We live in the Wilmington, NC area and are members of our local quilt guild (Quilters by the Sea). Last Fall, I volunteered to Chair the committee for our 2018 Quilt and Fiber Art Show (aka Piecework). It is held at the Brooklyn Arts Center, a beautifully restored church & annex that host lots of events in downtown Wilmington.
It was a much bigger project than I ever imagined and at times felt like a JOB (yikes….. I’m retired and don’t want a JOB). As a result of this JOB and other family priorities, I have not had time/energy to focus on my quilting (with the exception of finishing off a piece for the show). So, I thought I’d share some pics of the show which was held last month.
Vendors below the quilts hanging in the Church.
Community Outreach quilts (Habitat for Humanity and Neo-Natal quilts)
Community Outreach quilts (QOV)
One of Donna’s pieces that was displayed on the fireplace mantel.
One of my pieces – ‘Snowdrops’.
More pics can be see on our Guild website.
Piecework 2018 Quilt & Fiber Art show is done and I’m happy to be back to quilting again. The last pic is one of mine. More about it in my next post.
I bought these napkins at a thrift store so that I could practice using some embroidery designs. Since I had my embroidery module attached to my sewing machine after making the watermelon coasters, I decided to find something else to embroider. I found some fall leaves embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa (www.hatchedinafrica.com) called Autumn’s Little Things Appliqué. I put a different colored leaf in each corner. For a stabilizer, I planned to use AquaMesh since this stabilizer would wash away. But unfortunately I had some scraps of PolyMesh from my last project (watermelon coasters) on my sewing table and I accidentally used some PolyMesh on the napkins instead of Aquamesh. It is very hard to tell the difference between AquaMesh and PolyMesh. It took me a while to figure out why some of the stabilizer was not washing away with water. So it took me longer to finish this project because I had to remove the PolyMesh and start over with the AquaMesh. Lesson learned – pay more attention to what stabilizer I am using. I added a decorative stitch (#603) on my machine around the edges to add more interest to the napkins. I put my embroidery module away to work on other sewing projects. My home decor project took longer than I had anticipated but I got it done. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
2nd quilt (guy quilt) – clues 1 & 2
Our quilting bee decided to do a mystery quilt project. There were 3 different colors to choose from: warm batiks, cool batiks, and bright cotton. There are 5 clues which are mailed every 2 weeks. We just received the 3rd clue.
Clue #1 in 5 different color ways
Here is a look at clue #1 with the 5 different colors that our group is working on.
Clue #3 completed
I decided to make another quilt to use as a gift. So I went into my stash to look for fabric for a “guy” quilt. I chose navy and tan for this quilt.
Earlier this month our quilting bee met for a sew day and worked on clue #3 of our mystery quilt project.
Looking forward to seeing what the finished quilts will look like. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I started this strip quilt in January during our quilt guild retreat. I used random strips of different sizes in black, white, gray, and red. You think that you are using up lots of fabric from your stash to make a quilt but there is still plenty of fabric in the stash. I wasn’t sure how big the quilt would be but I was trying to make a lap quilt. The finished size is about 64″ x 70″. I really like the variety of solids and prints. Since I was feeling better before my next cancer treatment this week, I decided to finish the quilt with the binding. It feels good to complete some projects. I also added a binding to a charity baby quilt over the weekend. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.
I started working on the Fire Island Hosta quilt pattern (by Judy Neimeyer) last summer. I made many sections of the quilt but had not started to put the sections together. Last month I started to put the sections together. I watched some Youtube videos about putting together this quilt top. After watching some videos, I started using a fabric glue stick to put together the curved sections. It was a lot easier to “ease” the fabric on the curves using the glue stick and less pins required. I am amazed that all the sections went together – even matched the seams in the middle. Next, I had to figure out the borders because I had bought the wrong size by mistake – I bought the 74″ square quilt pattern instead of a queen size pattern (94″ square). So I needed to figure out more borders to make the quilt bigger. First I added a narrow blue dot border (about 1″) then a scrappy border using leftover fabric from the quilt top. The final border was a large print fabric but needed some cornerstones to add interest to the border.
First try at cornerstones
I looked for a 9″ paper pieced quilt square pattern online and found a pattern with points. I made 4 blocks and was disappointed that they weren’t all the same size when I finished. Also the finished quilt square reminded me of corn on the cob. So I went in search of another pattern – this time a pieced pattern.
Final cornerstone for the borders
I am burnt out with paper piecing right now. So I selected different scraps from the quilt and made 4 more cornerstone blocks. I like the new cornerstones better. I am glad that I decided to make new blocks. After all the work that went into making this quilt, I needed to be happy with the borders too.
My grand-doggie decided to help me finish the quilt top. LOL
Once I piece a backing together, I will send it to my friend Sarah for long arm quilting. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna