Springtime Fabric Organization Giveaway

This week’s giveaway is a bit of a Staff Picks throwback, featuring organization tools from our June/July 2011 Staff Picks and a fat quarter bundle in an alternate colorway from our February/March 2014 Staff Picks.  One lucky winner will receive four large, four small and four shorty size Fabric Organizers to help with that spring cleaning and organization as well as five fat quarters from the Tomo collection by Kona Bay Fabrics in pinks.

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Here’s a quilt block made from the Tomo collection in the blue colorway, which also happened to be our free quilt block for the February/March 2014 issue (still available for free for a limited time):
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To enter for a chance to win this wonderful fat quarter bundle, leave a comment here on this post before 11:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time on Sunday, April 27, 2014 and tell us how you organize your fabric (shelves? drawers? boxes? totes?). One comment per person, please. Open to those who haven’t won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the last 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from questions@qnm.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

Need some fabric storage tips? Check out Gigi’s post about her recent re-organization here or her fabric folding method here, or Lori’s post about her new sewing space here.

Are you looking forward to our next Facebook milestone giveaway? Only a little over 5,000 likes until we hit 100,000 fans (hint hint)! And we’d love some more followers on TwitterGoogle+InstagramPinterest and YouTube (wink wink)! We also post lots of exiting quilting news and inspiration on our website (nudge nudge)!

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Embellishing Quilts

I had a great day sewing yesterday. I finished a quilt top and got a good start on the pieced back but the quilt is for an upcoming issue so I can’t show you what I’m doing. It will be worth the wait though, I promise. I am really loving it so far.

Since I can’t show you my current project, I thought I’d talk about embellishing. Sometimes I like to make simple blocks (like nine patch, four patch, and log cabin), thinking they’ll show off the fabric nicely. And sometimes it works but sometimes the resulting quilt top is just plain blah. Rather than leave it at that uninteresting place and forever being unhappy with what I’ve created, I decide how I can add something to make it better. I want to show you what I do to get past boring.

One of my favorite techniques is to add applique. If at First is a perfect example. I told the whole story in the October/November 2013 issue of Quilters Newsletter. You can still get the digital edition here. In a nutshell, the problem was that there was not enough contrast in the fabric in the blocks so it was just “flat.” Associate editor Gigi Khalsa drew the rose and I appliqued it and the boring quilt was rescued. In fact, it’s more than rescued. It’s one of my favorites.

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If at First

Another easy fix is to add lace, ribbon or yarn. When I added the ribbon to Celebrating Mom, I added it after I’d finished the quilting so the stitching goes through all the layers. I decided to do that so if I ever need to wash the quilt, I can easily remove the ribbons before I launder and reattach them afterward.

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Celebrating Mom

Buttons are another easy way to add some pizzazz. I like the look of an assortment of buttons. And if you attach them after the quilt layers are assembled, since the stitching goes through all three layers of the quilt, the buttons can take the place of quilting.

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Buttons on the serger quilt

Stars Got in My Eyes is a fun example of something unexpected. I wanted this little wall quilt to have stars everywhere. All the blocks are stars, either pieced or appliqued. When I was telling my son Zac about my idea, he offered to cut stars from sheet metal. We got sheets of brass and copper, he cut the stars in assorted sizes and we glued them to the quilt. It’s another of my favorite quilts because of Zac’s part in making it.

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Stars Got in My Eyes

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Stars Got in My Eyes – detail

Crystals or pearls are available as glue-on embellishments and I’ve had great success with them. They are advertised as washable, dryable and dry-cleanable and I believe it. I’ve put them on clothes that get laundered regularly and they stay on nicely. Here’s one of my quilts with crystals.  Bejeweled was made to show off the embroidery designs so the blocks are just squares of white silk dupioni and the sashing is peach silk dupioni. The crystals give it just the right touch of extra bling.

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Bejeweled

One other idea I want to share is prairie points. Most of the time we think of them as a finish for the edge of the quilt but they can go anywhere. Here they are in the center of a quilt. I used a 12” or so square of a pretty floral print as the center and added fancy prairie points around it. You’ll want to decide on this add-on embellishment while your quilt is in the design wall stage so you don’t have to unsew to add the prairie points.

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Prairie Points

If you want to see the entire quilts, you can see most of them on the walls of my apartment in this blog post I wrote right after we moved.

