National Park Centennial Quilts

Last month Matt and I took a fabulous trip to the island Hawaii. For the first part of the trip we stayed at Volcanos National Park in the historic Volcano House Lodge. What a stunning place with a breathtaking view!
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Our timing was great because the Centennial Quilts, celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service, were also spending that month on display at the lodge.
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These thirteen art quilts were created by a Fiber Works, a group of textile artists in the Lincoln-Omaha, NE area. There was some really beautiful work in these quilts. We especially liked the one representing Volcanos.
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The quilts are on a tour of the thirteen parks they represent for the rest of this year and then heading back to Nebraska in 2017.
April – Statue of Liberty National Monument – New York
May – Wolf Trap Farm for the Performing Arts – Virginia
June – Wind Cave National Park – South Dakota
July – Mount Rushmore National Memorial – South Dakota
August – Glacier National Park, Montana
September – Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado
October – Shenandoah National Park – Virginia
November – Everglades National Park – Florida
December – Jefferson National Expansion Memorial – Missouri
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February – International Quilt Study Center & Museum – Lincoln, NE
May – William Howard Taft National Historic Site

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Project: A Year of Pillows – State Pillow

I am on a mission to make pillows this year. I see so many that I love around and in the shops. (And they are EXPENSIVE!) So I am going to take it on and sew a bunch. The first pillow in a Year Of Pillows is a lovely state pillow.
Finished Pillow

State Pillow

Supplies:
Pillow

  • linen fabric
  • matching zipper
  • pillow form (or stuffing)

State applique:

  • state shape print out
  • scrap fabric (either one piece or a quilted piece)
  • iron-on paper-back adhesive

Directions:
Sew the pillow cover. (Simple as that?)
For this one I wanted to try a different zipper treatment. I didn’t just do an “invisible” zipper, I did a completely hidden zipper.
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I sewed one side of the zipper down even with the teeth. The other side I folded and made it overlap so that the fold would fully cover the zipper
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State applique:
If you type “(name of state) shape” into Google you will get a lot of choices. Pick one and print it out. Use a photo copy machine if you want to enlarge or shrink you piece.
You could just cut your shape out of one piece of fabric. The silhouette alone would be nice and striking. I wanted to add one more dimension to it, so I made a small quilted piece to cut the state shape out of. To do this, sew pieces of fabric that you like together, and press the seams to get a flat surface.

Quilt piece prepared

Please Note: States (and letters) have a direction (a forwards and a backwards) so it is critical that the State come out on your project facing the right way. To explain the concept lets get some terms down. For the iron-on interfacing there is a paper side and a shiny “glue” side.

Get a print out of your image. If it is not dark enough or the outline is not pronounced enough, retrace over the important lines with a sharpie. This is your TEMPLATE. This needs to be traced to the paper side of the iron- on interfacing. The GLUE side should be “forwards” and the paper side will be “backwards”.
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(That is why the outline really needs to be DARK, because you will be tracing it from the wrong side.) Then iron this piece down with the glue side DOWN on the BACK SIDE of the fabric.
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Cut out the paper and fabric shape along the outline. Then, when you are ready to place the State on your pillow, peel the paper off the State, (now the glue is on the back of the State piece) turn it over so that the glue side is DOWN on the pillow, and now the picture is facing the right direction.

  • print out shape: right direction
  • trace to paper side of interfacing: backwards
  • attach iron to fabric: shiny side down to wrong side of fabric
  • iron on to pillow: right side of fabric

Once the State piece is ironed down, then satin stitch around it for an extra polished finish.
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I love the finished product here. It is whimsical, that is for sure. But I got to use colors that I love but cannot wear. This was a fun project to make.
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Happy Crafting!

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Minnesota State Fair 2015

Labor Day Weekend is over and the Minnesota State Fair is done for another year. It was a great year for entries in Creative Activities and I took lots of pictures to share with you. (For things I could find on Ravelry, I link back to the project page so you can get more information.)

