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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2012

Published October 30, 2012 by kazkitty

Twice a year, Amy over at Amy’s Creative Side hosts the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, which is kind of like an online quilt show. People post their beautiful quilts and have a chance to win some awesome prizes! I’ve been checking out a lot of them, which is leading me to new, fun blogs to read… which means my daily list of posts to read is just going to get longer and longer!

Anyways.. I decided I wanted to enter my latest finished quilt, which is my Halloween Mini- Quilt.

Halloween Mini-Quilt

I’ve been following along with the Tula Pink Sew-a-long over at Sew Sweetness, and was trying to find the right project to work on. When this post came up featuring Tula’s Cartwheels pattern, I knew I had to try it. I loved both versions Beth did for the sew-a-long. After pawing through my stash, I decided to use my Guising fabric to try and make a Halloween quilt for the wall.  I’m glad she showed mini quilt versions featuring one block, because I would have been incredibly dense and not thought of that myself. It made that pattern seem do-able, even though I had never sewn curves (scary!) before.

I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out (even if it is a bit ripply).

Halloween Mini-Quilt

This is my first mini-quilt, my first time sewing curves, first time trying concentric quilting, and first time trying out zigzag binding.

Halloween Mini-Quilt

It’s currently hanging on the little wall next to the kitchen and I have to admit, it makes me smile everytime I see it. Since I decided to make Halloween-y decoration so late, I’m going to leave it up for a little while longer.
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Quilt Measurements: 21.5″ x 21.5″
Special Techniques: concentric quilting, templates, curved piecing
Quilted by: me
Best category: Mini Quilts, Wall hanging, Art Quilt

Entry # 494

Progress

Published June 23, 2012 by kazkitty

I haven’t been working on a lot.. but I finally finished the borders on the Dogwood Blossom for the Modern Medallion Quilt.

Handstitched Class- Dogwood Blossom

I’m really excited to get started on the next portion, which is the Satin and Jewels embroidery. I’m so slow at handstitching, so I hope I can get caught up over the next week.

These are my color selections for the embroidery:

Handstitched Class- floss color choices

The four on the left will be the satin stitched jewels, and I’m going to randomly place the other colors for the triangles.I hope it looks good!

I also finished two needlecards. I had a lot of fun learning new stitches, and I think the cards are pretty cute.

Handstitched Class - Needlecard

Handstitched Class - Needlecard #2

There’s two more projects from the Handstitched Class this past week that I really want to make.. but I think I have to work on the quilt first. Ah well.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Handstitched Class

Published June 18, 2012 by kazkitty

So what’s this class? And what’s it all about?

Why.. handstitching, of course!

When I saw that Rachel from Stitched in Color was offering an online class for handstitching, I was immediately intrigued. After reading the blog posts about it, I knew I had to sign up. I decided to sign up for the most basic, figuring that if I didn’t like it, at least I wouldn’t be wasting too much money.

Well, I had nothing to worry about, because I love it! We’re starting the second week of classes today, and I’m really looking forward to the different projects.

Two weeks ago was the first set of classes and projects (last week was the “rest week” for getting all the stitching done) and I enjoyed it a lot. We learned different techniques for reverse applique. So far I have only completed one of the projects: the eyelet needlebook.

Handstitched Class- Eyelet Needlebook

It was a fast and easy project to complete, and perfect for beginners like me.

Handstitched Class - Eyelet Needlebook (inside)

I skipped over the embellished tank and went straight to working on the Dogwood Blossom block for the Center of the Modern Medallion Quilt, which is the main class project.

Dogwood Blossom

It’s pretty clear to me that my handstitching needs a lot of work. I got almost halfway around the blossom, then realized my stitches were getting bigger and spaced further apart.

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Sigh.

I ripped them all out and started over. Its still not perfectly even, but much better than before. I’m happy with it so far.

Close up of stitching on Dogwood Blossom

I’ve never done reverse applique before, so this was interesting to do. It involved starch and freezer paper, and while I was a bit confused at first, it turned out to be fun. I’m already imagining a bunch of different things I can do for future quilts.

Back of block after pressing
Dogwood Blossom

Front of block after pressing
Dogwood Blossom

I really have to get my butt in gear and finish the stitching around the blossom, then add the borders. Tomorrow’s class will go over the next section to be embroidered. I know it’s going to be really time consuming, and I really want to attempt to keep up with this project!