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Conversation continued…

Thanks so much for your comments on my last post about the Long Beach Quilt Festival!  Modern quilting’s place in the overall quilting world (industry, really…) is an interesting conversation.

From all of the comments, I have deduced the following:

We all shop almost exclusively online so therefore when fabric we like is in quilting shops, it doesn’t sell.  As a result, the shops decide not to carry it the next time around.  This leads to a vicious cycle and it keeps us online and isolated from the quilting world at large.

So, I’ve decide that any time I’m in a quilting shop I’m going to make a point of spending my money there.  Unfortunately  I don’t get to them often as I live in L.A., 10 minutes from a huge fabric (but not quilting) store that carries a lot of what I like.  I know that my few dollars here and there won’t make a difference, but I’m going to do it on principle.  Also, I’m going to consider submitting my quilts to shows & festivals.   I can’t complain about not being represented if I haven’t tried to be that representation myself, right?

Maybe if we all do this, it will make a difference over time?

Oh and the best thing about the festival?  I met JamieJulie, and Beth!   Oh, and I tried out a long arm for the first time… my sister had to hold me up I was so weak at the knees… I seriously covet a machine with a frame.

In quilting news, I’ve decided that the big hexagons are going to be a queen sized quilt.  So I’ve been cutting!

Cutting Hexagons

A couple of you asked how big they are… I made myself a 9″ template!  It’s going to sew up quickly once I find a minute to tackle it.

Guess what’s happening on Friday? A giveaway! It’s gonna be my one year blog-o-versary!

More Hexagons!

But this time they are gonna be biiiig!

More hexagons!

So much faster this way.  I’m certain to be sewing these together this weekend. Oh and is anyone going to the Long Beach Quilt festival?  I might – depending on if I can pull myself away from the sewing machine….

The red & aqua quilt top

Just finished it up!

Red & Aqua Quilt top

Clearly my obsession with exploration of wonky log cabins & white space continues!

Red & Aqua Quilt top - close up

I never tire of this color combo.

Just a glimpse!

First off, thanks so much for all of your comments and kindness about my Hexagon quilt top!! Makes me so happy to hear that others like what I’m up to!

My mom’s been in town and it’s not very sociable to sit in front of your sewing machine all day, is it? As a result I’ve only worked on it a bit more and am about half way through quilting it.

Hex Quilting

At first I wasn’t sure if I was improving or ruining my quilt top – but when you take a step back and look at the big picture, this “pebble” quilting is great.  Hope to have more to show you in a couple of days!

Hexagons!

I said I was gonna dive back into the red & aqua quilt but I couldn’t bring myself to sew another wonky log cabin block.  I know! I was shocked too!  I’ve actually hit my limit.  I’m sure not for long – I’m certain to be back to my beloved soon enough but meanwhile I’ve been seeing these half hex quilts all over the place and I’ve been wanting to futz with one.

I struggle with finding most traditional quilt patterns too “old fashion-y”, but that’s part of the challenge right?  How do you take something tradition and modern it up?  That sentiment, plus my love of white space led me to this!

Hexagons!

I technically did it “wrong.” The rows of hexs are not matched up, but I like the look.  It was fun to mess with all those little cut out peices until I found the layout I liked best.

Hexagons close up

You can find the info to get the template here.

I’m really excited to get quilting on this one.  I think I’m gonna try something new!  Can you tell I’m trying to break out of my stippled log cabin quilt rut??

Have a great weekend everyone!

Simple baby boy quilt top.

Put together this little baby boy quilt top based on Denyse Schmidt’s What a Bunch of Squares quilt. It’s a gift for family friends.

Baby Boy What a Bunch of Squares Quilt

Fun to be working with a small quilt again after my bigger Block Party one.  Speaking of, I’m mere stitches on the binding away from finishing it!  Can’t wait for you to all see it done!

It’s official.

I’m in love with my Block Party quilt!

The top is all finished…

Finished Block Party Quilt Top

…and I’ve been quilting away.

Quilting my Block Party quilt

I should be done soon!

A finished quilt top.

Been working on these blocks for a long time and they are finally all done and sashed in my usual white.

Latest Quilt Top

I’m excited to see this one come together. I’ll hopefully make real progress this weekend!

Wacky Birds

Recently got some of these Jay McCarroll birds.   Don’t know why I hadn’t bought any before.  They are so weird and I love them.

Have a great weekend everyone!

This and that.

Is what my weekend sewing was filled with!

I pulled fabrics for a new quilt.  I’ve decided to completely indulge my love of red & aqua.  I haven’t made a full quilt in only those colors before, so it’s time!

Red & Aqua Fabric

Then I got started on some blocks!

Red & Aqua Blocks

I got a fat quarter of the amazing Paint By Number Birds in a swap with Ashley and have already cut into it!

Red Bird

I am not a fabric horder. Ok, if you saw my stash right now you’d probably disagree ’cause it’s big. But now that my job is over, I’m back on the buying ban (“except solids and batting!” – a phrase my husband hears over and over!) and I am gonna use my stash like crazy. Sometimes once it’s gone I miss an out of print fabric, but mostly if I use a fabric in a number of quilts, usually I feel like I’ve had my time with it. And plus, there’s always so much new fabric to focus on!!

Anyhow – otherwise, this weekend I made the back for my Block Party quilt. Still waiting on two last blocks but am gonna put this baby together the second I get ‘em!

Block Party Quilt Back

And lastly I caught up on my last due bee block! This one is for Sew Connected 2.

Sew Connected 2 - May

Hope that you all have great weeks. I know that I will since unemployment is back and that means sewing sewing sewing sewing and a bit more… well… sewing!

Almost done!

I’ve been quilting…

Quilting

…and stitching.

Stitching

It has felt so great to be working on a quilt again – just a bit more binding stitching and it’s going to be all done.

Meanwhile, can you believe it’s already June?? I can’t! Happy June to all of you!

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