QuiltCon 2015

Today I want to share some of the inspiring things I saw/did while I attended QuiltCon last weekend!

I didn’t make it to any of the workshops (I was way too late to the registration game), but I did get to hear three amazing lectures.

First was Yoshiko Jinzenji, an internationally known artist and quilter. Yoshiko talked about her Grass House Studio in Bali, showed us some of the unique ways that her fabric lines are made and used, and showed some of her incredible quilts. I was not familiar with her work before this, and now I am totally hooked. After the lecture, I immediately went and purchased some of her fabric at the Bunny’s Designs booth, and Yoshiko even signed it! Next on my wish list is her book, Quilting Line and Color: Techniques and Designs for Abstract Quilts.

I also went to Carolyn Friedlander’s lecture – Architecture, Quilts + Us. I loved Carolyn’s presentation and hearing about how her background in architecture has influenced her and her design process. Carolyn is doing some really amazing things in quilting, so be sure to check out her work if you haven’t already!

Finally, I got to see Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers talk about the natural fabric dyeing process. Maura is my quilting hero! I really enjoyed hearing her talk about growing, harvesting, and using natural dyes in her work. She puts her heart and soul into every piece of fabric she uses and quilt that she makes, and it’s just amazing. Very excited about her upcoming project – Folk Fibers Guidebooks. I would love to know more about her hand quilting techniques, so I can’t wait to get this when it comes out.

Now, onto the quilts! As usual, I wanted to share some photos of my favorites from the different categories with you.

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Happy Valentine’s Day + 12 Inch Quilt Heart Challenge

Happy Valentine’s Day! Sadly there will be no fancy meals or chocolate candy for me today…I just got my wisdom teeth out! I look a little bit like a chipmunk, and all I can eat are soft foods for the next couple days. But hey! That’s ok. Because I made you this mini heart quilt.

12 Inch Mini Heart Quilt
This month, my art quilt bee challenged everyone in the group to make a 12 inch square mini quilt, with the theme “heart.” I went super literal, with some patchwork hearts and valentine-ey colors like red and pink.

squaring up
People, those are one inch finished half-square triangles. Glad I tried them out for this project, but NEVER AGAIN will I make HST’s so tiny again! I think the worst part was just squaring them up.

mini quilt on the design wall
See how tiny the pieces are? Once you account for the seam allowances, they shrink up so tiny! This picture of my design wall is for comparison. Finished block is on the left, unsewn pieces are on the right.

Because everything was so small, I didn’t really have the patience to press the seams well. So don’t look too close, ok?

June Tailor Quilt Basting Spray
This was my first project to use spray baste instead of pins. I used June Tailor Quilt Basting Spray and I think it worked great, but everyone I’ve talked to says 505 is the best. So I’ll probably try that out next.

Spray Basted Layers
It was so easy! I can definitely see myself spray basting in the future for projects that are on the smaller side. I think I’ll continue pin basting will all my hand-quilted projects, but I’m looking forward to using it more often.

Mini Heart Quilt Front
Mini Heart Quilt Back
My favorite part of this project was coming up with the design, and I like how the finished mini quilt came out! I think it will look cute on the wall in my sewing space.

Mini Heart Quilt Detail

Hope you have a great Valentine’s day, thanks for letting me share my heart themed sewing project. And in case you missed it, here’s last year’s heart themed project: A Modern Heart Pillow.

Eat some candy and drink some wine for me!

 

Quilted Fall Table Runner

Don’t you just love when autumn rolls around and you get to start buying pumpkins and candles and Halloween decorations? This year I thought I’d spruce up my kitchen table a bit with some fall colors. The remnants of Cherrywood fabric I had leftover from my chevron pillows was the perfect fit for an easy table runner!

The quilted table runner is made up of two inch squares from 6 different variations of red, orange, and yellow. I made up an easy-to-piece cross pattern that reminded me of my very first quilt, and it came together really quickly! I loved making it because I got to work on my piecing and quilting skills, without having to make a huge project.

quilted fall table runner - front

The fabric on the back is also from my stash – you may remember the yellow polka dot pillows I made with this fabric a couple years ago.

quilted fall table runner - back

Once I basted the layers together, I did some easy straight-line quilting with my little sewing machine, alternating between quilting two lines and four lines of simple orange thread.

straight line quilting

The binding is also pretty scrappy, using up more Cherrywood reds and oranges, and a little more polka dot fabric thrown in for good measure.

scrappy binding

I love these intense colors! What an easy way to brighten up a table for the fall season.

Halloween table runner

 

Hope you have a fun and spooky Halloween next week!

 

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.