Couch to 5K to QuiltCon 2019

Couch to 5K full view

Couch to 5K

My husband and I started an exercise program called Couch Potato to 5K this past summer.  It’s a phone app.  The app starts with a warm up, followed by one-minute runs and one-and-half minute walks.  During our “training” one morning, I commented that “little by little” we would reach our goal– just like quilting.  To document our progress, I made a small block representing how far we had gone each day.

But, once football practice started, we stopped running and we didn’t run a 5K.  I did, however, make a quilt with the ones I had pieced.  Five weeks of running! With such small piecing, resulting in bulk, I struggled with the quilting and used only a few straight lines for each row.
Couch to 5K detail view[3172]

It finished at 26″ by 31″.  I entered it into QuiltCon 2019, small quilts category, and it was accepted.

I’m sure there is a moral to this story.

Keep moving,

Wanda

 

How to Make Perfect Flying Geese or not

Lost in the Elevator

Lost in the Elevator

This quilt took more than a year and a half to make– from design to binding.  I started this quilt to enter the Flying Geese Challenge for last year’s QuiltCon.  (I didn’t make the November 2017 deadline).  I envisioned a quilt with perfectly-made flying geese in sizes from 18″ by 36″ to 1.5″ by 3″.  I used the No-Waste Flying Geese method to make four at a time — you can find the Flying Geese No-Waste tutorial from Patchpieces.com

After making a few of these, I got frustrated with exactness, and my need to make improv blocks took over.   In the end, this quilt represents my approach to design and quilt.  I like the mix of randomness and exactness.  The excitement of not knowing how the pieces will land makes me happy.  Finding a way to make it work together also gives me joy.  The hand quilting also shows my struggle between these competing ideas.  There is a mix of straight stitching and curved chaos.  The quilt finished at 54″ by 54″.

Since I have made a lot of Flying Geese blocks, I made a perfect points tutorial for the Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild to use for this year’s QuiltCon Charity Challenge.   I’m providing that here– PERFECT POINTS TUTORIAL for flying geese.

Lost in the Elevator Detail View

Mod Drunk is part of Best of QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit

The Modern Quilt Guild selected Mod Drunk as part of the Best of QuiltCon 2018 Traveling Exhibit. I was pretty excited when I got the news! I’d love to go where my quilt is going. Anyone up for a world tour with me?

Here’s the current schedule (subject to change). I got it from the executive director, Alissa Haight Carlton, in an email, but it is different than the upcoming events calendar on the MQG website.

Mod Drunk at Quiltcon 2018