March 26, 2017

Sunday Stash (QuiltCon Edition)

I can't believe a month has passed since I returned home from QuiltCon East which you all know took place in Savannah, GA.  Since then I've been sick twice, first with a bad cold and then a nasty stomach virus.  And I made a trip to Mississippi to attend the funeral of an uncle.  I'm anticipating April to be a more healthy and happy month.

While at QuiltCon, of course I shopped the vendors, but I was relatively good.  I thought I would show you what I brought home.  Most are purchases, but I scored an awesome souvenir!

Now, just look at this pincushion.  Do you see those initials AJN?  You know whose they are, right?  I was looking at the quilts late Thursday afternoon and ran into none other than Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts.

Pincushion made by Amanda Jean Nyberg

Before QuiltCon she mentioned in a blog post she would be giving out 75 pincushions at QuiltCon.  You just had to show her a picture of a quilt you had made from one of her patterns.  I've made a mini from her Trees pattern (blogged here).  I've also made a mini Bright Birch Trees which haven't blogged about yet.

Ok, on to the rest.  I was excited to receive a fat quarter of Flourish from Seventy Six by Alison Glass in the QuiltCon swag bag.

Flourish in Marigold

I splurged on a 2-year subscription to Simply Moderne and received this charm pack of Folk Art Revolution by Kathy Doughty and a tote bag and yearly calendar.

Folk Art Revolution by Kathy Doughty

I also purchased a two small fat quarter bundles of Doe by Carolyn Friedlander at the Beyond the Reef booth.

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander

I don't remember from which booth, but I purchased four half-yard cuts of Cotton and Steel's Basic, Add It Up in Lip Gloss, Bananas, Sea Glass and Indigo.  These have already been prewashed, cut into and added to the stash.  The substrate of the three on the top are an unbleached quilting cotton which feels wonderful and keeps the colors from being too saturated if that makes sense.

Cotton and Steel's Basic, Add It Up

And lastly, I found these enamel and sterling silver earrings at the SCAD gift shop by Kathryn Riechert and thought they were the perfect souvenir since I took an indigo fabric dyeing class with Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers.  I'll share about my dyeing adventure in another post.

I hope your brought home lots of goodies from QuiltCon!

Linking the Sunday Stash #217 with Molli Sparkles.

March 17, 2017

Instagram Love + GIVEAWAY

Without a doubt, my favorite social media platform is...INSTAGRAM!  There's so much visual inspiration on Instagram!  It's so quick and easy, well almost instant!  You can see someone post a few quilt blocks one morning and have a finished quilt top that night.  Well, all quilts don't come together that quickly, but it's so fun to follow one's progress.

Just two years ago while at QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, Texas, I remember reaching 100 followers.  I was so surprised that 100 people would be interested in what I was doing, I took a screenshot.

Fast forward two years, and shortly after QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah, GA, my Instagram account reached 1,000 followers.  I'm so honored to have each and every one you follow along that I decided to host a giveaway on Instagram.  One lucky follower from anywhere in the world will receive a $25 gift certificate, AKA Stash Cash, to Stash Fabrics, an online quilt shop north of Atlanta, GA.  The details are below the instagram link.

There are 2 simple rules...head on over to the instagram giveaway post.  First you will need an instagram account and then:

1. Follow me on Instagram @QuiltedBlooms
2. Like the photo by clicking the heart icon below the image on the left.

And totally optional, you can receive bonus entries by tagging a friend.  If you have friends on Instagram, leave their Instagran screen name preceeded by the @ symbol in seperate comments.  The giveaway will close Saturday, March 18th at 8pm EST.

Happy Instagramming!

March 15, 2017

Clementine Daisy on Exhibit

The winter term for Olli (Osher Life Learning Institute) at Furman University has just ended this week.  And I forgot to post a picture of Clementine Daisy which was included in the "Pretty Posies" exhibit in Baiden Gallery of the Herring Center for Continuing Education.

Sew Solid Sunday #4
Clementine Daisy by Paige Alexander

Clementine Daisy was the only quilt included in the exhibit and since it is small, just 21" x 21", it fit right in among other mediums like watercolors, drawings, photography and mosaics.

Pretty Posies Exhibit in the Baiden Gallery Furman University

Clementine Daisy was made for the MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge in July 2014.  The fabric collection was Petal Pinwheels. (The winners of the challenge are here.)  I followed a tutorial by Debbie Grifka, Sew Solid Sunday #4, and loved working with the bias applique.  This is Debbie's version made with Kona solids.

Daisy Pillow by Debbie Grifka, Sew Solid Sunday #4

I found a few in-process photos. This little wall hanging is all about BIAS. Here the background has been pieced on the bias and the petals are cut and in place.  I must have enlarged Debbie's templates by 110% because it says so.

Clementine Daisy in progress

The petals are outlined in bias stems which were fused in place and then topstitched on each edge with a straight stitching.  This must have been the first petal I quilted.  I remember not knowing what to quilt where, but that's usually how I feel about every quilt.

Quilting petals of clementine Daisy

Clementine Daisy after the quilting is complete.

Not only were the petals outlined in bias, the center was also outlined in bias.  It was really a guessing game to sew bias circle together and then audition to see if it covered the center without being too large or too small.  It had to be just right and it worked! :)  And guess what, the binding was also cut on the bias.

Update:  I added a circle over the photo so you could see where the bias strip is joined to make the circle.  I measured the circumference of where I wanted the circle to be, added 1/2" for the seam allowance and cut the bias strip to that length.  The join is also with a diagonal seam.  So with a little math and a lot of luck it all worked out.  I added the bias around the daisy center rather than a solid because I wanted to showcase one of the prints in the collection.
Circle shows where seam is make the circle 

I even got 3rd place in our guild's show in the applique/mixed technique category.  I remember being up against some stiff competition, so I was thrilled!

Clementine Daisy 
Quilt Stats:
  • Finished size: 21" x 21" 
  • Pattern: Daisy Pillow Tutorial (Sew Solid Sunday #4) by Debbie Grika
  • Fabrics: Michael Miller - Petal Pinwheels and Cotton Couture in Clementine
  • Thread: Aurifil 50 wt.
  • Quilting design: Modified stipple in the petals, outlined elements in back ground, all free motion
  • Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & White by the Warm Company
  • Completed: July 2014

Linking to Let's Bee Social with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.