Quilt Show ideas

 

This is a guild only show for a neighboring county otherwise I would have tried to get in ! I go when they have their biannual show and this year I was able to take my Mom with me as we were both on a vacation, a rare treat. I love looking at the perennial favorites with a twist. Dear Jane made from batiks, selvage edge used in different ways and the guilds stash buster, the string quilt pictures with kite shapes ( 5th row, 3rd quilt). Click on pictures to enlarge and see detail. Each photo was taken because I saw something that had a great idea or a quilting stitch that I liked.

I love the creativity in this little show. There were 150 quilts and lots of great ideas. My favorite new quilt pattern is the Fancy Forest quilt with all the animals ( 3rd row far right) and my favorite block in the quilt is the hedgehog. I thought that the layouts using blocks to make overall secondary patterns were cool. I enjoyed the saturated bold colors and more contemporary or modern pieces in the show.

Quilting was interesting. Many computer long armed quilts were there, not my favorite. However, I did see a trend of hand guided free motion quilting and less density.  Yes, my favorite!

Cool Ideas: The alternating square and on point square setting of the Farmer’s Wife quilt is genius ( 6th row down, far left). The resurgence of medallion center quilts was noticed and I love that ! Samplers were still a big favorite and a favorite of mine. I really like the look of sampler blocks being used to make a mosaic look for a quilt overall like the Star medallion quilt (last row , left.) And in the shop was the cute selvage edge place mats!

Which quilt was my favorite overall? So hard to choose but I liked the Leaves quilt in the 4th row. I want to try to make the little wool flower appliques quilt on a small scale 5th row , second quilt.

Now to sort out my quilting priorities ! Stay tuned about an exciting quilt project that I will be piecing!

Quilt on ,

Vicki

Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 8

This week is the chapter called  U Turns in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop

 

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This weeks big challenge is something that takes lots of practice. Corners. How to turn them is always something longarmers need to think about because you move the machine not the quilt. Several options were given, number 1 do something else in the corner such as a spiral square and the border is ribbon candy.

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This block shows a continuous pattern with the greek keys in the green. Then the blue corners were a flow of ribbon loops. Then I became really adventurous… doing loops of e’s that transition to e’s and l’s around the corner. I also used wavy lines and added a sprial in the lower right. So doing corners can be really fun and the possibilities are endless on what to do when turning a corner! machine quilting blog hop week !

This is the block from the first week. You can see a spiral in the corner and a weird square thing in the rest of the outer block. Then the rest you can see how I turned the corner in the inner rows using the flow of the stitch used. The outer border is visible with my corner with the switchbacks.

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And here is my next attempt at hook swirls. It is coming along but not quite right. Time, it takes time. When I change direction my brain cannot translate the change… yet.

This morning’s hooked swirls are even better! 

Here is the video on how I quilted these blocks

Quilt on!

Vicki

Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 6

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Practice Piece this week

This week is the chapter called Cornered in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop

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Tried hooked swirls in the star , not quite but still looked great QOV

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This week is the chapter entitled Cornered. There are many strips in the blocks and I chose to do another wonky log cabin using many of the designs. It is so cool to have all the texture in each strip . Makes the block very interesting.

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This week I spent hours trying to master this hooked swirls. I don’t have it completely but I feel like I am making progress. I am realizing that I need to stop and change direction more often. When I don’t it takes on a leaf shape. Like in the star in the previous picture of the Quilt of Valor I was working on. I did hooked swirls in the center of the wonky log block if you look closely.

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Hooked swirls in the center

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Hooked swirls practice

The next stitch that was in the chapter that I practiced was Pearls and swirls. After I spoke to Christa on my Podcast it made so much more sense and here are my results. Listen to the pod cast by clicking here!

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Swirls and pearls

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This Chapter had several takeaways. First of all it is very important to use free motion quilting to emphasize your blocks with texture contrasts. Secondly, Angela talks about motif quilting like in the black section of this block. Dividing a block into sections and doing the same arches or stitching will make a motif. I did this whole block using another takeaway –not breaking thread for each area. I planned out my quilting so I could do this with not cutting the thread. Watch the video to see how I did it!

Lastly, I learned that echoing is a good way to add texture and importance to the stitching you just did. Plus it allows you to travel in different directions as you go. Practicing it the only way you get this down. I thought I practiced enough and then I realized I still didn’t have hooked swirls down. I have lots of drawing practice to do in my future!

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Here is how I did the stitches plus a chat about my takeaways from this chaper:

Quilt on !

Vicki

Did I mention there will be a giveaway on the blog??? Stay tuned for more information!!!

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Christa Watson Show Notes Podcast 20

Listen to the pod cast by clicking here!

 

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Christa Watson is co author of the book The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting with Angela Walters. Christa has made several quilts for shows and has won awards for them while using her domestic sewing machine! She is a quilt teacher, author of 3 books and owner of an online Precut store. I have been watching Christa’s career for several years and I even won a giveaway she had once! She sent me the blue pin. I also have a BQF (best quilting friend) who went to QuiltCon and sent me the pink pin. One workshop I attended with Christa teaching, she said that all of the students were her BQFs now. I certainly feel that way now and I have a pin! Listen and enjoy to our conversation about nearly everything from fmq to modern quilting to our roots in tradition.

Here is Christa’s Precut Store: https://www.amazon.com/s?me=AO8Y6QISWGJ7M&merchant=AO8Y6QISWGJ7M&redirect=true&tag=chriquil-20

Here is Christa’s website: https://christaquilts.com/

Here is Christa’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuiltWithChrista/

The Swirling Butterfly quilt I saw at AQS and is in the book above: https://christaquilts.com/2016/04/15/the-ultimate-guide-to-machine-quilting-swirling-butterflies-quilt/

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I also gave a shout out too Andrea Smith and here is my version of her quilt. It is available free on her Craftsy store. Check it out!

