Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Jaw Dropping :: BQF Voting Is In Full Swing

I'm sure you have all been viewing the 'Eye Candy' of quilts at Amy's Creative Side for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  In case you aren't, you should!  

Entries are in and the voting has begun!  I was pretty shocked when I saw 'Raw I' was nominated for 'Viewers Choice'!  EEEP!    
It's such an honor to be nominated!  Here are the nominees for Viewers Choice, hard to decide right?  You can vote for three, but dang...it's a hard one!

'Raw I' is also entered in the 'Mini Category'.  


This has been another successful Festival full of inspiration!  I've caught my breath a few times looking at the entries! 

                                     

You can find all the categories, all the entries HERE...where you can then vote for your favorite two!  Explore their blogs, see more pictures...Share some love!

And a great big THANK YOU to you, for voting, for entering, for always inspiring!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Round Elements & Square Trouble

Happily things are moving along!  After my trip to Atlanta Ikea, I came away with a few amazing finds.  All of which I will share at a later date.  Not to be all secretive or anything, I just need to get my ducks in a row first.  And the fact that one of the pieces needs to be assembled first.  

The 'happily' part is I finally started a project, a challenge project!  Afton who blogs @Quilting Mod, threw down the gauntlet and threw out a challenge.  Naturally I jumped in because what the heck...I never have anything going on!  

Here's the skinny:  Afton would supply 12 fat eights of Art Gallery's 'Round Elements' and basically we can make anything!  There are a few other stipulations, but that's the basic low down.  

 

The fabric is of course divine, it is Art Gallery!  The colors vibrant and oh so pretty!  And until a few days ago, I hadn't a clue what I would make.  The way I seem to work lately is to put it off until the last possible moment.  Dare I say I'm ahead of the game?  It has to be finished by the first week in October and yes, I got this one under control!

I don't want to give away too much, that will have to wait for the 'reveal'.  It sounds so mysterious and monumental!  It isn't!  It's actually selfish on my part.



This project will be centered around my 'Star Thistle' block I recently designed.  Except this will be with smaller blocks, a different layout and another paper pieced block I made for this project. Which is why I say I'm being selfish with this challenge.  I'm exploring!

I printed the templates, color coded the blocks and began to process!  It was really fun, I had an assembly line piecing day!



Coral Perfection, don't you think?  I'm using Kona Snow and three different grey tones.  This one has the darkest grey, which looks black in the picture.  It is not!



Maybe you prefer pink?!  I personally like them both equally!



With some of the block sections pieced, I couldn't resist laying them out.  They remind me of sail boats.  It never occurred to me on previous projects!  Just what I need, another idea!  



As of right now, the top is completely finished and awaiting the quilting phase.  Hopefully, that will happen in the next couple days!  

I'm also working on another project that I thought would be a 'joy' to do!  And it was in the beginning!  If I can make things harder for myself...I will!



Here is a sneak peak.  The squares are 1", which means...you guessed it...they will finish at 1/2"! It's a new technique for me, and it's a design I have been itching to do for years now. Let's just say this became much more than I bargained for!

The pattern for 'Star Thistle' is available in my Craftsy Store!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Raw 1 :: Mini Quilt Category (BQF Fall)

There is crazy and then there is CraZy!  I decided at the beginning of 2016 that I was going to try new things.  I never imagined this would be the 'new' that I would try! 

One thing I love about quilting and quilters, nothing is off limits.  You are only limit by your imagination.

For my second entry in the Blogger's Quilt FestivalI decided to enter ''Raw I' in the MINI QUILT. A mini that packs a punch, hits all the creative notes and for me, something that is totally outside the box!

You would think a bowl full of 'trimmings' couldn't be worth anything more than a good pleasing photo.  I thought that...



A quilt that makes you question 'how small is too small'!   
  
RAW I
18" x 20"
When an idea hits me, I must explore it!  Weaving.  Specifically Raw Edge Weaving.  I've learned not to question where these ideas come from.  I roll with the punches and see what happens.


The trimmings are 1/4" or less, but I was sure I could weave them.  I ended up with 2 1/4" to 2 1/2" blocks that were full of possibilities.  


After playing, arranging, stitching and fussing, I came up with a design I was proud of!  It evolved over a period of time, something that I've come to appreciate and look forward to when working through a design.



The matched binding proved to be a little more difficult than I wanted it to be!  


The lines on the left represent the first step in weaving.  Strips.  The 'X's became the process of weaving.  Interlacing the fabrics together.  A loose interpretation, but it is improv after all!



There will be a 'Raw II' one day, I have these ideas....Yikes!

You can read more about this quilt here:  Raw I ~ Beyond Scraps. Borderline CRazY!

The Blogger's Quilt Festival allows us to share our best!  It's like putting on our Easter Dress and Patent Leather shoes!  Besides sharing our pride and joy, we get to check out new blogs!  There is so much talent it makes my mind spin!  We can be a sponge and sop up the inspiration!  



The Blogger's Quilt Festival runs through September 30th.  Catch some inspiration, find new blogs...join the fun!!  Amy @Amy's Creative Side has hosted this event and as always, it will be another success!

Linking:  Needle & Thread TGIFF Finished Or Not Friday

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Confetti :: Original Design Category (BQF Fall)

It's time for the annual Blogger's Quilt Festival!  Amy @Amy's Creative Side is the host and always puts on a great show!  If you are looking for inspiration, you'll find it here!  I've participated the past few years and it's always an event I enjoy!


It's also a time where we can go back, look at the quilts we've made thus far, and relive the moment! 

The quilt that makes me go 'you did what?', is 'Confetti'.  I'm entering this quilt in the ORIGINAL DESIGN Category.

CONFETTI
42" x 54"
I made a pillow using teeny tiny squares and was determined to one day make a quilt. What finally inspired me to do it?  I was inspired when I saw 'Artifact' by Alison Glass.  



Each square measures 1/2"...and that's the finished size!  It helped to break down the quilt in blocks.  Which made lining up the squares a little easier.

I used bits of the 'Artifact' throughout the front and on the back.  I tried so hard to line up the front of the quilt with the backing when I basted it.  Much to my shock and surprise it was nearly perfect!



The paper pieced star was an element I couldn't resist adding!  It played perfectly with the Confetti and of course...fits well with 'Artifact'!



A few quilt facts:
Background Fabric:  Kona Snow
Binding:  Kona Pepper
Star:  Kona Pepper
Backing:  Alison Glass ~ Artifact

There are a total of 608 ~ 1/2" squares in a zillion colors!  

To me...totally worth every single second!  


If you would like to read more about this quilt, click on these links for a little more insight and detail:  When The Last Piece Of Confetti Falls,  It's A Party! and Pillow Talk!

The Blogger's Quilt Festival runs through September 30th.  Catch some inspiration, find new blogs...join the fun!!



Linking: Crazy Mom Quilts  Can I Get A Whoop Whoop