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A Weekend in Denver

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Last July when I was on Pat Sloan’s show, I happened to be on during the same hour as Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock. Amy was talking about some work she had displayed in the Denver Art Museum’s Spun Exhibit. Well, you know my mom was listening and afterwards she sent me an email that said “We must go see this exhibit! And visit family while we are out there!” (Much of my extended family lives in Denver.)

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So last weekend we took off and met up in Denver! What a fun trip. I hope you are ready for some major, major picture overload. We flew in on Saturday, bright and early, and went straight up to get my grandma in Berthoud. I haven’t seen my grandma in a really long time, so it was pretty great to get to spend the day with her.

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She wanted to take me to her local quilt shop – which actually turned out to be all sorts of awesome! This is the Laughing Ladies Quilting shop. And I can tell you that not only is the shop H-U-G-E and full of great stuff (I picked up some of the latest Sweetwater!), but the ladies that work inside are also very nice and friendly! The store just had a very happy vibe. If you are heading north of Denver or south of Loveland, definitely make the stop to check it out.

After the quilt shop we headed into the mountains to get our tourist on. We visited Georgetown to take my grandma on a short narrow gauge train ride.

Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

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It was really fun! Being from the midwest, the mountains are so cool to see. I feel like the Rockies have such great contrast. One minute they are covered in trees. The next it’s all rocks that look like they are going to fall on your car. Kidding…but not really. lol

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Sunday we woke up early to visit Red Rocks before going to the museum.

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That was a fun study in contrast too – one group of people were there and camping out before the Grateful Dead concert Sunday evening. Another group of SUPER fit people were there exercising on the endless stairs.

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Next we headed off to Spun at the Denver Art Museum (and it happened to be the very last day of the exhibit!)

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The exhibit was spread in little bits and pieces all over the museum. Which does get you to see areas you normally wouldn’t visit…but also was exhausting. lol I loved this banner in the building, which included a little section that looked like a ticker tape quilt to me.

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There was an area where you could get hands on and try all sorts of things from hand quilting to block designing.

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There was a big section of crocheted items set up to look like coral in the ocean.

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Really beautiful paper art by Bruce Price.

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A section called Material World which were items made out of different, well, materials. From top to bottom, Reconstruction #20 (Sewn fabrics) by Lucas Samaras, 1977; Lucas/Rug (Silk and linen) by Chuck Close, 1993; Rain Has No Father? (Found bottle tops with copper wire) by El Anatsui, 2008.

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Loved this piece. Does anyone else feel like they have this many quilts? Untitled by Marie Watt, 2013.

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I was also really inspired by the Pattern Play area, designs by Jacqueline Groag. Boy do I wish some of these were printed on fabric today.

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This quilt was my favorite, made by Annie J. Peight at age 10(!!), from the Pennsylvania Amish community in 1926. Not only do I love the design, but the hand quilting was amazing. She had acorns around the entire border.

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And then of course I had to see Amy’s beautiful mini quilt, made from silk fabric her grandfather purchased in France during World War II.

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The whole exhibit was set up beautifully.

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Looks like someone got ahold of my scissor drawer. Just kidding. ;)

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After the museum we had a bite to eat and then headed to Fancy Tiger Crafts, a modern quilting and yarn store in Denver.

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They had a great selection!

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Monday we were going to drive out to Vail but had to change our plans due to snow creating a problem in one of the tunnels. Yes, snow people. Ha! We ended up going down to Colorado Springs and visiting Garden of the Gods.

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Beautiful!

Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

It was a great trip! I’m slowly catching up on my sleep and hopefully will sit back down at my sewing machine later by the weekend.

September 26, 2013   33 Comments

Welcome Plain Jane Quilting!

 

Today I’m very pleased to introduce you to my newest sponsor, longarm quilting professional Denae Hansen of Plain Jane Quilting!

Plain Jane Quilting

Denae has been quilting for 11 yrs. She offers both free hand, custom and edge to edge computerized designs for your quilt. Plain Jane Quilting’s prices start at 1 cent per square inch, with a speedy, fast turnaround of one week or less. Based in Utah, you can ship your quilt top to her and she will ship it back when she is finished with the quilting. She offers discount promotions throughout the year, as well.

Plain Jane Quilting

I really love Denae’s website and hope you will take some time to check it out. There’s a lot of great information including some pattern options, some of her portfolio and very detailed pricing information.

Plain Jane Quilting

You can sign up for email notification of promotions at her website www.PlainJaneQuilting.com, follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/plainjanequilting , as well as Facebook at www.Facebook.com/plainjanequilting.utah. Big welcome Plain Jane Quilting!

September 16, 2013   1 Comment

American Patchwork & Quilting Radio ~ Today!

 

I’m back from a week away and hitting the ground running today! This afternoon I’m a guest on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan. I’ll be talking about my post on Community Giving and other fun quilty goodness.

You can listen live by clicking on this link at 4pm Eastern, 3pm Central, 2pm mountain, and 1pm Pacific. If you miss the live show, you can listen later on your computer, subscribe by iTunes (search American Patchwork & Quilting), or download to a player. You can find more details about how to listen on Pat’s blog page.

I hope you will all tune in!

++ Update ++
You can now listen to the recorded version by clicking on this link and scrolling down the the Podcast player. It’s the show listed on 7-8-13.

July 8, 2013   6 Comments

Welcome Custom Labels 4 U!

Hello everyone – I hope you all had a great weekend! I traveled to Cincinnati to visit my family and take in the International Quilt Festival. The Modern Quilt Guild had some traveling quilts there and it was so fun to see quilts that really speak to my design taste (and some of my friend’s quilts as well)!

Today I’d like to introduce you to my latest sponsor, Custom Labels 4 U. As a quilter, we spend a *lot* of time and effort on our projects. I think labeling them when I’m finished is really important. It’s nice for everyone to know where the quilt is from, and also really adds another level of professionalism.

Custom Labels 4 U provides 100% Egyptian cotton woven labels, available as sew-on or iron-on. They are embroidered, not printed, so will not fade. To me, this is the most important thing.

But if you would like your logo image on your label – you can get printed ones as well. If you also sew clothing, they have a big selection of size and care labels too.

Big welcome Custom Labels 4 U! And thank you for supporting my sponsors everyone!

April 15, 2013   12 Comments