QGI Quilt Show 2019 Part One

Last weekend my quilt guild, the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis (QGI), held its bi-annual quilt show. This year, the show was held at our state fairgrounds. Although change is often difficult, this new venue offered a lot of pluses including plenty of handicapped parking right next to the building, everything on one level, and super wide aisles and cubbies for the quilts.

Although I‘m blessed to not have any difficulties like that yet I really appreciated the vastness of the venue because it meant that I could take photos of the quilts straight on and not from the side. I love taking photos of quilts so I can study the quilting and other details later on.

Even if I wasn’t taking photos, the space made it easier to look as long as I wanted at each quilt without disturbing the other visitors—another important factor for me as I hate to bother anyone.

The space also allowed us to provide larger spaces for the vendors, always a plus for me! <grin>

The quilt show is filled with about 400 member quilts. The guild is large, and we are fortunate to have many national award winning quilters among our members so they quilts are gorgeous! Here are just a few.

I showed several of my quilts as well, and took the opportunity to get good photos of them hanging in the well-lit venue. You’ll probably recognize most of these. <grin>

Berry Cross

Breaking Waves, Charming Stepping Stones pattern

I Hope You Dance (Star Crossed Too pattern coming soon)

Modern Vineyard

Peppermint Twist Table Runner

Peppermint Twist

Stepping Stones

Stargazer Too (pattern coming soon)

Wicked Envy

Wedding Bands (pattern coming soon)

Many of these are patterns available in my shop, or coming soon. To celebrate the quilt show, I’m offering 10% off all patterns (printed and PDF) in my shop until next Saturday, October 26th at midnight EST. Use the code GUILD10 at checkout to get your discount.

There was so much going on at the show that I’ll cover it in two parts. Be sure to come back on Monday for Part Two!

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Mom's Flannel Quilt

I’ve made it a goal to document my earliest quilts, and the quilt I made for my mom was definitely one of those!

My very first quilt was made for my daughter. You can read more about that quilt here.

Katie’s quilt took several years to make because I learned fairly quickly that the pattern I’d chosen for her quilt was simply not beginner friendly. When I finally decided to put her quilt aside to learn the basics of quilting so I could finish it with confidence, I turned my attention to simpler quilts. One of those was the classic flannel rag quilt.

I talk about the process of making a flannel quilt here. Believe me, it’s super easy and very, very doable for an absolute beginning quilter.

After I put Kate’s quilt aside, I looked for advice on how to proceed and that’s when the idea of making a flannel rag quilt came up. The deal was sealed when I fell in love with a beautiful flannel fat quarter packet.

I love the soft yellows, greyed blues, and yellow-browns in this collection. I think it looks beautiful, even though it’s a simple quilt. I also love the mix of plaids and prints in the collection. Even though they look like homespuns, they are printed flannels although you could use homespuns in a rag quilt if you like.

After the quilt was finished, I gave it to my mother for Christmas. She didn’t use it much at first, but after she discovered how warm it was, it quickly became her favorite.

As she got older, the heaviness of the quilt (I’d used flannel on both sides and batting in-between) seemed to help her to sleep. She used it every day towards the end, so it not only got a lot of use but also a lot of washings.

I got the quilt back after she passed. It certainly was loved a lot. As I look at it now, I notice skipped stitches that I need to restitch to restore the quilt and protect it from deteriorating. I love how much she loved this quilt and I want to keep it in the family forever so making repairs to it is high on my to-do list.

I made a photo label for the back of the quilt. It’s one of my favorite photos of my mother and me as a baby.

Here are the quilt details:

"A Mother’s Ragtime Melody"
48" x 62"
Pattern: Flannel rag quilt, my pattern
Fabric: Flannel fat quarter pack, purchased at Quiltmakers, Indianapolis
Batting: Quilters Dream Select
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt 2314 Beige
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50 wt 2314 Beige
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton
Christmas, 2003

The best thing about quilts is that they continue to provide comfort, no matter how much wear they get. As I took a break from taking photos of the quilt to write this post, I turned to find Zora fast asleep on mom’s quilt. Couldn’t resist taking a photo.

tell me…have you ever made a rag quilt?

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Announcing a Blog Hop from Partners in Design!

As you know, the Partners in Design just completed a fantastic sewing-themed quilt along called Sew Let’s Quilt Along. Prior to that, we hosted a Christmas themed quilt along and a Fall themed quilt along.

Along the way, thousands have quilted along with us, and we are very grateful. To show our thanks, we’ve organized a special blog hop just for you!

Tell Me More!

We know just how hectic the holiday season can be, what with all the gift shopping and gift making. To help you out, we will be hosting a blog hop in November filled with free giftable patterns.

Each day during the hop, a Partner in Design will present a special tutorial for a gift you can make. Make it for yourself, or make it as a gift for someone special.

2019 Holiday Gifts to You Blog Hop Schedule

Knowing that November is the time for present shopping and giving back, we’ve timed our blog hop perfectly.