The Snowy Day Quilt challenge by Andrea Smith of Happy Cloud Creations is on Craftsy here: https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/snowy-day-quilt-sampler/493223

Highland games post is here

Join us for the Machine Quilting blog Hop. Posts are on Monday and I will be linking to the other bloggers in the hop: HollyAnne, Kristin, and Jen. All of the posts so far are listed on the side bar tab for the blog hop.

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Vicki

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Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 4

boomerang free motion quilting

boomerangs!

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Boomerangs on the frame

This week is the chapter called Fractured Squares in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop

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sampler quilt with all of the stitches

I used this quilt,  that was a block exchange, to practice on.I believe there are benefits of quilting for practice on a real quilt! I have done sandwich practice pieces but don’t find them to be as effective practice for me. I like seeing how this works on a real quilt.  Each week I chose a block and the second row, first block is the boomerangs. I will show how I quilted it in the video at the end of the blog post.

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Greek keys

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Greek keys are also used in this chapter. They are easy to draw and free motion quilt. You make a box on three sides then on the fourth side, turn to the inside about 3/4 of the way through. Then you make 2 sides then echo the shape all the way out and continue the next greek key!

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Greek Keys drawing

I am sharing a video I made where I talk about making the boomerangs.

Join us next week! Quilt on!

Vicki

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Ultimate Guide To Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 1

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May 1 is here and that means we (HollyAnne, Jen, and Kristin)  are kicking off the blog hop for Angela Walters and Christa Waston’s book pictured -The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting!!! We will be posting once a week on Mondays for 10 weeks !!! This wonderful resource is written from the point of view of both a long armer and a sit down quilter. Bonus there are quilt patterns for each chapter, too!

Click on each name and it will take you to their blog of the people participating in the hop ! This blog hop is designed for you to have the book for reference and I will talk about my takeaways each chapter. I will also show pictures and some video of my progress. I want to share what I learned to make me a better free motion quilter. Here is our directory page for future reference.

 

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A little about me. I am a long arm quilter and the only long armer in the blog hop. I have been free motion quilting for 6 years on a Baby Lock Jewel with a 16 inch throat space on a 10 foot frame that is set up at the end of my bed. Yep, the only room in the house big enough! I have a few stitches that I considered mastered in my tool box-swirls, circles, echos, loops and curls. I am still learning straight lines! The tool box is those ‘go to’ stitches that you use often and , then get good at them so you can use their variations, too. I have to say that free motion quilting takes lots of practice to see results. I must agree with the authors of the book who say that practicing is really important. It really is not much different to compare it to when I was a kid and  I took lessons on playing the violin. I practiced every day for the eye/hand coordination for the basics and then practice continued for more advanced lessons as I mastered beginning skills.

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Little switchbacks and curls

The book starts out by  talking about how to improve quilting. My take away was practice often but practice different things, too, to enhance your skills and make your tool box bigger. Also, we need to learn the limitations of our machines. There are limitations on long arms and we must approach things differently vs a table top machine where the quilt is being pushed through.

Chapter 1 Plumb Lines

This chapter emphasizes stitching straight lines! Oh no, something that I am not very good at and this is the perfect time to practice. I am just learning to use a ruler and my channel lock after all this time. However, I did  decide to quilt a whole quilt with the channel lock to practice those lines. Horizontal lines are easier to do vs vertical lines on a long arm.

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Tip: load the quilt horizontally to minimize start and stops of the lines.

Also read the section carefully about letting go of perfection. We are quilting free motion stitches…. it will not look the same as stitches created by computers. That is the beauty of it!

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Quilt I am using for the blog hop

I had several blocks from a block swap and I added a few I made myself that turned into a top for this blog hop. I used some of the stitches talked about in the chapter and then spent my time quilting between spaces and then outlined areas for emphasis. This was the lesson in the chapter. I chose to quilt between the Logs on a modern log cabin block in the upper left of the quilt. I did incorporate some lines to practice more!

Click on each photo to see more detail.

Below is a video and talk of the process used to quilt the first block.

I did do some toolbox quilt videos and you can see them in previous blog posts or on my You Tube channel for ease to look them up here. The tool box videos have videos on swirls, circles, echos, loops and curls

Take away:

There are many stitches that work well together in a quilt. Emphasize areas of a quilt by outlining the area by stitching in the ditch.

Until next week, Quilt On!

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Vicki

Add your free motion quilt process based on this first chapter by clicking on the link box with the frog below!!!

We are also posting to Instagram using the hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop. If you want to get to the directory of bloggers and info about the blog hop click on the chalkboard on the sidebar.

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lovely days

What a lovely day. It was too nice to stay inside so after our chores were done we went for a ride and saw some pretty sites. The water and sky were so blue.  Spring is here and it is so nice to see leaves bud and the grass green up. The trillium flowers are starting to grow in the woods.

2017-04-23 17.21.09 I found this awesome yarn at Wal- Mart while I was waiting for our oil to be changed on our truck before our ride. Now this was the last of this color way so I need to be careful what I make so I have enough yarn!

I have been long arming and videoing like mad. I have a quilt nearly finished and it will be revealed next month! I made a intro to my YouTube Channel video. I will be posting more and more video with the goal to have a 20 min vlog up. I learned so much about editing this weekend. See my promo below, I was having way too much fun!

Vicki

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