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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.

Charity Quilt

My local quilt guild is involved in a lot of charity projects.  One of the things we are committed to is supporting Habitat for Humanity.  Whenever someone in the area receives a Habitat home, the guild donates a quilt for each family member that will be living there.

Most recently, the guild members completed a quilt top during our annual retreat.  Each person was given the pieces to make one block, and three or four people worked together to assemble the top on the last night we were there.  This quilt is for one of the boys that will live in the house scheduled to be finished in a couple of months.

I had the privilege of quilting this beautiful quilt.  The center of each block has the same star fabric.  I wanted to stick with that theme, so I quilted it with Swinging on a Star by Jessica Schick.  I love that each of the star points ends in a little swirl.

The back of this quilt is a cozy flannel.  A flannel back always makes a quilt extra warm and snuggly.  I enjoy the little bit of extra weight that the flannel provides.  It also has a knack for showcasing the texture of the quilting.

I got nervous that I was going to run out of thread partway through quilting this one.  Another guild member provided the perfect variegated thread for the quilt, so I didn't know how much was on the cone.  Since the design used more thread than I expected, I was holding my breath that it would last.  Fortunately, I finished with some to spare.

I hope that the recipient of this quilt feels all of the love that a whole group of people stitched into it.  A Habitat house is a wonderful opportunity for a family to get a leg up in life.  The quilts are the perfect gift to start the process of making the house a home.