Season 6 of Project QUILTING in Review

What a season!  Let’s look at the numbers.

(The photo mosaic’s are just a small representative of the quilts made during Season 6 of Project QUILTING.)

  • 12 weeks
  • 6 challenges
  • 1 week to start and finish a quilt
  • 355 quilts COMPLETED

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1. Christmas tree gel freshener cozy, 2. A Walk in the Woods, 3. Winter Sunrise, 4. Squeaky Toys, 5. Front, 6. PQ6, 7. image, 8. Katie Bishop PQ6-1, 9. "Byron Family Tree" wall hanging, 10. Winter Beauty - 11x14 art quilt - applique and machine quilting using my monoprinted fabric, 11. Christmas Trees, 12. Seasons of Trees, 13. Breathe, created by Sandra from Au Gres, MI, 14. Birches, 15. My back yard, 16. PQ6-1 Leafy Journal, 17. Project Quilting Season 6 Challenge 1 Trees, 18. pillows circle trees emb 4, 19. Trivet for All Seasons, 20. Whimsical Trees, 21. Lonesome Tree, 22. "Four Seasons", 23. Winter Sleep, 24. PROJECT QUILTING 2015 S6 C1 - TREES, 25. PQ6.1 Trees Purple Birch, 26. Project Quilting 6 - #1, 27. PQ6- Challenge #1 Trees, 28. PQ6 Ch1 Amanda Reid Trees, 29. Winter Wonderland, 18" x 18" square, made in MI, 30. Diamondshade, 31. 2015-01-11 14.07.36, 32. Family Trees, 33. wishing tree, 34. Project Quilting 6, Project 1: Trees, 35. image, 36. Sunrise Sunset
  • 120 individuals where inspired to participate in at least one challenge

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1. Sunset in Sedona, 2. Sunrise in the City, 3. Caribbean Pines, 4. Project Quilting Season 6 #2, 5. PROJECT QUILTING 2015 S6 C3, 6. PQ 6 ch 2 Sunrise/Sunset Amanda Reid, 7. Homeward bound, 8. Sunrise and Sunset Full on snowy deck, 9. Night and Day Wallet by the Cloth Albatross, 10. Swiftly flow their days!, 11. Sunset challenge 003, 12. Axis of Hope 40x40 table topper, 13. "Morning in the Moor", 14. Orchard, 15. New Mercies PQ6.2, 16. Sunrise Celebration, 17. #projectquilting 2015 challenge 2 is finished. Did a quick blog I will update tomorrow. Link in profile. Title : Sun Colors. Original design. #sewingforme #stashbusting, 18. Looking West, 19. sunrise/sunset, 20. IMG_2298, 21. Sunrise, 22. PQ 6.2 Land of the Midnight Sun, 23. All Things Must Pass, 24. Project quilting 2015 change 2: sunrise sunset, 25. He AROSE!!! Easter Sunrise 10x10" fabric art, 26. Sunrise, Sunset Second half, 27. As Days Flow By, 28. Swiftly Fly the Years, 29. Summer Breeze, 30. "Cupcake O'Hare", 31. Run Around, 32. Second Chance Tote, 33. On the Border, 34. From This Day Forward, 35. Fractured Flower Garden finished quilt for Challenge #3, 36. Persian Shield
  • 31 people participated in all six of the challenges in Season 6

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1. Project Quilting - Orphan Blocks, 2. Rainbow Love for Virginia, 3. Untitled, 4. "Mama's Girl Loves Kitties Too" challenge quilt made with an orphan block for project quilting #pq6, 5. Flight Path 1, 6. Climbing Clematis, 7. Love is All Around, 8. Cherry Blossom: Project Quilting 6.3 Finish a UFO, 9. stars and strips, 10. Project Quilting 6.3 Finish a UFO - Title: Strippy puppy bed, 11. Trellis PQ 6 #3, 12. Frozen fractals all around, 13. Land of the Fae Project Quilting Season 6 callenge 3 Orphan Blocks and UFOs, 14. Triadofcolor, 15. Spiffy Dinosaur Baby Quilt, 16. Hearts on a Line, 17. Heart of Texas, 18. image, 19. Stained Glass Hearts, 20. "Regrets. I've had a few.": Magic card patchwork, with free hand appliqué hearts. "Stitch in the ditch" to out line the card hearts and the appliqués for the back. Fabrics started Moroccan-ish; ended up hoe-down. But challenge completed! PQWk4, 21. PQ6 #4 Have a heart, 22. Love Quilt, 23. Hearts galore, 24. DSC_0583, 25. "Love is Equal", 26. PROJECT QUILTING 2015 S6 C4 - HAVE A HEART, 27. Cozy Lovin' (and more), 28. heart challenge 3, 29. Falling in Love, 30. Scrapbusting Hearts, 31. Tree of Love and Firsts, 32. PQ6 Heart Challenge, 33. For Sale: $20, I ♡ My Little Pony. PQ 6.4 Meas. 15" square, Applique pony heart layered on 2 rag hearts, made in MI, 34. my heart is in your hands, 35. My Kitty Love quilt is finished! It's for my #kittenmqs 2015 partner and #projectquilting challenge 4 with @persimondreams #PQ6, 36. PQ6, Challenge 4: Have a Heart
  • 137 prizes where given away (so far)

