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SAMQG Mini Quilt Auction – For Fox Sake

SAMQG Mini Quilt Auction – For Fox Sake

on Apr 4, 2017 in Blog, SAMQG | 2 comments

The first San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG) Mini Quilt Auction is fast approaching and this fantastic For Fox Sake may be up for bidding. I thought it might be fun to create this cheeky little rascal for the mix, if space allows. The finished project is 16″ x 16″. This quilt came together pretty late one evening. I pretty much never work on things when I’m tired, but I just kept cutting, stitching, ironing, and cutting. But, I was pretty tired, so I didn’t snap a single progress picture. Designing The 4 is improvisationally pieced from blue scraps in the style of Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci. It and the mixed white fabric background are the only pieced spots. The “sake” is my own handwriting. I wrote the word on cardstock then fattened up each letter. After cutting out the word, I was able to trace it onto Heat’n Bond fusible adhesive. I applied the “sake” last with raw-edge applique techniques. Now, the cute little fox is a creation of mixed cartoon fox styles from the internet.  I made him up as I was cutting each section.  The fox is raw-edge fusible applique.  Since he’s finished, I thought I’d trace the fox in Adobe Illustrator to be able to share a downloadable pdf with you! You’ll have to play with the size since this guy is only 8-1/2″ wide.  Click on the image and a pdf should open. The mini quilt auction hangs in a local quilt shop for almost two weeks before the silent auction on May 11th. Tell a...

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SAMQG Mini Quilt Auction Pieces

SAMQG Mini Quilt Auction Pieces

on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, SAMQG | 4 comments

The first-ever San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG) Mini Quilt Auction fundraiser is fast approaching! My general plan was to make a satin, wholecloth butterfly. You’ll see… that didn’t quite happen. The auction rules are to create a 16″ x 16″ mini quilt. The quilts will hang at a local quilt shop, Sew Special, and will be in a silent auction which ends on May 11. Very exciting. It will be a mini show and fundraiser for our group. After marking three 16″ squares, a 20″ x 60″ piece of polyester satin is loaded onto my HandiQuilter frame. I started with a practice piece to warm up my arms. (Remember, I’m aiming to make a butterfly….) I LOVE how the heart turned out! It is quilted with Pink Glide thread. Ok, that was fun. Since I had three areas marked off, I went ahead and practiced the graffiti quilting all over the second mini quilt space. I switched to NEON Green Glide thread. WOWSA. This stuff is day-glo for sure. The black light looks really cool, right? Lastly, one square remains. Do I try to make a symmetrical butterfly or try to make an improved heart? Well…… I went NEON Green heart. I ended up taking the whole piece off the frame, squaring up the designs, and binding them all. Here’s how all three mini quilts turned out. Pink Graffiti Quilting Heart And a side view for some fantastic quilty-shadows: Green Graffiti Quilting Heart And another side view of the mini quilt: Random Green Graffiti Quilting The side view: And a close-up just for fun: The butterfly concept didn’t make it. (YET!) For now, I just have to decide which quilt to submit to the auction!!! Cast your votes in the comments. Tell a...

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Grumpy Cat Quilt

Grumpy Cat Quilt

on Dec 20, 2016 in Blog, Featured, quilt, quilting, SAMQG | 4 comments

Grumpy Cat Quilt Yes, you read that right. It is a Grumpy Cat Quilt. The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild has a Pop Culture Sewing Bee: everything from Pusheen to Zelda, from Comic-Con to Memes and more! I chose Grumpy Cat as my project for the December meeting. I do not have a pattern for the Gato Gru??n, but here’s how I made him: First, you’ll need an image. I did a google search for “Grumpy Cat Cartoon” thinking the colors and shapes would already be broken down into easy, usable areas. That worked. Save the image Using software, scale the image to the size you want. (I assume you could do this in MS Office/Word, but I used Illustrator.) Print the image using the “tile large pages” or “poster” option. My finished piece is about 18″ x 24″. Tape the image back together. You might find it helpful to outline the shape edges with sharpie. I tried, but the sharpie I was using was on its way out. I taped it to a window (to act as a light board) and traced the outlines of the shapes onto Heat’n Bond fusible web. Label the pieces before you cut them out! If you are making a portrait or image using this method, be advised that the final image will be “flipped” from what you printed. (You can flip the image on the computer before you print, if it isn’t symmetrical – like letters or recognizable places.) Cut out the wacky little heat’n bond shapes and fuse them to the wrong-side of your project fabrics. Now arrange the shapes, using the original printed image as a guide. I worked in little sections. If I had something in the wrong place, I wouldn’t screw up the whole project with one press. Right-side of the Grumpy Cat face Left-side of Grumpy Cat face Nose/Mouth Left ear Right ear Tail and body shadows LAST- eyes. I was nervous about really messing those up. As Melissa Averinos says, the eyes are the most important part of the portrait. Hey, are those cheese-y pigs in a blanket on my plate in the lower right corner (above)? Why, yes they are! You cannot have a sewing...

