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.
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