The Free Motion Quilting Project: Whoo Hoo for Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Whoo Hoo for Winter Wonderland

It's official! Winter Wonderland won Best Machine Workmanship at AQS Knoxville, TN!

I've got to thank the quilter who called me this morning at 10 am to tell me about the win and then listened as I yelled "Kick A**!" into the phone. I was really surprised and thrilled by this award!

And just in case you're not able to get to Knoxville, TN, here's some photos of Winter Wonderland so you can enjoy her too:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
This quilt was constructed as separate blocks, each snowflake first being created with Reverse Shadow Trapunto, a fun technique I invented to make clipping the batting much easier.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
The blocks are then layered with silk organza, batting, and backing fabric and quilted. This was really the very first quilt that I used multiple designs from the project and experimented with the way different fillers create different effects and textures on the surface.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
When it came to putting all the blocks together, I used 1 inch strips to connect all the blocks together on the back.

On the front, I used a technique I'd learned from Sharon Schambers Bias Binding Videos. I made yards and yards of white bias binding, starched the snot out of it, then pressed and bent the strips into curves.

The curvy strips were then machine appliqued over the surface of the quilt, covering the raw seam allowances and spaces between all the blocks.

free motion quilting | Leah DayIt was definitely a fun quilt to make because I could just sit down and stitch one block each evening and by the end of 2 weeks the quilt was completely quilted. Putting it all together actually took more work and effort, but it was definitely worth it in the end.

If you're interested in learning the Reverse Shadow Trapunto technique, check out the Winter Wonderland Quilt Pattern. This 25 page pattern will not only teach you how to make this beautiful quilt, but also how to use this neat technique on other quilts as well.

Now I'm really excited to get to Knoxville and see all the other beautiful quilts! I've received several emails from quilters attending the show wanting to get together.

So to make things easy here's where I will be - on Saturday morning at 10 am I'm planning to be in the food court wearing a red t-shirt. I'll see you there!

Let's go quilt,

Leah

45 comments:

  1. Congratulations! And how cool that you will get to see it with the ribbon hanging on it!

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  2. Congradulations!!! It is one beautiful quilt and I love the technique you used to make it..would like to try it so I guess I will have to order the pattern...hope you have alot because you are going to sell out fast!!!!

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  3. Congratulations Leah! How could Winter Wonderland not win - It's amazing! A well deserved win.

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  4. YEA! You're the second person I've read tonight who's going to Knoxville. Wish I could go!! CONGRATS on the prize! So cool!!

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  5. Congrats! It really shows off the Machine quilting you share with us.

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  6. congratulations! It is a beautiful quilt,
    greetings Judith

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  7. Wow! What a beauty! That is just really outstanding. Congratulations!

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  8. Congratulations!! You so deserve this award.
    Linda
    Taupo
    NewZealand

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  9. Congratulations! It is beautiful.

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  10. Wow! Biggest congratulations from Down Under!

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  11. Congratulations. I saw your quilt on the show website yesterday. Way to go!!!

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  12. This is just an amazing quilt! congrats on the award! It is very much deserved!!

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  13. Congratulation!!! A lovely quilt. Caroline

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  14. Congrats! It's a beautiful quilt.

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  15. You do "Kick A**" Leah! Winter Wonderland is so beautiful and you definitely desere to be #1! I am so happy for you that the quilting world is recognizing your superior abilities! ((((Hugs))))

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  16. Congratulations. Your work is lovlely.

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  17. Congratulations on your big win. Your work is lovely and deserving of the award.

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  18. Congratulations on your win - it's well deserved!

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  19. Congratulations, Leah. What a great phone call to receive this morning. You did good. Yee hah!!!

    paule-marie

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  20. Congratulations! So proud that you are getting the recognition you deserve!

    Have a great time in Knoxville.

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  21. Congratulations! Your lovely quilt certainly deserves to win a prize! Sharing your joy!!!

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  22. Congratulations, Leah. It is well earned recognition.

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  23. Congratulations! You really do deserve it, that quilt is fabulous.

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  24. Congratulations Leah! You knocked this one! And I'm learning that "starching the snot out of" fabric sure helps putting the pieces together. Good for you!!!

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  25. Way to go..that is just awesome! I don't know if you ever received a ribbon like this before, but you can now mark it off and goal achieved.

    Karen Martin

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  26. I just saw on another site that you won! Congrats!

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  27. Leah, it is beautiful...and yes yes yes..I would love to learn how to do this..pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee....

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  28. Congratulations Leah!!! I'm sure there are many more national awards in your future. You are talented, creative and most of all WORTHY!!!!

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  29. Congratulations! The quilt is beautiful and I bet even more so in person.
    Intrigued by the method you used to sew the blocks together with a curvy bias tape.

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  30. I am so very happy for you Leah. I have been following your blog, (and thoroughly enjoying it) for a very long time now. You deserve this...you have worked so hard and are so very generous with your teaching...Not to mention a skilled machine quilter! Congratulations!!

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  31. Congratulations on the big win! The quilt looks fabulous!

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  32. Lean, no one deserves it more. I have learned so much and wouldn't have had the courage to try and improve as much as I have without you. I tell anyone who will listen about you and your site. ROCK ON GIRL! You deserve all the success in the world!

    Jen

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  33. Whoo Hoo Leah !!!
    Wonderful news, of course it is a wonderful quilt. Enjoy your time in Knoxville.... Red shirt on Saturday...... I will be wearing a lime green tee shirt and will be on highway 20 looking for a ride........ LOL

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  34. Congrats leah! ... You deserve it!

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  35. A well-deserved win, Leah. Way to go!

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  36. Major congrats, Leah!! I'm not at all surprised, though. How could this quilt NOT win??? Enjoy the show in Knoxville!

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  37. So very well deserved Leah! Congratulations! Enjoy the show!

    -debby
    Chester, NY

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  38. Congratulations Leah! Hooray for your hard work. Have a great time!

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  39. Congratulations! This is one beautiful quilt!

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