Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts – A Menu of Modern

Today I wanted to share something fun I’m doing next month at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, WI (just a bit north of Milwaukee). On Saturday, January 11th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lee Heinrich, Jeni Baker, Jacquie Gering and I will be participating in A Menu of Modern. This is an all day event with lectures, trunk shows, panel question and answer, lunch, and a book signing reception. Signing up also gives you access to the “Modern Perspectives” exhibit in the Barn Gallery. The cost for this event is $49 and you can sign up here. Maybe forward the link to that special someone who never knows what to get you for Christmas? 🙂

Then on Sunday, Jacquie is teaching her Slice and Insert Improvisation Workshop. I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about her classes so of course I’m signed up to go! That class costs $59 (a steal!!) and you can sign up for that here.

I hope those of you in the Northern Illinois/Indiana and Wisconsin area will join us!

Only a little over a week until Christmas and things are looking quite magical here. We’ve had so much snow over the last week, I’m fairly certain we will have a white Christmas! And I even managed to score a photo of the family so I had to share. This almost never happens!

I hope you are having a wonderful December with your friends and families!

Quilt Camp

Whew! I’m back from a busy weekend away at Quilt Camp! I actually got back Sunday evening, but I still feel like I’m recovering from all the late nights and fun. We had such a good time. Thursday afternoon, Jeni drove to my house from Wisconsin so we could car pool to Michigan together. It was really nice to have someone to chat with during the drive and it seemed to go by rather quickly, rather than the 3+ hours. We stayed at the Hankerd Inn in Pleasant Lake, Michigan. It was so cute! Lots of old barns and cottages set up specifically for quilting/sewing retreats. The owner was just the sweetest and took such good care of us while we were there.

There was lots of open sewing time and also four classes. I taught my Poinsettia Mini Quilt Pattern.

There were quite a few people paper piecing for the first time – and we had a lot of success! These are only a few of the finishes.

Since I’ve already made one mini quilt from the pattern layout, I’m thinking of an alternative design with my blocks.

Heather taught Improv and everyone made really great blocks.

Jeni taught her famous drawstring bags and Brenda taught English Paper Piecing. There were bags and hexies popping up all over the place!

So much holiday sewing was accomplished – this is only part of the projects everyone finished.

These were my table mates for the weekend – my great friend Kara (we met just after college in 2000), Cristin, Angela, and Amanda.

And my fellow “camp counselors” – Heather, Brenda and Jeni.

I’m so grateful for everyone that came to hang out and sew. This was the first time for Brenda’s Quilt Camp and I know she plans many more! Hopefully many of you will get a chance to attend one of the future camp weekends.

Sewing Summit 2012

Ready or not, I’m going to post about my Sewing Summit experience! You’ve probably read a few recaps over the last several days. I think I was hesitant to write anything because I guess that would be accepting that it’s over. I just had so much fun. Last year when I went I was a bit nervous. I was meeting everyone in person for the first time. I wasn’t sure what to expect. This year wasn’t just about meeting more new people, but solidifying those friendships that had grown over the last year.

Open sewing with @swimbikequilt and @dmcstudios #sewingsummit
My awesome roommates Katie and Mary

I arrived late Wednesday night and was lucky enough to stay with Katie and Lee at the home of Katie’s sister-in-law Mary, who I had met a bit last year. Mary is just the nicest, funniest, most genuine person and was one of my roomies for the weekend. Katie isn’t half bad either. 😉 Ha, hi Katie – love ya!! 🙂 Seriously though, I count myself very lucky to have become great friends with both Katie and Lee over the last year and a half.

Pine Needles!
Lee, Brooke, Terri, Amy, Kelly and Elena

Thursday a few of us went on an informal shop hop to Pine Needles and Material Girls. Both were great shops! And the bonus was the waffles before the shopping and the ice cream at the end of the shopping.

Photo by Amy (Sukie)

Basically, we ate, bought fabric, ate.

Lunch time with @sukie80 @kelbysews @freshlypieced @sewfantastic ! #sewingsummit

Thursday evening was the Welcome Reception and then we went to the new City Creek mall in downtown SLC – I’m not a huge mall person but it was really amazing. Plus I had some really great Mexican food at Red Iguana – I can never say no to Mexican food!

Setting up for class! #sewingsummit

Friday I taught my first class with Kati.

Another great teacher @sewingsummit Sweetest really! @freshlemonsquilts
Nerdy photo of me by Amy (Sukie)

We had a lot of information to get through in an hour and 15 minutes, but we just made it!

Kati and Me
Kati and I

Everyone in the class was super nice and I heard a lot of people have those “aha” moments, or say “this isn’t as hard as I thought!” I think that is the sign of a successful class.

