The 80s party on the Friday night of QuiltCon was a lot of fun! I think those who had the best time were not even born yet.
The girls from Marmalade Fabrics, Tammy and Lisa, were dressed for the occassion. This after a very full day cutting and selling their awesome wares.
There were so many amazing quilts in the show. Judging must have been tough. I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of the Best In Show quilt but you can see it here. (Thank you, Hollie!) I also neglected to take good notes so I apologize for not giving credit for a couple but here are a few of my favorites.
Dear Stella as Charm Squares Baby Quilt by Melody Baker
Blue Ice by Jacquie Gering
Pantone Circles by Elizabeth Brandt
RGB Modern by Sherri Lynn Wood
Don’t Box Me In by Tammy Vasser
Texas by Dana Michaelsen
Stringtastic by Nicole Neblett
Kelsey’s Crosses by Mary Workman
Cancer Sucks by Austin Modern Quilt Guild for Cindy Crowell
Network by Cheryl Arkison
Windy City by the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild
Just One More Slice by Patty Simmons
It’s been a whole week since I arrived back from Austin. I spent this weekend with daughter #2 for Mom’s Weekend so I still feel like I’m in a haze. But QuiltCon was everything I hoped it would be and more.
The first workshop I took was “Get Your Curve On” with Sherri Lynn Woods. It was very challenging and should easily have filled two days instead of six hours. I’m always surprised to see so much variety in design even when given the same instructions.
I’m not sure where this one of mine will end up but it was fun, and did I mention CHALLENGING?
My second workshop was with Valori Wells. “Signature Quilts” was more relaxing. Just wish I had more to show for the time spent.
These are the fabrics I chose for my project.
The fabrics cut into 4″ strips.
I love the wonkiness of these panels, and the colors work well together. These blocks look big but they are only about 14 inches wide. I’ll be finishing this quilt soon, I hope.
We were able to use these cute Janome machines in the Curves class. I’ve been sewing on my Bernina so long I thought I would have a hard time adjusting to a different and newer machine. When I found out the local shop was offering an amazing deal on the classroom machines I thought long and hard. I certainly don’t NEED one, even a small one that would be great to tote around to retreats and sew-in days. But I couldn’t pass it up. Included were an extension table, five or six feet, several bobbins AND no sales tax and free shipping. She came while I was out of town this weekend so I can’t wait to play around with her again.
I’ll post about some of my favorite QuiltCon show quilts in the next day or two.
QuiltCon is less than two weeks away! They are hosting a link party for those attending and are asking for participants to share information so we can get to know one another beforehand. Here’s my list:
1. My first sewing machine was a Singer treadle that my mother bought me for $30, I think. I was eleven or twelve.
2. I have two daughters and two cats. Finn and Louie are almost filling the void since the girls are mostly out of the house now.
3. I married my hairdresser. Yes, he still cuts and colors my hair but it’s in our kitchen and I don’t have to tip him.
4. I have kept a list of every book I’ve read since 1965. I think I’m up to 1300+ books. Not as many as you’d think, but several years were spent in college and taking care of babies while teaching. My favorite contemporary authors are Jane Smiley and Richard Russo.
5. My husband and I both enjoy traveling. London is at the top of my list with Paris and Hawaii following closely behind.
“Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied.”
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859
I wish I could say that the KCMQG retreat went off without a hitch last weekend, but I’d be lying. I should have know things were falling together too easily for something NOT to happen at the last minute. There was, shall we say, a misunderstanding with the use of the sewing room for Sunday with hotel management. It worked out fine and we were each able to pocket $30 for our trouble.
Otherwise, Spring Hill Suites was an ideal location, modern, clean, and one block from downtown Lawrence. Little did we know when we started planning this that the Final Four would fall during the same weekend. Who knew that every Jayhawk fan in the midwest would converge in town just to share in the experience?
Needless to say, it was a lot of fun! What’s not to like about sewing for hours uninterrupted? Well, my back did complain but I tried not to listen. We had a ton of give-aways and a couple of impromptu tutorials, as well as two awesome workshops. You’ll have to wait to see my QR quilt from Carla’s class. Here’s hers just to get an idea.
My layout wasn’t working so I need to take some time to fix it. But isn’t this creative? It was so much fun getting to know some of the guild members better.
None of this would have been possible without our awesome committee members. Thank you Toni, especially for the ice cream and music. Thanks, Melissa, for your patience in the face of adversity and your attention to detail. Patty, you’re the easiest roommate ever. Thank you for getting the prizes sorted out and arranged.
From the sewing room we could walk into the hallway and see the Kansas River. Water is so peaceful to me!
Hope we can do it again very soon!
As I mentioned before, the KCMQG is hosting its very first retreat March 30 through April 1 at the beautifully modern Spring Hill Suites in Lawrence, Kansas. We have been very fortunate to receive a wealth of donations to use as door prizes and for gift bags. Here is a sneak peek…
We are planning 51 hours of unstop fun, which will not be limited to sewing! For those readers who are participating, I won’t give away all of the surprises, but I’ve got to show the cute thread catcher everyone will receive. Toni found the tutorial online at Sister’s Choice Quilts.
I think they’re adorable! And oh so practical. Toni made most of them with some donated fabric to the guild from Anna Marie Horner. Only ten more days! …not that I’m counting.
For the first time ever Hubby and I were able to take a REAL vacation in the fall! When I was teaching get-aways were in the summer, or maybe three-day weekends.
We walked around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was very beautiful but cold. The trail was snow-packed and it was hard to stay upright, but we managed not to fall. This is my preferred type of trail–flat with water nearby.
Unfortunately, on our last full day Hubby decided he wanted a “challenge.” So I reluctantly agreed to tackle Bible Point.
I thought I’d die, but the view was worth it. Even though it was the nicest day we had there, we didn’t see a single person on this hike. But we did meet a few friends after we got back to the car.