Thursday, October 3, 2013

Another Random Linky. Oh Joy. But Wait There's More!

Actually, I'm getting lots of comments that you are liking the recent random linkies, so let's do one more. How about this week link up something you aspire to - a technique, an actual project, a style - what's it for you right now?

For me, one thing is really stellar straight-line quilting. On my last project, I did plenty of straight-line, but I had some issues with occasional puckering. I'd really like to get over that. Megan/Canoe Ridge Creations has some helps: Straight-line Quilting: Tips & Techniques. I'll be skimming that piece as well as researching elsewhere to see how I can improve my own technique.
StraightlineQuilting

Next up for today, I just gotta tell you I am beyond pleased (read: astonished) to have found my name on this list yesterday: 2013 AQS Modern Quilt Challenge – Award WinnersExcuuuuse me? Wow. What an honor. The quilt is "Common Affection," and you can read my original post about it here. This is the first time the American Quilter's Society has had modern quilt categories, so that's exciting! My quilt won the "Creative Use of Neutral Fabrics Award." I really need to thank the members of the Mid-Century Modern Bee, as they helped me by making blocks and a special thanks to Linda/Flourishing Palms for encouraging me to enter the competition in the first place!
photo by Kim Ogle

There's a certain handbag I want to make and when I realized the handles suggested were oversees, I went looking for a U.S. source. Sara/Sew Sweetness responded to my inquiry with a couple of suggestions: HautMess and TallPoppyCraft. Just an fyi for the rest of you in the U.S. Side note: Purse Palooza is going on now - always lots of purse-goodness there!

After making my Anticipating Autumn quilt I really wanted to try a scrappy little maple . . .
Mini Mapleand decided to make myself a fall mug rug. I was inspired by Darcy/Modern Cozy's mini maple quilt
Mini Maple Mug Rug

And finally, many of you may know of Kathreen Ricketson, who died tragically in May 2013. I'm sorry to say I did not know of her until that time, but have since read about her and her work. So I was interested to see a blog tour for her newly published book, Brave New Quilts. It looks awesome and inspiring and went straight on my wish list. I thought some of you might be interested too . . .
Brave New Quilts

That's it for this random Thursday. Hope it's a good day for you.
Linking up with Random Thursday.

20 comments:

  1. I saw the new Kathreen Ricketson book- I have put it on my 'must have' list too; such a sad end to an incredible life. Now, I'm off to think about my aspirations......

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  2. congrats on your award, well deserved! At the moment I just aspire to stop coughing long enough to do ANYTHING.

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  3. I have been reading that book, it is wonderful. Congratulations on the win, I sure love that quilt. I hope you share the things you learn on the straight line quilting.

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  4. Congratulations on the award! A well deserved one for that quilt!

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  5. Debbie!!! Congratulations on the award, that's so exciting!! And well-deserved, it's a beautiful quilt (that does indeed make excellent use of neutral fabrics). I can't believe you put that SECOND in this post, if I had won something I would have been shouting it from the rooftops. LOL.

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  6. Congrats on the win Debbie!!! Look forward to reading more about the straight line quilting. I've done a little but nothing really close together.

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  7. I love the little fall mug rug, and CONGRATS on the quilt show honour. :)

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  8. Congrats on the award, Debbie! That's incredible, and so very well deserved.

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  9. Congratulations Debbie! How exciting - that quilt like all your quilts are most beautiful! I love also the little maple mug rug! x Teje

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  10. What great news, Debbie. I know you're genuinely surprised but the rest of us aren't. It I'd fantastic.

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  11. Congrats on your win...so exciting.

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  12. I'm glad the judges recognized how special and unique your quilt is. Congrats!

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  13. Great post, Debbie! Congratulations on the quilt...it was fun to be part of it. I sure like that little maple leaf!!

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  14. You're awesome!!

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  15. Beautiful quilt!! Congrats on the award, well deserved!! And, I love your leaf mug rug, so special!!

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  16. I'm so excited for your award! I live in southern Minnesota and took today off to travel down to Des Moines to the AQS show. I couldn't be more thrilled to be able to view your quilt in person. I remembered it immediately. Well done and well deserved. I enjoy your blog so much!

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  17. Great things to think about here--I didn't know you did a link! Have to keep up with you!

    Elizabeth E.
    opquilt.com

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  18. Congratulations on your win. You deserve it and thank you for the link to the purse site.

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  19. Congratulations on winning that well deserved award, Debbie! And what a clever name you gave it. Very sweet moniker for a very sweet quilt!

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