Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Quilt Show Pictures - picture heavy!

Some of the quilts from the 2016 Common Threads Regional Quilt Show last week in Wichita, Kansas - Enjoy!
 Spring Bouquet Nouveau - Donna J. Mease
Quilted by Jan Hutchison
Best of Show, Best Applique, 1st place
Quilt, hand appliqued, machine quilted, 2 person

  Rose Star - Lois Stoltenberg
One of the quilts in her hand quilted special exhibit

 Pod Quilt - Jo Oliver - 1st place
Quilt, pieced, machine quilted, 1 person

 Hot Wings - Jan Hutchison - 1st place, Best Use of Color
Quilt, pieced/appliqued, machine quilted, 1 person

 Dazzle - Shirley Binder - 1st place
Quilted by Annette Haga
Quilt, pieced, machine quilted, basic, 2 person

 Flamenco Dancer - Jan McCreary - 2nd place
Quilted by Jan Hutchison
Quilt, pieced, machine quilted, custom, 2 person

 Antiquated Calculating; or This is the Way We Used to Do It - Lois Crane
Quilted by Jan Hutchison
The equations were originally embroidered on her college dorm curtains about 60 years ago!

 Good Morning Sunshine - Malerie Albertson
Quilted by Siriporn Hollar
I loved her choice of fabrics!

 The Influence of Tucson - Judy Ermey
Quilted by Siriporn Hollar
Beautiful machine quilting!

 Fiesta - Janet Ghilino Bates
1st place, Best Innovative Quilt
Modern Quilt

 My Swatch - Rebecca Keimig
Modern Quilt

 "Table Needs a Quilt" - Jo Oliver - 3rd place
Modern Quilt

 Rebel - Malerie Albertson
Quilted by Kim Hull
Art Quilt, original design, any technique

 Pomegranate - Tamara Gross - 3rd place
Quilted by Jan Hutchison
Quilt, hand appliqued, machine quilted, 2 person

 Almas' Rose Wreath - Barbara Nickelson
 2nd place, Best Machine Quilting
Quilted by Jan Hutchison
Quilt, hand appliqued, machine quilted, 2 person

More pictures of quilts in the show coming soon!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Warning, if you ever ...

IF you ever get a bright idea to do something like this ...
... lay down until the feeling passes!!!

This is Orphan Block Project #2 with some of the orphan blocks given to me. Its mostly pieced together now, definitely not going to be flat. I pity the longarmer who agrees to edge to edge quilt this. I'm hoping a good press with starch will help.

But for now, I'm stumped. Originally I'd thought of a red strippy background to use up some of my red/purple scraps.

 Too dark? Something's not right.
 So then I tried putting scraps from the few low volume or neutral fabrics I have in my stash. It does nothing for me.
I've got lots of green strips but I don't like this either. A jealous heart? No

I'd really hoped to use up some of my scrap fabric but it looks like I'll need to go to the fabric store. 
Any suggestions - brighter colors? Whites/creams? Polka dots?

I'm supposed to be getting over a summer cold, working on quilt sleeves and labels, applique on LE but you can see I'm putting it off this week. Next week, yes, definitely back to work next week.

Until next time, Mayleen

Friday, May 27, 2016

Orphan Block Project #2

 After my year as Prairie Quilt Guild president last year, guild members gave me orphan blocks to make into something (?!?) I thought I was going to make a throw quilt but due to their generosity, it will be several wall hangings and maybe a throw size quilt or two! My goal is to have used all or most of the blocks by September when I'll be the guild speaker. 

I'm not going to reveal what I'm making until its finished but I hope the shape is recognizable when you see it.

You know how you get excited about making something but when you're well into the project, you start wondering if this was such a bright idea after all? Well, I'm there. I'm fairly sure it will turn out well or it will be an opportunity to be creative.

