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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


Madrona Road Challenge


The February KCMQG meeting was the reveal for our Madrona Road designed by Violet Craft challenge quilts. Michael Miller generously supplied the guild with fabric and we were each given a fat eighth bundle. We could add more Madrona Road fabric or solid fabric. We had to choose a traditional quilt block and make it modern. The traditional block had to be included somewhere on the quilt. I chose the churn dash. I should add we have over a foot of snow here, so here is my quilt in the snow!

Madrona road 1

Madrona road 2

madrona road label


I made the label and framed it with leftover selvages and lovingly named it “Donkey Dash.”

Madrona road and Cali

Here’s Cali helping me take pictures in the snow!



At our last guild meeting our speaker was Susan Silvy, a certified Zentangle teacher. Zentangle is kind of like fancy doodling. Here’s what I made at the meeting:

Zentangle 1

I loved it and the technique so much that I started doing it on Post-it notes at work and on scratch paper while I was watching tv. I even did it on some gift bags for the Mod Squad’s gifts!

Zentangle bags

Then, last weekend we all took a Zentangle workshop! Here’s what I made there:

Zentangle workshop

I’m so glad the guild introduced me to Zentangle. It’s a great new hobby. Check it out here.

The road to QuiltCon


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!)