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Monday
Mar112013

QuiltCon Quilt Show // Part One

Probably my most favorite part of QuiltCon was looking at the stunning quilts in the first all modern quilt show. Here are some of my favorites, and there is more to come! I couldn't limit them to only one post.  I really enjoyed looking up each of these quilters, finding their blogs and being inspired all over again. I've included as many links as I could find, it's worth clicking through and reading their complete vision for the quilts too. Enjoy!


Controlled Chaos made by Elizabeth Dackson of Don't Call Me Betsy 

There is so much I love about this quilt! The quilting is outstanding, and I love a good stitch and flip triangle! Plus, through this quilt I discovered her fabulous quilting blog, check it out! 

Fracture by Charlotte Newland of Displacement Activity

If you can believe it this quilt is paper pieced! Charlotte designed it herself. She has a lovely blog and is from London, UK. I easily fell in love with her work. She also has a quilt-along for this quilt. After seeing this, I'm very tempted to dive into the world of paper piecing! Most quilts in the show were machine quilted in such amazing ways. It was refreshing to see the tried and true method of hand-tying which was used in this quilt. 

Sunrise I by Erika Mulvenna of Miss Sews-It All

I first saw this quilt appear in my inbox right before QuiltCon. I loved it from the beginning, it was featured in a Bernina newsletter as a new quilt-along happening on We All Sew. I'm adding this to my to-make wish list!

Streetscape by Katie Blakesley of Swin, Bike, Quilt!

I always love a good HST (half square triangle for my non-quilty readers) quilt, but this one drew me in more than usual. I love the color scheme, it's a bit unexpected with the yellow. I also enjoy the good use of prints and solids, plus impeccable straight-line quilting! 

The Caltrans Quilt by Susan Kephart

Susan paper pieced this quilt together to make this perfect herringbone pattern. I love the use of the black cross-hatch and alternating orange and black! 

Migration by Seasons Evans of SeasonDQuilts

The black and white flying geese blocks are so simple and beautiful. Triangles seem to be constantly in style and inspiring to me. 

Helix by Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts

Where do I begin with this quilt? The colors, composition, and quilting are so inspiring! I love how the angles are arranged on the bias. This quilt makes me want to densely quilt something. I love how the quilting converges very densely.

Starburst also by Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts

I really love this block. It appeared multiple times throughout the show and it always caught my eye. Nicole says it was adapted and inspired by Gwen Marston's book Liberated Quiltmaking. I really love the use of pinks and orange - a great mix of solids and prints! 

Off the B.O.W. by Krista Fleckenstein of Spotted Stones

I first met Krista in Lizzy House's class and knew she had a special talent. All of the blocks and prints she made in class were amazing. We keep seeing each other throughout the event and her name kept popping up on so many of the quilts! I think she had three in the show! This quilt was part of a bee, called Bee Liberated, they made blocks all from Liberated Quiltmaking II. I'm thinking this will be the block I make for the bee I'm currently in. I really love the combination of low-volume prints and bold fall tones that are used in this quilt. 

Reflection by of Josee Carrier The Charming Needle

I love the asymmetry of this quilt! Once I read about how Josee made and envisioned it, I loved it even more! It could also be looked at as a skyline reflection if turned horizontally. The hand-stitching is the sun setting. But she didn't want it to be that obvious, so it's vertical. Still very eye-catching! 

Impracticality by Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy

Angela is incredible! Read her post on this quilt (link above) because it's really unbelieveable. I was able to meet her last year when she visited PMQG. She's extremely friendly and self-proclaimed extrovert. You should have seen her on the dance floor of the 80s party! So much fun. This quilt really shows off her personality and her amazing quilting skills. I love the cut off corner, too! 

I hope you enjoyed this first set of quilts. Doesn't it make you want to quilt right now?!

 

Tuesday
Feb262013

2013 QuiltCon Recap

Wow, I had such an amazing time at QuiltCon! I'm so thankful that I had the opportunity to go to the very first modern quilt show and conference. It was truly an incredible event. In addition to an amazing display of quilts, there were vendors selling and handing out swag, inspiring lectures, and fabulous workshops! 

