Bloggers’ Quilt Fest: Voting Time

Just wanted to pop by and remind everyone that voting is going on RIGHT NOW over at the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival! I have two quilts entered this year: Donkey-ing Around and Golddigger.

Donkey-ing Around is up for:
Best Wall Hanging
Best Hand-Quilted
Best Quilt Photographer (what the hey!)

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Golddigger is up for:
Best Appliqué
Best Two-Color

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I have gotten so many wonderful comments and I thank you all! Keep spreading the love and turn those hearts red!!
Voting is open until Thursday!!!.

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Donkey-ing Around

Welcome to all visitors from BQF!! It has been very quiet around here, but please, take a look around!!!

This year, I am entering Donkey-ing Around:

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Donkeying-ing Around was completed for my 4-H show in July. The doll baby of a donkey's name is Stretch, lovingly called that because his legs are about 4inches longer than planned. Stretch is made of about 273 2" squares out of Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda. He is minimally hand quilted at a diagonal, every other square.

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I absolutely love this quilt! ( And that’s the most important thing.)

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Stats:
Name: Donkey-ing Around
Size: 26″ x 24″
Techniques Used: piecing, hand-quilting
Quilted by: Me (Inès)
Best Category: wall hanging, hand-quilted, quilt photographer

More on Donkey-ing Around can be found here!

All votes are appreciated!! Hop over to Amy’s to check out some more awesome quilts, or stay right here and have a look around!

Show Results II

On Thursday, I dropped Stretch off to be judged for this weekend’s upcoming quilt show. I went to visit him today and was pleased with his placing of Third! We are still in the running for People’s Choice!

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The show was a very small one but had great talent. In my category, wall hangings, there were some beautiful quilts. Second place was a tiny feathered star with uber small flying geese and HSTs. First place was a stunning DWR in 30s repo fabrics. Both were gorgeous!

Show Results

Over the weekend, my county fair took place and so did the quilt show that goes along with it. I entered Stretch and also my DWR and I’m pretty happy with how I did.

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My baby Stretch got FIRST!! The DWR received an Honorable Mention. This class had a lot tougher competition so I’m pleased with how I did. If I could go back in time, I would swap the quilts and their categories. Stretch is definitely my better work and I wish he went into the tougher category.

There is another quilt show coming up at the end of September and I’m for sure entering Stretch…Should I enter the DWR?

Finally Free

I really hate deadlines so I don’t know why I do this to myself…. Just in time, I was able to finish my Double Wedding Ring. As we speak, he, along with Stretch, is preparing for judging.

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In all honesty, As soon as I was done I dropped it off so I never really laid it flat and looked at it… Probably should have done that…. And I said I wouldn’t do this again! I’ll learn eventually!

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Now that the DWR is finished, I want to work on some stress free sewing, some small things that have been peculating in my mind for a bit. You have no idea how excited I am for that!

( I pinky promise to get nice pictures and do a finish post for my lovely little DWR!)

State Fair Recap

I kinda hate to write about this because it still rustles my feathers but here we go…

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Yesterday was Quilt Day at the State Fair. I was fortunate enough to be selected to represent my county in You Can Quilt!.
After a three hour drive, I arrived at the Fair and I got judged pretty much right away. The judge was a very nice lady by the name of Pat (I believe) and she gave Stretch and me very nice comments.
“The squares are lined up very well.”
“The quilt is square.”
“Your quilting is great considering you didn’t use a hoop.”
Her only constructive criticism was that my stitches were too large, which I knew that. (Don’t go to see Amish quilts before a show; they really make you think twice about your work!)

At State, they give out two types of awards. The first is the Clock Trophy, essentially first place. The second type is an Outstanding of the Day, the Top 20% judged. They awarded four girls in my category. I was not one of them.

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I am a good sport, so I didn’t get mad until I received my score sheet back. Excellents all across the board. The only thing I can think that knocked me down was my pattern. For You Can Quilt! you receive a project book with a pattern for an alternating four patch or a rail fence. Obviously I didn’t do either. I knew making Stretch was a risk but no where in the book does it say you must make the patterns given; in fact there was one question that asked if you did the book’s pattern or your own.

