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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
It still needs some work as soon after I can get the courage to try again!
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!
The first workshop I took was Modern Block Improv with Sherri Lynn Wood of daintytime.net. When we got there we discussed what we could change to make a traditional block modern.
Then Sherri showed us some techniques on cutting without rulers and sewing not-exactly-straight edges together. She is all about improv from cutting, sewing, and assembly. It was really an eye opener.
After her demo, she led us in a self-grounding exercise which was followed by 30 minutes of quiet sewing time. I’m not sure if my traditional block has a name, I just liked it.
That’s my mom and Barbara working diligently. Here is there work. Mom’s is on the left, Barbara’s is on the right.
Sherri blogged about our class, too. There are pictures of us over there, check it out! I really enjoyed the process and can’t wait to make more blocks!
QuiltCon 2013 finally arrived! I thought it was even better than the high expectations I had set for it. Austin was a fun city with great restaurants. I took three workshops and attended the show. It was a busy three days! I’m going to post my trip in parts, because it’s too much for one post! We got there Wednesday afternoon and went to check in for our workshops. Much to my surprise, there was a swag bag and participation ribbons waiting for me!
Thursday morning was my first workshop. Tune in tomorrow for the first workshop post!
Sorry I’ve been missing from the blog world for a while. It’s been busy! We were in Arkansas the weekend after Thanksgiving and I quilted two quilts on my mom’s longarm! One I submitted to Quiltcon for the Dear Stella challenge. I really was cutting it close on getting it submitted by the deadline. It was a mystery quilt designed by Heather Spence. A few of my friends and I did it and the proceeds went to a great cause. We were supposed to do a clue a week for six weeks, but I ordered my fabric late. Needless to say, it wasn’t so much of a mystery by the time I got started! I decided to forgo the borders on mine. I love the way it turned out!
I love the way the fabric in the center makes a pinwheel effect! Fingers crossed that it gets accepted!
Today some friends and I had lunch to talk about the workshops and lectures available at QuiltCon. We went to Panera with the catalog in hand. There are so many big name modern quilters giving workshops. Too many to choose from!
This month at our quilt guild meeting our challenge was to make one or more blocks for the QuiltCon Block Challenge. Here are pictures of my two blocks.
Here are pictures of our guild member’s blocks. (Please excuse the quality of my phone photos from guild!)