Lots and lots of quilting going on around here. Have projects going at all stages!
Lots of things on the horizon… there’s a big announcement for The Modern Quilt Guild on Monday – be sure to check it out!
And something completely different is coming along on the week of the 23rd here on my blog… It will involve both doing good AND fabric giveaways. We’re talkin’ really good fabric giveaways. Sounds like a win win, right?
I’m knitting! A sock! A few of us were lucky enough to be taught by Lori, a friend from the LAMQG. She’s an amazing knitter (we’re talking CERTIFIED master knitter!!) with an even more amazing yarn stash.
It’s slow going on these size 2 needles but I’m enjoying knitting after putting it down for a couple of nonstop quilting years. Plus I can sit outside in the amazing summer weather and be crafty! Some times a sewing machine doesn’t cut it…not very portable! Wonder if I’ll make it to the second sock?
Here it is! Before and after…
I have to say… I’m in love. The ceilings are really low (completely fine since I’m 5’3″) so the whole place is a bit like a cozy sunny cave. There’s lots of sun and I painted it a nice bright yellow (since some of you have been asking, it’s a Behr paint called “Spiced Butternut”) to add to the warmth and light. At first I thought it might be too bright, but my design wall covers up the biggest wall space so it works.
A few more pics…
And my fabric closet. It is immediately to the left when you walk in – before the two steps up to the work space. This is the most organized it will ever be and there’s even room to grow!
I’m really at home in this space. I can’t wait to make tons of quilts here!
Off topic – as of yesterday I’ve had my blog for two years. Hurray! It’s been so wonderful getting to know all of you during that time, so thank you!!
This weekend I went to the Long Beach Quilt Festival.
Do you remember when I went last year? Well, things have changed! Not at all in terms of their offerings (in fact, I saw even less fabric I wanted this time around – but it could be that with my stash growth I’ve become pickier) but this time, I was there with some of the LA Modern Quilt Guild!
Last year I’d mentioned that I thought modern quilters weren’t well represented at festival, and in terms of the merchandise and quilts on display, I still think that’s the case, but WE were there! And since we were showing our pride with our t-shirts and totes, we were stopped and chatted with quite a bit. We put the effort in to spread the word!
It was my griping about festival on my blog last year that caused Latifah to comment, saying that maybe we should start our own “modern” quilt guild and look at us now! Over 70 groups across the country and world.
Impressive modern quilters, impressive! What will we do next?!?
Thanks to all of you for your comments on the scraps. First, I’m actually not very organized at all, but moving is a chance to start out strong, right? Also, I did in fact consciously chose to put the scraps in contrasting baskets. Might not make practical sense but it looked prettier to me. That’s always more important, right??
Georgia’s getting some brown and purple (with some green thrown in!) scraps…
…and some orange and aqua scraps will be headed to Kerri!
Keep an eye out for an email from me!
I’m taking my time and being very thorough with the sewing room set up. Yesterday that meant a major scrap sort!
And post sort!
I’m not great about using my little scraps but maybe if they are sorted by color I will? In any case, I have more than I’ll ever use and should give some to you. Comment with your two favorite colors and I’ll pick a couple of winners on Monday. A scrap pack will then be on it’s way to you! Good luck and happy weekend to you all!