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1. loveu2piecesquilting, 2. PQ 6 Ch 4 Amanda Reid, 3. IMG_3183, 4. The "UFO" UFO Quilt, 5. Quilted Batik Hearts Yoga Mat Wrap #pq6, 6. PROJECT QUILTING 2015 S6 C5 - FAVOURITE FABRIC, 7. "Come On, Get Happy", 8. Modern Pillow, 9. Sunrise, Sunset quilt #pq6, 10. On The Reef, 11. "Beneath a Silver Light", 12. Good Company quilt, 13. 2, 14. Blue wave, 15. my aching back!, 16. Giant Vintage Star Quilt, 17. PQ#5 Favorite Fabric, 18. _DSC4299, 19. PQ6 Challenge 6: Isn't That Charming?, 20. Nickel Pack Bag, 21. "Dreaming in Japanese", 22. Project Quilting FAVORITE FABRIC Challenge, 23. Mermaid Haiku Art Quilt, 24. Butterfly Braid Tote Side 2, 25. Chubby Churn Dash, 26. #PQ6 Modern Baby Quilt with Valeri Wells Blueprint Basics. See on Etsy in the Quilt It Baby shop., 27. Ocean Love, 28. bloomingstars, 29. I spy 100 charms, 30. 3rd time's a charm, 31. PQ #6 Isn't it charming, 32. In Summer, 33. Swooning Over Barcelona #pq6, 34. Easter Egg Hunt, 35. "Elephants on parade" created in Montesano, WA. Baby blanket measures 31x36 inches. Gray dimpled minky on the back., 36. Blue Curacao With Lime table runner
  • 30 states were represented
  • 8 countries were represented (including the US)

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1. Universal Pandemonium, 2. PQ6 6 Egg Hunt, 3. "Here Comes the Sun" 28"x28" -- Project 6 of Project Quilting 6., 4. "Spring is Here", 5. 11, 6. Charming Lane Placemat, 7. Rainbow Charms Quilt, 8. kitchenaid cozy, 9. Louie Art Quilt, 10. Tweet3, 11. Sproute Quilt for Challenge Number 3, 12. Just in the Brick of Time (12) (Medium), 13. Just My Type, 14. Charming Flowers, 15. Curvy Fantasia Quilt, 16. January Aurifil Mini Quilt Finished, 17. Fractured Sunset, 18. Curvy Geese Trees Quilt for Project QUILTING

And one more number to blow your quilts off … since the beginning of Project QUILTING in 2010 …

  • 1,193 quilts have been made during these 1 week challenges!

Wow!  What a way to end the sixth season!

Viewer’s Choice and Random Prize Winners–Isn’t that Charming? Project QUILTING Challenge

It has been an amazing and fun filled past few days.  But I’m not going to tell you about them just yet – instead – I’m going to finally share with you the winners of the Isn’t that Charming Project QUILTING Challenge?!!!

Let’s see who the won the Viewer’s Choice Award …

With 183 votes …

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is … ‘Sunny Provencal Charm’ by Karen Mezra!

Congratulations Karen!  Check out your prizes: 

Aurifil prizes1410 Small Spools of Folk Story by Sarah Fielke for Aurifil Thread
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Mishka's Playground is giving one lucky person a choice of a pattern from her store including the newly released 2015 quilt-along - Aiming for Accuracy II!


As a bonus – the quilt with the second most votes is …

“Louie” by For Quilts Sake

Congrats!  You will be getting …

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This fabulous key fob made by Trisha Frankland of Quilt Chicken
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and your very own Project QUILTING Duffel Bag in the mail very soon!

Now let’s move onto the random prize winners! 

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PRIZE 1

The Catalina Collection Aurifil

The Catalina collection of Aurifil thread goes to …

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McwFlint!

