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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…

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…