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…

Quilting Practice

As I've mentioned before I recently got a Gammill Statler Stitcher and have been really enjoying getting to know my machine.  This week I finished my 8th quilt on my longarm, EIGHT!  I can't believe it.  While I can't show that quilt I can show you another quilt I finished right before it.

Cabin Retreat Quilt

The inspiration for this quilt top came from the Pendleton Wool Mills series of National Park quilts and the desire for simplicity.  I made this quilt top at a a recent guild retreat and knew that I wanted to use  this relatively simple quilt to experiment with different quilting motifs.

Cabin Retreat Quilt

One of the techniques I really wanted to try out was some free hand work, check out the yellow and pink sections.

Cabin Retreat Quilt

I used the design software to create the hexagons then I filled in around them by hand.  I did a similar technique with the circles.  I used the software to quilt a grid then filled in the squares with circles.  I thought I was getting the hang of it and feeling pretty cool when I realized that I had forgotten to unhook the belts, oops.  The circles were much easier after I detached the belts, go figure.  This unfortunately wasn't my only mistake.

Backing

After I took the quilt off the machine I found a 10" - 12" crease in the backing.  I know it's called practice for a reason but I sure am tired of this learning curve.  I'm getting there, I suppose, and I'm not discourage just ready to improve from my mistakes.

Cabin Retreat Quilt











"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."  2 Cor 5:17

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