Thursday, September 27, 2018

A new Kaleidoscope quilt

We just had a really fun meeting here at the Valley MQG.  It's our 3rd birthday party and celebration.  The membership chairperson went around town and gathered donations from local quilt shops.  They are very generous to our guild and they gave many fabric bundles, patterns, charm packs etc. There was something for everyone to take home.  This confirmed to me once more that it's our duty to support our local businesses. 

We had our Round Robin reveal too.  We were blown away by the creativity level of each person who participated.  You have to go to the Valley MQG website to see September pictures because I can't post all the pictures here.  I can only post mine and here it is.



Isn't it a riot?  I'm not a hand applique person but I love all the applique work my fellow guild members put in my piece.

We also had our pin cushion swap and what I got is the most adorable.  I'm sorry I forgot to take picture of my pin cushion but the lady who got it said she loved it!



In the last month meeting, we had an alphabet soup challenge issued to us.  We were to pick a letter and make something in the size of 20"x20".  I randomly picked letter K as my challenge.  The kite quilt came to mind but I did a kite quilt to represent the wind elements challenge last month which you can see it here.   After giving it some thought, I came up with a kaleidoscope idea.  This is my take on the kaleidoscope quilt.



I really like it and it's so easy.  I'm sorry you can't really see the quilting too well in this picture.  I only did echo line quilting in the white area to let the flower piece puff up and I like the way the whole piece looks.

Now the works in progress are the baby charity quilt that I showed a picture of in the last post here, the 2019 QuiltCon charity quilt challenge, and if things are going well, I might have a quilt or two to submit to the 2019 QuiltCon.   



Count your blessings and enjoy each day!!




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Friday, September 21, 2018

A new commissioned baby quilt and a WIP

I just finished a commissioned baby quilt.  I had great time picking out boy prints from my flannel stash for the HST (Half Square Triangle) blocks.  Did I tell you I love to make baby quilts from flannels?  Here is the layout I chose.


Here is the finished quilt after I gave it a Faux Rag Quilting touch, of course.


I also made four matching burp cloths as baby gifts from me to the couple.  I got the pattern from Abby Hersey.  I made a minor change by using three layers of flannel instead of batting in between.  The printed fabric on the top 2 burp cloths is also on the quilt back.


They're all finished and delivered.  A happy dance for everyone.

Now I'm working on a charity baby quilt for the Valley MQG Philanthropy group.  I was given a panel and some fabric.  The panel is 17"x 20" and I got 5 dark fat quarters, 5 light fat quarters and some strips and backing fabric.


I used one dark fat quarter to frame the panel as in the picture below.



And now the top is done.



I bought black and orange fabric for the binding and can't wait to put it on after the quilting is done. 

I'm also a part of a group project for the 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge at our Valley MQG.  We have about 20 people joined in in this endeavor.  We are using Jean Wells' quilt as our inspirations which she gladly granted our request.  I'll tell you more about this as the project developed.

I'm having a great time doing what I love.  I wish y'all the same.

Ciao

 

Notes:  I learned something new today.  While searching for how to spell the word ciao to say goodbye, I found this: je ne sais quoi ( zhə-nə-ˌsā-ˈkwä ) which means something (such as an appealing quality) that cannot be adequately described or expressed.  Wow! What a great find for me!  But I bet y'all already knew this expression.

 Life is a great fun!!!!



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Thursday, August 30, 2018

A new challenge at Valley MQG

At Valley MQG, we had another challenge for August which are the Elements; earth, water, wind and fire.  We have to make a quilted project to represent some or all of these elements.  I was impressed to make the kite quilt to represent wind and water.  I wanted to use the design from the block that I made for the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop 2015 blog hop.  You can see my block hereAfter the event was over, most of the blogs were put into quilts and donated to local charity.

It's funny that sometimes we got a good idea and when we put it into a quilt but the quilt doesn't come out as we expected.  I had to change my design a little bit so that it still represents some elements from the challenge.  Here is my design.


Now it shows the wind and earth elements.  I like the quilt but somehow the kite tails got lost into the background.  The Faux Rag Quilting is so flexible.  It's so easy for me to changed it to this.


Kite quilt - front

Now I love it! That looks better, don't you think? When I look at the picture, it occurred to me that there is a hidden image in there.  It tickled me so much when I saw it.  Can you see it?  Leave me a comment and tell me what you see.  It will be fun to see what you all see in the quilt.

Usually when I make Faux Rag quilts, I use flannel.  But this time I did something new, I used linen as a background and the back of the quilt.  It turned out linen frays so beautifully.  It's perfect for making Faux Rag quilts.
 




Have a great day!!