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QuiltCon Charity Quilts

Some of you may know that the MQG held a QuiltCon block challenge that lead to the QuiltCon fundraiser quilt and also a TON of extra blocks. All of those blocks are being used to put together a quilt for every bed in the Austin Children’s Shelter.

The LAMQG is putting together two of these quilts and I sewed up one of the tops. I received these great blocks:

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Then it was time to make some decisions about how to use them in the lay out. Since the quilt is going to be long armed, I thought I’d leave lots of negative space that can be filled up with some beautiful quilting. This bright vivid blue is also perfect for kids.

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You can see my process in this photo. I use Illustrator and design to scale. This makes it easy for me to sort out how big the fabric surrounding the blocks needs to be.

Another lil’ note about this photo – those two bits of sewing in the upper right of my design wall? I leave those there all the time as a constant reminder about what I should focus on with my quilting. The wonky log cabin was sewn up with Denyse Schmidts’ fabrics (I was sure she wouldn’t mind!) that she had brought for the LAMQG workshop and that I had in my house for about a day before mailing them all back to her. The A was sewn up in Elizabeth Hartman’s workshop using her freezer paper method. These two bit of sewing, to me, represent the 1) the freedom of design and sewing without thinking and 2) the importance of good craftsmanship. Having those there as a constant reminder is a good thing for me.

Anyhow – here’s the finished top and now it’s off to be quilted!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m certain these quilts are going to add a lot of vibrancy to the shelter. So thrilled that together the MQG can do this great charity quilting!

LAMQG retreat

I was able to sneak away this past weekend for a quick day at the LAMQG retreat. It always looks like a sewing bomb went off in the room at these things…

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It was so much fun to get to just chit chat with friends and sew for a day. I actually didn’t get that much sewing in but did tons of quilt back making and basting…

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…and got a start on my Center City quilt.

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A lot more work to be done but I’m on my way!

For those of you in the States I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

More traveling quilts action!

Worked on the next month of The Traveling Quilts this weekend. I’m all caught up now which is great!

This time it’s Jacquie’s quilt that I was working on. I received this:

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Jacquie wanted everyone to “add as much color as you’d like” but I straight up couldn’t follow directions at all. You can call me boring, but I just had to add some calm open negative space to the already very colorful and lively improv-ed panel.

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I added some interest by continuing the white and grey stripes from the center panel. I know it appears to be off square in the photo, but it’s not. I was actually pretty pleased with my execution of this but Gabe seems pretty bored with it, huh??

One other bit of business. I’ll be back in New Hampshire visiting family in a couple of weeks, so I’ll be speaking to the Seacoast and Boston Modern Quilt Guilds on November 3rd! Maybe you want to come? All of the details are here.

QuiltCon catalog released!

Did you all see? The line up of workshops and lectures and teachers was aaaaall released today in the QuiltCon catalog! Lots and lots of info in there…

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You can download the whole catalog here! It’s all so very exciting!

Will I see you all there?!?

QuiltCon!

Did you see?? The Modern Quilt Guild is organizing QuiltCon! Its first international convention and quilt show!

Very exiting stuff!  It’s happening Feb. 21st-24th, 2013 so there’s loads of time to plan ahead and make sure you’re there!  Check out all of the details and information at www.quiltcon.com!!

 

Habitat Challenge quilt

The LAMQG had its November meeting last night. It was time for the reveal of our projects for the Habitat Challenge. You can see all of the projects here if you’d like.

We Skyped with Jay McCarroll and it was a a ball…He is a total crack up.

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Then he hung out with us as we all showed our projects. He was so great about giving individual feedback to everyone!

Here’s the quilt I made. It’s similar to the other one I recently made.

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For the challenge we were allowed to add all the solids we wanted, but only use the Habitat line otherwise. I took these pictures after washing the quilt so it’s nice and crinkly!

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I used more of the line on the back, along with my go to Kona Coal.

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On to other things!  The winner of Quilting Arts’ Quilt Scene magazine is Janine – keep an eye out for an email from me!

And finally, Action Kivu gets 50% of the proceeds from sales of jewelry from Ember Arts through Dec. 7th. They have some really beautiful jewelry – maybe you wanna do some Christmas shopping AND do a good deed?

MQG Survey

Did you see that The MQG put together a survey to get to know all of its members?

I hope that you’ll take a minute to fill it out!

Thanks so much!

 

The winner of the Yoshiko Jinzenji fabric bundle is Lindsay – keep an eye out for an email from me!

A quilt and a winner

The LAMQG had its second anniversary meeting on Monday night. It’s crazy how quickly those two years have gone by and how much The MQG has grown since then!

We coordinated an anniversary swap and I was sewing for Liz. Her adorable little baby girl is right at the age where they can always use one more quilt to put on the floor, so I quickly put together a little one for her.

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I had to use scraps she gave me and I could only add one new fabric. Obviously I added the yellow. Oh and I cheated and added the binding too. Figured a stripy binding was worth a little cheating!

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And thanks for all of your comments on the Quilt Retro blog tour post. I used the random number generator and the winner is Anita! Congrats and keep an eye out for an email from me.

Modern Quilt Guild happenings


So much going on with The MQG these days. We just announced a call for quilts for an MQG exhibit at Fall Market 2012! This is very exciting stuff and I know that it will be an amazing show!

And meanwhile, are you going to Market or Festival in Houston this year? There’s going to be two different meetups kindly hosted by The Houston MQG. All are welcome and it’s always so much fun to meet other like minded quilters from around the country and world.

Go MQG!

100 Days Of Modern Quilting

Did you see that The Modern Quilt Guild just put out a call for quilts and tutorials? Check it out over here and submit!!

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