Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour — Day 2

The cover of Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 says that it contains “25 must-make patterns.” That’s 25 quilt patterns that will lend inspiration to stash busting, future trips to the local quilt store and generally the enjoyment of the craft. While some people may be skeptical about the fact that all 25 of these quilts are “must-make patterns,” BFQQ14Cover 200 Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour    Day 2 I can attest that as I’m writing this post for the Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour, I’m reminded of picturing making one quilt in an alternate colorway, wondering if a certain collection I have in my stash wouldn’t be perfect for another and considering making one quilt actually in the colorway presented (something I don’t do often). While I may not have the time to make all 25 quilts, I’m certain there’s an appeal to every one of them. For those people who are still thinking they’ll have to see that to believe it, they may just need to head down to their local newsstand, bookstore, quilt shop or online at Quilt and Sew Shop in order to pick up their copy today and find out for themselves. Either that or they’ll just have to continue following us on our Blog Tour, which today, Day 2, stops at the online homes of two more of the issue’s wonderful designers.

Our first designer today is Christina Cameli, who designed, made and quilted Gently Down the Stream. We asked in another giveaway recently what our readers’ favorite quilt blocks were, and several of the comments said “anything with triangles.” While Gently Down the Stream doesn’t use the half-square or quarter-square variety, it does use strip pieced triangles which are especially fun. GentlyDown 550 Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour    Day 2

Leave a comment on the post on Christina’s blog for a chance to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the Harvest Breeze collection by Red Rooster FabricsHarvestBreeze Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour    Day 2

Because every young girl or boy needs a castle of their own, QN associate editor Gigi Khalsa has designed Castle on a Cloud. There would be a number of ways to make this quilt more masculine with knight and dragon appliques or more feminine with bow and ribbon embellishments. CastleonaCloud 550 Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour    Day 2

Leave a comment on the post on Gigi’s blog post for a chance to enter to win a bundle of 10” precuts and a jelly roll from the Storybook collection by Kate & Birdie for ModaStorybook Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour    Day 2

Comments must be entered by Midnight Mountain Time tonight unless otherwise noted in the individual designer’s blog post to be eligible to win. Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

Don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for chances to win two new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

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Castle on a Cloud

Hello, and welcome to another stop on the Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 blog tour! We worked very hard on this special issue, available now at newsstands and at the Quilt & Sew Shop. It’s got a wide variety of really nice patterns, designed to be made with fabulous and fun fat quarters.

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Quilters Newsletter presents Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014. Available in print and digital issues.

My submission for the issue is Castle on a Cloud. When I saw the fat quarter bundle of Storybook by Kate and Birdie for Moda Fabrics, it appealed to me right away. Since I knew we’d be working on the Best Fat Quarter issue, I asked if I could use it to make a quilt for the magazine. I didn’t have a plan for the fabric but I knew I’d like to make something with it. I submitted several designs for consideration, including some block-based designs, but when Mary Kate saw that there was the possibility of a castle quilt, she didn’t consider anything but the castle design.

The idea for making these fabrics into a castle design came directly from the fabric line itself, since there’s printed castles on it. That’s pretty much it. Once I came up with the idea, I then had to sketch it out, plan fabric placement and make sure that I could get the necessary patches from each fat quarter. It was pretty involved and complicated in the planning stages, but once that was done it was just a matter of careful cutting and sewing so it came together like it was supposed to.

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Castle on a Cloud by Gigi Khalsa

This design is cool because you don’t have to use fat quarters if you don’t want to; you can make it very coordinated and it will get the point across. You can make the sky and the ground one color each or many. The only thing to remember is to vary the colors used in each level of the castle so that they can be distinguished from one another. I came up with a neat quilting idea for this design, too, which I will discuss in a future post.

This quilt is just one of many great patterns in the issue. I’ve got a few favorites that I plan to make; in fact, I’ve already cut out my fabric for one of the other patterns and I’ll start sewing it soon, so stay tuned for that!

But you’re here for the free stuff. Leave a comment on this post by Midnight Mountain time tonight for a chance to win a bundle of 10” precuts and a jelly roll from the Storybook collection by Kate & Birdie for Moda. One comment per person, please. The winner will be randomly selected. Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

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My Quilt Inspired by Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014

I really hoped to have a completed quilt to show you today. Quilters Newsletter’s Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 issue is on sale now and I wanted to show you the quilt I’ve made from a pattern in the issue.

