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Wacky Quilters–fun!

Knot Even Quilters (aka Wacky Quilters) met this week and had fun with an old favorite exercise.  We started out with a nice round of show and tell. Some pieces had been in the recent Sauder Quilt Show and some were latest finishes. We really do have some talented women in this group! And, just in case you’re curious, I seldom show the people holding the quilts because we usually get caught mid-word or with our eyes closed and that is just not a good look!

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Aren’t they lovely?

Then we got to work on the day’s project.

Rules: Have a colored background square—ish fabric. Bring fused black/white fabrics, cut in geometric shapes.

What we do: Walk around the table and add pieces to everyone’s background, in whatever formation you like.

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Start to finish….

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It takes us about half an hour for everyone to make it around the table and add enough pieces to the backgrounds. Then we take a break and edit/rearrange/re-work pieces on our own fabric. After that, we may or may not go for another round of  “piecing.”

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This time we stopped at the editing phase. And that’s how we make interesting fabric! And what do you do with it, you ask?

This time we decided to go for a cohesive finished look, possibly for display in an upcoming quilt show. We’re going to use them to make a piece that’s 16 x 20, traditional style of front, batting, backing. Now, we don’t make or follow strict rules, so any type of batting/backing/edge finish is acceptable. Size is the important factor and no mounting on a canvas. Can’t wait to see what we end up with!


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Loose ends

Finished up a few details yesterday. Sleeve and label on the Tumbling Leaves project. Hanging wires on a few of the small 12 x 12 canvases. Sleeve and label on this project that has been hanging around but has never made it to the blog.

Improv sample

Quilting detail–simple spiral in each shape.

Improv sample detail

Got the quilting done on this baby quilt.

Baby quilt for B

Not everything has to be an art quilt. Sometimes it’s all about soft and cuddly…and cute little stars.

Baby quilt for B detail

Sewing time is always a good time!


Filed under Quilting, Thinking About Quilting!, Use Up the Stash

Last of the group…

I’ve made several pieces for our group exhibition application that is coming up in May. Our theme is Portals and I showed you the lazy girl’s bookcase, made with great striped fabric, getting ready for my portal…books. I’m not very good at drawing, but I came up with some line drawings that would work for what I wanted.

I enlarged the drawings, traced my books onto tissue paper, and stitched a single line of thread. Tissue paper is quite easy to remove, except for those teeny, tiny spaces where the lines are close together!

Book quilt 1

This was done on just the top and gave me a very good outline to follow.

Book quilt 2

The next step was getting it layered and quilted…simple lines to outline the books and straight lines to fill in the bookshelf framing. Then the fun part! I have a great white cotton yarn that I couched down to make a bold line drawing of each book.

Book quilt 3

The final decision was finishing the edge—binding? Facing? Something funky?

Book quilt 4

I stepped away for a little bit of thinking time and ended up deciding to go with a traditional binding. Black, so it really doesn’t show up and there’s no distraction from the center.

Book quilt 5

It might be kind of a clichè piece, but I like it. And I’m not going to make any more pieces for this exhibit…I have gardening and painting to do! There may not be another post for a few days…there is manual labor to be done and I’m just the ‘man’ who can do it!!!



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KEQ meeting

KEQ-Knot Even Quilters—that’s my art quilting small group. Before it had the KEQ name, we called it Wacky Quilters and that’s what we still call the group around my house!

We had our meeting this week and since I’ve been doing lots of embroidery, that’s what we took a look at this time. Most of the ladies have done embroidery at some point, but not for a long, long time. And two of them do their sewing left-handed, so it was good that they could help each other out with instructions written for right handers!

KEQ embroidery 1

We talked about needles and threads and fabrics and hoops and stabilizers and then got down to a quick practice session with some basic stitches.

KEQ embroidery 2

Examples helped everyone see how these basic stitches can be varied and used to have lots of fun with stitching. And, of course, practice, practice, practice!

Then we got to the fun part of the meeting–show and tell!

Betty made this absolutely gorgeous bag, for our crayon challenge. Her color was lavendar. It is stunning!

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Then she made this yellow piece, just for fun!

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Trish is using our crayon challenge to work out a small sample of something she wishes to create in a larger format. It has a hole in it and is really, really cool!

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None of the rest of us had anything done for the crayon challenge. We didn’t really have a deadline, but we are also great procrastinators! Hopefully, we’ll have some more pieces done for next meeting.

Mary Lee brought a piece that will be entered in a show that I think is just spectacular.

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She brought several other pieces, but this is the only one I took a picture of.

This group is so talented and I love being part of it. Our members have such varied interests that someone is always bringing in something new and exciting. Can’t wait to see what happens next month!



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Giveaway winner…

No, I haven’t forgotten that I’m going to give some fabric away. Not too many commentors this time…are you all in the same spot I’m in? Too much stash and not enough time? Well, someone has to help me out!

This time it’s going to be Marybeth! Shoot me your snail mail info and I’ll get some fabric picked out and sent to you.

I’m always so happy when my fabric gets to go live in a new home!

Jan scraps 3

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Show in review

Had a last minute opportunity to hop on a bus and head for Chicago to see the IQA Show. I’m not one to miss a chance like that, so off I went.

The red and white quilt display was spectacular! The selection of quilts from the “500” was also wonderful. Loved visiting the vendors and the Open Studios demos were great to have. But my heart was taken by the SAQA exhibits. I took some pictures–yes, I remembered to take my camera!

This is what I will remember from the 2015 IQA Chicago show——–


The Prairie Burr Oak by Jean Sredl


Line Dance, Tree Ring Patterns, var. 12 by Barbara Schneider


Rooflines #2 by Colleen Kole


Rough Bark by Marianne Williamson


Reflections Reflecting, Peggy Brown


Reading Matter by Sally Hutson

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Silver Birch Grove by Sandra Poteet

IQA 12 IQA 11

Dotting Inside the Box by Sandi Snow

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Social Networking by Phyllis Campbell, quilted by Monica Gum

There were others, but these……………just wow!


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Another portal

My art quilt group is trying to gather pieces for an exhibit application and our theme is portals, evolved from doors/doorways. We need enough that every member of the group could do more than one and not worry about it!

I’m starting a second piece and it began with another random piece of fabric that caught my eye. I thought it would be cool to make a piece with sheer and translucent fabrics. There was some nice blue and I had a piece that was dyed and then stitched with random twin needle curves and some purple, and a piece of gold organza fell onto the floor…

The totally translucent wasn’t working for me, so I added one more layer of silk in the back. Ta-da…step one!

Sheer door 1

Some ‘what if’ ‘what’s missing’ ‘what next’ thinking got me to the point of making some shapes with the plan to cut them out.

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Each cutout exposes a different layer.

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The next step was to add a couched stitch around each cutout.

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And a bit to the gold, just to carry the color through.

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I still want it lightweight, so I’m not sure about batting and backing. I’m thinking non-traditional, but it definitely needs something. Felt, for a backing/batting combo? With pinked and couched edge? I could use lightweight batting, or some silk blend batting that I have with more silk for the backing, but it seems silly to me to waste a large piece of silk on a quilt back! Cheap or frugal, that’s just the way I think. Maybe I’ll go look through all that wool I have and see if there’s something lightweight that will work.

I’m not going to jump into anything on this one. I’m really liking it and I don’t want to hate it because of choosing the wrong innards!


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