Friday, May 31, 2013

That's Amore!

I just love it when HMQS comes around each year.  I love to participate in their annual Design Challenge.  And now, for the 7th consecutive year, "The Midnight Quilters" have managed to produce another prize-winning quilt!  My friend Debbie and her daughters Kami and Amy used free online patterns for the paper-pieced blocks, and Debbie embroidered "Amore" (with a broken arm, too!)  I helped with layout, spools and borders.  Then I used every type of ♥ quilting motif I could think of in the quilting.

Fabrics were provided by Riley Blake Designs, featuring Flutter by The Quilted Fish

Amore', we adore'!  Our little quilt placed 2nd in the contest.  All the challenge Quilts were auctioned at the end of the show to benefit this year's charity, Bridge of Love.  Our little quilt contributed $575.  All in all, the quilts in the challenge raised $5,700. LOVE.

Button embellishments in the jar, pins and scissors were added later.

Here are the links and sources of inspiration for the blocks used in the quilt, if you'd like to make one of your own.  Most of the patterns were altered or re-sized. You can find my mitered border instructions on the "Tutorials" bar.
*Sewing Machine and Button Jar from Cherise Creates:  PATTERN
*Pincushion/Spools from Quilter's Cache:  PATTERN
*Iron from Where the Orchids GrowPATTERN
*Scissors (and you can see other sewing notions) Quiet Play:  PATTERN or PATTERN
*Seam Ripper, Pincushion from Quiet Play:   PATTERN
*Free Heart block here at Quiltscapes:  PATTERN

HMQS week was just terrific!  Incredible quilts (over 700 of them), 200+ vendors, fantastic teachers from around the globe, special displays including one wall-to-wall corridor of modern quilts, design challenges, trunk shows, and so much more! It's my 4th year serving on the HMQS board over the quilted garment division.  Since they know I like to sing... well, let's just say it was also my duty to open the show each morning with my version of "That's Amore".  Good times.

And for your entertainment -
When it's Spring in the air, HMQS is here, That's Amore!
Grab a friend, grab your bag, so much fun to be had, That's Amore!
And the vendors out on the floor, just can't wait till you come through the doore'.
Why not try out a new machine?  Gizmos, gadgets, the latest thing and sooo much more'.

And the quilts on display will take your breath away, you'll adore'!
And our teachers here will teach you everything you'd like to know.
Take a class, build your stash, (pay with cash so your husband won't know).
Scusi mi, gotta go to the Home Machine Quilting Show!


  1. That's Amore and fantastic! What a beautiful quilt. Congratulations.

  2. congratulations. a wonderful quilt. I love the quilting.

  3. Awesome quilting! Such a sweet quilt Deonn. Congratulations on the auction price, too! Thank you for the list of resources in case we'd like to make a similar quilt. where could we get someone to quilt it up so nicely? :D

    1. I know someone!

  4. That is an absolutely gorgeous quilt,I'd love it,thanks for posting resources :)

  5. This is just adorable! So creative and inspiring...

  6. That is wonderful! Thanks for sharing all the information and for your generosity.

  7. What an adorable quilt! Ya'll did a great job on it!

  8. Beautiful quilt! It's just stunning!

  9. This is just amazing! So very beautiful!!!

  10. I just love everything about this Deonn, it is gorgeous...I would love to make this


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