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QuiltCon linky party!

The MQG has a post up about people going to QuiltCon so that we can all have a face with the blog when we are there.

To start, they ask for a photo… So here’s me:

Me in my sewing space!

And then they want five things about you… maybe a lot of you have seen how this is going on over on Instagram?

1) My sewing space is NEVER as clean as it is in that photo. I knew a photographer was coming. It’s usually a complete and utter disaster.
2) I’m an identical twin and live next door to my twin sister. It’s really great.
3) I’m left-handed and love that I am for no good reason other than that it’s just awesome to be a lefty.
4) I met my husband through an online dating site. It works!
5) I grew up in rural New Hampshire but have lived in LA for almost 20 years now.

How about you? ┬áIf you’re headed to QuiltCon at the end of the month (it’s so soooooooon!!) add your link and I can’t wait to meet you there!

This weekend is the blog tour for Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! I decided to take part because I LOVE my local quilt shop, Sew Modern.

I’m not the usual quilting story in that I came to quilting through the internet. Flickr and blogs brought on my love affair – not taking a class or a shop I visited. I didn’t have a local quilt shop until I was an avid quilter.

Sew Modern was opened up by a friend and fellow LAMQG member.

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Next thing you know, the LAMQG is meeting there…

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…and quilting there!

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It’s pretty much the clubhouse! Aren’t we lucky here in LA to have such a wonderful shop to spend time in?

Sew Modern BP Quilt

Nothing can replace the sense of community that seeing people in person provides. When I am at Sew Modern I always run into my quilting friends. Everyone loves catching up over some sewing machines and rotary cutters!

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

And I haven’t even mentioned the FABRIC! Being able to see it, touch it and mix & match with the bolts is a sort of fun that you can’t have when you’re shopping online.

So don’t forget that January 24th is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. I hope that you’ll hit up yours!

Remember this idea? Well I got this commission finished up about a week ago. My first finish of 2013.

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It’s a big queen sized quilt. And look, I’m taking a flat photo of it! Very exciting stuff. This is because for Christmas my husband got me a great photography set up for my big quilts.

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Until the day comes that I have some fabulous enormous studio space where I can shoot my big quilts, this will be my set up! I need to figure out a better clip and hang system than the clothes hangers but I will… and then I’m hoping that I get the gumption to take it different places beyond my sister’s back yard.

Here’s a detail of the quilt after I’d washed it (these first photos are before I washed it) and it got that nice crinkle. I’d say that the colors are truest in this photo.

In a Sea of Blue detail

The orange is Kona flame and boy is it bright! But in this sea of blue it works. I was thinking about using negative space differently in this quilt… sorta like I pieced it with all of the blue. I know it doesn’t really read that way, but it’s an idea I hope that I find more time time to explore in the future!

Some of you may know that the MQG held a QuiltCon block challenge that lead to the QuiltCon fundraiser quilt and also a TON of extra blocks. All of those blocks are being used to put together a quilt for every bed in the Austin Children’s Shelter.

The LAMQG is putting together two of these quilts and I sewed up one of the tops. I received these great blocks:

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Then it was time to make some decisions about how to use them in the lay out. Since the quilt is going to be long armed, I thought I’d leave lots of negative space that can be filled up with some beautiful quilting. This bright vivid blue is also perfect for kids.

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You can see my process in this photo. I use Illustrator and design to scale. This makes it easy for me to sort out how big the fabric surrounding the blocks needs to be.

Another lil’ note about this photo – those two bits of sewing in the upper right of my design wall? I leave those there all the time as a constant reminder about what I should focus on with my quilting. The wonky log cabin was sewn up with Denyse Schmidts’ fabrics (I was sure she wouldn’t mind!) that she had brought for the LAMQG workshop and that I had in my house for about a day before mailing them all back to her. The A was sewn up in Elizabeth Hartman’s workshop using her freezer paper method. These two bit of sewing, to me, represent the 1) the freedom of design and sewing without thinking and 2) the importance of good craftsmanship. Having those there as a constant reminder is a good thing for me.

Anyhow – here’s the finished top and now it’s off to be quilted!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m certain these quilts are going to add a lot of vibrancy to the shelter. So thrilled that together the MQG can do this great charity quilting!

Happy New Year!

Happy 2013 everyone!

As we round the corner into the next year, I find myself a bit dismayed to discover that I have very little sewing to show for the year. Basically just these three quilts…

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I’m proud of all three but I sure do wish I’d had more hours at the sewing machine… But that’s ok! There are other quilts that are almost finished!

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And I certainly did a lot with my year. QuiltCon, and working for the MQG, has been a huge and on going project. And there’s so much excitement with QuiltCon being less than two months away! Last year I also cast two seasons of Project Runway and together we raised over $17,000 for Action Kivu. But the biggest deal in my life is of course that this lil’ guy came along:

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Hands down my best project of 2012. Happy, happy new year to all of you and here’s to many more successful projects in the coming year!