Category — Life
I am almost embarrassed to admit how long I sat on this quilt top and back, waiting to finish it. Apparently, I had plans 8 months ago to baste and quilt it right away! Ha, well things must have crept up and it just was pushed further and further down the priority list. It feels really good to check this UFO off my list.
The blocks and cornerstones of this quilt were all made using Kaffe Fassett’s striped fabrics as well as Moda cross weaves. I am SO sad to say that I just heard last week from Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics that Moda has discontinued their beautiful cross weaves. It’s really a shame, I hope they bring them back at some point. But for those that are hoping to stock up or try them out, you can find a few still on Etsy.
When I originally made these blocks, I wrote up a quick tutorial. The blocks actually came together rather quickly and I love the variety of them. Then I used 3″ finished white sashing with corner stones between the blocks.
It’s actually hard to see the detail in the photos since I washed this quilt before taking pictures, but for the back I used two blocks of solid fabric and then incorporated strips of Kaffe stripes and Moda cross weaves. I love the look.
I quilted this in a free motion meandering style, giving it that cozy, crinkled look. It measures about 44″ x 58″. I’ll be putting this quilt up for sale in my shop soon.
This weekend was my son’s 3rd birthday. We spent both days celebrating, relaxing, but not sewing. But that’s ok, I really love this guys and can’t believe how fast he is growing up. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
March 11, 2012 14 Comments
Well, the cat is out of the bag! I will be a guest on Pat Sloan’s American and Patchwork Quilting Radio this Monday, February 13th. The show starts at 4pm Eastern Time and you can listen live online on your computer (or later if you happen to miss the show). There are directions on their website for getting all set up. I hope you all will tune in as we talk about the wonderful online quilting community!
February 11, 2012 25 Comments
What a mess. Not surprising, December is (as usual) not a good month for getting things done. Most of my free time is spent doing holiday related things and on the weekends, I just like to hang with my family instead of by myself in the sewing room. Oh, and my two year old thinks he’s done napping.
So, that not only means that projects don’t get done very quickly, but also that the sewing room doesn’t get straightened up.
But I did make some progress today. The Echo quilt top you see on the floor in the above photo is now finished *and* I managed to squeeze in the back too. Next up, basting! I also finished that Jane Market Bag you see half done (gift for my daughter’s preschool teacher). I totally want to keep it for myself.
I finished all the rows in my A Stitch in Color mini square quilt top. Now just to sew the rows together. I hope everyone else is having an equally productive Monday!
December 12, 2011 21 Comments
I’m back from the Sewing Summit! Honestly, I have a million thoughts racing around my head from the weekend. I’m not really sure where to start. First off, I want to say it was absolutely, unbelievably amazing. Erin and Amy (the event creators/organizers) did such an awesome job, I really think they are my new heros. I think about how much time and work and risk really went into planning such a large event that was the first of it’s kind. And these are ladies like you and me, with families and other responsibilities. Totally blows my mind.
Ok, let’s start at the beginning. Friday morning I woke up bright and early at 4am to get ready and get to the airport. That was fun. I flew in with a brief stop in Denver (That’s Denver above, I didn’t even get off the airplane!) My sister came with me, but we both had free airfare on different airlines (and different Chicago airports!) so once she landed we headed to the hotel, The Little America. Holy nice hotel batman! Check out our rooms.
We were on the top floor (17th) and had an amazing view of the mountains.
We decided to walk around town and we found a little mexican restaurant for a cheap lunch. Then we walked a couple more blocks to Temple Square. Even if you are not Mormon (which we aren’t), this is a must see. Beautiful buildings and grounds. Also, people in Salt Lake City were very friendly. People helped us with directions, made conversations. It was great.
After that we went back to the hotel and hung out in the hotel lobby with other people that were there knitting and cross stitching and hexie making and hand quilting.
There was always a group like this during free time, so fun! Lots of other hotel guests would walk by and wanted to see what we were working. They were seriously excited about it too. This is a town that appreciates craftiness!
We registered and got our swag bags. SUCH generous sponsors!
Friday night was the Welcome reception.
Food, drinks, lots of excitement as we all met the people we had been reading and swapping with for so long. I had a great time meeting and hanging out with so many Flickr friends and bloggers. I know I’m going to leave someone out, but just a few of them…Jessica, Amanda, Angela, Katie, Natalie, another Amanda , Lee, Dana, Kate, Jeanette, Meg, Elena, Darci, Jeni, Rachel, Jennifer, Liz…and a ton of others! It was fun to hear everyone saying “You look like your picture! You don’t look like your picture! You’re so tall! (not to me – ha!) You’re so short!”
For dinner my sister and I went to a wood oven pizza restaurant called Settebello but honestly by that point I was turning into a zombie because of the 4am wake up call and I crashed hard at the hotel as soon as we were done. Lots of people stayed up and sewed though.
Saturday was our first day of classes. I took Improv Piecing with Jess,
Garment Sewing 101 with Jana,
Creative Fabric Selection with Jeni (yep, we all got Kona Color Cards!),
and Marvelous Mini Quilts with Amanda.
What awesome classes. All the teachers were excited about their subjects, friendly, excited to help us. I was joking that Amanda should be a motivational quilting speaker, she was THAT excited about mini quilts and what we can make. Here she is, adorable, right?
Sunday I took Free Motion Quilting with Allison (very fun, we got to try different techniques on premade quilt sandwiches)
and then a discussion panel about Home Decor Sewing hosted by Erin.
Oh yeah! Some of us also made a surprise quilt each for Erin and Amy as a thank you for ALL their hard work. This secret quilting bee was organized by Ali and the quilts were then quilted by Chris (who also offers long arm services). They each received one of these…this is the front
Ok, has anyone made it this far? LOL I hope that wasn’t the most boring post! I could really go on forever about it, it was such a wonderful weekend.
Erin and Amy said they plan to make this an annual thing. I really think everyone should try to go at some point. I know a lot of us/you are stay at home moms, retired, working parents, single parents…the list goes on. But I thought I’d give a few tips on how to spend a bit less on the trip.
Airfare – I used a free ticket my husband had earned. See if there are ways for you to earn miles in the next year for a free or discounted airfare. My sister had earned enough miles for half a free ticket.
Hotel – Share a room! Lots of people shared rooms – people that hadn’t even met until this weekend. They were big rooms! You could put 4 people in a room which would mean you would spend only $50 each (after tax) for your room for the entire weekend.
The price of the conference was such a deal, it covered the 6 classes, a welcome reception Friday night with lots of food, two breakfasts, one lunch and a crazy amount of free stuff in our swag bag (donated by sponsors). The food was amazing. We went out for dinners on our own, but I found Salt Lake City to be *very* affordable. The city is very walkable and there are also restaurants all around the hotel. There is even a free transit system that will take you to certain parts of the city.
So there it is! I hope if you weren’t able to go this year, you feel like you were “virtually there” at least while you read this. And for those that did attend and that I met, I loved meeting you and can’t wait to see you again, hopefully next year!
*** Edited to add ***
Claudia sent me a photo she took of my sister (left) and me (right). I’m so excited, we don’t really have any photos of just us together!
October 10, 2011 56 Comments