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Orange Creamsicle {a finish}

As QuiltCon Together approaches (02/18/2021) I thought I would share this quilt that made it into the virtual show but had not made it onto my blog so far. 

Say hello to Orange Creamsicle. Orange Creamsicle started with a single block that I had hoped would be a great compliment to the rest of the Sunday Best blocks.

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To be honest the block just didn’t really work with the rest of quilt. Yes, that became the start to Orange Creamsicle.

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I introduced some limits to this quilt after the first block, as I really wanted to try making a quilt top without modern equipment. I wanted to see what it was like for women of the past who made quilts.  Those limits included:

  • Limited color palette (pinks, oranges, yellows, red, purple – a warm color palette)
  • All fabric was cut with scissors (typically scissors less that 4″ so they could travel on the plane)
  • All blocks with hand pieced. Stitched up by hand.
  • The drunkard path blocks were roughly 6″ finished. They again were squared up using scissors.

If any block did not measure 6″ finished I used filler strips. A design decision was made to introduce aqua into these strips to give the eye somewhere to rest. 

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I really enjoyed this project. Much of it was done on work trips or on vacation. I remember stitching blocks in Germany while visiting my husband’s family and in Olympic National Park as we drove from sight to sight.  The best thing is I learned a lot about hand piecing that I had not known before.

  • Back stitch, 2-3 stitches at the beginning and end of your lines instead of using notes.
  • Stay stitch across each seam for stabilization and then also every 1-1 1/2 inches.
  • Mark a 1/4 ” line so your stitch lines are relatively straight.
  • Stitch multiple stitches at a time with your needle. You will get straighter and more consistent stitching.
  • I used a 10 needle and 50wt aurifil thread which worked well for just piecing.
  • Next time I will match my thread to the fabric palette and use a warm color (like orange). I used white as that is what I had on hand. You will see your stitches as they are larger than what you get with a sewing machine.

While visiting my family in New Zealand I laid out the blocks for determining final layout. Once I thought the balance of colors were right the rows of the tip were hand stitched together.  The limits of mostly handwork made this perfect for a traveling quilt project.

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I decided to give this quilt a little something else and pieced the back from scraps. The scraps were in the same color palette as the front but were all prints. They were mostly pieced in a column like fashion, again using improvisation. I was really pleased with how many of my favorite prints were in my scrap bin that made it into the back and shocked to see how much of my scraps were still in the storage jars, after I had finished.

Early on I had made a decision to use match stick quilting with a variety of warm colors. I also wanted to add a few hand quilted lines with a 28 wt thread. It was my first time hand quilting since taking a class with Season at QuiltCon (S.d.evans). I started in the middle and laid down the first few lines….and then this quilt stopped progressing.

Thankfully, I had a fire lit to try and finish some of my WiPs in the middle of 2020 (while in quarantine. Orange Creamsicle made the list.   I have no idea why it took so long to get back to it, as it did not take long to finish. The quilting added an amazing amount of texture. There is also a guarantee, with this many quilting lines, these blocks will never fall apart.

Binding was an easy decision, it was which ever orange solid color that I had a 1/2 yard of. I also used the aqua for the bottom right corner as I love that line at the bottom there and it would almost have disappeared if orange was used.

I am really pleased with how this turned out. I did do a little happy dance as this one came off the machine.

Details

Name : Orange Creamsicle 
Design:
 Original Design
Fabric: Kona Cotton (Variety of warm colors + ? )
Binding: Kona Cotton
Backing:
 Various Print Fabric scraps
Dimensions: 36 x 48 in.
Quilted: With 50wt Aurifil , using domestic machine walking foot, straight lines matchstitck + 28wt Aurifil hand quilted.

QuiltCon: Quilt Show {Part II}

The best story I have of QuiltCon, was meeting a young boy (around 10-11?) who had won third place in the Youth category. He was with his mum and dad. Other than the fact the boy had won, all three of them had a quilt in the show. It was so heart-warming that they all had this love for quilting.
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So, yesterday we talked about the use of solids (trend #1), and texture (trend #2). Ok, so the quilts and other trends that I saw continues today….

3. Use of Prints

One of the biggest surprises to me, was the increased number of quilts that utilized prints. I love quilts that use prints but still have that modern feel.

