The Chisholm Trail Quilt Guild is having its quilt show this weekend at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX. The name of the show is "Color Explosion"
Since I'm a member I volunteered to make the awards that are pinned to the winning quilts.
I'm going to try to do my best explaining the process:
I bought 2 pieces of fabric with the colors needed for the awards. I joined the 2 pieces together and marked a grid with the sizes needed.
After doing this I mounted the marked fabric, backing (plain muslin) and batting on the long arm machine and quilted circles with the circle work station I bought in Houston last year. Every circle was done individually, manually, since my machine is not computerized. Once I did all the circles I free motion quilted the inside of the circles to make it look like trapunto....well, kind of....
Once I finished all the quilting I took the piece off the machine and I washed the whole quilted piece. I put it in the drier for a while so it would get "fluffy". Washing the material was nerve recking because I was afraid of messing up all my hard work...but it worked out OK.
The next step was to cut up the squares to the decided sizes and sew a border or sashing 1 inch wide around the squares. Then I had to cut up a square of fabric to match the award, put 2 right sides together and sew them "pillow style", leaving a small opening to turn them inside out.
After turning them inside out, I closed the opening and "voila"..squares ready for the next and last step....attaching the factory made ribbons...
I spent today helping set up the show and attaching the awards to the quilts. Unfortunately I can't tell winners yet, not until the show opens tomorrow morning.