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Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival Time!

It's that wonderful time of the year again when those of us not lucky enough to be able to go to Houston for the big show, get to partake in a big show of our own!
Welcome to anyone who has popped over from the links at Amy's Creative Side.  As I write this post, there are already over 220 quilters who have linked up.  It is going to be an intense weekend - for starters! - of blog hopping!
I've decided to share the quilt I made for the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge as part of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.  We were challenged to create something using all the colours in the charm pack, we could add other fabrics, but the charm pack had to remain the focus of the quilt.  I added Kona Ash and Coal to my dark colour range charm pack.


This was a fun one to do, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, even though it involved taking those 5" charm squares and cutting them into 6 pieces and sewing them back together.
 I started the cutting for this quilt at a weekend retreat held by the Blue Mountain Quilter's Guild in April 2011.  When one of the ladies asked what I was doing and I described my project, her first comments were " You know, there's medication for that?"  The name stuck - here's my "There's Medication For That" quilt.


I designed this quilt in EQ6.  The little colour squares on this quilt finish at 1/2", each block at 3.5".


There were miles of sashing strips to be cut in a variety of sizes - thank goodness one of the retreat attendees had a June Taylor Shape cutter - this reduced my cutting time down to a mere fraction of the time, and sold me on getting one of these - if you haven't had the chance to use one, and you do a lot of strip work, it is well worth picking one up! Check out this video!
KC working on layout
figuring out the layout
The top is pieced,
 I strip pieced the leftovers - the strip on the right, and used it on the back of the quilt
I quilted it with an all-over zig-zag, following the shape of the blocks. I don't normally, but for this quilt, I did use my walking foot. (I most often Free motion quilt, in a very organic (read as unplanned!) manner)
simple zigzag quilting
the quilting in progress
finished
quilting finished


Here's how it looks from the back ( to read about what happens when you are watching playoff hockey, and piecing a quilt back, see this post!):
Kona Challenge back


and the view from the front:
Kona Challenge




I love my "There's Medication for That" quilt and it resides in our living room, where I can enjoy it everyday.


Thank you for stopping by, and don't forget the visit all the other beautiful quilts that have been linked up!


Amy'sCreativeSide




Happy quilting!

43 comments:

Heather D. said...

What can be said other than WOW. This quilt is amazing. I have never seen anything like it. I don't think I would be crazy enough to attempt something like this but it is nevertheless VERY inspiring!! Love the backing too.

christhequilter said...

I'm in LOVE!!

all of this started as charm squares??

am in awe of your vision to see this quilt from inception to completion

SewCalGal said...

I do so love Modern Quilts, but yours is truly one of my absolute favorites. Love it.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Valentina said...

WoW! What a gorgeous quilt: modern yet timeless... Love it! Greetings from a fellow Canuck in faraway Cyprus! Enjoy the festival! :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

This quilt just stands out in the line up. SPectacular!!

MooseStash Quilting said...

Whoo-Hoo, now that quiltl is cool!!

Now I have to say, this quilt show, is saving us all a ton of money over traveling to Houston and loading up on things, that probably most of us don't need. :-)

I get the "quilt crazy" sickness every time I go to a show, and buy things I can't even remember pulling out the plastic for, by the time I get home!

Here we see, gather inspiration, and use what we have to create our own versions. So much better in the long run!

And you have given me something to ponder today! Thanks for that!

:-)

Margaret said...

love the quilt!

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

sewfrench.com said...

I love it! Great job and I love how you quilted it!
Thanks for sharing.

Leanne said...

Your quilt is wonderful, so modern and graphic! Thank you for sharing the story too, it sounds like it was a lot of fun to make it.

BaileyGirl5 said...

This quilt is so cool! Wow! I love the simplicity ... yet the complexity. Well, that sounded stupid but I am blown away by this quilt. WOW!

Jolanda said...

Great quilt. Love it!

Pat said...

I just LOVE this quilt!

Joan said...

What a wonderful quilt - great work :)

fallingforpieces said...

Really great pattern idea! The quilt is really striking. I think it's Modern and classic!

Denise :) said...

Wow -- this is a fascinating quilt! I love the back, too! :)

Token Asian Friend said...

Holy cow! I love this close up, and I love this far away! The pattern is awesome! Great job!

Editfolt said...

Greetings from Hungary. I love the abstract pattern .. Staple the beautiful

Jitka Oherová, Czech Repubic said...

So many colours! Very nice. Zou are very hardworking quilter! So many pretty quilts.

Alisa said...

I LOVE your quilt! It looks fantastic.

Nice to 'meet' another Canadian quilter from my own province even. I'm from Chilliwack.

Eden said...

that is a very cool quilt. Somehow the word pixelated comes to mind. I love the back too. Great work.

aubirdwoman said...

I am forever in awe of your work. But you need a Kindle or e reader that talks, so that you can listen to books whilst doing all that cutting and planning. :)

Kit Lang said...

LOVE this! Great quilting too!

Thanks for sharing. :)

Andrea said...

very idea for a quilt I congratulate

Rachel said...

I love this quilt! You have THE BEST projects. So cool!

laura said...

neat quilt!

felicity said...

So so very awesome. Thanks for sharing, Janet!

mb. said...

I love this idea! & I plan to steal it. Well done.

elle said...

Luv the simplicity, the graphics, the colour, the quilting of this quilt.

Prof. S said...

Wow! This is so clever, and ambitious, and original, and (most of all) BEAUTIFUL! Nicely done, and thanks for sharing it :)

Lisa said...

Love it even more now than I did the first time I saw it!

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Wow! You can be really proud of this wonderful quilt. I am so glad I got to see it....!

Eileen said...

What a great quilt. It totally fascinates me. Love it! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

The Thompsons said...

That's a really cool quilt. I love the back, too.

Camille said...

LOVE this layout! I love the impact of the negative space. It's so rad.

Cynthia said...

This quilt is very cool! I love the design and the back and quilting are equally stunning!

Varga Györgyi said...

What a good idea in an amazing quilt! Very nice :o)

KateKwiltz said...

I fell in love with this quilt when I saw it on Flickr, and I'm still smitten! It's beautiful!

tusen said...

Brilliant idea, I love the effect created by the bigger and smaller squares.

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

That quilt is awesome!

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

Beth said...

Really catchy quilt... different in a very good way!!! I would love to look at it every day too.

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

Gosh, what a lot of work! My husband describes our hobby as cutting up fabric and sewing it back together!

Rene' said...

I really, really love this quilt!!! What a cool quilt you made for the RK solids challenge! The design layout and quilting lines all make this quilt so awesome! So glad you kept it for yourself to enjoy.

Laurraine Yuyama said...

YAY! Janet. I love the story for this quilt perhaps even more so because I was there when this all happened! What a great interview too! I'm interested to see if some of that clothing fabric really does end up in some of your quilts! Hugs, L