Remember to consider whether the embellishments are colorfast or will damage the quilt. Consider what effect they will have on whether the quilt is washable or not. And think about whether the embellishments will diminish the usefulness of the quilt. For example, the metal stars Zac and I added to Stars Got in My Eyes would never work for anything but a wall quilt because the edges of the stars are very sharp. In fact, I’m cautious when I take it anywhere; I don’t want to damage my quilt and I don’t want anyone handling it to get poked by the star points.

Now until next week, don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website for the latest information and for inspiration for your next project.

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Gradation Nation

Have you had a chance to look through our latest issue yet? The April/May 2014 issue of Quilters Newsletter (available at the Quilt and Sew Shop if you haven’t got a copy yet) is full of all kinds of cool stuff, but I want to talk about a single block that appears in the issue. One of the fabric lines featured in Staff Picks is the brightly fabulous Flower Power collection by Red Rooster Fabrics. I was lucky enough to use these fabrics to make the block that’s pictured. The fun thing is the block pattern is available for free here.

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Children of Israel block

The collection has these awesome prints with color gradation, where the color changes gradually over the width of the fabric. I love this type of fabric. I used some in the block, but mixed with the prints it’s not the first thing you notice. For me, anyway. When the block was done, I knew I wanted to explore using these fabrics a bit more when I had a spare moment. So the other day I cut a few strips from the little bit that was left to see what I could come up with.

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Just enough fabric to experiment with. It may be a bit blurry but you get the idea.

I cut the strips and sewed them into strip sets. So far, so good. I could have left it at that – I love the bright stripes and the way the colors play off one another. But I knew there was more that these fabrics could do. If I’d had more of the fabric I’d have left the strips sets as they were and made others to cut up further. I probably have to buy some more of this fabric soon.

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Strip sets.

So I started cutting and made some 9 patch blocks. It was a fun puzzle, since there are only three fabrics but a lot of different colors to arrange! After a bit more cutting and sewing, I came up with an arrangement I liked.

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Happy bright squares!

My only issue with this is that it will finish at 16″ x 18″. If I can scrounge a few more squares (I’ll have to dig through my scraps, but I think it’s doable) then I can add those to one side (or the top in this case) so it becomes 18″ x 18″, my favorite size for a throw pillow. I’ll keep you posted.

Keep your eyes peeled for these gradation fabrics and my advice is to buy plenty when you find ones that you like. They really do a ton of the work of patchwork for you, and even just sewing strips together creates a wonderful effect. But if you just love fabrics of any and all sorts, be sure to enter our giveaway here.

As always, keep a close eye on QN on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and our website for all the latest from the wide and wonderful world of quilts. Happy Easter!

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April/May 2014 Staff Picks Fabric Giveaway

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS, DOLORES!

April showers supposedly bring May flowers, at least here in the Northern hemisphere, and three of the four fabric collections featured in Quilters Newsletter‘s April/May 2014 issue‘s Staff Picks have flower prints included among them. We’re giving away a fat quarter bundle of one of those three collections, Jelly Bean by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda, to one lucky winner.

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To enter for a chance to win this wonderful fat quarter bundle, leave a comment here on this post before 11:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time on Sunday, April 20, 2014 and tell us what kind of flowers you’re looking forward to seeing out your window while quilting. One comment per person, please. Open to those who haven’t won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the last 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from questions@qnm.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

Are you on Facebook? What about TwitterGoogle+InstagramPinterest and YouTube? Because QN is, and we share lots of inspiration, information, and quilting news in each of those places, as well as on our website!

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More About the Serger Quilt

I’m a bit of a freak about having things organized in my office so on Fridays, I try to spend some time working on sorting and arranging, just making things neat and tidy. This past Friday, I was working on a file drawer with lots of old quilting patterns. I found several machine quilting patterns from Hari Walner from the early 1990s. I was intrigued. I checked online and found she has a couple of books published by C&T Publishing.

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These Are the Patterns

Last week I talked about my serger quilt and how I was just going to quilt it simply. Well, the more I had looked at it, the less I liked that plan. It needed some pretty quilting. So when I found these patterns, I thought the serger quilt would be a perfect place to experiment with them.

I spent a while photocopying patterns so they are all about the same size.  Then I simply pinned the paper patterns in place and quilted though them. I use a 100/16 needle so it makes bigger holes in the paper so it’s easier to tear away. I like these patterns because even though they look complex, they are all one continuous line.

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Pinned and Ready to Quilt

I intend to quilt only about ½ of the squares in my quilt and have eight to go before the quilting will be done except for correcting an “oops”.

