Infrastructure Week 2 - Row 1

Now that everyone has gotten their fabric picked out, or nearly picked out, it's time to start making the quilt.  I will be making the Infrastructure quilt using Banartex Superior Solids and sharing the slight modifications to the steps here.   Don't worry if you're still working of curating your fabrics for the quilt along several of the weeks are quick makes and leave time to catch up or work ahead.

I will be going over the cutting and piecing for Row 1.  If you would like to work ahead and cut out all the rows ahead of time that works too.  I do recommend cutting as you go for the solid version because the fabric differ from the instructions but it's not necessary.  If you are making your Infrastructure quilt with Geo Pop don't forget to check out Christa's post each week.  She will be posting additional construction tips for each row.

This first row uses Superior Solids Charcoal and Berry.  I also used my OLFA True Blue Splash ergonomic rotary cutter with …

How I Fared at the Fair

Since 2015 I've been entering quilts in the Spokane Interstate Fair.  The first quilt I entered was my Paris Medallion quilt followed by many others with varying results: Mountain Scene, Scandinavian Pathways, Lost in Oz mini, Diamonds on Display, Modern Stepping Stones Mini.  This year I entered my Palm Fronds quilt and am very pleased with the results.
I finished this quilt over the summer and was so excited when my friend sent me a picture of my quilt at the fair with a special award ribbon!!  Fall has definitely come to Spokane and with the rainy weather I wasn't able to get the fair and check out my quilt until yesterday.

The Spokane Interstate Fair uses a Danish judging system so each quilt meeting a highest standard will get a blue ribbon, next highest red and next white and finally if the standard isn't met then no ribbon.

Along with blue, red and white ribbons the fair and local guilds will give out special awards.  This year there were only 4 special awards, tw…

Infrastructure Week 1

It's time, time to kick off our Infrastructure Quilt Along!  I'm really excited to be doing my first quilt along and even more excited that I am partnering with my good friend Christa Watson,!  Week 1 will focus on design and fabric.

I was completely thrilled when Christa asked me to design a quilt for her, then upcoming, fabric line Geo Pop.  She asked that I showcase all the fabrics and not to use any curves.  I presented a the infrastructure design in solids to her and she loved it.  We both use EQ.  I like to create my templates in EQ and Christa used the program to finalize the design by adding the actual prints to the design.

EQ did an amazing job creating the final design with the Geo Pop prints!  We also used EQ to create the templates for the diamond and anvil rows.  With the final design complete Christa and I decided that it would be great to feature both the Geo Pop and Solids quilt options.  I chose Benartex's Superior Solids of the project, …

Road Trip!

I had some free time to design and make a quilt for the sake of making a quilt and here it is, my Road Trip quilt!

I didn't design this quilt with any specific inspiration but when I was done it instantly reminded me of looking out a car window and the 100's, in not 1000's, of hours I've spend in the car looking as the scenery pass by.  I initially wanted to name the quilt Relative Velocity and settled on Road Trip.

Almost every summer as a kid my family would take a road trip, usually with our tent trailer in tow.  We traveled all over the Pacific Northwest.  When I was a bit older we took trips as far north as Edmonton, Alberta and south to San Jose, CA.  After I graduated from high school my parents drove me to my sophomore year of college in Grove City, PA and after my senior year back home.  My mother and I drove up the east coast and home from Denver, Co.  Stephen and I drove from eastern PA home to Spokane and as recently as this summer my parents and I took CoraJ…

Infrastructure Quilt Along Starts Sept 9th!

The Infrastructure quilt along start Monday September 9th!  There is still time to get join in, both Christa and I have patterns, digital and print, available on our websites, and, and it's easy to follow along by subscribing to our blogs.

Christa and I have been working behind the scenes on the quilt along including rounding up some amazing sponsors for weekly giveaways.

All of our sponsors have donated amazing prizes so please check out their websites by clicking on the links below:
Week 1 – Electric Quilt CompanyWeek 2 – Benartex/Contempo StudioWeek 3 –  Make Modern MagazineWeek 4  – AccuquiltWeek 5 – QuiltachusettsWeek 6 – ChristaQuiltsWeek 7 – OlfaWeek 8 – Make Modern Magazine (Again!!)Weeks 9 & 10 – Hobbs Bonded Fibers (Double Prizes!!)Weeks 11 & 12 – Aurifil (Twice as Nice!!) Christa has a great post on the quilt along schedule and supply list here,   Infrastructure quilt along schedule & supply list and I recently did a post…

Wholecloth Mini

Earlier in August I received some fabric and matching thread for this month's Aurifil Artisans challenge.   The fabric is from Painter Palette Solids 2019 trending colors, I received Wisteria, and a match 28 wt Aurifil thread and 40 wt in my bobbin.

I didn't get my project completed on time because of some issues I was having with my longarm, all user error, but about at the beginning of the week I got my machine tuned up and I quickly finished up a project I had already loaded and started working on my wholecloth mini.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I first got the fabric but with fall approaching I decided to quilt a block from my Trellis quilt.  I love the look of this block and the leaf motif it makes.
I love using Aurifil thread in my longarm, the texture and sheen are perfect for a wholecloth project. Most the time I use Aurifil forty3 (40 wt 3 ply) but for more specific colors I switch to the 28 wt.

To finish up the mini I bound it with another Painter Pale…