Sunrise/Sunset Project QUILTING Challenge Time to Vote!

TIME TO VOTE!  Choose your SIX Favorite Quilts below that were created for the Project QUILTING Challenge – Sunrise/Sunset and click on the heart to vote (upper right corner)!  You can click on the photo’s themselves to read the ‘story’ behind the quilt – my favorite part!  Vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner of the image.

Please DO NOT VOTE for entries 48 and 63.  Diane made 63 and and I made 48 – while we are not eligible for prizes and don’t want to take away votes from others – we still want to show off our work!  You can, however, feel free to click on our projects and leave us a comment on what you think.   We love to hear from you!

The quilt with the most votes will receive these prizes: 
Aurifil prizes4

10 Small Spools of Edyta’s Threads for Aurifil Thread


Mishka's Playground is giving one lucky person a choice of a pattern from her store including the yet available 2015 quilt-along!

Aren’t these some great prizes that have been so generously donated!?  I can’t wait to see who wins some fantastic goodies!

Voting will close on Friday, January 30th at 8pm.  Spread the word to your family and friends!
They get SIX votes so they can vote for you and then five other quilts that they like best!
Winners will be announced on Saturday, January 31st!

Fractured Sunset–a Project QUILTING Quilt

I was exhausted after the Project QUITLING Retreat weekend.  I honestly thought I was just going to make an orange and yellow ombre case for my new phone for this weeks Sunrise/Sunset Challenge.  But then … I started to browse through some books and I knew I had to try something else … even if I was starting later than I typically would. 


I quick browsed through my stash – which is super easy since it’s all nicely organized on Polar Notions boards – and pulled out mostly hand-dyes for a sun and water.  The bright yellow is a commercial print because I didn’t have any bright enough hand dyes at my house (I’m sure Diane has tons but I didn’t have time to go two minutes to her house – I’m on a deadline!).  I then pieced it into a very rough looking sunset over the water.

I had a good chunk of Wednesday to work on my piece.  Above  is the amount up cutting and resewing that I finished before lunch …


And this is what I had done before I had to go and get my girls from school …


And here is what I had finished before I headed to bed for the night.


On Thursday, Pip was AMAZING and let me quilt the piece!


Here she is hard at work coloring pictures for me and being so patience as my machine purred away!


I used three different variegated aurifil threads to quilt wavy horizontal lines across the quilt.  It isn’t matchstick quilting but it’s definitely super close quilting.


Once the quilting was done I put the binding on so I could do the hand stitching during gymnastics.


I faced the binding on so it’s all pulled to the back.  It was the perfect decision for this piece.  It’s not perfectly straight on the edges but I like how that fits the organic look of all the pieces chopped and sewn back together.


I also added in some wonderful half square triangle scraps … this is my favorite spot!


Here are a few of the random pieces of commercial fabrics that I stripped in for more interest!

I’m SO happy with how this turned out!

Linking up to 'Show Off Saturday'

Stackaderm, A Quilt that Never Forgets

To be honest, even though I came up with the challenge for the Project QUILTING Retreat weekend, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to make for the challenge. Part of what helped was that my friend Trish was in possession of the coloring books we used to inspire us for the applique portion of the challenge.  She brought the coloring books - Piece O' Cake Designs - Whimsical Designs, Getta Grama - Swirling Designs, and Bethany Nicole Pease - Doodle Designs.  Without knowing that portion, it was hard to really think about what I wanted to do. 


I had instructed the retreat attendees to pack an addition 5 to 6 fat quarters to go with the fabric we’d already be providing. I did the same.  These are the random fat quarters I picked  … I guess I found 8 – it’s really hard to leave 99.5% of your fabric stash at home when you have no idea what you’re making!!!


After I helped anyone who needed it get started, I started to flip through the coloring books.  As soon as I saw the drawings of the elephants I knew I wanted to draw three of them.  I still wasn’t’ sure how I was going to work it into a quilt though.