Our guild show, Common Threads Regional Quilt Show, is just around the corner. If you follow the link, all the info is there - June 16, 17 & 18 in Wichita, KS. Lots of new things happening at our show! We've got some really great prizes to give away at the Grand Hoopla! on Saturday - a Baby Loc sewing machine and a Bernina Sewing machine, a Brother Scan N Cut plus a sewing chair but I'm going to win the chair so don't worry about it, OK?

I'm in charge of creating the quilt show book so progress on Love Entwined has been slower than I thought it would be. Next month I hope to have something to show.

Until next time, Mayleen

Monday, May 16, 2016

Museum Fundraiser

I'm going to be speaking about my quilts at the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum's fundraiser at 2:30 on Saturday, May 21 held at the Goessel Mennonite Church, Goessel, KS. Tickets are available at the door. It should be a fun time with stories about 15+ of my quilts, a mini merchant mall and cheesecake, yum! 

Just a little teaser about which quilts I'm bringing:

 "Shell Shocked" from Museum Quilts by Kaffe Fassett

 "The Cotheals at Home" (Phebe), Primarily Quilts by Di Ford

"Selvage Star of Bethlehem"
 "Mediterranean Hexagon", Quilts in Morocco by Kaffe Fassett

 "Trip Around the Prairie"

 "Pumpkin Peel" from Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts
"Second Spring"

and the crazy quilt, a couple of Bonnie Hunter designs, the wool wallhanging, my barn quilt, the Kansas quilt, a quilt design by Elsie Campbell, a few more selvage quilts, maybe I'll bring my "Forever" project, ... hmm, its a good thing my husband is coming along to help tote quilts in and out!

Until next time, Mayleen

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Mumbles

"Diamond Down the Drain", 32"x32"

This is the red/green scrap quilt I was working on last month. The name refers to the pieced diamond just off left center and the spiral quilting. I used a lot of my red and green scraps but there's always more where they came from.

I used Crazy Mom Quilts instructions to make a Scrap Vortex quilt and her tutorial for spiral quilting. Here's a link to her blog with the instructions. That spiral quilting just about did me in but I love the effect!  Linda, at Flourishing Palms blog, has some tips for spiral quilting success too.
I've been wanting to try some simple walking foot machine quilting for some time and now that my arms are no longer aching, I'm glad I did the spiral quilting! 
During March I also bound my Mediterranean Hexagon quilt which was the result of a class I took with Kaffe Fassett at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. It will hang in my quilt guild's upcoming quilt show, Common Threads Regional Quilt Show, June 16-18, Wichita, KS.

 I asked my machine quilter, Jan Hutchison, to follow the lines of the flowers. I've lightened the photo so you might be able to see the quilting. Most of the fabric is Kaffe Collective but I especially like that I was able to use some thrift store Jinny Beyer fabric in the triangles.

 I decided I'd ignored Love Entwined (LE) quilt long enough! This is what Part 8 looked like on March 14. I finished the flowers in the pot on the right border and added some 1/8" circles in the pink flowers. They were definitely a challenge to make. Each of those yellow flower petals are less than 1/2" square! At this point I'm wishing I'd made those broderie perse.

 The green leaf wreath - kind of fun to applique.

 The pink and gold flowers and leaves (what are those things?) - its going to be a long time before I feel my inside curve applique is good. More green fried eggs! Do I sound excited?

My progress as of today - March 31. 
I feel like I've been stitching in slow motion but I just realized I've only been working on LE for the past two weeks. I was hoping to finish both the upper and lower part 8 borders by today but maybe my slow and steady applique progress isn't too bad after all!
Still no final color/fabric decision for the border between the zig zags. Today I'm leaning toward gold but tomorrow? I think when I'm finished with the part 8 & 9 borders I'll try out fabrics at the quilt shop until one speaks to me. 

My goal for April - finish part 8 and start part 9. Its interesting to me that the upper and lower borders are a different design than the two side borders.

Until next time, Mayleen