Saturday, 18 April 2015

Caturday Wisdom #116

Leopard print is a neutral. Lola and Vivi
These two know the truth about leopard print. It goes with everything! Especially cats.
These pretty kitties belong to Adrianne's friends Terry and Jane.
I hope you have a lovely weekend lined up, it's looking a bit gloomy in the weather department for us so indoor activities will be the name of the game.

Friday, 17 April 2015

2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge - Open for Entries!

2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala

The 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge is open for entries! You can link up here or over at Play Crafts - the linky runs across both blogs so it doesn't make a difference where you link up.

This swatch is the official Marsala colour.  We know that finding fabrics in this exact colour isn't easy, so don't worry, the fabric in your quilt does not have to match Marsala perfectly.

Before you link up, check out the rules, our wonderful sponsors and our amazing judges!


All items must be finished in 2015 to be eligible to win prizes.  

We will be enforcing the rules and will remove any entries that don't meet the requirements.  See below for more information about a separate linky for quilts that don't meet the requirements.

1. There will be 3 categories:
 - Minis: Shortest side under 30". Pillows, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, etc. will count as minis.
 - Quilts: any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30'').
 - Just the Top: any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30'').

2. This is the Marsala Quilt Challenge, so your project must contain at least some Marsala or similar colour. You can also use any other colours or neutrals you like (and as many as you like). That said, we would like to see Marsala as the feature colour of your quilt and we will be asking the judges to take your use of Marsala into account when making their decision.

3. You can submit one entry per category. Entries for quilts and minis should be completed projects, including quilting and binding.


Quilts - judged by Amy Gunson from Badskirt

First place - Hawthorne Threads - $75 gift certificate
Second place - Fat Quarter Shop - Fat Quarter bundle of the winner's choice
Viewers' choice award - Westwood Acres - $50 gift certificate  

Minis - judged by Jeni Baker from In Color Order

First place - Green Fairy Quilts - $50 gift certificate
Second place - Stitchbird - 10 piece Japanese fabric fat quarter bundle
Viewers' choice award - Fat Quarter Shop - $50 gift certificate


Just the top - judged by Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew

First place - Aurifil - Large spool thread collection
Second place - The Intrepid Thread - prize to be confirmed
Viewers' choice award - Fat Quarter Shop - $50 gift certificate


As you can tell, we have expanded the viewer participation element of this challenge so that there is a viewer's choice award for each category.  We know you'll have fun looking at all the entries and voting for your favourite in each category.

Finally, we would really really love to see an entry from absolutely everyone who feels the slightest bit inspired by Marsala, regardless of skill level, so an entry in each category that hasn't already won a prize will be drawn at random, and will win one of: a $25 gift certificate from Sew me a Song, a a set of four large spools from Aurifil, or a £20 gift voucher from Karen Lewis Textiles.


We are delighted to have three fantastic guest judges on board.  These ladies are seriously talented quilters, designers and authors.  We love their work and know they'll do a fantastic job when it comes to judging your entries!


From left to right: Amy Gunson from Badskirt, Jeni Baker from In Color Order, and Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew.


1. Entries are open NOW and will close on April 24 at 11pm PDT. The link-up tool below should tell you how much time the link-up has to run BUT if you need to know the closing time in your country, World Time Buddy is a really excellent visual way to see different time zones.  Winners will be announced on April 29 2015.

2. Each entry should link to a blog post / Threadbias post / Flickr page / Instagram photo

3. Each entry must include quilt dimensions.

If you haven't used a link-up tool before, Katy from The Littlest Thistle did a post which explains how to use it really well - you can find it here.

If you're planning to use instagram to link up, Katy from The Littlest Thistle has done another tutorial on how to link from instagram using your computer (here).  If you are working on your phone or your tablet, Rhonda's tutorial on how to link from instagram (here) is for you.

Please enter your quilt in the correct category, BUT if you make a mistake, the link-up will allow you to delete your own links so you should be able to put it right no trouble.

Here are the linkys:



Just the Top

Non-judged entries:

We thought it would be fun to provide a place for people to share quilts that feature Marsala that don't comply with the rules for the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala (for example, because they were not finished in 2015).  We will be providing a separate link-up for people to share these quilts.  However, they will not be eligible for judging, voting, or to win prizes.  If you link up a quilt that is not eligible for the contest, we will move it into this category.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Echino Quilt #2

It's a bit of a mixed up week - even though it's Wednesday I'm sharing a finish rather than a WIP!

Echino Quilt #2 

I made an Echino quilt last year, for someone else, but I really loved it and wanted to make another one for myself.  It's super simple, just 8" finished squares.  I think the first one was slightly more successful than this one, probably because I kept the colour scheme a bit tighter.

Echino Quilt #2 

This quilt is pretty big at 72" by 88" (actually, I find this size totally enormous and I'm in awe of anyone who makes even bigger quilts!), and I loved the long-arm quilting on the last one, so I had the same done again by Sue Burnett.

Echino Quilt #2

With minky on the back and linen on the front, this is one soft and super heavy quilt.  It will be perfect for snuggling on the couch in winter.

