Showing posts with label Quilts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quilts. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Free Motion Chicken No More

I know I've been neglecting my blog lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been sewing. I'm on a bit of a deadline with some custom orders that I can't show right now, so my AMH dress is halfway finished, as is a quilt I intended to enter into a couple quilt shows. I missed the entry deadline for one and am a couple days out on the deadline for the second, so I don't know if I'll finish in time. But before I got swamped I am happy to admit that I jumped a major hurdle in my quilting: I started to try free motion! DISCLAIMER: This post contains many pictures of my many mistakes. Nobody's perfect and we're always learning, right?

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The first quilt I've EVER free motion quilted.

Yes, you heard me correctly. After taking Elizabeth's class at QuiltCon, I took the plunge at home and started trying to free motion a few quilts. They are FAR from perfect, but I think it's important to share the imperfections. I've been catching up on some charity quilts and decided these were the best projects to start honing my free motion skills. 

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Not only am I finding free motion quilting to be fun, it's also fast. I can quilt an entire sandwich in much less time than straight lining it. That said, there is a definite learning curve and it's frustrating at times. But it's helping me get over my perfectionist attitude and I keep reminding myself that all my mistakes will come out in the wash. Quite literally. That's the great thing about quilting. So many of those little imperfections disappear when the quilt comes out of it's first wash all crinkly and cuddly. 

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The second quilt I free motion quilted. See, it's slowly getting better.
So don't judge. And don't be afraid. You can see all of my many, many, many mistakes right here. I'm not embarrassed to show you. Free motion is a lesson in learning to let go. And with each quilt, I am getting in the to rhythm of free motion a little bit more. And I'm making mistakes a little bit less. I'm still backing myself into corners, and fumbling with uneven stitch length, but I'm learning and growing. I'm not going to give up on straight lining, oh no. That's still my favorite aesthetic, but I'm going to continue to hone my free motion skills. Expect to see a lot more around here in the near future.

Friday, March 22, 2013

QuiltCon Virtual Quilt Show: Denyse Schmidt

Welcome back to the last day of the QuiltCon Virtual Quilt Show. Yep, you heard me correctly. Next week things will get back to normal around here. There have been so many amazing quilts to share but I've saved the best for last. The second of the two Special Exhibits was a Denyse Schmidt Retrospective. It was amazing to see so many of her quilts all in one place and I just had to share it with all of you.

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The Straight and Narrow #1
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Snake Charmer
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Pretty Square
fog
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What A Dish
black/white
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Couldn't Keep It To Myself
charcoal
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The Straight and Narrow #2
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Ruby Stripes
espresso, geranium, bone
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Roots
ginger
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Glass House Shelves
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The Straight and Narrow #3
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Courthouse Steps
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String Theory
red
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Hope as the Anchor of the Soul #4
Mount Lebanon Series
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Hope as the Anchor of the Soul #3
Mount Lebanon Series
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Hope as the Anchor of the Soul #2
Mount Lebanon Series
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Works
Special Edition
tangerine/poppy
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Outlaws
From the Denver Series
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4 Crosses
steel
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Single Girl
cherry red
Thanks for stopping by the Quilt Show. Hope you enjoyed it!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

QuiltCon Virtual Quilt Show: Modern Historical Quilts

Welcome back to the QuiltCon Virtual Quilt Show. I've finally been able to share all of the amazing quilts entered in all of the show categories, but there are a few more special quilts to show you. There were two special exhibits at the show, the first of which I'm showing you today. The had an incredible exhibit on Modern Historical Quilts from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe. So let's take a look...


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Strips
C. 1975-2000
Origin Unknown
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String, variation / Four Patch
c. 1950-1975
Found in South Louisiana
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String Grid
C. 1950-1975
Origin Unknown
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Four Patch
c. 1950-1975
Found in Texas
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The Wishing Ring, variation
c. 1930-1950
Possibly made by Eliza Agness
Alabama
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Crazy
c. 1975-2000
Possibly made by Opal Guthrie
Winfield, Alabama
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Spider Web, variation
c. 1940-1970
Made in Hard Bargain, an African American community
Franklin, Tennessee
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Rattlesnake or Snake Trail, variation
c. 1975-2000
Found in Alabama
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Original design
c. 1950-1975
Attributed to "Mrs. Sparks"
Anderson, Indiana
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String with Broken Grid
C. 1940-1960
Possibly made by Sally Owens
Fayette, Alabama
And be sure to come back tomorrow when I wrap up the QuiltCon Virtual Quilt show with a view of the other special exhibit, this time by Denyse Schmidt.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

QuiltCon Virtual Quilt Show: Minimalist Design

Welcome back to the QuiltCon Virtual Quilt Show. Today is the last competition category I have to show you and it's all about Minimalist Design. But not to worry, I still have some very special quilts to show you during the rest of the week.


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Title: Pa Kua
Made and Quilted by Donna Morales-Oemig
Stow, Massachusetts, USA
Triangle Modern Quilt Guild
Winner: First Place Small Quilts Minimalist Category
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Title: untitled
Made and Quilted by Lindsay Stead
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Winner: First Place Large Quilts Minimalist Category
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Title: 2+2
Made and Quilted by Colleen Wootton
Clinton, Washington, USA
Triangle Modern Quilt Guild
Winner: Second Place Minimalist Category
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Title: don't box me in
Made and Quilted by Tammy Vasser
Olathe, Kansas, USA
Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild
Winner: Third Place Minimalist Category
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Title: Helix
Made and Quilted by Nicole Neblett
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Triangle Modern Quilt Guild
Winner: Honorable Mention Minimalist Category
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Title: Reflection Mini-Quilt
Made and Quilted by Josee Carrier
Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
Montreal Modern Quilt Guild
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Title: Chopsticks
Made and Quilted by Silvia Glaubach
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Triangle Modern Quilt Guild
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Title: Fractal Quilt
Made and Quilted by Megan Dye
Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland Modern Quilt Guild
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Title: Ash Transition in Fiber
Made and Quilted by Lavialle Campbell
Studio City, California, USA

Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild
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Title: Elemental
Made and Quilted by Sue Clayton
Manorville, New York, USA
New York City Modern Quilt Guild
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Title: Intersections
Made and Quilted by Alissa Haight Carlton
Los Angeles, California, USA
Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild
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Title: Modern Mondrian
Made and Quilted by Constance Hudson
West Lake Hills, Texas, USA
Austin Modern Quilt Guild
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Title: Right Here
Made and Quilted by Thomas Knauer
Utica, New York, USA
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Title: You rule
Made and Quilted by Brigitte Heitland
Werther, Germany
Bielefeld Modern Quilt Guild
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Title: Big Love
Made and Quilted by Nova Seals
East Lyme, Connecticut, USA
** I have done my best to find links back to all of the artists but have been unable to find everyone. If you notice an incorrect or missing link please let me know so I can update it immediately**