Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee 2016

Well, there’s a few things I haven’t done much of lately and one of those things is blogging about my Giving Committee Chair role. And there’s a lot of things I have been doing! Including being Co-Chair of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee, with Debbie Jeske, for the last three years!

I realized that I haven’t blogged about many of the awesome quilts we coordinated! I’m going to start way back in 2016!

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This one we called Sunset Strips! I was totally inspired by Debbie’s Bacon Quilt and thought it would be a fun one for the group. A little improv, but not too improv! We didn’t have a lot of participation in this one. I am a huge fan of ‘white’ space and this lends itself quite nicely to not a lot of color and plenty of white space.

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The directions that we gave to make the quilt can be found here if you’d like to make you’re own!

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For the back I went crazy with the white space and turned it pink!

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Quilt Name: Sunset Strips
Quilt Size: 60″ x 72″
Blocks created by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Louise Wackerman
Quilted by: Jeanell Murphree
Bound by: Debbie Jeske
Organized by: 2016-2018 Giving Committee Chairs, Louise Wackerman & Debbie Jeske
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When we took over the Giving COmmittee from the lovely ladies before us, they mentioned that they had talked to a couple of pet rescue organizations to make a quilt for a fundraising item, but it had never come to fruitition. We decided to start our time off, we’d close that gap. For our first one, we worked with Homeward Pet Adoption Center.  (can you find the dog block?) They requested that we design something that represents their organization so we agreed that the quilt would be made using the colors of their logo – blue, purple, brown and white. Enter Clothworks of Seattle, who generously donated beautiful American Made Brand solids for the project.

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Guild member were asked to make original improv blocks as they wished using only the fabrics in the bundle they received. They could use some or all of the colors, with blocks being in one of three sizes: 6 1/2″ square, 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, or 12 1/2″ square. I thought I’d point out (get it…. ha!) the block I made. It’s an improv log cabin with super skinny lines. I love it and keep saying I’m going to make a quilt like that one day!

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The quilting was done by guild member Emily Steed, who had fun with the quilting and gave each block it’s own design!

Quilt Size: 58″ x 70″
Blocks created by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Debbie Jeske
Quilted by: Emily Steed
Bound by: Debbie Jeske
Organized by: 2016-2018 Giving Committee Chairs, Louise Wackerman & Debbie Jeske
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Next up is another quilt inspired by Debbie’s work! This one I was so excited about that I did blog about the beginning’s of it here. For this one we used Debbie’s X Marks the Improv tutorial and asked the guild to use their stash fabrics to make 12.5″ x 24.5″ blocks in solid reds with yellow accents.

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One of my favorite things about guild or bee quilts is the variation in colors. It’s hard for me to that on my own. For one you’d have to have that many different variations on the same color all in your stash! And once the blocks all went together it turned out to be a really striking quilt!

Quilt Name: eXmark
Quilt Size: 72″ x 72″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Louise Wackerman
Binding by: Susan Pray
Organized by: 2016-2018 Giving Committee Chairs, Louise Wackerman & Debbie Jeske
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And the last one I want to show today is our version of Little Tents! I love this improv tent triangle block! The colors look like little lit tents on a warm summer night! The pattern is inspired by Ants to Sugar and you can find our details here in case you want to make your own!

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This quilt was made from member’s stash and everyone was asked to make 6.5″, 12.5″ or 18.5″ blocks. The blocks all fell into place just right, but in order to achieve a more random placement effect, I did have to add in a couple of inset seams!

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We had a few blocks that didn’t quite fit on the front, but that always helps ot tie together the back. You can see I have done that in a couple of quilt backs for the group! And we are so lucky to have our fantastic quilt labels thanks to Dionne .

Quilt Name: Little Blue Tents

Quilt Size: 44” x 63”

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Pieced by:  Louise Wackerman

Quilted by: Jaci Bartol

Binding by: Debbie Jeske

Recipient: Nurse Family Partnership

Organized by: 2016-2018 Giving Committee Chairs, Louise Wackerman & Debbie Jeske

 

And a huge thank you to EVERYONE that helped! these are in no way completely my work! These were all a huge team effort by more people that I can count! Although I’m only sharing these four from 2016, we did help facilitate others, including an improv log cabin and a baby star quilt.  And we also had some other guild members with sharing ideas that the group took on. You can see all of the 19 quilts that the guild did in 2016 here!

A Christmas Quilt

It’s been a while since I shared a finished quilt!

It’s my Christmas Quilt! I have a Halloween quilt and I have a ton of amazing Christmas fabric, so I knew I needed to make a Christmas quilt! I’m a huge sucker for both Halloween and Christmas fabric. especially Cotton and Steel Christmas fabric…. I can’t get enough so I had to do something with it!

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The only problem with Christmas fabric is that it isn’t solids! It’s prints, hence the Christmas theme, right! And I’m not real good with prints! I get totally pushed around by print fabric.

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Quilts pictures here are by Katie of Sew Katie Did, not my work! 

In October 2017, the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild had one of our members, Katie Pedersen of Sew Katie Did, come teach some classes. One of the classes was her Split Personality Class. I signed up! But I didn’t want to take solids. Katie is so good with prints, so I was trying to let that rub off on me during this class. But what to take??? Christmas!

