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Hand Quilted With Love blog tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Sarah Fielke‘s latest book, Hand Quilted with Love!

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Before I get to the content, let me first mention that the book is a beautiful heavy hard cover. You know how a hard cover will just sit solidly open? Such things are important in a sewing book! There is really such a nice feel to the book itself.

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And the quilts! Sarah’s lovely vivid style is all over the book in the 16 quilts included. So many great ones!

I was instantly drawn to her Bangles pattern.

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You know that I’m all about the solids so of course they are what I turned to.

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With templates and Y seams, this pattern isn’t in my wheelhouse but I so enjoyed working on it! It’s really fun to occasionally work on something that’s very different from my usual piecing.

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And guess what? Cico Books have been generous enough to donate a book for a giveaway! Leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner in a week.

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Good luck!

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QuiltCon Wrap Up

I’ll be honest – I don’t even know where to start. Every time I begin to write this post I start to tear up with the happiness of it all. QuiltCon was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. I’ve been working on it none stop for many, many months now and I knew all that was in store, but somehow it was all more than the sum of its parts…  Positive, happy and creative energy was in the air and it was tangible. It’s what drove the whole staff as we worked many very, very long days during set up, the show itself and break down. I was in Austin for ten nights and we hit the groud running from the moment I arrived and didn’t stop until the evening before I left…

I pulled all of my photos from Instagram and put them in a folder on flickr. You can see them all here. My sister came for a good portion of it so she took a lot of the photos for me. A couple of highlights:

You won't miss the check in desk at #quiltcon !

The registration desk, quiet the day before the show started.

Gettin' it done with @moderndayquilts !

Me and Heather Grant, focused and talking out some detail a couple of hours before the show opened. The amazing Denyse Schmidt exhibit is our backdrop. Heather and I have been talking daily for over a year as we’ve worked to make QuiltCon happen. She’s become a great friend along with being a coworker. It was her knowledge and abilities that made QuiltCon as organized as it was.

Forget sewing - we are getting to touch and see Yoshiko's astonishing work!! #quiltcon

The one workshop I made time for was Yoshiko Jinzenji’s. She brought a lot of her work with her and it was amazing to see it in person and talk with her about it. A true inspiration.

Modern quilting is pretty amazing but it’s the people who really made the event what it was. The staff, volunteers, teachers and lecturers were all so giving of their time, energy and hard work. When we all worked together and put our time and energy into it, we were able to make something truly vibrant and exciting  happen. The modern quilting community all came together for a weekend and it was just amazingly fun.

Oh and I got a tattoo! (Hi Mom!) I was certainly not the only one – there were loads of attendees getting them.

Tattooed!! #quiltcon

It’s representative of my husband and son and for an extra lil’ quilty touch, the circles are set a perfect scant 1/4″ apart. Ha.

You can see a lot more of the show and the quilts in the QuiltCon flickr group.

Hope that those of you who were at QuiltCon has as much fun as I did, and I hope that the rest of you are making plans to go in 2015. As tired as I still am, I can’t wait to do it all over again!

QuiltCon here I come!

I apologize that I’ve been such a slacker about blogging but it’s 100% because I’m just so busy with all of the work of getting ready for QuiltCon! We leave today on our road trip to get there and then it all starts one week from today!

I will be signing books in the Quilt Haus booth (booth 314) on Saturday the 23rd at 1:00 pm if anyone wants to stop by and otherwise, you’ll see me because I’ll be around. I’ll be workin’, workin’, workin’ and enjoying myself too. I hope that I get to meet you there!

Oh and yes, I do actually have some finished quilts that I’ll finally find the time to post about now!

QuiltCon linky party!

The MQG has a post up about people going to QuiltCon so that we can all have a face with the blog when we are there.

To start, they ask for a photo… So here’s me:

Me in my sewing space!

And then they want five things about you… maybe a lot of you have seen how this is going on over on Instagram?

1) My sewing space is NEVER as clean as it is in that photo. I knew a photographer was coming. It’s usually a complete and utter disaster.
2) I’m an identical twin and live next door to my twin sister. It’s really great.
3) I’m left-handed and love that I am for no good reason other than that it’s just awesome to be a lefty.
4) I met my husband through an online dating site. It works!
5) I grew up in rural New Hampshire but have lived in LA for almost 20 years now.

How about you?  If you’re headed to QuiltCon at the end of the month (it’s so soooooooon!!) add your link and I can’t wait to meet you there!

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day!

This weekend is the blog tour for Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! I decided to take part because I LOVE my local quilt shop, Sew Modern.

