Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2013!

It is that wonderful time of year where so many wonderful quilts and projects from across the blogging universe are shared!
If you are looking for inspiration just take a peek at all the pretties being entered over at
Blogger's Quilt Festival -

This year I am entering my Good Luck Star in the Wall Hanging category. This mini quilt wall hanging was made for the SewSewModern 3 swap on Flickr. This group has so much talent! It really challenges my creativity and sewing ability - which I love.

This project is scrappy and paper pieced. I used darker, more saturated colors for the star along with a lighter shade of the same color to off set the swirl and give the star movement.

I then used a variety of grey based low volume prints to frame the star. Many of these were charms from swaps and a few were from yardage, but the combination is unique and allows the saturated colors of the star to stand out against the background. Again I tried to place darker and lighter greys so that your eye moves in a circle around the star.

I then used the lighter shades to make an inside border - if you read my earlier post on this quilt here - you know that this ended up being the most difficult part of the process. I wanted a border with color but something that allowed the star to shine and be the center of attention!

The back showing the great Cloud Nine fabric (available at JoAnn's) and the quilting done with my favorite Aurifil #50 pearl grey thread.


Here is the completed quilt just before sending it off to my swap partner! I just love the Architextures binding - it was the perfect finish for this quilt.

I loved everything about this quilt, it challenged me and turned out just like my vision - and my partner loved it which is just the icing on the cake! Win! Win!

Name: Good Luck Star
Size: 19in x 19in
Pattern: Good Luck Star by Banner Creek Designs available on Craftsy
Technique: Paper Piecing
Fabrics: working from Stash - including Architextures, Half Moon Modern, Tsuru, Silent Ciniema, Squared Elements, and a variety of Low volume prints
Quilting: In the Ditch/Straight line/Stenciled Chain by me and my Janome Horizon
Thread: Aurifil #50 Pearl Grey

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure and check out all the amazingness over at the festival and vote for all your favorites.  

Happy Stitching!


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ode to Fall

Today we interrupt the usual quilty good programming to pay homage to a beautiful weekend here in Northeast Indiana....

I know I promised I would post about my SewSewModern 3 swap and improve piecing and I will, I promise - the post has already been drafted!

But it has been a gorgeous weekend here. DS #1 has been here and we have been working on cleaning up the yard, lake toys, and getting ready for winter in general, which we know is coming. But in between cleaning up we have had time for grilling out and one last boat ride. Here are some scenes from our day. It is days like these that leave me in awe and give me a deep sense of contentment. Days where I count my blessings for a great family and the beauty in this world. Enjoy!

                            A Great Blue Herron looking for a fresh fish lunch in the shallows.


                                                          My dear faithful friend, Tucker.

And what am I doing with all this inspiration?

Welcome to my soon-to-be Modern Maples quilt! I was struck by the changing autumn colors last week as I drove back and forth to work. I had seen these gorgeous quilts on InstaGram and around the web and knew I just had to join in! Debbie from A Quilters Table has fun Flickr group Falling for Modern Maples here! There is still plenty of time to get in on the fun. There is no time limit, join and quilt as you can. Yes, this weekend just confirmed it.....Modern Maples here I come!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Happy Stitching!

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