Monday, May 27, 2024

Little Hearts for "I Found a Quilted Heat"

One of the ladies at our quilt retreat showed us how to make little hearts with hand work on them.  The idea is to leave them in public places for someone else to find.  "I Found a Quilted Heart" is an idea very similar to the painted rocks that people leave around.  I decided to make a few; its nice to have a little bit of handwork while watching TV at night.  Here are three that I made recently:

I plan to make some more and leave them here and there for other people to find!

Monday, May 20, 2024

Mod Squad Charity Challenge - Duckworth Quilt and CCQ Spring Retreat

The Mod Squad decided to do a charity challenge using scraps in our favorite color and using the "Duckworth" idea.  Basically, it is a scrappy log cabin block over and over and then sewn together into a top.  The top is supposed to be 46" W x 60" H.  Using 6" blocks, that means I need to make 80 of them!  I got a start at the spring quilt retreat with 30 of them.  Here's a few of them:

I walked around the lake a couple of times every day and enjoyed the spring green colors and all of the wildflower blossoms.  

I hope you enjoy seeing them too.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Garden Lady #7 - Part 6 - FINAL

This is a continuation of 5 previous posts about the making of Garden Lady #7.

On some of my other art quilts, I made the decision to quilt the background before applying the flowers, but this time I decided to machine applique the flowers and it is easier to do this when you're only dealing with the top, and not all of the batting and backing.  So, the quilting was done when all of the pieces were done being appliqued.

I used several colors of thread and changed the direction of the quilting to make it look more like foreground and sky.  Of course, I had to add a few birds like I did on other quilts.  And, after it was quilted, I added a few hot fix crystals.

It is 39" W x 51" H.  I decided to call it "Picking Daisies".

I hope you like it!

Monday, May 6, 2024

Mod Squad Challenge for 2024

The Mod Squad group has picked their 2024 challenge, and of course I am going to participate.  I truly believe that challenges are the way to innovate and move your quilts to the next level.   It is "Traditional made Modern".  The idea is to take a traditional block and make it modern.  Oversize it, rearrange it, or just put it in a modern setting.  We can make one block or many blocks but they should all be the same block that can be different sizes or shapes.  The size has to be between 96" and 240" perimeter; white or off white has to be in the quilt, but not necessarily the background, and it is due in Jan 2025.  

This has been a category in QuiltCon for a while.  Here are some of the quilts from the 2024 show in Raleigh, NC. brought to you by  Cat Bird recap on YouTube.

I hope the excellent pictures (and YouTube video) give me some inspiration.