Accessorize Me–with Inchies!

Whew! The show quilt is done, and two days early even! The deadline on this thing relates to the Houston show entry deadline which is May 19 (are you entering a quilt?), and I really wanted this quilt to go to the show this year. Not that I know it’s going to be there yet since it’s a juried show, and the quilt will have to make it though the jurying, but at least the entry will get there on time now!

Enough about the deadlines, what about the quilt? There have been little glimpses along the way , and here are a few sneak peeks that I didn’t show here (you only saw these if you follow on Twitter or Facebook!), but now I can show you the finished product!

And a closer view:

I designed this quilt specifically to include the Inchies and the satin stitch applique technique that I’ve developed and hope to teach classes on. The edges are finished with a facing with inserted jumbo ric rac. I can see this hanging in the dressing room or boudoir I plan to have someday, so when I was planning the quilting, I was aiming for a frou-frou wallpaper sort of look, where the background patterns are overlaid with motifs. I could see that quilting design on some sort of very feminine flocked wallpaper in my mind. The pattern is modified from this Damask Panto from Aimee at Splendid Stitches.

You can see close up pictures of some of the Inchies on this quilt at InchieQuilts.com, in The Daily Inchie section, and more will be added soon. You can search for Accessorize Me and you’ll see all the Inchies from this quilt that have been posted.

Things I learned: Quilts like this are way more fun if deadlines aren’t looming (yeah, I seem to have to relearn this one once every couple of years or so. Sheesh.); if you have to do more than 12 Inchies that are all the same fabric, you have to get really creative to make them all look different (it can be done, but it takes more thought and a huge variety of embellishments at hand, and is something to keep in mind when designing); you can never have a big enough variety of beads, fibers and embellishments (see previous item); and I still don’t know how to use my new camera all that well (yeah, I already knew about that too, but it’s now been reiterated).

I still feel like I ought to be able to get better pictures out of this thing; the detail shots are good, and I finally have the right settings and tripod/lighting/table set up to get great shots of individual Inchies for The Daily Inchie, but the pictures of the full quilt seem like they should be better. The edges and details should be sharper I think. I may just be wishing for something that I could only get with a large format camera with many more millions of pixels than this one has though, and I was lucky to be able to afford this one, so anything better is out of range. I will keep trying though and talk to a friend of mine who knows much more about all this than I do, and see what I can come up with.

Now that this is done, I can turn attention to all the other deadlines that are looming. I read this from Camille@Simplify a couple of days ago, and to say I can relate would be an understatement. I definitely feel the same pain at the moment, though not because of anything going on at Quilt Market. I’ve got to get going on some other things that have to get done before the release of Inchie Quilts, like the online shop, more workshop planning and magazine articles! I think it’s just the curse of being super creative; we have these awesome ideas (or ones we think are awesome at the time anyway!) and we always take on more than we can or should, but somehow it all gets done. 🙂

27 thoughts on “Accessorize Me–with Inchies!

  1. Wow! Utterly fabulous as always! As soon as I read the quilt’s name, I knew it involved that gorgeous shoe. I completely relate to the photography issues; mine are always fuzzy at the edges, even though the centre is nice and sharp. My camera isn’t as elaborate as yours, and I wonder if a better one would mitigate the problem – not entirely it would seem! Ive been given tips to adjust the aperture to increase the depth of field, but haven’t managed good results yet. Oh, and I’m still thinking about colours/fabric styles for you – but I know yuou’re too busy right now anyway.

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    1. Thank you so much Emma! The shoe is still my favorite part, too! It may be finding its way into other things because I love it so much.

      On the camera thing: when I said the edges should be sharper, I actually meant the edges of the Inchies as well, not just the edges of the quilt itself. You’re right about adjusting the depth of field and I’ve tried that too, but I got better pictures using the programmable auto function rather than tweaking the aperture. Also, while I’ve figured out how to get a crisp picture on closeups using manual focus, I still got a better picture of the full quilt using auto focus, because it’s so far away that I can’t see whether it’s in focus or not when I try to do it manually. Not quite sure how to fix that one…

      I’ll be ready to work on the Inchie quilt art for you whenever you’ve decided. Right now I’m programming the online shop so that can open up on time when the book is released!

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  2. The quilt is beautiful.
    Can I just say a heartfelt thank you for the “Go quilt! Your work gets better every day!” comment you always add. It has now stuck in my brain and I am trying very hard to find as much time as I can to quilt. Hopefully my own work will start to improve as a result.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Hi Mandy! Thank you!

