Sunday, April 23, 2017

Soft Botanical - Mosaic Contest Entries

A few days ago, I saw on my Bloglovin feed that Stitched in Color was having a fabric mosaic contest sponsored by Gotham Quilts. Rachel gives a theme and some inspirational photographs and then you get to go play, creating different fabric bundles from the fabrics at Gotham. I think that making digital fabric combinations {almost} satisfies my fabric tooth as much as buying actual fabric!

The theme this time was Soft Botanical and Rachel pulled together some beautiful inspirational photographs.

When I heard the theme, my mind first went to some tiny and soft floral prints, but I could not find any prints like that at Gotham so for my first bundle I started with a larger floral print and then pulled in some complimentary blenders and some green to balance the composition...


For my second bundle I started with a pixelated print that had some greens and blues and reminded me of a floral in a way.


I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of Soft Botanical and will hop over to Stitched in Color's blog to see the other gorgeous entries.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Ruby Roads Quilt

I would love to show you my latest quilt finish today, a quilt I am calling Ruby Roads.



The story of how Ruby Roads came to be...

My local traditional guild, the Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild, hosts an annual quilt challenge.  This year, we had to reach into a bucket, pull out a random letter, and make a quilt based on a block starting with that letter.  I picked the letter "R".

I pulled out my favorite quilt block book, "The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters" (affiliate link) by Jinny Beyer. From there I just went page by page skimming the blocks starting with the letter R until a block called Ruby Roads caught my eye.  Ruby Roads is an older block dating back to the early 1900's.  I changed the block a little to arrive at my block.

My cousin is having her first baby (a girl) in just a few weeks so I figured that my Ruby Roads quilt could serve two purposes: my guild challenge entry and my cousin's baby quilt.

I thought that putting the Ruby Roads block on-point gave the block a great (and totally different) look. Below is a picture of the block set horizontally on the left and on point (at a 45 degree angle) on the right.



Next, I added some half blocks along the edge of the quilt design and some sashing between the blocks to give them a little separation and breathing room.

Now that I had my quilt design set, I got to pick fabrics :)

I had just gotten a fat quarter bundle of Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton & Steel and its delicate florals and prints along with its feminine but not overly girly color palette seemed perfect for the design.

Once the quilt top was finished I basted it with a backing of a Tula Pink print called Pit Crew in Orange Crush from her Slow and Steady line I had. I have a bunch of yardage of the print and the pink matched the pink from the Les Fleurs print almost perfectly.  Here is a quick picture of the finished quilt top after basting.


I had a difficult time figuring out how to quilt the quilt. I first was considering a dense, custom quilting design, but due to time constraints and the desire for the finished quilt to be soft and cuddly for the new baby, I went with an all over paisley/swirl kind of design. I think that it adds great texture without taking away from the piecing.  I used a soft white (2021) Aurifil in 50 wt for the quilting so that the stitches would blend into the quilt top.


I did enter Ruby Roads into the guild challenge.  It did not win any awards, but I think that my cousin will love it. The quilt is packed up and ready to mail out to my cousin to welcome her new baby girl!


Do you have any interest in making this design? If there is some interest, I can write a pattern for both a baby and queen sized version of this quilt. Thanks!

I am linking up to Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop Friday @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabrics Studio.






Saturday, April 8, 2017

Meadow Mystery Quilt - Winners!




Did you see the 266 quilts and quilt tops in the Midnight Mystery Parade? If not, please go check them out, they are awesome!

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

I have been blown away by the response to this mystery quilt and want to thank every one of the quilters for using their time and fabric to quilt along with me over these last 10 months. The prizes are being given out randomly to quilters who submitted quilt tops and finished quilts for the reveal parade.



Without further ado, here are our 25 winners, randomly selected using random.org:


1. Two (2) digital quilt patterns from Quilting Jetgirl
   #5 Taunya S. 


2. Two (2) digital quilt patterns from Quilting Jetgirl
   #160 Kate S. 


3. Two (2) digital quilt patterns from Meadow Mist Designs
   #43 Linda Au. 


4. Two (2) digital quilt patterns from Meadow Mist Designs
   #165 Peggy C. 


5. Two (2) digital quilt patterns from Meadow Mist Designs
   #30 Frances B.


6. Two (2) digital quilt patterns from Meadow Mist Designs
   #84 Jennifer S.


7. $100 gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop
   #152 Sue Bu. 


8. Quilting of your mystery quilt (or other lap quilt) of a semi-dense all-over quilting pattern design by Jan from Quilting Among the Groves.
   #9 Cathy J. 


9. Three (3) digital quilt patterns from Busy Hands Quilts
   #64 Donna V. 


10. $50 gift certificate from Westwood Acres
   #136 Donna B. 


11. The Crafted Applique book from Buzz in Bumble
   #88 Judy V. 


12. Eight (8) fat quarters from Just Sew Now
   #207 Marcelle R.


13. One (1) digital quilt pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts
   #13 Detra B. 


14. One (1) digital quilt pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts
   #53 Gail H. 


15. One (1) digital quilt pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts
   #159 Rhonda H. 


16. One (1) digital quilt pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts
   #196 Kathy M.


17. One (1) digital quilt pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts
   #168 Patty M.


18. A 2018 Quilter's Planner from Late Night Quilter / Quilter's Planner
   #52 Cheryle S.


19. Two (1) digital quilt patterns from Whims and Fancies
   #260 Nancy L.


20. Two (1) digital quilt patterns from Whims and Fancies
   #74 Lisa G.


21. Two (1) digital quilt patterns from Whims and Fancies
   #98 Anja


22. Mini Barn Quilt bundle from Mini Barn Quilts
   #233 Heide D.


23. $25 gift certificate from Bear Creek Quilting Company
   #245 Nancy C.


