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TeddyHere’s Tim Latimer’s fabulous blog: http://timquilts.com/  where you can follow his projects in the quilt studio and garden.  This is a blog you will be sure to bookmark! Be sure and say hello to Teddy!

StrippyLearn about Welsh and Durham style quilts from
Pippa Moss at http://welshquilts.blogspot.com/
Another great educational blog for quilters!






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NOTE:  The quilt shown on top here is a pattern by Karen Kay Buckley called “Folk Art Fantasy.” You can find it here: http://www.karenkaybuckley.com/store.php?cat=1

I used Karen’s pattern in the center, then added my own elements and border to create my quilt called “Purple Reign.”

 

 

Caron Talks with Pat Sloan June 22, 2015


Coming Monday, June 22, 2015: 


Join me as I talk with Pat Sloan on the American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast! Show time is Monday at 4pm eastern, 3pm Central, 2pm Mountain, 1pm Pacific. 

If you missed the show on June 22, you can still listen!  Go to this link: http://blog.patsloan.com/2015/06/pat-sloan-from-hand-to-machine-quilting-and-awesome-color-chat-on-my-show.html

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Juried Quilt Shows – Why some make it and some do not

Many quilters dream of entering their quilts into a show with the hope of winning a big prize.  While a large monetary prize is cloud9certainly a bonus that one would not turn away, for many quilters it is the acknowledgement that they seek; recognition that they “got it right” and know what they are doing.  It’s an ‘attaboy‘ and a major pat on the back. It’s a super “feel good” moment that puts a smile on your face and sends you to Cloud Nine for awhile. 

Let’s take a look at some of the things judges look for. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list…

 

  • Visual appeal – The first thing a judge looks at is the outward appearance of the quilt.  Does it grab their attention?  Does it make them smile?  Does it make them go “Ahhhhhh, yes!”   or does it make them think, “Oh my goodness…Why…”
  • magnifying-glassDoes the quilt drape nicely?  Are the corners squared properly, do the sides hang in straight lines, or do they pucker and wobble?

With a slightly closer look, do points that are supposed to match up actually match, or do they kind of, sort of match?

  • Do darker fabrics shadow though lighter fabrics?  Shadowing can be controlled somewhat by grading the seams during the making of the quilt top.  That means that as you piece the quilt, you trim the darker seams just a little so they hide behind lighter seams.
  • Is there any loose applique’ on the quilt?  Applique’ should be stitched to the quilt with small, secure stitches and matching thread.  You should never be able to see a gap where there is puckering fabric or where you could slip a finger underneath the applique’.  Note:  Some quilts may have contrasting thread around the applique’ as part of the design (i.e. Sunbonnet Sue).  That is acceptable.
  • The Quilting – Does the quilting enhance or detract from the design of the quilt?  Is the quilting even across the quilt, or are some areas more heavily quilted than others?  If it is machine quilted, does it follow normally accepted machine quilting standards?  If it is hand quilted, are the stitches even in size?  Are knots in the thread visible on the front or back?  Do thread tails shadow from behind the fabric?  
  • The binding – Is the binding in a nice proportion and evenly stitched?  Is it secure and evenly filled?  Are the corners square and mitered edges sewn properly?

These are just a few of the things judges look for.  Judges know that everyone is at a different experience level and that your quilt is loved just as much as the next person’s quilt is loved.  Judges know the time that goes into making a quilt.  Most judges are also quilters!

Why should you enter your quilts into quilt shows? 

There is nothing like the feeling you get when looking across a large room and seeing your quilt hanging there with others.  That in and of itself is well worth the entering.  You have worked hard on your quilt.  Your quilt was a PART of you while it was being made, and 30 years from now, you will still remember what you were doing while you made that quilt.  Show it off!  Share it with others!  Remember that even if it is just your second quilt, you might be two quilts ahead of someone at the show who has not even picked up a needle and thread yet. They may be looking at your quilt and thinking to themselves, “Oh, now THERE is what I want to be able to do!  That is GORGEOUS!”

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Progress on Nine Patch Hand Piecing Adventure

 

Are YOU participating in the Nine Patch Hand Piecing Adventure?

My life is pretty busy right now with work and preparations for a new grandbaby, but I’ve managed to do a little stiching every evening.Here is what I have done thus far (plus several blocks that are complete but have not been added to this yet!)…

6.11.2015

Join us in the 9 Patch Hand Piecing group and show us your progress!

Blog Changes

Friends,

For some reason Blogger just does not like me anymore.  My pictures keep vanishing, and Microsoft Live Writer will not work with Blogger for me anymore.  Over the next few weeks, I will be migrating my blog to WordPress.  I’m not sure how that will go, so if you notice strange things going on, feel free to either a) be patient with me and know that I’m pulling my hair out, or b) shoot me an email at Caron at Gmail dot com.

If you are highly skilled at this stuff or know someone who is, I would LOVE help!

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Planning Your Quilt

If you started the 9 Patch Hand Piecing Adventure, you are probably cutting out your 2.5 and 6.5 inch squares.  You might have already sewn some squares together! At some point in time, you could be wondering  just how large you want your quilt to be.  Will it be a lap quilt or crib quilt?  Perhaps you will want something big enough to cuddle under while you watch television (my favorite size).

A nine-patch quilt like the one we are making is great for beginners for several reasons.  One is that it is all straight lines and hard to mess up.  Another is that it uses up those little random pieces of scrap fabric you have scattered around your house.  A great reason is that because the quilt is based on a two-inch square, it makes it easy to adjust sizes.

Let’s look at the different parts! Remember, every square on this quilt has ¼ inch seam allowance around it!
There are 4 rows of sets and 3.5 columns.  Don’t forget to consider seam allowances!
This quilt should measure 42 inches wide (+ ½ inch on each side  X  48 inches long (plus ¼ inch on each side of the quilt)

I will probably want a quilt that is larger than this one, as my quilt will be what I call a “TV quilt.”   I will probably want a border on the quilt to set it off… so I might make my quilt 48 inches wide (plus seam allowances on both sides) and 60 inches long (plus seam allowances on top and bottom).  

I think I will also add a 2 inch border all the way around the quilt in my background fabric, plus a 2 inch scrappy border around that, followed by another border 4 inches wide.  So, if I figure this out correctly, my finished quilt should be:

length
width
60
48
2
2
2
2
4
4
68 total
56 total


I will need a grand total of 20 9 Patch Sets, which means I will need to sew 40   9 Patch Blocks.  My finished quilt should (hopefully) look like this:

You might be wondering how I drafted this picture… I didn’t use quilt software.  
I used what I am comfortable with, which is Microsoft Excel!  
Decide how you want YOUR quilt to look, and draw it out on your computer or tablet of paper.  Have fun playing with the design, and share it with others who are also doing the 9 Patch Hand Piecing Adventure!   www.facebook.com/groups/571241426352005/ 
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Say Connected!


Are you participating in the Nine Patch Hand Quilting Adventure?  


Here are a few links you might like:




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