Mary Landon Quilts

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Vintage Quilting – My $1 Practice Piece

I found this eyelet table scarf at a thrift store for only $1!  Here she is iwth a third place ribbon at the Big Sky Quilt Retreat and Show in Billings, MT.  It was entered in the machine quilting category.

 I knew I had to quilt it with lots of feathers.  

My process was fairly quick, but I did take the time to mark it first. This is my plexiglass drawing mat that I place over the quilt top and draw on with dry erase markers.  I use it to try  it various designs.  

This is the piece after I’ve made some preliminary markings.  I dew a flower, and then traced it with tissue paper.  I laid that under the white table scarf and drew out each flower.

Here it is from the back.  I faced it, and this was the first time I attempted facing a quilt rather than traditional binding.

And a few close ups.  This fun little vintage quilt hung at the UQSM show in Utah earlier this month, but didn’t ribbon.  That’s okay, I learned quite a bit from the judge’s comments.

Do You Use Bloglovin’?

I have to be honest, I never used Bloglovin’ to follow others’ blogs, but I have noticed that many of you use it to read my blog among others.  Maybe it wouldn’t have been necessary for me to switch to WordPress? Maybe I could have used it rather than Blogger to post pictures?  In any event, I’m adding my new blog to Bloglovin’. 

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Wild in Montana 

My little art quilt won an Honorable Mention in the Best of the Valley Show in Lindsay, CA last month.  It was a judged show, and I really appreciated getting feedback.  This is from a pattern and class by Barbara Olson.  The class taught us how to turn under all the appliqué pieces and machine quilt them.  We also learned to try to be fearless with our fabric choices.  I’m trying to update my blog as I find the time, but am looking for help.  Do you know an easy way to show which blogs you follow and to add them to your reading list?  I have many on my blogger list, but I’m having trouble finding them in WordPress.  Thanks for your help.

I am back to blogging!

I just moved my blog from blogger to this new wordpress site, and it couldn’t have been easier.  Yes for wordpress!



A Major Milestone in My Life!

Over the past few years I’ve been studying quilt shows and show quilts; studying winning quilts and non-winning quilts.  The desire to enter a quilt into a national show has been growing bit by bit.  This quilt didn’t start out as a show quilt, but as I worked on it,  and I spent many, many hours more on this quilt than any other, I thought why not now?  I am the type of person who likes to challenge myself.  I don’t enjoy just stitching fabric together so much anymore.  So, I finally made the leap.

I decided to enter this into MQX because I’ve heard that their show was one of the best, and its focus is the machine quilting.  I also thought I’d take advantage of the Emerging Entrants category since it won’t always be able to do so.  I was so shocked to see that my quilt was getting an award, and then as I watched the live awards presentation on Facebook, I was stunned to hear my name called last for first place!!  

I named this quilt Made in Voyage because it’s my first attempt at a national show, and the fact that I made it over the course of, say, 18 months while traveling back and forth between Montana and California.  It is all done with my hand-guided longarm.  Most of the blocks are paper pieced.  I added some needleturn appliqué in the borders, and piped binding.  After I finished it, while it was drying during the blocking process, it bled!  Oh no!  Thankfully I had read articles by Vicki Welch and Margaret Gunn on how to fix the bleed.  Dawn dish soap to the rescue!  

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Loving Life

I’m still limping along with blogger, but posting here is becoming more and more cumbersome.  It just doesn’t like to work with my iPad, or my photos, but I’m persistent.     Life is good!  I’ve not been able to complete many projects that I can show at this time, but I’ve started plenty.  We’ve been doing a lot of traveling, too.  

The picture above  is one of the big Montana sky.  

This one is the view from our condo at Bear Lake in Utah.  So much snow this year!

This piece is a sample of playing around with paintsticks.  Meh.

A beautiful sunset from our room in Morro Bay.  I added a filter with my phone.  

Change in Venue

I’m stitching from our place in California now, and I find it’s easier to finish things because I don’t have all the distractions of my other life with grandkids, kids, longarm, quilt guilds, etc.   this is the second of four eye spy quilts my grandkids and I have started.  Two of them have the same busy sashing to make it harder to ‘spy’ and the third will have more of a solid sashing because I ran a it of this polka dot fabric.  I don’t want to buy more fabric, and didn’t bring much with me to CA.  
Before I left Montana, I was busy blocking, binding and bleeding a quilt.  Oh, my, that was scary.  All that work only to find that the red had bled all over the white. Well, thankfully for Vicki Welsh Publishing an article on bleeding a quilt, I followed her directions and it worked beautifully.  
Here are the foam boards I tacked the quilt to.
The quilt is soaking in a hot bath of Dawn dish detergent.  
I’m still struggling with publishing to this google blog from an Apple product, so my posts are few and far between.  One day I’ll have to make the leap to a wordpress platform…Well, thanks for stopping by and I hope all is well in your world.