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It Never Rains but It Pours Quilt News

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There's been no end to the quilt news coming in this week, a new quilt along, quilt show acceptance, a magazine feature.  So much to share so I'm just going to jump in.


I'm teaming up with my good friend Christa Watson, christaquilts.com, to host a quilt along starting in September.  I designed the Infrastructure quilt for Christa's new fabric line Geo Pop and am so excited to be working with Christa again.  I'll be making a version of the quilt in the new Benartex Superior Solids and Christa will be using her fabrics.  
If you're interested in getting a head start Christa has kits available on her website and we both have patterns available for sale in our shops.  There will be more information about the quilt along and the fabulous giveaway as we get closer to September.


Next up I have some quilt show news.  Earlier this week I found out that my quilt, Banner Day, will be part of the 2019 Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the International Quilt Festival in Hou…

Lily's Quilt

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I finished the triangle quilt.


Now you may have noticed that this looks different from the quilt top I shared in an earlier post, it is.  After I finished sewing the binding it I threw it in the wash with a set of coral, expensive sheet, and a color catcher, poor choice.  The sheet bleed and dyed the boarder a soft pink-orange, a yellow piece of fabric to golden and half of the binding from a true grey to blue-grey.  I was devastated but then I showed the quilt to three people asking them if they could see my BIG mistake and they couldn't so I've decided it's ok to still give to Lily.  Lesson learned, even expensive sheets bleed color.  I ship the quilt off tomorrow and am overall pleased with the look, dye and everything.  I actually made Lily a stroller sized rag quilt in the same fabric (Hometown by Sweet Water)  when my friend got her.  My late husband liked this fabric line also.  My first quilt was made with this line, it's gotten alot of usage.
A quick side note…

Room for Improvement

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I had three quilts in the Washington State Quilters show this weekend, no awards this time around.  There were over 500 quilts and 50 vendors and a great show to attend.  It is a very traditional show with one small modern quilt category.  Unlike the other categories modern quilts are awarded ribbons based on attendee votes.  It is not a juried show so it is not uncommon to see quilts designed by person x, pieced by person y and quilted by person z.  My impression is the most valued part of a quilt in this show is the quilting which leads me to why I titled this post 'Room for Improvement."  My quilting needs help!  Yet another goal for next year, work on my free motion quilting.  I've decided to make Monday's Free Motion Monday and use some of my leftover blocks to work on quilting.  If I ever want to improve I need to practice, so goes life.
Here are some of the quilts at this years show:


There were also some really great vintage quilts on display.


Odds and Ends

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I haven't finished any big projects lately, one is ready to sandwich and anther is completely cut and ready to piece, but I have completed several smaller projects recently, including two pillows, a basket and zipper pouch.  I also did a wall hanging quilt for my friend's new office.


I used stash fabrics for the petals and Zen Chic's Modern Backgrounds for, of course, the background.  I really like the over feel of the medium grey.


I hope it will brighten her office.  The finish size is 40" x 48" and I added hanging sleeves on two sides so it can be hung horizontal or vertical.

Changing gears, each year I set a handful of skill building goals for myself.  This year I wanted to try curve piecing and on point layout.  Thankfully I did both and it feels great!  I've already made a list for next year some of the items on the list include: Double wedding ring quiltPineapple log cabin quiltTriangle piecingImprove pieced quiltUse my stash more 
Even though it'…