Monday, April 30, 2012

Tag, You're It!!

Reveal Day!

"Tag, You're It!!" ~ A Socially Interactive Quilt
HMQS Design Challenge 2012, Sponsored by Riley Blake Designs
made by "The Midnight Quilters"
Amy, Debbie and Deonn

This quilt was designed using "Microsoft Tags" that can be scanned with your smart phone, ipad, or any mobile device with a camera on it.   The triangles were die-cut using AccuQuilt's Equilateral Triangles die (also the 2-1/2" Strips die), which made it a snap to put together!

The quilt is one of 2 dozen quilts made for the design challenge, which will be on display for the duration of the Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City, Utah May 10th through 12th.  The challenge quilts will then be sold in a LIVE AUCTION, and proceeds will benefit the Quilts of Valor Foundation (see more details in my previous post). 

Try it! 
1)  Download the free app here: 

2)  Scan this tag with your mobile device.  Be sure there's plenty of white space around the tag.

Did you find us?  ÜÜÜ
I don't actually have a smart phone, but my friend Frannie tried it, and it worked!  She even scanned the 5 tags in the PICTURE of the quilt and it worked too!! Does it work for you?? 

Saturday, May 12th
12:30 to 1:30 pm
HMQS—Sandy Expo Center
9575 S. State, Salt Lake City, UT


Did you see that??  ↑↑  TAGS CAN BE CUSTOMIZED!!  Wouldn't you love this quilt hanging in your office or studio?  We own the rights to these generated tags, which can be transferred to the new owner, who will be able to CHANGE any of the quilt's five tags to be directed to any website, video, picture... anything that can generate a url code to be found on the world wide web. So, if you are in the area, be sure to drop by the Home Machine Quilting Show and bid to buy this quilt at auction! 

Here's even more fun:  For the duration of the show, attendees will be able to scan the quilt, follow the instructions to visit certain booths or like certain companies on Facebook, then enter a drawing for stacks of fat quarters generously donated by Riley Blake Designs. (I know!)  Stay tuned next week to find out how my followers can also participate and win!

Meanwhile, it's back to the sewing machine to finish preparing for the classes I'll be teaching at the show!  Oh, I can hardly wait!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Next Quilt?

I just found out that one of my designs for this year's AccuQuilt Barn Quilt Design contest received Honorable Mention as one of the Top Ten favorites!  Yeah!

If you want to see the Top Ten, including this year's winning designs, here's the live announcement of the winners, by Ricky Tims at the Quilt Show in Paducah (see 5:35 or so).

If you'd like a diagram for this block, leave a comment or send an email ( and I'll send you a layout.  Make four blocks for a nice wall hanging... 

Make 12 blocks for a great twin size quilt, etc, etc, and the list goes on!  By the way, it can be made with 2-1/2" squares, half square triangles, and strips (2" finished size) -- and AccuQuilt has dies for all of those... just saying!  One of these days, I might get a minute to actually write up a complete pattern!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Sneak Peek. . .

Getting excited for the Home Machine Quilting Show coming up in a couple of weeks...

I'm participating once again in the annual HMQS Design Challenge, sponsored by Riley Blake Designs.  They supply the fabric - this year it's the Tuxedo Collection by Doodlebug Designs for Riley Blake.  And up to 30 participants/groups proceed to design and make quilts which are sold in a live auction at the end of the show raise money for charity. 

Here's a sneak peek of this year's entry made by the "Midnight Quilters": 

What would you make with these lovelies??

The "Midnight Quilters" (Comprising of myself, my friend Debbie, with whom I've taught quilting and sewing classes for about 12 years, and at least one other guillable soul person) have enjoyed participating in the annual HMQS Design Challenge (← click to see our previous designs) for the past six years!
There's a reason we call ourselves the Midnight Quilters... we're usually sewing until the wee hours to get the project done.  One year, we didn't even start the quilt until 3 days prior to the show... bound it in the car on the way down the canyon and finished in the parking lot in time to turn it in before the judges arrived... (Debbie every year: "Now WHY are we doing this again??") Well, because we always seem to end up with fantastic results!  And for some reason, our quilts always raise a bunch of $$ for the HMQS charity of choice.  
This year's charity,  Quilts of Valor, is one that's close to my heart as well.  The QOV mission is to "cover ALL combat servicemembers and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor."  And though my son was not wounded during his deployment to Afghanistan last year, there were plenty of incidents where he could have been.  I am just so grateful that he is safe at home now.

So, guess what?  We all cheerfully, excitedly finished this quilt; sewing, ripping, trimming, re-sewing about half a dozen times, trying new ideas, accucutting, screen printing, getting it just right, hoping that it will raise lots of money for QOV.  And I NEVER heard Debbie say once, "Now WHY are we doing this again??" Ü

Midnight Quilters 2012:  Amy (Debbie's daughter), Debbie and Deonn  {teehee}

We anticipate that CROWDS of people will gather around the quilt, talk about it, come back every day to see it... {{giggles}} then pay lots of $$ to buy it in the live auction.

Charlie is excited about it, too!!
But I'll have to wait to show it to you until after the folks at Riley Blake Designs have finished judging all the quilts in the competition.  Just. Can't. Wait!!!

I'm on pins and needles... Ü