During this event, I was a Super Volunteer. In exchange for volunteering 16+ hours, I'd received a four-day pass to the conference. This worked out really well! Being more involved with the behind the scenes of the conference was a treat and this helped make this trip a reality! 

On Wednesday, I took a really early flight to Austin. My favorite part of flying is being absorbed by a really amazing book. I'm so glad that my good friends, Courtney and Elizabeth, suggested Divergent. I couldn't put it down and finished it on the plane ride home! Upon arrival, I checked into this room with a view. Then I got to volunteering! I helped hang quilts, cut temporary tattoos, and monitor the loading entrance. 

On Thursday, I was lucky enough to volunteer in Lizzy House's block printing class. I was one of her assistants, and really just got to hang out and learn lots about block printing myself! During lunch, the winners were announced for the quilt show and I discovered my applique quilt won 3rd place in the Applique category. I was (am) pretty thrilled and estatic! 

Isn't this ribbon incredible? Elizabeth made all of them! Thanks so much! 

My retro block design was included in the raffle quilt. It was great to see it in person and quilted! I'd love to make more of these! 

On top of that, the charity quilt that PMQG collaborated on, and I pieced the top for, was displayed on the stage of the lecture hall! Pretty amazing that they choose this one to be one of the four quilts creating the backdrop for all of the lectures (second from the right). 

Unfortunately, my Geometric Eames quilt was a little too tall for display, so they had to hang the quilt folded over, so you don't see top. Oh, well! 

 There were many, many workshops that were offered. All registration had occurred beforehand, I signed up for Lotta Jansdotter class. I've long admired her work and knew this would be the one opportunity that I would have to take a class from her.  In prep for the class, I knew that I wanted to wear something made from Lotta's fabrics. I used Colette's free pattern Sorbetto, but took out the pleat in the front and added a tie (thanks to Meredith for the suggestion!). I love the way it turned out and so did Lotta. She instantly commented on it and re-tweeted this pic of her and I! :)

On Friday morning, Petra, Susan, Nancy and I enjoyed block-printing and stenciling together all morning. I loved how free Lotta made me feel to just experiment and try anything. Nothing has to be perfect. She shared how she is very tactile with her designs, she designs everything from block printing, stenciling, and photocopies prints to play with scale. Once she is happy with a design, then it's transferred to the computer for final editing. 

Friday afternoon, I jumped all around listening to lectures and demos. I got to see Heather Ross and preview her new line of fabric (to be shown at Spring Market), hear Anna Maria Horner share her story of how she began creating until now, my friend Susan Beal talk on a panel about how to submit to magazines, and Kathy Miller share the story of Tammis Keefe, a 50's textile designer. It was truly an inspiring afternoon. 

Friday night was the 80's dance party. I turned into a sequined butterfly and had fun chatting with new friends and dancing to the tunes. I'm usually such a wall-flower with what I wear to these types of dress-up events, it was fun to wear the outfit that everyone commented on and loved. Many people even wanted a pic with me! The first pic are new friends from Salt Lake City, Colleen and Marci. The second pic is Susan and I. 

Saturday, I attended David Butler's lecture on photography and walked all around the quilt show. Then in the afternoon volunteered in the MQG booth. Melody Miller (one of my favorite fabric designers) has hosting a giveaway at a the SuperBuzzy booth, and I won a gelaskin for my laptop! We were able to chat for a while too and she is even more nice than you can imagine. Susan and I took a pic with all of our typewriter fabric that Melody designed. :) 

On Sunday, the conference was winding down, I attended a few lectures, took a final tour of the show and said goodbye to QuiltCon 2013. The next one will be in 2015 and members will vote on the new location. Fingers crossed for Portland! :) 

Before closing, I want to thank my amazing husband, Chris, for allowing me to go and sacrificing so I can have these amazing experiences and quench some of my travel bug! I love you, Chris! 

*I couldn't share my whole experience in one post, so expect another featuring my favorite quilts from the show, and another on Austin!*

Tuesday
Feb192013

Hello Austin! 

