Sunday, April 29, 2012

PMQG Block Challenge 2012

In March, members of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild received a challenge by Michael Miller to use their new Cotton Couture line of gorgeous, silky smooth solid fabrics and make a block. Members were given 8 fat eights from which a block 15½” wide x 18½” high was made. Blocks were turned in at the April meeting ... aren't they cool!

PMQG Michael Miller Challenge Blocks

Here's the block I made:

It was great fun and the Couture Cottons are lovely! They are silky smooth, lustrous and soft without being stretchy.

What is to be done with all these blocks? Well ... Kathy Miller will select 16 blocks to be made into a quilt they will feature at Spring Quilt Market in their booth in Kansas City. Kathy has a tough job ahead of her as well over 40 blocks were submitted. Remaining blocks will be made into a PMQG-collective quilt that will hopefully be shown in the Sisters Quilt Show in July. Any blocks remaining after *that* will be made into charity quilts so all will be well used.

The colors chosen for the PMQG block challenge are:

Fog, Meadow, Clementine, Luna (row 1)
Charcoal, Kryptonite, Tangerine, Aqua (row 2)


Monday, April 9, 2012

Free Motion Quilting Post by Elizabeth Hartman

Be sure and check out the excellent article Elizabeth Hartman posted to her blog with tips on free motion quilting larger quilts with your home sewing machine. Here's a picture of the quilt she discusses in the article:

Xylophone Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman

Click through to her blog to see the entire quilt, front and back. Her blog is one I read and enjoy regularly.

Elizabeth's new book, Modern Patchwork, will be available in June from amazon. I can hardly wait!