January 22, 2018

The Road to QuiltCon 2018

Oh, was I ever relieved to be notified by text message from the USPS that my QuiltCon entries made the 2,350 mile journey and arrived safely in Los Angeles in just two days.

It took longer than expected to make and sew on three hanging sleeves and two handwritten quilt labels to my quilts.  And then, the day I was planning to go to the post office this happened.  Snow and Ice!  It wasn't a lot of snow, but just enough to cripple the south.

Bald Eagle to Buzzard was juried into the Small Quilts category by default because of the the size, less than 36" on any size.  It was originally made for the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild's Birds in the Air Challenge.

If you spot it at QuiltCon step in a little closer and you will see the quilted bird names I added when just the straight line quilting was a little bleh!

It's no secret, I love a good challenge and was thrilled to find out that Casting Shadows was selected for the Michael Miller Our Yard Fabric Challenge.
I cut the challenge fabric with the Quick Curve Ruler and added some bias tape which was made from Cotton Couture in Clementine.  It was so nice and flat, I hated to fold it for shipping.

Casting Shadows also has some machine applique, another love of mine.  And, I managed to cut and piece the binding to match the curve of the applique.  I'll share more details about this one at a later date.

Casting Shadows is made 100% with Michael Miller fabrics, from the backing to the label and even the hanging sleeve.  It was made from leftover challenge fabric, the Michael Miller Glitz Challenge which I never thought I would use again.  You can see my challenge here, Barcelona

Positively Transparent will also be on display as part of the MQG's Quilt of the Month program.  It was the August pattern available to all members of the MQG.  I shipped it earlier, so it's already there.

And last but not least, I most excited about Plus Surround hanging at QuiltCon.  You see, Plus Surround is a quilt from our book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, co-authored with Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.

This is the photo of Plus Surround I submitted with my QuiltCon entry.  I didn't even realize there was glare coming in from the window.

I photograph my quilts on my design wall on the most sunny day possible.  I take a bunch of shots and pick out the best one.  Here's what looked like that day.

Here you can see the detail of some of the quilting.  I quilted radiating lines out from the central plus sign using Aurifil 50wt and then filled in with a different quilting motifs taught by Christina Cameli in one of her Craftsy classes, Free-Motion Quilting Essentials.

Modern Plus Sign Quits is due out any day now, but until then, you can pre-order the book through the Meadow Mist Designs Etsy Shop and Cheryl will throw in one of her printed patterns of your choosing for free!

If you are going to QuiltCon in Pasadena, CA, let me know in the comments.  I would love to see you there!

December 31, 2017

Best of 2017

It's always fun to reflect on the past year by perusing through posts to find favorites or the ones with the most page views.  I'm participating in Cheryl's (Meadow Mist Designs) Best of 2017 Linky Party by sharing the posts with the most page views.

Click on the title to be taken to the original post.

#5 Handprint Machine Applique Pillow

This tutorial was posted when I participated in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I made a machine appliqued pillow with the handprints of the great nephews in the family.

See Cheryl's (Teapots2Quilting) quilt here she made as a gift to her father-in-law using the handprint idea.

#4 Positively Transparent Quilt

Positively Transparent was made the for the Modern Quilt Guild's Quilt of the Month for August 2017.

#3 Big Ole Schlep Bag

The So Sew Easy Schlep Bag, a free pattern by Sentimental Stitches, was made from Cotton and Steel fabrics.

#2 Handwritten Quilt Labels Tutorial

This tutorial walks you through reversing text in Word and making handwritten quilt labels.

#1 Prewashing Fabric, the Whys and Hows

And my No. 1 post of 2017 (and all time), with double the page views of any post, was the post and tutorial on prewashing fabric.

Now check out the Best of 2017 Linky Party at Meadow Mist Designs.

December 20, 2017

Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century

The best modern quilts from around the world, over 200 of them, have been selected by the Modern Quilt Guild to be included in Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century.

I am thrilled to have two quilts chosen to be in the book which will include large, color photographs of each quilt.

