The Restore My Faith in Humanity Project – where I trade a quilt for your goodwill

The Restore My Faith in Humanity Project – where I trade a quilt for your goodwill

The Restore My Faith in Humanity Project – where I trade a quilt for your goodwill Update December 17: Thank you to everyone that has shared your story with me. I received 19 stories and every single one of them touched me in one way or another. To thank you for the gift you’ve given me, I’ve made a donation of $200 to Donorschoose.org. I selected projects that had matching offers then added my companies’ matching offer turning the $200 into $600. With that we funded these two art projects for high school age student led projects: Yearbook Studio Equipment for Ms B’s class in Moreno Valley CA STEAM thru Art and Science for Ms. McCook’s class in Hinesville GA I have stories to tell all the way until December 29! How awesome is that?? I’ll keep taking them and them publishing them as long as you want to send them; however, new stories will only be for the joy of sharing and not eligible to receive the quilt.   Read the Stories! Restore My Faith in Humanity: Laura’s Story Dec 27, 2015 I just wanted to share a happy little thing going on in my life with you to help with the happy warm feels everyone needs to enjoy the holidays. I work at a restaurant in Toronto and one of the greatest things I get to do is a community outreach program where staff volunteers to work to fundraiser for charities. Every year for the holidays myself and my friends we get together and arrange a breakfast with Santa for families with the Salvation Army who need...
On Quilt Judging: All of the results

On Quilt Judging: All of the results

Sometimes I enter my quilts in judged shows. The first time I entered one, it was scary as all get out because I had no clue what to expect or how to feel. I looked around a lot of posts about the process, the “rules”, and general knowledge type questions. Turns out, it is all a bit hush hush or my google-foo is bad! I decided to be ultra transparent about the judging from an entrants perspective. I’ll show you my judging forms, my general thoughts about those forms, and a list of “rules” I’ve picked up through experience. Here’s a quick summary of things I think judges are looking for based on my feedback forms: Interesting and design or use of color with WOW! factor Even Quilting without no large un-quilted spaces Close the front of the mitered binding’s corner as well as the back Hidden quilting starts and stops or no starts and stops at all Clean turns on applique pieces I’m sure many more little bullets will appear as I keep entering shows! Want to see lots of details? Here are all of the blog posts that include judge’s feedback forms! On Quilt Judging: 2014 NC State Fair Nov 7, 2014 This year, I entered two quilts in the NC State Fair. Similar to previous competitions I’ve entered, I knew that my quits were not going to pass “technical” inspections for two big reasons. I rarely do a project the same way twice. They are all learning experiences and tend to show it with little mis-steps and moments of clarity along the way. The biggest reason...
Making FMQ patches with a zig zag and a smile

Making FMQ patches with a zig zag and a smile

Dun Duh! The day is finally here! We’re going to take a look at FMQ patches using the spider on my recent Halloween Trick or Treat bag finish. Before I showed you the technique, I wanted to do a little research on it and just how long it had been around. I found it really difficult to find any information about it until I tried a magic google search string: “zig zag hoop thread painting tulle”. Pay dirt! As it turns out, there are some fantastic resources for the technique that will explain it FAR better than I had intended to. Because I love you guys and want you to have the best information possible, I’m going to link you to the references at the end of this post. Worry you not, I’ve got a few little tips I’ve picked up via practice and some product recommendations, but for the technical how to, I’m referring you out! You’ve seen this technique show up a few times on my site. There’s the Mario Minimalist piece with seven patches, the hungry caterpillar bag with one giant patch and most recently the spider for this trick or treat bag. Here’s one you haven’t seen. This was from a weekend class with a local thread artist, Chris Eichner. She showed us the technique and we made the big trees and birdhouse with the “tulle sandwich” thread painting technique. The Tulle Sandwich You’ll soon be reading all about the tulle sandwich, but before you do let me offer these tips: Use water soluble stabilizer on the top and bottom of the sandwich. I like...
I fought the frog and I won!

I fought the frog and I won!

awww, hellz yeah! Remember a few weeks ago when I had a small meltdown over my attempt at 1/4″ minature Frogger quilt square name tag? Well, I put on my big girl panties and decided that this frog and I would go rounds and only one of us was going to come out on top! Hey hey… look at this… I won! Ok Ok, so I should be real. I didn’t win. By the time I made it to the binding and lanyard, I was so over this thing I didnt even want to look at it anymore. The lanyard worked out ok, it’s pretty hard to mess those up, but the binding – H.O.T MESS. It’s not a draw though – I did get those 1/4″ squares! Here’s another real moment – it took three tries! I actually like the second try the best. It is the most consistent of the bunch in square sizes and has a nice overall shape to it. Sad thing is – I had made the squares just over 1/4″ which made the overall badge waay too big. Dang! I solved a bunch of problems along the way, but my two favorites and somewhat crazy solutions was quilting it and dealing with the piecing thread. Quilting in Miniature I had thought I wouldn’t quilt this at all. When I started looking at adding the binding, I realized that it needed the be tacked together a bit better and I would have to quilt it ‘some’. With the tiny spaces and super thick seams, I knew a walking foot and pivot would be very...