Monday, July 23, 2018

Design Wall Monday--Fair Entries

Off the Design Wall!  It was a sweatshop weekend trying to finish everything I wanted to enter into our County Fair, with the deadline of Sunday at 5:00 pm for turning in entries.  My main project was the Metro Twist baby/wall quilt.  I made the bias binding from a purple woodgrain print and rounded the corners using the Quick Curve Ruler, and even made a hanging sleeve.  

I spent many hours hand stitching down the binding to the back, but I did a lot of it while sitting out on the patio enjoying the summer skies and a nice breeze on Saturday.  I'm happy with the way it turned out.  It didn't get a label, but someday it may be a gift for a baby so I'm okay with that. 

Next were two squirrel projects, a pillow from the Frolic Turnover (Sandy Gervais) made into Broken Dishes blocks, and the Yarnover tablerunner.

I chose a simple stitch from one of the four stitch menus on my Husqvarna and used the walking foot and a Hera marker for the quilting.
I was happy to find this aqua blue flower print and the binding fabric in stash.  I used the same quilting stitch on the pillow back hem.  This is such a great way to make a pillow cover, assembling it just like a quilt with the bound edge.  I overlapped the back pieces by about 3-4 inches. 


I think it turned out well.  The pillow form I used was a bit flat but I thought it would be better for display at the fair. 

 The other squirrel entry is the Yarnover tablerunner (Anka's Treasures) from Mini Charms.

After some simple stitch in the ditch I decided to add the embroidery detail, again with a stitch from the Husqvarna.  I selected it from the "utility stitch" section, but liked the way it kind of echoed the yarnover points.    To these three projects I added the set of four Tea Time placemats, the Big Bag of all dotted fabrics I made a couple of months ago, a modern tablerunner I finished for Sewtopia, and the May Stamp cross-stitch in  the hoop, so 7 total entries.  Sadly I didn't end up finishing Sue Goes to the Orient, but chose backing and binding and plan to make a mini quilt. 

My timing was good for getting down to the Fairgrounds, there were a lot of folks sitting around waiting for something to do.  We all had a laugh when I pulled out the Metro Twist and had a bunch of thread tails still sticking out.  A kind volunteer gave me some scissors to trim them off.  They were pleased that I had already looked up the categories I thought were right for my entries, saving a lot of time.  A few more people trickled in the last 1/2 hour of the day.  I'll look forward to seeing my entries when the fair opens next week.  

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9 comments:

AnnieO said...

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Loris said...

Lovely quilty projects! I like the stitches from the machine that you added. They really add interest. Good luck with your entries in the fair!

Janet O. said...

I am impressed with your drive in getting your projects ready. They all look great. I especially like the pillow--those fabrics are so happy and fresh looking.
Clever use of your machine's stitches on your projects.
Good luck--I look forward to seeing your ribbons. :)

Laura said...

Love your QCR quilt! Seeing it makes me want to pull out my ruler and create!

Louise said...

Best of luck at the fair! Your entries are all quite fine. I enjoyed peering at those fancy stitches from your machine. Mine only does straight stitches so those special ones intrigue me!

Joyful Quilter said...

I love the idea of using your sewing machine decorative stitches! I've used a long wavy line (I think you gave me that inspiration) but never thought about some of the other stitch...hmmmm.

Good luck at the fair!

Janet said...

Love all your entries but especially your Metro twist. Best of luck 😊

Mary said...

Your baby/wall quilt is such a happy use of color. I've not been brave enough to try rounded corners yet.

Kate said...

You've got some fabulous entries for the fair! Metro Twist turned out beautifully. Hope you do really well in the ribbon category.