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”.

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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Drop

Pattern:  Drop by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company
Size:  19” x 25”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Sanctuary by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics

Completed January 2013

This little quilt was inspired by the “Another Year of Schnibbles” blog hop parade.  Each month, a pattern is chosen and each participant makes something with the pattern in their choice of fabrics.  The pattern was written to use 2.5” pre-cut squares of fabric (mini charm squares).

When I saw the pattern “Drop”, I immediately thought of my hoard of single charm square packs.  The “Sanctuary” one in particular.  Particularly, because I had a bit of yardage to go with the charm pack in my stash.  I also envisioned the wonderful dark pink as a mini-flange.

I had a hard time picking only 25 fabrics that the pattern called for and went with 35 instead, to make it a little bit bigger.  Each block measures 2.5” when finished.  The top was completed in November of 2012.

As a participant in the parade, you are eligible to win prizes.  Most are small gift certificates to various quilt stores, a charm pack or two.  Two participants, however, are chosen to win the larger prize – a fat eighth bundle of a particular fabric line from Carrie Nelson, (the designer for Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company) herself!  I happened to be one of the lucky winners of the bundles for that month!  I have to still find a great pattern to use the fabric for, but don’t worry, it will come to me eventually.

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Oz

Pattern:  Yellow Brick Road by Terry Atkinson
Size58.5” x 85”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  various fat quarters and yardage

Completed March 2013

This quilt was my first quilt I started after I joined the Hawaii Quilt Guild in 2007.  It was offered as a mystery class during a retreat shortly after I moved to Hawaii.  My friends Stacy and Mary Ruth, took me around the island to show me all the quilt stores – I bought the fabric during this trip for the mystery quilt class.

This was everyone’s first introduction to my “lime green obsession”.  When I first made the quilt top, I thought it reminded me of Neapolitan, cherry, and pistachio ice creams, so I called it “Triple Scoop”.  It remained a top from 2007 to 2013, when I decided that I wanted to showcase my time in the guild and this was the perfect top to complete to show the start of my time with the guild.

Bolstered by the success of taking part of my Fleur de Lis applique motif and turning it into a quilting motif, I photocopied part of the border fabric and made the flower motif that adorns each block.

That evening after completing the quilting of this quilt, my husband and I went to see the movie “Oz, The great and powerful”.  I thought it funny that the quilt I worked on that morning was a “Yellow Brick Road” quilt.  Then it hit me – I needed to change the name of the quilt.  I decided to change the name to Oz.

This quilt will forever remind me of the first few months of Hawaii and the fun I had at the class and visiting all of the quilt shops around the island with new friends.

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