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