      And you’re very welcome. I’m so glad that you’ve been inspired! Quilting is just like anything else: the more you do it, the better you become at it!

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  3. Congratulations on finishing this quilt on time! It’s amazing. WOW I kept saying as I realized where the inchies were!! I love the colours, the quilting, the concept, the ric rac….and I too, love your closing signature. You inspire me with your excellent crafts(wo)manship!:) Thank you for commenting as well about trying to focus and complete things as a creativity driven person. I was starting to feel overwhelmed by this myself.

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  4. Hi Sarah, and welcome! Thank you for your lovely comments about my quilt, and the closing signature. I’m also glad I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed by all the things I want to do/have committed to do/need to do. I keep saying to my husband that I need at least a month “outside the calendar” (as in, an extra month for me that no one else gets) so I can catch up, but then I realize that no mere month is going to cut it anyway! 🙂

    Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Hi Didi,

    congrats on finishing this great, colourful and innovative quilt! I love the way, you play with colours and shapes.
    Did I mention, that I am again and again impressed by your quilting?

    I press my thumbs for the quilt’s way through the jury.

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    1. Thanks Nadine! I’m so glad you like it. Also, I got your note with the paint sample cards in the mail, so will work on the Inchies as soon as I can! 🙂

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  6. This is so pretty — that chocolate brown with the gradated thread is just luscious. I hope it gets accepted to Houston as it will be great publicity for your book. I love the fancy shoe, but I really get a kick out of the travel coffee mug as “accessory!”

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I really love the brown batik and that variegated thread too. I originally thought I’d use black batik, but the shop here was out and I didn’t have enough in my stash, and then I decided I liked the brown so it was all a good thing. And all that good publicity is the reason I worked so hard to get this quilt done for this year’s show.

      Yes, my travel coffee mug is a must have “accessory” for me if I have to leave the house before I’ve had my fill of coffee in the morning. When I worked outside the home, I never left in the morning without my travel mug, but it definitely wasn’t quite that cool looking! 🙂

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  7. I can’t think of words adequate enough to describe that – it is absolutely AWESOME!!!! I hope just as much as you do that it gets into Houston as I just found out I’m going this year.

    I love everything about that piece – your work is stunning!!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Irene! It’s awesome that you’ll be in Houston this year. I’ll be there for Quilt Market and I plan to stay for a couple of days at Festival too, so we absolutely have to get together for dinner!

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  8. Hi Nadine – I have been offline and just now saw your post on this quilt. I am sure you will get to go to Houston. It is beautiful, creative, and very different. May I ask what stitch and/or stitch length did you use for the top stitching. If I didn’t know – I would have thought it was done on a long arm – very precise!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments, Kelly! No long arm machine here, as you know. It’s all free motion quilting, no stitch regulator or stitch length setting!

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  9. This is done on a home sewing machine???? WOW!!! Amazing what is possible to achieve! Please let me know which machine you are using! I have a hard time with my Husqvarna Sapphire 😦

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    1. Thanks Christine! I quilted this on a Bernina 440 without the stitch regulator. I’ve also used a Pfaff 1475 and a Pfaff 2056 to machine quilt in the past, and got essentially the same results, but I find that the basic stitch quality on the Bernina is better. The stitch quality issue is especially noticeable at the beginning and end of quilting lines in the locking stitches.

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  10. I really like your quilt…precious is the word for it. Seeing it has given me an idea for painting my 3 year old granddaughter’s room. I painted a lovely garden scene on her room’s walls before she was born and now that she is a big girl she wants her room pink like her sister’s, whose room was painted with mod fairies and flowers. I only want to do her room one more time so it will grow with her and I was hard pressed on choosing a theme until I saw your quilt. The child is crazy about shoes and accessories and she will not out grow her this so I am going to paint shoes and purses. Again your quilt is beautiful and thanks for sharing your creativity.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comments about my quilt, Deborah! I’m so glad it has inspired you. Send pictures of the room when you finish it! 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you like it, Jane Ann. Maybe I’ll try to ship it to Knoxville next year, and you can go visit it at the show! “Divine”—thank you for that lovely compliment!

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  11. Hi Nadine,
    I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your quilt “Accessorize Me” and get a lot of inspiration from your “daily inchies”. Your ideas are so fresh. Not an easy thing these days when it seems like ‘everything has already been done’.
    Thank you for sharing so much on your blogs, website, etc. it is much appreciated.

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