I think to make the State Fair’s Quilt Day much fairer, they should make categories much like they do in real Quilt Shows. It is not fair for some one who tied their quilt to be put up against some one who hand quilted theirs. It just isn’t fair.

Another thing I question is how there can be a Top 20% when we are scored by Excellent, Good, Fair, etc. If there is a higher scoring system, shouldn’t the exhibitor be allowed to see it to make improvements?
Do you guys agree?

(Please don’t take my rant meaning I think that I should have won and everyone who did didn’t deserve it. I do question it but I am sure everyone who placed deserved it!)

What’s next for Stretch? Well, he won’t be taking his rightful place on my wall just yet. I have two more real shows to put him in (and of course the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival!). After that, he should be able to go into retirement…Maybe!

Whoop Whoop!!

On Wednesday, I finally had my local 4-H judging for You Can Quilt!. I wasn’t crazy about the judge; I sort of question her judging style. I felt she didn’t look at the construction as much as she should have, but that’s just me. But, she must have liked Stretch and I because we got State Rep (First Place)!!

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We got a score of 48 out of 50. She docked one point for not knowing what a bias is and another because she felt the Honey Honey distracted from the Donkey. I disagree and so does my local quilt shop. What do you think??

Mist of a Donkey Mind

Meet Mist of a Donkey Mind!

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Mist of a Donkey Mind is a wall hanging that was made using an old pattern called the Democratic Donkey. Since politics aren’t really my thing, I made it for cuteness’ sake. MDM is destined to win show at my county level 4-H and hopefully from there, the State Fair.

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I loved making this quilt. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been any hic-cups. In fact, the donkey is about four inches taller than he should be (and that’s why I call him Stretch). There were also some issues with the HSTs and running out of fabric… Yeah, there’s been a number of issues. I guess that shows how much I love this mini though!

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Mist of a Donkey Mind was pieced with 273 two-inch squares. There are 32 half square triangles. (Please don’t quote me on the numbers!). MDM is minimally hand-quilted using a light pink thread; I wanted the fabrics to be the focus, not the quilting. I first outlined Stretch and his saddle pad and then hand quilted diagonally from left to right, every other square.

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Mist of a Donkey Mind was made using various fabrics from the collection Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda. MDM is backed in a large floral print from Honey Honey and has a scrappy happy binding using the familiar fabrics of the same collection.

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Instead of a sleeve, I used fabrics in the top corners to hold the wall hanging to the wall. On one corner is the label. It is very simple; it reads my name, 2013 , and 4-H.

Mist of a Donkey Mind Official Stats:
Name: Mist of a Donkey Mind
Size: 26″ x 24″
Fabrics:. Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda
Techniques Used: piecing, hand-quilting

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(What better place for a donkey than old farm equipment??)

See the adventures into the Mist of a Donkey Mind!

PS- If anyone was wondering where the name came from, its a poem titled “The Ass” by C.S. Lewis.

The Quilting…

…is DONE!! It actually wasn’t that long of a haul and I really enjoyed it. I love hand-quilting!

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I quilted it by first outlining the donkey and his/her saddle pad. I then went diagonally across every other square.

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The quilting is practically invisible, but that’s how I planned it. I wanted the beautiful fabrics of Honey Honey (and the donkey!) to be the focal point.

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I am very happy with how it came out and all I hope is that the 4-H judges like it too!

Next, I’m going to whip up a tiny label. I have a solid 2 weeks before judging. Who would have thought I would have extra time?! (Hopefully I’m not speaking too soon…)

{Quilting Progress}

I’m sorry for my absence the past two weeks, but I promise its for good reason; I went to Europe!

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It was a 10 day tour through Paris, Provence, and Barcelona. It was an amazing trip (and opportunity) but I’m glad to be home…and back to the needle! I finished unpacking, so there’s my Friday Finish! (Hey, it counts!)

I was finally able to start quilting, through the progress is slow for now.

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I finished the saddle pad’s quilting and I just started on outlining the Donkey. I have 17 days to finish, so its crunch time!

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