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Madison Quilt Expo

I went to the Madison Quilt Expo yesterday with my mother-in-law, my mother, my aunt (my mom's twin sister), and my grandmother. We spent most of our day there, from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m.

I bought some fat quarters to start work on an applique wallhanging pattern of pumpkins. I bought the pattern at the show last year. I also bought an asian-inspired panel with a pagoda and cherry blossoms. I don't know what I'll do with it, but I like it.

There wasn't anything in the expo part that really blew me away this year. My relatives were telling me that they liked my witch quilt better than any of the versions they saw at the show - which was nice of them. I still have to take a picture of that. Some of you have seen it, but I mean to put it up on this website.

I have so many projects to do - I'll be lucky to finish them all.

Autumn compass (hand quilting border.... need to finish)
Stars of Avon quilt (started piecing)
Lucky Stars quilt (have fabric - not started)
Pumpkins wallhanging (have some fabric - not started)
Phoenix wallhanging (have some fabric - not started)
Quilted pillow (have kit - not started)
Storm at Sea (have pattern - not started)
Snowflakes wallhanging (have pattern - not started)
His Majesty the Tree (yeah, right... in my wildest dreams - have pattern, too intimidated to start)
Tree skirt (in my head, not started)

I have several other pattern books I'd like to try someday, but the list above is the most concrete list of things to tackle (with the exception of HMtT, hahaha).

Dragon has settled down - he's looking like he might take a nap on the sofa next to me with the squirrel.

Haunted Hill

Here's my version of the Haunted Hill pattern: (click on the thumbnail for the medium sized version, click on that for the full)

The beads are just there for the general idea. I would like to find shiny orange beads that are slightly smaller. I like it though... I think it's funny.

I added a cat and an owl, changed the witch's face, broom, and the bats. I'm very happy with it. I still have to add the borders (I want to use the polka dotted material for one border) and stitch down the applique, which might be the hardest part.

Should I give the witch an eye too?

5 comments. Last comment by bsktaddct@yahoo.com.

It's never too early to think about Halloween. I bought a quilt pattern yesterday:

I want to modify it a little, and I am using different fabrics. I think it will look nice! It's only 18x24 or something when it's finished.

1 comment. Last comment by Musevia.
So what do you do with all of your new found free time?

I work on various projects. I wanted something small to do to take a break from the queen sized Stars of Avon quilt. I got this Mariner's Compass pattern for Christmas. It looked like it might be a nice side project. It will be 36"x36" or something - wall sized. I wanted autumn colors. I wanted to get this done quickly and relatively cheaply since I wasn't sure if I'd like doing it. I picked out some fabrics, and they're not my favorite, but I think I like them in combination. I tend to like brighter colors and batik type things or tone-on-tone printing (see Lucky Stars or Stars of Avon). Most of these fabrics look a little too country for me.

I have to say I am pleased with the result so far:

There will be flying geese (the triangle strips) in a border all the way around, and some more fabric to complete the top. The compass will be set on point like that, with one of the red points up. Now that I've done one of these, I'm not sure I'll do one again. Lining up all of those points on 7 seams was HARD.

I have had a hard time with the instructions for this pattern. The cover illustration is NOT what the instructions are for. And really it's hard to picture what the instructions would give in the end. I had to sort of reverse engineer the instructions to get what I want.


They always say you're more likely to follow through with your plans if you share them.

Stars of Avon queen+ sized quilt

Lucky Stars queen sized quilt

paper pieced snowflakes wall quilt

wall quilt with fabric folded sunflower in a square from Creative Tucks and Textures (not the cover image)

wall quilt mosaic sampler from Bella Bella Quilts: Stunning Designs From Italian Mosaics (not the cover image)

wall quilt Autumn leaves (no pattern yet in mind)

Before I die:
storm at sea
cathedral window
flannel baby quilt
mariner's compass and/or the cover of the Bella Bella book
more to come...