Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DQS11 Quilt Received

On Saturday I returned home from my father-in-law's wedding to the package I was anxious to receive, my DQS 11 quilt. 

I opened up my package to find a cute quilt by Quiltinkimmie, a swap mama in the group.  I love rainbow quilts right now but have never made one.   I just might have to add one to my ever growing list of quilts to make. 

Thanks Kimmie.

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Winning Quilt!

A few weeks ago I posted about how my quilt was juried into the Lowell Quilt Festival.  Well, I'm pleased to share that my quilt won first place in the wall quilt - pieced category.

I can't seem to rotate it, since I'm uploading from my phone.  Hurricane Irene has left us without power or internet for the past 24 hours and I've been told by the electric company that it could be up to another five days before we get it back.  Here's hoping that it isn't that long.  Keep your fingers crossed for us and everyone else still without power. 

Anyway, once I can get the photos off my camera and uploaded once we get power and internet back, I'll share more photos. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

DQS 11 - DONE!

I finished my DQS 11 Quilt this weekend and sent it off to its soon-to-be new owner.  I love the way it turned out.
The orange totally isn't me, but it works.  My partner loved oranges, greens and blues.  She also liked a lot of simple, straight line quilts.

I really hope my partner likes it.  She didn't comment on a single photo that I posted, so I'm nervous now.  Quite honestly, I was a bit frustrated that my partner didn't comment at all.  To add to it, I was then questioned by the organizers of the swap about the quality of my work.  I was quite taken back and felt insulted.  Why would I participate in a swap and send sub-par work?  Its left a sour taste in my mouth for this swap and I'm not sure I want to participate in the next round. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lowell Quilt Festival 2011

Today marks the opening of the Lowell Quilt Festival 2011.  As you know, I submitted my quilt, Moonlit Sky to the show and it was accepted.  I decided to submit it for fun and to share a quilt that I absolutely love.  I wasn't entering it into the show with the expectation that I would win anything, especially since I've never entered a juried quilt show before.

I'm planning on heading over to the show tomorrow afternoon.  I'm going to take a half day and go with my mom and my aunt to see my quilt hanging there next to so many fantastic quilts.  If you're visiting, check out my quilt, and if you think it's awesome, vote for it for people's choice!  Honestly, vote for the one that you like the best, I just hope it's mine. 

I have a list of winners already, even though the show hasn't opened, and there are some very talented quilters being showcased at the show. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Next Tile Block Prepped

I finished prepping my next tile quilt block last night.  I tried to incorporate a few of the same fabrics from the previous block to tie it together while introducing some new fabrics as well.  If I complete the entire quilt there will be nine blocks total.  We'll see how many I do.  It might take me a little while to do all nine blocks if I do decide to go that route.
It's all basted, which you can see on some of the pieces, and ready to go in my carry on for my trip.  I don't know if I'll have time to prep another one since I need to focus on finishing up my DQS quilt. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tile Quilt - Block 1 Finished

This weekend I finished the first tile quilt block that I started at my class the weekend before. 
I really like how it turned out.  I think this is going to be a cute quilt.  I think I'm going to try and prep a few blocks to take with me on my upcoming trip to Paris.  I think this would be a good activity to do on a plane. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DQS Top Completed

Last night I finished the top for the Doll Quilt Swap.
Now to quilt and bind it.  I had the leftover binding from my Moonlit Sky quilt still out, so I put it up to this quilt and I really liked how it looks.  What do you think?
My other option would be to go with the orange or one of the light fabrics. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tile Quilt Class

On Saturday KK and I took a class at Emma's Quilt Cupboard in Franklin, MA to make a tile quilt using needle turn applique.  I've been learning more needle turn applique this year and I thought this would be a fun class to take. 
This is the class sample.  I thought the quilt was cute, although not quite my style.  After looking at it, I decided to make mine in Asian fabrics. 
Here is the beginning of my block, pre any applique.  It looks busy and not that wonderful, but once I started to needle turn, things really started to come to life and I really liked the block more and more.
Here's the block as of this morning, almost finished.  I just have to turn the three end pieces on the right and the one on the bottom left.  I really like it now that the grout has been formed. 
Here are blocks from other students.  (sorry for the blurryness, all of the photos were taken with my phone.)  I love the idea of using different background fabrics.  I think it would be cool to have multiple blocks with a rainbow of fabrics for the background, red for one, orange for another, etc. 

I might prep a few blocks to take with me on my upcoming trip to Paris.  I think this would make a good project to do on a plane.