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Digital Offcuts, Kathy Thorncraft (@iamacraftykat)

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Positive : Negative, Lorena Uriarte (@lorena_in_syd)

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Macaroons #57, Sarah Hibbert, (@quiltscornerstone)

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Incidental Collaboration, Nora Renick Rinehart (@fiberistanora)

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Infinité IV, Sophie Zaugg (@lunalovequilts)

4. Hand Quilting and FMQ

There seems to be a movement to over the last couple of years to embrace a variety of quilting techniques in the show, not just the expected matchstick or straight lines. I saw an increase in hand quilted quilts and more modern-styled FMQ.

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Lateral Ascension, Cassandra Beaver (@cassandra.beaver)

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Lateral Ascension (Close-up)

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Mod Garden, Jack Weise

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Mod Garden (Close-up)

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Vortex, Ardelle Kerr (@rosecityquilter)

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Vortex (Close-up)

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Hillary Goodwin (@entropyalwayswins), Quilter: Rachel Dorr (@racheldorr)

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Close-up of Rachel’s Quilting

5. Faced Binding was very common on quilts this year.

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Color Study H1, Victoria Findlay Wolfe (@victoriafindlaywolfe)

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Mountain Town, Mary Keasler (@mizcontrary)

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Fauchet, Virginia Robinson (@minnowpeck)

6. Quilts with a Message

Last but not least…
Every year there are a couple of quilts that bring a strong message, whether its supporting women rights, speaks out against gun violence or highlights the current social and political climate. This year was no different, except I think more people (including a large number in the youth category) are using their art to make a statement. Here are a few from this year and there were many more.

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Get Woke, Chawne Kimber (@cauchycomplete)

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Get Woke (close-up)

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Veer, Jacquie Gerring (@jacquietps)

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Strong Tradition, Allison Chambers (@downtownquilter_allie)

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America the beautiful, Ann Guiam (Youth Category)

This quilt above, I left last as this had the most impact for me. It was the winner in the youth category (person under the age of 18). As I stood reading the description written by one so young, I was bought to tears. You see my son is ten, in elementary school in the US, and Ann’s description sunk in deep. Here is Ann’s description:

“I created this quilt because of the mass shootings and terrorism that have occurred during my lifetime have unfortunately led me to question the true beauty of America. These acts of violence have impacted the lives of so many people both directly and indirectly and I hope this quilt will serve to bring awareness to this societal issue and also honor the lives of those who were harmed. The bottom half of the quilt is simultaneously supposed to symbolize the American flag and a classroom because I worry that kids in school are learning to normalize these horrible events because they are so frequent.”

That’s it from me on the quilts of the show, additional information on the winners of QuiltCon awards can be found here.

QuiltCon: Quilt Show {Part I}

I had the delight of attending QuiltCon last week. It was an amazing experience (as always). I was lucky enough to have a quilt in the show (San Francisco Bustle, QoM). My room-mate, Laura, made me a matching bag. How cute is that!! I love it.

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Over a couple of posts, I want to share with you all some of the quilts and trends I saw at the show. Let’s start with a common trend of QuiltCons past, which continued in this show. Here are some of my favorite quilts made with mostly solid fabrics.

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Splinter, Daniela O’Connell (@blockmquilts)

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Terrace, Violet Craft (@violetcraft)

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Chomp, Jacquie Gering (@jacquietps)

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Sirkel, Daisy Aschehoug (@warmfolk)

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Bending Petal, Karen Lee (@quiltaposy)

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In Sequence, Rayna Gillman (@rayna_gillman)

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Shine a Light, Hillary Goodwin (@entropyalwayswins)

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Neighbor, Melanie Tuazon (@melintheattic)

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Nests and Vessels #1: The House Protects the Dreamers, Leslie Tucker Jenison (@leslietuckerjenison)

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Rhythm of the Rails, Kristen Shields (@kristenshields)

This year, one of the trends I loved was the inclusion of more texture. I think it added more interest and dimensionality to the quilts.  If only you could touch them.
(Note: there is no handling of the quilts allowed, without white gloves to protect the quilts)

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SAQA Special Exhibit: SYO #67, Harue Konishi, Unburied threads and use of silk

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What’s your time worth?, Tara Glastonbury (@stitchandyarn)

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What’s your time worth? (close-up), Folded double raw edges

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Sydney Beauty, Laurelinda Carota (Youth category)

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Sydney Beauty (Close-up), Addition of crochet doilies

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Copper Quilt, Lesley Gold (@lesley.gold)

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Copper Quilt (close-up), made with silk velvet

Stay tuned for some more quilts and trends tomorrow.