Sunday, September 30, 2012

Giveaway Winner Is....

So I'm really happy to announce that my hubbies random method of picking a winner, "eenie minie, moe" came up with Sherry from a northern blogger, no less. Visit her exciting work in free motion quilting.

So I'll be emailing Sherry right away for details on shipping out her bundle of organic fabric.

Thanks so much for participating in this little fun giveaway.

All the best,

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Victoria's Modern T-Shirt Quilt & Modern Organic Giveaway

 I just love working with the personalized history in t-shirts of my commissioned clients. Recently, Victoria contacted me about making a t-shirt quilt for her....she's off to university!
I started by stabilizing each t-shirt with an iron on fusible webbing on the back of each logo to be used.

This is where it starts!

I spend time thinking about the events that may have contributed to the events portrayed in the logo. I use organic cotton and decided that a 'modern' approach to this quilt was needed.

I began with piecing varied backgrounds onto the logos in the colors of hot pink, black, light blue and lime green.

As you can see in this photo, the blocks sort of take on a life of their own into sections. This part progressed quite fast. Once all the blocks appropriately start working together, then the sections are created waiting for the backings to be created to sandwiching with the front sections!

The backing sections grow in a modern way, telling their story as we go. I wanted lots of 'negative' space in the backing sections for Victoria's quilt.

All the logos are of an 'envirothon' theme so this young lady has been having a time attending various events. You can see from below photo, that the front section is peaking out at the bottom, I always make the backing sections slightly larger than the front.

Eventually the sections are created back and front, then comes the machine quilting of all sections.

I love machine quilting just as much a hand quilting, its so much fun to add the final stitches in preparation for the finale machine quilting overtop the label to be sure no one can just take off the identifier of who the quilt belongs to.

 Then the label is hand sewn onto one of the backing sections and then the whole thing is completed in machine quilting.

 More machine quilting for those of us who love to see things up close and personal!

The finished quilt is definitely modern! I love this young lady's choices in colors.

I need to know what you're thinking of this creation? As the artist creating a commission piece you're always wondering if the creation is going to be loved and welcomed into their home.

Check out my Flickr pages for more photos of my quilts!

I'd love to have comments left here on my blog and one entry for each comment you leave. Tell me what you think of this t-shirt quilt, its modern theme and modern backing?
Victoria if you read this, I chose the grey cotton to highlight your color choices. Hoping you love it?

I'll give away a bundle of four fat quarters in lime green, hot pink,  black and light blue organic cotton!

Entry deadline is Sept 25th!

All the best,


Monday, September 10, 2012

Good Feeling Friendship Quilt

Sometimes, when a call comes related to friends with health issues, its like a 'call to arms'. That call came last year and the members of the Quick Women's Institute, gathered for a one day marathon of quilting!

A former member needed the comfort of our love and respect wrapped and stitched into a quilt!

Below member Bonnie is pinning the next set of sashing to the sewn row of blocks in preparation for sewing it down and proceeding onto the next row.

Our fearless quilting related leader, mainly me, organized a fast quilt as  you go block by block quilt!
This entails simply starting with any size of blocks, I prefer 12.5 in squares. Add a 13 in. square of batting and backing. I like to have the backing and batting slightly bigger to offset changes once machine quilting is done.

This process is NOT your mama's hand made quilt!

Its a fast version that is the one I turn to when time is of the essence. 
You start with precut blocks, batting and backing blocks.
Press 1/4 in. over on one side of each 1.75 in. wide sashing, its not important to have everything all precisely measured on the sashing length, just make it longer than the row you are sewing it onto. Repeat for the other side and pin these two sashing pieces to the either rough edges of the rows of machine quilted blocks as mentioned above. 


 I'm focused on my sewing on the sashing as the whole entire quilt begins to take shape over one day! Bonnie is my trusty  helper holding the size and weight of the quilt for me. But I've done it myself without any help many times, so its something you can tackle yourself.

We started with donations of fat quarters in blue prints or tones. We purchased snuggle-y flannel backing and cotton batting. 

Here is our group of members who participated in our "Master Blaster Fast Quilt" project closed, constructed between 9:30 am and 5 pm on one sunny, fall day!

Well done, ladies and good friends, Quick Women's Institute rises again to the occasion.
Members present are left to right Nola,  Denise, Bonnie, Laurie and I kneeling on the floor! Webster, Nola black lab looks on very approvingly!

If you'd like to see the whole process laid out in a tutorial, leave a comment! Let me know if you've tried this style of fast quilting?

All the best,


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Easy Dresden Acrylic Tool: EZ Quilting : Sewing and Quilting Tools at

This little tool is so applicable to me, someone who loves making Dresden Plate Fans. I am so looking forward to how the Salt Lake Modern QG's EZ Dresden Challenge turns out, its wonderful idea for a new modern guild to partner and host this challenge. 

What are you waiting for?

All the best,


EZ Dresden Challenge Entrant

Dresden Plate fan blocks are one of my favorites!

As you can see I have several in progress. I have grown though as a quilter and artist in the last year or two, more so than at any time of my life and blogging responses have fueled my fire.

What I love about blogging is the instant responses you get as the world of readers scroll through interesting blogs. If your stuff is interesting to them, then they say so. Readers of blogs are "why" many of us keep working towards dreams, ideas and projects. Then sharing and engaging with our readers and the world.
The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild started back in June with this Challenge and have partnered with EZ Quilting/Simplicity and a host of other manufacturers to celebrate Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th Anniversary designing quilting tools for EZ Quilting. To help them celebrate they are hosting a challenge — Use the EZ Dresden Ruler to create a project, then enter it to win amazing prizes from our sponsors!

And I'm entering the contest! With my Canadian Birds quilt!

My epic long Canadian Birds Quilt is my entry into the EZ Dresden Challenge. Using my own template from cardboard I can still enter the contest! 

 This quilt has been waiting for me to finish it for quite sometime. You can read the whole story here.

You don't have to have made your entry with Darlene's super hand ruler made specifically for Dresden Fans, so you can enter too.

 I wish I had known of this template ruler!!

If you haven't heard of Darlene Zimmerman, then you need to popover to  her blog and read more about her interesting and inspiring career in quilting. Wow, makes me want to get going!!

All the best,


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