The hop begins Sunday, November 17th and runs through Monday, November 25th. Here’s the schedule for the blog hop. Be sure to visit each blog daily to get your free pattern!

What Do I Need to Do Now?

Nothing really besides marking your calendar. Let me tell you, you don’t want to miss this idea packed gift-themed blog hop!

Mark these dates on your calendar and come back here on Sunday, November 17th to kick off a week long gift giving extravaganza!

2019 Holiday gifts to you blog hop
Sunday, November 17th to Monday, November 25th

What Fabrics Will I Need?

Although the blog hop is gift themed, it won’t be all holiday stuff. Some of the gift patterns might be things you will want to make for yourself, while others will be things you might want to make for others.

So as far as a fabric pull, you might pull out your holiday fabrics…

Or fabrics in your favorite colors….

Or that special precut collection you’ve been dying to make something with…

Or the favorite colors of a special friend, so you’re ready to make them that perfect gift!

In Addition, Before the Blog Hop be Sure to…

  • If you’re on Facebook and you haven’t already, you should join our Partners in Design group. Share your fabric selections and your finished “gifts” in the group! We’d love to see. You can also follow me on Facebook at Inquiring Quilter and join my private Quilting with the Inquiring Quilter group to receive updates.

  • If you’re on Instagram, start using the hashtag #HolidayGiftstoYou to get your friends excited too! Use it when you post a photo of your fabric pull, then later when you finish a gift project. Let’s fill Instagram with #HolidayGiftstoYou photos! If you like, you can follow me on Instagram too, at Inquiring Quilter

  • Also, if you’re on Instagram, be sure to follow the #HolidayGiftstoYou hashtag too, so you’ll see everyone’s photos!

Share the news!

The more people who participate, the more fun this gift giving blog hop will be. So please invite your friends to our quilt along by posting our quilt along button to Facebook, Instagram, and elsewhere. Just right click this button below and choose Save Picture As to save it. Then share it everywhere with a link to my special blog hop page so your friends can read all about it.

Here’s a link to my 2019 Holiday Gifts to You page.

2019 Holiday Gifts to You Schedule and Link Up

A Special Sharing Place!

Besides our Facebook group and Instagram, the Partners in Design will also be hosting a special linkup where you can share photos of your finished gifts. I can’t wait to see what you make so be sure to come back here to link up.

Also, follow me so you can keep up with the blog hop schedule and where to go for each gift pattern. You’ll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

See you November 17th!

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My September Island Batik Challenge

September’s Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to make a quilt for a child, using our new BOB (Block on Board) die for AccuQuilt Go!

With a BOB die, you can cut all the pieces for a quilt block in one run through the cutter. The die I received was for the Spider Web block.

Inspired by the Spider Web block, I decided to create a kid-friendly spider quilt with a Halloween color palette of purple, green, orange and black.

The block pieces you cut with a BOB die all have notches on them. To sew up the block, you arrange the pieces so the notches are all on the same side. The pieces are cut so they align perfectly, with no dog ears. I love that!

To sew the two triangle halves of the block together, you align the notches. I also pressed my seams in different directions so they’d lock when sewing.

I quilted the quilt before adding the spider applique because it was easier. I quilted straight lines out from the center. I didn’t start in the exact center for each line because I knew the spider would cover it up and I didn’t want to crowd the center with quilting.

After quilting, I added the spider applique and stitched down the edge. Batiks don’t really fray but I always coat the edges of my applique with Fabric Modge Podge to prevent fraying. Then I can just straight stitch along the edges instead of having to blanket or satin stitch.

For the backing, I chose a lovely green batik. For the binding, I used a Black Solid batik. Did you know Island Batiks makes solids? They are wonderful, even mixed with cottons. They are easy to sew, hold a nice crisp edge when pressed and are vibrant (and not see through) when used in a quilt.

Click here to view more solids from Island Batik.

Here are the quilt details:

24” x 24"
Original Design
Fabrics: Island Batik scraps, including Background: Black Solid, Web: #121822280 Mini Dots Copper (Flea Market), BE22-C2 (Blenders), 821706250 (Elementz), 121612250 Round Petal Floral Poppy (Pressed Petals), Leprechaun (Blenders), 111708615 (Vineyard), Spider: Purple (Basics), 111925485 Cherries Blackberry (Petal), 121721495 Branches Eggplant (Blue Moon), 11924475 Garden Tools Grape Juice, 121714120 (Morning Sunshine)
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2692 (Black)
Quilting Thread: Madiera Polyneon 40 wt. 1950 (Green) and Aurifil 50 wt. 6737 (Shamrock Green)
Applique Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2130 (Medium Butter), #1243 (Dusty Lavender), #2545 (Medium Purple)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Thanks for stopping by!

While you’re here, why not take a moment and share what you’ve been working on in my weekly show-and-tell linkup, Wednesday Wait Loss? Click here to read all about it and to link up a photo.

Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs, and AccuQuilt GO!

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