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LAMQG Denyse Schmidt weekend

The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild was lucky enough to have Denyse Schmidt to town this past weekend for a visit that included a talk and two workshops.

The weekend started on Friday night with her talk. It was hugely inspiring and spanned her career, design process and inspirations.

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt Talk

Then on Saturday she held a beginning workshop.

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt workshop

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt workshop

We finished off the weekend with an advanced workshop on Sunday.

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt workshop

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt workshop

It was a really wonderful weekend. Everyone was so excited and eager to quilt quilt quilt after their time with her. She’s so nice and encouraging. You can see all of my photos here.

American Quilter Magazine

Hi everyone! Have you seen the latest issue of American Quilter Magazine?

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There’s a big article in there about The Modern Quilt Guild and how Latifah and I started it!

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It’s a great article! I love to see a traditional quilting magazine directly acknowledge the difference between modern and traditional quilters with a very positive and accepting “there’s room for all of us” sort of approach.

This has always been my personal feeling as well (I truly can’t comprehend some of the feelings out there – in either direction – we’re all quilters and most of the world thinks we’re all lame!) and it thrills me to see it reflected in the pages of a traditional quilting magazine. I thought I’d post the entirety of Christine Brown’s (the magazine’s editor) intro to the the issue because I truly appreciate what she has to say.

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Hope you all have a great week. I know I will because I’ve finished up my latest freelance job and I’m back to sewing sewing sewing!!

Denyse Schimdt is coming to LA!

Denyse Schmidt talk

Hope you can make it if you’re in the area!

Spring Market MQG Meetup

A quick little recap post is over on The MQG blog! Check it out!

The Best Ever.

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!

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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.

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We were in such a great space! We even had a big cozy fireplace that we all gathered around the whole weekend.

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The knitting nook was also quite active through out!

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.

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Many more photos here.

Spring Market MQG meetup!

Any of you going to Spring Market in Salt Lake City?

If so, be sure to join us at The Modern Quilt Guild meet up!

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Friday May 13th at 8:00 PM
at the Marriott’s Destinations Lounge

Hope to meet some of you there!

 

LAMQG Retreat

I’m headed out for the weekend to the 1st annual LAMQG retreat!

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There’s no packing lightly for these things, is there??

I’ve never been on a quilting retreat but I suspect that lots of good times are ahead. Here’s what I do know: the (100% self-appointed) Cocktail Committee has invented a drink they have named The Seam Ripper. Do you think that other guilds invent themed cocktails for their retreats?

Visiting the Kansas City MQG

Last week was filled with MQG meetings for me!  On Thursday I headed away from this…

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… to this in order to give a talk to the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.

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The cold and snow were well worth it though because it was really great to hit up the meeting and see that they are having just as much fun as we are in LA.  And there are so many people at their meetings!

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The talk was really fun to give.  A huge thanks to the KCMQG for being so warm and welcoming!

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Additionally, it was truly wonderful to get a chance to meet and get to know Jacquie.  We’ve been blogging friends for a long time, so meeting in person was a ball! Lots of late nights chatting about quilts over wine – what could be better??

We’ll be catching up again soon since she’s coming to talk to us here in LA in March!

And one last photo of an amazing sunset at her house… so so beautiful!

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Checking in with the LAMQG.

Things have been going gangbusters over at the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild these days!

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Last night we had our first meeting at our new home, Sew Modern.

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Lauren, (seen here attending to some very important hosting duties!) who opened the shop has been an active guild member since the very start so we’re thrilled to have a new place to meet that is such a natural fit.  And there’s just so much fabric there!

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We had 63 (a record for us!) people at this meeting and it was a ball.

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Hope to see more new faces at our March meeting!

Inspiration check in…

Did you all see that it’s the halfway point on Project Modern’s first challenge? How are you all coming along??

There’s so much inspiration to be found everywhere…

A while ago I spotted this photo over on Cathy of California’s blog

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It’s a contemporary woven wall hanging by Eve Gulick.

I’ve asked my Bee Imaginative members to make me blocks inspired by this weaving and I know I’m going to be thrilled by the results… I sent off the fabric…

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And the blocks are starting to be made!

Check out what Rita made me:

Bee Imaginative - Swap block for Alissa

And I made my block already…

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This quilt, is going to be so great. What’s inspiring you these days? Why not make a quilt about it and enter it into Project Modern??

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