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Sunday, October 6, 2013

My first win from a blog! Grandma's Lawn Chair Pattern

I recently entered the blog contest on the   Amateur Quilter blog and I just found out I won!

First, I get this wonderful pattern by Diane Bohn:

Here are links to the pattern in case you want to buy your own copy:


And I won a pile of fabrics : 

I never win anything in any contest, so this was just so amazing!

Now I need to look at the pattern and see what fabrics I can use to make this wonderful looking quilt.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Latest in Hexagon Going On's

While I was at my retreat at Shaker Meadows in Upstate NY with the quiltguys, I did some work with my English Paper Piecing Hexagons.

I'm hoping to get my first modern style quilt using these hexagons put together over the winter. I have the hexagons picked out, and the background fabrics, now to finish sewing the hexagons together and to applique to the background. 

Garden Path Quilt in Japanese Taupe Fabrics- Fujita Maze from McCall's Quilting Magazine.

Well, I finally got my quilt top together using Japanese Taupe Fabrics for the Fujita Maze quilt pattern from McCall's Quilting Magazine.

Here I am at my quiltguy retreat in Upstate NY at  Shaker Meadows:

And here I am after I put on the borders:

And here is another view of the quilt top:

My daughter did the arrangement of the blocks. We spent a couple of hours arranging the blocks to get the right feel - darks in lower left, lights in upper right.

This is the first time I actually cut into my stash of Japanese taupe fabrics that I have been collecting. I'm hoping to quilt this over the winter. I'm trying to decide which Japanese taupe fabrics to use on the back of the quilt.

MSQC 2013 Iron Quilter Competition

Just up, the Iron Quilter competition from the MSQC ( Missouri Star Quilt Co )

So I have ordered my 4 sets of charm squares, 42 5" square charms each. You have to use at least 1 set of 42 charms in the quilt. The set includes a lovely purple pansy:

But the colorways include purple and blue:

And I always love border prints:
Border prints can add sophistication and elegance without doing a lot of piecing work.

here is the complete set of 33 different fabrics:

So, are you entering ? What pattern do you think would show off these wonderful Lovely RJR fabrics?