Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Off Kilter

Hello Sewing Friends!!!  I am so excited for another edition of Bloggers Quilt Festival!!  I so look forward to this event, it is just endless amounts of quilty goodness!!! If you are visiting Happy Quilting for the first time, welcome :)   I hope you browse around and come back often ;)  I love to share my daily quilting adventures here ;)

 This year, I am featuring 2 quilts for the event and today I am sharing the first.   Here is Off Kilter and I will be putting it in the ROYGBIV Category, big surprise there ;)

While at Spring Quilt Market last year I sat in the schoolhouse where Free Spirit Fabrics showed off this beautiful collection of Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt.  I knew I wanted to do something with that amazing box of goodness and started sketching in the airport on the way home ;)

After a few ideas, I came up with Off Kilter and it just clicked. Don't you just love when that happens ;)  I couldn't wait to get home and sketch it up in EQ ;)  One of the first things I did when I got home was sketch up this quilt and then I got all kinds of excited!!  

 2 months ago, working with the lovely folks at Free Spirit Fabrics, I was able to transform it from a sketch to a quilt.  And I can not tell you how happy I am with the results ;)   I wrote up a free Off Kilter tutorial to go along with the quilt so if you want to make your own Off Kilter Quilt you can ;) The tutorial has instructions for both a large lap and twin size.

I quilted it with just straight-ish lines about 1/2" apart across the entire quilt top ;)  Not only do I love quilting like this because it is fast and fun, it also has the added benefit of giving you lots of exercise walking back and forth across the quilt top so many times ;)

And Off Kilter and I had a pretty awesome experience last week. I was asked by the folks at Free Spirit Fabric to bring Off Kilter to Fall Market to hang in their booth.  I was so excited to see it there and then noticed Denyse Schmidt sitting near by.  Like a total fan girl I asked if she could take a picture with me and my quilt ;)  ,  Yup, total perma grin, what an amazing moment!!

And that's Off Kilter :)  Thank you so much for stopping by today ;)  I hope you are enjoying the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and if you are just finding out about it, or just want a link back, you can click on the image below to take you to the main page of Blogger's Quilt Festival and enjoy an  amazing array of quilty goodness!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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  1. This quilt truly is amazingly awesome! I love the colors, the design and the dimension the design gives it. Truly lovely work Melissa!

  2. Awesome to get your Picture with Denise at Quilt Market! Love your Off Kilter Rainbow!

  3. That is one beautiful quilt! I love solids and color gradations, and you arranged them well.

  4. Off Kilter is amazing Melissa! What a great honor to be asked to bring it to Quilt Market! And how fun that you got to meet Denise like that!

  5. I love it! So pretty and such great color play!

  6. Love this quilt - you did a fabulous job of creating it!!! Totally cool that it got to hang in the Free Spirit booth at Market!!!

  7. what a wonderful quilt such a great colour range, wonder what I wll vote for well that is easy decision made!

  8. Love it! What a great time you had! Have you come down from cloud 9 yet?? ;0)
    hey I have a question ... do you have EQ 6 or 7? Is there a big difference? Looking at them and am having a tough time finding out what upgrades were!

  9. This gets my vote. Like so many great designs it has a cleaness and simplicity about it and is yet very effective.

  10. Oooooh, this is so cool! It's really hard to design a quilt with a predetermined set of colors like that. I sure wouldn't have been able to do it, and this is really innovative and original! Love!


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