Monday, November 28, 2016


November 28 2016,

Hubby and I were driving back from NY when we receive an email from a lady who was in my quilt guild. She wrote, "Just wanted to congratulate you on having your quilt in the Simply Modern magazine."

My first reaction was yeah, she must have the wrong person. Then I got more and more excited... maybe my quilt is really in a magazine. As you can tell, I had no idea at all. Since I was driving, hubby googled the magazine. We decided to detour to the big craft superstore which was about 5 minutes off the highway. We popped in and popped back out, they didn't have it. Hubby said let's try B&N which was 2 miles away. I had my doubts that B&N would have the magazine, but low and behold they did!

I flipped through the magazine and didn't have to go far, it was like on page 6. And there it was, my "I Love Love Love" quilt taking a full page! One full page! It was simply unbelievable.

Lucky me, B&N was offering 30% off everything.

So there, my first quilt in a magazine. I am smiling from ear to ear. Oh, the quilt was in the article because they were showing quilts from the VQF show, twelve quilts to be exact.

I have a funny story that goes with this quilt. I received a yellow ribbon (88-91 points) for this quilt, I received 90 points. Two out of the three judges did not understand why this was a "modern" quilt. One wrote, "Quilted feathers are not modern + do not enhance this modern aesthetic" and another wrote, "not sure why this is a modern quilt". After the show, I looked back at my entry form to make sure I had checked "modern" as the category, and I sure did. What do you think? Is it modern or traditional or what? I guess now it really doesn't matter, well I guess it does... because a modern magazine included it in their magazine!

Click here for the full write up on this quilt when it was finished.

Vital statistic of the quilt.
Dimension: 62" x 59"
Materials: Cotton Batik, Dream Cotton, Dream Wool
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Machine quilted by: Jean Konopacz of JK Threads
Date completed: 09.2015

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Show + Tell :: Blue Moon

November 14 2016,

What a productive weekend I had. I finished this medium size wall hanging. This quilt was inspired by Timna Tarr's quilt called "Yolk Music" and "O Happy Day", but I used my own spin. This is the same fabric that I used for "Dotted Lines I" and "Going On A Trip II". I have a few more yardage left of this material, expect to see this fabric pop up in other of my works.

Hubby + I decided to make the binding the same as the background (acid green fabric) instead of the blue. I think if the binding was blue, it would have been too much blue. I also ran out of the blue, and didn't feel like buying more fabric.

Some people have asked me how I choose the size of my quilts. For this one, I made it to fit one of the wall in the house. So no, there is no special magic number or anything like that.

Title: Blue Moon
Dimension: 41 1/2" x 75"
Materials: Cotton Batik
Method: Machine Pieced + Hand Appliqued + Machine Quilted + Hand Quilted
Date completed: 11.2016
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ps. Thank you Laura for coming up with the title.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Show + Tell :: Dotted Lines II

November 12 2016,

Another small quilt with fine line piecing.

With this piece, I was experimenting with the purple fabric as the background, and the orange as the insert piece. Also, I was trying to see how skinny I could make the insert piece. 

Title: Dotted Lines II
Dimension: 12 1/4" x 13"
Materials: Cotton Batik
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Date completed: 11.2016
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

'Nuf Said :: 2016 Presidential Election Result

November 9 2016,

I am a woman. I think I am strong.

But... I'm going to curl up and cry for the next 4 years.

'Nuf Said.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Show + Tell :: Dotted Lines I

October 14 2016,

Another "fine line piecing" method. You think I would be bored with this method right? Nope, I'm further perfecting this method.

This piece is approximately 12" x 12 1/4". This is a test piece that turned into a small work quilt. Here I was trying to see how skinny I could get the blue lines, and how consistent I could get the skinny lines.

Here is the backside of the top. There seem to be many seams.

So here is the finish piece with binding.

Detail of "Dotted Lines I"
Title: Dotted Lines I
Dimension: 12" x 12 1/2"
Materials: Cotton Batik
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Date completed: 10.2016

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Show + Tell :: Red Background White White Lines

October 12, 2016

Our quilt guild is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year. The 40th anniversary color is red, our member's will be creating pieces with the colors red and white. For one of the fundraiser, the quilt show will be selling these 10"x10" pieces. The pieces will eventually be mounted on canvas.

Again, I am exploring "fine line piecing", where the white lines are really skinny.

Title: Red Background White White Lines
Dimension: 10" x 10"
Materials: Cotton Batik
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Date completed: 10.2016

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Show + Tell :: Going On A Trip II

August 22 2016,

It's finally done. Ta dah - way ahead of schedule.I just had to put my feet to the pedal.

"Going On A Trip II"

Detail of "Going On A Trip II"

This one is call "Going On A Trip II". Remember the other one "Going On A Trip"? This one is even more dizzier. This quilt again uses Kathleen Loomis "fine line piecing method". I used three fabrics. This line of fabric is from Robert Kaufman Artisan Batik Model Geoscapes 4, and the other two are the Hoffman 1895 batik fabrics.

The quilting is straight line quilting with 50 weight cotton Aurifil thread - quilted 1/2" apart. With so many seams, I had to switch needle twice. The first needle I used was a "quilting needle" size 90/14. The quilt wasn't too happy with it, and it skipped stitches here and there. Then I tried the "Topstitch 90/14" and that seemed to fair better, but it did skip stitches, but much less. I may try the "Topstitch needle 100/16" to see how that fairs.

In the mean time, I am getting ready a quilt that is going to be hand quilted, and then I have a small auction quilt I have to do for my guild, and then a graduation quilt for next June, and then another graduation quilt for our nephew.

I still have another color using the same fabric pattern, Geoscapes 4, I may just whip out another one.

Title: Going On A Trip II
Dimension: 73" x 84"
Materials: Cotton Batik, Dream Cotton Batting
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Date completed: 09.2016
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