I Quilt: Getting ready for the quilt show


Welcome to I Quilt at Pretty Bobbins!  The last week has been a flurry of activity in the studio as I finished off a heap of quilts and have been getting ready to submit them to a quilt show :)  Entry is due by tomorrow, but if you’re interested you can check it out here.

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First up I finished binding “Dream in Colour”.  You may remember it from way back last year…  On second thought I may not have shared it before…  It is pieced using scraps from a beautiful plus quilt (still haven’t finished that one…) and is meant to hang in my studio to remind me to take my vivid, colourful dreams and make them real and tangible.

Made with scraps and quilted with dense, wonky, SLQ

Then I bound my improv, self-reflective, arty-farty piece.  I wrote about this quilt a few weeks back, it breaks all of the “rules” and I will be interested to hear feedback from the judges and people who visit the show.

Not the best photo I’m afraid..

I’m also entering the quilt that doesn’t have a name that I recently had in a local show.  It mixes hand quilting, longarm quilting, improv piecing, needle-turn applique and goodness knows what else! ;)

I’ve filled out entry forms for a couple of minis but then I remembered the Blessings Quilt and my lovely friend agreed that she was happy for me to enter it.

All in all I’ve entered seven quilts and I’ll be stitching on a heap of hanging sleeves if they’re all accepted!  Which is a nice segway to my topic of this week; hanging sleeves.  Do you have a favorite hanging sleeve method or tutorial?  I used the directions from the Canberra Quilter’s recently, but I know many shows provide specific dimensions.  If I am making a small wall quilt for my house, I generally just do a pocket in each corner and hang it with a piece of dowel.  This method has the added bonus of avoiding handstitching ;)

Next time I attach a hanging sleeve I am going to go with a D shape, similar to this tutorial by Tallgrass Prairie Studio.

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I haven’t featured a quilter this week as I haven’t had the time to seek permission and my Dad arrived today and I really need to get out of the studio and spend some time with him :)  Please add your link below and don’t forget to add the linky button or a link to my blog in your post or side bar.  To those of you celebrating, have a lovely Easter and to those of you who aren’t, have a great weekend xx


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8 Comments on I Quilt: Getting ready for the quilt show

  1. Susan
    April 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm (1 month ago)

    I bet every last one of your entries gets accepted and that we will be seeing some ribbons in your future.

  2. Vera
    April 17, 2014 at 11:08 pm (1 month ago)

    Exciting! Good luck!

  3. Jo
    April 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm (1 month ago)

    My mum’s in that MQG so I’ve been hearing about the show a lot :) good luck!

  4. Hilary Florence
    April 17, 2014 at 11:42 pm (1 month ago)

    Hi Gemma, I will keep my fingers crossed for you. I have just entered a quilt in a competition myself, but unlike other countries, most of the quilt competitions in the UK are open to all with maybe a section only by jury entry. The sleeves always have to be 4″ deep and are a pain to stitch on – it is the bit a really don’t enjoy. Thanks for the link – I will check it out to see if I’m doing it right!

    I really wanted to comment on your last post, but with so many replies, wasn’t sure if you would read them all, so I’m adding my comments here. I LOVE what you have done with that fabric. The design is gorgeous and does suggest a landscape, but adding the squares has just lifted it to another level I think. I also the design really works with the colour palette of the fabrics. The quilting style is perfect for it and gives it so much interest close up – it draws you in for a better look. I can’t feel it, but I can imagine it is cuddly. I enjoyed seeing that – can well believe you enjoyed making it.

  5. DeborahGun
    April 18, 2014 at 12:27 am (1 month ago)

    Good luck with all the entries Gemma. I would accept them all if I was in charge! Love the arty-farty piece!!

  6. ChristaQuilts
    April 18, 2014 at 12:50 am (1 month ago)

    Good luck with the show – you do such beautiful work!

  7. Kathi Riemer
    April 18, 2014 at 2:52 am (1 month ago)

    Good Luck!!! Your quilts are so lovely!

  8. Jen
    April 19, 2014 at 7:41 am (1 month ago)

    Good Luck with your entries. I’m sure you will WOW everyone!


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