Monday, October 31, 2022

CLARK COUNTY QUILTERS - Quiltfest Northwest 2022

My local quilt guild, Clark County Quilters, held their annual Quiltfest Northwest at the end of October.  I helped with the set-up, selling tickets, and take-down.  Most of my friends entered multiple quilts, and I had 4 in the show this year.  There were over 400 quilts on display and it was a fabulous show.  I was so happy to be around people that share my passion, and to be able to meet so many new members.  I also saw so many friends that I hadn't seen in years.  I wish that I had taken pictures of all of them with their big smiles and my happy dance!

Here's 2 of my quilts, one of which sold to a local collector.  

I hope you either made it to this show or other quilt shows that are finally happening after the pandemic lockdown has eased.  

Monday, October 10, 2022

Quilt Retreat - FINALLY!

Our quilt guild finally had a quilt retreat in person.  I was so excited to go -- it's been too many years since I went with the guild.  Projects - oh yes, I had so many ideas.  But I narrowed it down to one for charity from a kit, and one using more of my hand dyed materials in oranges, yellows, gray and white.

Here's the photo of the 35 retreaters.  So many new faces and old friends made for a wonderful time.  I'm in the back row, 3rd from the right.  

I finished the top for our charity group, made blocks for the retreat games, took some nice walks, ate a lot of snacks, made new friends, and made about 100 of the squares for the new quilt.  All in all, a great time!

Monday, October 3, 2022

Mod Squad Challenge - BEE MODERN

The Mod Squad Group of Vancouver, WA issued a challenge for the group.   Yellow, Black Background, 150" perimeter, only squares or rectangles.     I think we were allowed to add one more color.  

I definitely wanted to do something modern.  Several shades of yellow were used to make it more dynamic.  (And, that meant shopping for more yellow fabric!).  I liked using just one solid black.  

Here is my sketch:

Once I started sewing the pieces, I decided to add a few skinny strips of black around the colored centers, and skinny strips of yellow around the black centers.  I also made the centers slightly different sizes and made some offset from the center.  The blocks are all 5" finished, and there are 6 rows with 9 blocks long.  

I quilted it with black thread, alternating between 1/4" lines and 1/2" lines.  I also added circles here and there in the yellow sections to give it more personality.  It's 30" W x 45" H.  Here it is; its called 'BEE MODERN'

I hope you like it.