Here was my inspiration. It’s called Square Dance and was designed by Bev Getschel.

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Square Dance by Bev Getschel

I started my quilt quite a while back. Early in the writing of the issue, I decided I wanted to make it because the movement the white triangles create appeals to me. My container with blue fabric was overflowing so I made it in the same colors Bev used but I wanted my quilt larger than hers.

There are three easy ways to make a quilt larger. One is to make more blocks, the second is to increase the size of the blocks and the third is to add sashing and/or borders. Because of the fun design Bev created with the white triangles, I didn’t want to add blocks. So for this quilt, I increased the size of the blocks (patches). Bev’s patches finished at 3 inches, mine finished at 4.

Because I wanted to use some of my stash, I didn’t use fat quarters, I used lots and lots of different fabrics. Somehow, it seems like I’m doing a better job cleaning up my stash if I’m using a lot of smaller pieces of fabric rather than just a few larger pieces. I pieced the top, I pieced the back and then I was ready to baste.

I used Gigi’s trick of basting on the wall and hung the back, batting and quilt top on the design wall in the quilting studio at work.

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My Quilt Top

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Gigi helping me pin baste the quilt.

Gigi and I pin basted it and I’ve started quilting it. It’s about ¼ of the way quilted.

But unfortunately other projects got in the way. Right now, the quilt is neatly folded and waiting its turn. I’ll show you photos when I finish it.

But if you’d like to see more about Bev’s quilt that inspired me and the other wonderful quilts in Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014, it’s available on newsstands, at your local quilt show or at QuiltandSewShop.com

Now let’s all go do something fun, like play with fabric or quilt design or work on a quilt. If you need inspiration, go to our pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website.

 

 

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Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour — Day 1

I’m not really sure how a person can go into their local quilt shop a number of times without coming home with a few fat quarters on at least one of those occasions. Or maybe just a few ½ yard cuts that they’re not really sure what they’re going to do with but are the equivalent of 2 fat quarters. BFQQ14Cover 200 Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour    Day 1I know I have a few fat quarters and ½ yard cuts in my stash, and several of them have just been waiting for the perfect pattern to come along for me to use them in, which is why Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 is the perfect thing to pull a few patterns from and get some of those fabrics out of my stash. Or maybe it’s the perfect excuse to go back to my local quilt shop and get a few more lovely fat quarters – oh, wait, no, I meant batting, backing and binding to go with the quilt I’m going to complete with the fabrics that are already in my stash. Either way, Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 is available on newsstands, bookstores, quilt shops and online at Quilt and Sew Shop as of October 28, 2014, and it’s just loaded with quilting inspirations. It’s also worth celebrating with a blog tour to the online homes of several of the issue’s wonderful designers.

Today, Day 1 of our Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour, features two such wonderful designers, starting with Amanda Murphy, who designed Yorkshire Park. The original was made with Amanda’s own Topiary collection for Blend Fabrics, allowing the entire project to be like a stroll through an English garden. Yorkshire 550 Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour    Day 1

Leave a comment on the post on Amanda’s blog for a chance to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Silvia’s Sonnet by Silvia Vassileva for P&B TextilesSilviasSonnet Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour    Day 1

Regarding our tour’s next quilt, I have to admit I normally disfavor yellow. I’m really not a fan of any of the so-called warm colors (red, orange and yellow), but Rectangular Prisms, designed and made by our second featured designer today, Marcia Harmening of Happy Stash Quilts makes me strongly question my color aversions when it comes to quilts. It’s such a strikingly alluring quilt, and I’m rather enamored with the zigzag edges at the top and bottom. There’s even a designer tip in the issue about binding irregular edges to help navigate all those corners. RectangularPrisms 550 Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour    Day 1

Leave a comment on the post on Marcia’s blog for a chance to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Ladies’ Album by Barbara Brackman for ModaLadiesAlbum Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour    Day 1

Comments must be entered by Midnight Mountain Time tonight unless otherwise noted in the individual designer’s blog post to be eligible to win. Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

Don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for chances to win two new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and our website!

