QuiltCon 2018 is in My Record Books

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Oh my! How does one recap an event like QuiltCon? I am overwhelmingly inspired, happy to have made new friends, and not sure where to start next! I was ready and raring to go! 20180223_104404(1)1205218422.jpg

I attended with my friend and “sew mate” – Jude, @judemadeit – a trip we had been planning for a long time. 20180221_1751321780165437.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were in the first 1000 to register, so our first prize was this bag of swag…20180221_204611~21221350114..jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we walked in the first day, we were shocked to see our Charity Quilt hanging proudly, first one in line!

Mountains of Hope is destined to live in a home built by Habitat for Humanity. Our group, an independent members group we dubbed the SewIMQs, felt that a quilt needs a home and selected Habitat for that reason. The other members were Jude, @judemadeit; Lorrie, @langdon813; and Adrean, @quiltfabulous…you can find them on InstaGram with the handles shown. It was such a pleasure to work with these gals that we didn’t even know before deciding to seek members for our little clan, and to create a work of art. Thanks to each of you for your part!

 

We got a glimpse of many quilting “sewlebrities” over the course of the event (we were there for every day!). Our first was Yvonne, aka Quilting Jetgirl

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Being newbies to the whole event, we decided not plan taking any classes this time (and found we would have loved it), but did sign up for some lectures. Quilt as Desired was the first one with the knowledgeable Jacquie Gerhing. The subtitle of her lecture was “how in the world do I know what I desire?” This is a very good topic for me, as I seem to want it all…or at least to try it all! Her book with a long subtitle, but lovingly known as Walk, gives great information on the quilting process with your walking foot. Her lecture was very fun and informative and she is a hoot! Oh, she is also a Kansas City girl, like me, so even better!

 

Another good lecture was given by Latifah Saafir, titled How to Design a Quilt in 5 Easy Steps. Who doesn’t want to learn those steps? Another presenter with a congenial, jovial spirit, Latifah had some terrific points. I won’t post the pictures of her slides here…so you can go see her for yourself!

 

 The keynote speaker for this QuiltCon was Carolyn Friedlander. Young, friendly, and a creative, for sure (like everyone there), Carolyn’s topic was “You Make the Rules: How I Use Design to Guide Work and Life.” She is a tiny, little, trendy one who has had a great impact on the quilting world.

 

Carolyn’s work was displayed in one of the exhibit halls…a beautiful room for beautiful work by many quilting artists. The center of the room featured quilted upholstery work she has done…another thing on my list, but I don’t see it in the near future!

 

 

 

The MQG Mini-Quilt Swap was fun! I might blog in more detail about that specific event, but suffice it to say it did not dissapoint me! Thanks to my partner, Lauana, @mysewingspace on IG for a lovely mini. Lauana, you are doing fine at bridging that gap from traditional to modern quilting.

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The book party was a blast! Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century is a beautiful book and several of the creatives included were present to autograph their pages. I hope I got everyone who was there. The creative process is often a bit solitary and not everyone is ready to be mobbed at a signing party, but all were gracious. I got a few snaps…

 

 

 

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Jacquie Gerhing signed her book Walk (and I snuck in the Modern Quilts book too) at a separate signing in the Lucky Spool booth.

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There was a bit of tooling around Pasadena outside the show, but not too far…we had plenty to absorb at the show!

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My travel buddy and room mate is always fun, but we did meet plenty of happy people…

 

 

 

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Annie Townsend, @oceanannie123, designed this beautiful PNW-inspired quilt for the Portland MQG Charity Quilt

I was either too awestruck, dumbfounded, tired, or something to get more pictures!

However, I was looking all over the show and late in the game finally met up with (and looked like an idiot, no doubt) with the wonderful Chawne Kimbre, aka @cauchycomplete on IG, whose work I admire. She is so sweet and soft-spoken and I would love to spend some time with her one day!

 

 

 

As an attendee, we were asked to vote for the People’s Choice award. This is really an impossible task. It would even be difficult if you could pick one from each category! I voted for the quilt below, ‘But, I Tried To Remember’ by Heidi Parkes. It has a beautiful story and many layers process. Not the typical quilt, but very appealing. Look her up and read about it here.

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The People’s Choice award went to Liz Harvatine, @ladyharvatine. It actually is impressive work, but you probably can’t read the description card.

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So, my friends, I will post a few images of quilts, but I tell you, there is no real way to say how inspiring the work is from design to technique to finishes.

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I know I should post the names of each quilter… I took pictures of each sign, but they are too small to read in some cases.

Top photo includes Emily Lang, @mommysnaptime; Sandra Kaye, @sandieloves2quilt; Steph Skardal, @stephskardal; Charity Quilt, San Antonio MQG; Carolyn Friedlander, @carolynfriedlander;Tara Faughnan, @tarafaughnan; Chawne Kimber, @cauchycomplete; Sarah Lauzon, @cera.bee; Diana Vandeyar, @dianavandeyar

Second photo includes Cassandra Beaver, @cassandra.beaver; Sydney Beauty (youth category, 18 years old); Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, @wholecirclestudio; Jacquie Gehring, @jacquietps; Pam, @px4color; ____; @jessicawohlstudio; AnnMarie Cowley, @runandsew; ____

If you get a chance to go, you will not be disappointed in QuiltCon…maybe I will see you in Nashville next time!

