Thursday, May 23, 2013

Second entry into Amy's Creative Side Spring Festival

My second entry into Amy's Creative Side Spring Festival goes into the ROYGBIV category and is my quilt entitled- Journey to the Stars.  Based on Judy Mathieson's Bristol Stars quilt. Measures ~ 96"x96".  This quilt was made from my stash fabrics, cottons, satins, whatever seemed to work.  Two battings, hobbs 80/20 and Tuscany wool. I didn't have a longarm machine at the time of completion so I sent it to be professional quilted by Margaret Solomon-Gunn and she did a magnificent job quilting.  Remember to hop over to the festival, view the great quilts and vote!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Amy's Creative Side Spring Festival Entry

Here's my Baby quilt entry into Amy's Creative side spring festival!                               

Entitled Jungle Babies, this quilt measures 46x46, cotton and minkee, Hobbs 80/20 batting, flannel backing, freehand quilted with my longarm.  Adapted from Kim Schaefer's book "Quilt, bibs, blankies...oh my!"  Made for a co-worker's first baby.

Hop over to Amy's Creative Side and be inspired by all the great entries!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Daily Double! Two Blue Ribbons!

Wow! I'm just floating on cloud nine today!  I won First Place on both quilts, Jamaican Me Crazy and Labyrinth at the QuiltFest on the Mississippi in Lacrosse Wisconsin.  I seriously was not going to enter either of these quilts into any other shows, but my son was very disappointed I didn't enter his soon to be labyrinth quilt into the Sun Prairie Heritage Quilt I searched for another show and entered it and thought "what the hell" and put Jamaican me crazy in as well.  Surprise! I couldn't believe I took 1st place for both quilts! Of course I told my greatest fan (husband, Steve) who wanted to go "No, you don't need to go, I'm sure I'm not winning anything on either of these"...boy was he pissed at me when he found out that I took 2 first place ribbons and he wasn't there to cheer, take pictures and talk to everyone.  Anyway, the show was very nice, as always there are spectacular quilts to inspire and wonderful people to talk to. 

This is what happens when a stranger takes a picture with an unfamiliar camera--Fuzzy....

Better picture, different stranger, actually he asked me to stop talking and moving! lol

Yep! I got prove! 2 Blue Ribbons!

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice week!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Journey to the Stars published

Just got a peek of my quilt, published in an art calendar! YaY!!!
This was posted by Margaret Solomon-Gunn on facebook:
Susan Hogue ya go. Here's our quilt. I especially love that is opens onto the page with my birthday too
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I'm very excited to see my quilt published in the Quilt Arts Engagement Calendar 2014, apparently listed in the month of May.  I've yet to receive a copy and was pleasantly surprised this morning to see it listed on facebook.  I pieced this quilt last year and shipped off to Margaret for quilting, she is such an artist~the quilting is phenomenal! 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jungle babies

I saw this cute little jungle baby quilt on Pinterest and went in search for the pattern, it comes from the book "Quilts, bibs, blankies...oh my!" by Kim Schaefer.  I modified the quilt somewhat and it turned out adorable.  Just pulled it off the rack yesterday, it still needs animal eyes and binding.  It measures ~46x46, batting Hobbs 80/20 and flannel back.  During the entire quilting process I experienced tension issues, too much, too little, thread shredding, it was very frustrating! I'd hate to be one of those quilters who limits themselves to one kind of thread but I certainly see the advantage of doing that! This quilt was made for a co-worker who is expecting her first baby...I hope she likes it! :)   (despite some eyelashes on the back! oops)

 And on another note, here's a picture of my son, Westin who graduated Friday from the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections Officer Academy! I'm very proud of his accomplishments, he's graduated from college, now from the academy and in July he turns 21~~~! Also pictured is my greatest husband, Steve.  He thinks everything I do is amazing!! :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Full Swing Modern Quilt

Earlier this week I posted my Full Swing quilt and decided to try quilting a pantograph E2E design called Feathered Fun.  The quilt measures ~66x66, hobbs 80/20 for batting and glide thread was used.  By the way the quilt pattern is available as a free download from the Fat Quarter website designed by Rachel Griffith from P.S. IQuilt, and Feathered Fun by Lisa Calle is a pantograph available for purchase on Stonehouse Quilting.

The quilting went pretty fast, but it was just crazy working from the back of the machine! seems like I was continually stopping and looking!  This is the first pantograph I've attempted since I purchased my longarm in August so I guess it's not too shabby for the first one.  I don't think panto's will ever be my much eye strain/fatigue

 and the back....the great thing about modern quilts is how you can use all the scrap on the back design.  No extra fabric here went into my scrap stash pile :)

Thanks for stopping by...have a nice day.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

a few flimsy's

It's been an emotional couple of weeks for me... my son was hired by the US Forest Service as a wildland fire fighter and will be stationed in the Mammoth Lakes area in California.  He will be gone the entire fire season with an expected return in November.  He has helped so many people around the world and I feel like I have said goodbye to him too many times.  Now if any of you have been watching the news you'll know that the fires have already started in California and it looks like a beasty, scary year for forest fires.  I pray for his safety and safe return home.  He and his girlfriend, Sammi are driving out and she'll be flying back.  Here they are this morning getting ready to leave...the quilty saying "Road to California" has taken on new meaning for me.

 despite all the activity I have managed to get a few quilts made and they are ready for quilting
This is from "Quilts, bibs, blankies...Oh my!" from Kim Schaefer, I think it turned out adorable, I have a yellow border to sew on yet and some eyes to embroider and then it will be ready for quilting.
 My second flimsy is a quilt I completed awhile back, it's a free online pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop by Rachel Griffith called Full Swing.  I had some great black/white varigated thread, but it continued to shred on my longarm, so I gave up that idea and will quilt it with either black or white thread, I haven't decided yet....
 And this last one is a stash busting quilt...I found going through the fabric was just like turning pages of a photo album, it's funny how I can recall what I made and who it was for with each fabric....and some of the fabrics are over 15 years old!!! It was a real trip down memory lane.  I have way tooo many scrap fabrics and will need to make a couple of quilts before I even put a dent into my stash, but that's a good thing :)

And a picture of my birthday present to myself! I've watched Lisa Calle's Divide and Design and I'm definitely going to give it a go! And I can't wait to use my thread! :)

Hope you all have a good week.  Thanks for stopping by!