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Rainbow of Flowers and Ribbons

So I made a fun and fast little quilt top. Well, at 60″ square it’s not technically little but it’s smaller than what I normally do. I’d had a couple of header cards – 2 cards with Bloominescent by Robert Kaufman and 2 cards with Lumina by Peggy Toole for Robert Kaufman. Both of these collections have a cool print that runs across the width of the fabric, so the header cards had some nice big panels that were about 13″ x the width of the fabric.

I hope I don’t get a citation from the blogging committee since I totally forgot to take a photo of the header cards before I took them apart. I am very sorry. Here are some photos of the prints I am talking about.

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Bloominescent print that runs from selvedge to selvedge. Other prints from this collection can be seen further down in the post.

The Lumina fabrics were all intact, as was one of the Bloominescent cards. Someone had fussy cut a few flowers out of the other Bloominescent cards, but very neatly, so there was still plenty of fabric to work with. Thank you, mystery fussy cutter!

I just liked the way the ribbon print in the Lumina collection looked with the flowers, so I decided to go ahead and use them together. I didn’t want to cut up the panels too much since they looked great as they are, besides, the more I cut up the fabric, the smaller the final quilt would be.

There were 3 colorways of the Lumina ribbon print and 4 different prints of Bloominescence. My composition is symmetrical on the diagonal, though the colors are different in each corner. There weren’t many seams to sew and it came together very quickly. Here’s what it looks like!

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Rainbow ribbon with rainbow flowers.

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Purple flowers with Peacock ribbons. Odd, but it still works.

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The pink flowers paired with the dawn ribbons is kind of a stretch but I was determined so I put them together anyway. In the context of the entire quilt top, I’m happy with it though I can admit it’s weird.

This top will have to be put aside for a bit since I have to quilt another project for a deadline that is coming up very soon. In the meantime I can think about how I might quilt the new top. Maybe I should reference the unfurling ribbon print for my quilting pattern?

How many quilt tops have you got waiting for you to quilt? I try to keep mine to a manageable level but making top is so fun while quilting can take much longer so the tops do accumulate. Oh well. Let’s discuss this dilemma and other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and our website. Have a stitchy weekend!

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Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop

PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED! CONGRATULATIONS DEB, KARLA, KAREN, SANDY and TERESA!

Welcome to Day 5 of the Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop! I hope you’ve been enjoying stopping by all the blogs on the tour so far and learning about some great gifts that you can make for your friends or just put on your own wishlist. Ho Ho HolidayBlog Hop 500 Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop Quilting is such an amazing hobby in that it is a great stress reliever in the times when we need it most, it’s a wonderful skill when you need some new decor or or just a mug rug to prevent those coffee stains on your end table and it’s also a a fantastic way to put your own talents to work to show your friends and family how much you care about them.

Depending how far ahead you plan out your holiday gift giving, you might be able to make bigger projects for gifts or you might have something small in mind — possibly a stocking stuffer for that special someone. Quilters Newsletter has several projects that fit both of those ideas. Tina Curran has designed three Christmas-themed applique quilts which can be made either as the full quilts or made as small projects using just a few of the blocks. We’ve seen some wonderful variations using just the trees or just the snowflakes and other combinations, some of which we’ve shared in the Quilting Bee features in past issues.

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We also have two brand new eBooks with quick projects for Christmas Decor and Christmas Gift ideas. My favorite from all of these is #3 in Quick Christmas Gifts, Folk Art Snowflake Ornaments. I said in a post a little while ago that I was thinking about making some of these for my office — but now I’m also thinking of making some at 200% size for seasonal mug rugs and using the appliques on place-mats to spruce up the table. They would also make lovely hostess gifts or additions to the family Christmas tree.

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For that smaller space on either a wall or an end table, try out Ho Ho Ho, a quick stitch-and-flip project with plenty of room to add your own pizzazz or creativity. It might also be interesting to applique the recipient’s name on the quilt instead of Ho Ho Ho.HoHoHo c Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop

Its companion, Joy, is patterned in our Best Christmas Quilts 2014 issue. Past issues from our Best Christmas Quilts editions are available from 2011, 2012 and 2013 at Quilt and Sew Shop and each issue has a variety of smaller and larger, traditional and modern, beginner and advanced quilting projects utilizing multiple colorways and techniques.

