Be Challenged Bee


I completed my first block for the Be Challenged Modern Bee that I am part of. Douglas was up first and his block was a challenge! He chose a shoenrock cross paper pieced block. I sure am glad I took Penny’s paper piecing class! I would have been lost without that class. It was pretty challenging, but I think more time consuming than anything. I love how it turned out! It ALMOST makes me want to make more. Oh wait, I pretty much did make one more. When I was visiting my parents a few weekends ago, my mom had no idea where to start needed a refresher on paper piecing. It worked out well for her because she was trying to troubleshoot her long arm for me and I paper pieced for her. I did make her put them all together, though! Here are ours together. Mine’s on the left, Mom’s is on the right.

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New Camera Strap


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to wear my camera cross body style and how it fails every time. So, I found this guitar strap tutorial on Pinterest. Are you confused by guitar strap? Well, I liked the idea and how it was made, so I adapted it to fit my needs! And it’s not too girly, so maybe my husband will approve of this one!


Stitch and Flip


It’s been a little while since I finished this quilt, but I had a hard time finding a place to take a picture of this full size quilt! So, in the backyard it was! I started this in Jacquie Gering‘s stitch and flip triangle class when she visited the KCMQG over a year ago. I had so much fun with the technique and it’s no secret that I love Jacquie! She is a great teacher and an amazing person. I sure do miss having her in KC! I have to give a shout out to my mom who did a fabulous job quilting this quilt! It’s one of my favorites!




The post wouldn’t be complete without a dog picture!


Paper Piecing Workshop with Penny


Penny Layman was our speaker at the KCMQG this month. She brought lots of projects to show, including quilts and curtains. Her paper piecing projects were amazing! You can check out her stuff on her fabulous blog. I took two workshops from her on Friday. The first was an intro to paper piecing and next was freezer paper piecing. I hadn’t done any paper piecing before and I have to say, I LOVED it! I prefer the original method to the freezer paper method, but I’m glad I got to experience both. Penny was a wonderful teacher and really took her time with everyone to make sure we all understood. I couldn’t have asked for a better Friday filled with sewing, friends from the KCMQG, and Penny!


my projects

The above jar and pitcher are mine. The jar was done with the traditional paper piecing technique, and the pitcher was done with the freezer paper  technique.

class projects

me and Penny



I have recently discovered a love for English Paper Piecing hexagons. I picked up a free pack of 2 1/2 inch squares of Comma fabric from Moda’s Bakeshop booth at QuiltCon and immediately knew they’d be perfect for hexies. I read some tutorials online about making hexies and off I went. I loved this process and see many more hexie projects in my future!




I tried some hand quilting on the hexagons and machine quilted the borders. I enjoyed the process of hand quilting, but mine needs some perfecting. I couldn’t have done it without this tutorial from Stitched in Color.

QuiltCon-Part V


I entered two quilts to the show and they were both accepted!  I had one in the Modern Traditionalism category and one in the Dear Stella Fabric Challenge category. This was the first show I entered quilts in and my Dear Stella quilt placed 3rd! Yay!


That’s my Dear Stella quilt “A Modern Day Mystery”. Look at that matching ribbon!


That’s my mom and I with my “Project Habitat” quilt.


It was surreal having people talk about and photograph my quilts!


There’s mom with her quilt in the show!


The middle quilt is Mary’s!


And there’s Trisch’s quilt! What a talented group of friends!

 There were so many awesome quilts in the show. Many of them I had seen online, but they were even better in person! Here’s a small taste of the rest of the show.


That’s fellow KCMQG’s Jennifer Dick‘s quilt.


The award winning quilt on the left belongs to Sherri Lynn Wood.


This is from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen‘s book Quilting Modern, which I highly recommend.


This is Katie Pedersen’s quilt that I’ve admired online many times!


Love the new take on clamshells! Sorry, I didn’t get the name of this quilt’s maker.


LOVE this group quilt!


This gorgeous quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe won best in show. Well deserved! The picture doesn’t do it justice!

Here’s a link to all the winners.

QuiltCon-Part IV


The last class I took was a textile printing class with Lotta Jansdotter, who I have loved since her Echo fabric hit stores. First, we cut out a design on a block and printed it on fabric.




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Next, we cut out a stencil and put the ink on with a brush and sponge. She brought along some of her new fabric line, Glimma, out in April. She asked us to paint on them! Which was painful at first, but I like the way they turned out!



Mary had the brilliant idea of having her sign one of our blocks!


There I am (on the right) with Mary and Lotta. I just love Lotta more than ever after this class, I want to be her friend!

QuiltCon-Part III


The second workshop I took was also with Sherri Lynn Wood. It was called “Get Your Curve On.” After seeing examples of this on her blog, long ago, I knew it was something I wanted to learn. Mom, Trisch, and I took this class together along with many others from the KCMQG. The morning of the class consisted of cutting wedges out of fabric, again without any rulers, and sewing them together. She encouraged us to try different color combinations and to even do a “blind” strip, where we did’t look or think abou the colors we were sewing together. This is hard to do! I’m couldn’t sew two of the same wedges together, so I did a modified form of this. This morning was the easy, relaxing part of the class.

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There are my wedges on the left and Mom’s on the right. For some reason, I didn’t get pictures of  Trisch’s wedge strips. After lunch came the hard part…sewing the curved wedges together. I haven’t really had much experience sewing curves, which was a huge disadvantage. Needless to say, experience was a key factor to being a success at this technique! Here’s what I ended up with after some frustration and much help from Trisch and Sherri…

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It still needs some work as soon after I can get the courage to try again!

mom, sherri and I

That’s my mom and I with Sherri. I felt like we needed a picture after spending two full days together! Sherri blogged about this class too, check it out here!