2016 Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Modern Hexies

It’s been a slower than usual for quilt finishes this year but I have one I’m proud of and would like to share here. But first, welcome to my blog! It’s a new-ish blog and a modest one at that, but you’ll find that I work hard to quilt every day. This is where I record progress, triumphs, and sometimes failures.

I am entering my Modern Hexies in the Modern Quilt Category. It’s cunningly called “Modern Hexies.”

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It was made for an exhibit of traditional blocks made modern for a display my guild did at another guild’s quilt show. I had a beautiful spectrum of greys leftover from a few previous quilts so I put those to good use.

Original blog post with loads of details is HERE.

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival will run September 19th through September 31st.  Check out AmysCreativeSide to view all the beautiful quilts linked up. There are lots of categories filled with inspiration!

My other entry for this year is “Get to Know Me” in the mini quilt category.

Here are links my quilt entries from last year, my first time ever joining in.

Fall 2015: Untitled (Modern category)

Fall 2015: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt (Original Design category)

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2016 Blogger’s Quilt Festival – “Get to Know Me” mini quilt

It’s been a slower than usual for quilt finishes this year but I have one I’m proud of and would like to share here. But first, welcome to my blog! It’s a new-ish blog and a modest one at that, but you’ll find that I work hard to quilt every day. This is where I record progress, triumphs, and sometimes failures.

 

I am entering my self-portrait in the Mini Quilt Category. It’s called “Get To Know Me.”

 

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“Get to Know Me” 2015, 20″ x 18″

Quilt Stats:

Lifetime quilt no. 48

Number of pieces: 21

made in the week between Christmas 2015 and New Year’s Eve.

Submitted to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria self portrait contest. Details HERE.

 

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival will run September 19th through September 31st.  Check out AmysCreativeSide to view all the beautiful quilts linked up. There are lots of categories filled with inspiration!

 

My other entry for this year is “Modern Hexies” in the modern quilt category.

Here are links my quilt entries from last year, my first time ever joining in.

Fall 2015: Untitled (Modern category)

Fall 2015: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt (Original Design category)

If this is your first visit to my blog and you are interested in ways to follow along on my quilting adventures, you can find me on Bloglovin’Instagram, add me to your feedly reader or get my blog sent right to your email inbox by entering your email address on the right sidebar. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Day 58

Trimming trimming trimming,

trimming all day long,

trimming trimming trimming,

I sing the trimming song!

(sung to the tune of “The Bacon Song”)

160 down, 52 to go. That’s 75% done.

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And the Fall 2016 Blogger’s Quilt Festival has closed. Thanks to Amy for running and hosting it. I’m pleased to mention that I came 6th for my entry in the modern category. Many thanks to everyone who voted for my quilt!

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Original Design Category: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt

Welcome to my blog! It’s a new blog and a modest one at that, but you’ll find that I work hard to quilt every day. This is where I record progress, triumphs, and sometimes failures.

Right now I’m sharing a triumph in the blogger’s quilt festival – original design category.

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This quilt makes me happy. So very happy. And it has a great story too, which always makes a quilt better I think. Every year in my city the Rotary Club hosts a massive community garage sale fundraiser. Three years ago I found two grocery/carrier bags full of fabric and quilt blocks. I asked the bored teenager “how much?”… Shrug…”2 dollars?” “YES PLEASE!” Inside were a few pieces of excellent fabric, some snail trail blocks done in polyester solids and calicos, and some of the ugliest Christmas fabric I had ever seen. And so the idea was hatched to make….an ugly Christmas sweater-style quilt.

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I tried out Seminole Patchwork for some of the rows, fussy cutting, paper piecing, and more. I tried to include many elements of Fair Isle sweaters, ugly sweaters, and Christmas crafts (the snowflakes and the Swedish Hearts). Here are close-ups and commentary for some of my favourite bits.

Seriously, wtf were they thinking with these two fabrics? Nordic mittens, native drums, and elf ice skates? Who designed it and who approved it? NB: the quilting is bad on purpose. Background has snowflakes swirling in a beige vortex.

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Two of my favourite fabrics: (L) brass instruments, saxophones (which are NOT a brass instrument), Celtic-y things, and holly. In gold. (R) Nativity scene fabric. The least said about that, the better.

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Cute fabric, nice colours. But why would a string of holiday ornaments be dripping chocolate? WHY?

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Can’t be Christmas without a little ho ho ho!

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This fabric was awesome! It had these little heads inside a snowflake, floating on a blue background with white dots. Pictured are the snowman and cardinal. There was also a cross-eyed bear and a fawn. The star points and backgrounds fabrics are colours I thought were kind of yucky. And remember, bad quilting on purpose!

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Something this ugly and distasteful needed an excellent backing to redeem it. So I went with the only choice, “Hurry Down the Chimney” fabric by Alexander Henry.

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And this quilt took a third place (small quilt category) in my guild show earlier this year.

Christmas is coming and I get to use my quilt soon! Thanks for letting me share it with you.

DETAILS

Name: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt 
Design:
 Designed by me! Inspired by traditional Fair Isle sweaters, and the current pop culture trend of ugly Christmas sweaters.
Fabric:  Lots of ugly, vintage, and poorly designed christmas fabrics. Backing is the wonderful “Hurry Down the Chimney” fabric by Alexander Henry.
Dimensions: 40″ x 67″
Quilted:  FMQ in  30 wt Sulky variegated red/green/white thread.

I am linking up (for the first year ever!) with the fabulous and formidable Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy’s Creative Side.

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