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…

Local Fair Results

There has been a multitude of things going on the last couple weeks so I hope you don't mind the length of this post.  Right off I want to mention that Amy Ellis is hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival this year!  The festival is a great way to find new bloggers and, of course, see some amazing quilts.


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I wasn't sure what two quilts I wanted to share for the festival but then I realized the start of the festival corresponded nicely with the Spokane Interstate Fair.  This year I entered two quilts, Scandinavian Pathway and Modern Stepping Stones Mini.  I'm happy to say both quilts got blue ribbons!!  Definitely better than last year but not as good as 2015.  

Modern Stepping Stones Mini

Scandinavian Pathway
Today I picked up my quilts and the judges notes.  I raced back to my car and greedily opened the papers up taking in each word.  Modern Stepping Stones Mini couldn't have done better but still did not receive a special award (the fair gives 5 special awards, Washington State Quilters award a 1st & 2nd place and Inland Northwest Machine Quilters also award a 1st and 2nd place).

Modern Stepping Stones Mini

Scandinavian Pathways was only marked down once and deservedly so.  The judge noted that not all the "squares" matched up.

Scandinavian Pathway
Non Matching Square

I wish there would have been more modern quilts entered but in the end there were only my two.  I hope to get more members of my guild to enter next year.  Yvonne Fuchs (Quilting Jetgirl) has two great post regarding her local fair entries here and here.  Overall I'm very, very pleased with how my quilts did at the fair this year.  Most importantly entering is fun and a great way to get feedback as a quilter.

I also had a quilt at Quilt Expo in Madison, WI!  I put out an S.O.S. on Instagram for pictures and Wendy (www.modernquiltingaffair.com) was kind enough to take a video and a send me several pictures.

All's Fair in Love and Board Games

This is definitely quilt show season.  I had four quilts at AQS Quilt Week in Paducah, KY this weekend also and the last weekend of September I'll have two Quilts in the Northwest Quilt Expo in Portland, OR.  So much going on but I'll save the rest for another post.







"All things were made through Him (Jesus), and without Him nothing was made that was 
made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." John 1:3-4

Scandinavian Pathway

Modern Stepping Stones Mini





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  1. I found your blog through the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I love these quilts! Your modern designs are very appealing. Happy sewing!

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  2. Nice to hear your quilts did so well - they are lovely!!

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  3. Both quilts are wonderful and the praise from the judges is well deserved. Congratulations on your lovely work.

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  4. Love seeing these again for the festival! Congrats on your blue ribbons! I've never entered a quilt in a show, but that's definitely on my list of goals for next year!

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    1. Thank you! Your quilts will do great at shows and I've improved so much as a quilter by getting the judges feedback. Local fairs are a different kind of animal. While the winning quilts are usually very well constructed it usually comes down to the kind of quilts the judge personally like, well at least in spokane ;)

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  5. For at least 20 years I entered the Iowa State Fair, and learned a lot about my choices and techniques. What I find amazing is how little the ribbon-winners are compensated for their work. I'm smiling to imagine what you'll do with "all" of the $14 you likely received. :-) I think it will be a very long time until we see more modern quilts in fairs. At least from my perspective, where I live, traditional dominates, and likely will for many years.

    I continue to admire your work - the wonderful simplicity, yet thoughtful interplay in your designs - and the colors you use. You have a natural gift that many of us can only dream about. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks Linda! $14 would be a fortune compared to my Spokane Fair winnings ;). I think I average under $1 a year, too funny. I'm hoping next year I can arrange more entries by guild members even if it means driving them to the drop off, we'll see. I'm really excited to see you finished urban Trek Quilt the quilting will be amazing

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  6. I hope to do a modern quilt in the upcoming year for the 2018 Pantone Quilt Challenge.

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    1. You totally should that challenge is so much fun. I can't wait to see what the color will be.

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  7. I adore your Scandinavian quilt!

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    1. Thank you Kris! Scandinavian Pathway is also available as a pattern in the current issue of Modern Patchwork, if you're interested 😉

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  8. Congrats on your ribbons! Your designs are beautiful.

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    2. Thanks Cheryl! Again, congratulations on the book!! I placed my pre-order. (sorry I'm not sure what happened to my first reply and why it was just a copy of your comment... odd I'm sure it was "human" error, aka my error.)

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  9. Your Scandinavian Pathways quilt is beautiful. I love the crisp, modern shapes and the color choices. So happy I found you through the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

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    1. Thank you! I loved your Raven's Camera Quilt and the story behind it. Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. These are very cool designs! Congratulations on your ribbons, and yay for Fair fun!!!

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  11. Your quilts are beautiful and so unique. I absolutely love the contrast and design of the Scandinavian Pathway. Great work!

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  12. Very nice quilts! Definitely modern and refreshing.

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    1. Thank you! I was trying to make brown modern so I'm happy to hear you say it's "modern and refreshing."

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  13. Great job on this quilt! I'm glad you shared it with Blogger's Quilt Festival.

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  14. Gorgeous modern quilts! Both deserve their blue ribbons, as do you. I've entered local fairs and had a quilt at QuiltCon in Austin. Just getting in was a thrill. Your work is beautiful and so well executed that I can see you winning some of the "big" shows and soon. So glad I came by from the quilt festival?

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    1. Thank you Mary! I sure hope so I'd love to win a QuiltCon ribbon someday.

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