 

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Inspiration from the Bahamas

Yep, I have been away for a bit, but quilting inspiration can be found everywhere! I thought I would post a few pictures of things that spoke to me.

I have been fortunate to travel to quite a few places and several times sailing, but never have I seen such beautiful turquoises, blues, and pinks/corals!

The Wall this Week

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The design wall this week doesn’t show much new, but I love the Wonky Stars! The swap has been completed and I have a beautiful galaxy to show for it! I believe these will become a quilt! I love to sleep outdoors and this will feel like sleeping under the stars!

The log cabin play was mentioned in an earlier blog, but I do love how these bright blocks play together. Not sure how they will be used, or if they are just a start to something more. I think I will cut up the b/w/g block for further experimenting.

That one dark blue wonky star was an attempt at my QuiltCon 2018 swap. A fail, for me, as also noted in a previous post, but I will keep it for possible use somewhere.

The rest of my sewing time this week has been consumed by that same QuiltCon 2018 swap. I am finally about to put the finishing touches on it, but it is a secret, so I won’t be showing it here. That will come along very soon with all the other info that will be on the blog from attending that event! Here is just a hint of the swap mini…

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I am so glad I finally discovered my partner’s mosaic so I can make something that I am enjoying…and, hopefully, she will too!

That’s it for now! Until next time…    

and Happy Quilting!

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2018 Stash Bee

I just finished my February block for the 2018 Stach Bee. I am in Hive 5! Got this one done in a hurry!

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The Queen Bee for February is Francis, @francispaul61 on IG, from the Netherlands. She has a mighty cause of making “‘Droomdekentjes’ , comfort blankets for children who are sick or who are in a not so nice place in their life.” I love being a part of a good cause and I hope the little ones who receive these blankets find happiness and dream big! This block is scrappy reds and pinks with my message for dreaming and happiness and is 16″ square…a fun and easy block to make!

I failed to mention my January block on the blog, so I will do that today. The Queen for the month of January was Cathleen, @kitchkouture on IG, (also our hive mama) and she requested a block of improv stripes. “I would like to construct a modern winter tree quilt. I was inspired by Elizabeth Hartman’s winter quilt that you can see here. https://blog.fatquartershop.com/2012/12/blogger-choice-elizabeth-hartman.html I would like to create a forest of monochromatic gray trees. I am intrigued by gray and also want to create something that will help me process the wildfires that destroyed about 3000 homes in my town this last October.” If you are not into improv, this is an easy way to practice it. My block and a suggestion for color to go with it…really a suggestion from @judemadeit on IG…and the only green I had on hand…

Seemed like green supported her thoughts on the fires and the rebirth that will come after the devastation.

Thanks goes to Diana, @reddeliciouslife, for coordinating the Stash Bee and for finding a way to get me in at the last minute!

Happy Quilting everyone! I hope you are finding your buzz in 2018!

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January/February Goals

Happy February, friends!

Since it is the first of February and the month of love, I will not beat myself up too much for the fact that every box is not checked off on my short list of January goals.

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That said, I will mention that I have made something for the MQG Swap…actually I have made two! I just didn’t feel warm and fuzzy about them and so I will be starting a new one today. Does that really count as a fail??

I felt rather silly when I went and looked again at my partner’s IG feed only to find that she did post a mosaic in November. I have looked several times and don’t know how I missed it, but now I have a clear goal! Not sure what will happen with the other items I made, but such is the life of a quilter…not everything works out, but most things find a home sooner or later. These are what I have made and won’t be swapping at QuiltCon…

So, I moved the MQG Swap to February!

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February is an exciting month! My main excitement is about the 2018 QuiltCon…I am going! It is my sew mate’s, Jude Made It, birthday month and appropriate that we are going together. It is our first time to go and we are participating in as much as we can! More will come about that on the blog as it happens!

In prep for the big event, there was some making in January that I didn’t blog about.

Buttons and cards to swap, a lanyard for displaying the buttons, and a bag for stashing things. I am carrying the bag I made a while back as a tester for Yvonne Campbell, @quiltydream. I like that the bag and lanyard include the color of the year…Ultra Violet…or at least, some shades of it! Will YOU be at QuiltCon?

Once again, my February goal sheet is a little on the sparse side. This time is it because we will be traveling, in addition to QC. Though it has not been terrible winter weather here, we will be going to the Bahamas for some fun and sun and friends. I feel lucky and hope to get some great turquoise quilting inspiration! It will be great to spend time with our great friends on their boat, Terridup, too! She keeps a blog here, if you are interested in checking it out.

Well, that about rounds up what I can think of today. Happy February, “make love – not war”, and happy quilting!

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