No Turn on Red

No Turn on Red is a quilt I designed and made for a local foster care kid.  I am member of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild in North Carolina and the local foster care system is the charity we work with by making and donating quilts each year.

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In addition, foster care is close to my heart for another reason.  My sister and brother-in-law have fostered probably 15-20 kids by now, and have adopted my nieces and nephews below.  They are adorable and such happy kids!

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This year our guild members were challenged to create a “Modern Quilt” for a “Modern Kid”.  I have made and donated several baby quilts previously, so I wanted this one large enough to be for an older child or a teenager.

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I sketched out this pattern on paper earlier this year.  So when the challenge was announced and the fabric received by the guild, I looked though my idea book and thought this would be the perfect pattern to spotlight the fabric.  Or maybe I should say to ‘stop’ light the fabric since the idea for this pattern came from stop lights.  Most of the stop lights in our area are hanging from wires that are attached to tall wooden poles.  But just down the road from me are stop lights hanging on sturdy poles and I really liked the geometric pattern play it provides.  Add to that a few directional arrows (flying geese) and negative space, and a modern quilt was born.

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And I have to say that I love it!  Sometimes when ideas are on paper, you’re not quite sure if it’s going to work or not.  But I love how this came together and I really love the red and yellow fabric in this design.  I do wish the blue print was a bit stronger in this design, but overall I really like the effect.  If the quilt wasn’t already promised, I would probably keep it – I like it that much!  And the back is a solid piece of an awesome IKEA print.  I purchased this fabric earlier in the year and was holding it for something special.  It works well with this quilt.

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The top was very easy to put together — certainly easy enough to piece in one day.  And then it took me another day to quilt it.  It finished up at 54″ x 68″, which is a good lap size for most anyone.

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Overall I’m super happy with it, and super happy that I finally got another quilt finished.  I have several more tops done, so hopefully I’ll have some more finishes to share in the next month.

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Also, I have entered this quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  Head on other there and vote for me if you get a chance.  My quilt is entered in the “Original Design” category and voting runs Nov 1-7.  Click here to link to that page.  And while you’re there, check out all the other amazing quilts that were blogged about this week around the world.

Click here to vote for Viewer’s Choice.  Use this address in the form. http://www.inlinkz.com/displayurl.php?id=19996150

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Greetings from Charleston.  I am traveling for work today and tomorrow and thought I would share this lovely sunset with you.

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I have decided to enter a quilt in the fall Blogger’s Quilt Festival and I am squeaking it in at the last minute.

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I am entering Ellie the Elephant.  You may remember her from a post in May, but let me refresh your memory in case you don’t.

This quilt was designed around seven fat eighths of fabric from the Madrona Road line that I received for a challenge with the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild.  We had to make something with the fabric and we could only add other solids. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to make, I tried different layouts, and I finally heard the blue haystack speak to me saying that it wanted to be an elephant.  

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So Ellie the Elephant was born.  Isn’t she adorable?  You can visit my original blog post here.

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Since then she has spent more than 2 weeks at the North Carolina State Fair where she was viewed by tens of thousands of people and won 2nd place in the baby quilt division.  And later I hope to make a pink version and write up a pattern in the near future.

But in the meantime, hopefully she’ll pull out a win in the blogger’s quilt festival for me.  Head on over there and look at all the wonderful inspiration, if you haven’t already, and be sure to vote for your favorite quilt in each category.

http://amyscreativeside.com/2013/10/25/bloggers-quilt-festival-baby-quilts-2/

http://amyscreativeside.com/2013/10/25/bloggers-quilt-festival-fall-2013/