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.

Capital of Texas Quilt Fest, September 12-14

In 2012, I attended the Capital of Texas Quilt Fest as a total quilting newbie. I was just getting into quilting, and finding the styles I loved. I stopped by and enjoyed walking around and taking in all the beautiful quilts, checking out the fancy sewing machines for sale, and of course browsing around all the fabric and quilting vendors. (p.s. some of the awesome quilts from the 2012 show are featured in my Quilt Inspiration post if you want to check it out.)

This year, not only am I attending, but one of my quilts will be on display in the show! I joined the Austin Area Quilt Guild, and entered my latest quilt in the novice category, as this is my 3rd quilt to make. I’m excited and looking forward to the show. I hope that some of you Austin folks will make it out to see all the lovely quilts on display – there will be over 350 quilts there!

2014 quilt fest banner

Here are a few sneak peaks of my quilt, which I’ve shown progress shots of earlier this year. I’ll reveal the finished quilt when I get the binding on, and after it’s all fancied up and hanging at the show!

flying geese quilt blocks
flying geese laura wardhamilton on the flying geese quilt  flying geese quilt topwk 18 insp 04
liberty geese hand quilting

If you’re in Austin next weekend and you enjoy quilting, or sewing, or fabric, come out to Quilt Fest! It’s held at the Palmer Event Center, September 12-14. Entrance to the show is $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and the hours are as follows:

Friday and Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

I can’t wait to see all the lovely quilts and check out a few of the demonstrations. Some of them that sound really interesting and informative: Art Quilts, Quilt Preservation and Restoration, Quick Basting Techniques, and Basic Free-Motion Quilting, plus a bunch more!

Hope to see you there.

No Waste Flying Geese Tutorial

No Waste Flying Geese Tutorial

I’ve been really excited about the new quilt I’m making, and I hope you guys aren’t tired of me talking about it. The top is finished, I’m just waiting for my red backing fabric to come in the mail, then I’ll be able to quilt it all together. This is my 3rd quilt, and it has been the fastest one yet. I’m learning!

flying geese quilt top

I love how easy and fun the flying geese were to make and piece together. Today I want to share the method I used to make 4 flying geese quilt blocks at a time. This technique doesn’t waste any fabric like some flying geese methods, and it’s so simple!

To make 4 flying geese blocks, start with one large square, and four small squares. My large square is 6 1/2 inches. The four small squares are 3 1/2 inches. I liked the finished size this made.  This website explains the math in more detail if you are looking for a different sized block. They say:

You need one square, the size of the finished width you desire the flying geese to be + 1 1/4 inch, and four squares that are the height of the finished unit you want plus 7/8 inch.

Here are the five squares I started with.

flying geese squares

Place two of the smaller squares face down onto the large square, lined up with two opposite corners. Use a ruler, and mark a line diagonally across the squares.

flying geese tutorial

Head to your sewing machine. You can pin the squares down if you want, but I don’t really find it necessary. Just be gentle when you are running it through the machine! The fabric doesn’t typically move around at this point. IMPORTANT – sew 1/4 inch away from the line you drew onto the squares. DO NOT sew directly on the line you drew. You can see in the photo that my presser foot is even with the line. After sewing one line, turn it around, and sew down 1/4 inch away from the other side of the line you drew.

sew one fourth inch away from the line

Once you’ve sewn the two lines, cut down the line you drew. You’ll have two identical pieces.

cut it down the middle

Use your iron to press the small triangles outward.

two flying geese pieces

Draw a diagonal line across the back of the two small triangles that you have left. Place it on the corner of the large triangle, with the line running down the center of the two flaps.

flying geese tutorial part two

Take it to your sewing machine, and use the same method as the first part of the tutorial. Sew 1/4 inch from the line, down both sides.

sew next to the line

Repeat with the remaining squares, and cut down the line that’s drawn down the middle like you did in the earlier steps. Use your iron to press the small triangle flap outwards.

last step of flying geese tutorial

All done! You’ll have four identical flying geese blocks.

craft takeover flying geese tutorial


These can be used to make so many great projects!