Traveling Quilts

Have squeezed in very little bits of sewing here and there recently. The Traveling Quilts always allow for a fun creative stretch!

For Penny’s quilt, I received these blocks.

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The whole angle is growth and spring…  I wanted to add something that was my aesthetic but matched the rest of the already existing blocks. To me growth is about those first pops of green and the first flower that blooms.

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A litte improv piecing…

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…and some tiny half square triangles…

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…lead to this! And now it’s all been shipped off to Elizabeth for her addition!

It’s been radio silence around these parts as I transition back into being at my day job.  Just three months and then I’ll be back to working for the MQG and from home again.  Meanwhile, it’s hard to find any time to get in front of my sewing machine.  I miss it! The usual story, right?  Finding balance between work, family and fun is always hard!

Meanwhile, when I do grab 30 minutes or so I’ve been working on some class samples for when I teach up at A Quilters Affair up in Sisters, Oregon in July.

Showing my MQG pride as I quilt!
Are you going to be there? If so, I would love to meet you!  I’ll be giving a couple of talks too, so it should be a really fun week!

Crazy dense quilting inspired by @jacquietps !

Anyhow – these class samples are coming along nicely and I’ll be sure to post them here when I’ve finished them up!

BTW – are you on Instagram? I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll mention it again because I’m over there so much more than I find time for blogging… Follow me if you wanna. You’ll see a whole lot of my baby too so though maybe it’s not for you if baby pics aren’t your thing.  Ha.

Hope that  you get a good start to your week as April is here!

Another quilt that I had hanging at QuiltCon was this group quilt, made by the members of Bee Imaginative. I have posted about what inspired these blocks here.

Bee Imaginative Quilt

I finished it up by quilting the backgroud with dense straight lines. Then I went back and filled in the piecing with straight lines in the opposite direction that are set further apart.

Bee Imaginative Quilt detail

I am so happy to have finished up this quilt. I often put my bee blocks to the side with every intention of putting them together into a top, and suddenly two years have passed and I still haven’t found the time… Thrilled to get to use this wonderful quilt!

Bias

I was proud to have quilts hanging in the QuiltCon show.  One of them was Bias which I’ve posted about a couple of times while it was in progress.

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The quilting on this is all straight line, echoing the piecing design. It took foreeeever, as this dense straight line quilting always does. Good thing there was a deadline to get it finished because it was hard to get it done!

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I think that this quilt is a nice balance of clean, uncomplicated design, while also having interest. I’m really happy with it!

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.

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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!