You Tube.  It really is a 10 minute block!  Especially since I started with a Layer Cake and I didn’t have to do any cutting!  This was before I knew about pressing seams as you sew.

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I actually paid my LQS to long arm this one so it could be done before she was married and out of the house.  haha   This was Long before I was brave enough to try machine quilting.  The Elf Princess picked blue for the back which surprised me.  I thought she would go for the bright pink color in the front.  They just folded over the backing and used it for the binding and stitched a little scallop on the binding.

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And here is a close up of the fun flowers the quilter picked.

 

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I love the wrinkly way it turned out after it was washed.

 

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This is a close up of the actual 10 minute block.  It is three seams and a little bit of top stitching to make the block.  Super easy and very fun!

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This is a close up of the center square.  It actually gets sewn in with the 3 seams mentioned above.  You can leave it a square or roll the edges in to give it a bit of a cathedral look.  Even with this top stitching it is only about 8 minutes to make the block.

I have both her books and would love to make another one of the variations.  My older sister made her daughter and bf quilts for college using this pattern.  They had a great time too.

Have you tried one yet?   If you want to quilt and need a quick easy one to learn one – this is a great one to try.  If you have pics, post them.  CY – you should link pics of yours here!

My Own Secret Ambition

I just reread my sisters post from a while ago, which I posted here today…I too have a secret ambition.  I have a hard time saying it out loud and admitting to it because it seems so unreachable and out of my league.  But, gathering my courage…here it is.  I want to teach quilting and sewing – you know – all over the United States.  I would love to teach a class for Craftsy.  I would love to design quilts and be a published author of quilt books.  I would love to have sponsors and be invited to contribute to books, magazines and bees, to organize a charity group, to start a quilt guild, to be an awesome longarm quilter, to be noticed and in demand somewhere (besides at home – where I am always needed. 🙂  I am not complaining – I love being a stay at home Mom and I wouldn’t trade that for any of my dreams) There I said it.  Currently I am a phantom quilter that gets overwhelmed at my dreams.  I have learned alot the last year and there is so much more to learn and do and experience.  I do get to go to the Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City, Ut this year and I am super excited to meet other quilters there.  If you haven’t heard of it, here is the info:

Home Machine Quilting Show
May 8-10, 2014

http://www.hmqs.org/

The premier quilt exhibition and hands-on
educational conference for all machine quilters,
embroiderers and those who love to sew!

Any ambitions you are keeping to yourself?  Saying it aloud (in print) was actually therapeutic for me…try it!  Have a happy Tuesday!

Jelly Roll Race with Miss America

Just after I discovered the wonderful world of youtube and all the fantastic resources online, I discovered Jenny Doan, from Missouri Star Quilting. (Love her videos and personality – she is located in Missouri.  I grew up there and it is on my bucket list to go to her retreats and meet her!)  I watched the video on Jelly Roll Racing and I was intrigued.  I found some  jelly rolls at Big Lots (of all places to find fabric).  I got two of each collection because there weren’t very many strips in each jelly roll.  Miss America and I sat down and had a jelly roll race.  It took us most of the afternoon but we had a blast.  I must say it was an excellent way for her to learn to sew.  It is all straight lines.  If you haven’t done a jelly roll race before it is super simple.  You unroll the jelly roll, cut the first piece about a 1/3 of the way up and just start sewing them right sides together at angled seams (go see Jenny Doan’s Jelly Roll Race tutorial video to figure that one out). And you sew and sew and sew and pretty soon you are at the end and you find the beginning strip and sew them together and sew and sew some more!

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This is Miss America’s jelly roll race quilt. I had to fix a few of the seams that were too narrow or too wide, but as a whole she did a super job!

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I got the idea to machine quilt it with wavy lines from a blog I follow.  Maureen Cracknell wavy lines quilting

I decided with my inexperience that wavy line quilting would be best for my skill level.  First I tried it with my walking foot but that was frustrating me so I switched to my darning foot and totally free handed it. The stitches aren’t all the same length.  At the time I didn’t have quilting gloves so I was wrestling with trying to steer the fabric by holding the rolled up sides.  I do NOT recommend that for a pleasant quilting experience.  Bennion Crafts has the gloves for about $8 and they are worth it!!!!

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I just turned the backing up over the front edge  and machine stitched it to the front with a wavy stitch to compliment the quilting .

My husband bought me some Clover binding clips for Christmas and I must say I LOVE them.

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This is my jelly roll race.  I actually picked a few rows apart and rearranged the colors a little bit.  You will notice on Miss America’s that the colors are lumped together a bit more than mine.  I would love to try another jelly roll race with a bigger jelly roll and only use one.  I really like this color combo!  Sorrythe quilt isn’t straight,  a breeze picked up just as we started taking pictures.

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This is the back to my quilt and you can see the randomness of the wavy lines pretty well.  All in all I was really please with the machine quilting and it was definitely a learning experience for me.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that JoAnn’s carried the yardage that matched the jelly roll I found so I used it for the back.

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Miss America held up the quilts and I asked her to peek over hers, but she wouldn’t.  I did the same type of binding – folded over the back and machine stitched it down.

Have you done a jelly roll race?  I would love to see a pic…

My daffodils have peeked out and are happily waving in the sunshine!  Wahoo!!!  Happy Weekend!

Flirt table runner

This is my first attempt at machine stitching with my sewing machine.  I love to piece quilt tops but machine stitching is new and scary!  I saw this table runner by Missouri Star and I loved it.  Love the fabric, Flirt by Moda, too!  I did change the center heart to face the same direction as the other to though!  I stitched in the ditch to outline the hearts and the rectangle and then I free handed the loopy meandering.  I tried looping between the hearts and that was a disaster so I am in the process of picking that out and I will stitch in a row of hearts.  I still haven’t decided how to quilt the hearts.

 

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Here is the whole thing….

 

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Here is a close up of my stitching – nothing to brag about – sharp corners and big stitching in places, but I overcame a major mental hurdle and went for it.  It does have a few loose threads hanging on it.

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I decided it was actually quite fun and I am willing to try it again….good thing because I have lots of pieced quilt tops and other projects and not the budget to send them out professionally!

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