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SAMQG President’s Challenge – The Cure Wish

SAMQG President’s Challenge – The Cure Wish

on Sep 2, 2016 in Blog, SAMQG | 2 comments

San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild President’s Challenge Each year our San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG) issues a quilting challenge set out by that year’s current president. This year’s challenge was art inspired:?Remember that you can choose any artist/author/musician, etc. and you can make anything you want. I just want you to be inspired! I can’t wait to see what is inspiring to you. Well, that sounds awesome. I chose The Cure’s Wish album cover. Those black lines in the artwork (pictured above) are screaming to become quilting lines. Here’s how I made my challenge piece: Supplies: I have some blue and red fabrics from my scrap bins and batting leftover from a longarm quilting project. I also used a small bit of heat’n’bond fusible web. First, I needed to make a few heat’n’bond circles to make that sand dollar. I figured if one sand dollar was good, more was better. At this point, I also didn’t know what exactly I was making. My only size restriction was the piece of red fabric. Who knows how many circles I’d need. I auditioned the placement of my sand dollar circles. Following the package instructions, I fused the circles to the red back ground. Of course, half way through I thought “Oh man, I hope I don’t actually make Mikey Mouse!!” ((Great. Now I’m picturing Goth Mikey with black clothes and eyeliner.)) Marking the Quilt I used the frixion pen to throw a few lines as reference. Loosely following hands and eyeballs design of the inspiration piece. . Yep, that seems good. Quilting My plan was to quilt the piece heavily in red to is would have texture without too much taking away from the heavy black quilting lines that would be stitched last. The black lines will not be enough to hold the piece together, either, so I really did need these red lines first. I also used a shade of blue on all the sand dollar circles. The original artwork has such a hand-drawn look, I thought the best way to achieve that would be to go over my stitching lines multiple times. And lastly, black lines. Each black line is stitched over-and-over at least twice. The heavier eyes...

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SAMQG Block of the Month Quilt

SAMQG Block of the Month Quilt

on Mar 29, 2016 in Blog, SAMQG | 0 comments

In February, I was the proud winner of 24 quilt blocks from the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild! Hooray!!! These were our block of the month designs for January. (Assigned in January, bring to February meeting.) I had enough blocks to create two quilts and today I’m sharing the finished, second quilt. Huge THANK YOU to everyone who made a block or two. This littler guy measures about 50″ x 50″. I ended up stitching an additional two blocks to ensure the quilt would turn out square. This quilt did not get the white border. I left it as a blocks-only design. Originally, I sorted the blocks by “mostly cool colors” and “mostly warm colors.” I don’t know that I was successful since each block was such a wild assortment of fabrics. (LOVE!) But this smaller quilt represents the “mostly cool color” blocks. Unlike the first, larger quilt I made with these blocks, I did a simple swirl design from edge to edge to finish this quilt. Once it was on the frame, the quilting went very quickly. I bound the quilt with this great Alexander Henry black plaid fabric. (Amazon affiliate link.) The weather was absolutely perfect on Sunday to grab a few pictures. I say perfect, but technically there was some wind… Luckily, my assistant was a great sport and even held the quilts in place from an awkward squat position behind the metal gate. You can see a little video of his expert help on my Instagram account. Tell a...

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Threads of Love – NICU Blankets

Threads of Love – NICU Blankets

on Mar 15, 2016 in Blog, charity, SAMQG | 0 comments

I’m so happy to have participated in the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s (SAMQG) Threads of Love NICU Blanket Sewing Challenge. Fabric was donated. Kits were cut. Fun fact: NICU blankets are made from 21″ x 21″ cut squares. Seems easy enough to rotary cut, right? It is incredibly fast to create a template from poster board and use that to cut the kits. Our SAMQG has a few quilt shops as sponsors, so the Threads of Love sew-in was hosted by The Quilt Shop in Castroville. Thanks! At the end of the sew-in we had a total of … around 40-45 blankets. At the March meeting members brought in blankets they had stitched with cut kits or fabric which they donated. Sooooooo many blankets were donated! 97 at the March meeting alone. With all the NICU blankets combined, I was lucky enough to drop these off at the member-liaison’s house. 148 so far. The blankets will be on their way to the Threads of Love sewing team to double-check the labels and then off to the preemies. I anticipate a few more or few dozen more as months go on and members bring more in. This was a very fun, very easy and very wonderful sewing challenge. Consider setting one up for your guild. Tell a...

