At our last modern guild meeting, one of our members told us about PrintablePaper.net, where you can get all kinds of grids to use for drawing quilt designs. It’s a free resource and has many other options in addition to the grids. There’s even a printable car bingo. I know I’ll be using some of these.
As promised, here are a few of the quilts our retreat group made for Ronald McDonald house. Sorry they aren’t very square. Next time I’ll do better standing straight-on to the quilt when I take the pictures! Each is approximately 40″ square.
It’s tempting, isn’t it? A quilt is a tangible item to show your concern, to offer both comfort and warmth. I’ve already seen a number of requests for quilts for Texans. I’ve also seen one of those requests in a Facebook group called a fraud, and deleted after the group moderator couldn’t affirm its legitimacy.
In the past I’ve made quilts to give post-disaster. But unless a disaster is local, I won’t do it again. Why not? Very simply, if a community is facing the scale of tragedy that Houston and other Texas cities are facing, figuring out how…
My entry in this year’s Quilt Alliance contest was chosen by judge Linda Pumphrey for her Judge’s Choice Award! Here’s the quilt:
For Quilt Alliance contest 2017, 16″ x 16″
And here’s Linda’s comment:
I love the graphic abstract and bold colors of this little quilt. The quilt is beautifully executed with strong visual impact.
Of course I am thrilled to be chosen!
All quilts entered in the contest will be displayed at QA’s “Quilters Take Manhattan” event as well as at International Quilt Festival in Houston. They will then be auctioned to raise money to support the Quilt Alliance’s many projects.
Here’s the link to the auction site, where you can see all quilts entered in the contest:
After 3 weeks and 3 quilts, here is the one I finally finished for the 2017 Quilt Alliance contest. The first two quilts were OK, but I like this one best, so off it goes.
For Quilt Alliance contest 2017, 16″ x 16″
The contest theme this year is “voices”. As I made this little maze, I thought of college students in their world of endless possibilities, talking all night about the meaning of life. I thought the bright colors and the maze were a good representation of that.
Detail of the quilt for the 2017 Quilt Alliance contest
The fabric is Cherrywood hand dyes, except for the bright yellow, which is a batik. I presume it is obvious that I cut everything with scissors and improvised the piecing as I went along. I quilted it on my Bernina, using lightweight medium grey thread to lend texture without showing too much.
Next week: a quilt to use as a wedding guest book. Thanks for visiting!
The Modern Quilt Guild of Franklin (NC) has been working on this quilt designed by Sarah Overton of My Crowded Nest. It is paper-pieced octagons,and the paper piecing certainly has helped it go together more smoothly with so many different people working on it.
Several people took papers and fabric home to do a row at first, then we all met several times to put the rows together.
We were working from a plan, but color placement was still a challenge!
Of course the colors were chosen by the national MQG, but we added a few prints to liven things up.
And finally, the top is done!
It’s going to be quilted by Andrea Walker, so I’ll be sure to show a picture of the final quilt when it’s done. After QuiltCon, it will be donated to our local hospice.
Gratitude is always a good practice, so it’s especially nice to have a holiday specifically dedicated to thanksgiving. Here are 10 reasons I’m thankful for quilting:
Every project is a new learning experience. Even if it is, sometimes, “another *%@!! learning experience” 🙂
A learning experience!
There is no failure. Projects that don’t turn out as planned can be recycled into something. (It may take a while to figure out what.)
This one had to be cut up and made into placemats!
Friends. Quilting is a great way to meet interesting people and make new friends. I love making friends online, too, even though I may never meet them in person. It’s such fun that people from 3000 miles away follow my blog and I follow theirs.
A new friend holding up one of my quilts at a recent guild talk
Quilting is a great creative outlet, whether or not I choose to be an “artist”.
Quilt made for a class with Gwen Marston
Gifts. I’ve made quilts, placemats, table runners, potholders, and bags to give to friends.
Last year I pledged (and made) 12 quilts for Ronald McDonald House. That was a little overwhelming, so I decided on 6 quilts this year. I’ve now finished the last one, and here they are! All are about 40 inches square.
The first was made from a pattern called Ribbon Box, available free from Cloud 9 Fabrics.
The next was from the last of the many wonky 9-patch blocks. I made these for a quilt, but didn’t like the way they looked all together. Luckily they look just fine with alternate solid blocks.
The next two were to use fabric with vehicles, since sometimes we run short on “boy” quilts.
This one was made to use some of my stash of charm squares:And finally, I just had to make one using a lot of the cute modern prints I’ve been collecting:These were fun, as always. I used them to try a few new things, and now they’re ready to go 🙂