Three weeks ago my local modern quilt guild hosted its second annual weekend retreat “Quilting By the Kaw” in Lawrence, Kansas. Spring Hill Suites overlooks the Kansas (or Kaw) River, and although it’s not a spectacular view, it is restful and calming.
Sewing for two days straight was heavenly! My only breaks were a field trip to Sarah’s Fabrics and watching Wichita State lose to Louisville in basketball on Saturday.
One of my projects was this Bento Box-like quilt top using two long-saved Together layer cakes by Moda.
What started out like this…..
…..ended up like this:
I scored these as a door prize. It’s nice to see some flowers somewhere!
Last weekend I took a paper piecing workshop through the Guild with Julie. I’ve done some PP before, mostly blocks here and there. But Julie has some mad skills and I was able to learn a lot in the measly two hours we had.
This cute little tree was our warm-up exercise.
…..to this in just 20 simple steps!
Julie designed this pattern that she calls Geese Crossing. Now I just have three more to do. Not sure if this will be a pillow, wall hanging or something else.
We had quite a variety of trees and geese at the end. What a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!
Our KC Modern Quilt Guild joined the parent MQG to participate in the winter challenge. We were each given a fat eighth of these yummy fabrics.
I tried my best to avoid getting sucked in since there were so many other projects needing to be done by Christmas. But once I saw these in person, I was hooked. The requirements were to make a quilt, at least 18″ X 18″ and modernize a traditional quilt block. My concession to time was to keep it small and I did get finished a whole week before the reveal.
I used a sawtooth star with improv centers. I was determined to NOT buy any more fabric so I used mostly scraps from the half square triangles. The yellow background is Cotton Couture in straw and it was so soft to work with!
The quilting is my favorite part. I used a swirl for the center and sewed wavy lines out from it in a starburst pattern. The idea came from Angela Walters’ first book Free Motion Quilting.
At our spring retreat last March we each received a KCMQG label. Perfect!
If you’d like to see some of the other AMAZING projects from this challenge click here. They are worth a look.
Countdown to QuiltCon: 7 days
It’s my month to host Design Camp’s improvisational bee “Think Outside the Block.” What fun it will be when eleven amazing creations start showing up in my mailbox, and just in time for my birthday, too!
My daughter picked up this cute fabric at Ikea in Dallas while she was on Spring Break last March. I love these graphic houses and decided they would be a perfect backing for a sampler of improv designs.
These are the Kona solids I found to match. From the top they are denim, spearmint, plum, baby blue, oyster, and pepper. I can’t wait to see what the “Campers” come up with!
I need to finish up one more baby quilt then I can concentrate on our KCMQG winter challenge. These beauties are from the Madrona Road collection by Portland Modern Quilt Guild member Violet Craft.
You can read about it on the MQG blog here. I’ve got my idea mapped out and I only have until Feb. 14 to get it finished. Yikes pikes, that’s pretty soon! I’m off to the sewing room…
I actually finished this over a month ago but I was waiting for my new camera to take pictures. As you can see, I’m still learning. I saw this pattern in a Quik Quilts magazine, maybe a year ago. I already had the flowered fabric and added the blue and green ones from Joann’s. I wanted the valance to be longer but had to make do with what I had left. So it wouldn’t be too heavy I used polyester batting. I made the mistake of leaving the backing and batting on the frame without the top covering it for a couple of days. It seems the cat thought it was a new play toy and had the batting shredded so badly I couldn’t use it. I had to keep the whole thing completely covered when I wasn’t quilting and he still managed to pull at the edges. His litter box is in the basement so I couldn’t keep him out completely.
He’s so cute most of the time. (Can you tell I’m taking lots of photos with my new camera?)
I quilted all over swirls that mimic the pattern in the blue print, which you can’t really see. Now that both girls are home the shower is getting used at least twice a day. I hope it will hold up.
As you may know, Quilt Market is taking place in Kansas City this weekend. The St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild and our own KCMQG hosted the Modern Meet Up from 7 to 9 last night. I’m guessing at least 300 people showed up to share the love which was way more than expected. There were some awesome door prizes! I know because I was drooling over them as I helped register the attendees. I was able to snag this cute fat quarter bundle from Birch Organic Fabric. It’s called Mod Squad by Dan Stiles. I love the turquoise scooter print. I think I see some pillows in my future!
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.