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A wedding gift

Next Up

The next quilt I’ll be working on which is a wedding gift for an old dear friend and his new husband. I’ve started up a day job again for a few weeks (anyone know any antique experts who wanna be on TV?) so the quilting is slow going these days but I’m excited to dive into this one. Lavender isn’t my usual go to color, but it was requested and I always love the challenge of working within someone’s requests. As long as I get to be “me” within them of course!

Hope you all have great weekends ahead of you!

Another Pillow

I got a new chair for my sewing room, so it needed a new pillow!

Red Pillow

Red Pillow

The set up is already encouraging good company!

Good Company

Then and now!

That was then…

The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild

…and this is now!

LA MQG 1 Year Anniversary!

The LA Modern Quilt Guild’s first meeting and our 1st anniversary meeting!  We are going strong.  This past meeting was such a ball and there was just such a sense of community, excitement and fun in the air.  Always takes me forever to fall asleep after meetings this great – they are just so inspiring and energizing!

That great swap I mentioned in my last post?  Check out what I got from Leah!

Horace

The cutest freakin’ owl ever!!  I love him and have named him Horace.

A great swap!

The LAMQG held a swap last night that was really fun. Everyone brought in a sandwich bag of scraps and we swapped them at our September meeting. We were allowed to add one new fabric to the scraps and could make whatever we wanted.

I got Andrew‘s scraps and made him a pillow!  I really took advantage of being able to add one fabric and added the blue – a Carolina Chambray half yard I’d picked up.

Pillow

The quilting is fun and easy. I think I’ll be exploring free motion with straight lines a lot more. I don’t deal with the pulling issue my machine gives me with long straight lines with my walking foot, but I get the same modern feel. Win win!

Pillow Back

We swapped back our finished projects at last night’s guild meeting, which was our 1 year anniversary!  We had a really fun party style meeting.  Can you all believe that the Guild has only been around for 1 year??  It’s amazing how much we’ve grown in that time.  I’ll blog all about the meeting soon!

Such a pretty fabric.

I’ve been less and less into patterned fabric over the past few months… but occasionally I’ll come across one that is just everything I love.

Hokkoh

The colors, the random placement of the lines… the slight waviness. I just love it.

Hokkoh

I picked this up at a local fabric shop and it hadn’t been on my radar previously. Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to use it!

Rowan Threads

The lovely people of Westminster were kind enough to send me these beautiful boxes of thread. One box with colors picked by Amy Butler and one by Kaffe Fassett.

Boxes

Pretty Thread

I love to look at them, they are so pretty, but I’ll admit that when I first got them I thought to myself “ohh… so pretty! But I don’t know what I’d use them for…” As a quilter, my piecing thread is off white and so is 95% of my quilting thread. And we all know that we go through tons and tons of thread when quilting, there was no way I could use one of these lovely spools to quilt – I’d run out so quickly!

BUT! Then some time passed and I made a few quilts and I found myself returning to these pretty boxes over and over wondering “is there the perfect color for stitching my binding?” And the answer has consistently been yes! The wonderful colors are clearly right in my modern quilting comfort zone as without even trying, they are perfect matches for my bindings, time and again.

Binding

100% cotton and all amazing colors I highly recommend these pretty little boxes filled with beautiful thread.

Bindings & Thread

Ever since I got them, they have come to my binding stitching rescue over and over!

Little houses

Had to make some little houses for Kelly and the Triple B Bee.

Houses

House

They are always fun to make.

It got me thinking about all of the other little houses I’ve made for various bees.

Little House

Houses

Sew Connected 2

12 Squared - Nov.

I didn’t realize there were so many! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Another magazine appearance!

A fun place mat pattern of mine is in:

Quilting Arts Gifts

Such a thrill!

QAGifts

They are super simple to sew up and really do make for a perfect gift!

Placemats

Quilting Arts Gifts place mats

Remember these?

Placemats

Fabric changes make them so different!

Clouds & Water quilt top

My mother asked me to make her another quilt and I just finished up the top.  She’s been collecting fabric with clouds and water on it for awhile and she wanted them all in one quilt.  I wanted to put something together that unified all the fabrics and still had a modern, calm feel to it.  I think I did all right!  The brown portions have piecing of slightly difference browns and I really like that…Done because I was working with fabric I have, but I think that it subtly adds interest and texture.

Clouds&Water

I’m headed home to New Hampshire for a long weekend today.  See you all next week and enjoy your weekends!

Have you seen the latest issue of Stitch?

StitchPost1

There’s an article in there written by yours truly!

StitchPost2

About what we’re all up to with our modern quilting!  Needless to say, it’s exciting to see this:

StitchPost3

And I never showed the finished “Yellow Pop’ Quilt ’cause I had to wait for this to come out first, so here it is…

Yellow Pop

I’m in love with the yellow stripy binding.

Binding

Hope that your weeks are all off to a good start.  Happy Monday!

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