I’m not the usual quilting story in that I came to quilting through the internet. Flickr and blogs brought on my love affair – not taking a class or a shop I visited. I didn’t have a local quilt shop until I was an avid quilter.

Sew Modern was opened up by a friend and fellow LAMQG member.

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Next thing you know, the LAMQG is meeting there…

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…and quilting there!

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt advanced workshop

It’s pretty much the clubhouse! Aren’t we lucky here in LA to have such a wonderful shop to spend time in?

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Nothing can replace the sense of community that seeing people in person provides. When I am at Sew Modern I always run into my quilting friends. Everyone loves catching up over some sewing machines and rotary cutters!

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

And I haven’t even mentioned the FABRIC! Being able to see it, touch it and mix & match with the bolts is a sort of fun that you can’t have when you’re shopping online.

So don’t forget that January 24th is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. I hope that you’ll hit up yours!

Happy New Year!

Happy 2013 everyone!

As we round the corner into the next year, I find myself a bit dismayed to discover that I have very little sewing to show for the year. Basically just these three quilts…

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I’m proud of all three but I sure do wish I’d had more hours at the sewing machine… But that’s ok! There are other quilts that are almost finished!

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And I certainly did a lot with my year. QuiltCon, and working for the MQG, has been a huge and on going project. And there’s so much excitement with QuiltCon being less than two months away! Last year I also cast two seasons of Project Runway and together we raised over $17,000 for Action Kivu. But the biggest deal in my life is of course that this lil’ guy came along:

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Hands down my best project of 2012. Happy, happy new year to all of you and here’s to many more successful projects in the coming year!

15 Minutes of Play blog tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Victora Findlay Wolfe‘s book, 15 Minutes of Play.

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I’ve known Victoria for a while now and her unique voice with her quilts has always impressed me. Her book reflects that voice so clearly and well! I’m a really lover of improv. piecing, but I’ve moved away from it in my design and this book reminds me to keep it in my repertoire! For just 15 minutes a day…

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Victoria’s idea of just playing with fabric for 15 minutes a day is a great one. It keeps those creative juices flowing, even when you’re very busy or feeling a lack of inspiration. I should take her advice more to heart! I work with fabric all the time, but sometimes I need to think of it in a more playful way. Victoria’s book focuses on that process and the inspiration it can lead to. Such a great approach!

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In world full of pattern books, this one helps you find your way and voice with play and who wouldn’t want that?? BTW – my favorite color to “play” with is blue. I’m always turning to my blue stash!

Now who wants to win a copy? If it’s a US winner they will receive a hard copy of the book, and an international winner will receive an electronic copy of the book, direct from C&T. Just leave a comment here on this post and I’ll pick a random winner on Dec. 12th.

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Nov 29: Pat Sloan
Nov 30: Fat Quarter Shop
Dec 1st: Karen Griska
Dec 2nd: Angela Walters
Dec 3rd: Generation Q
Dec 4th: Tonya Ricucci
Dec 5th: Michele Foster
Dec 6th: Scott Hansen
Dec 7th: Amy Ellis
Dec 8th: Rachael daisy
Dec 9th: Jackie Kunkel
Dec. 10th: C & T Publishing

Center City by Jay McCarroll

For my work I live in two worlds. Mostly the modern quilting world. But I also have spent the last ten years casting reality shows and I have been lucky enough to cast Project Runway for the past few seasons. In the Venn diagram of these worlds, there’s just one tiny little overlap of one person. That person is Jay McCarroll, winner of season 1 of Runway and designer of fabulous quilting cottons!

He was nice enough to send me some of his latest fabric line, Center City.

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I love it. I really think that Jay brings an original voice to quilting cottons. He is designing prints that are very different from what’s out there and it’s really refreshing.

Center City is split into three colorways.

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Downtown…

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…Midtown…

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…and Uptown. Center City will be available in September and you can see it really well on Jay’s site.

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This great map print is my favorite.

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I can’t wait to start cutting into these amazing bold prints! I’m not usually a prints girl (you all know I love my solids) but when they are like this? I’m all about it!

Elizabeth’s visit

We had a great time here in LA with Elizabeth‘s visit!

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

She taught workshops…

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

I made a big G and a lil’ g using her patchwork applique method. I’ll be turning these into a quilt for my husband (Gavin) and son (Gabe). See?? Big G and lil’ g!

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

And she spoke to the LAMQG. Elizabeth and her work as such an inspiration. I might add that she’s been a friend of mine for years, yet this was our first time meeting in person. It was wonderful and we loved having her!!

We Love Color winner

The random number generator picked number 92 which means the winner is… Paula K!

Finishing Up

Congrats and keep an eye out for an email from me!

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