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The Whole Quilt

The “oops” makes me nuts because I just didn’t think. I quilted a larger design on-point in the 4 center squares. I used gold thread on top and navy thread in the bobbin. I quilted just a little bit of the design and then I checked the tension. I even pulled a bit of the paper off to make sure all was well. The only problem is that I started quilting in the blue square. The tension was off just a hair but since I was looking at the blue square, I didn’t see it. I should have started on one of the lighter colored squares where the problem would have been obvious.

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Detail of the Center

I’ll be spending several evenings unquilting this center. I’ll quilt it again with navy thread on top as well as in the bobbin. That is what I did on the rest of the quilt and I’m mostly pleased. I will be taking out the straight rows of diagonal stitching. I just didn’t like them for this quilt.

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Here’s Quilting on Four of the Squares

I used the same design for all 4 corners for some continuity but the other designs are just an assortment I wanted to try.

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This is the Design in the Corner Squares

All in all, this whole project is making me smile. It was supposed to be quick and easy (and putting the quilt together was). But I just couldn’t carry through with that idea on the quilting. It must be my artistic side kicking in. I like it so much better now than I did with just the straight line quilting.

And next Friday, I’m going to spend more time cleaning in that file drawer to see what else I can find.

But for now, I should take advantage of my clean desk and get to work. For the latest information and for inspiration for your next project, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website.

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Casual Quilt

Most of the time I want to make interesting and attractive quilts, which require a fair amount of time, patience and thought, but sometimes I’d just like to get one done already. I was at sort of an in-between place recently, where I’d finished an involved project and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to get into another detailed and time-consuming quilt just yet. I wanted to make something quick, easy and fun.

So I turned to my WIPs. Lori has her PIGS (Projects In Grocery Sacks), and since I don’t tend to keep my stuff in bags, I have VIPPPs (Various In-Progress Project Piles). If I put it in a bag I’m almost sure I’d forget about it entirely, so if I put things in little piles containing all the fabrics and pieces of a particular project around my sewing room, I’ll see them regularly and then for sure I’ll get to all of them really, really soon. Or so I tell myself.

The VIPPP I selected last weekend was sort of an odd one. For the Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters Community video we did a while back about changing the size of quilt blocks, I’d made some samples to demonstrate how it was done. I made two 24″ blocks with a black background (that were similar to the 12″ block being enlarged) and two block with a wilder, large print background to demonstrate that enlarged blocks are a fun way to include the big, dramatic prints that are available these days. I used the Kona Modern Quilts collection by Cynthia Frenette for Robert Kaufman which I especially like because it gives a wild improvisational look to blocks, even if they are very precisely put together. I didn’t have any of those fabrics left after I made the blocks.

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Two of the 24″ blocks before they were put together. I thought I had photos of the completed blocks, but no.

What to do with them? It’s a nice amount of perfectly good fabric and that should never go to waste. When I found an unusual length of fabric – purple tropical flowers in rows on a black background – at a nearby thrift store, I thought the colors suited the funky blocks pretty well and I put it all in a pile. I dug into that pile and decided to turn it into a quilt top, using only what’s in the stack and aiming to finish it over the weekend.

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Thank you, thrift store!

I find creative parameters and restrictions helpful, even if they are arbitrary and I set them for myself. Infinite possibilities take a lot of time to think through! If I tell myself I can only use certain fabrics and give myself a deadline, I make decisions more quickly and tend not to go off on creative tangents that may not lead anywhere.

So that meant I could cut up the blocks, but not too much or I’d spend forever sewing the pieces back together. I was also limited by the amount of the purple/black fabric I had. I cut the blocks once diagonally. The yardage was divided into fourths and cut and I took all the pieces to the design wall. Everything’s cut and I can’t go back and change my mind so onward it is. Now it’s just a matter of arranging the pieces in the way I liked best.

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Busy blocks in the center. I didn’t like the heavy ‘X’ it created. The white space is for more floral borders. I should have put them up for a more accurate view, but I didn’t. I also don’t care for the proportions of green in the center block.

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The final version. I’d have done thicker black borders on the corners but that’s all the fabric I had. Green in the center block is better, I think.

There were a number of variations (too many to show them all) but I could only choose one! I didn’t end up finishing over the weekend but I got pretty close. I just have to join the corner pieces and trim things a bit and my nutty quilt top is done. I’m calling it Private Island because of the combination of the tropical-looking floral, the casual design and construction method makes me think of lazy holidays, the center block is alone like a remote island and it even has a sort of ‘X Marks the Spot’ crazy pirate vibe. Also, I’m pretty sure many quilters would not choose this particular fabric combination so it’s all mine.