First, for those of you who don’t follow us on Facebook or Instagram, my Hearts and Dalas Mittens took home their share of ribbons.
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I won First Premium in Mittens, Color Pattern, the 3 Kittens NeedleArts Award for Best Use of Color and Texture in Mittens and the Minnesota Knitters Guild Award for Best Mittens. Talk about a thrill!
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I did not win the Sweepstakes for Best Knit Item in the fair, this beautiful shawl by Flanknits took that honor.
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I was blown away by this amazing sweater by Twinsetellen, such gorgeous fine work! People looking at it around me insisted there was no way it was hand knit! She also won for this incredibly detailed baby sweater.
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Here’s some of the winners in socks and hats.
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There seemed to be so many entries this year they had a hard time displaying them all. In the lightweight shawl category there were forty-two entries and in my color work mitten category there were twenty-five!
I had to pull myself away from the knitting because there were so many other things to look at. In crochet there was this amazing set of Lord of the Rings characters.
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This garden made me think I should enter my knit fantasy garden next year.
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This cute crocheted baking set by Threadbare Bakery that was in line behind me on entry drop-off day, took home three ribbons.
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I absolutely loved these little animal dolls. I can’t believe they only took second place. They really show me I need to up my game if I want to enter my elf dolls next year.
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This was first place in the doll category. Lots of work, though I find clowns a bit scary sometimes.
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On to quilts. This one just blew me away! The quilting was actually “simple,” just little squares, but oh-so-precise. Then look at that embroidery! It has the crisp, modern look I love.
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And how fun is this quilt?! A giant game of Risk.
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The theme for this year’s Quilt on a Stick was Grandstand performers. The winner paid homage to Kiss. Love the chains and hair. The entries in this category are always fun.
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Doctor Who was a popular theme, here in glass art and seed art.
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I’m always so impressed by the projects by school age kids in the Education and 4-H buildings, some of them put the adult entries to shame. This ornate, detailed dollhouse was made by and 8th grader.
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How about this felt food sewn up by a 4th grader?!
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Over in the Agricultural Building, people got really creative with their seed art and scarecrows. It’s a nice call-back to the origins of the Fair.
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Finally, over in Fine Arts, there was this amazing sculpture of dresses knit from wire.
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Look at the detail on this right down to a little collar!
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Every year I’m so impressed by the skill and creativity of my fellow Minnesotans. It’s also got me thinking about my entries for next year!

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Quilting: The Jelly Roll

A little while back I posted about the jelly roll that I wish I bought last summer. This year it was time once again for the pilgrimage to Minnesota and a visit to the Red Pine Quilt Shop. I was recounting the story to one of the ladies in the store and she said, “Let me look.”

Out she came with MY JELLY ROLL!
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Oh my word! “The one that got away” came back to me!
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I was so thrilled! Jelly Rolls are not cheap. Especially when you are just adding to your stash, but this quilt and this jelly roll called to me. It called me for a year. So when I saw it this time, I bought it.

In case you are wondering, there are two more at the shop. Call them immediately, and they will send one out to you.

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Graph a Picture

Here is a cool web site!
Patchwork pattern maker
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It is a place where you can graph a pattern. It is specifically for quilting, but I think you could do any kind of mosaic with it. I tried a few pictures and the results are interesting, but not super practical. It would be best to stick to the simple “still life” type of things. I tried some pictures of my 5 year old and it was not able to make sense out of faces very well. Even with a 20 color pallet.

But, it is a fun tool! I still want to try it out some time.

Have you ever done a mosaic?

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Lesson in Shopping

Last summer on our vacation (days before I was chosen to be on Project Runway. Oh, wait. Did I just bring that up again?)  I was with my Mom and Sister-in-Law in the Red Pine Quilt Shop in Detroit Lakes MN. The shop is super charming and well thought out. The displays are varied and well done.

