Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Inspiration for the McCall's Quiting Quilt Design Star 2011 Challenge 1

We were challenged to make a quilt using only two blocks, Arrowhead and Shoo-fly.

First of all, I was inspired by my fabric choice.  I chose to use Camelot by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics. I just fell in love with the way the fabric was shaded and had light and dark highlights.  The quilt was not intended to be a Christmas quilt, although those are the colors in the line.

So, what to do with the blocks? I spent many hours playing with the design, it took me a week to actually decide on the block and the layout. 

First, lets talk about the blocks.  I simply replaced the flying geese units in the Arrowheads Block with the Shoo-fly block, like this.

Simple enough.  So what next? I decided that the lay out would be the tumbling blocks or baby blocks layout. That meant I had to transform my blocks into a 60 degree diamond.

I then decided that I would also use the original Arrowhead block as a block that would be on one side of each 'cube' that was formed.  That block looks like this.

Then, many Y-seams and pin pricked fingers later, my quilt top was complete. A picture of the final quilt is posted to the right of this post.

Here are some of the other layouts and blocks that I came up with, but decided not to use.

I now invite you to head on over the the McCall's Quilting website and vote for your favorite quilt.  And if you choose to do so, vote for mine. And, by all means please leave me a comment there so I know what you think! (You can click on the picture of my quilt at the right of this post, or click here.)


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Vote For Me - (MQ) Quilt Design Star 2011

Vote For Me - (MQ) Quilt Design Star 2011 http://t.co/KbFFTYG
Keep voting and leave your comments.  Lets get to challenge 2.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

McCall's Quilt Design Star 2011 - Challenge 1 Complete!

Whew! I finally finished Challenge 1 and have submitted my photo. Nothing like cutting it close! The entries were due by midnight tonight.  You can go to the McCall's Website to see all the finalists and their entries and vote for your favorite.  My entry is named "Over the Castle Wall."  I am unable to post any pictures until McCall's has posted the entry on their website.  I do appreciate everyone that voted previously and got me into the finalist round. Keep voting and get me to Challenge 2!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Meet the McCall's Quilt Design Star 2011 Finalists

Head on over to the McCall's webiste and check out all 20 Finalists.  If you click on their picture, you can find out more about them and what inspires them. So, I suggest to check things out and then go back and vote starting on June 24th.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

"Now Showing' by the Arts KC

"Now Showing" is a program designed to foster partnerships between individual artists and ArtsKC Business Investors by providing opportunities for metro-area artists to display their work in the conference rooms, lobbies, and office spaces of local companies.  The partnership benefits the artist who is exposed to a potential new audience, as well as the company who is exposed to new elements of creativity and inspiration.

I have been accepted as a participating artist. As a participating artist, photographs of my quilts will be available on a private website for local business to choose from.  If chosen by a participating company, my work would be displayed in their offices for a 3 month period.  There is currently a portfolio of 125 artists with works ranging from photography, sculpture, painting and textiles.

Monday, June 6, 2011

What ____ do you use?

I have been getting that questions a lot lately in regards to thread, batting, notions, etc.  So, today I will start out with my favorite thread.

When piecing, I like to use MasterPiece Cotton Quilting Thread by Superior Threads. According to their website:
MasterPiece by Alex Anderson. Nature's finest thread. #50 extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton for piecing, detail quilting, bobbin, lace, and applique. Very smooth with virtually no lint.
The thread is so thin, it seems I get twice as much on the bobbin, which in turn lasts a lot longer. This is one thread that is strong enough for machine piecing and machine or hand applique!  Since the thread has less lint, I spend less time cleaning the machine.

I was able to find MasterPiece at the St. Joseph Sewing Center in St. Joseph, MO.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Beginning Paper Piecing Workshop is Full

My beginning paper piece on July 10 is full.  There are still spots available in the advanced class for August.