Saturday, October 3, 2015

Already a Fun Month!

Such exciting things are happening this month! Even more than the usual teaching, and activities in my guilds that include taking an all day "Modern Block Improv" workshop with the renowned Sherri Lynn Wood, which I will be doing next Tuesday.

I learned this week that the 15" X 15" quilt I made for the American Made Brand "Tiny Quilt Challenge" received a "third prize" award in the appliqué category. I designed this quilt, but haven't been able to share it on social media - a stipulation of entering a quilt in the AMB challenge.

My design was inspired by a 15-second ATandT U-Verse commercial seen on television last April when visiting my daughter in Kansas City! It was one of those quick, "oh look at that" moments when I tried to burn the design onto my retinas - moving, multi-colored circles radiating from the lower right side of the screen.

I started working on the design in August. Though I looked for the commercial online, I was unable to find it and I kept referring to the picture in my mind.

The background is improv-piece with several different colors of AMB solids. Then I raided my sewing room closet and kitchen pantry to come up with assorted-size circles to trace onto fabric.

Each fabric circle was hand-basted around the edge, and drawn up around a circle of template plastic. With the template still inside, each circle was hand-appliquéd to the background. Then, from the back I cut away the background to release the template - sort of like giving birth!  


Big stitch quilting is with #8 Presencia pearl cotton. 

Using the "no tails binding" method, I added yellow at two corners to emphasize yellow circles. 




AMB said 228 quilts were entered in this challenge. Forty were selected to be in an AMB exhibit at the Road to California quilt show (Upland, California) in January, with some of us receiving prizes. My prizes are 31 fat quarters of AMB solids, an AMB color card, and an AMB tote bag. Since I already have the latter two items, I'm giving away my new color card and new tote bag. This giveaway has ended.

If you'd like a chance to win, comment to answer my question: 

Have you ever made a solids-only quilt? Did you enjoy it? 

This giveaway is for US quilters only (sorry!). Two winners will be chosen Monday morning. Linda
This giveaway has ended.

32 comments:

  1. Yes I've made several all solid quilts. Two for the AMB challenges. My first one is still traveling with the exhibit and rats I didn't get into the mini challenge. Congrats on your win! Great quilt! Cool prizes!

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  2. I have made several solids only quilts. Suburbs by Cluck Cluck Sew and a baby quilt using the rolling stone block. Love your quilt. Betsydotsmithatverizondotnet

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  3. Congratulations on your win! I love the circles. I've never made an all solid quilt. That would be an Extreme Challenge for me!

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  4. Another winner, so happy for you!!! I love the background, it sets the circles off perfectly. And to answer the question, that would be a no LOL. But I've been thinking about it. Congrats!

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  5. Exclude me from the chance to win, as I have a color card from our tour at AMB, but wanted to say congrats! Fun little quilt, and I love your big stitch quilting and that yellow corner!

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  6. Congratulations, Linda! Your quilt is stunning! I've had a solids only quilt on my "to do" list for quite a while now! It's time for me to get cracking! Thanks for the inspiration! kathryn.sullivan00@gmail.com

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  7. What a lovely little quilt. I was wondering how you appliquéd all those circles, now I know. Congratulations! And answering your question; I'v made two solid coloured quilts; the first one was a smallish Amish Quilt at the class I did in Taiwan with an American teacher and the second was another smallish quilt I did using the "twister" ruler.

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  8. Congrats! A solid only quilt is on my bucket list and I've been collecting solids, but I don't think I have enough yet!

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  9. I just finished the quilt top of my first all solids quilt. I'm playing around with a design for the back. I'll be making more all solids quilts, this one was so much fun! Congrats on your win -- you deserve it.

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  10. I've made one for a guild challenge. It didnt win any prizes. Lol. My Bee Blocks this year will be all solids. Cant wait to see it next year.

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  11. Congratulations Linda. That is so inspiring to hear that you saw a commercial and was able to put it in cloth from memory. I've never made any quilt with totally solid colors, but I do like the way they look. Your quilting looks great on there with the big stitch method and multi colors. Love it.

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  12. I like working with solids very much and have made at least two all solid quilts. Cheers for your placing! I love that one surprise blue circle! clairealex@gmail.com

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  13. It is indeed fun to be recognized for your work. As far an all solid quilt, I started quilting when Amish quilts were very popular so I copied one. I did enjoy it at the time but find it is too simplistic these days. pbxmimi (at) Hotmail ( . ) com

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  14. Cute quilt. I have made a couple solids only...including a Cathedral Window.

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  15. Sadly, I cannot be included in your giveaway, but I cannot let the occasion pass without a huge congratulations on your win! What a delightful mini! Love those circles! And enjoy all those new fat quarters! I bet you have something special planned for those!

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  16. I have made a few all solid quilts and enjoyed it. Solids are such a great way to depict a strong graphic design. But after awhile I long for the riot of big Kaffe like prints.

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  17. Silly me, I forgot to wish you a big congratulations. Your wins are always well deserved and I'm sure there will be more to come.

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  18. So great Linda! You are the queen of circles : )

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  19. Congratulations! I made a solid color quilt quite a few years ago. The background was black. I didn't realize how hard it would be to sew at night!

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  20. Congratulations Linda! I have made all solid quilts. My first quilt 35+ years ago was all solids because mixing prints was such a challenge for me when I started quilting. Judi

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  21. I have not made a solid color quilt. I have two in my list of projects for the future.

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  22. Oh yes, though it was in darker Amish colors and bed size. I truly love it.
    lhs4664@q.com is where to reach me if I were so lucky to win.

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  23. I made my first all-solids quilt when we lived in Amish country. It was fun and of course now I use modern solids, too. I may be a no-reply quilter in spite of my efforts, so my email is ZippyQuilts(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  24. I have an old Amish style ufo from when I first began quilting in the mid 90s. I have been mixing more and more into my quilts and I love the extra s'something' they bring to the party. This quilt is wonderful. Yu are always so brave to put yourself out there!

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  25. You are so clever Linda. You are certainly into the Modern Quilting now, and you must be loving your prize. I really love your big stitch quilting. I really enhances your quilt.
    I made an amish quilt years ago, but apart from that I have never made a quilt in solids only.

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  26. Congratulations! Love your quilt. You know, I don't think I have made a solids only quilt. I saw the AMB challenge and thought about entering, but had too many other irons in the fire. Would love the color card. I'm not sure I know what 'no tails' binding is.

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  27. Your quilt is beautiful! Thanks for showing us how you made the circles. I have made a bunch of quilts using only solids, I really like them.

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  28. I haven't made an all solids quilt yet, but I love yours!

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  29. Congratulaton Linda on your quilt. It Looks great and so fresh! Greetings from Switzerland

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  30. CONGRATULATIONS! Leaving the plastic templates in was Brilliant!
    Am I too late? I love solid quilts and have made a few.

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  31. Congratulations! I love those vibrant colors! blessings, marlene

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