I started to think of other challenges I had to do.  My local guild is having a ‘modern log cabin’ challenge.  I pinterested (yes – it is now a verb) the idea of a modern log cabin around a bit.  I had JUST done two quilts last year where I modernized the log cabin – Modern Log Cabin and Propelled Pixels – how would I do it again?


And then I saw it – the Pineapple block!  It’s a form of the log cabin!  I can do that.  So I did.  With my own twist.  I made three strip strata for each of the ‘pineapples’ around.  It was fun seeing how my randomly chosen fabric came together to create fabulous blocks! 

IMG_6942And here’s the second block …AIMG_6943And the third block … the one thing I tried to keep constant in all the blocks was the black fabric with leaves always frames the elephants I drew.  Now it was decision time – how should I piece these together?

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I did make a fourth block … just in case I wanted to go with a square layout …

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Or maybe I wanted to piece them horizontally into an ‘Elephant Parade’. 


But … the Stack of Elephants won the contest.  And soon after the name of the quilt came … ‘Stackaderm’.

elephants shape by shape

It was time to quilt!  I had brought along Angela Walter’s book ‘Shape by Shape Quilting’ and wow – did that help!  I broke my pineapple’s into triangles and went at her!IMG_6965Once the quilting was done I had to embellish – so I glued on some little square mirror tiles.IMG_6967

It was the perfect final touch!


And here it is!  ‘Stackaderm’ – started and finished in less than 46 hours at the Project QUILTING Retreat!

I just have to note that it’s common knowledge that at a quilt retreat, “What happens at the retreat, stays at the retreat” but this ‘Stackaderm’ quilt ‘will never forget’ all the fun we had!

Linking up to TGIF Friday, Finish It Up Fridays, WIDTW, LAFF, Creative Goodness Party, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, and Fabric Frenzy Friday

Thankful Thursday

I had plans to blog about something else today … but of course I’m not quite prepared.  So – I headed over to Quilt to see what kind of linky parties were happening today.  I hadn’t seen Thankful Thursday before and after looking through her post I knew exactly what to post about!


I’m thankful that I WON the randomly drawn giveaway for finishing up my Gypsy Wife Quilt over at Factotum of Arts blog!

Because of that these amazing goodies are heading my way!

Seriously!?  This is absolutely AMAZING!  So excited! 

Now I have to decide if I should spent my $50 at Hawthorne to boost my Riley Blake stash to prepare for the upcoming Modern Quilt Guild Challenge OR if I should just find things that make me happy?  (Not that Riley Blake doesn’t make me happy … just something I’ll have to get either way …)  It also means I no longer have to quick delete the Hawthorne Threads newsletter.  They do such a great job and put together such a tempting newsletter I have a hard time not buying fabic every time it arrives in my inbox!

You can see what the other Gypsy Wife Quilts look like HERE


Project QUILTING Retreat Weekend Report

We had an incredible time this past weekend at Woodland Ridge Retreat for the first ever Project QUILTING Retreat weekend!  It was full of inspiration, talent, quilting, fun, and camaraderie. 

The challenge was given to the retreat attendees at 1:00pm on Friday, January 16th and they had until 11:00 am on Sunday, January 18th to have a completed quilt!  Just 46 hours!!!

One of the coolest things about a real life retreat was that the challenge could be more specific.  Specific fabrics were given to the participants that they were required to use and we taught a special technique that they also had to incorporate into the challenge.  Both of these are difficult to do on online challenges..

The challenge - APE

A – Applique

Incorporate the new painted appliqué technique that Trish and Kim demonstrated for you as part of your final piece.


The inspiration for the ‘Applique’ portion of the challenge came from Linda M. Poole’s newest book ‘Painted Applique A New Approach.’

P – Piecing

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Incorporate some of the fun fabric you found in your new Project QUILTING duffel bag into pieced blocks for your final piece.

