10 Inspiring Quilts from the 2014 Capital of Texas Quilt Fest

You guys know I love some quilt inspiration. So of course I had to share more inspiring quilts from last weekend’s Capital of Texas Quilt Fest here in Austin.

It was hard to pick only 10 quilts to share…but any more and I would have had WAY too many photos overloading this post. So 10 quilts it is.

These are in no particular order, other than the order I walked around the fest.

Over the Edge, by Joseph Stroman
First, we have the winner of Best in Show! Over the Edge, by Joseph Stroman. Isn’t it so amazing?! The photographs don’t do it justice (especially with those chairs blocking your view!). Just take my word for it, it was spectacular.

Over the Edge, detail of quilting
Check out how the quilting thread jumps out at you on the back. I loved the colors.

Delicious Mountains, by Rebecca Salinger
Delicious Mountains, by my friend Rebecca Salinger. She won Judge’s Choice, go Rebecca! Again, I didn’t do a great job with this photo, so it’s a little tricky to see, but the embellishments were really neat.

Balancing Act, by Art Bee Austin
I love art quilts, and this is such an inspiring example of one. Balancing Act, by Art Bee Austin.

Balancing Act detail
Isn’t the hand painting on these rocks amazing?

Feral Cats, by Kathy York
Feral Cats, by Kathy York. I’ve posted about some of Kathy’s work before in this post, but I continue to be inspired by her work every time I see it. Plus…I love cats!

Cancer Cats, for Heather Grant
See? More cats! This one is called Cancer Cats, and it was made for Heather Grant. Make sure to read the description in the photo below.

Cancer Cats quilt description
I love the friendship behind this quilt. Learn more about the Sarcoma foundation here.

Lonestar Brother, by Marilyn J. Roskey
For the beer lovers out there…this one is called Lonestar Brother, by Marilyn J. Roskey.

Sea Glass Herringbone, by Claire Jain
Sea Glass Herringbone is a quilt by my friend Claire Jain. This quilt was featured in a book I mentioned just the other day in my Recent Reads post – Lucky Spool’s Guide to Modern Quiltmaking. I haven’t made it all the way through the book yet, so I was super pumped to find out her quilt was in it. Congrats, Claire! Your quilt is beautiful.

Quilts by Corinne Sovey
I loved both of these quilts by Corinne Sovey. On the left is Waves (you can find her awesome tutorial for this quilt right here), and on the right is Garden Trellis (you can purchase her pattern here). I am finding that I am more and more drawn to modern quilts, and these by Corinne are super inspiring!

Twilight Stars, by Linda Scheible
Here is Twilight Stars, by Linda Scheible. I really like the color gradations on this one. And you know my obsession with Cherrywood fabric, which made me drawn to it even more!

Swoon, by Stacey Napier
And finally, Swoon by Stacey Napier. These blocks are awesome, and I really like the fabrics she chose. She has a lovely post on her blog about this quilt if you want to read more.

Oh yeah, last but not least – I didn’t count my quilt in the 10 shared here. But I better show you guys the finished product, since I talked so much about it in my last post.

Liberty Geese Number 3, by Laura Ward
Liberty Geese Number 3 Honorable Mention
Liberty Geese Number 3 is my first quilt entered in a show, I’m so proud! I’ll take that Honorable Mention any day.

Here are a couple more shots of the front and back with better lighting out in my backyard.

Liberty Geese Number 3, front Liberty Geese Number 3, back

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the quilts from this year’s show!

Click here to see some of my favorites from 2012.

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Liberty of London Wishlist

I have a slight obsession with Liberty of London fabrics. The only issue I have with this lovely fabric is that it will cost you about $36. I did splurge a few months ago and purchased some for my modern heart pillows, and I think it was worth the cost! Purl Soho has a great selection of their different fabrics. It’s hard to choose which one you like the most!

modern heart pillow

I recently came across this pair of pumps from a brand I love, Marais USA. They are collaborating with Liberty of London on a line of shoes!

Marais USA Liberty of London pumps

I think I gasped out loud when I saw them, then immediately purchased. After I saw these, I started thinking what other great stuff might be out there from this famed fabric line, and found a ton of cute stuff.

Here is my current Liberty of London fashion wish list!

Liberty of London Wish List

1 – Marais USA flats
2 – Vans Old Skools
3 – Saddle Bag
4 – Nike Black Collection
5 – Marais USA wedges
6 – JCrew swim top and bottom.
7 – Gola sneakers
8 – Lord and Taylor wedges
9 – Boticca birdcage earrings

What’s on your fashion wish list?

Cherrywood Chevron Pillows: Fabric and Using Synthrapol

Since I finished my Broken Dishes Quilt, I was finally able to move on to another project! This time I tried my hand at some pillow covers. I guess I just love pillows – remember when I made polka dot pillows last year? Instead of stuffing them with poly-fil, this time I made quilted covers for a 16×16 pillow insert, with a simple envelope closure on the back.

This is the sketch I came up with. I love chevron, but wanted to do something a bit different. I’m taking this idea and making square pillows. It may end up as a full-sized quilt someday, too!

chevron design

I fell in love with Cherrywood fabric when I came across it at QuiltCon last year, and I’m so excited to use the 8-step fat quarter bundle I purchased!

dutch tulip cherrywood fabric

This bundle is called “Dutch Tulip”

Aren’t they beautiful? I love these as well:

Cherrywood bundles

Images from Cherrywood Fabric website

1. Melon Patch
2. Madagascar
3. Onyx to Light
4. Potters Wheel

When I purchased the bundle, they included a pamphlet on caring for and washing the hand-dyed fabric. I’m glad I kept it and followed their directions!

Synthrapol
It is recommended to use Synthrapol when washing, which you can buy from craft stores, Cherrywood’s website, or on Amazon.

Check out the water when I washed the reds. Followed by a second wash.
washing hand dyed fabrics

See how much dye was released? The Synthrapol prevents it from reattaching onto the other fabrics.

Once washed, the fabric was dried and ironed, measured and cut, and sewn up! I have a few final steps to complete, and next week I’ll share photos of the finished pillows!

>>special thanks to Ken for loaning me his camera (Canon Rebel T2i). I’m VERY excited to practice using a nice camera, and even more excited about having some non-iphone photos appear on the blog for once.