Sunday, April 14, 2013

Accuquilt Barn Quilt Block--contest

My name is Terri and I am addicted to quilting contests....I guess that is what I would have to say if there were a 12 step program for quilt contest addictions!!! I just find such a rush in the challenge of designing for a specific project!!!
I received an Accuquilt Go Baby as a prize for making it into the final round of the McCall's Quilt Design Star contest--no dies to cut the fabric shapes--just the little machine to make the cuts--yeah--didn't seem right to me either--so when I found this contest put on by Accuquilt to design a Barn Quilt for their factory in Omaha--thought it was worth a shot--might even be able to get a cutting die out of the whole thing and then finally be able to use the Go Baby!!!
I was working out in the studio and came upon this block scrapbook on my bookshelf...
So a bit of history behind this scrapbook--it is from my Great Grandmother--Mrs. Joseph {Katie} Horn. It was in my Grandmother's--Mrs. Peter J. {Minnie} Vis' possesion and my Mom gave it to me. Inside are newspaper clippings from the Kansas City Star from the late 1920's to the late 1930's. It has been a fun connection to look through this a feel a conection with an ancestor who apparently appreciated quilting--or at least the free weekly patterns. So I decided if I found any blocks that might look great on a barn with a bit of redesigning--I would enter the contest.
Above are 2 of the 3 from the scrapbook that I decided on doing some redesigning with...The Quilt Without A Name and The Secret Drawer. I spent a few evenings working in EQ7 software playing with adding a line and doing some recoloring of the blocks. Then submitted my designs and waited to hear what blocks made the 100 vote.
Last week was an extremely busy week on the farm--3 semi loads of hogs going out--and a big spring ice and snow storm--resulting in many power outages along with a severe lack of sleep. So imagine my excitement to check the website on Wednesday morning to find that 2 of my blocks had made it into the 100 vote!!! Prize for that is points to purchase a fabric cutting die for the Go Baby!!!! But there is still voting to be done to see which of the 100 blocks will be selected to be turned into a Barn Quilt for the factory.
There are still a few days lets see what we can do!!
The Secret Drawer block I added some triangles, 16 patch in center, and thread to the spools. I renamed it The Thread Drawer.
The Quilt Without a Name I added the flying geese through the center and did some more recoloring. Since this block--has no name--I decided to honor the woman who so carefully saved these patterns from the newspaper and so I call this block Great Grandma Katie's Delight.

The link below will take you to the home page where you can find the voting page. There will be 100 blocks to look through and you are welcome to vote for 5. I believe my numbers are 45 and 59--but these pictures are what to look for.
Thanks for joining me in this fun--and if any of you happen to find a 12 step program for quilters--let Loren know!!!!
AccuQuilt® Barn Quilt Design Contest - Enter Now!


karen vis said...

How wonderful to honor someone you
never knew. love you mom

Mary said...

Wow I love BOTH blocks!
Good luck I'm going to vote right now!

Kelly said...

Wow..some great blocks over there. Good luck! And forget those 12 step programs...try this instead.