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Sewing Summit ~ Registration Opens Today!

**Update: The Sewing Summit sold out! In 1 day! Wow, totally amazing, I can’t wait to meet all of you that signed up!**

Today is the day I know many people have been eagerly anticipating… Sewing Summit tickets are going on sale! Registration opens at 9:00am MST. (Click here to register.) The first 50 tickets receive $50 off the registration price with the code FIRST50. Wow! The first 50 tickets sold out in 1 minute!

For those that aren’t familiar with the Sewing Summit, it is a sewing & blogging conference for the modern sewist who wants to connect with others in a fun and inspiring setting. I went last year and had such an amazing time, I knew immediately I would be making the trip again in 2012. It is so much more than a conference or set of amazing sewing classes (which include quilting, bag making, fashion/clothing making). It is a chance to meet the faces behind the blogs you visit each day. A chance to make a new group of friends that have the same passions as you. A chance to be truly encouraged and inspired.

I hope you will sign up. I am teaching this year along with many other extremely talented people, it’s going to be an unforgettable few days!

April 3, 2012   4 Comments

A Couple Fun Shares


Photo from Vanessa’s Instagram

I must say I had a wonderful weekend! I drove 3 1/2 hours Friday evening to the unchartered (for me!) land of Iowa to spend about 24 hours with some fellow sewers and bloggers – Vanessa, Anna, Deedrie, Jeni and Megan. I had met everyone except for Anna at the Sewing Summit last year. We did lots of sewing, talking, eating…ok, mostly talking and eating. I think we went to sleep at 3am on Friday night and woke up at 7:30…I haven’t done that since my kids were newborns. It was so much fun, just reinvigorating to be around people “like me” that love fabric and creating. I drove home Saturday evening and you would have thought I had been gone a month, my kids were SO happy to see me. It’s always nice to feel loved.

Today I have a couple shares for you. First, I am going to be participating in Megan at Canoe Ridge Creation’s Festival of Half Square Triangles!


Starting Monday, April 2, there will be a two weeks blog hop full of half square triangle tutorials and projects. At the end of the blog hop, you are invited to link up a HST sewing project of your own – bags, mini quilts, home decor, anything you can come up with. Then the blog hop group of bloggers will choose 10 finalists, at which point it’s all up to YOU to choose a winner! There will be lots of great prizes that Megan will announce soon.


Here’s the schedule:
Monday, April 2 — Sara from Sew Sweetness
Tuesday, April 3 — Amy from Amy’s Creative Side
Wednesday, April 4 — Faith from Fresh Lemons Quilts
Thursday, April 5 — Holly from Bijou Lovely
Friday, April 6 — Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt
Monday, April 9 — Erin from Two More Seconds
Tuesday, April 10 — Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, April 11 — Jeni from In Color Order
Thursday, April 12 — Heather and Megan from Quilt Story
Friday, April 13 — Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey
Monday, April 16 to Sunday, April 22 – Linky Party featuring all of YOU over at Canoe Ridge Creations!
Monday, April 23 to Wednesday, April 25 — Viewers Choice Voting
Friday, April 27 — Winners Announced!

So head on over to Megan’s site to grab a button, check out the Flick group, and join us for the Festival of Half Square Triangles starting Monday, April 2!

I am also the feature today on Quilt Story, so definitely go check that out!

Fresh Poppy Design

Off to work more on my Liberated Sampler! It’s coming right along!

*Edited to add a little photo of my progress*

Liberated Sampler Progress

March 26, 2012   16 Comments

Kaffe Improv

Kaffe Improv Stripe

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.

Kaffe Improv Stripe

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.

Kaffe Improv Stripe Back

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.

Kaffe Improv Stripe Back

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.

Kyler Birthday

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

American Patchwork and Quilting Radio!

American Patchwork and Quilting Radio

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