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If you’re looking for a gift that’s more about inspiration, education and technique, try out a membership or gift subscription to QNNtv.com QNNtv logo 375w.png 550x0 Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop where not only all of the episodes of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters CommunityQuilters Newsletter Machine Quilting Tips & Techniques and Quilters Newsletter Workshop are available but also over 2,000 videos from many different channels, all about quilting.

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Additionally, for a chance to win one of five quilt kits which include binding, batting and backing to make your own Winter Pines, tell us about the best quilting or sewing related gift you’ve ever received in a comment on this post below. Winners will be chosen and notified on Monday, November 10.

Below is the schedule for the entire Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop. Check out each blog for a chance to win prizes and for many more gift ideas for quilters and the people for whom we quilt.

Saturday, Nov. 1 – Sew News
Sunday, Nov. 2 – McCall’s Quilting/Quick Quilts
Monday, Nov. 3 – Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
Tuesday, Nov. 4 – Quilting Daily
Wednesday, Nov. 5 – Quilters Newsletter
Thursday, Nov. 5 – Quilters Club of America
Friday, Nov. 7 – Quiltmaker
Saturday, Nov. 8 – Creative Machine Embroidery

Comments for the chance to win one of five Holiday Pines quilt kits must be entered by 11:59 PM Mountain Time Sunday November 9, 2014 to be eligible. This giveaway is open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as the winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

If you’re looking for more inspiration and news about the quilting world, make sure to follow Quilters Newsletter on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramGoogle+, Youtube and our website!

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More Eye Candy from International Quilt Market/Festival

As promised, I’m going to show you more photos from International Quilt Festival in Houston. I got to see the displays but the winners had not been announced yet. So if I got photos of prizewinners, it was a happy accident. I’ll share those photos first.

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Gift of Appreciation by Kyoko Yamauchi of Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-Ken, Japan

Gift of Appreciation was the winner of the World of Beauty Award sponsored by International Quilt Festival. Techniques listed are hand piecing, applique, trapunto and quilting.

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Springtime in the Geisha’s Garden by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, Maine

Margaret Solomon Gunn’s quilt was the winner of a judge’s choice award. It was chosen by Marti Michell. Techniques are machine piecing, paper piecing, turned edge applique, hand embroidery, piped and scalloped binding and longarm quilting. Fabrics include both cotton and silk.

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Arizona Starry Night by Alicia Sterna of Surprise, Arizona

Arizona Starry Night was chosen for honorable mention in the art-naturescapes category. I told you some of the details of this quilt in this blog post.

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Winter Squash by Lauretta Crites of Glendora, California

Seeing this quilt was like seeing an old friend. Lauretta Crites won second place in the art-miniature category with Winter Squash which was shown in QN’s October/November 2014 issue as the Photo Finish. That issue is available here in print and here digitally.

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Majestic Mosaic by Karen Kay Buckley and Ranae Haddadin of Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Buckley and Haddadin won first place in traditional applique. This category is sponsored by Quilters Newsletter. I was thrilled that I took a photo of the winning quilt. Buckley says she spent a year on the machine applique and Haddadin spent a year on the longarm quilting. That’s a big investment of time but it’s such a wonderful quilt. It’s well worth the time spent.

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Rose Garden by Yoshimi Suzuki of Katushika-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Rose Garden received honorable mention in the traditional applique category. Techniques listed are hand applique, trapunto and hand quilting.

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Oriental Puzzle by Hitomi Kanazawa of Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan

Oriental Puzzle was awarded honorable mention in the innovative applique category.  It is hand pieced, appliqued, embroidered and quilted.

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Saffron Splendor by Pat Holly of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saffron Splendor was awarded second place in the innovative applique category. Pat Holly listed stitched raw-edge and fused machine applique, machine-quilted background embellished with machine decorative stitches and hand-stitched embellishments. Her quilt top is made of silk.

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6522 by George Siciliano of Lebanon, Pennsylvania

George Sicilian received 2nd place in the miniature quilt category. You can’t even imagine how fascinated I was by this quilt. It is foundation pieced using 6,522 pieces of silk dupioni. Even thinking about the precision involved is mind boggling.

