Monday, August 31, 2015

Back to School Blog Hop!

The Back to School Blog Hop kicks off on September 1 and runs through the entire month, and little of October, too, as there’s just so much great info to share! Hop along with some of our industry’s pros to get tips and tricks for your quilting and sewing studio.
Sept 1: Peta Minerof-Bartos of PetaQuilts – So, Does that Diagonal Method for a Pieced Backing Really Work
Sept 2: Cheryl Sleboda of – The Quilter’s Knot
Sept 3: Teresa Coates of Crinkle Dreams – The Importance of Pressing
Sept 4: Cath Hall of Wombat Quilts – Color Coding for Paper-piecing
Sept 5: Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio – How to Calculate and Cut Bias Binding
Sept 6: Melanie McNeil of Catbird Quilt Studio – Credit where Credit is Due
Sept 7: Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts – How to Keep a Perfect 1/4” Seam Between Different Machines
Sept 8: Rose Hughes of Rose Hughes – Fast Pieced Applique
Sept 9: Megan Dougherty of The Bitchy Stitcher – The Care and Feeding of the Domestic Sewing Machine
Sept 10: Lynn Krawczyk of Smudged Design Studio – Make a Mobile Art Kit
Sept 11: Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty – Log Cabin 101
Sept 12: Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness – Zipper Tips
Sept 13: Jane Victoria of Jolly and Delilah – Matching Seams
Sept 14: Jemelia Hilfiger of JemJam – Garment Making Tips and Tricks
Sept 15: Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios – Curved Piecing Without Pins
Sept 16: Misty Cole of Daily Design Wall – Types of Basting
Sept 17: Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams – Setting your Seams
Sept 18: Christina Cameli of A Few Scraps – Joining Quilted Pieces by Machine
Sept 19: Bill Volckening of WonkyWorld – The Importance of Labels
Sept 20: Jessica Darling of Jessica Darling – How to Make a Quilt Back
Sept 21: Debbie Kleve Birkebile of Mountain Trail Quilt Treasures – Perfectly Sized No-Wave Quilt Borders
Sept 22: Heather Kinion of Heather K is a Quilter – Baby Quilts for Baby Steps
Sept 23: Michelle Freedman of Design Camp PDX – TNT: Thread, Needle, Tension
Sept 24: Kathy Mathews of Chicago Now Quilting Sewing Creation – Button Holes
Sept 25: Jane Shallala Davidson of Quilt Jane – Corner Triangle Methods
Sept 27: Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies Quilting – The Power of Glue Basting
Sept 28: Catherine Redford of Catherine Redford – Change the Needle!
Sept 29: Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz of Fun From A to Z – French Knots, – ooh la la!
Sept 30: Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts – How to Align Your Fabrics for Dog Ears
October 1: Tracy Mooney of 3LittleBrds – Teaching Kiddos to Sew on a Sewing Machine
October 2: Trish Frankland, guest posting on Persimon Dreams – The Straight Stitch Throat Plate
October 3: Flaun Cline of I Plead Quilty – Lining Strips Up

Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 30, 2015

 I had a lot of fun making my Game of Thrones challenge quilt, sponsored by BadAss Quilters Society. 

Khal Drogo loves Daenerys Targaryen forever!

I'm a big Game of Thrones fan. I read all the books, and have watched the series produced by HBO. Of course the books are better. But there are many aspects of the show I like. Khal Drogo is one of the things I like!

Can you feel the love tonight?

In this challenge, we were restricted to the four colors of fabric that came in our challenge packs. I really, really wanted red, especially for the bleeding heart. But I like the silhouetted applique and I think it gets the point across. It's fun sometimes to drastically limit your palette and see what you can come up with. It makes you think in new directions.

I wanted the initials to look like they'd been painted on a stone wall. I cut the letters to make them look like ragged brushstrokes.

I knew I wanted flowers on my quilt, to highlight the green and yellow fabrics. Bleeding hearts seemed an obvious choice!

I added quilting to create the stone wall effect using a free-motion zig zag stitch, and embroidered french knots and tiny climbing plants to make the wall look mossy. Embellishments were limited to under 20% of the quilt top.

The whole quilt finishes at 18"x18". I'm shipping off the original tomorrow to SPOOL to be exhibited at the shop! If you are in the area, please check it out, and send me photos!