Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pictures from HMQS 2015

Earlier in the month I had the wonderful opportunity to attend HMQS in Sandy, Utah.  My sister and I attended classes on 3 days, and wandered the vendor's mall and exhibit on 2 1/2 days.  It was exhausting, but I saw some great quilts.

This first one was on display from Dusty Farrell.

The flying geese are dimensional.  And the center circles of each kaleidoscope has a special addition.

Isn't the quilting fabulous?!!

There was a special exhibit using Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I really like how the dark background sets off the bright fun fabrics.

I took a class from this quilter...  I think it's Karen Sievert.  Just fabulous quilting.

And here is a close-up shot of the quilting.

This quilt I really liked...because of the border treatment.  A good example of how the quilting can change the look of the quilt.

And another close-up.

That's all for now.  Enjoy the eye candy!

And Keep Sewing!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

My last Mini Quilt for Now

Here is the last mini quilt made for the Sew Small Guild.   I used flying geese to make the stars.

I had members of the guild sign squares for the centers of the stars.

I used Kim Diehl fabric, and made the sashing from the same fabrics as the stars.  The cornerstones are the same as the outer border.

Here you can see the quilting.  I used rulers for the stars, and ditch quilting.

The outer border was done free motion.

I wanted to make a mini version of this quilt, since the original is about 42" square.   I just ran out of steam to do it.  I have so many other things I have been working on.

Earlier this year, I made a store sample for Christmas:

It used a charm pack and some yardage.  I chose the pink colorway (also available in red), because I didn't think it would sell as well as the red.  People like to see them done before they buy.

I used a stencil for the feathered wreath, free motion for the sashing, and rulers for the ditch work.

I also put Cuddle fabric on the back...this will be a baby quilt someday.

Then, I wanted to play with some moda mini charms.  You know...the 2 1/2 inch squares that come with a line.  I used 2 packs from the Daysail line by Moda, with 3/4 yard of background fabric.  I laid them out in rows...on the diagonal.

It was still a little small, so I added borders, after gluing the fabric down.  I took it to my Fusion, and used a ruler to keep my lines straight.  I stitched them all down, and this is how it turned out.

I really like how the back looks!  I used a soft flannel the same color as the border, just a little paler.

Then a free-motion flower and swirl in the border.

Another baby quilt to set aside for someday.  This kind of quilting...just playing with an idea...makes me happy.  I saw something similar at my training for Handi Quilter reps.  Works great!

Next time I'll share some photos from HMQS 2015.  I saw some great quilts, and took some fun classes.  After that, maybe some customer quilts.  Until then...

Keep Sewing!