QuiltCon 2019 - Summary of My Quilts

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…

Jawbreakers Quilt

September's Modern Quilt Guild's Quilt of the Month is my Jawbreakers quilt!

Jawbreakers (60" x 72")

The inspiration for this quilt comes from all the 10 cent drug store candies that I scrimped and saved for when I was a little girl.  Even the "piano key" details on the sides are directly inspired by candy packaging.  I've also decided to retire my Quarter Hours quilt and replace it with Jawbreakers for my Modern Drunkard's Path workshop.  Both quilts are the same size and use the same template but Jawbreakers is more versatile and I can teach a second method for cutting curves.


This quilt is a free download for all Modern Quilt Guild members.  Each month they release a pattern designed by a fellow member along with a quilt block as part of their Block Study.  There are some really amazing patterns and blocks available to members and I'm so honored to have two quilts selected as a Quilt of the Month this year.

The bright color palette is accented by a great Cotton + Steel, Snap to Grid, Terrazzo.  It worked perfectly as a candy shell in white.  I liked it so much I used it as the backing and Terrazzo in grey for the binding.  Because of the bright colors I quilted this with 1/4" straight lines in varying thread color.  This quilt was finished back in December before I had my longarm and was quilting using a walking foot on my domestic machine.

I also finished a second quilt, Reeling, using the same block to demonstrate how versatile the Jawbreakers block is and what a difference color placement can make.

Reeling (40" x 50")

I quilted this using 1/4" and 1/2" straight lines but this one was quilted on my longarm.  It took just about 6 hours to quilt Reeling on my longarm and it took over double that time to quilt Jawbreakers on my domestic machine.


Here's a quick throw back of my Positive Illuminations, Quilt of the Month February.

Positive Illuminations (60" x 75")

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him." 2 Samuel 22:31