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IG Quilt Fest Week 4

IG Quilt Fest has come to an end. I think this last week may have been my favorite. It allowed me to take a look at quite a few different quilts. I really appreciate Amy Ellis taking the time to host this online event.

Day 24: Labels
I am a big believer in labeling my quilts. It adds a personal touch and ensures the history won't be forgotten. I write my labels by hand and sew them in with the binding. I almost always make some extra binding so I can use it to frame the label.

Day 25: Unfinished Quilt
I started this when I had only been quilting for a couple of months. Debbie Jeske of A Quilter's Table organized a swap of Polaroid quilt blocks. It looked like a ton of fun, so I joined in. I loved sewing the blocks, but it was a bit overwhelming when I received all of my swap blocks in the mail. There was so much trimming to do, and I didn't have a clear vision of what I wanted to do with them. So, they went in a box and have lived there ever since. Pulling them out for this picture reminded me how cute they are, bu I'm still not sure what I want to do with them. Perhaps if I start trimming them, the inspiration will come.

Day 26: Favorite Finish
I have to admit, my favorite finish changes pretty often. At the moment, I'm torn between two quilts. This is the first one. I designed this quilt and made it to surprise my husband. I spent all of last year working on it in little bits of time when I was sure I wouldn't get caught. I pulled it off, and I presented it to him for Christmas. He had no idea I had been working on it and was amazed that I could be so sneaky.

This is the second quilt vying for the coveted status of favorite finish. I've been planning this quilt for years. I made it for my dear friend Joy and just gave it to her last week. This quilt is special because I was able to include so many personal details in it. I only wish I could have given it to her in person.
The pattern for this quilt is Serendipity by Missouri Star Quilt Company. You can find it as a video tutorial, a single printed pattern, and in both the digital and print versions of BLOCK Magazine Volume 1, Issue 5.

Day 27: Inspiration
I am inspired by seeing all of the beautiful things other quilters create. I love that we live in a time when it is so easy to share our work. This Modern Chevron Baby Quilt was made by Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts. I first saw it several years ago, and it has been floating around in the back of my mind every since. Kirsty kindly gave me permission to share it for my inspiration post. If you are also inspired and would like to make this quilt, check out her tutorial.

Day 28: Bindings
I enjoy the quiet process of hand binding. It's so peaceful. I take tiny stitches, so it takes me quite a while to make it all the way around a quilt. I can always count on Ruth to keep me company and take some naps while I stitch away.

Day 29: Fun with Fabric
One of the ways I have the most fun with fabric is making pieced backs. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to use up the scraps.

Day 30: Must Make
Sometimes you get an idea in your head that you know is a little bit crazy, but it just won't leave. This is one of those times. I was playing in EQ7 and came up with this design. It will be king sized, and all of the pieces will finish at 1" wide. I've been collecting fabric for over a year now, and I'm nearly ready to start. Wish me luck!

Day 31: Work in Progress
I started this Talkin' Turkey quilt in a workshop with Bonnie Hunter last July. It's been a slow process because there are so many pieces! I finally got the top put together a couple weekends ago, and I started quilting it last Friday. The quilting design is Winds of Change by Sarah Ann Myers. The pattern for Talkin' Turkey can be found in Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling.

IG Quilt Fest Week 3

Another week of March has come and gone. I'm still doing my best to keep up with the #IGQuiltFest on Instagram, hosted by @amyscreativeside. It's been interesting to come up with so many different kinds of pictures. If you've been thinking about joining in, there's still a few days left.

Day 16: Quilting Book Love
I really enjoy quilting books. There are quite a few I would like to get, but of the ones I have, these are my four favorites:
- Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison
- Shape by Shape by Angela Walters
- Shape by Shape Collection 2 by Angela Walters
- Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

Day 17: Sewing Friends
These are the friends I never would have found if not for quilting. Five of us teamed up to make this quilt as a surprise for Linda (third from the right). I'm grateful for the friendship of each of these ladies. You can read all about the making of this quilt here.

Day 18: Mini Quilt
This quilt is the closest I've made to a mini. It's still waiting for binding, but I'm thrilled with it so far. The free pattern is Star Struck by Bonnie Hunter. I shrunk the pieces and laid them out in a rainbow to make a 30" square wall hanging. I quilted each star in a different color thread.

Day 19: Thread Bliss
My favorite quilting thread is King Tut by Superior Threads. I enjoy the extra interest that variegated thread adds to all over designs. My dad made this wheeling cart for me, and the top drawer is full of King Tut.