PRIZE 2

Star Charmer Quilt Pattern and Charm Squares

Star Charmer Pattern and the Rambling Rose Charm Pack from Village Creek goes to …

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QuiltChicken!  (Cedi was SO SO SO excited that she finally picked Trish’s name instead of Capri)

PRIZE 3

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Mishka's Playground is giving

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Kim Wells her choice of a pattern from her store including the newly released 2015 quilt-along - Aiming for Accuracy II!

PRIZE 4


Waggons West is donating a custom quilt label to …

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vagabondindigo!

PRIZE 5

Thornberry Quilts Vegetable Soup Quilt Pattern

Vegetable Soup Pattern from Mill House Quilts will be heading to …

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Dayna!

PRIZE 6

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For Quilts Sake is the winner of the first prize from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing  Quilting.

logo_crafty_sewing_150x150“Quilting Gift Certificate” for $30.00 off the Quilting on a Baby size quilt or larger. (Baby, Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King) from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting.
The Gift Certificate will be good for 4 months starting one month after the challenge ends.  Excluding the Month of December for using the gift certificate.  The quilting gift certificate is transferable to another person, so you can share it with a friend, if you’d like.
Marcia will do an estimate based on the size of the winner's quilt top, quilting choices, thread choices, and batting and if they would like to purchase backing fabric from me. Winner can send backing fabric and batting with their quilt top, but I do have it available. This way the winner will have a good estimate of the value of your quilting prize.

PRIZE 7

Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate winner a prize of one of her original patterns(value $8.00).

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The Quilting Almost God will get to choose from the following patterns:

  1. Summer Tomatoes Quilt Pattern – PDF
  2. Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern – PDF
  3. Textures Quilt Pattern – PDF
  4. Quilted Checkbook or Calendar Pattern – PDF
  5. Quilted Pocket Purse – PDF
  6. Turn a Quilt into a Bag Pattern – PDF

PRIZE 8

Sew BitterSweet Designs is giving

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Tabatha SmithTabatha Smith a choice of a pattern.

PRIZE 9

Quilt Journal from Laundry Basket Quilts

A gorgeous Journal from  Laundry Basket Quilts will be making it’s way to …

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Quilt It, BabyQuilt It, Baby!

PRIZE 10

Key Fob From Quilt Chicken

This fabulous key fob made by Trisha Frankland of Quilt Chicken is going to …

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Claudia MClaudia M!

BONUS *PRIZE 11*

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One lucky person will be getting Instant downloadable PDF Sewing Pattern for Zip Pouches from Studio Cherie!

And that lucky person is …

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Virginia P!

A HUGE thank you to all my sponsors and supporters!  Without these prizes and without folks actually participating in my challenges Project QUILTING would not be as exciting as it is!

I will announce the GRAND PRIZE Winner of Season 6 before April 1st so stop back soon!

On April 1st, the first off season challenge of Project QUILTING will be announced!

Challenge Quilts for the Sun Prairie Heritage Quilt Show

Every year the Sun Prairie Heritage Quilt Show has a challenge quilt – my favorite of course!

This year the challenge was:  To create a wall quilt using the Challenge fabric provided featuring CIRCLES/CURVES pieced or appliqued in wall quilt.

Rules:

  1. Challenge fabric must be visible on front.
  2. Must contain curved piecing or ruching or some other form of cures and circles.
  3. Quilts can be pieced, appliqued, mixed, 3-D, embellished or any other type.
  4. May use as many other fabrics as desired.
  5. Minimum size 20” x 20” and maximum size 24” x 24”
  6. All quilts must be quilted by hand or machine
  7. ALL stitching must be done by the quilt maker.
  8. Must have a 4” rod pocket.

Of course – I was in!

I finished my piece ‘Curvy Geese Trees’ for the first Project QUILTING Challenge.

While it didn’t win a ribbon, I still think it’s a pretty sweet quilt.  As I was making it I knew it wasn’t ‘curvy’ enough to make the ribbon placement but it made me happy and that’s what matters!

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the fabric that had to be incorporated is the chevron red/yellow/blue/green/orange fabric.

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Here is a collage of the ‘non-ribbon’ quilts!  Fun – right!?  I seriously love what challenges can bring out in folks!
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And here is a picture of all the ribbon winners!  AMAZING!  I’m happy to say that the bottom right quilt, an Honorable Mention ribbon … was made by my mother-in-law!  Way to go Diane!  (btw … she ALWAYS beats me in these challenges … one of these years …)

 

And of course I picked up my fabric and challenge for next year.  I think the theme has to do with spring … I’m sure I’ll figure something out!

