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


  1. First love black and white, this collection is a winner.. What I can see is the pics...look forward to more.....

  2. I also love the black and white. I hope it goes for big money in the silent auction!

  3. Super exciting!!! Of course there will be amazing results AGAIN!

  4. It's looks wonderful! I can't wait to see the whole thing. I've done two all black and white quilts and loved them both. Such a modern yet classic color scheme for a quilt!


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