I have a few small scraps of the floral left which I can use on the back. I’ll have to do something interesting for the back to personalize it even further. It will be a great project for practicing my free-motion quilting. Hopefully it won’t sit in a pile for another several months while I consider it! I need to finish up my VIPPPs, not make more of them!

How are you doing with completing your WIPs? If you’ve got some that just need binding, we are having a giveaway that can help you with that! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube and our website so you can find out right away about all the great giveaways we host, and other wonderful quilty things. I hope your weekend is sew wonderful!

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Helpful Binding Tools Giveaway

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED. CONGRATULATIONS DIANE, CINDY, NEL AND JOYCE!

The April/May 2014 issue of Quilters Newsletter contains a wonderfully helpful article entitled “Flawless Striped Bias Binding” by QN creative editor Lori Baker. If you already do bias binding on your quilts, it’s the kind of article that will make you wonder where this article was when you first learned to do bias binding. If you haven’t already learned, it can certainly help you out a great deal!

The April 4, 2014, edition of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community was called “How to Make Bias Binding with Lori Baker,” and it was also very informative!

But would you like to know about some tools that can help you with your binding as well? We’ve got four we’re offering as prizes, one each to four lucky winners:

1) A Brilliant Bindings ruler with instructions by Debbie Wendt of Wendt Quilting.

2) A Quilts ‘n Stuff by Glenna Perfect Binding Miter tool.

3) A TQM Products The Bias Ruler.

and 4) A TQM Products The Binding Tool.

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To enter for a chance to win any random one of these prizes, leave a comment before 11:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time on Sunday, April 13, 2014 and tell us how many UFOs in your stash just need the binding put on. One comment per person, please. Open to those who haven’t won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the last 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from questions@qnm.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

Are you on Facebook? What about TwitterGoogle+InstagramPinterest and YouTube? Because QN is, and we share lots of inspiration, information, and quilting news in each of those places, as well as on our website!

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Quilting in the Hoop

Note: This is a guest blog post from our partners at BERNINA.

by Susan Fears, BERNINA of America Educator

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Master Hooper with BERNINA Jumbo Hoop

Quilting in the (embroidery) hoop is a great way to achieve those beautiful feather quilted designs on your  quilt even if your quilting skills have not yet progressed to that stage. Just follow these tips when quilting in the hoop and you, too, will achieve amazing quilting results:

  • Replicate the same quilting environment on the embroidery machine that you would use at the sewing machine.  Quilting the quilt does not require stabilizer, therefore, hoop the quilt (top, batting & backing) for the most security in the embroidery quilting process.  Thread the machine top and bobbin with quilting thread, use the needle required for the thread selected and set the thread tension for sewing tension.  Embroidery tension causes the top thread to be pulled to the back, but in quilting, the threads should meet in the layers of the quilt.

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    – Re-Hooping to continue Quilting. Designs are from Finally Feathers by Kenny Creations.

  • Use the Master Hooper for Hooping. The quilt is layered and bulky (no matter the size) and hooping can sometimes be a real aerobic exercise as you chase the outer hoop around the table while trying to get the inner hoop and quilt hooped.  The non-slip surface of the Master Hooper stabilizes the outer hoop preventing it from moving while the inner hoop and quilt are hooped.  It’s also easy to use the template so the quilt design can be placed accurately.

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    Using the BERNINA Mega for Borders hooped using the Master Hooper

  • Take advantage of the many quilt designs from quilting professionals built into embroidery machines, such as the Diane Guadynski collection on the BERNINA 830 & 880.  These are also available in embroidery collections in a variety of themes and sizes.

 

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Serge On!

Because April is National Serger Month, I decided to time myself making a serger quilt. Serging is a nice way to get a quilt done quickly and to use up bigger pieces of scraps. I think serger quilts are ideal charity quilts or car quilts.

I started with a layer cake from P&B Textiles called Bear Essentials 2 – pretty blenders in several different prints. There were 64 10-inch squares so I made my quilt 8 squares by 8 squares.

I have another quilt in progress on the design wall so I used the living room floor to plan the placement of the squares. I decided I liked them in diagonal rows of color and I was ready to begin serging at noon on Saturday.

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Here’s the Plan

It only took one hour to get the 10” squares serged into rows.

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The Blocks Are in Rows

Then after one false start (I wound up with the seam on the outside of the back), I started putting the rows together. I use Linda Lee Vivian’s technique of attaching the back and the batting at the same time as serging the rows together. When I get the top assembled, the back and batting are in place and the horizontal “quilting” is done.

