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QuiltCon 2019 - Summary of My Quilts

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I'm back and finally getting over being exhausted but I had an amazing time at QuiltCon this year.  I think the best part of the show is running into so many fellow quilters that I've only met online, meeting all the new people and seeing old friends! 

I had four quilts in the competition part of the show, two in the Quilt of the Month showcase and the giveaway quilt.  I received judges notes on the four quilts in the competition portion of the show.  I would like to share the judges comments in hopes it will make them less terrifying and encourage others to enter in QuiltCon and other shows.  First up Colonnade, by far my favorite make of 2018:

QuiltCon judges notes vary from other quilt shows in that they don't give a quantified score.  Pluses next to one of the considerations indicates that the quilt being evaluated excelled in that area, or at least that is how it has been explained to me and then the judges leave comments on the bottom of the page.  I think Colonnad…

Mixing Old and New

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I've mentioned before I use to oil paint but gave it up, mainly because I was too lazy to deal with the cleanup (seriously) and when I painted I mostly painted landscapes sometimes wildlife and if I was using water colors, floral.  My most recent quilt is a return to my love of landscapes.
After I knew what direction I wanted to go in I looked to both Mary Stanley's lake quilt and Mickey Beebe's Eichler Homes quilts for design direction.  They were a great starting point for this stylized modern geometric quilt.  I spray basted this quilt, which I loved!  It was the first time I spray basted such a large project.  I also tried out a new (new to me) quilt design.

I really like how the quilting on this project turned out.  I have to admit that I marked out the "sky" pattern before quilting and used a walking foot but it went quickly, despite turning my machine's speed all the way down to the slowest setting.  Quilting has never been my strongest quilty skill.  I …

Anna Banana!

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WooHoo!  I finished a pixel quilt.  Ok, I've done a pixel quilt before, Tula Pink's Anchor Aweigh here, but this is the first pixel quilt I've designed.  I was inspired to do a quilt of my english springer spaniel, Anne, after seeing Andi Herman's pixel pup on the cover of the current issue of Love of Patchwork and Quilting magazine.

After seeing a preview of the up coming issue I started designing my quilt.  I laboriously converted a photo to a pixel quilt pattern via Photoshop.  I've since learned that there is a great (free) tutorial on Craftsy by Caro Sheridan, here, and a software program by Andi Herman, You Patch, here, that are great for designing pixel quilts.  I added the color registration marks at the end for fun and to be a little different.
I'm very happy with the outcome and I even got Anne, who obviously has several nicknames all revolving around Anna Banana the most popular being Bea, to sit for a photo.
Here is a shot of the quilting and back noth…