Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - entryway Wall Hanging

We think one of the best ways to spice up your entry hallway is to hang up one of your own quilts, which is exactly what Ann of anniemac original did with her Kona solids wall hanging. She created her wall hanging with a variety of bright solids. She cut out a bunch of squares and rectangles, mixed them up and started sewing away.

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Ann straight line quilted it for a gorgeous effect.

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And bound it in blue, which frames it nicely.

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Ann is also working on another version with handquilting this time. Here's a sneak peek:

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Thanks for sharing, Ann!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Simplicity

Nicole of Mama Loves Quilts created this beautiful quilt, Simplicity, for her Madrona Road Challenge. Her quilt was inspired by Lilac Crush from the book, Quilting Modern. We love how Nicole's simple pattern makes a huge statement and allows the fabric to shine.

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She used wavy lines to quilt it and it was a great choice to finish it.

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Read more about Nicole's process as she created this quilt here. Thanks for sharing, Nicole!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Reunion @ Midnight

Isn't that just the coolest name for a quilt? It's so intriguing! Linda of a maidenhair fern decided it was perfect for a boys dorm quilt, and she chose colors and fabrics to match that feel. Linda used Lizzy House's pattern, "Midnight at the Oasis," from her book, 1001 Peeps. She chose to use Sweetwater's Reunion fabric and a dark background. We think it's a great combination!

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The quilting echoes the triangles and amplifies their effect.

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And the back uses up all the cutoffs leftover from making the triangles!

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You can read more about Linda's quilt here. Thanks for sharing, Linda!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Penny speaking this Thursday

Hello KCMQGers! This Thursday, at our guild meeting, we will have a special speaker for you! Penny from sewtakeahike will be talking about paper piecing and have a trunk show of some of her work to share with us. Penny's work is well-known in the infamous Ringo Pie bee on Flickr.

Here's a little background info on Penny:

I love to create by sewing, baking, and crocheting. Being outdoors is also a passion of mine whether I'm hiking, backpacking, kayaking or skiing. No matter what the current activity is, however, there are surely some photos being taken to document it. 
Come rain, snow, sleet or sun-shine, I drink an iced toffee nut latte' every morning made with my Stella.  
I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with L-man, my husband of 17 years, and our cat "Fozzy." Although I'm not a cat-person, I sure do love that little guy!
A dear friend describes me as "old country style with a modern bend," and I tend to agree!

Please come join us Thursday night from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center to hear Penny talk and see her incredible work!

Penny is giving several paper piecing workshops this weekend. We still have a few spots open in the Friday classes and one spot open in the Saturday class. Penny is a genius at paper piecing — you will love learning from her! To sign up for a spot, please email us. Signup is first come first served.

Paper Piecing Basics $18 for members | $23 for non members
Friday, June 14, 10 am - 1 pm
Quilting Bits and Pieces, 736 Main St., Eudora, KS
Penny will teach a beginner pattern and give helpful techniques and tips.

Freezer Paper Piecing by Template $18 for members | $23 for non members
Friday, June 14, 2 pm - 5pm
Quilting Bits and Pieces, 736 Main St., Eudora, KS
Penny will teach a beginner freezer paper pattern. Knowing how to use freezer paper templates in conjunction with paper piecing will help to make paper piecing easier and give options for fussy cutting and pressing seams open which will give a flatter block.

Foundation Pieced Design $40 for members | $50 for non members
Saturday, June 15, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Roeland Park Community Center, Multipurpose Room
Penny will teach two Y seams and two curved seams (having this knowledge will make designing much easier) in the morning and begin to talk about design.  In the afternoon, the students will complete a couple of design worksheets and start to create and sew their own designs. You must have either have experience with paper piecing or have taken Friday's classes to enroll in this class.


PARKING NOTE FOR THURSDAY NIGHT'S GUILD MEETING: There is a swim meet at the same location that night and parking will be scarce. If possible, carpool, or plan to come early or park in the adjoining neighborhood area and walk. Thank you!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Inspiration of the Week - Angle Quilt

We love reading about what inspires a quilt design. This one was hubby-inspired! The bright colors and angular design definitely speaks to a male demographic, but we also think it's just perfect for anybody to use!

Kyndra of Sewlio saw her husband drawing designs for a project he was working on and immediately knew it had to be a quilt design. Her finished quilt speaks highly of her hubby's design skills and her quilting skills!

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You can read about Kyndra's finished quilt here. She even went one step further and created a tutorial showing how to make this quilt for yourself. Check it out here! Thanks for sharing, Kyndra!