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SAMQG Block of the Month Winner

SAMQG Block of the Month Winner

on Mar 8, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, SAMQG | 5 comments

WOWSA! I won the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s Block of the Month. Do you have this at your guild? Some guilds call it Lotto Block. Everyone makes a predetermined block. Ours for January was designed by the Block of the Month Chairperson and is inspired by Rex Ray. The “humps” are hand appliqued to a white background. However many blocks you make is how many chances you have to win all the blocks turned in. In January – 24 blocks were up for grabs! The block was made in two sizes that would fit together when rotated 90 degrees. I ended up splitting the group of blocks into a “mostly warm” and “mostly cool” color groups to create two lap/couch size quilts. The first one, “mostly warm,” is 60″ x 80″. For some reason I thought I wanted to try to quilt the first “mostly warm” quilt in a very difficult diagonal type design. I set forth to use rulers to stitch on my marked outline of a main zig-zag and then fill in sections of the quilt in a controlled graffiti-style of quilting. Turns out, it was really really hard to do. HA!! But ya gotta try, right? In the free-motion quilting fills there?are feathers, swirls, McTavishing, echoing, pebbles, windy-swirls, meander, straight lines… everything. My main regret is that I used white thread. I do love the thread itself, but I probably should have used some kind of white/grey variegated thread on this project. I recently ran out of my favorite King Tut Morning Sky and figured the other white would work out. The current white thread is very lightweight and hard to see on the finished quilt (without the help of dim light + shadows). Although I’m loving how this one turned out overall, I think it is safe to say, I’ll be creating the “mostly cool” color version a bit differently. I don’t think the quilting will be nearly as complicated and I will own the thread by the time the blocks are pieced together to?quilt. The wheels are turnin’ and who knows how the second version will look. Tell a...

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Scrappy Trip Along Brown Quilt

Scrappy Trip Along Brown Quilt

on Dec 1, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

The Last Scrappy Trip Along is Finished! The past couple weeks, I’ve shared the finishes of two Scrappy Trip Along quilts (Beige Quilt & Pink Quilt). This blue and brown quilt is my last of the three made in that style. Last ever? Doubt it. But certainly the last one for 2015!! Much like the last two quilts, the longarm quilting design in this project is virtually undetectable. The scraps are just soooooo busy that the quilting is really lost in the prints. I tried to create a hook type pyramid in quadrants of the larger scrappy block units. (Click the picture to enlarge it.) It worked out very well that the quilting is hard to see since my design didn’t take consideration for traveling across the quilt top. I suppose I should have tried to stop and start my quilting lines, but I didn’t. Livin’ and Learnin’ right? I do really enjoy the full-size scrappy blue and brown quilt and with a bit of washing and drying the quilt should have a prefect shrinkle to conceal any of those longarm quilting hiccups. And of course, stripe binding well within my comfort zone. If you aren?t familiar with Scrappy Trip Along, it is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. The quilt is created using a tube-based, strip-pieced method and makes up very quickly.   Tell a...

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Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt

Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt

on Nov 24, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

The Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt is Finished! The Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt is finished. Sure, part of me wants to name it-?Scrappy Trip Along: Composition in Barbie, but lets just call it the Pink Quilt for now. It is FINISHED! After longarm quilting the beige quilt, which I shared last week on the blog, I realized that the quilting on this quilt would probably not be noticeable. I decided to abandon any ambitious wild quilting designs and opt to practice a linked circle design. See what I mean? Or actually… you don’t see… it is really hard to see the stitching at all. My friend quilted her Scrappy Trip with the same design. She placed the circles in each of her 2″ squares. Wow. It looked amazing…. but …. um, that seems like alot more work. My squares are 3″ and I decided to create the circles to span two at a time. Squint and take a closer look at the image; click on the picture to enlarge it. Ultimately, the quilt back is covered with linked 6″ circles. The backing is a complete piece of a vintage flat sheet. I’m going to file this one in the win column. It was a great quilt practice. It force me to try a few things I wouldn’t normally do: Make a holy-crap-that-is-alot-of-pink Pink Quilt Make a very controlled quilting design using the actual quilt piecing as my guide. Quilt with variegated pink thread. I was so far out of my comfort zone – I had to add a stripe binding to bring it back around. Hooray for stripe binding, right??!! If you aren’t familiar with Scrappy Trip Along, it is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. The quilt is created using a tube-based, strip-pieced method and makes up very quickly. Tell a...

