Refrigerator Quilts

Happy New Year!

Last June at one of our modern quilt guild meetings, one of our members shared her ‘refrigerator quilts’.  She was making one small quilt a week (around 12″ square) to hang on her refrigerator.  Since small quilts take less time, it’s easy to try a variety of techniques without being fully committed with a large quilt.

Our challenge that month was to make a refrigerator quilt, so made this cute butterfly and sunflower quilt out of my fabric scraps.  It is all applique and measures 9-1/2 x 12-1/2.

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It’s hung on my refrigerator since then.  But now it’s winter and I need something on the refrigerator that matches the season better.

Enter Project Quilting Season 8.  Hosted by Persimon Dreams, Project Quilting starts January 1st each year and is a total of 6 challenges every other week based on the theme for that week.  This weeks theme is “Eight is Great”.  The challenge is to create a project that has something to do with the number “8”.  I thought this challenge series would be a great opportunity to make more refrigerator quilts.

For this first challenge, I decided to make 8-pointed snowflakes.  Just in time too, for the big snowstorm we got last night.img_5589

I tried a new technique.  I used a Fiskars craft knife to cut out the fine details of the snowflakes.  It was a bit tedious, and the tip of the blade was dull after just one snowflake, but I love how lacy they are.  (I layered a printout of the snowflake, Lite Steam-a-Seam 2, and the fabric, and then cut on top of a self-healing mat)

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I free motion quilted all over, and then add hand embroidered ‘wind’ swirls.  It finishes at 11″ square.

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The front fabrics are all Cirrus Solids by Cloud 9 fabrics.  Part of the fat quarter pack I won almost two years ago here.  The quilting is done in Aurifil clear poly thread.

The back is an Art Gallery print that just matched it perfectly.  I hate using such nice fabric for the back of anything, but it matched so perfectly I just had to.

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This was super fun!  I can’t wait to see what the next challenge will be.

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Project Quilting Season 8 at Persimon Dreams.

 

Cirrus Solids BOM Challenge Winner

I keep forgetting to share this news with you, so it’s a bit old.  First I had to wait for it to be announced by Cloud9; and then when it finally was announced, I didn’t have time to write a blog post because we were so busy trying to finish our house, pack, and move.  But. here it is… I am the May WINNER for the Cloud9 Fabrics Cirrus Solids BOM Challenge.   YIPPEE!!!!

If you haven’t heard, Cloud9 Fabrics is coming out with a new line of yarn-dyed solids in September.  In anticipation of the release, Cloud9 is hosting a BOM challenge in which they are asking quilters to design and submit blocks (including instructions) using 4-6 of the new solids.  I started designing a block last October and had it about 85% finished, but with work and other things I wasn’t able to get it finished and submitted.  And then… the January winner was announced and the block I had designed was so very similar.  Oh no!  I just couldn’t believe it!

So in February I started over from scratch.  More ideas…. more drawings… more blocks designed in EQ7.  Playing around with layouts of the blocks, and trying to figure out which one idea I would settle on and submit.  I finally made a decision and had the instructions written and submitted by the end of February.  And 4 short weeks later, I received an email stating my block below, which I call “Stuck in the Middle”, was selected for the May BOM.  🙂

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Several weeks later I received my winnings — a fat quarter pack of all the solids — and I have the say the fabric is amazing!  They are soft, have a nice drape, and the colors are bold and saturated.  I am looking forward to sewing with them… once I figure out what I’m going to make.

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You can find the directions and layout for my winning block here, and all winning BOMs can be found here.

Some alternate layouts are below:

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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.