Life Happens

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not but I’ve been a bit absent in the online community for the last few days.  A few things have been going on – the major one of that is TAXES!  Yes, my birthday is getting closer and closer which also means tax day is getting closer and closer.  I really like to have our taxes filed well before the 15th of April and after my work today I do think it will happen before we leave March.  But in order to do that, I had to actually focus on something!

I’m also working on a bit of a secret project that I’ll get to reveal to you May.  I’m so horrible at secrets and I can’t tell you how hard it’s been not to show you more than just this

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picture on instagram.  But sometimes you just have to suck it up and keep it secret.

So – today – I’m going to share with you some exciting news from some of my friends and fellow Creative Entrepreneurs.

Pat Sloan

The lovely and talented Pat Sloan has a new book!

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“Teach Me to Applique, Fusible Applique that’s Soft & Simple”!

I’m so excited for her and I can’t wait to get my hands on my very own copy!  (and you can order your copy too!)

To top off that excitement – there’s a BIG giveaway happening right now over at Martingale’s blog that includes a copy of Pat’s book! 

Bag of the Month Club from Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness

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Who doesn’t love to have a unique, fun bag!?  Join in the fun of Sara Lawson’s ‘Bag of the Month Club.’ Each month, you will receive an exclusive and brand-new pdf bag sewing pattern from that month’s designer, delivered directly to your inbox.  Don’t wait too much longer to sign up!

I’ll keep you all posted as I discover more fun things you’re not going to want to miss!

Madison Modern Quilt Guild at Sun Prairie Heritage Quilt Show

I took some pictures of the Madison Modern Quilt Guild exhibit at the Sun Prairie Heritage Quilt Show.  It seemed like the room was always packed so I apologize for not getting shots of all of them!  Also – if I missed the name of the creator or the quilt please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to edit asap!IMG_7985“Sunkissed Star” by Trisha FranklandIMG_7986by Trina PetersonIMG_7987IMG_7988IMG_7989by Wendy FranczakIMG_7990

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Top – Tree Fort by Amy Bradley, Bottom – Rope Ladder to the Tree Fort by Amy Bradley

An Afternoon of Quilting with Karen McTavish

Last month I was the presenter for the Mad City Quilt Guild and at the end of the meeting they had announcements.  I heard that they still had openings for an afternoon workshop with Karen McTavish!!!!!  As soon as I got home, I worked out plans for the girls since they have ballet AND gymnastics on Mondays after school and my check was in the mail to attend.

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Today was the big day!  Yippee!  A whole afternoon with Karen McTavish!  We were each instructed to bring two quilt tops (not quilted).  It was a round table workshop.  We went around the table and laid out our quilts and Karen went through and gave advice on how she would quilt them.  It was fascinating!

Karen is a much more traditional quilter than I am and really knows her stuff when it comes to quilt shows.  I found it so interesting to hear what she would do and think I know what I would do to quilt it.  Ironically – I only quilt my smaller quilts … not the bigger ones … so I really don’t know much about how I would quilt them. 

One of the first thing Karen McTavish says to look at is the fabric and ask yourself “What is the genre of the quilt?”  Let the fabric tell you how to quilt it. 

I also loved her definition of Modern.  “If it feels good it is good.”  YES!  In that sense, all my quilts are modern!

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I brought my finished #scrappycrownalong which I just finished this morning.  Karen advised me to stitch in the ditch around each block and really treat each piece uniquely with focus on ‘playing’ with my quilting in the larger solid crown locations. 

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I have to be honest here.  I do really love how many #scrappycrownalong quilt turned out but there is a lot going on in this quilt.  I made it for blogging and I made each 30” block seperately without looking too hard at the blocks that would go next to each one.  It is a super organically scrappy quilt.  I honestly thought it would just need an all over pattern since it’s already so busy – but now Karen has me thinking …

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The other quilt I made – was this one.  This is the ‘modern’ quilt I made to see if homespuns could be ‘modern.’  I think they can. 

Karen recommended stitching in the ditch around each of the non-purple pieces of the quilt to highlight it.  Then – to draw out straight line in all different angles in the purple portions of the quilt.  And from there, work on the sections with either free form quilting or linear quilting.  I really like this idea!  I feel like that big open space really opens up an opportunity to have a lot of fun with the quilting!  Now we’ll just have to see what happens when I get to it!

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And – at the end of the class Karen took an #usie of us and texted me the picture!  (Yup … I’m star struck! – oh – and she called me pretty!)  What fun!  If you ever have a chance to learn or hear from this woman I highly recommend it!  I’ve now had the opportunity to hear her talk and take a class from her.  I can’t wait until our paths meet again!