McCall’s Design Challenge – Race to the Finish 22 December

Here is what has been accomplished today for my quilt in the McCall’s Design Star Challenge.

I added a 1 inch border around the central medallion (.25 of white, .5 of gold, .25 of white) and then added the 2 borders of half circles.

The Aurifil Thread to quilt the quilt is here thanks to the everyone at Bigfork Bay Cotton Company and Follow that Thread.

OK – back to the rotary cutter and the sewing Machine!

McCall’s Design Star – Race to the Finish – 21 December 2010

My revised schedule for the McCall’s Design Star Competition gives me 9 days to complete the entire quilt – can it be done??? Well, it has to be done – so YES!  My goal  is to ship it out no later than December 30th.

A recap of where I was yesterday morning.  This is what the quilt looked like on the wall yesterday morning.

And I still had several applique blocks to complete.

Yesterday I finished the reverse applique blocks (Another check off the to-do-list!) I decided to partially stitch the rows together so that I could have a better sense of what they looked like. My original plan of having them square off the quilt didn’t feel right – so I shifted gears and put them around the central medallion (after reverse appliqueing 50 blocks you can rest assured they would FIT somewhere!!!)  And I think it works –

Here is a close up of the border – the two rows are not yet sewn together..

I am testing out some colors for some spacer borders to adjust for the difference between the central medallion and the border.

This morning I plan on attaching the spacer borders. I am also going to prep the four inner corner blocks so that I can turn the corner – I am going to use the same blue fabric with a gold circle in the center. I am still playing around with a few ideas of  how to turn the corner on the outer/darker border. Here is a picture of the paper template positioned in place to give you an idea of how iI will turn the corner on the inner border.

The fabric for this quilt is the Baltimore Album Collection by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics

I have to head off to the last rehearsals with the choirs before Christmas – so not a lot of sewing is going to get done today. I hope the spirit of Santa’s Elves (that means all of you!) will be in my sewing room in spirit on Wednesday to help me push through so that I can finish this quilt. Goal: Finish the top by Dec 23rd! Wish me luck!

Some of you have asked about patterns for the quilts I have had in the competition. I am going to work on writing up the patterns after the first of the year – I will keep you posted about when/where they will be available.

In January I will give more background about Medallion Quilts – their history and development and resources that I found helpful in creating this quilt.

McCall’s Design Star – Hit the wall and bounce back

Early today I wrote down my timeline for the McCall’s Design Star final challenge – two pages long – but if I can keep up with it and not fall TOO far behind, I will be fine.

But all in all  today was a bit of a frustrating day – I was having problems drafting my quilt accurately – so I sort of hit that creative wall with a big THUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I went to have lunch with a former co-worker and that was a good spirit lifter, then I headed over to the American Folk Art Museum’s Branch at Lincoln Center to see the show of Superstars. It is an exhibit of Star Quilts and it is just wonderful. If you are in NYC – get there! If you are coming to NYC – it is a must see! If your answer to both of the previous questions was a “No, not in NYC, or not coming to NYC” – you need to change your plans and come to see this show (you don’t necessarily need to move here).  Here are a few shots of some of the quilts. This first quilt is in Blue and White – the Stars are made all from the same fabric.

This Yellow/Gold quilt is stunning and the quilting is well… you judge for yourself.

Here is one that I just love – it’s a crazy quilt.

I had been pondering an eight pointed star for the center of my quilt – and seeing this confirmed my choice.

Heading to the museum was the best thing I did today – cleared my head of confusion and helped me focus on the task at hand! Now to draft the star and hopefully sew some (or all of it tonight). If I accomplish this I will have met my goal for today.

When you hit that design “THUD” – what do you do?

McCall’s Design Contest – The Finals – Here I Come!

I just received word that I have advanced to the finals in the McCall’s Design Star Competition.  Thanks  to all of you who voted this past month and helped me to advance to the final round.

The month of December will be a long and busy month as I have to complete an entire quilt – not only the top. It has to be sewn, quilted and bound and in Colorado by 5 pm January 4.  Anyone willing to drive me cross country while I finish up the binding? I can have help – I have to design it but others can help me sew and finish the quilt – and I just might enlist some friends in the NYC area.

What do I have to do?  The rules are this:

I must re-invent the project that I submitted for the finalist selection process – click on this link to see the original entry- (Zig Zag Log Cabin).  This new quilt must be inspired by my original project but it can’t simply re-do the project in new fabrics.  It must be at least 24 x 24 or if another shape at lease 576 square inches.

Stay tuned – I will try and keep you abreast of any developments as I move forward!

McCall’s Design Star – Thank You

Voting in the McCall’s Design Star Challenge #2 ends at midnight mountain time tonight (Sunday, November 28). Thanks to all of you who voted and left comments at the McCall’s site – I truly appreciate all of your support and encouragement. I would also like to thank McCall’s and their sponsors for the goodie bag that we received at the start of this challenge.

I received this wonderful McCall’s Tote Bag – it is great for carrying things to and from quilting classes.

And in that bag I received the following:

A great quilt book from McCall’s/That Patchwork Place along with a little post-it-note pad as well as some gift tags/book labels.

A wonderful set of Scissors from Famore Cutlery.

Some great charm square packs from Windham, (Anna Griffin/ Charlotte) Northcott (BeeZ/Tricia Cribbs), Moda  (Woodland Bloom/Lila Tueller) and Timeless Treasures (Hampton Blues)

Some great new fabric (Quilters Tweed) from Robert Kaufman.

Some charm square packs from Andover, Marcus, and Red Rooster.

And some batting samples from Warm & Natural (I can’t wait to try these out – I haven’t used Warm & Natural before and I want to make something and see how these work on my Handiquilter).  Also – the Insul-Bright came just in time – I needed more so that I can make some more potholders for Christmas.

‘Tis the season to give thanks – so thanks again to all of you voted (you can still vote until midnight – just click the icon in the right side bar) and also a special thank you to McCall’s and all of the sponsors.