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I love describing what I do as a quilter to non quilters! So basically the technique involves cutting up fabric, sewing it together, cutting it, mixing the pieces up, sewing it back together, cutting it again, mixing again and sewing it back together again! Yep, that about sums it up! You do that and end up with lovely little improv pieced blocks!

But then what to do with the blocks??? 

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I decided to use one of the designs I came up with from the Quilt Design a Day challenge. I forget what the picture was that inspired this design. Anyway, I thought it would be a fun design inspiration for this quilt. 

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I also used another technique that I don’ tthink I have ever used before. Fussy cutting… Well, sewing with solids doesn’t lend itself well to fuzzy cutting, does it now?? Ha!

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And another technique… Pattern matching my fabric for the back!

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Did you know those reindeer came in flannel? So soft! and adorable!

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I liked how the blue binding didn’t totally scream Christmas for the quilt.

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I really like it turned out! And I’m loving watching the family curl up in on the couch this holiday season!

 

 

QuiltCon 2017 Favorites

OK, you might be bored with QuiltCon pictures by now, but I’m going to post more anyway. Sorry! I’m headed off for a quilting retreat this weekend and I thought to look back at the inspiring quilts from QuiltCon would be a good way to start off the weekend!

Hyperbolic Hexagon Tessellation by Jennifer Kloke

I was about to write, This is one of my favorite…. But they are all my favorites! So I’ll just get that out right now so I don’t start each paragraph with that same sentence! I took a million pictures of my ‘favorites’, but the ones I’m showing today are the ones that I keep coming back to in my head, the ones that really left an impression on me!

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As you probably know, this was my first year to go to QC and the first year to have a quilt (or two) in the show! So imagine my surprise as I rounded the corner, looked up and saw my quilt at the end of the line of AMAZING quilts! It felt awesome!

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And I got closer and closer and super close!

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And technically, I didn’t make this quilt all on my own! This was one of the do.Good Stitches quilts that I designed and made with blocks from my group!

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This is my friend Matt! He’s amazing! He’s the only guy in our guild and did I say amazing? It was great to spend a lot of the day with him wandering around looking at quilts. Maybe a couple of critiques… This is the quilt he designed for our guild’s charity quilt. He also talked me into spending way too much at the BlocLoc booth! And yes, I’m glad he did!

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left: The Kiss by Kay-Anna McCalla and right: Lilianna Kehnle

These two were both from the youth category. Love seeing the youth quilts. I didn’t realize that there was a youth category. I came home and told my son about the category and he got excited. Just the other day he told me we needed to get started on his quilt for the show! We’ll see if it happens!

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Serenity by Stephanie Skardal

Ok, this totally grabbed my attention for a couple of reasons. One, it totally reminded me of seersucker, which I love. And two, after doing my striped quilt using striped fabric, I was in awe of the time it took her to make this one of tiny pieced strips!

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Big Island Blossoms by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

oh, yes, please! I’m learning applique now through our guild’s BOM so this is what I am aspiring to!

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Go North by Maritza Soto

When you walked in the show, the Best in Show was right there, but it was surrounded by people so this is technically the first quilt I saw when I walked in and, boom, I was drawn right to it! Love the colors, the solids and the quilting!

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left: Lincoln by Kim Soper and right: Still With Her by Liz Harvatine

Now the juxtaposition of these two was thoughtful, in my opinion. I had been warned about overhearing people’s conversations around quilts. Let’s just say I loved it and I overheard someone else who didn’t…. I won’t go in the politics of it, but I could go on….

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Fireworks by Jeannie Jenkins

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Made in GDR 26 by Emily Doane

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Double Irish Divergence by Debra Jalbert

Another few where the bright color placement is now seared into my brain!

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I Know The Stars Are There Beyond The Clouds 2 by Heidi Parkes

I have no idea how to hand stitch a quilt. None. But this lady does! Amazing! This quilt was huge! And complete with yards of hand stitching. Maybe once I get this applique thing down, maybe I’ll learn to hand quilt. It’s a such a beautiful technique.

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Square Count Game by Debra Jalbert

This might just be my most favorite… Love the white. Love the bright. the quilting is awesome. Love the little pops of color. I want this quilt! Very inspiring to me…. And I just realized that two of my favorites are by Debra! I think we could be quilty friends!

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Yay or Nay by Debbie Jeske

I also loved seeing my friend’s quilts at the show too. That’s just awesome in it’s own right. But I also love this one by Debbie! I really love the story of the name. Check it out here.

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Half Circle Mirror by Cheryl Brickey

I was drawn to this one because it reminds me of the quilt design a day project that I like to do! I don’t think it is inspired by that, but that’s what drew me in. A lot of my designs and QDAD designs can be pretty minimal and I start to doubt the design, but seeing this one hanging there reminded how beautiful minimal can be.

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Autumn is Wistful by Chawne Kimber

Loved this for reminding me of home and growing up. But the technique is awesome too. I’ve seen the technique used with knits in clothing, but hadn’t thought about it for quilting. Why not???

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Bling by Kat Jones

And last but least, Best In Show! No words. Awesomeness is all I have to say about this one!