For those of you new to Quilted Blooms, WELCOME!  You can read a little more about me here and see some of my finished quilts here But, back in August 2013, I joined the MQG as an individual member.  And then, in December 2014, I was instrumental in the formation of the Greenville MQG where I serve as treasurer.

The Greenville MQG issued a challenge to its members in 2016 to create a modern quilt using only black and white fabrics (some gray was permissible) and one pop of color.  Cursive is the result of the challenge and received 1st place.  Cursive also won 2nd place at QuiltCon 2017 in the small quilts category in Savannah, GA and went on to travel the world in the Best of QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit.

Cursive is made from all text or text related fabrics except for two solids.  The words were made from bias tape and hand appliqued. It was even quilted in cursive letters with D'Nealian Handwriting using Aurifil thread.  You can read more about the making of Cursive here.

Positively Transparent displayed at QuiltCon West (2016) in Pasadena, CA, also in the small quilts category (36" or smaller on each side).  Positively Transparent was started in a class with Lizzy House focusing on the elements and principle of design.  It is a transparency design and includes the ever-popular plus sign of which I am quite fond.

Though Positively Transparent is small, measuring just 16" x 18", it involved many hours of walking foot quilting until I decided it or I had had enough.  You can read all about the making of Positively Transparent here.

I enlarged Positively Transparent to a lap size and it became the MQG's Quilt of the Month for August 2017.  Receiving a free modern quilt pattern each month is just one of the many benefits of joining the Modern Quilt Guild.  You can search for a local MQG in your area here.

The 208 page book was curated by Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton and Heater Grant, all leaders of the Modern Quilt Guild and published by Stash Books/C&T Publishing. 100% of royalties earned from this book go the Modern Quilt Guild, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century is expected to ship any day now and can be purchased on Amazon here or directly from the MQG here.

Be sure to visit all the bloggers on the tour to see more beautiful quilts included in Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century.

12/13/17 Amber Corcoran Fancy Tiger Crafts
12/14/17 Heidi Parkes Heidi Parkes Art
12/15/17 Melissa Cory Happy Quilting
12/16/17 Penny Gold Studio Notes
12/18/17 Shruti Dandekar 13 Wood House Road
12/19/17 Amy Friend During Quiet Time
12/20/17 Paige Alexander Quilted Blooms   ⬅ You are here!
12/21/17 Angela Bowman Angela Bowman Design
12/22/17 Lysa Flower Lysa Flower
12/27/17 Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill Whole Circle Studio
12/28/17 Jacquie Gering Tall Grass Prairie Studio
12/29/17 Christa Watson Christa Quilts
12/30/17 Heather Black Quilt-achusetts
1/2/18 Kristin Shields Kristin Shield Art
1/3/18 Krista Hennebury Poppy Print Creates
1/4/18 Cinzia Allocca Deux Petites Souris
1/5/18 Suzanne Paquette Atelier Six Design
1/6/18 Yvonne Fuchs Quilting Jetgirl
1/9/18 Ben Darby Hunts Patch Quilts
1/10/18 Nicole Daksiewicz Modern Handcraft
1/11/18 Kristi Schroeder Initial K Studio
1/12/18 Kathy York Art Quilts by Kathy York
1/13/18 Marla Varner Penny Lane Quilts
1/15/18 Brigette Heitland Zen Chic
1/16/18 Stacey Sharman Hello Stitch Studio
1/17/18 Stacey O'Malley SLO Studio
1/18/18 Kim Soper Leland Ave Studios
1/19/18 Steph Skardal Steph Skardal Quilts
1/20/18 Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs
1/22/18 Shea Henderson Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio
1/23/18 Katie Larson Katie Larson Studio
1/24/18 Katie Pedersen Sew Katie Did

I hope to see you at QuiltCon in Feburary 2018 in Pasadena, CA!  I'm pretty excited as I will have 4 quilts hanging at QuiltCon and will be promoting my my new book, Modern Plus Sign Quiltsco-authored with Cheryl Brickey, also published by Stash Books.

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