HUGE QUILTCON NEWS... HUGE!

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I've been waiting for a super long time and have dropped a hint or two here and there but I finally get to share that last year I was asked to design, piece, bind and write the pattern for the QuiltCon 2019 Giveaway Quilt, Keyhole Kaleidoscope!

When I got asked to make the QuiltCon Giveaway Quilt I'd only done a few quilts on my longarm and knew that the work for this quilt had to be beyond stellar so I asked my friend, Christine Perrigo (@ccpquilt), to quilt it.  The quilt is 70" x 84" and Christine covered every square inch we amazing quilting!

This quilt features Moda Bella Solids with subtle color differences along with high contrast to create depth and movement and is available as a pattern on The Modern Quilt Guild website for $10.

Not only can you make this quilt for yourself, if you are currently at QuiltCon you can buy raffle tickets for a chance to WIN this quilt!!  If you're not a QuiltCon you can still buy the pattern or see it featured in QuiltCon M…

Lilium - Kona Cotton Color of the Year Quilt

For the last two years my guild has done a theme with a challenge.  Last year's theme was solids and the challenge was to make a mini quilt with only solids in three colors, please see my Lost in Oz quilt that hung at QuiltCon this year.  This year the theme is curves and the challenge was to make a 50" x 60" quilt using curves and the Kona color of the year, Tiger Lily.

Lilium Quilt
Tiger Lily is a really great color of orange red and was my inspiration for the quilt name.  I added some other soft Kona Solids and a few Cotton and Steel prints to finish up the design.


I decided early on to quilt each of the background colors with a different motif and to use the prints as my quilting inspiration for the circles.


I really love the look of orange peels and they find their way onto quite a few of my quilts but before my Gammill I could only successfully execute 4" circles the orange peel on this quilt is 1 1/2"!


On the back are a couple Cotton and Steel prints from their Poolside line.  The colors couldn't be more perfect.


As great as all those pictures look I did have a couple "issues."  My opps 1 & 2, reminds me of a Cat in the Hat story, hmm.  Here's Opps 1:



Yep I forgot to complete a handful of the orange peels.  It should be interesting finishing those up on my domestic machine.  Then this happened, Opps 2:



The thread broke as I quilted over it.  I've been using Aurifil 40-3 for most my quilting and really liking it but I only have two colors right now, cream and medium grey. My Gammill came with a thread sampler package and I found a golden brown in that blended decently but for whatever reason I had several thread breakages and this break in the quilting.  It was especially disappointing because I had ironed all my seams open for the first time to avoid just that problem.

 

I've officially converted to a seams open quilter.  I didn't have a problem matching seams, I've always been a pinner, and I followed Christa Watson's advice from Instagram and shorten my stitch length.


I'm really pleased with this quilt and so proud that I've now finished 3 quilts on my longarm.  I have some crazy deadlines coming up, a quilt a week for the next 4 weeks, so I'm sure I'll be getting plenty of practice in.












“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My loveIf you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."  John 15:9-12

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