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The Creative Spark

Happy Memorial Day!  Ahh, the start of summer vacation…in another week.  Last week I said goodbye to my seniors, and I have three days to clean out and move my classroom this week before Graduation for the Class of 2015 on Friday.

Today, I spent a few minutes cleaning up the piles next to my sewing machine and organizing projects for the coming weeks.

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Does anyone recognize this little bundle?  Riley Blake offered members of the Modern Quilt Guild some fat eighths as a fabric challenge.  I have plans for improv piecing and applique.  I hope I can create something to make the vision in my head!

The next treasure I found:image

some I-Spy blocks.  I need to verify the layout I had in mind so I can finish and write a pattern.

I was successful in my hunt for these squares, which went up on the design wall immediately:image

They will become a Lil Twister wall-hanging.  I meant to crop the photo, but I forgot, so you can see the “Cherry Pi(e)” block in the corner.  I still have my eye out for more cute prints to use in that project.  If I can find some small scale flags, I will make the “American Pi(e)” next!

And my diversion…imageDragonVale, a game on my iPad!  Very simple premise, hatch dragon eggs to display on island in your park.  I like the artwork and some of my online friends play so we help each other out during special events in the game.

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry

Fall 2014 BQF Button

I am entering my Rainbow Twister in the ROYGBIV category.

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I made this quilt in 2012, but this is the first time I have entered the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This quilt was born out of a fabric swap.  Each person chose a color and we swapped 5″ squares.  I laid out the colors from light to dark, and I had enough squares to make two rows of each color, so I alternated the gradient with each row.  Once I had the squares sewn together, I grabbed my Lil’ Twister ruler and cut it apart again.  It was so fun watching the pinwheels appear!

The reward for chopping up a quilt top with the Twister ruler is the bonus squares.  I put some of the leftover scraps to use in the corners, keeping everything in proper order.

Then it was time to choose quilting designs.  I spent alot of time on Leah Day’s website for inspiration!

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And I made little rainbows in the background:

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Here are my names for the quilting designs.  Each row had it’s own unique free motion design:

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The quilt finished at about 33″ x 39″.  It was machine pieced, then quilted on a Gammill longarm with rainbow variegated thread.

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