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Monday, 13 April 2015

2015 Finish-Along - Q2 List

I've decided to continue with my "list all the WIPs" approach for Q2.  I'd like to start 2016 with fewer WIPs, and who knows what I might finish in each quarter.  Here goes:

1. Ursa Major

Ursa Major

So far, just the bear is pieced (using Juliet's wonderful Big Bear pattern - available here), but I have more of the blue background fabric to complete the quilt top and an idea.  Update from Q1: zero progress.

2. Clover Sunshine and Oakshott

Wonky Crosses

I haven't made any more progress with these blocks, and I'm still not totally sure what I want to do with them... Update from Q1: zero progress.

3. Midnight at the Oasis

Midnight at the Oasis quilt - flower border in progress

I still love this quilt, but I haven't really worked on it since Christmas 2013(!).  The fourth border is really nearly done, so I should probably make getting that finished my goal and then start thinking about the next border (all those teeny tiny churn dash blocks). Update from Q1: zero progress.

4. Indie Stripes quilt

Indie Stripes quilt top

I've been hand-quilting this quilt for about a year.  I don't think it will get finished in Q1 (particularly because it's quite warm at the moment and therefore not the best time to sit under a big quilt while you stitch it), but I'm determined to finish it this year. Update from Q1: um, I started quilting this one again?

5. Bangles Quilt

Bangles quilt in progress

I started this quilt in January 2013, and yup, I've still only sewn a single hexagon... Update from Q1: zero progress.

6. Jenny's Fancy That quilt

My version of Fancy That

I started this quilt in October 2013, in a class with Sarah Fielke.  I stitched one quarter wheel in place using the needle turn method and it got a big lump in it, and I haven't touched it since.  I'm going to unpick that part, abandon any attempts at needle turn appliqué (it's just not for me), and machine blanket stitch the appliqué in place instead. Update from Q1: zero progress.

7. Cotton and Steel and Low Volume quilt

Another new project, this one started in 2015!  This is continuing my exploration of improvisational curved piecing.  As you may be able to tell from the name, this quilt uses a selection of low volume fabrics together with fabrics from the first Cotton and Steel collections.  I've made four blocks (out of 15) so I reckon this should at least be a quilt top in Q1. Update from Q1: zero progress.

8. Purple wonky stars and 1930's prints

I started cutting fabric for this quilt in January last year, because I thought it might make a good Radiant Orchid project.  However, I never actually got around to piecing it.  It's inspired by this quilt and I still want to make it. Update from Q1: zero progress.

9. Green and blue drunkard's path quilt

Another quilt I never blogged about - but part of my resolution to conquer curves in 2014.  I used my friend Anne's Accuquilt die-cutting machine to cut lots of blue and green drunkard's path blocks.  I'm planning to put them together fairly randomly.

Update from Q1: omg I have a quilt top!

Blue and Green quilt

10. Argh My Eyes V2

I made a quilt called Argh My Eyes! for Quilt Symposium.  The process of making this quilt meant I ended up with 60 blocks for a 30 block quilt - so I can make a second quilt using the extra blocks.  I'm thinking I'll add some appliqué to the second one so it is truly a different quilt from the first.  Update from Q1: zero progress, BUT at least you can see the first quilt now.

11. Karen Lewis Log Cabin mini V2

igminiswap quilt

When I started my igminiswap quilt, I knew I was going to love it, so I cut enough pieces for a second version for myself.  I've started making the blocks but other priorities intervened at the end of last year.

Update from Q1:

Karen Lewis Textiles mini

I have a quilt top!

12. Blue, White and April Showers High Tea quilt

After I made my first High Tea quilt, I decided to make a second one using a layer cake of April Showers that had been sitting in my stash for a while, and white and navy solids.  I've stitched all the sashing strips together but I think I was defeated by the ironing! Update from Q1: I ironed a bunch of stuff.

13. Dressing Table set quilt

I've collected quite a few of these colourful vintage doilies / dressing table sets, and I would really like to incorporate them into a quilt.  I have an idea - the main thing I need now is some free time to work on it. Update from Q1: zero progress.

14. #orangepeellittleislandquiltingmademedoitquilt

In order to keep up with my Year 30 quilt challenge (read more about it here) while I was away on holiday, I prepared these orange peel blocks for hand stitching.  They were really fun, and a certain someone insisted that I should make a quilt using similar blocks.  At this stage, the quilt may be more of a mini, but we'll see! Update from Q1: I've put more blocks together but they're not all stitched down yet.

15. Yoshiko Jinzenji cushion

QuiltCon classes 

I started this project at QuiltCon and I don't need to do much to finish it!

16. Broderie Perse project

QuiltCon classes

Another project I started at QuiltCon, in Anna Maria Horner's class.

17. Glow quilt

Glow Quilt

Since I enjoyed stitching up my blue and green drunkard's path quilt so much, I decided to cut another drunkard's path quilt.  This one uses a bundle of Glow, by Amy Butler.

18.  Make it Work Quilt

Make it Work Quilt

Since I had the accuquilt, I decided to cut an equilateral triangle quilt too!

Sooo, since I made my Q1 list I've finished 5 projects, but I also started some new ones which means my list has only reduced by one.  Ooops.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

The Q2 link-up is open for a few more days, so if you haven't made your list and linked up yet, get on it! You can find the link-up here.

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Caturday Wisdom #115

You say "sleep", I say "how high?" Ralph

Ralph is still happiest when using the maximum number of quilts as a bed. Who wouldn't like to be that satisfied with their sleeping situation??