I'm so excited to be leaving early tomorrow morning for QuiltCon in Austin, TX! Here's just some of the things I'm really looking forward to: 

- Seeing TWO of my quilts featured in the quilt show. 

- Seeing my quilt block featured on the cover of the program! (via Heather Grant's instagram feed)

- Meeting Lotta Jansdotter and taking her textile printing class. I've made this top featuring one of her fabric designs. 

- Volunteering during the conference and meeting lots of new quilty friends! 

- Taking in Austin and eating yummy BBQ. :)  

- The 80s Dance Party should be lots of fun, I have my outfit all ready! 

- Getting to see my a wonderful friend from collage, Melissa, for the first time in probably five years! 

- Bunking rooms with Petra & Susan

I've made some new business cards to pass out, I'm hoping everyone will love them! My card is tucked into these kraft mini bags, with a fabric heart pin washi taped to the front. 

If you're not going but want to peek in on all of the fun, follow me on instagram or facebook for my updates! 

Wednesday
Jan302013

QuiltCon Linky Party

The Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a little link party, so that we can all get to know each other before the big event! I'll admit, I'm a little skeptical of getting to know everyone, as I think there are hundreds if not thousand(s) of people going to be there, but it's always fun to play along!

 

 

 

 First, they asked to post a pic of yourself, so here I am... and five things that you may not know about me. 

1) Throughout my whole childhood, (K-HS graduation) my parents home schooled me. Whenever I tell people this they are always so shocked as I don't fit whatever home schooled mold they have in their head. I like to think of this as a good thing! ;) But for however much I hated it during those teen years,  now looking back I'm so thankful for it.

2) When my husband and I were married seven years ago, we didn't care a lick about furniture and design...my how times have changed! Check out our business, Remnant

3) I have run 3 half-marathons and one full marathon in Santa Barbara.

4) I quit my secure job teaching fifth grade in Menlo Park, CA to peruse the dream of the 90's in Portland, OR. ;) 

5) It was my dream to be like Martha Stewart, growing up my mom and I would watch her orginial show (the good one) everyday. We viewed it as one of my "classes." 

 

 

 

I look forward to meeting lots of you at QuiltCon! 

Tuesday
Jan292013

QuiltCon Charity Quilt

First off, thanks for the feedback on my honesty post! You guys are the best! ;) 

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Throughout January, I've been sewing up a storm! This charity quilt top is just one of the projects I finished.  Quilt Con is less than a month away, but months ago, people from all over the world submitted blocks as part of the QuiltCon challenge. With the leftover blocks, guilds were given blocks to then make quilts for Austin Children's Shelter. There are enough quilts being made for each child to receive their own! I volunteered to piece together the blocks into a twin size quilt. Other friends from PMQG, pieced the back, quilted it, and bound it.

Above are the blocks that I recieved. I had a hard time at first deciding on how to piece all of these blocks together. At first I thought that gray would be the best to use as the background. But as I thought about a little girl or boy receiving this, gray didn't seem like the right fit. Not too cheerful! Also, there were two blocks that didn't seem to go as well with the rest. I decided that each block should have a gray border, once I added this to the two "outsider" blocks, it really made a big difference in making the whole quilt cohesive.

Next decision, what to use to piece the blocks. Honestly, I was trying to use what I had on hand rather than make another trip to the fabric store. After taking inventory of my solids, I had quite a bit of blue. All of a sudden it clicked, Starry Night! That would be the name and concept for this quilt.  

I laid out the arrangement of the blocks that I liked and started to improvisational piece together the blues. However, I choose too dark of a blue and it was starting to stand out too much. When looking at it, your eye is drawn too much to the dark blue. I posted a few pics on Instagram and got advice from my quilting pals and they all agreed. Sometimes your seam ripper can be your friend. :)

I really enjoyed improv piecing this top together. It was also amazing that this came out to just the right size, and I had just the right amount of fabric! 

Here's a finished pic of the final quilt, I really hope that this quilt makes some little guy feel extra special and loved! Don't you just love the back that Susan and Anne made?!

This quilt has inspired me to do lots more improv piecing...I love how you don't know exactly what it will look like in the end, but it often is better than you imagined. What do you like about improv piecing?