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Close-up of Serged Seam

The only part to think about is what order to put the different pieces in.

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Nearly Done

I took this photo at 5:00. I knew that I’d be losing the natural light soon and my photos wouldn’t come out as nicely so this is where I was then, with just two rows to go.

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Done with the Serger

I had the whole thing put together at 7:00. I could have stitched in the vertical ditches and it would have been ready to bind but I decided I wanted to make the quilting go diagonally. I marked several quilting lines and quilted a while. Then I had to change bobbins and just like that, I was done quilting. My sewing machine didn’t like the bobbin thread when the bobbin was full. I’d used a partial bobbin of the same thread to start the quilting and it was fine but with the full bobbin it just wouldn’t work. Now I have to decide whether to take out what I’ve done already or just find another spool of thread for the bobbin that is close in color. I will probably leave in the quilting that is done. It is a utility quilt after all. The bobbin thread is navy cotton. Surely, surely, I have something similar so it won’t be obvious that I have two different bobbin threads on the back.

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I like it!

The back is not as interesting as my quilt backs usually are. The idea was to get something done as quickly as possible so I didn’t do a bunch of piecing for the back. It is just 10” wide strips of fabric. I did put in one pretty piece of Lumina by Peggy Toole for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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The Back

A fun thing about serger quilts is that you can use leftover strips of batting. I had quite a few scraps of Warm & White by the Warm Company. Warm & White and Warm & Natural are probably my favorite cotton battings. I used my batting scraps for the top 5 rows of the quilt, but I took home a couple of samples from work and I used them for the bottom 3 rows of the quilt.

The third row from the bottom is Quilters Dream Poly, the second row from the bottom is Quilters Dream Angel (a flame retardant batt) and the bottom row is a mix of the two. The Quilters Dream Angel was wonderful. It handled nicely, laid smoothly and I had no problems whatsoever with it. The Quilters Dream Poly stuck to the cutting mat a bit when I cut it with my rotary cutter and that edge had to be smoothed back down. That would not be an issue at all if you were using the batting without cutting like you would normally do in a quilt. I marked the edges of the rows with the type of batting used. I’ll probably machine quilt that info into the quilt so I can see how the three different types of batting compare as I wash the quilt and use it.

Yesterday, if it had been an ordinary day, I would have easily finished the quilt. It wasn’t an ordinary day. I woke up at 4 in the morning with a nasty headache that lasted the entire day. What a waste! Hopefully tonight, I’ll be able to finish the quilting on this quilt and get back to the quilt that is taking up the design wall.

Now I’m wondering if some of you have other interesting ways to use your serger when you are quilting. Please share your ideas. I would love to hear them.

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Quilts and Color Exhibit

If you are in the Northeast area of the country and you are interested in quilts and color, you really should check out the new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston titled, yes, Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection. It’s just a bit to far away for me to attend but it sounds incredible and I’d love so much to see it in person. It runs from April 6th through July 27th.

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Double Wedding Ring quilt, American, about 1940.Pilgrim/Roy collection, photo courtesy MFA Boston.

Gerald Roy and Paul Pilgrim began collecting quilt almost by accident, noticing that some quilts made by anonymous women in the 19th and early 20th centuries used pretty much the same color theory principles and geometric compositions as mid-20th century Abstract Expressionists and Op artists. The Pilgrim/Roy collection, amassed over 50 years, has not been shown before. There are almost 60 quilts to see in the exhibit.

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Ocean Waves quilt, American, 1880-1890. Pilgrim/Roy collection, photo courtesy MFA Boston.

Visitors are given a color wheel at the entrance to illustrate and explain the eight principles of color theory that are explored – vibrations, mixtures, contrast, harmonies, graduations, optical illusions and variations. Look how the colors vibrate and play off one another in the quilt above! The show examines the combination of color and pattern in different ways, how colors affect one another and explores how quilts, even those made to be used, can straddle the line between craft and art.

You can preview the exhibit on the MFA Boston website, but if you are in the area you really shouldn’t miss seeing it up close. Artists of all mediums, not just fabric, would no doubt find it very informative and inspiring. If you go, please do let us know what you thought of it!

Most quilters already know that quilts are fascinating, beautiful and full of creative instruction and inspiration, but it’s always nice when it’s acknowledged and celebrated by the art world at large. We do our part by spreading the word on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, YouTube and our website and wherever else we can. Join us! Have a wonderful weekend, hopefully with a nice Sunday viewing of this unique exhibition!

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