I spied the latest jelly roll and charm back on display from Moda. This really cool pattern went with the jelly roll called Zen Chic Cross It. I looked at it, and hemmed and hawed. My SIL said, “You should get it if you like it, because these things sell out. They only make them for a limited amount of time.” Now, if someone in the store had said that I would have chuckled. “Oh, you can’t really scare me into a “scarcity” purchase,” I would have thought to myself. But here it was my own family saying to beware. I really looked hard and decided I could do my own combination close enough, plus there were some colors I didn’t love in the roll. Really, did I have to buy their pack? Or could I just make my own up?
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I most certainly did not need any more anything in my stash. Least of all a quilt, so I left it there. Yep, you can feel where this is going. That is “the one that got away”. I have been haunted by it. My SIL can now sleep at night knowing her words were heard. The jelly roll in that quilt is not to be found. I can find some of the fabrics in the collection sold off the bolt, but no jelly roll. (Thankfully the pattern is still available and probably always will be.)
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And the lesson is – if you see it, and you like it, BUY IT. If it does not make you happy later, you can sell it.  Use Etsy or Ebay or anything and you can get your money and then some. It won’t be hoarding if you use it or sell it. But if you like it, heed my SIL’s warning. Buy it then and there. Happy Quilting!

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Carolyn Friedlander Quilts

I have been so wrapped up in knitting lately that I really haven’t pulled out any of my quilting projects in a long time. Still, that hasn’t stopped me from pinning some beautiful quilting I’ve seen around the internet. The other day I ran into the quilts of Carolyn Friedlander, especially her Botanics set.
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(this is her display at a quilt market)

I just love the clean, modern look of the quilt, pillows and bag. I have to say I’m also very drawn to the colors she used especially that blue with the orange (though they are not colors I would typically pick out). She used her own line of Botanics Fabric which has the same clean, modern aesthetic.

She really has a beautiful selections of quilt patterns which are available at independent quilting shops. Maybe one of these will inspire me to pick up the quilting needle again.

 

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Book Review: Modern Minimal, 20 Bold and Graphic Quilts

I don’t buy new craft books very often any more. Ever since Pinterest has come along and taken hold, I get my fix of “new and inspiring” from there. If I am looking for a knitting pattern, I go to Ravelry.
Recently though, I broke down and bought Modern Minimal 20 bold & Graphic Quilts. It is a stunning book. Of course the pictures are beautiful, but they are also real in a way that some books have strayed away from lately.
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This book is chalk full of bold, graphic patterns. They are simple, but they feel fresh and modern.

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The common thread that runs through is that there is no pattern (fabric) used. All the quilts shown are done in solids.

One of the other features of the book that is AMAZING is that she offers two suggestions on quilting patterns for each quilt. (Literally where the sewn quilting lines will appear.) This has such a dramatic effect on the quilts. One is done with rectangles that mirror some of the color blocks on the front and it looks very art deco. But when the pattern is changed to a bold mirror triangle line, the whole quilt reads differently. It is fascinating to see.

Have you bought any craft books lately? Or have on-line sources taken their place?

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Quilting: a Disparity

When I look at fabrics, I am drawn to the BOLD.
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Flourish
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Kaffe Fasset
Lake blossoms, Red
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Oh my word, the pinks dance there. That is a BIG look. But I do love it.

These are the kinds of fabrics I bring home.
Then.
When I look at quilts, here are the ones that I like.
New wave pattern done in solids By Kelly at Live Love Create
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Or “Wonky Log Cabin Sunshine” by Deux Petite Souris
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Do you see the issue? It’s all bold all day, but the quilts I like have minimal pattern in them and the fabrics I like are ALL pattern.
I will have to get (much) better at designing, to be able to go into the store and buy solids (beautiful solids) then create works that make me happy using the solids.

What do you have in your stash? Does it match what you sew with?

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Quilt of the day: Portrait Quilt

I dream of the day I will be an amazing quilter.
And if I could, I would do THIS.
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Here is a great interview with Sandra Bruce

She talks all about how she did it, which just helps to cement the delusion that I could one day make something this amazing. In the interview, she talks about color VALUES. So I went and refreshed myself on the terms we use to talk about color.

Hue is the way we talk about the name of the colors.
Value is how we talk about the brightness or the weight of the color.
I found this discussion of values and the examples are really amazing.
If planning is 1/3 of the process, I am well within my third of the way there.

Happy quilting (and planning) to all.

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