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Exhibits and Quilt Shows

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This summer I was asked by AccuQuilt if I would like to loan them about a dozen quilts for a special exhibit at their headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.  I was so shocked and honored that they thought of me for their exhibit and instantly agreed.

I tried to pick quilts that were a good example of both my minimal work and block based modern designs.  I even included some of my book samples that have never been publicly displayed before.  The exhibit is by appointment and free admission.  So if you are in Omaha Nebraska and would like to see a sampling of my quilts don't hesitate to call and setup an appointment to view the exhibit.

I've really enjoyed working with AccuQuilt both in compiling the exhibit and for the Infrastructure quilt along.  Everyone was so friendly and helpful.  The exhibit will be hanging at the AccuQuilt headquarters through February 2020 and I hope those of you who can make it will.  I'd love to hear from any of you that get the chance to check it out.


My First Book!

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It's been a long time in the making but I can finally offer my first book for pre-order on my website, quiltachusetts.com, and my Etsy shop!  My book with Daisy Aschehoug, warmfolk, Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes is set to release Jan 7th, 2020!  All pre-ordered books from quiltachusetts.com, or my Etsy shop will be signed by me and shipped out as soon as the book is in stock on or around Jan 7th, 2020.

Daisy and I began our book writing journey back at QuiltCon 2018 when we met up and Daisy said she thought we should do a book.  I followed up by introducing myself to the development editor at C&T publishing with hopes of getting a name and card to email after QuiltCon.   On the same day I was going to send a followup email to C&T the development editor contacted me and we set about working on a book proposal.  Those first few months were such a whirlwind that it's hard to believe it's almost been 2 years.


Daisy and I both frequently use stripes and curves…

Aurifil Artisan November Challenge

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When I was selected to be an Aurifil Artisan we were asked to sign up for several challenges that we could complete throughout the year.  I wasn't sure if I could do the bag challenge but with a little encouragement from my friend Daisy, warmfolk.com, I took the leap and signed up!

Aurifil partnered with both Sallie Tomato and Therm-o-web for the pattern and interfacing which made it so easy to pick a great bag and find all the supplies I needed to be successful.  I also dug deep into my stash and chose a "vintage" Melody Miller canvas print.  It was a little hard to cut into this fabric but having coordinating Robert Kaufman Essex and Arroyo linens helped.

For the construction of this bag I used matching Aurifil 50 wt threads.  These were the perfect weight for the construction and didn't add unnecessary bulk to the seams, which was great when it came to those tight curves.  For the top stitching I used a matching Aurifil Forty3, my fav!  I love the weight of the F…

Infrastructure Week 12 - Binding

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As you put the finishing touches on your Infrastructure quilt,  or if your plugging along at your own comfortable pace, I hope you've enjoyed the quilt along and gleaned some new tips and tricks along the way.

This week we will be talking about binding.  Christa has an amazing machine binding video tutorial over on her blog.  When we began the quilt along the plan was for Christa to hand bind and for me to machine bind the quilt but in the course of making out quilts it ended up the exact opposite.  So let me get into talking bindings!


I like to use 2 1/2" strips when binding and typically sew on the binding with a 3/8''  seam allowance.  This mean, whenever possible, I leave a little, very little, extra batting around the edge of the my quilt when squaring it up, to keep all those points around the edges intact.  After the binding is attached to the front of the quilt I will iron the binding back over itself all around the quilt.  Then I flip the quilt over and iron…

Infrastructure Week 11 - Quilting

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Let the fun begin, quilting!  Almost two years ago now I bought a Gammill Statler Stitcher longarm and never looked back.  I use to quilt using my domestic machine and walking foot, for more details regarding domestic machine quilting check out Christa's corresponding blog post, and when I got my Gammill I jumped right into custom digital designs.  While there is a perception out there that you draw your quilt design and walk away this is not the case.  I like to call my quilting hand aided computer quilting.  I keep a careful watch on my longarm as it stitches and will even manipulate the quilt top while stitches are being laid down.

 After some trial and error I found that my machine, loves, I mean loves, Aurufil Thread.  For this, and for most of my quilts, I used Aurifil Forty3, a 40 wt 3 ply thread made for longarms.  It makes the most amazing stitches and handles the extra stress of long straight lines.  I chose a medium grey for for most of the quilt and in the white, gree…

Infrastructure Week 10 - Top Assembly

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YAY!  We've made it through all the rows and now it's time to start assembling the top.  Don't worry if you're not quite ready with all your rows, since this week is a less complicated week there is plenty of time to work on any unfinished rows.  Don't forget to check out Christa's blog for more tips on top assembly and basting for domestic machine quilting.


I have some quick top assembly tips, nothing earth shattering, but hopefully helpful.  I typically assemble my rows by doing the first half, in this case rows 1-5, then setting that aside and assembling the second half, rows 6-9.  Then I sew the two halves together.  This is really helpful when pressing seams.  Pressing seams gets a bit cumbersome at the end of the quilt, and by doing the top in two halves you don't have that problem.  If you look closely at the picture below I accidentally assembled one of the rows upside down but I correct the problem before quilting my top.


After the top is finished…

Infrastructure Week 9 - Row 9

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You made it, the last row and it's a simple strip set so week 9 is also a great catch up week.  This week the Benartex Superior Solids being used are Magenta, Purple, Grape, Medium Gray and Charcoal.  Check out Christa's blog for more information on the Geo Pop version.


I think this is my favorite color combo so far.  The ombré is so calming and a great foundation for the rest of the quilt to stand on.


There have been a few other strip sets in the quilt and for more tips a tricks take a peek at weeks 2 - row 1, week 4 - rows 3 & 5 and week 7 - row 7.   I switched back to the medium-dark grey Aurifil 50 wt thread to piece row 9.  I had been using a mixture of white and medium-dark grey for the past few rows.


There you have it row 9 is complete!  I hope you've been able to see the quilt come together with each row we completed.  We'll be wrapping this one up before you know it.  Here's a peek of the finished Infrastructure quilt in the Benartex booth at Quilt Ma…

Quilt Show Round Up

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That's it the last quilt show that I entered quilts in this year has come and gone and earlier in the same week I got two quilts with judges notes back from another show.  No ribbons this time around but I thought I'd share my judges notes, for growth and for laughs, hopefully.

First up, Lilium.  I entered Lilium in the PNW Quilts and Fiber Arts Festival, last year I entered Faux Hare Fair.  The judges' notes were short and sweet:
"The quilting is really beautiful on this quilt, really well done.  I like the background treatment.  Good color choice.  Peach is nice, a softener to the oranges."

Like I said short and sweet but this quilt did not win a ribbon.  I guess if I read between the lines, the judge might be suggesting that the orange was a little off putting but I really don't know.
Another quilt I had at the same show was my Moments quilt.  This quilt received high praise from the judges:
"I actually really love the background fabric.  The light c…