Pinwheels that Pop

See what I mean about Pinwheels that POP?  Lately, I find that I am loving bright colors and solids or near-solids.  The bright colors of the pinwheels on this quilt “pop” against the black background.  I don’t know what pattern this is.  It’s an interesting, and nice, mixture of pinwheels and matching colored half-square triangles put together to contrast against the pinwheels.

In my humble opinion, you can’t do custom quilting on this quilt.  First off, it would kill the playfulness of the quilt.  Secondly, you wouldn’t really see the quilting anyway.  So, an Edge-to-Edge… but what design?  It’s for a 3-year-old who will grow with this quilt.  Shouldn’t put something too babyish on it because she is already growing out of that stage.  I thought and thought and thought and finally settled on something akin to spirals, to symbolize blowing wind, but a little different from anything I’ve done for Mary so far.

Also, one of the reasons I decided on hooked spirals is that it would be easy to hide some animal heads within the spirals.  Well… if the colorful variegated thread will cooperate…

What a fun quilt!  I am sure the little girl who receives this will love it and the maker of the quilt (Mary) for years to come!

She’s “cute as a button” at MQS

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been at Machine Quilters Showcase (MQS) and figured I’d better get something posted before I forget.  I have been attending and volunteering at MQS for the last 3 years and have loved every minute of each show.  I am sad that it will be moving to Wichita, Kansas next year but it’s only about 3 1/2 hours away so I really shouldn’t be too sad.  I just won’t be able to volunteer like I have in the past.

MQS, along with the other big quilt shows, is a chance to take classes from big name quilters as well as the lesser known, but equally talented, quilters.  It’s also a chance to meet friends you have made online such as through Facebook.  For whatever reason, I did not take many pictures at all this year.  I had my camera with me all the time, but only managed to take pictures of the first class I took.  That was with Sue Patten.  She has a lot of energy and is a fabulous teacher as well as a very creative stitcher.  She has variegated threads figured out to a science ~ WAAAY over my head, but I took her class anyway.  I don’t think I will EVER have her talent and knack for figuring out how to get variegated threads to do what I want on both the front and the back of the quilt, but yesterday I did manage to put certain colors of the variegated thread I was using in particular places on the quilt I was working on.  Here’s a shot of Sue with one of her quilts.

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I also managed to meet a couple of friends I’d only chatted with online.  Here is Kelly Hanson and me.  Image

Isn’t she cute as a button?