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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...

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Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, SAMQG | 2 comments

Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt Recently, I told you about my sew along/quilt along experience with the Scrappy Trip Along hosted by the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. The pattern is by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. It is a GREAT pattern and is so easy to make. In fact, the pattern is toooooo easy. That’s right, I said it. I planned on sewing along with my quilty friends and making my quilt with the quilt along schedule. Well, I made the first one, a brown quilt, pretty fast. I had decided I’d make a much bigger quilt using red and whites from my stash. This would take me a while… right? I went to my fabric stash only to find I didn’t own very much real “red” fabric. I did, however, how a big ole pile of bright pinks. Red, pink; tomato, tomahto. Right? Ok, it looks good. I altered the original pattern to cut 3-1/2″ strips. In fact, I cut a total of 60 strips: 50 were “scrappy pink fabrics” and then 10 were the white diagonal pieces I’d need. I stitched?10 strip sets, each with 6 strips. It was at this step, I realized that pink is really really really pink. Oh man. What have I done? I decided to forge ahead. I made my 20 blocks, each one will measure 18″ when finished. Good gravy it is sooooooo pink. Here’s a little test layout to see if you can even focus on the white diagonals in that sea of Pepto. Hum. Ok. I’m not a pinky-pink girl. Most of these fabrics were purchased when I sewed for military spouses. ?Sewing using military uniforms and pink is a great combination, by the way. In this moment I was happy again. Look, when you see only the backs of the fabric, it is not nearly as in-your-face with the saturated color of all things Barbie. Welp, time to see how it is going to turn out… Time to see the whole sha’bang out on the floor… Whoa. Holy Cotton Candy, Batman! Now, how’d I do time wise? Well, the family had gone upstairs to watch a sequel and I hadn’t seen part one… So instead of ruining the...

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Scrappy Trip Along

Scrappy Trip Along

on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog, SAMQG | 3 comments

Scrappy Trip Along Quilt The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild fired up a Scrappy Trip Along quilt along this summer. It is a fun fast pattern AND it uses precut strips (jelly rolls). Cool, right? I started out with a collection of strips that I cut myself. I ended up not using a precut jelly roll fabric bundle. The design is a strip-pieced quilt. You sew rows of strips, sew them into “tubes” and then cut them. All the directions are over on Bonnie Hunter’s?Quiltville website. Strip-piecing quilts are so easy! If you haven’t tried one, you should give it a go. The pattern can look super scrappy by using any color in any placement. The trick to making this scrap quilt have order is to choose a common color/fabric to place in the diagonal position of each block. I went with a dark browns. Fortunately/Unfortunately, I didn’t follow the directions exactly. My blocks are 16″ square and I decided to make as many as I could with the strips I had cut. This turned out a little brown baby quilt sized piece. I know on the Quiltville site there are many Scrappy Trip Along quilts with borders. I think the whole modern quilt movement is anti-borders, but then again this is not a very modern quilt pattern. I thought on it for a little while and decided to try to add a modern-esque border to my traditional top. I ended up adding an off-white color, squares leftover from an extra strip set, and an asymmetrical flare. On the top and left lower edges, the squares go all the way to the edge and will eventually touch the orange binding. Do I think it is modern? Nope. Do I super like how it turned out? Yeppers. How big is it now? 64″ x 80″ To quilt it, I’m thinking I might try to make little “points” all over the quilt, to emulate the zigzag/chevron design in the block arrangement. Of course, who knows how I’ll actually quilt it. Now here’s the kicker… I’m not good a quilt-alongs. I thought I’d be using up my scraps and sewing with my friends online. The time table is set up (1) for...

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Texty Trapunto Class

Texty Trapunto Class

on Feb 3, 2015 in Blog, classes, SAMQG, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 0 comments

Texty Trapunto Workshop The Texty Trapunto Workshop in Boerne, TX, recently was a hit. Huge thanks to Sew It Fabulous for hosting the class and thanks to Danielle of Nacho Mama Quilts for organizing it for the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. Students were drafting letters, tracing pre-printed letters and using the Ampersand template. It was quite a collection. Some block projects were enlarged to become pillows, some were going to be wall hangings and some were un-decided but just really really wanted to know how to make those trapunto letters puff up off the quilt. Cutting and prep work. Stitching and pinning. And of course, quilting quilting quilting!   The pieces for this workshop are small enough that students were?comfortable trying free motion quilting (FMQ) on domestic/home machines. Some folks went with the straight line, others wanted to try all sorts of crazy free motion quilting fill designs. Students even finished blocks in class. (That is always great, right.) The last step is to spritz the piece with water to dissolve the water soluble thread. It was very Bill Nye the Science Guy as we watched the thread disappear right before our eyes. My friend Allison took the class and sent me a photo of the near-finished “A” texty trapunto project. Turned out GREAT! Thanks to everyone who signed up and came out! I think we had a good time. If you missed this January workshop, I have great news: Tish, at Sew It Fabulous will be hosting me again on, Saturday, February 28th, 2015. You’ll have to call or email the shop to grab yourself a...

