Hanna Hearts Quilt Top!

Hanna Hearts Quilt Top: Fresh Lemons Quilts

Back home and back at the sewing machine this week! I finished up my Hanna Hearts quilt top and it’s just so cute! (Once again this was confirmed by my 8 year old daughter.) Adding sashing is not exactly my favorite part of making a quilt (yawn) but I did manage to get it all done in two days.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Top: Fresh Lemons Quilts

I cut my sashing 2-1/2″ wide (so finishes at 2″). I actually planned on making an even wider border around the outside edge but ran out of white fabric and couldn’t remember which particular white I was using. I know, I know…label my neutrals already! Quilting soon on this one. :)

You can read more about the makings of this quilt, including links to the heart block tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew, here and here.

Welcome Fanciful Fabrics!

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Karen has been sewing for over 30 years and she loves to create with fabric. She opened Fanciful Fabrics after teaching school for several years and deciding to follow her passion and open a fabric business.

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QuiltCon 2015

QuiltCon 2015

I’m back! What a two weeks. I went from Austin to Naples to Orlando and then back to Chicago. I’m sorry things have been so quiet here on the blog for the last couple of weeks. I started my time away at QuiltCon and I thought it’d be fun to share some pictures and thoughts! (If you aren’t tired of reading them on everyone else’s blogs.)

QuiltCon 2015

Let’s be honest, it was no hardship to trade subzero temperatures for 60’s and blue skies. This was my second time visiting Austin and it is just a fun town – very easy to get around for a convention. I think I mentioned in my pre-QuiltCon post that I was only there for half the convention due to a family wedding…but I do feel like I squeezed a lot in during that time.

QuiltCon 2015

First things first, once again QuiltCon was super well done. I know absolutely nothing about planning a convention, but I am so impressed with how everything played out. I checked in on Thursday morning. There was a CRAZY and I mean CRAZY long line, but once the kiosks opened it moved really quickly and I was up in my first class of the day with plenty of time to spare.

My first (and only) class was embroidery with Alison Glass. Alison set up this giant frame and showed us embroidery stitches super sized so everyone could see. SO SMART!

QuiltCon 2015

Then we all got to work on our projects while we chatted. It was sort of like sewing social time and I loved every minute of it. Very relaxing.

QuiltCon 2015

I spent some time in lectures, and the rest of the time on the floor. I really focused my attention on the quilts. And there were so many awesome quilts to see. It was pretty overwhelming (in the best way possible).

QuiltCon 2015: Best in Show: i Quilt by Kathy York
Best in Show: i Quilt by Kathy York

Most of the quilts I saw did not use a standard grid layout. I think if your goal is to have a quilt in this show next year, that should be a strong hint as to what you might want to consider submitting.

QuiltCon 2015: Deconstructed Lonestar by Amy Struckmeyer
Deconstructed Lonestar by Amy Struckmeyer

I noticed a ton of matchstick quilting. Another hint, hint I think.

QuiltCon 2015: The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kennley
The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kennley

I’m a huge fan of Nydia Kennley’s quilts. Above you’ll see her with her award winning improvisational quilt, The Rabbit Hole. I watched this one come together on Instagram – you must follow her if you have an Instagram account! The quilting alone. Wow. It’s matchstick quilting, a mix of different colored thread, with some hand quilted straight lines mixed in as well.

QuiltCon 2015: Tessellation 3 by Nydia Kennley
Tessellation 3 by Nydia Kennley

Lots of solids (yay!). That’s probably a surprise to no one. :)

QuiltCon 2015: Emergent by Kari Vojtechovsky
Emergent by Kari Vojtechovsky

QuiltCon 2015: Fresh Pack by Dorie Schwarz
Fresh Pack by Dorie Schwarz

A fun moment for me was to turn down this aisle and see quilts by my coauthors Katie, Lee and me, all related to Vintage Quilt Revival : two quilts from the book itself and one quilt that was a spin off from one of the patterns.

QuiltCon 2015: Modern Traditionalism
Far Left: Spiced Chai by Katie Clark Blakesley
Third Quilt from Left: Freeflow by Lee Heinrich
Fourth Quilt from Left: Star Bright by Faith Jones

A personal all time favorite of mine, Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabik, was on display. What a treat to see this one in person.

QuiltCon 2015: Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabik
Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabik

Overall, I loved the show – it was inspiring, informative, and well run. There was even a QuiltCon app with schedule information, a floor layout map, directory, etc. The only one thing I would change for next time…I’d love to see some row numbers hanging from the ceiling. Because let’s be honest. I can’t read a map to save my life. And most booths didn’t display their booth number anywhere, so I never knew where I was or how to get to my goal. I also am pretty sure I missed half the quilts because I spent a lot of time lost. :)

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters

After Austin I flew to Florida for a few days. Part of this time was spent relaxing poolside with my one and only purchase from QuiltCon – The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously by Sherri Lynn Wood. This book is beautiful. Just trust me and go buy it. I’m sure I’ll be doing a more in depth review of it soon on the blog.

QuiltCon will now be an annual show. 2016 will be held in Pasadena, California and 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. Maybe we can beg our way into a future year in the middle of the country? Although who am I kidding? No one wants to visit Chicago in February! :)

Hanna Hearts

Hanna Hearts Quilt

I thought I’d share just a few photos of my Hanna Hearts quilt progress while I am away at QuiltCon. It’s so cute! My 8 year old assures me.

(And totally unrelated to this quilt…if you’d like to see real time updates from QuiltCon today and tomorrow, be sure to follow me on Instagram!)

Hanna Hearts Quilt

I am planning on adding some white sashing between everything. Probably either 1-1/2″ or 2″ wide. I mentioned in my last post that I used Allison of Cluck, Cluck, Sew’s Simple Heart Tutorial. These are the 4″ hearts. I just love them!

Hanna Hearts Quilt

I’m going to back this one with minky so it’s nice and soft for the recipient!