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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…

Sparrows At Play

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I know I always "I'm excited to...," but I really am excited to share my Sparrows at Play quilt!

My Sparrow block is also June's Modern Quilt Guild Block Study!!  MQG members will have access to multiple layouts, templates and construction details for this block.  As the name suggests, the inspiration for this block came from the silhouette of a sparrow.

I continued the sparrow theme to the quilting and and decided to crisscross 1/2" horizontal lines to mimic the way sparrows interact with each other in flight.



This was the second time that I have used wool batting in a quilt.  I do like wool but I think I'm going to try a cotton-wool blend next.  I never thought about experimenting with batting until I got my longarm.  I can say I do not like cotton-poly blend and that is one of the reasons I tried wool.  In the end I'll probably end up sticking with cotton but it's been interesting seeing how changing the batting changes the quilting.

My dog, Anne…

The End of an Era

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I'm so happy to share that my Diamonds on Display quilt is available as a pattern in the July/August issue of Modern Patchwork!!

I discovered that I design quilts for publication differently than quilts for the sake of creativity.  I like having patterns that are approachable, easily customized, and have ample opportunity of quilting creativity and I've notice when I'm designing quilts for myself I don't shy away from multiple step blocks and complicated layouts.  I'm sure there are a few reasons for this but I think the main reason is the hope that people will enjoy making the the pattern and try to add their own creative signature to the design.  To me, an overly complicated design doesn't leave much room for tweaking but a design like Diamonds on Display leaves room for the quilter to shine through.

Diamonds on Display is the last full sized quilt I completed on my domestic machine before I started using my longarm.  At the time I was really frustrated beca…