IMG_7018Using some of the fabric designed by Annie Young Arts is a must.  (Each person received a half a yard of the daisy print and the dragonfly print along with a fat quarter of one random art print from Annie). 


E – Embellish

Have fun and embellish! A lot or a little. Beads, fiber, glitter, and fun! Add whatever you’d like to add some pizzazz to your final piece.

The Weekend

The weekend started with a demonstration on the ‘painted applique’ technique.  Once everyone saw what we meant by that – they were off to work!


Well … except Trish.  She had a hard time focusing on the challenge at hand right away.

IMG_6926Diane knew what she wanted to do right away.  And when she got stuck – she kept right on going!IMG_6927Karen had some fun with metallic thread!  IMG_6962But in the end it was all worth it!IMG_6931

Trish finally got her inspiration and went right to work!


This is what her piece looked like before I went to bed …


She stayed up until 4am to get it to this stage.  I waited until normal morning hours to take the picture.

IMG_6995Six quilters, 46 hours, six finished quits.


Here is the lovely group of quilters that did such an amazing job at the very first Project QUILTING Retreat weekend!


Hi my name is Trish and I love Project Quilting because "It forces you to try new things.”  Trish’s quilt is named, “The Muse, in blue”.  Trish won the door prize of three spools of Aurifil thread donated by the Fat Quarter Shop


Hi my name is Chris and I love #projectquilting because " I like to see how everyone interprets the challenges."  Chris’s quilt is named “Time in Eden, part 1Time in Eden, part 1”.  Chris was the lucky winner of Annie Young’s beautiful painting shown hanging on the wall!  IMG_7003

My name is Diane and I love Project QUILTING because " the participants do amazing things!"  Diane’s quit is called, “Folly of the Fae.”  Diane won a gift certificate to Nancy’s NotionsIMG_7004Hi my name is Kelly and I like #projectquilting because "it gets my creativity flowing."  Kelly’s quilt is named ‘Dandelion and Daisies.’  Kelly won a gift certificate to Nancy’s NotionsIMG_7005

My name is Karen and I love Project Quilting because " it allows me to bring out my inner fiery rose."  Karen’s quilt is named “Cocky Rose”.  Karen won a gift certificate to Nancy’s NotionsIMG_7007

My name is Kim and I love Project Quilting because, "it has brought a whole new depth and dimension to my quilting and my relationship with others in the quilting world.”  My quilt is called ‘Stackaderm” and I’ll be blogging more about it on Friday.

Wow!  What a weekend!!!!

See more pictures of all the fun we had by checking out #PQ4Me on instagram!

Josie Tollaksen, The 2015 New School Competition

Today I’m stepping away from a post about Project QUILTING and quilting.  Today I want to tell you about the future of the art world – our youth. 


Josie is such a wonderful young lady.  I have known her for over 8 years and she has been a part of my family for that long as well. She is the neighbor girl and has been watching my children since they were born.  She's not your typical babysitter though - she brings joy and art into my children's lives.  They don't sit around all day - they make books, art projects, and even bake with Josie.  I know I found an amazing girl to care for my kids when I see their faces light up when they see Josie biking up to the house. 


photo by Green Paint Photography

I wish her the best of luck in her future and I know this girl is going to bring joy to the world.

And here’s where she needs your help …

Please take 3 minutes to watch, like, comment on, and share my video! This is my submission to The New School Competition, if I receive enough love I can win a full scholarship ($160,000!) to Parsons The New School For Design. I don't have long, the contest closes February first! I will be be forever grateful. Thank you!

Filmed by my alien half-brother, Hans Tollaksen

In order to get things done, I have a strict rule to not watch video’s online.  I broke my rule and am so happy I did.  This girl is poised, well spoken, and has a good head on her shoulder’s.  While I secretly wish she would stay home and go to school so I can have her for my babysitter for just a few years – I would love to see her live her dream and excel.  Thank you for taking a few minutes to like, comment and share Josie’s video and help her accomplish her dream!