Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

I just realized I never posted here with my good news about my Snapshots quilt! Oh a whim, I decided to submit it for consideration for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, which is held in Hampton, VA every year. A few weeks ago, I received a letter from them and I said to my husband, “Oh here’s my rejection letter!” but it wasn’t a rejection!

MAQF Acceptance Letter for Snapshots Quilt

I delivered Snapshots to the show early last week and then the wait began! I had a beginning free-motion quilting class on Thursday, which was so much fun. The teacher was Ashley Nickels and she was so great! Here are some of the samples I made in the class:
Free Motion Practice

During our lunch break, I fast-walked through the show floor to find my quilt. I ended up not winning a prize, but I felt like a Best of Show winner when I saw it hanging up there! ❀ ❀ ❀

Snapshots hanging up at MAQF

Snapshots and I at MAQF

These two ladies were inspecting her when I walked up, so I prevailed on them to take a picture of me with my quilt. They were more than happy to oblige. ❀

Snapshots being viewed by admirers

Here’s the catalog with my name in it:
My name in the MAQF catalog

So, all in all it was a super fun day! It was amazing to see my quilt hanging up with so many other gorgeous quilts and my free-motion class was a blast! πŸ™‚

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Finished!! – Snapshots Quilt

My first finish of 2016!! I started this one on February 26, 2015 and finished it today, January 11, 2016. Here’s the front:

Snapshots Finished - Front

Robin Wilson at Ormond Beach Quilts quilted this one with a design called Lida and it is beautiful! She has a great eye for what pattern will look great on a quilt! πŸ™‚

This was the first quilt I ever made with a pieced back. Here’s the lovely camera on the back:

Snapshots Finished - Back

And here’s my favorite block, the sewing machine, of course!

Snapshots Finished - Sewing Machine Block

Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for all these great patterns. I just love how this quilt came out! I’ve submitted it to be considered for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, so we’ll see what happens with that. πŸ™‚

This is my first finish for the 2016 Finish-A-Long Q1!

In Progress – 2016 Finish-A-Long

I’m going to be participating in the 2016 Finish-A-Long! I’ve put together a list of eight projects that I want to get finished this year. As I finish them up, I’ll probably be adding things to the list. I’m pretty sure everyone’s quilting to-do list is a mile long, right? πŸ˜€

2016-FAL-beginning

Starting from the top row, left-hand side and going around clockwise, here’s my list of projects:
1. Undercover Maker Mat by lillyella stitchery – pattern from Craftsy here – I have all the supplies for this one, but I haven’t started yet. FINISHED – JANUARY 31, 2016 – See post here –Β Finished!! – Undercover Maker Mat
2. Double Cross Mystery Quilt by Heather Spence Designs – The top is done on this one and I’ve sandwiched it. I just need to decide how I want to quilt it.
3. New Years Day Mystery Quilt by Heather Spence Designs – I have the blocks sewed into rows now, so I just need to put the top together and quilt it.
4. 2016 Temperature Quilt designed by me – I’m doing two patches for each day, one for the high temperature and one for the low temperature. Each patch will be 2″x4″ finished to make a block for each day that will be 4″x4″ finished. I’m going to have a block for the year and a block for the name of each month as well and then one extra at the end for a grid that will be 19 blocks x 20 blocks. I think this one is going to be really fun to make. πŸ™‚
5. Snapshots by Fat Quarter Shop. This one needs quilting and binding. FINISHED – JANUARY 11, 2016 – See post here –Β Finished!! – Snapshots Quilt
6. Paradiso Beach Quilt designed by me – Just a simple quilt top made from charm packs. I need to pick a backing fabric. This one also needs quilting and binding.
7. Heart Wall Quilt designed by me – I’m making a smaller quilt to hang up over our fireplace in the living room. I don’t have any real Valentine’s Day decorations, so I’m going to make a heart quilt! I have the fabric and pattern for this one, so I just need to get started. FINISHED – JANUARY 29, 2016 – See post here –Β Finished!! – Heart Wall Quilt
8. Stitch People Family Quilt designed by me using the Stitch People book – I just received the fabric I ordered, so I’m ready to start this one as well.

Oof! That’s quite a list of projects! Can’t wait to get started! πŸ™‚ Happy new year! πŸ™‚

In Progress – Snapshots Quilt – Top Complete

I finished the quilt top and the pieced back today! I can’t wait to get this one bundled up and off to my long-arm quilter! It’s so adorable! ❀

I put the borders on the top today after I finished sewing the back together. Aren’t those blocks cute?

Snapshots Quilt Top

The backing for the quilt is pieced as well. I’ve never made a quilt with a pieced back before, so I’m interested to see how it will look after it’s been quilted. I love that camera block! ❀

Snapshots Pieced Backing

In Progress – Snapshots Quilt – Top Complete

I finished blocks 9, 10 and 11 a few days ago and I was getting ready to post a picture of the almost finished quilt top, when Fat Quarter Shop released the 12th pattern early! I figured I’d go ahead and get that one done and then post the whole completed top. πŸ™‚ So, here it is and Β I love it!

Snapshots Quilt

I’m waiting on one piece of fabric to arrive for the backing and then I can finish it up too and get it off to the long-arm quilter. Can’t wait to have this one finished up. πŸ™‚

In Progress – Snapshots Quilt – Block #8 Like Riding A Bike

I wasn’t particularly looking forward to making this block because of all the pieces. My set of Alphabitties has A-Z and 0-9 and I had to label a few pieces with post-it notes on top of that! After we got done with homeschool this morning, I started cutting and labeling and sewing. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Keep calm and follow the directions, right? πŸ™‚

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In Progress – Snapshots Quilt – Block #6 Triple Scoop Sundae

Triple Scoop Sundae is block #6 in the Snapshots Quilt. It was so much fun to sew this one today, on one of the hottest days of the summerΒ so far! I may have to take the kids to get ice cream later. πŸ™‚ Snapshots Quilt is fromΒ Fat Quarter ShopΒ and you can find all the patterns and YouTube video tutorialsΒ here.

Snapshots Quilt - #6 Triple Scoop Sundae