So awhile back I promised myself that I wouldn’t blog about not blogging and here I am breaking that promise. Being freelance with my work, my quilting free time ebbs and flows. After a very long time just quilting a ton (mostly stuff I can’t post here!), on Monday I started back up on a job. So I’m in an ebb and I will be for about three months. I’ll miss my sewing machine but the paychecks will ease the pain.
Meanwhile, the fabrics for the next quilt have been pulled!
Oh gray – why can’t I quit you?!?
Can’t wait to get cutting and sewing this weekend!
We are all so terribly sad about what’s happened in Japan… Did you all see that Jacquie is giving a quilt away if you donate to the Red Cross? So generous of her!
Check out her post here and please give what you can!
Each group was allow to create their own rules for the challenge. Here in LA, we were each given one charm pack in the dusty palette. From there we were allowed to add one additional solid fabric in the quilt top, and one more for the binding. Here’s the quilt I made.
The quilting is 100% inspired by this quilt.
This type of random piecing is so much fun for me to do.
And I used some scraps from the piecing in a bit of the binding.
There were so many amazing entries into the challenge. We had a lot of categories that the guild picked winners for but these are the two that tied for “best of show.”
Amazing, right?? So wonderful! And isn’t it funny how much they work together?? They both picked Ash as their background! You can see all of the quilts that were made by The LAMQG here. And there’s also a flickr group for photos of all of the different guilds’ challenge quilts.
And here we all are showing off our quilts!
Oh and Jacquie’s talk? So so inspiring!
Everyone was so thrilled to get to know the woman behind the blog we’ve all been reading. She was open and warm and just an all around wonderful speaker. And the quilts! She brought many more than you’d imagine could fit in one suitcase and each one was more beautiful than the next. I heard rumors of a petition getting started to get her to move to LA…
I sewed up a little sample for my class at Sew Modern. A beginner’s how to quilt class that includes some fun improv. piecing of log cabins. Just a little 30″ square quilt with four big blocks that sew up quickly.
I’m pretty sure the class is almost full but I’ll list it more in the future too.
This little center is my favorite part of the quilt. I love these gray stripes. I’m in a stripes place these days.
Jacquie comes and speaks to the LAMQG tonight! AND we have the Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons Solids Challenge reveal. I can’t wait to see what everyone made! Not to mention that 70 people have RSVPed for the meeting. It’s gonna be a big one!
That’s what the LAMQG 1st annual quilting retreat was. Seriously. The. Best. Ever. We had so much fun!
First off – 18 inches of snow fell while we were there. That’s a whole lotta snow. Amazing that this is only an hour and a half outside of sunny Los Angeles!
Those are the cars we drove up in. And we stayed up in those cute lil’ cabins.
We dealt with one vehicular mishap, but all ended ok and while there was some trudging around in the snow to get places, everyone was warm, inside and sewing, sewing, sewing for most of the time.
We were in such a great space! We even had a big cozy fireplace that we all gathered around the whole weekend.
The women I’ve met in the LAMQG have become irreplaceable to me. I’ve made so many friends who I am certain I will still be sewing and laughing with when we are old cranky quilting ladies. This has added to my life immeasurably and I’m so, so thankful for what we’ve created here with The MQG. I read on blogs that lots of you are having similar experiences in your local Modern Quilt Guilds and that makes me so happy. We’ve started something really great here.
Anyhow, I didn’t get nearly as much done as I could have… but you know what happened just as much as quilting? Chatting. Lots and lots and lots of chatting.
We all could have stayed for longer! And next year we will.
Many more photos here.