MQG Mini Swap…Honestly!

I must tell a true story!

The MQG Mini Swap…tagged #makeaminimakeafriend…became quite the challenge for me! The idea, of course, is to trade minis with a new friend that you will make. Some are able to actually go to QuiltCon and some swap by mail. I was so very excited to be going to my first QC, that I, obviously, chose to meet my new friend in person.

Along the way, you are supposed to communicate with the partner via Instagram, post a mosaic of ideas that you would like, share snippets along the way, etc. I was excited to get my partner assignment via email. Lauana, @mysewingspace, seemed to be new to modern quilting and wanting to bridge the gap from more traditional work to modern by attending the convention. Sounds good!

We did comminicate via private message on IG. That was interesting and she was very friendly, but I was frustrated that I could never get any direction about what she wanted. She had stated in her signup form that her favorite quilting style was Patriotic. Well, that is not a favorite of mine, but I decided to move ahead…I had to make something, so I thought of making a more modern red-white-blue mini.

Most of us can relate to wanting to make something that we like when making a gift…something we would be happy to give. Often times, we make something we like so much we would like to keep it, but that is not how it goes! Well, I was just not happy! Here is the first mini I made…

The back side
The front side









Not happy…next try involved a wonky star…a new favorite block of mine, having been in a swap this year…better, but still no cigar….

try two…wonky star

This is the part of the story where I have to make a confession. With all my anxiety, I don’t know how in the world I missed it, but my partner had, indeed, posted a mosaic!

Lauana’s mosiac!

Just look at this mosaic. There are so many minis that I would clearly love to make! This was posted in November!!! How did I miss it??? (Please tag your partner when posting a mosaic.) At any rate, it was one week before I was to leave for the Bahamas, with only two more days at home between the Bahamas and QuiltCon! I opted for the HOME mini…quick and easy, right? Well, I would love to do the house Dresden, have done the feathers, but I L-O-V-E-D the clothesline mini! Gulp! That would be like making many mini-minis on top of the 24ish-inch mini. I tried the HOME idea, but my heart was already wrapped around the clothesline. Alas…my fate was set!

At least I had a plan that I liked now!

Without mentoining that I finished the binding on this at 6:00 AM the morning I was leaving for QC…oh wait, I just said that! Well, I did get finished, had fun making it, and yes, I would happily have kept it! Here are pictures of the mini I called “Quilts on a Clothesline”.

Hand Embroidered Mini Mini
A feather
Log Cabin
Modern Improv
Simple Squares
More Improv with Hand Embroidery
The Mini-Mini HOME block…with birds
A Tiny Wonky Star noting QuiltCon
Quilts on a Clotheslilne…Mini Swap MQG 2018

I was a happy…and relieved…camper, or traveler in this case! On my way to the first QuiltCon for me, with a swap mini that I was pleased to say I had made.

At QuiltCon there is a lot of excitement and confusion, at times. Let’s just say the mini swap was another place of confusion…and excitement. There was no plan or organization for the event. You just showed up in a room full of quilters and hoped to find you partner. Let’s say that could be a topic for another blog! All that said, I FOUND HER!!!

We found our new quilty friends…Lauana and Valorie at the MQG swap, 2018.

Look at that very cool mini that Lauana made for me! She references the idea of color coming from words, which is depicted perfectly. You may not be able to see that the background fabric is all text. I am so happy with this mini! Thank you, Lauana! It was fun to meet you, and find you running around the convention, with your darling daughter. I think you have made the jump into modern quilting well! Have fun with it!

Here is a peek at a few others that I snapped at the swap. The lighting was bad, but there was a lot of happiness too! Sorry, I can’t name everyone!

@runandsew on the right with her swap partner
@quilts2sew on the left with her swap partner
@judemadeit on the left and @slusclay
@quiltydoings on the right, my swap mama and a swap fairy who came all the way from Scotland!

That is my story of the MQG Mini Swap 2018. Would I do it again? You bethca!

And finally, here is a bit of my room with the newest mini in all her glory!

Some of my mini swaps…including the newest from MQG Mini Swap and Lauana!

Happy Quilting!

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QuiltCon 2018 is in My Record Books


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

20180222_1046291141563702.jpgShe was running from place to place, as she is an avid supporter of MQG and a willing volunteer, but she had a great smile when we begged her to stop for a quick snap!




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.





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…




This book will get lots of loving review and was the go-to (next to InstaGram) for relaxing moments during the show.20180222_140553_hdr2126352607.jpg








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


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



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





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.


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


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.



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!