24. Ironing board cover from Oliso
   #134 Barbara R.


25. “Mark Lipinski” Basics Collections (12 Large Spools) set from Aurifil
   #46 Teddie G.


Thanks again to everyone who participated!



Friday, April 7, 2017

Meadow Mystery Quilt Reveal Parade ++ Day 3



Welcome to the 3rd and final day of the Meadow Mystery Quilt Parade! Due to the number of quilters participating, I have broken up the parade into 3 days, April 5th-7th. The prize winners will be posted on April 8th.

Here are all of the previous days' links:
Day 1 quilts
Day 2 quilts
Day 3 quilts ← that's today :)

We have 266 versions total and they are all beautiful! Thank you so much to everyone who has been taking part or following along in the Meadow Mystery Quilt!  The entrants were free to change up the design any way the liked so in addition to seeing hundreds of colorways, you will see tons of different borders, alternative layouts, and ways of expanding the design.

Grab some coffee or tea and some cake and take some time to look through over the last 90-ish wonderful versions of the Meadow Mystery Quilt people have made.

Just as a reminder, the mystery quilt instructions can be found for free in the tab above and they will never be taken down so you can start at any time. (I also now have the entire set of instructions for sale as an easy downloadable pdf).

Without further ado...here are rest of the wonderful Meadow Mystery Quilt finishes!



181. Cheryl B. from Greenville, South Carolina





182. Barbara D.





183. Barbara D. (another one!)





184.  Monica S. from McMinnville, Oregon





185. Stephanie A. from San Diego, California





186. Pia Marie P.





187. Margaret W.





188. Kelly F.





189. Heather B. from Auckland, New Zealand





190. Janet L.





191. Vicki C.





192. Julie K. from College Park, Georgia





193. Dagmar T.





194. Jan K. from Mitchell County, Texas





195. Linda C.





196. Kathy M. from Richland, Indiana





197. Izzy J. from Montreal, Quebec, Canada





198. Alice Z.





199. Sue S. from Los Altos, CA  





200. Ilene V. from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia





201. Julie R. from Auckland, New Zealand





202. Jen R. from Portland, Oregon





203. Bev T. from Whittier, California





204. Alison V. from Federick, Maryland





205. Trisha A.





206. Liz H.





207. Marcelle R. from Luxembourg





208. Charis W. from Lakewood, Colorado





209. Charis W. from Lakewood, Colorado (another one!)





210. Leslie K. from Mahomet, Illinois





211. Debbie L. from Woodstock, Georgia





212. Lauren D.





213. Julie W. from Oakland, California





214. Jacqui B. from Auckland, New Zealand.     





215. Ashlynn M. (age 11!) from Columbus, Indiana 



216. Maxine W. from Adelaide, South Australia.





217. Caroline M. from Lancashire, England





218. Steffi E. from Cottbus, Germany





219. Linda A. from Saratoga, California





220. Janine L. from Denver, Colorado





221. Garnet U. 





222. Kathy R. from Parker, Colorado





223. Kathrin B.





224. Lorna J. 





225. Jeanne S. from Tulsa, Oklahoma





226. Leslie L.





227. Jane L.





228. Libby D. from Georgia





229. Aquila B. 





230. Mary P. from State Line, Mississippi





231. Jean P. from Thompson, Manitoba Canada





232. Sarah G. from San Jose, California


233. Heide D. from West Bloomfield, MI 





234. Emily O. from Fort Collins, Colorado





235. Portia H.





236. Suzanne D. from Santa Clara, California





237. Diane L. from Box Elder, South Dakota





238. Pam K. from Greer, South Carolina





239. Kathy T.





240. Chris S. from Garland, Texas
@thecolorfulom







241. Jen B. from Malvern, Pennsylvania

Binge Quilting
@bingequilting






242. Jen B. from Malvern, Pennsylvania (another mystery quilt!)
Binge Quilting
@bingequilting







243. Roxann H. from Airdrie, Alberta






244. Vasudha G. from Houston TX






245. Nancy C. from Virginia






246. Kim W.






247. Liz B.






248.  Liz B. (another mystery quilt!)






249. Kerry S.







250. Branda D. from Bethel, Oklahoma








251. Ragna R. from Norway








252. Jodi B. from Fargo, North Dakota

@fargoquilter





253. Jennifer T.







254. Jennifer W. from Pahrump, Nevada

RV Quilting






255. Nancy D. from South Carolina






256. Margaret W.






257. Ann P.






258. Bonnie B.






259.  Angela W.






260. Nancy L. from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia






261. Michelle H.






262. Victoria S. from Cheyenne, Wyoming
Fabric at Work (Facebook group)






263. Rosemary L. from South Kingstown, Rhode Island






264. Cindy B. from Aston, Pennsylvania






265.  Lisa J.





266. Ingrid W.



What did you think about the 266 Meadow Mystery Quilts on display?  Thanks to all of the participants and be sure to check back tomorrow for the prize winners.