Posts tagged #quilted wall hanging

Longarm Quilting Exhibit

The Piece by Peace Quilt Guild in Livingston, MT does a quilt show every other year. This is the second time they’ve included a longarm quilting exhibit as part of the show. The local longarm quilters are each invited to make a quilt, then quilt as desired. It’s a lot of fun to see so many way to quilt the same thing!

This year, we were asked to make a 24” carpenters star in any fabrics we chose. We could add borders as desired as long as the quilt didn’t exceed 40” square. I was only able to stop by the show for about 10 minutes, but it was so fun to see the exhibit!

The exhibit was so fun that I thought you might enjoy seeing close ups of a few of my favorites. First up is the quilt made by Tracy Yadon. I really like her combination of straight lines and flowers.

Next is this blue and purple quilt made by Lori O’Neill. She opted for an edge to edge design rather than custom quilting. I just thought her choice was really fun and playful.

This bright quilt was made by Bev Palm. Her border fabric is stunning! I really like how she carefully placed it to be lighter in two corners and darker in the other two. This quilt looks like something my sister would love.

This is my quilt! I couldn’t get the colors to come out right in these pictures, but I’ll be sure to take some better ones once I get the quilt back. I’ll also share more about my process for making it.

Lastly, I just love this modern take by Fatima Lucas. The colors are so bright, and she really took advantage of the negative space to quilt a variety of designs.

I hope you enjoyed getting a look at these quilts! I certainly enjoyed participating. I hope the guild continues to include a longarm exhibit in their future shows.

What do you think? Did you have a favorite quilt? What do you like about it?

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Cora the Common Owl

I had the privilege of quilting this lovely wall hanging for Kathye Wolter. The pattern she used is Cora the Common Owl by Laura Heine. She made it to go on the wall of a new baby's room, and planned the colors to match the decor.

I just love all of the detail she put into this! Each of the flowers is individually fussy cut from printed fabric and fused in place. Some of them are only 1/4" in diameter!

Kathye even found a print with some little baby owls to put in the hole in the tree.

She requested that I quilt it with randomly spaced straight lines to make an irregular grid. We chose a variegated pink and brown thread, and I made sure to go over all of the little pieces of fabric.

She's planning to bind it with one of the darker blues. It's the perfect quilt for a sweet baby girl. I'm sure it's going to be well loved in its new home.

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350 Blocks Project: August and September

Summer was packed this year. I was much busier than normal, so quilting took a bit of a backseat. I visited family in Colorado, went to a wedding in California, took classes with Bonnie Hunter, enjoyed a quilt retreat, and just wrapped up an amazing week with my sister here in Montana.

Thanks to the retreat and a deadline, I was still able to knock out quite a few blocks. First, I completed 90 blocks for this quilt top.  It's the bonus project for the top that I finished in June. I already had all of the units made at that point. I sewed them into pairs in July, then finished the blocks and top in August.

Rather than stashing the strings that were left from cutting for these quilts, I decided to use them right away. I made 18 of these string blocks for the back of the bonus quilt.  String piecing is a great project for retreats. The lack of concentration required allows for more visiting with friends, and the space there is better than what I have at home.

The last thing I did in August was make these two blocks for the back of the quilt. The blue/purple fabric will surround them, so it will look like the grey rectangles are floating on the background.

In September, I put together this wall hanging for a local quilt show. The show will include a display of a variety of ways to quilt the same top. All of the local longarm quilters were invited to make this project in these colors, then to quilt it as we saw fit. I'm counting this as 6 blocks.

All told, that's 110 blocks in August and 6 blocks in September. That more than doubles my total for the year! I'm up to 220 blocks now.  That still leaves me 40 blocks behind, but October should be a good month. I have two retreats and a commission quilt to help me along.

Posted on October 5, 2016 and filed under 350 Blocks Project.