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The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild was lucky enough to have Denyse Schmidt to town this past weekend for a visit that included a talk and two workshops.

The weekend started on Friday night with her talk. It was hugely inspiring and spanned her career, design process and inspirations.

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt Talk

Then on Saturday she held a beginning workshop.

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt workshop

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt workshop

We finished off the weekend with an advanced workshop on Sunday.

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt workshop

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt workshop

It was a really wonderful weekend. Everyone was so excited and eager to quilt quilt quilt after their time with her. She’s so nice and encouraging. You can see all of my photos here.

Hi everyone! Have you seen the latest issue of American Quilter Magazine?

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There’s a big article in there about The Modern Quilt Guild and how Latifah and I started it!

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It’s a great article! I love to see a traditional quilting magazine directly acknowledge the difference between modern and traditional quilters with a very positive and accepting “there’s room for all of us” sort of approach.

This has always been my personal feeling as well (I truly can’t comprehend some of the feelings out there – in either direction – we’re all quilters and most of the world thinks we’re all lame!) and it thrills me to see it reflected in the pages of a traditional quilting magazine. I thought I’d post the entirety of Christine Brown’s (the magazine’s editor) intro to the the issue because I truly appreciate what she has to say.

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Hope you all have a great week. I know I will because I’ve finished up my latest freelance job and I’m back to sewing sewing sewing!!

The Best Ever.

That’s what the LAMQG 1st annual quilting retreat was.  Seriously.  The. Best. Ever.  We had so much fun!

First off – 18 inches of snow fell while we were there.  That’s a whole lotta snow.  Amazing that this is only an hour and a half outside of sunny Los Angeles!

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Those are the cars we drove up in. And we stayed up in those cute lil’ cabins.

We dealt with one vehicular mishap, but all ended ok and while there was some trudging around in the snow to get places, everyone was warm, inside and sewing, sewing, sewing for most of the time.

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We were in such a great space! We even had a big cozy fireplace that we all gathered around the whole weekend.

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The knitting nook was also quite active through out!

The women I’ve met in the LAMQG have become irreplaceable to me. I’ve made so many friends who I am certain I will still be sewing and laughing with when we are old cranky quilting ladies. This has added to my life immeasurably and I’m so, so thankful for what we’ve created here with The MQG.  I read on blogs that lots of you are having similar experiences in your local Modern Quilt Guilds and that makes me so happy. We’ve started something really great here.

Anyhow, I didn’t get nearly as much done as I could have… but you know what happened just as much as quilting? Chatting. Lots and lots and lots of chatting.

We all could have stayed for longer! And next year we will.

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Many more photos here.