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”.

Awesome

Pattern:  Awesome by Sunflower Seeds – for Moda Bake Shop
Size:  46.5″ x 55.5″
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Buttercup by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics

Completed January 2012

This top was made in April 2011.  I am known in the guild for the use of Moda pre-cuts, especially Jelly Roll Quilts.  If you don’t know what a Jelly Roll is – it is 40 strips of fabric, 2.5” by the width of fabric.  I had to include at least one Jelly Roll quilt in this collection since it is what I am known for.

This quilt top was made when I was sewing with my friend Susan one day.  I kept having to rip the seams because I kept sewing them wrong.  Even after I thought the top was complete and posted about it, I noticed there was still a messed up seam.  The pattern was very simple, it was just a matter of distractions while sewing – namely fun and friendship.  Strait line stitching was the best for the quilting to accentuate the lines of the quilt.

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Oh Peacocks!

Pattern:  Quilted Tote Bag by Val Wilson
Size: Large Tote Bag
Methods of Construction:  Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Plume by Timeless Treasures

Completed April 2013

This bag was made while taking the latest guild class by Val Wilson.  I learned so many new tricks with this bag.

I chose to use this peacock fabric before I realized that the pockets that the bag intended to have would cover up the beautiful peacock.  What to do?  I agonized about it until the class got to that step.  I had started to just omit one pocket so that the peacock could shine through.  I then realized with some of my extra fabric, I could make a hidden pocket!  By matching up the lines of the peacock, I made a pocket that still showed off the motif.

I also added a zipper to the top since I like to have a little more security in my bags than just one button that the original pattern called for. 

The fabric was bought again while out with friends.  I have made a matching laptop sleeve and a matching tablet sleeve with the lining fabric for when I travel to the mainland next month.

The beaded zipper pulls are also my creations.

Val Wilson’s pattern is a great one!  I can’t wait to make another!

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Flourish

Pattern:  Fleur de Lis Flourish by Sue Garman
Size:  40″ x 40″
Methods of Construction:  Hand Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Rouenneries Deux by French General for Moda

Completed March 2013

This quilt was my first real hand applique project.  My friend JoAnne was working on another pattern from Sue Garman when this pattern came out in Quiltmaker Magazine, July/August 2012.

When constructing this quilt, I used the paper-cut method of cutting out the pattern.  I traced 1/8 of the pattern onto a folded piece of freezer paper and then cut it out like a snowflake.  Once the pattern was cut out, I fused the freezer paper to the back of the background fabric and traced around the pattern.  I then used the back-basting method of applique to construct the four blocks.

Using the Fleur de Lis fabric was a natural choice for this quilt.  I had some extra from another project that is still ongoing (and I ordered a bit more just to be sure!).  Trying to make sure all the Fleur de Lis were going the same way when using scraps was a task.

The quilting of each applique piece took me what seemed like forever to complete.  I went really slowly with my walking foot.  The border quilting was my first “intricate” quilting pattern.  I even photocopied one of the Fleur de Lis “petals” and used it as a pattern to quilt the corners of the border.

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