toothpick bridge: september 2018

I completed this quilt in October 2018, as part of the Michael Miller Hash Dot Challenge for QuiltCon (to be determined if it it will be in the show as of November 2018). For this challenge, we were provided four fat eighths, including three hash dot prints and a solid peach. The rules stated that at least 2 of the hash dots needed to be used, and any number of additional Michael Miller solids could be included on the quilt top.

I went outside of my norm of this quilt to make a machine appliquéd, improv(ish) quilt. I had a general outline for the design on the peach background, but I filled it in in an improv manner with strips of white and two of the hash dots. I glued a bunch of quarter inch strips down at a time, and then machine appliquéd them along the edge.

I used Warm & Natural batting, and Michael Miller prints on the back, and completed the quilt with straight-line walking foot quilting on my Juki with Aurifil 50 wt. I did a semi-improv straight-line quilting approach to mimic the improv nature of the appliqué.

Sneaking in a bit of this today around kid activities. I will admit I was not a fan of the challenge fabrics, but they are growing on me in this piece with my preferred color balance. #quilt #quilting #sewing #fabric #modernquilt #modernquilting #modernquilts #makemodern #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsmm2018 #originaldesign #showusyourmqg #applique #juki #aurifil #aurifilthread #sew #makemodern #improv #quiltcon #quiltconchallenge #michaelmillerfabricchallenge #michaelmillerfabrics #themqg ...

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Stained glass photo of my current #wip. Everything is glued down I’m working through the stitching. I went through 4 glue sticks. 😬 #quilt #quilting #sewing #fabric #modernquilt #modernquilting #modernquilts #makemodern #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsmm2018 #originaldesign #showusyourmqg #applique #juki #aurifil #aurifilthread #sew #makemodern #improv #quiltcon #quiltconchallenge #michaelmillerfabricchallenge #michaelmillerfabrics #themqg ...

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Started quilting on this. I had a plan but then I changed my mind and made a quilting decision on the fly! #quilt #quilting #sewing #fabric #modernquilt #modernquilting #modernquilts #makemodern #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsmm2018 #originaldesign #showusyourmqg #applique #juki #aurifil #aurifilthread #sew #makemodern #improv #quiltcon #quiltconchallenge #michaelmillerfabricchallenge #michaelmillerfabrics #themqg #machinequilting #machinequilted ...

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Quilting is done and blocking underway. Working title of this is “I’m not a perfectionist”, a quote from @victoriafindlaywolfe in a recent @justwannaquilt podcast interview. This quilt is not technically perfect, but it scratched an itch to just create without a plan. It was a good stop on my quilting journey since I needed a break from the typical very planned piecing and quilting that I do. And it spawned two new quilt design ideas! #quilt #quilting #sewing #fabric #modernquilt #modernquilting #modernquilts #makemodern #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsmm2018 #originaldesign #showusyourmqg #applique #juki #aurifil #aurifilthread #sew #makemodern #improv #quiltcon #quiltconchallenge #michaelmillerfabricchallenge #michaelmillerfabrics #themqg #machinequilting #machinequilted ...

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I’m still cleaning up some loose threads, but I’ll call this my unofficial finish photo. Working title is still Toothpick Bridge. I asked Silje what she thought of it, and her one word answer was, “LINES!!!”. 😂😂😂 #quilt #quilting #sewing #fabric #modernquilt #modernquilting #modernquilts #makemodern #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsmm2018 #originaldesign #showusyourmqg #applique #juki #aurifil #aurifilthread #sew #makemodern #improv #quiltcon #quiltconchallenge #michaelmillerfabricchallenge #michaelmillerfabrics #themqg #machinequilting #machinequilted ...

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Improv work continues. Can I call it improv if I use a ruler? Or is it semi-improv? Working titles include: Sans Plans, Toothpick Bridge, and The Peak of Inflated Expectations (business reference/joke). #quilt #quilting #sewing #fabric #modernquilt #modernquilting #modernquilts #makemodern #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsmm2018 #originaldesign #showusyourmqg #applique #juki #aurifil #aurifilthread #sew #makemodern #improv ...

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Basting: 👍👍 #quilt #quilting #sewing #fabric #modernquilt #modernquilting #modernquilts #makemodern #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsmm2018 #originaldesign #showusyourmqg #applique #juki #aurifil #aurifilthread #sew #makemodern #improv #quiltcon #quiltconchallenge #michaelmillerfabricchallenge #michaelmillerfabrics #themqg ...

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Finally starting my next quilt... I’m going way out of my comfort zone here doing applique, improv, and orange. Who am I?!!! And I don’t know if this will work out at all. But here goes! #quilt #quilting #sewing #fabric #modernquilt #modernquilting #modernquilts #makemodern #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #stephskardalquiltsmm2018 #originaldesign #showusyourmqg #applique #juki #aurifil #aurifilthread #sew #makemodern ...

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