Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2014

It's Bloggers Quilt Festival time and I love looking at all the amazing quilts entered in the festival.

My entry this year is my Michael Miller challenge quilt titled 'Riding the wave of optimism' in the original design category. You can read more about the making of the quilt in the original post.




The wave was the hardest part of this quilt. It did require some level of ingenuity to get the right look. I love what you can achieve with applique and shall definitely be using more of it in the future.

Category: Original Design
Dimensions: 30" x 41"

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Be sure to check out the other amazing entries on Amy Ellis's blog and a big thank you to her for hosting this twice a year.

My previous few entries:


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dead Air....


This blog has been ignored just like my sewing for a few months now. The move has had it's share of surprises and frustrations. Re-establishing routines, down sizing, re-adjusting......re-calibrating. Last but not the least, a steep learning curve at my day job. All these things have taken up much of my energy and attention. 

In the meantime to satisfy my quilty cravings I have
  • Connected with Seattle MQG. A very fun bunch of quilters. Can't wait to get more involved with the on going activities. I have been to two meetings now and have been blown away by the quilts I have seen so far.  
  • Been reading a lot of quilting books. I am now itching to make some items from them. Some of the ones I really liked are:
  • I have been also been keeping up with my Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) exercises. I haven't been posting my designs as this has turned into more of an experiment for me. I have been playing a lot with color and form. I will probably write up a few posts on what I have learned so far.  I have also gotten more comfortable with Electric Quilt Design Software (EQ6). It has some quirks but I think I am getting a lot more comfortable with it.
Leaving off with some of my recent experiments.




Saturday, September 6, 2014

Connecting from the left coast....


After agonizing over the impending move from NJ to WA for a few months now, I am finally here in Seattle, WA trying my best to settle in, feel at home and make new friends. It's been a roller coaster of emotions along with a lot of planning and hard work. Oh well change is for the better right??? 



For now, I only have the essentials for daily living with me here in Seattle and it does not include a sewing machine. No, it did not make it on my list of essentials, blasphemy!! In the meanwhile to satisfy my quilty cravings I started an EPP project. This pattern is called Spring Carnival by Katy Jones. She has templates available on her website for download. I walked over to the nearest fabric store and bought a yard each of black and white text fabric and began putting the pieces together. I love the dramatic contrast of the two fabrics.


I am planning to turn this into a pillow but can't make up my mind if I should go with a dark or light background. Please help! Which would you prefer? Or should I pick something different all together?




On another note I joined the QDAD group started by Anne Sullivan of Play-Crafts. I decided to give original quilt design a chance and see where it takes me. I am not sure if I can commit to a design a day but even if I get 1-2 a week I would be happy. Persistence is key. Here are my first two designs. I don't know how to get rid of the grid lines in EQ7 so the patterns don't look as pretty but gives a good idea of how it can be constructed because of the visible lines.




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