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Scrappy Trip Along Beige Quilt

Scrappy Trip Along Beige Quilt

on Nov 17, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

My First Scrappy Trip Along Quilt is Quilted! I joined the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s Scrappy Trip Along project over the summer. You might remember me working on the quilt top and sharing some ideas on the blog in this post. This small-ish beige and blue quilt was the first project to load onto my new HandiQuilter frame. After doodling?a few designs on paper, I went with a sort of swirled hook with feathers around the swirl shape. I was so happy and so excited to give it a try…. WELL, turns out, you pretty much cannot see the quilting anywhere on the patchwork design. The only place you’ll even notice the feather/swirl is in the border. This is really good news!! I had to concentrate and really “hold it together” in the borders, right? But in the middle of the patchwork I could practice practice practice without the pressure. By the time I quilted to the final edge, the feather/swirl design was really starting to look as I envisioned. The quilt back is equally busy printed fabric, so the border really is the only place to see the quilting on the Scrappy Trip Along quilt. If you aren’t familiar with Scrappy Trip Along, it is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. The quilt is created using a tube-based, strip-pieced method and makes up very quickly. Tell a...

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Blue Scrappy Quilt Along Quilt

Blue Scrappy Quilt Along Quilt

on Sep 8, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, SAMQG | 0 comments

Blue Scrappy Trip Along Quilt The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a Scrappy Trip Along Quilt Along project. As I mentioned in a couple previous posts, I’m not really good at the quilt along setting. Turns out, I just want to sew sew sew until I’m finished. I’m not too great at waiting for deadlines and pacing myself. Le’Sigh. The pattern is from Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville. It is a free tutorial. I changed the math, ever so slightly, so that my strips are cut at 3-1/2″ wide and my finished block is 18″. But this quilt was FUN to make. After my pink Scrappy Trip Along quilt, I decided I’d make something with much darker tones. Darker than hot pink? Well, yes. These are my browns. Yes, I realize they all have bright punchy flowers on them… but in my mind these are my brown fabrics. I pulled a pile of browns and added one single row of blues to create my diagonal effect. First, you stitch the strips into strip sets. I laid mine all out on the ironing board, but opted not to iron the sets…. just to see how it would work out. In my case, not ironing worked out fine. Hooray! The next steps involve sewing the strip sets into tubes and cutting the tubes. For me, six of these little babies would make up one quilt block. See all the pieces I cut in the background? There were little sets everywhere! Ripped a few seams, organized a few columns… Stitch the whole sha’bang back together and voila – quilt block. Turns out all the browns ended up reading like a blended quilt. I suppose that is fine by me, I just needed to decide on a layout. If you head to Instagram and use the hashtag #scrappytripalong, you’ll see loads of this style quilt and tons of ways to arrange them. Squares? Zig Zag? Around the World? Yep. That is the one I went with. Around the World. I haven’t ever made a quilt with this all-squares-square layout. (However, a similar squares-made-from-half-square-triangles is on the cover of my book, Deploy That Fabric?and pattern is included in that book.) Anywhoo, 720...

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Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge

Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge

on Sep 1, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, SAMQG | 2 comments

Each year the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild issues a President’s Sewing Challenge. For the past three years, the sewing challenge has been Pantone color related. This year we were asked to make something smaller than 36″ on any side and feature Pantone Classic?Blue: Working from my fabric stash, I decided to mix in a little Tula Pink Frog Prince fat quarter with a couple of blue solids I had on hand. Hopefully, this will match the Classic Blue Swatch. I ended up working from Nancy Zieman’s Heartbeat Table Runner tutorial to make my challenge piece. The pattern is so much easier than it looks. Chain piece a bunch of strips. Create fabric tubes from the strips. Cut the tubes in halves. Of course, that is the super short version. Her tutorial has all the measurements, pictures and step-by-step to make the runner. Good gravy, my desk is a MESS. Avert your eyes. Only look at the fabric, ok? In January, I declared 2015 The Year of the Feather. I haven’t been too vigilant, but I did add some feather-esque quilting to this project. There are lumps, but that’s ok. I’ll get there. I had convinced myself that if I “echo” around the feather shape, you’d never notice the lumps. All part of my diabolical master plan. …..I still have 4 months left in The Year of the Feather. =) The quilting really does look better from the back, though.   Why’d I use baby pink and blue batik on the back? Well, why not? It is a table runner, where you will probably never see the back of this piece. I had the fabric in my stash and figured it was just wide enough to use as a quilt back for my sewing challenge. There ya go, perfect. (ha!) I think the challenge is due at our October meeting. Tell a...

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