Friday, April 6, 2018

Some Happy Things

On Thursday I received good news... my Triangle Mini Challenge Quilt was accepted, and will appear in the next issue - #4 - of Curated Quilts magazine!

Because I was asked for the quilt name, for publication, I had to come up with something! I named it "Always Add Orange," based on the fact that I include orange in almost every quilt I make, and in my home decor.
15" X 15"

It looks like 111 quilts were submitted for the challenge - you can see all of them here - though I don't know how many have been chosen to appear in the magazine. I only know I'm honored and thrilled!

For Easter Sunday dinner we were invited to the neighbor's house. After the yummy meal, I watched Dave, the hubs, pull on a sweatshirt because he felt cold, I suggested that he might like one of my quilts. I explained that they were brightly colored, and might not suit their home decor, but he said he was interested.

So this week I walked over with four of my quilts, ready to give away whichever one he chose. He picked "Wiggle Me Colourful." The quilt's strips of color were made with saved-up pre-cut 2-1/2" squares, and pieced on my kid-sized aqua Janome machine during numerous Big Cypress Quilters meetings.

This quilt was my first finish in 2017, and it's been in the top of the closet since then.
57" X 65"
I was happy to give it to Dave, and appreciated seeing it in use in this picture sent by his wife.

This week I used a freshly-made batch of homemade basting spray to sandwich the first wedges quilt I put together. After posting this picture to Instagram, and mentioning that the quilt needs a name, I received several suggestions. Stephie in Kalamazoo, Michigan suggested "Roulette" and I'm rolling (ha!) with it. 

The first quilting stitches are in. So far I've used three colors of Aurifil 50-weight threads: white, silver gray, and turquoise.

For quilting I'm using both my Bernina Aurora 440, and Janome 1600p machines - the Bernina because I prefer its walking foot that I used to quilt the large curves; and the Janome because it has a larger harp (9-1/2") for ruler work. The 1" circles were free motion quilted on the Janome. 

I might be adding quite a bit more straight line quilting because this is such a busy design already. Certainly, quilting days are ahead.

I'm also going to make a book recommendation: "The Woman in the Window," by A. J. Finn. I've been listening to it in audiobook format, and I'm spellbound! It has a sort of "Rear Window" (the movie) feel to it. I can't wait to take another long walk or fold laundry, so I can listen more! Linda

16 comments:

  1. Congrats on having your quilt shared in Curated Quilts! That's awesome. And I loooove the story about giving your neighbor a quilt - does a quilter's heart good. ;-)

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  2. Your quilting is amazing as is your design work. What a creative spirit you have; giving spirit, also.

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  3. I love how “Always Add Orange” turned out! Congratulations on being included in the Curated Quilts issue! You are a very talented lady, Linda!

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  4. Dave is blessed to have one of your lovely creations, and clearly he's enjoying it. How thoughtful. I love the transparency of the triangles- congrats on its publication. The wedges- lovely. Love the direction of your work.

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  5. I’m always looking for a good book recommendation! Dave’s quilt looks right at home! It’s quite obvious that he was pleased. Linda, congratulations on your big thrill! I love your curated mini, and I think you chose the perfect name for it!

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  6. Congratulations on the Challenge. Its a terrific piece and the name suits it nicely.

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  7. Congratulations, Great design, i’m Glad it was accepted.

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  8. You are Supahcool, Linda.
    I love the quilt wrapped around Dave, I also love the Orange quilt, and this amazing Roulette quilt is just such a happy quilt, I love the fmq and all of the fancy quilting.
    Happy Reading. I have been reading a book while treadmilling. I have to actually read it but whatev. My dad gave me the book. I like non-fiction or history.
    Happy week-end đŸ˜‡

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  9. Great post, Linda! Isn’t it fun to give a quilt that is so thoroughly enjoyed! So glad your quilt was picked for the mag— it’s delightful.

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  10. Congratulations on having your quilt accepted in the magazine.

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  11. Awesome, Linda! Congrats on being included an upcoming issue! Your mini is masterfully designed and executed! Well done! Roulette is the a great name for your quilt!

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  12. Congratulations Linda on your triangle quilt soon to be published in Curated Quilts!

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  13. "Always Add Orange", a great name and a beautiful quilt! I remember "Wiggle Me Colorful" and I'm glad it's found a home and is being used! Dave sure looks cozy. I'm in awe of Roulette and am holding my comments for the finish!

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  14. I can't believe I missed commenting on this post--I read the posts when they come into my mailbox, but have to remember to go and leave a comment so you'll know how much I enjoyed it. And this one has so much fun stuff--a gift of a quilt to a neighbor, quilting-in-progress, and a happy piece of news, with your acceptance into Curated magazine! Congratulations!

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  15. Beautiful quilt, I can see why Dave chose it. Thanks for the book recommendation. I listen to audio books as I sew. Congrats on the acceptance, I love the name! ��

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