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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Carolina Lily by Linda O

My thought was to have this sort of very spare and stylized.  I usually work 40"x 60" so I can donate to Project Linus.  I don't want a bunch of little quilts piled up around here.  With the icy weather, I didn't get out until Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning to look for the orange fabric...didn't really find what I wanted: several shades of juicy close together. 


The design was rushed and turned out smaller than I wanted; was using the curves that I learned from Sherrie Lynn Woods improv book. IMG_4063At least it is finished and ready to donate! (after a showing at the February Madison Modern Quilt Guild meeting as I rarely have a FINISHED project to show!)

made by Linda Orr

Inspired by the Project QUILTING Challenge Carolina Lily

Sunday, January 22, 2017

by Terry T

terry t carolina lily

by Colleen O

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Centerpiece by Kristin M


Project Quilting 8-2 " Carolina Lily"

12 inch Square.

This week I decided to continue  my English paper piecing theme and grey background. I did worry I wouldn't have the time to complete it but Monday I sprained my ankle stepping off a curb wrong and suddenly my time sure opened up. I created this using , diamonds, 1inch and 1/2 inch hexagons.


The special part of this piece is the very dark grey fabric in the background hexagons, came from one of my son's shirts that was beyond repair but still usable :).

I create in the middle of nowhere Dickens , Tx


Hope by Liz

Liz Mandelkow
I create in Buhl Idaho
12" wide by 22" long

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After researching the Carolina Lily...I saw so many traditional renditions and modern interpretations of the classic pieced block. But I kept going back to the realistic creations. I wanted to try a dimensional look. Something I have never done before. But of course the picture in me mind was not translating to fabric so easy.

So perseverance and determination...and this is my creation.
During the process there has been so much going on in the background...personally and in the community and world around us. I named my quilt "HOPE".  Hope for what is to come. The return of spring and rebirth that it symbolizes and brings.

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Andover Sun Print By Alison Glass Precut Fabric

Abstract Lily by Gini

This is my first time participating in Project Quilting. I heard you talk about it at Lorraine's class last Sunday.

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Since my goal is to do more abstract pieces this year, I used the challenge to give that a try. The curves of the petals of the lilies inspired this piece.

Quilt measures about 10” x 12”.


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“Lily’s and Lace” barn Quilt

Here is my "Lily's and Lace" Barn Quilt.  Boy did I step outside my box! I had so much fun making this small scale barn quilt for me! It measures 54x37 and took about 18 hours to layout and sew. 


I love these challenges because I can try new stitches or a little machine quilting. I incorporated some old lace to frame it. I came I just as I hoped it would!


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80 on 85 by Garen

Challenge done! 

Presenting - 

80 on 85

Every year while driving north to south on I85 I admire the Lily's that are planted in the median between the highways - but at 80mph this is my view of the flowers - 


It is 24" x 20". 

Strip City Colonial Manor Quilt Kit

Caroline Lily by Tove

Second Challenge: Carolina Lily.... I always wanted a round quilt so since it combines my love for old wooden frames - it is a win - win situation.

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Embroidering Texture & Dimension By Hand Embroidery Course

“Last Minute Lily” by Shirley C

Shirley Campbell
Pardeeville, WI
Last Minute Lily

17"     Piecing and appliqué.
I had not heard of the Carolina Lily block before this challenge, however, it is intriguing. I worked on this up to the last minute!


Quilting With Rulers On A Home Machine

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cora’s Garden by Janell R

Here's my week 2 entry: Cora's Garden. A placemat for my daughter. It measures 18" x 12".  I create in Madison, WI.

For my creative process, I started trying to think what I could do with this block. I've never made it before. I dug through my book (Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns), and found it there by another name. However, it turned out to be very difficult in set seams at odd angles, with minimal directions, and I just couldn't get it to work right. So I scrapped the first set and started anew. image2I saw a simpler version other people were posting so I drew that out and found it far more manageable. I then reworked my plans to not be a strict Carolina Lily block, but to use different sizes of flowers in different orientations and different colors. I wanted it to be more fun, it's meant as a child's placemat after all.  I pieced it per my design and started to test out quilting options. I had planned to do a satin stitch for the flower stems all along, but once I changed the orientation, I decided those strict satin stitches would be too dull so I found some petal-like stitches to add and finished with a triple straight stitch down the middle to give it more texture. image1 (1)I decided on alternating waves and triple straight stitches for the sun and a simple stipple for the sky. Basic arcs for the grass area. Finished off with the dark purple binding to match the large flowers.
Janell Rutz



Stitch Savvy: Creative Machine Embellishments

Carolina Lily Dressed to the Nines

I am JeanAnn Fenrich, retired and enjoying working with fabric and fiber in Maple Grove, MN. 

My piece is 18" x 18". 

Title: “Carolina Lily Dressed to the Nines"


Walking this week’s red carpet, I dressed my Carolina Lily in an elegant line of fabrics - Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou. IMG_1257With help of extra padding and Trapunto quilting  this lily shows off all her features from the tips of her petals down her long stems. She is accessorized with a shimmering (tone-on-tone) thread quilting all over to make sure she stays in the foreground.


Finally, Carolina Lily is framed in her two favorite colors to sit elegantly on my dining room table. With luck this table topper will shortly be joined by a finished quilt (from which I borrowed the fabric).


