Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Jay McCarroll Habitat Challenge

The Modern Quilt Guild and FreeSpirit Fabrics issued a challenge to the individual modern guilds using the Jay McCarroll Habitat fabrics. Each guild was to design their own challenge locally.

I received these Habitat fabrics in July from the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild. They are the Earth Tones Colorway. There are a total of 7 fabrics in each colorway (there are 3 colorways), and we received 6 fat eights. I have also shown some of the solids that I am thinking about using for this quilt.

I have a couple ideas of what I am going to do, but haven't ironed out the details or started yet. I will be deciding in the next couple days.

Here is a list of our challenge rules:
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Challenge Rules
1. When sewing your piece, only solid fabrics may be added to Habitat fabrics.

2. You may add more Habitat fabric from your own Habitat stash. 

3. Use every print (six in your bundle) in your project. Your "unfavorite" prints may be pieced into the back.
4. The finished project should be no smaller than 60 linear inches, and no larger than 120 linear inches. That means you could conceivably make a square quilt 15" X 15" up to 30" X 30". However, other combinations of dimension are acceptable (IE: 24" X 36"). Your finished project could be a table topper, place mat, wall hanging, etc.
5. Bring your finished project to the September 15 DSMMQG meeting. We'll have a show and tell, and take a group photo.
6. Should you not complete your challenge by September 15, (or at a minimum, have the top finished), you will be asked to donate $8 (the cost of six fat 1/8ths) to the DSMMQG treasury

I will post pictures when it is complete!

My First Ribbon!

The Iowa State Fair was held this year from August 11th-21st. I entered my Minnesota Pines quilt and got a pink ribbon-4th place!

I took the Frieda Anderson "SunSet Pines Fused Applique" class at the 2009 AQS Des Moines Quilt Show. I really enjoyed this class. It was all raw-edge, free form cutting-no rulers allowed-and a collage method fusing process. I thought the process was very creative and freeing. I did no sewing on it until I quilted it in the ditch with a variegated thread. Even the binding is just fused.

This was a very fun quilt to make!
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Monday, August 29, 2011

I Won!!!

I entered a giveway at Flourishing Palms last week for a $25 gift certificate to Marmalade Fabrics and I won!

Tammy at Marmalade Fabrics has many beautiful fabrics, I really like the loulouthi fabric!

Thank you so much Linda and Tammy! I can't wait to start shopping!

Monday, August 22, 2011

I'm a blogger!

Well, I finally did it, I started a blog!

I figured I would start off by showing my first quilt. I made this in a beginners class at the LQS in the summer of 2007. The class was a Birthday present to myself. I had to buy a sewing machine since I had not sewn since middle school.

I loved picking out the color combination and the fabrics! Looking back now, I can see I was quickly on my way to being a fabric addict...