Archive for September, 2011
Not one to keep secrets very long, there it is. My news! I’ve started a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. I’m so excited! I have been inspired by Alissa who along with Latifah started the Modern Quilt Guild in Los Angeles in 2009. Alissa’s blog was one of the first I discovered ever since I started quilt blog stalking back in 2008. Local guilds started popping up everywhere and I longed for one locally. I did visit the closest one to me, but after a long day of work, I really just wanted to cocoon at home with my kids and my fabric.
We held our first meeting earlier this month and 12 people came and showed great enthusiasm. It was exciting to talk about what we might do in the way of quilting together, sharing ideas, shop hops and group challenges. Here are a few pictures from that night.
This is Adrianne’s fresh and bold plus quilt. This would look good in my girls’ room. You know, just in case you’ve run out of storage space.
Here is Dana’s Single Girl Quilt. Oh be still my heart! Putting Joel Dewberry Trees in the middle is a stroke of brilliance. What you can’t see is the incredible hand quilting she’s doing. I continue to love the combination of mustard and greys. This is really more incredible in person. Dana wants you to know that the kona background color is Meringue. Karen made this quilt as a gift for a couple who are getting married. I wish you could see her piecing and the obvious care she took in making this beauty. What an heirloom!
We will be meeting at the very fun and vibrant SueDee’s shop in Scotts Valley. If you are in our area and are interested in the Modern Quilt Guild even a tiny bit, please join us for a meeting. There is much silliness and inspiration to be had here. You can visit our facebook page here.
Hello there…anyone still out there visiting me? I’m so grateful that you do check in on me. Lots of goings on in my sewing room here this summer and so I’ll have lots of posts in the near future. First, I did finish my half square triangle quilt for my living room and it’s new color palette.
Here’s the flimsy, all ready for quilting. I need thoughts on how to quilt this. Normally, I’d just be very happy with an all over stippling or loops, but this one wants something a bit more orderly. Hmmm…feedback please.
The precision of getting the seams nested together rewards you with nicely lined up triangles. Just when I think that I don’t need anything to be balanced and precise, and that improvisational piecing is the thing that I love the most, I fall in love with all the nice clean lines here. I do apologize for the less than stellar pictures. Here in Northern California, we have had the foggiest summer I can ever remember and I waited and waited to take this picture and a bright, sunny day never came.
Some of my favorites from Anna Maria Horner appear here, along with a little Cake Rock Beach, Alexander Henry, Parisville from that fab girl Tula, a Japanese print with an apple…
and do you see right here…below the apple? Yep, it’s something that doesn’t often come up in contemporary quilting. It’s a Civil War Reprint. I absolutely love it for the color and the little squiggly lines. I think it looks right at home here with the other prints on this quilt.
Other Exciting News!
I joined a virtual quilting bee with some fabulous peeps! This quilting bee is unique in that we’re only using two colors; orange and aqua. Accordingly, it’s called To Bee Orange & Aqua. I was happy to make some blocks for my quilting pal IRL Beth who is an incredibly talented quilter. She used to come visit me at Hart’s when she lived here, but now she lives away and I can’t chat with her about fabric or her fab tattoo. With the fabrics she sent, and requesting maverick stars, I made these…
Gotta love that grumpy owl!
I have more to share, but I think I am going to save it for tomorrow. School has started and the early morning routine means no more sewing until 1 a.m. like I did all summer. Speaking of the kids being back in school… the always lovely Katy wrote this bit about that very topic and I think she speaks what many feel, but don’t say aloud. I appreciate these kind and honest words about needing one’s own quiet space and time for creativity as moms. (Or mums in her case…thank goodness I speak U.K.)
Now…off to bed.