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1976 Modern Baby Quilt

1976 Modern Baby Quilt

on Jan 28, 2015 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

Whoa. That is alot of morning sun coming in on this fresh little baby quilt. I’m naming it the 1976 Quilt. It’s mod, it’s brown, it’s orange and it’s yellow. Here’s the quilt before the quilting.   I needed to trim that selvedge edge off and take this out to my HandiQuilter Longarm machine. I’m a “part owner” of the machine. My sweet mom is the “mostly owner.” I tried to grab a little video. The shot from the side was tricky. I then decided I should just hold the camera with one hand and the HandiQuilter longarm handle with the other hand. …. um…. just know, I hope to get better at the video element…. I’d love to hear your tips & tricks. Here’s the straight-on video view: I was trucking right along, adding all my threads to the little thread baggy. Ultimately, I used yellow to brown variegated thread. You really cannot see the swirl stitching design at all on the brown background. It only shows in the appliqued shapes.   I went to my stash to pick the binding. I have a crazy fabric stash, but for the most part, it all looks like me. (Which does not imply that I am crazy….) There’s a few gifted pieces or swapped pieces or “this was in a bundle” pieces. This is what I chose: Love that binding. Here it is on the quilt. I have to show you this, though. You can totally see all the swirls on the back. Hooray! All that work wasn’t for nothing.   I quilted two quilts that afternoon. Stay tuned. I have a collection of photos I need to get into a blog post for the other...

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MORE Pet Postcards

MORE Pet Postcards

on Sep 6, 2014 in Blog, charity, SAMQG | 0 comments

Still going strong with Pet Postcards for 2014. I used my stencil/template cat shape to draw out a fat cat, onto house insulation foam. If you follow me on Instagram, I accidently referred to the foam as having an R-rating, which it does. R3, to be exact. ?BUT if you use “r-rated” foam to make naked cats…. well…. oops. hahahaha. I’m not too good with the stenciling and stamping for composition and interest, but you know it is crazy fun to do.     I’ll probably turn in a couple more postcards for the Pet Postcard Friends for Life Fundraiser ( @ Houston Quilt Festival in October/November 2014)....

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Pet Postcards 2014

Pet Postcards 2014

on Aug 12, 2014 in blogging others, charity, SAMQG | 0 comments

      ‘Tis the season to whip up some Pet Postcards. ?You can read more about the Pet Postcards from last year here. And read more about the fundraising event on Pokey blog here. Last year the fundraising event raised more than $40,000 for Friends for Life No-Kill Animal Shelter in Houston. These postcards are made of fabric and have 3 traditional quilt layers. They measure 4″ x 6″ . The cards can be made in any style or method you prefer. The all painted cards in this post are created by my daughter. (Instagram @meepsketch) She had a great time creating the little pieces with the InkTense pencils and Sharpie markers.   This year our Pet Postcard event was coordinated through the San Antonio Modern Quilt guild and was hosted at a member’s home. It was a blast. Very fun social event and very fun to trade all sorts of scraps for the projects. Turns out, our gals have loads of novelty pet fabrics. I had no idea they even make that many cat prints. seriously.   You may recognize these little guys, above, from the FREE pdf template last year. Feel free to click the link or image below to download the kitties so you can whip up a few pet postcards, too. Each card sells for $20 at the Houston Quilt Festival in October. They are fast to make and benefit a great...

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MQG Challenge Quilt 2014

MQG Challenge Quilt 2014

on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog, contests, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, SAMQG | 5 comments

Modern Quilt Guild Challenge 2014 Have you seen the fabrics? Have you read the rules? Here’s a link. Dragonfly Quilt is my entry. ?   We each received 1/8th yard of 6 fabrics. I used 5 fabrics. The whole piece needed to be constructed of Michael Miller Fabrics. The background is Michael Miller Cotton Couture Midnight, from Material Girls Quilt Shoppe in Wichita, KS.   The finished quilt is a little way from my original plan. I wanted to make a butterfly. I wanted to take all the fabrics, cut them into 1″ strips and have a wild striped butterfly. And I wanted to try “matchstick quilting” lines. I made a test design before I received the challenge fabric… turns out the stripes + the pointy shape would probably not work too well. I’ll have to blog my test butterfly on another time. For the Challenge-> new plan: I decided if I went with a cool dragonfly, I could fit each wing on the 1/8 yard (4 1/2″). Of course, that wasn’t entirely right either. I did still have to seam the larger wings in order to the design to fit. So I kept sketching. I have been posting sneak peeks in my Instagram, so you may have already seen a few of these, if you follow. My whole dragonfly is raw edge applique. I used Heat’n’Bond for the fusible. Each wing is a unique design. Once the fusible was on the back of the fabric, I drafted out an “oval” shape on the paper side. Then I started drawing the pointy, tribal-tattoo-inspired wings.     Next up, cut out all the shapes. Man, it was tricky to pull of that paper from behind the shape. In fact, the cutting and prepping was a very patient process. I decided to reward myself by making the “raw edge applique” double as the quilting lines. Patience-schmacence. =)     Mmm… quilt sandwich.     Turns out, making the raw edge applique double as the quilting is also a patient process. That’ll show me. So I took my time to trace along all the cut edges for the wings, body and head.       Once I had the wings and body...

