Monochromatic Thread Challenge

Each year, the guild puts on a challenge to members that the results are displayed at our annual show.  This year I volunteered to be in charge of it.

The challenge rules that I came up with were these:

1.  Each participant must buy a spool of King Tut Threads by Superior (these were generously provided by Superior at a reduced cost – Thank you for making the challenge possible!).  They were randomly given to participants; basically, I stuck them in a box and pulled a thread spool and handed it to the person – no choice was given – what color they got was what color their quilt was to be. 

2.  The perimeter could be no less than 36” and no more than 60” – but it could be any shape they wanted.  They could also use any technique to construct their quilt.

3.  The quilt had to be monochromatic based on the thread they pulled.  They could not use white, black, grey, or cream (unless their color NATURUALLY went to those colors – ie: brown goes to cream).  They also had to use at least 50% of their quilting had to be done with the thread provided.

Forty-seven purchased thread to try the challenge and twenty-one completed the challenge

At the guild meeting preceding the quilt show opening, members were allowed to vote for their top three choices.  The votes were then tallied and ribbons were given to the top three.

Here are the entries and winners:

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Sharon Nakasone – The Blue, Blue Sea – Color 1031 – First Place Winner

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Lily Kamikihara – Green Fun – Color # 1008 – Third Place Winner – President’s Choice Winner

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Sue Larson – Exploring Textures in Taupe – Color #974 – 3rd Place Winner

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Jean Harr –Dreaming – Color #1021

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Jo Malmstrom-Okita – 973 – Color #973

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Sally Bartholomew – Blue – Color #1030

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Barbara Vasold – Misty Mountains – Color #1023

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Beverly Powell – Challenge Quilt – Color #1004

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Lorraine Tokuyama – Magma Gone Amuck – Color #1001

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Dawn Peerson – Under the Sea – Color #1032

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John Haushalter – Paradise in Crush – Color #1014

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Ellen Owens – Wrinkled Whelk – Color #1015

 

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Richard Jones – Paradise in Golden Glow – Color #1013

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Rowena Bellando – Lone Palm – Color #1007

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Susan Haushalter – Tear of Envy – Color 1009

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Mary Ann Jones – Celestial – Color #1020

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Barbar Joy – The Bud –  Color #1005

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Donna Kanealii – Welcome – Color #1011

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Mona Bonbright – Rosie Rosie – Color #1018

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Tahmi Brodhead – Tutu – Color #1022

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Charlotte Szarmes – Crazy Cranberries – Color #1000

Welcome to the 2013 Annual HQG Show!

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Welcome!  I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful entries for the Hawaii Quilt Guild’s annual show.  There are some truly amazing artists in the guild!!

Here are links to view more information about my entries to the show.  There are links to additional photos and stories for most of the quilts shown.  You can also peruse more of my projects by clicking on the above link, “Projects”.

2012 Quilt Challenge

Pattern:  by Erin Russek
Size: 13″ x 13
Methods of Construction:  Hand Applique, Hand Embellshed,  Hand Quilting, Machine Piecing.
Fabrics used:  various Batik fabrics

Completed April 2012

This quilt was created for last year’s guild challenge.  The theme was applique and embellishment.  Both of the things in quilting that I have not ever done before.  I was actually afraid of appliqueing by hand – though you could do any type of applique you wanted for the challenge. You can see the other challenge quilts for 2012 here.

I chose the pattern from the blog One Block at a Time by Erin Russek.  She offers a free applique block of the month pattern every year.  I had long admired the patterns, but was not sure I could do them myself.  I bit the bullet and reduced the pattern size to ¼ to fit the challenge requirements.  My friend JoAnne taught me how to back-baste applique and I was off and running on this quilt.

This quilt was the jumping off for me to do hand applique.  While still not my favorite way to create a quilt, it is relaxing sometimes and is extremely portable.

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12 Days of Summer

Pattern:  12 Days of Christmas by Temecula Quilt Co.
Size:  14″ x 17.5″
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Prairie Paisley II by Minick and Simpson for Moda Fabrics

Completed January 2012

This quilt, offered by Temecula Quilt Co. on their blog as a free Block of the Day mystery, was very fun to make.  I was able to use one charm pack for the quilt.

As each block was presented, the number of the day corresponded to the number of patches in the block. So block one has one patch and block twelve has twelve patches.  I took the pattern one step further – there are no repeating fabrics in the quilt blocks – each block has completely different fabrics.

I did not set the quilt blocks according to the pattern.  Since there were so many quilts in blog-land with the same pattern, I wanted to set it in an original setting.  In the end, I chose a simple 3 x 4 layout with sashing.  The border is ½” finished squares.

This was a fun quilt to make and I looked forward to the new pattern each day to see what the mystery quilt would turn out to be.

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Pineapples

Pattern:  Pineapple Tidbits by Buggy Barn
Size:  53” x 57”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  hand dyed fabrics

Completed November 2010

In September 2010, I took a class offered by the guild to learn how to hand dye fabrics taught by Joan Santoro.  I had a lot of fun in the class.  While taking the class, I talked to my friend JoAnne that I had always wanted to make the pattern Pineapple Tidbits by The Buggy Barn, and had always thought that hand-dyes would make it beautiful.  She agreed and we decided to both make the quilt and dye our own fabrics to make it.

I dyed the greens, oranges, and backing for the quilt in October.  JoAnn and I then met to make the quilt.  I completed the top in November 2010.  It did not take long for me to complete the quilt after the top was done – less than a month.  I showed the quilt in the 2011 Hawaii Quilt Guild Show.

It remains one of my favorite quilts.  I have reduced the pattern size to make a smaller sized block for when I need an “Aloha” quilt block for someone leaving the island.

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