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Quilt Arizona! 2023 Part II

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On Tuesday I posted Part I of my coverage of the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Arizona! 2023 Quilt Show. Today we are continuing with ten more beautiful quilts.

Happy Hearts
Happy Hearts by Susan Parker
In the Garden of Delight
In the Garden of Delight by Geneva Horning
Log Cabin Bubbles
Log Cabin Bubbles by Eliza Lawrance

I’m very impressed with this Log Cabin variation. And I would never have thought to quilt it this way.

Detail of Log Cabin Bubbles
detail of Log Cabin Bubbles by Eliza Lawrance
Another Scrap Sampler
Another Scrap Sampler by Kathleden Bowers
Patience and Pandemic
Patience and Pandemic by Mary Lucille
Lake House Flowers
Lake House Flowers by Penny Dimick
Diamonds 2
Diamonds 2 by Jackie Fife
Crystal Lane
Crystal Lane by Katy Clement
detail of Crystal Lane
detail of Crystal Lane by Katie Clement showing star-ray and snowflake quilting
Spring Blossoms
Spring Blossoms by Celeste Johnson; quilted by Melissa Turner

Made from vintage blocks.

detail of Spring Blossoms
detail of Spring Blossoms by Celeste Johnson; quilted by Melissa Turner
Alaska Joy
Alaska Joy by Terri Austin

Part III of our coverage of the show will appear on ARHtistic License this Saturday.

Creative Juice #337

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Creative Juice #337

Lots of great articles for writers this weekend.

But also other stuff.

Yay! It’s Quilting Day!

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In honor of National Quilting Day today, I’m going to bring you up-to-date on my long arm (really mid arm) quilting adventures.

If you’re a regular reader of ARHtistic License, you know that last November I got a HandiQuilter Moxie. Then I had six private Zoom lessons with a HandiQuilter educator to learn how to use it. I made a practice piece to try out free motion quilting and also the ProStitcher Lite robotic quilting software. The piece was not good enough for a human being to use, but I thought it might work as a quilt for Ralph.

Ralph's quilt

Ralph was not impressed. (Yawn.)

Ralph with his quilt

At the same sewing and quilting festival where I ordered my Moxie, I’d bought some fat quarters of designer fabric. I added some fabric from my stash to it, and I pieced a top for a lap quilt. This was to be my first “real” quilt quilted on the Moxie.

Andrea's lap quilt

Man. I had a time of it. I knew what quilting pattern I wanted to use, but I couldn’t get it to run. The error message said the pattern was larger than the frame area, though it didn’t look like it was larger on the screen. I couldn’t figure out how to make the design a little smaller. I tried setting it up multiple times, but I couldn’t get it to run, so I tried a different quilting pattern.

I didn’t realize how much smaller this new pattern was until I began running it. I didn’t like it, but I figured it would be a good lesson. It was, but not in the way I expected.

I did two passes of the pattern, and then it was time to advance the quilt (shift it so that I could work on the next unquilted part). It was then that I discovered the bottom tension was all messed up.

Tension problem

It’s funny–as the design repeated, the tension improved, but it was still not good. I decided to take it all out and start over. The only good thing about bad tension is that the stitches are easy to pull out.

While I was pulling out those bad stitches, I had plenty of time to ruminate, and I realized that I had watched a video about resizing quilting patterns. If I could find it, I could use the pattern I originally wanted.

But first I had to fix my tension. I reread the section of the manual on tension, and I watched a lot of videos. I followed all the instructions, but no matter what adjustments I made, it didn’t seem to affect the tension at all. I worked on it for days. I must have tightened the little knob 30 rotations, and I still had what looked like couching on the back of my quilt. (It looked like a thread lying on the surface, held in place by small stitches.) One instruction on one of the videos made no sense to me: the instructor said that the thread should snap between the tension discs. I couldn’t make it do that. So I took a picture of the tension discs and texted it to the store technician I’d ordered it from. He told me the discs were too tight together, and I need to loosen the knob at least 10 rotations.

Yep. He was right. I loosened it severely, and then I was able to snap the thread between the discs. It still took a long time until I could get the tension to look acceptable. It’s not perfect, but much better.

I figured out how to tweak the quilting pattern so that it fit within the frame area, and in one day I quilted the entire lap quilt. I wish I could say everything went smoothly; it did not. I forgot the “drag and drop” sequence when I advanced the quilt, and I had to figure out how to make the machine start quilting at the right spot again. I don’t even know how to explain the problem and the solution, but if that ever happens to you, watch this video, starting around the 5:30 mark. (I don’t have the same machine or the same frame or the laser light, but by following his “drag and drop” directions, I got my machine properly lined up.)

I just have to finish hand-stitching the binding to the back of the quilt, and then it’s ready to be my new TV-watching quilt. (Yes, I like to be all snuggled up in a blankie when I watch TV.)

So here’s a sneak peak at my next quilting project, some blocks for quilts for our new granddaughters:

Blocks for a baby quilt

The babies came over on Tuesday.

Me and Etta:

Grandma and Etta

Greg and Robin:

Grandpa and Robin

Do we look like we’re at all happy to be grandparents?

Creative Juice #335

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Quilts, books, and a different take on public art; then it’s all about Ireland.

  • Some modern takes on the classic log cabin quilt.
  • Best books for adults to read. I’ve read 7 of the 23 titles on this list, and they all gave me lots to think about. Some of these books are also appropriate for children.
  • Beautiful farmhouse, beautiful illustrations, beautiful book.
  • Earth murals.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! So the rest of today’s links celebrate the Emerald Isle.

Creative Juice #333

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Creative Juice #333

From art to books to quilts, so much to see and read.

Creative Juice #331

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Creative Juice #331

Bunches of quilts. A couple of poems. And more.

Creative Juice #323

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Creative Juice #323

Neat stuff floating in our creative juice this week.

Creative Juice #320

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Creative Juice #320

Lots to read this weekend.

Creative Juice #319

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Creative Juice #319

The Thanksgiving weekend edition. I’m thankful for all the creative artists who inspire us.

Creative Juice #318

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Creative Juice #318

Note from Andrea: I goofed. This article was supposed to appear tomorrow, but when I turned on my computer today, I forgot what day it was; I thought it was Friday instead of Thursday and I expected to see Creative Juice up on my blog–so I went to my future-scheduled posts and edited this to publish immediately, and it wasn’t until afterward that I realized my mistake. So, I’m sorry–I’ve got nothing for tomorrow; I jumped the gun today.

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