Floral Fantasy Quilt Show

The Floral Fantasy quilt show is happening this weekend at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville, NC. If you live near Fayetteville, please feel welcome to attend! The Botanical Gardens invited my guild, Tarheel Quilters, to stage a quilt show in connection with their annual Heritage Festival. For a fee of $10, you can view the beautiful gardens and the lovely quilts! The address is 536 Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC  28301. The show began Thursday, Oct. 2 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 5, opening at 10 a.m. each day.

I entered eight quilts. Some were made recently, some I completed over ten years ago. The quilt show planners asked for quilts portraying the floral theme, so I rooted through my closet and found those I thought would help round out the display. Would you like to see what I’m entering?

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This is my rendition of Jen Kingwell’s “Gypsy Wife” quilt. Isn’t it colorful? Since it contains floral fabrics, I named it “The Gypsy Wife’s Garden.” You can read more about this quilt here.

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Conny, Helga, and Angela will recognize this one, “Japanese Basket.” It’s our round robin organized by the Log Cabin Ladies of Esslingen, Germany. All the participants used daiwabo fabric provided by the guild.

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“Friendship Garden” is made from a floral fabric exchange among the Springfield Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia about seven years ago. Click on the picture for a close-up view of the floral quilting in the “Snowball Blocks.”

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If you lived in Stuttgart from ’09 to ’12 and frequented the Patch Barracks Multi-Crafts Center, you might have signed up for the “Fruehlingzeit” sampler quilt class. Read more about this quilt here.

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“Obst und Gemuese” was also completed in Germany. Birgit sponsored a “basket block” challenge at her shop, Patchcom, in Schoenaich. I fused fruits and vegetables onto a simple patchwork basket, and then I quilted the German names of fruits and vegetables in variegated green thread in the light background area.

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Here’s an oldie, but goodie. I recently rescued this quilt from my son’s linen closet. (It no longer fit his decorating scheme.) Our quilt group at Ft. Polk, LA exchanged floral and white half square triangles (HSTs). I used my HSTs to make basket blocks. This quilt is so “old,” it’s hand quilted rather than longarmed!

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“Garden Pavers” was published in McCall’s Quilting, Sept./Oct. 2013. I wanted the look of “Grandmother’s Flower Garden,” but I didn’t want to spend the time English Paper Piecing the hundreds of hexagons necessary to make a quilt! My solution was to hand applique a small hexagon onto a circle which I then hand appliqued onto a large hexagon. This was a take-along project for two or three years. After making “enough” pieces, I machine sewed them together. I hand appliqued the patchwork to a brown background which formed the borders of the quilt. You can read more about this quilt here.

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I consider “Fall Harvest” one of my masterpieces. It appeared in Quilters Newsletter beginning in 2000 as a series quilt designed by Ann Seely. Excitedly, I began the project and kept up for awhile. The hand applique slowed me down so much so that I left off one corner. I thought perhaps I would quilt the shapes of the flowers and vegetables in the blank corner. I procrastinated on that idea for two years. Then, in 2009, I decided to just finish the quilt with an all over feather pantograph and be done. Quilters Newsletter has just released the design as a pattern. You, too, can make this quilt!

Stacy at Quiltiferous.wordpress.com also entered some of her quilts in the Floral Fantasy Show. Click here to see what she submitted.

Saw Tooth Star Quilt-A-Long

The members of the Quilting Circle that meets once a month in my home are working on wall quilts this summer. We are calling the project a Quilt-A-Long (QAL). Would you like to join us?

Here are our goals:

To have fun making a small-ish quilting project this summer

To create a unique wall quilt (28″ square)

To become proficient at making the Saw Tooth Star quilt block

To practice sewing a consistent 1/4″ seam allowance

To learn how to measure and attach borders to a quilt

It will be interesting to see how fabric choices and design choices affect the appearance of the finished quilts. I purchased my fabrics more than a year ago at Birgit’s shop, Patchcom in Schoenaich, Germany. It is high time to use them, making a souvenir quilt to remember fun times conversing and shopping in her quilt store.

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Our QAL is a medallion style quilt, a center square surrounded by several borders. You may make any quilt block that finishes at 12″ square. I’m helping the Quilting Circle ladies make Saw Tooth Star blocks.

We learned three methods of making Flying Geese units today, experimenting with several different triangle rulers. The Flying Geese form the star points in the Saw Tooth Star block. The units finish at 3″ x 6,” and the corner squares of the block finish at 3.” I encourage everyone to design a unique 6″ center square.

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The design calls for a 2″ border around the 12″ square. So cut 2 strips 2 1/2″ by width of fabric as the instructions advise.

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Please join in the fun and quilt along with us! You will find the instructions and design suggestions for the Saw Tooth Star Wall Quilt on the “Patterns” page of this blog. In our July meeting, I will add a pieced border. August’s tasks include attaching an outer border, quilting and binding.