Congratulations to #1 Stacy!! I’ve never seen the random generator pick #1, so I think that is pretty cool, even though the odds shouldn’t be any more or less in favor of any numbers.
I will be getting in touch with Stacy to send her a copy of the pattern. For everyone else who entered, thank you! I really appreciate your ideas, and am sharing some below in case it helps anyone else.
Crocheter Gift ideas:
Welcome from Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!
If you’ve never visited before, I’m Heather. I’m a longarm quilter and pattern designer living in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Even if you haven’t stopped by, you may have seen my work. My Forging Steel Quilt was in/on Issue 8 of Make Modern Magazine.
Today, I am giving away a copy of the Square Dance Quilt Pattern. This pattern is also available on Craftsy, and if you already own a copy, I will give you copies of my next 2 patterns that will be coming out shortly after the new year!
This pattern can be made very intricately and custom quilted like I show above, or you can make a sweet baby quilt with an all-over design and it will still look great! This pattern is so versatile, I wish I had time to make one in red and green before Christmas… maybe you can win and make it!
If you would like to win, please do one or more of the following:
- I need a quick gift for a new friend who crochets – I don’t crochet, so I don’t know what would be useful for her. Please leave a comment with ideas!
- Follow my blog using bloglovin’ and leave your account name
- Follow me on Facebook – Quilts Actually – and leave the name you use there
- Follow me on Instagram – @QACreations – and leave your instagram name
At the conclusion of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway period, I will use the magic number generator to choose a winner. Good luck!
Columbus Day weekend marked my first New York quilt show. The Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show is every other year in Poughkeepsie, New York at Dutchess Community College and is put on (mostly) by members of the First Dutchess Quilters (but it’s not technically the guild’s show).
They had a wide variety of vendors (16!) and put on a fashion show and workshops in conjunction with the show.
I entered a few quilts, and was quite pleased with my first showing up here. I like to enter quilt shows because it’s one of the few places that you can receive true feedback on the quality of your quilting and piecing. Show and Tell at guilds is great, but it’s purpose is to share and celebrate and inspire (not to critique). Classes teach a new technique, but don’t necessarily help you learn what you need to learn to improve the techniques you already know.
In the interest of removing some of the mystique from quilt show judging and to help others learn from my lessons, I want to share the comments for my quilts.
The first quilt I entered was my Forging Steel quilt, which is in Make Modern issue 8. This quilt earned 1st place in Pieced Wall Quilt, a Judge’s Choice award, and a Vendor’s Choice award (Amelia’s Garden). The comments for this quilt (and all the others in this show) were very in-depth and positively phrased even if referring to improvements.
- Fabrics lend appeal
- Unexpected quilting choice add so much visual excitement
- Very good quilting technique
- Excellent precision in piecing
- Excellent binding
I also entered Square Dance in the Group Quilt category. It earned 1st place in the Group Quilt category, and a Vendor’s Choice award (Easy Piecing). If you like this quilt and want to make your own, my PDF pattern is available on Craftsy here.
- Wonderful color palette
- Value placement shows well
- Piecing is excellent
- Quilting design in good scale
- Quilting technique very well done
- Binding excellent
- Wonderful interpretation of modern quilt
One of Those Days was a mini quilt I made a tutorial for that had a few issues, which is probably why it did not do as well. I earned 3rd place in the Miniature category. I use a smaller binding for miniatures – a 2″ double fold binding, but I guess should go even smaller in the future.
- Fabrics and quilting design well chosen to keep scale for miniature
- Traditional look successfully achieved
- Excellent piecing and quilting technique
- Binding, although well secured, should be in scale for miniature
I also entered my Nature of Purple quilt in the Pieced Wall quilt category, and this quilt just does not show well. I also used white thread for part of the piecing before I thought about it. I switched to purple thread later, but after quilting if you look super close, you can see the white thread a little bit.
- Modern interpretation is successfully achieved
- Take care with obtrusive piecing thread
- Complementary quilting design is successfully achieved
- Excellent binding
How have your experiences entering a quilt show shaped your quilting? Has it been a positive experience with valuable feedback, or are there things that you wish had gone differently?
Linking to: Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays @ Late Night Quilter, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict
I am a covergirl! Or, at least my quilt is! Meet my latest pattern: Forging Steel Quilt.
This is Issue 8 of Make Modern magazine, which was released November 1st. Forging Steel is large baby/lap sized quilt. I personally like large baby quilts, so I would not hesitate to use this quilt for that purpose (although this one is going to be all mine!).
The block is a spin-off of the traditional anvil block with a border of half square triangles surrounding. I made this quilt with a variety of Cotton & Steel prints, so combining the historical roots with the modern brand of fabric used, I called it Forging Steel.
I quilted the background with large spiral loops and then went linear on the inside of the blocks for contrast. I left the triangles puffy because the puff once again contrasts the heavy quilting elsewhere. I really love custom quilting contrasts. The batting is Quilter’s Dream Puff, so it’s nice and light with good loft. In the background I used Bottom Line, and the inside of the blocks is a minty So-Fine.
I love this quilt, and I hope you do too! Please share if you make it because I would love to see your version. The hashtag is #forgingsteelquilt.
Linking to some of the following: Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, TGIFF, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Link a Finish Friday @ Richard and Tanya Quilts, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She
Adrianne at On the Windy Side hosts a quarterly challenge to finish up our WiPs. I’m joining in an attempt to get on top of what I should finish up so I can move on.
- Jennifer’s Round Trip Quilt addition
- Meadow Quilt
- Carpenter’s Star Quilt to demo quilting
- Boy Baby Gift
- Girl Baby Gift
- Finally finish the real world red & white quilt!!
- Make the bag from the hexies I sewed this summer
- Paper Pieced patterns x3
- Table Runner & Placemat pattern
- Stash & Dash bag
If I can do this before Christmas, I am completely impressed with my future self!