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Boerne Texas Outdoor Quilt Show

Boerne Texas Outdoor Quilt Show

on May 20, 2014 in Blog, SAMQG | 0 comments

Chances are, you haven’t heard of Boerne, Texas. (Pronounced Burn-eee, if you were wondering.) It is a small town, northwest of San Antonio, along highway I-10. It is Texas Hill Country, peaceful, historic, and local. The first weekend in May, they transform their historic downtown square and downtown streets to an outdoor quilt event. ?Hauptstrasse Quiltfest Quilts are along the downtown “square” and vintage quilts were laid out in the shade, on a bed, in the downtown gazebo. They had quilts lining their courthouse and library. You could see the fronts and backs of the quilts and with the tiniest wind, the quilts would dance a bit. Quilts were strung between businesses along the main street. Those main street shops are wonderful. Locally owned, chef-owned and independent. Love that! They even had quilts for sale at the event and quilty-crafty vendors in the center of the downtown square. The best part? ?San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild had a table off to the side of the event. We got to chat with other quilty folks. Our table was in the shade on the breezy 70*F day. So wonderful. I cannot wait ’til next year’s show....

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Ugly Fabric Blocks

Ugly Fabric Blocks

on Apr 29, 2014 in charity, SAMQG | 1 comment

One of our San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild members bought some ugly fabric. It happens. We all make mistakes. Ha. But instead of trashing it or dooming it to some other fabric demise, she cut small 5″ squares of the fabric and has asked guild members to take a piece or two – FREE – add it to any other fabrics you have and make a 12 1/2″ block. The blocks collected will be added to an outreach project for our guild. Lawdy, I busted out all sorts of scraps and just started sewing to whatever tune I was singing in my head. This first one isn’t so bad. It has some really great fabrics and designers represented, of course…. But that 3rd row from the top… The one with the little blue dots. That was the challenge fabric. Here’s my second block. Again, a few greats represented… but boy, mixed up like this… yikes! I cannot wait to see what kind of eye-burning quilt the member makes. She has assured me with the proper white space, the quilt will all work out. I believe her. I really hope I’m able to share a photo of the top or finished quilt, later when that shakes...

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SAMQG President’s Challenge Quilt

SAMQG President’s Challenge Quilt

on Apr 13, 2014 in Blog, contests, SAMQG | 1 comment

  It is square in person, I promise. The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild issues a challenge each year… well, I say that, this is only the second time we’ve done it. So EVERY year, the SAMQG current President issues a challenge. Last year the challenge was Pantone Color of the Year (Emerald) based. This year it is Pantone Color of the Year (Radiant Orchid) + a fabric based. The challenge – “Use this polka dot fabric and make something quilted, and under 36″ on each side.” Pretty straight forward. I decided to use some Learn to Sew Easy Curves techniques to add a wave and a couple applique’d circles to the design. My curves came out pretty well, though I did have a few hiccups in the quilting. I started quilting with a regular presser foot on my home machine. The quilting started looking better when I switched to my free motion quilting foot. … of course by then, it was already later in the evening…   I think I’m going to name this quilt LUMPY to celebrate the quilted swirls. Note to self – don’t try to swirl after 9pm. Oh and the last thing I added to this quilt was the signature. I didn’t want to sew on a label and I had seen this done somewhere online – Sign the Binding! I don’t know how durable it would be for a full-on, big, real-deal quilt – one where the binding is always handled, but for little LUMPY, this seemed to be a good fit.   Having a bit of de’javu? Yes, I did post about the 2014 SAMQG President’s Challenge recently, but I got stumped and decided to start over. There’s still time, though. The pieces aren’t due ’til May 1st, so I might finish up the other quilt. Both quilts are about 16″ square....

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Block of the Month SAMQG April 2014

Block of the Month SAMQG April 2014

on Apr 9, 2014 in Blog, blogging others, SAMQG | 0 comments

These are the SAMQG’s block of the month for April. Our group has a pattern posted on our Facebook page. Then, each member makes as many blocks as they want. All the blocks go in a “lottery” and you have as many chances to win, as blocks you’ve brought. Easy. I think many guilds (traditional or modern) make Blocks of the Month or Lotto Blocks this way. This block is so fast and easy. I really think we’ll have loads of them at the May meeting. As of right now, my name is in the hat only twice… but keep in mind, it only takes 1 to win, right? Man, I hope I win!!!...

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