It makes me laugh that of the pages and pages of prize winners, those are the only ones I have good photos of.  You can find photos of all the prizewinners at the International Quilt Association’s website.

But now let me show you a few more quilts that caught my eye.

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A Soft Breeze by Kayoko Hata of Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref, Japan

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detail of A Soft Breeze

Quiltmaker Kayoka Hata said she made this quilt to celebrate her 60 years of age. She lists hand applique, hand quilting and hand embroidery on the information card as techniques used. She didn’t even mention the amazing sashing made with double rows of yoyos. Mary Kate had another photo of this quilt in her blog post last week.

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Canola Fields by Leah Gravells of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Detail of Canola Fields

I love this quilt. I can see the rolling fields and the vast sky. Gravells said she used ¾” strips of 199 different batik fabrics in a quilt-as-you-go method to construct it.

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Kalocsa by Chieko Shiraishi of Saitamashi, Saitama, Japan

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Detail of Kalocsa

Chieko Shiraishi explains on the information card that she used Kalocsa embroidery, a traditional Hungarian craft, to make this hand-pieced, appliqued, embroidered and quilted wonder. It is embellished with yards and yards of hand-crocheted lace.

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Buckerbury Chintz by Michelle Yeo of Blackburn, Victoria, Australia

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Detail of Buckerbury Chintz

The tiny little squares in the blocks surrounding the center medallion were what I noticed first in this quilt. They were so small, so precise and there were hundreds of them.

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The Afterglow of Summer by Bi Zhao Zheng of Pin Tong, Taiwan.

This was beautifully done with free-motion applique and machine quilting. The addition of Angelina fibers created the impression of shimmering heat.

There is just one final display I want to share today. This is the Tristan Boutis quilt. It was displayed with lighting from underneath so we could see all the detail. I’m including photos of the information cards so you can read about it.

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Tristan Boutis Quilt from the collection of Boutis Museum in Calvisson, France.

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I’m going to get busy now. I’ve spent all morning getting this blog ready to post but there were so many photos I wanted to share. Do remember there is more quilting inspiration to be found if you go to our pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website.

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I’m In Houston!

Well, something that I made is in Houston. But, it’s not exactly a quilt. More of a little quilt. OK, a quilt block. I made a quilt block and sent it to the Star Block Challenge organized by astronaut Karen Nyberg, and it got sewn into a quilt which is hanging up in Houston. I blogged about the block I made before I sent it off, but here’s a photo as a reminder.

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9 1/2″ star block made by Gigi

It looks like I was in good company, since a lot of people used their space print fabrics to make star blocks. Rather than make the blocks into one big quilt, the blocks were made into 28(!!!) quilts of a more manageable size. Here’s one of the quilts with Nyberg’s block right in the center.

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Nyberg’s block is the wonky red, white and blue star in the very center of the quilt. She stitched it in space! Please ignore the pole.

My block didn’t end up on the same quilt as Nyberg’s block, but that’s OK. I would have loved that, of course, but my block got a nice spot another quilt. Here’s what that looked like.

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Another star quilt. My block is the fourth from the bottom and the right.

It’s so fun to look at all the blocks and see what everyone else has done.You can read more about some of the individual blocks that were submitted here. And we can all pat ourselves on the back, since we have work that is hanging up in Houston. Perhaps one day we can get something just a bit bigger hanging up on those walls, but for today this will do nicely. Here’s a close up of the block in its natural environment.

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Check it out! Shining like a star.

Did you make a star block for the challenge? Is it in one of these photos? Come along and visit with us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and our website. Happy Halloweeeeen!

 

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More from International Quilt Market 2014

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This quilt made up of blocks from each quilting and sewing title in the F+W family was displayed at the F+W booth at Quilt Market 2014. Quilters Newsletter’s improvisationally pieced block is in  the lower right corner.

If you follow any quilt-related social media at all, you know that International Quilt Market happened last weekend in Houston, and International Quilt Festival opened today. Just to clarify, Market is the trade show component and is mostly geared toward quilt shop owners so they can see all the latest and greatest in one location and plan their purchasing for the upcoming year. Although there’s tons of eye candy, if shopping is what you love then you’re not missing out on much by not being able to attend Market. There are some booths that sell product, and then there’s Sample Spree (when shop owners can buy samples of new products and fabrics at wholesale prices the night before Market opens), but most quilters will want to attend Festival.