Thread Savvy: Stitch Flawlessly With Any Thread

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Wonky Lily by Claudia M

Wonky Lily
My lily is very loosely based on a lily from Ruth B McDowell's book, Pieced Flowers


It's part paper pieced, part machine appliqué with some thread painting and sequins with French knots in the center.  Approximately 8 inches.
Claudia M
Beaver Dam WI


“Carolina Lily” by Debb H

Carolina Lilly for Project QUILTING Challenge 2


Its is 11 by 11.5 ,fused applique and hand quilted

Thanks for all you do!

   debb hauck 


“Grandma’s Best Quilt Block” by SewnSew

This is my first block from a book. "Grandma's Best Quilt Block"   I had to do the pattern and pick the colors (not a kit).  Yes I did it!  Now on to the next project!


I'm creating in Scottsdale Az.
Thank you


A Basket of Lilies by Meena S

A Basket of Lilies for Project QUILTING “Carolina Lily” Challenge”

Fused applique. Materials: sheer fabric under punchinella, ric rac stems, metallic net leaves, trims, cotton

lily 8 2

8x 11”

Meena Schaldenbrand

Plymouth, MI 


Lily Freedom by Deb F

Attached is my entry for challenge #2. It is 9 1/2 x 11 1/2. I had several ideas and not much time this week.


This is "Lily Freedom" a lily which is free to fly.

Thank you
Deb Finocchio


Going to Carolina in my Mind

Even though I now live in Powder Springs, GA, I was raised in North Carolina. I named my wall hanging 'Going to Carolina in my mind'

It is 12 inches square. It is raw edge applique. I used Inktense chalks to add shading.
My name is Theresa Bradley.



12 Lillies by Mary G

When I heard of the challenge this week I was not inspired. After thinking about it for a while and looking at pictures on the net of other quilts I decided I did not have the patience to make so many blocks that I was not really drawn to. So I decided to make four blocks for my quilt. I used my hand dyed fabrics and free motioned this on the long arm. It was great practice. I call this 12 Lillies. It measures 80 inches by 80 inches.


This is from Mary Gabrich. I live in Sheboygan and work at the Electric Needle here in Madison. So this project was  started in Sheboygan and finished in Madison.


Carolina on My Mind

Project Quilting  you really pushed me to experiment and use my mind, not just following a pattern. At first I was not inspired by the challenge (honesty).  

Then decided, challenge accepted and started looking at my library of books. Got out the old U.S. State Blocks, circa 1988 and my The Ultimate Quilting book circa 1999. Both written decades before I started quilting but found at resale shops.


Ideas lead to a mashup including a traditional two color South Carolina  block, had to downsize  a 12 inch block to 5 inches.  Then channeled my inner Laura Wasilowski for the applique, still learning.


I used over 20 different, never before used, decorative  stitches on my machine.

Project Quilting thanks for making me use my mind palace. 


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Carolina Geese by DeVon Martell

This Project QUILTING project took me out of my comforter zone, but I enjoyed it.

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Working on a time limit and watching two small grandchildren, I did it.
My project is 12"x12" and the Flying Geese are paper pieced.

by DeVon Martell


Perfect Points With Paper Piecing

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Spring, Where are you? by Donna A

This project has me thinking where is spring!
My "Spring, where are you!” project is a banner that I plan to hang by the front door, that is, when the snow is about gone. 

IMG_1322It measures 23x30, nice size to practice free motion,thank you for the inspiration. Donna A


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

“Nice Cup o’ Tea’ by Jen

Here's my entry for Project QUILTING challenge 2.   I call it "Nice cup o' tea" because when the challenge was announced, I was disappointed and thought about not participating because the block was really not my cup of tea.   

So, I started to do some research about the plant.  I learned that they grow in shade or part shade in the forests of the South and Eastern United States.   I pondered doing a landscape quilt, but thought that this was a great excuse to try an applique technique just focusing on the blooms.   


So, looking at the traditional block, the bloom was 4 diamonds and a triangle.   I added some fusible web to the back of a number of my hand-dyed fabrics and ran them through my Accuquilt GO on the 2.5 inch strip cutter, then turned them and sent them through again to get the diamonds.  I laid them out and determined how big the triangles needed to be and cut those out.  


I was limited by the green hand-dyed fabric - out of the fat quarter that I had I was only able to get 20 triangles, so that was how many flowers I put on the quilt.  I auditioned different layouts and enjoyed the motion of this spiral. 

IMG_1242I fused them into place and then used a 2.5 mm blanket stitch with yellow thread around all 100 of the applique pieces.  It got to 10 pm on Sunday and I was just over half-way through them, but I decided to take a break to sleep.    Here's a photo of my cat Richard Parker inspecting the applique from the back of the top on Tuesday Morning. IMG_2200

I used just over one large spool of Aurifil 2892 Pine to stipple the background around the blocks, ghosting in one block in each corner of the quilt the quilting took about 5 hours.    Following this, I used the scraps of the 108" Kona Cotton Black fabric that was the top of the quilt to bind with small accents of the yellow and orange hand-dyed fabric to set off the binding.   It finished at 88" x 90."   I created it in Madison, WI  USA.



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