Day 20: Quilts in the Wild
I love taking pictures of my quilts in the wild. I'm generally several quilts behind on sharing any finishes because I like to wait until I can get those outdoor shots.
This quilt was small enough to stuff in my backpack during a hike. Whenever we found a good spot to take some pictures, we would take a break and pull out the quilt. That was fun because I was able to get some pretty unique shots.
The quilt pattern is the 3 Dudes Quilt. I watched the tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company, then modified the blocks to use five strips instead of four. Click here for more information and pictures of this quilt.

Day 21: Quilting Up Close
Here is a close-up view of my Monster quilt. I improvisationally pieced it to use up the ends of some strip sets. All of the quilting was done freehand with my longarm.

Day 22: Special Finish
My parents retired and moved to Montana in 2015, so the Christmas of 2014 was their last one in the house where I grew up. My sister and I both brought our husbands back to Michigan and we all got to be together for that last Christmas. I decided it would make it extra special if I surprised everyone with quilts. It was a challenge to get them all done, but so worth it. The memories surrounding this house and this Christmas makes it my most special finish.

Day 23: Stash
This is the majority of my stash. I love batiks, so that's all that's here. Anything between 1/4 yard and a yard gets folded to the same size and filed in the boxes. Anything bigger is wrapped around comic book boards and stored on a shelf. I love that I can see everything, so it's easy to pick out what I need.

IG Quilt Fest Week 2

The quilt festival on Instagram continues. I had such a positive response last week that I thought I would share this week's pictures, as well. I got a little bit behind, but I'm all caught up with the photo prompts now.

Day 8: Stacks
My stacks are pieces for the next quilt on my list. I'm making a scrappy version of Elizabeth Hartman's Roller Rink quilt from her book Modern Patchwork. As soon as I finish Talkin' Turkey, this quilt will be my primary project. I started it at retreat in October, and I'm getting excited to pull it back out.

Day 9: Finally Finished
I started Easy Street as a mystery with Bonnie Hunter in 2012. It then languished in the closet until the end of 2015 when I pulled it out to finish. Once I had the top together, I decided I needed to use up the scraps in my craziest back to date. That back felt like it would never get done, but I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. It feels so good to have this quilt finished and to be able to sleep under it every night. You can see the front of this quilt here.

Day 10: Solid Love
My favorite thing about solids is the way they show off the quilting. Here are four quilts with solid fabrics on the backs. I quilted the top two with edge to edge designs, and I custom quilted the bottom two. Click the links below to see the fronts of the quilts.
Top Left - Sharon Stoneberger's Roller Rink
Bottom Left - an anonymous client's Crazy Daisy
Bottom Right - L. Carter's Christmas Trees
Top Right - my En Provence

Day 11: Favorite Color
I love cool colors. My favorite is purple, followed closely by blue then green. My mom made this wonderful quilt for me in all three of my favorite colors. I often wrap it around my legs while working at the computer.

Day 12: Pressing Matters
My Rowenta has certainly seen better days. Interestingly, I've had the bottom taped on for a year and a half now, and it's still going strong. I have no plans to replace it anytime soon.
I also keep a sad iron in my studio. It's wonderful for making my seams really crisp and flat. I press with the regular iron first, then I let the sad iron rest on the seam while I press the next piece. It's amazing how much of a difference it makes.

Day 13: Best Tip Ever
I keep my old needle cases to store used quilting needles. Whenever I replace my needle, the used needle goes in the case labeled "old". When it's full, I toss it in the trash and pull out a sharpie to write "old" on my newly emptied needle case, and the cycle continues. I find this quicker and easier than working with a separate sharps container.

Day 14: Recently Finished
Instead of a quilt, I thought I would share my new ironing board topper. I have been planning to make a big ironing board for a long time, and I am beyond thrilled that it's finally done. It holds so many pieces! After making do with the few flat spaces in an old warped board, this giant board feels like heaven. Many thanks go to my dad for helping me build it.

Day 15: Quilts and People
Speaking of my dad, here he is! Last Tuesday, my parents and I went on a photo shoot. Dad and I held the quilts, and Mom took the pictures. It was a fun day.

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check out the #IGQuiltFest on Instagram. It's being hosted by @amyscreativeside. She posts a new photo prompt each day, and quilters around the world contribute their pictures. You can also follow me @snowydaysquilting.