Having said that, here are some glimpses of the booths set up by fabric companies at Market to highlight the collections that will be coming out in the next few months.

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new Settlement collection in the Windham Fabrics booth

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Leah Duncan’s Morning Walk collection in the Art Gallery Fabrics booth

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Fusions collection in the Robert Kaufman Fabrics booth

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new Downton Abbey fabric in the Andover Fabrics booth

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Cattails in the Meadow quilt in the Reclaimed West by Judy and Judel Niemeyer portion of the Timeless Treasures booth

If you go to Festival — and you really should try to get there one of these years — don’t forget to check out the quilt exhibits next to the main vendor hall. Buying and using the fabric and notions and tools and machines is fun and fulfilling, but the amount of inspiration you’ll get from the quilt exhibits is priceless. There really is nothing like getting to see these works up close and personal. Here are some from the World of Beauty judged competition that caught my eye and that I was able to get somewhat decent photos of — click on the photos to enlarge them. (View the complete list of winners here.)

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detail of Stars on Mars by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, which won the Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry

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detail of Golden Ivory by Rachelle Denneny, which won honorable mention for merit quilting, machine

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Persian Panoply by Jan Frazer

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detail of Persian Panoply by Jan Frazer

 

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Sarah’s Revival by Susan Garman

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Bird by Bird by Philippa Naylor

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detail of A Soft Breeze by Kayoko Hata, which won third place in traditional applique — the sashings are made of double rows of yo-yos

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detail of Vivaldi by Moonlight by Sandra Leichner, which won first place merit quilting, machine

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detail of Springtime in the Geisha’s Garden by Margaret Solomon Gunn, which won Judge’s Choice from Marti Michell

 

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The Waltz by Kiyomi Takayanagi

DSCN4437 300x225 More from International Quilt Market 2014As Lori noted in her Market recap blog post the other day, this year marks the 40th anniversary of Quilt Festival. In addition to a selection of spectacular red-and-white quilts that were originally displayed in 2011 in New York City as part of the Infinite Variety exhibit, there was a champagne and cake reception on Sunday evening hosted by Karey Bresenhan, the founder of Quilts, Inc. At it, Karey thanked all the sponsors, manufacturers and especially quilt shop owners and customers for doing their part in supporting and growing the quilt industry. Since you couldn’t be there, I decided to share with you a virtual glass of champagne. Cheers!

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Anniversary Stars Fabric Giveaway Part 2

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS, RHONDA!

About a month ago, I told you all a bit about the Anniversary Stars quilt that was featured in both an episode of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community (now available for purchase at QNNtv.com) and in the October/November 2014 issue of Quilters Newsletter which is still on newsstands, at quilt shops, and online at Quilt and Sew Shop. I personally made two of the blocks in this quilt, as did many other current and former staff members of Quilters Newsletter, including two of the daughters of QN founders Bonnie and George Leman. There’s a label on the back of the quilt and printed in the October/November 2014 issue which will tell you exactly which blocks were made by which quilters. The issue also has the full pattern for the quilt, but if you’d rather buy only that pattern for Anniversary Stars, it’s also available individually at QuiltandSewShop.com.

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One of the two blocks I made for Anniversary Stars.

To see the whole quilt, go back to the first giveaway I posted, but today I’d rather talk about things you can do with a quilt pattern, like making the quilt in a completely different colorway than the original. This particular pattern could be made in numerous different colorways to take on a different feel, though because the original Anniversary Stars was made by so many different quilters, it has the feel of a scrap quilt and uses many different fabric lines in the blocks. The background, binding and backing were also from different fabric lines, and one of those lines was the Lexington collection by Minick & Simpson for Moda. As you can see in the picture below, this is primarily a blue and white colorway, though the tone-on-tone in the middle goes very well with the red and cream colorway of Anniversary Stars.
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To enter for your chance to win this lovely fat quarter bundle, leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time Sunday November 2, 2014, telling us about a quilt or quilted project you’ve made (or plan to make) in an alternate colorway from the pattern, and if you’ve already made the project whether you liked your new colorway or the original colorway better once it was completedOpen to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as the winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

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