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RCQG Quilt Show 2015 - Gathering of Quilts

Well, I entered 8 quilts into the quilt show (May 1 and 2) Gathering of Quilts 2015 - RCQG. 

Only one quilt won anything, it was however the quilt I was mot proud of and hoped to have done a bit better.   It was my "Torii at Night" Northcott Fabric Challenge piece.  I received Judge 2's Honourable Mention. 

Challenge Piece - Torii at Night quilt by Scott Schau

Here it is as it was hung in the show. 

There are two main things that I think (from judge's comments) it did not do better, first, I did all of the appliqué before I made the quilt samwich, thus they could not see the back of the work and I did not quilt it dense enough on the top half.  Things to remember for next time.  

However, heveryone thinks it is fantastic quilt - I am very happy with how it tuned out.


Update: Quilt Show Challenge Fabric

I was able to play with the ScanN’Cut that Monica lent me.  I have the Torii legs, moon, and yellow cherry blossoms cut out using it.  I also have one branch cut, will need to do one more and a few cherry blossom petals to cut out. 

The ScanN’Cut is quite easy to use, just limited to 12” x 12”, thus I had to cut the roof of the Torii by hand so it did not have a seam, but it was mostly straight lines and thus quite easy to get.  Here are some pictures of the scan in cut in action. 

ScanN'Cut plus the scan sheet and cutting sheet
ScanN'Cut plus the scan sheet and cutting sheet
Torii Legs in the holder to be scanned
Torii Legs in the holder to be scanned in the ScanN'Cut
Scanning the Moon for cutting
Scanning the Moon for cutting
The Moon after being cutout by the ScanN'Cut
The Moon after being cutout by the ScanN'Cut

Here is a rough (very) layout and I still need to fussy cut the owls, I should get the rest of the cutting done by the weekend.  Will have to play with layout then fuse it down, then appliqué it all and thread-paint the blossoms.  Have some done tests with this and am quite happy with how it should turn out. 

Rough Layout of the Show Fabric Challenge - Torii in the Moonlight
Rough Layout of the Show Fabric Challenge - Torii in the Moonlight

I am being minimal in the parts, don’t want to over complicate the image.  I am not sure how I want to quilt it, but am leaning to horizontal lines in the purple and circles in the moon. I am leaning towards no quilting on the Torii to keep a silhouette.  This is turning out to be a very romantic image, which I am happy about.  It is tranquil and a place that would be nice to visit.  

Curves, Wedges, & Wonky Log Cabins.

On January 31, 2015 I attended a Workshop hosted by RCQG taught by Maggie Vanderweit on Curves, Wedges, & and Wonky Log Cabins.   It was an excellent workshop and I had a lot of fun. 

Maggie's first demonstration on how to cut fabric to create a curve was worth the price of admission.  I have avoided curves for a long time and to see how simple it really was made me excited to try it out.  I got a bit crazy doing it with my first set of fabric and ended up making too many cuts and it did not turn out pleasing in the end.  However, I ended up restraining myself for the next trial and put two pink "flames" into a blue background and got this: 

work done at Maggie Vanderweit workshop on January 31, 2015
Pink "flames" in a blue background - Maggie Vanderweit Workshop on January 31, 2015

for me this is reading as a sky with pink wispy clouds - will have to explore this a bit more in the future.  I am thinking of appliquéing a flower in the lower right and quilting it with horizontal curves that mimic the pink "flame" shape.  

The wedges portion of the day, was interesting, I have done work with wedges and triangles before and made interesting shapes with them.  Arches and curved works to snake around, the technique for cutting curves was used to cut triangles and I can really see how this technique can be used to attach odd shapes together in the future (I used it to add the border to the wonky log cabins I did – see below).   For some reason the wedges did not excite me as much as the curves and flames did or the wonky log cabins did.

The wonky log cabins was fun, wile Maggie did not think mine were wonky enough to start with, I really like how they turned out – I took 6 bold colours (of the rainbow – minus indigo) – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, and cut a rectangle of the same size of each colour.  Then used that as the start of each log cabin, but did not repeat that starting colour in each of the blocks.  I then joined them together with a black background fabric (using the technique we discussed in class).  I think it looks like a stained glass window – thus I am calling it “Wonky Stained Glass”

work done at Maggie Vanderweit workshop on January 31, 2015
 Wonky Log Cabin done at Maggie Vanderweit workshop on January 31, 2015


The key to the technique that Maggie showed us was to keep the two fabrics you wish to join face up when you cut them.  Then join fabric A to fabric B.  You have to line them up as you sew, when you fold it open it lays flat.  This seems so obvious to me know, but could not come up with it on my own.  – Thanks Maggie. 

RCQG - Show Challenge

 The Royal City Quilters' Guild's Quilt Show is this year.  They have challenge fabrics for a nightscape.  

The owl fabric is a bit intense, however, I think I have come up with a way to use both fabrics and give a nightscape.  I took a silhouette of a Japanese Gate (Torii) and placed it in front of a moon with a purple background and had two owls on it and a branch of a yellow cherry blossom in the front on the right side. 

RCQG - Show Challenge
Show Challenge Design 1 - Large Moon

 Then I shrunk the moon and centered it just on the owls.  Trying to figure out which of the two I like most.  Will probably make both and see which one turns out better. 

RCQG - Show Challenge
RCQG Show Challenge Design 2 - Small Moon
RCQG - Show Challenge
RCQG Quilt Show Challenge Design 3

I am going to get to use a brother ScanNCut (borrowed from Monica B.) to cut out the cherry blossoms and then will appliqué them on to the quilt and thread paint over them.  To give them the detail I want. 

 Will post updates as I get moving with this project, would like to get it mostly done this weekend.

Use Grey

The Modern Group decided the next challenge was to use grey as a common element.

I found some great fabric in Calgary that had a gradient of grey from dark to light then back to dark. I cut it in half to get a piece that wheat from dark to light, then I quilted it using two shades of grey thread to have the thread and fabric match, however in the bottom third I used purple thread doe a small section and couched a shiny purple ribbon on to outline the section of purple quilting. 

I then free hand thread painted a butterfly on purple silk and attached it to the upper right of the quilt. 


My plan is to do this one again and use a technique I learned at a Royal City Quilters' Guild Workshop, by Maggie Vanderweit - "Curves, Wedges,  and Wonky Log Cabins". (Jan 31, 2015)

will add a purple wave instead of the purple ribbon. 

wall hanging quilt
Made for the Modern Group Quilt Challenge to use grey.
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