Cafe Molise! #sewingsummit  @freshlypieced @provhandmade @fussycut @oneshabbychickhawaii @mybricole @jenib320 @swimbikequilt @dmcstudios @lucyandnorman
Me, Lee, Stephanie, Angela, Megan, Amber, Deedee, Jeni, Katie, Mary

Friday night a little group of us went to Caffe Molise, a local Italian restaurant. If you live in SLC, you must go there! Great service, awesome food, live music. I think everyone loved what they ordered.

SLCMQG mixer #sewingsummit

After dinner we ran through the rain to a party organized by Amy (Sukie!) and the Salt Lake City Modern Quilt Guild. Check out all that bunting! That’s what happens when quilters invade a bar.

Waffle time! #sewingsummit

Saturday I had ANOTHER waffle from Bruges and then taught again first thing in the morning. Lunch time had a special speaker – Joel Dewberry! Wow, what a humble, nice guy. Makes me want to go buy all his fabric. He had samples of his upcoming line Notting Hill. I’ve already picked out the fabric I want to use on my Weekender!

Joel Dewberry! #sewingsummit

We also had a banquet dinner with speaker Nancy Soriano, former Editor-in-Chief of Country Living Magazine. She spoke on her Creative Journey, it was really interesting and also inspiring to hear the story of a successful career woman and mom.

Sunday was the day everyone started leaving. I will be honest, when I woke up I was so sad! Of course I missed my family but I didn’t want to say goodbye to everyone. I was lucky enough to find some people in the lobby and have a nice group breakfast.

Last breakfast at @sewingsummit
Photo by Amber

Then I decided to play tourist for awhile and walk around the city.

I walked up a big hill but this was my reward #statecapitol #sewingsummit

I visited the Temple and the State Capital building. (My legs were still sore 2 days later from walking up that hill!) Then I headed to the airport for my trip home.

That's right, I'm obsessed with the mountains. #latergram

I said this last year and I’ll say it again. I really recommend trying to go the Sewing Summit at least once. Hopefully it’s an annual thing! It’s allowed me to make friends that enjoy doing what I do, friends that now I get to meet up with during the rest of the year (here and here). The classes are great, but really the social experience is why I go. When else will I stay up until 1am sewing and laughing with friends?

Thank you SO much to the amazing Erin and the rest of the Sewing Summit staff for all their hard work. Also huge thanks to Ali who coordinated everything with the teaching staff. They were all wonderful – keep in mind this is no ones full time job. Really amazing.

So I guess that’s it! I have lots more photos on my Flickr photostream that you can check out. It was a great long weekend!

Cutting Equilateral Triangles ~ A Tutorial

Cutting 60 Degree Triangles ~ Tutorial by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next month, Kati of From the Blue Chair and I are going to be teaching a class at the Sewing Summit called “Shapes and Angles”. Kati is going to show everyone how to sew Y-Seams using Hexagons and Diamonds. I’m going to focus on Partial Seams and Equilateral Triangles. Because our class time is limited to 1 hour 15 minutes, we are asking everyone to cut their fabric at home ahead of time and bring the pieces to class.

Kati has posted cutting directions on her blog (here and here). Additional class details can be found in the Sewing Summit Google Group thread titled Shapes and Angles Class.

Let’s dig deep and try to remember Trigonometry class. I know, it’s painful. You probably remember that an equilateral triangle has three 60° angles. In order to cut your fabric for these triangles, you will need a ruler with 60° angle markings – there are two lines that represent 60°. The ruler does not have to be a special ruler for cutting triangles. Just needs the angle markings.

60Degree Line Markings

Let’s get started!

Cutting Equilateral Triangles

Step 1: Cut a 4″ tall strip of fabric.


Step 2: Using your quilting ruler, line up the 60° line marking along the bottom of your fabric strip.


Step 3: Using your rotary cutter, cut your fabric on the ruler angle.


Step 4: Next we are going to cut the third side of the triangle. Remember how your ruler has a 60° marking line going to 2 directions? This time, use other 60° line marking that you did not use the first time. (You will alternate marking lines, every other time you cut.) Make sure the ruler is lined up properly to create the top point of the triangle. Cut your fabric along the ruler edge to create your first equilateral triangle.


Step 5: Continue down the strip of fabric, lining up the 60° line marking and cutting additional triangles.


Enjoy all your pretty triangles!


A Special Note for Those in my Sewing Summit Class:
Bring at least 20 of these triangles to the Sewing Summit class. Although you are welcome to just bring triangles cut from one 42″ strip of fabric, you may want to bring a variety of prints/colors for fun.

Please bring the below additional cut fabric pieces for the Partial Seams portion of the class.
(32) 1.75″ x 5.25″ rectangles in various colors/prints
(8) 4″ x 4″ squares in neutral color/print

We will be beginning work on these sample blocks in class: