This and That: March Edition

There has been so much happening in my quilt-y world lately, but not everything needs its own post, so I’m combining a bunch of cool stuff into a single post!

Quilt Shows

I had a wonderful time at QuiltCon and it was just as exciting to have my quilt returned to me the following week.

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts hanging at QuiltCon

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts hanging at QuiltCon

Next up in quilt shows: I have THREE quilts heading to the American Quilter’s Society Show in Paducah this Spring!  I was stunned and thrilled to receive three positive notifications, and I am eagerly awaiting the show.

Quilts that are heading to AQS Paducah

Quilts that are heading to AQS Paducah

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts will continue its show tour in the Large Wall Quilt: Modern category, and will be joined by both Can You See (m)E Now? in the Small Wall Quilt: Pictorial category and Rainbow Rotary in the Miniature category.  Even more exciting than having my quilts in the show is seeing that these, as well as several other quilts in the modern aesthetic are being accepted into the show in categories stretching well beyond the modern category.  It is fabulous to see wonderful, long established shows, embrace the differences in the quilt world.

The Collection Quilt Class

The Collection Quilt block of the month classes I have been teaching at Sew to Speak in Columbus, Ohio have been going well, and it is so much fun to work through this delightful quilt with such a wonderful group of women.  I have been making a version of this quilt that is perfect for a princess loving little girl.  The first month’s block features this cute frog print.

Section One of the Collection Quilt

Section One of the Collection Quilt

Block two is especially fun due to the opportunities to incorporate lots of fussy cutting!

Collection Quilt Section Two

Section Two of The Collection Quilt

If you are in the Columbus area, and would like to join the class, we would love to have you!  There is still plenty of time to learn the technique and come out of the class with a fantastic quilt.  Please contact Sew to Speak to get signed up!

Quilting Bee

I am in my first block bee this year with The Columbus Modern Quilters.  I signed up for the six month version since this is my first time, and I never know exactly where or how busy I’ll be in a year.

In January our queen selected the Wanta Fanta block, and I was thrilled by how quickly it went together.

January Bee Blocks

January Bee Blocks

This month we are making the same block for another queen, and I am even more excited to see how both of these quilts go together.

March Bee Blocks

March Bee Blocks

February was my month, and everyone made a filmstrip block that I will be incorporating into a border of a medallion quilt.  I just love the blocks that everyone brought- Aren’t they awesome?!  I have the free pattern available on Craftsy if you are interested in making some filmstrip blocks of your own.

Filmstrip Bee Blocks

Filmstrip Bee Blocks

A Win

Have you been participating in One Monthly Goal hosted by Red Letter Quilts?  It is great for me to be able to set a single goal for the month, because my quarterly lists are ridiculous- they help me keep an overview of large goals, but all of those goals are never getting finished in a single quarter 😉

 

My February goal came with an added bonus: when names were drawn from the completion link-up, mine was selected!

OMG February Prize

This lovely bundle of fabric arrived a few days ago, and I can’t thank Heidi of Red Letter Quilts enough for hosting this event every month and supplying lovely fabric for a prize!

Block Hop

Last year I had a great time participating in the New Blogger’s Block Hop, so when the opportunity arose to participate in another New Block Blog Hop, I jumped at the chance.  Paintbrush Studios sent out fabric to each blogger in the Ocean Sunrise Palette which was curated by our wonderful hosts.
2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop

You’ll want to mark your calendars for March 28-30 to stop by and see all of the wonderful new block patterns that are being given to you by more than three dozen bloggers!  What makes this project even better is that all of the blocks created for this blog hop are collected by our hosts to make into some gorgeous charity quilts.

Publication

For the first time I have a quilt design making an appearance in the pattern section of a magazine.  If you’re interested in making this Italicized Hashtag Quilt, make sure you check it out in Generation Q.  I’ll be writing more about this quilt soon!

Spring Issue of Generation Q Magazine

Spring Issue of Generation Q Magazine

February One Monthly Goal

My works in progress list is extensive, and I have been a bit undecided on what my one goal for this month should be.  Ultimately, practicality is winning out.  February is a short month that also will include a trip to QuiltCon, so the project I will complete this month is my Improv Round Robin quilt.Improv round robin process

This project is a generously sized lap quilt that I started in a class last October and quilted shortly thereafter.  To finish this one up, I just need to square it up and bind the edges.  Hopefully I can manage that!

2016 First Quarter Finish Goals

The 2015 Finish Along had mixed results for me, but it was fun exciting to see what everyone accomplished each quarter.  I loved that this format “forced” me to make a list for the quarter and was something tangible to refer to as I finished and planned new projects.2016 Finish Along Quarter 1

The 2016 Finish Along is being hosted by several people around the globe.

2016 FAL

This list is comprehensive- it contains every project that I currently have in the works (Even the ones lurking in dark corners ;).  At the very least this helps me stay honest with myself 🙂

Goal 1

“Baubles” was started near the end of 2014, and I finally got it quilted in December 2015.  It still needs binding and some finishing embroidery.Baubles Quilted Process Shot

Goal 2

Last October I took a class with an improv round robin format.  It was a lot of fun, and I added even more to my quilt top following the class so that it can function as a lap quilt.  I quilted it soon after the class, and right now it just needs to be squared up and bound.Improv round robin process

Goal 3

This fabric is still ready to go as a variation on a plus quilt.  I sure hope to make some serious progress on this one during the first quarter.Plus Fabric

Goal 4

The large version of my Happy New Year mini is still waiting to have the quilting finishedStarburst process

Goal 5

The Mystery Quilt that has been hosted by Meadow Mist Designs.  I have gotten behind, but I hope to catch up and finish- This is a fantastic designMeadow Mist process

Goal 6

This year’s Hoffman challenge fabric caught my eye like it never has before.  I can hardly wait to turn this digitally printed fabric into something awesome!Hoffman Challenge Fabric

Goal 7

Once upon a time, I made some quilted clothing.  I have been meaning to make a quilted jacket, and now that I finally have the fabric, it might actually happen this quarter!Jacket Fabric

Goal 8

In February I will be attending my first QuiltCon, and it would be nice to put together a new bag for the occasion.  I’m thinking that these Tula Pink prints would be fantastic!Tula Pink

Goal 9

I have been contemplating a grey quilt that I have done this fabric pull for.  Now to narrow down the possible designs . . .Grey Fabric Pull

Goal 10

The pillow that never seems to make it to the top of my listPillow Top

Goal 11

Placemats that have been hanging around foreverplacemat process

Goal 12

A hexi project that is there for when I need to pick up some handworkHexagon process

Goal 13

The potholder style quilt that predictably didn’t get touched last quartersecret project process

Goal 14

A set of blocks waiting to be turned into a baby quiltGreen Baby Quilt

Goal 15

Blocks in another color scheme waiting to be turned into a baby quiltPeach Baby Quilt

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Mini quilts to finish up mini quilt mania.  Most are just waiting to be bound . . . So very close!

 

 

 

2016 Planning Post

As 2015 draws to a close, it is natural to look toward 2016 and to where we would like to be at this time next year.  I am looking forward to what the coming year has in store and excited to share my Quilty Goals!2016 Quilty Plans

Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a fantastic 2016 Planning Linky Party, and I am excited to share my main goals for the coming year!
2016 Planning Party

1.  Write and Publish Quilt Patterns:

In 2015, I made two patterns available on Craftsy: A free block pattern, Summer Starburst, created for the New Bloggers Block Hop, and a pattern for Rainbow Rotary in three different sizes.  I have several more quilts designed that I am looking forward to turning into full patterns to sell.  I will also be looking into the ins and outs of printing paper patterns.

2.  Grow My Longarm Quilting Business:

Quilting for customers is just as much fun as quilting as my own work!  I have started taking on customer quilts in the past couple of months, and I am looking forward to growing my customer base both locally and online.  Most people have selected edge to edge designs, but I enjoy doing free motion and semi custom work a great deal so I hope to see more of that in the coming year.

3.  Teach Quilting Classes:

My first quilting class is scheduled, and I couldn’t be more excited to be teaching Carolyn Friedlander’s “The Collection Quilt” as a block of the month style class running from January to October of 2016 at Sew to Speak in Columbus, Ohio.

4.  Develop an Etsy Store:

I have set up my Etsy store name, but my “store” is in desperate need of attention.  I want this to be a place to sell patterns (PDF and eventually paper), mini quilt kits, and some finished goods.

5.  Enter and Attend Quilt Shows:

Entries and responses for 2016 shows have already started, and so far I know I will have quilts in two shows.  “The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts”  (full post coming soon) is heading to QuiltCon very soon, and “Petals in the Wind” will be making its way to the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) Show in Daytona Beach.  I have also made entries in the AQS shows in Lancaster and Paducah, but the jury results haven’t been sent out yet.  I am thrilled that I will be attending QuiltCon for the first time this year, and in April my Mom and I will be going to the AQS Paducah show.  Hopefully I will make it to a couple other shows as well.  It is so inspiring to see the amazing work of so many talented quilters!

6.  Publish Work in Magazines:

I have had one quilt accepted for publication, so if all goes well we will see it this year.  I would like to continue to submit, and maybe see some more of my work in print.

7.  Create a Consistent Blogging Schedule:

This has been one of my big challenges this year, and I’m hoping to develop a consistent schedule that works for me in the coming months.  As part of this I am going to try to incorporate more process posts of projects rather than doing one major write-up for each big project.

Giveaway Day Winners!

Today, I am so excited to announce the winners of the two Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day prizes I offered this time around!  The first giveaway was for a PDF pattern of Rainbow Rotary that is for sale on Craftsy.  The second giveaway was for an edge to edge longarm quilting service.  I do have a few openings for edge to edge quilting before Christmas, so please email me if you would like help finishing up those last minute gifts!

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary

Comments were numbered in the order they were submitted, and then the random number generator did the work.

The winner of the PDF Pattern of Rainbow Rotary is Margaret!  I hope that this pattern inspires you to give a mini a try, or I would love to see how you incorporate it into a larger quilt.Rainbow Rotary WinnerMargaret

Free edge to edge longarm quilting is headed to Lauren and her mom!  I am looking forward to working on either one of your quilts!  Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 6.18.54 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-15 at 6.22.06 PM

Congratulations ladies!  I have sent you each an email as well.

Thank you all so much for all of your suggestions for tutorials you would like to see in the coming year!  A lot of people are interested in seeing more on various types of machine quilting, so I will plan to incorporate some more posts on that topic in 2016!