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I was lucky enough to teach up at A quilters Affair and then go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Elizabeth and I also spoke at the Save it for Sunday event. The whole thing was great. I love Los Angeles, but I grew up in a town of 2000 people so it’s always really, really nice for me to spend time in a small town. Sisters, Oregon is so beautiful!


Sisters, OR

It’s the type of place where you’re teaching and you look up to see this!


Pretty fantastic.

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My students sewed up tons of great work…

The show was fantastic and I had a couple of quilts hanging in the teachers’ tent.


And there were a few of my quilts hanging in the Save it for Sunday show.


It was such an amazing venue. The trees and wildflowers…


It was just so, so lovely.


I was so lucky to spend the week there. It was a truly wonderful time filled with teaching, quilting and friends!

I just spent the last week up in Sisters, OR for a week of teaching at the Quilters Affair and the Sisters’ Outdoor Quilt Show. It was an amazing week and I’ll get a blog post about it written up soon. Meanwhile, I thought I’d post all of the mini quilts that I sewed up for my various class samples.


A few are made up of blocks from my Modern BOM over on Sew, Mama, Sew and the others are from blocks in Block Party.


This is a my January block, sewn up with three fabrics, rather than four. (Yes, I still needed to finish stitching the binding when I had time to snap these photos.)


The October block.


The July block.


The August block.

And finally a couple of different blocks from Block Party!



It was so much fun to work with these blocks again and be able to get some quick projects sewn up. Lots of work to sew up so many, but it was great to be able to mix and match with colors and my usual use of solids. Now, what to do with so many minis??


Catching up after a weekend up in Portland at Quilt Market. It’s always so much fun to see all of my sewing friends in person!

Oh hey! That's my block design in the Art Gallery booth! #quiltmarket

And how great see one of my Modern BOMs being used in a quilt the Art Gallery booth!

I’m finally finding time to announce the winner of Hand Quilted with Love. Exactly 100 of you commented and the random number generator gave me number 4. The winner is Kat! Congrats and keep an eye out for an email from me.

A long weekend and some sewing is on the horizon. Hope you all squeeze in some sewing time too!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Sarah Fielke‘s latest book, Hand Quilted with Love!


Before I get to the content, let me first mention that the book is a beautiful heavy hard cover. You know how a hard cover will just sit solidly open? Such things are important in a sewing book! There is really such a nice feel to the book itself.


And the quilts! Sarah’s lovely vivid style is all over the book in the 16 quilts included. So many great ones!

I was instantly drawn to her Bangles pattern.


You know that I’m all about the solids so of course they are what I turned to.


With templates and Y seams, this pattern isn’t in my wheelhouse but I so enjoyed working on it! It’s really fun to occasionally work on something that’s very different from my usual piecing.


And guess what? Cico Books have been generous enough to donate a book for a giveaway! Leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner in a week.


Good luck!


QuiltCon Wrap Up

I’ll be honest – I don’t even know where to start. Every time I begin to write this post I start to tear up with the happiness of it all. QuiltCon was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. I’ve been working on it none stop for many, many months now and I knew all that was in store, but somehow it was all more than the sum of its parts…  Positive, happy and creative energy was in the air and it was tangible. It’s what drove the whole staff as we worked many very, very long days during set up, the show itself and break down. I was in Austin for ten nights and we hit the groud running from the moment I arrived and didn’t stop until the evening before I left…

I pulled all of my photos from Instagram and put them in a folder on flickr. You can see them all here. My sister came for a good portion of it so she took a lot of the photos for me. A couple of highlights:

You won't miss the check in desk at #quiltcon !

The registration desk, quiet the day before the show started.

Gettin' it done with @moderndayquilts !

Me and Heather Grant, focused and talking out some detail a couple of hours before the show opened. The amazing Denyse Schmidt exhibit is our backdrop. Heather and I have been talking daily for over a year as we’ve worked to make QuiltCon happen. She’s become a great friend along with being a coworker. It was her knowledge and abilities that made QuiltCon as organized as it was.

Forget sewing - we are getting to touch and see Yoshiko's astonishing work!! #quiltcon

The one workshop I made time for was Yoshiko Jinzenji’s. She brought a lot of her work with her and it was amazing to see it in person and talk with her about it. A true inspiration.

Modern quilting is pretty amazing but it’s the people who really made the event what it was. The staff, volunteers, teachers and lecturers were all so giving of their time, energy and hard work. When we all worked together and put our time and energy into it, we were able to make something truly vibrant and exciting  happen. The modern quilting community all came together for a weekend and it was just amazingly fun.

Oh and I got a tattoo! (Hi Mom!) I was certainly not the only one – there were loads of attendees getting them.

Tattooed!! #quiltcon

It’s representative of my husband and son and for an extra lil’ quilty touch, the circles are set a perfect scant 1/4″ apart. Ha.

You can see a lot more of the show and the quilts in the QuiltCon flickr group.

Hope that those of you who were at QuiltCon has as much fun as I did, and I hope that the rest of you are making plans to go in 2015. As tired as I still am, I can’t wait to do it all over again!