mini quilt swap

This year, for the first time, I took part in a Mini Quilt Swap. It was run by a website but also via Instagram. I signed up to make a mini quilt for a partner assigned to me living in the USA. Back in early October I showed you my finished quilt:

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Karen Mundt


I posted it to her while I was in New York, and she has since received it and by all accounts is very happy with it!
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I also made a couple of extra little things to include in the package, because that’s apparently the thing to do! A little birdie….
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and some quilted art pieces…
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Last week, I received my mini quilt in the post- its lovely getting a surprise in the mail! This little quilt was made by a German quilter:
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Lovely colours, and I think the design is her own. The quilter’s name is Aylin and she also has a blog.
In addition to the quilt, she sent me some fabric and this cute little pouch which will, I’m sure, be put to good use.
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So, if you’re thinking of joining a Swap, go ahead and give it a try. It’s all good fun!
Some more pictures from my trip now – these ones taken in Hawaii. First, I saw this skirt when shopping at a huge shopping mall in Waikiki- don’t you love the quilting blocks fabric! It’s actually made by a big-name fashion designer (whose name escapes me at the moment), with a price tag to match, so needless to say it stayed where it was!
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You can also design your own flip-flops in Hawaii:
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and I came across this shop specialising in Hawaiian quilts:
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This particular shop only sold ready-made quilts and smaller items-lovely to look around.
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Happy quilting until next week!

on show…

One of the main reasons for my recent trip to the US was to visit the International Quilt Festival in Houston. It was huge, with rows and rows of vendor stalls, let alone another equal-sized area full of quilts on display.
These photos are taken from a window on the top level looking down:
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We left late each day, trying to pack as much in as we could.
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Quilt Festival- leaving for the day

Quilt Festival- leaving for the day


Next time I’ll show some more photos taken at the Festival- I saw some beautiful quilts there!
The members of Gatton Quilters have certainly also been very busy over the past month, if their ‘show and tell’ display at Saturday’s meeting is anything to go by. I unfortunately don’t have any finished projects for showing at the moment, but can show you the works of these busy ladies.
jan_m_bed-runner This is a bed runner made by Jan M, in a French Braid style.
There were a few ‘scrappy’ style quilts:
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Pam This was made by Pam.

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and another..
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Marilyn has been busy making some Christmas gifts:
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and one of our newer members has also done some lovely hand-work:
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I must get busy!

sights of New York

Home from my trip now, I look back with nostalgia on the nearly-four weeks spent travelling the United States. I loved all of it- the sights, the sounds and the experiences. I took lots of photos, and while I won’t bore you with them all here! I thought I’d give you a glimpse of what we saw.
New York was everything you hear about, and more. It’s a beautiful big city, full of people and cars and buildings and lights and sounds and smells.

Empire State Building- the colour changed nightly!

Empire State Building- the colour changed nightly!


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Everything is so much bigger, and so much more of it to choose from. It just boggles the mind. This place we went to for an evening meal was called Little Eataly, and had a huge range of delicatessen produce- fruit and vegetables, meats, breads, fish, chocolates…
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…and fresh pasta…
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…and cheeses, more varieties than I even knew existed!..
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… I had a seafood chowder…
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Expensive as you can imagine, but nice to have tried it!
Times Square was bigger than life…
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This is the six of us – our first day,DSC00229 overlooking Times Square. Seems like just yesterday!

longarm quilting

A quilt that I recently finished longarm quilting for a client, this one is destined to be a raffle prize.
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This quilt also presented some challenges! Anne had utilised some blocks with candlewicking to a lovely effect, combining them with some beautiful Japanese-themed prints. My challenges were to stitch a cohesive pattern across the quilt without encroaching on the candlewicking.
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The majority of my quilting is done free-hand and my machine is hand-guided, but I try to limit any pre-marking on the quilt. I stitched a wavy pattern just on the borders and minimal echo-quilting on the blocks, so that the emphasis rightfully stayed on the candlewick designs.
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The alternating fabric blocks were quilted with the same diamond-with-swirls design in each and the centre panel gave me the chance to highlight some of the elements on the fabric design- outlining a lot but also adding to the design by echoing the bird outlines.
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Here is the quilting from the back:
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The backing was a light cream print, and I quilted it with a cream thread throughout.
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Quilt life in NY

New York has so many things to do and sights to see, including lots of haberdashery -type shops with beads and trimmings and braids and ribbons, no doubt for its fashion districts. While we found lots of fashion fabric shops in the city we only visited one quilting fabric shop- the City Quilter.
DSC00386 Unfortunately the shop had lots of construction happening out the front to get a good photo, but that was the case all over the city. Lots of building and construction and renovations everywhere, so presumably they are making a good recovery from the GFC.
We spent a lovely morning looking through all their goodies.
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Trudy and I also had to choose some fabric o take with us for the workshop we will be doing at the Quilt Festival :) so that enabled us to have a really good look around.
The shop also has its own range of New York-themed fabric with me being a lover of ‘text’ fabric, that was irrisistible.
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We had read about one particular trimmings shop called M&J Trimmings so had to check that out. Look at the sights to see:
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