2014 Trend-Tex Challenge “Modern Ways”

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The modern quilt movement has dominated the quilting media over the past couple years, so perhaps it wasn’t surprising to see the theme for the 2014 Trend-Tex Challenge: modern ways. What better way to delve into modern quilting than to make a modern quilt?!

The Beginning of Time (Quilt)

Focus Fabric

Some quilts practically design themselves, as the inspiration flows seamlessly into shapes and motifs, colors and fabric. Not this one.

It’s About Time

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What time is it? What is it time for? For me, it is time to start a major new quilt project. And this quilt is all about… time!

Friends with Flourish

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One of the best things about teaching quilting workshops is seeing the students’ final results. When this student showed up for class with a stack of bright hand-dyed fabrics and matching hand-dyed thread, I knew she was going to come up with something special.

Kristy’s Quilt

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Are you looking for a heartwarming quilt-related gift for a child or grandchild in your family? Kristy’s Quilt is based on the true story of a spunky little 10-year old quilter who blossoms at the In Stitches Quilting Retreat.

Table Runner with Flourish Kits

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To make it easier to make your own table runner with flourish – either in a workshop or on your own – there are now four kits available. Choose from two sizes and two colorways to make a beautiful heirloom for your home or as a special gift.

Christmas Quilts

Soft Edge Piecing Poinsettia Wreath

It is always fun at this time of year to get out the Christmas decorations and for me, that includes a few wall quilts.

Candle Mat with Glitter Thread

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Glitter Hologram is a metalized polyester thread, ideal for adding sparkle and dimension to embroidery or quilting. I used it to stitch snowflake designs onto circular candle mats.

Four Years of Blogging!

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We celebrate the fourth anniversary of Kathy K. Wylie’s Quilting Blog with our annual retrospective of the top ten most-viewed articles from the past four years.

And the Winner is…

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I will be giving away a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 to someone who left a comment during the blog tour last week. And the winner is…

Fiddleheads

Fiddleheads

Welcome to the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 blog tour. My block “Fiddleheads” was inspired by the center motif in the violin block from the quilt Instruments of Praise.

Apliquick Appliqué Tools

Apliquick Tools

One of the demos at International Quilt Festival that really captured my attention was by a vendor from Spain called Apliquick. She showed us how her appliqué tools could be used for a glue-basted preparation of fabric patches.

2013 IQA Silent Auction

Roundabout

My entry into the 2013 IQA Silent Auction is called Roundabout. The design is based on the center medallion from the 2011 IQA Founders Award-winning quilt Flourish on the Vine.

Stained Glass Appliqué

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Discover three methods, along with some helpful tips, to create beautiful stained glass window quilt designs.

Quilt Canada 2014

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It is my very great privilege to be part of the teaching faculty for Quilt Canada 2014. On-line registration begins Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 and you can find more information here.

Canadian Quilt Talk Podcast

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Canadian Quilt Talk is a weekly on-line podcast hosted by Brandy Lynn Maslowski. This week’s Episode 15, being released Thursday October 10th, will include an interview with me!

Clutch Purse with Kimono Silk Thread

Kimono Silk Purse

Kimono Silk is a 100-weight Japanese filament silk thread. I used it to add decorative quilting to a small clutch purse.

Circle Patterns

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A myriad of shapes are possible simply by repeating or overlapping circles. These appealing circle patterns make great machine quilting motifs. Here are just a few ideas.

Geometric SHAPES in Quilts: Circles

Flourish Center Circle

In our series of Art Concepts for Quilting, we have yet to examine the geometric shape of circles. This beautiful shape has been so prominent in my recent work that I decided to write about it now.

Machine Stitched Polka-Dot Flowers

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Here is how to use a built-in decorative stitch on your sewing machine to create polka-dot flowers.

Pillowcase with NiteLite Thread

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NiteLite Extra Glow is a 40-weight polyester glow-in-the-dark thread from Superior Threads. I used it to embroider decorative elements on a pillowcase.

The Quilts of Glenn Gould

The Real Glenn Gould

Abstracted is a Fiber Art Network exhibit where pairs of artists were challenged to illustrate their subject, one in a representative fiber art piece and one in an abstract/non-representative piece. Read about one pair here.

MasterPiece Cotton Thread

Hot Pad with thread

MasterPiece, from Superior Threads, is a 50-weight Egyptian-grown extra-long staple cotton thread. I tested it for piecing, applique and machine quilting. Would I consider switching from Aurifil?

Baby Lock Crescendo Sewing Machine

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After 13 years of quilting on my faithful old Bernina 170, I am now the proud owner of a Baby Lock Crescendo sewing machine.

Cymbals and Braces

Flute block

Cymbals are repeated twice in Psalm 150 and four times in the quilt “Instruments of Praise”. And what are braces?

Flute Block

Flute block quilted

“Praise Him with the strings and flute”, it says in Psalm 150. Here is the flute block from the quilt Instruments of Praise.

Violin Block

Violin block resampled

Psalm 150 continues with the exhortation to “praise Him with the strings”. I decided to interpret “strings” with a simplified violin.

Tambourine and Dancing

Dancing resampled

We’ve been taking a closer look at the quilt Instruments of Praise, which was inspired by Psalm 150. The psalm says to “praise Him with tambourine and dancing.

Lyre Block

Lyre block resampled

Psalm 150 says to “praise Him with the harp and lyre. Find out more about the lyre block from the quilt Instruments of Praise.

Trumpet Block

Trumpet block resampled

“Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, it says in Psalm 150. And so, one of the blocks in the quilt Instruments of Praise was designed to showcase that instrument.