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!
My husband and sister painting away! (Forgive the lousy IPhone photos!)
We went for lots of bold color and we’re super happy with the results.
And now – this is what I’m living in.
Time to get unpacking! Of course you know my sewing room is already partly good to go! Will do a whole post on that a later… Hope you all have wonderful weekends!
Jane the amazing graphic designer for The Modern Quilt Guild has done it again! She has designed a logo for our LA guild and we immediately set up a Cafepress shop. Just a tote for me for now… but soon a t-shirt, and a mug and a water bottle and a… Ok I’ll stop. You get it.
See you all again later on next week! I’m up to my eyeballs in moving boxes and paint and so on through the long weekend and into next week! Happy 4th (to American readers)!
I now have most of my blocks from the 12 Squared Bee. I’m not sure how I’m going to put them together…
Some of both?
Or I might go in a completely different direction all together! We’ll see!
In other news, we just found out that we’re moving. To the house directly next door to my sister. Needless to say, that’s great! The house is slightly bigger than where we are now (we’re talking moving from 700 square feet to 850? Maybe?) and I’ll have a dedicated sewing space so we’re really excited. It’s gonna make the blogging mellow for a bit but you’ll all be here when I get back, right?? We’ve been in our place for almost seven years so there’s loads of packing that has to happen that will cut into the sewing time! I can’t wait for a fresh start with a new place though. It’s a cute little old house (old for California – build in 1927) that we’re excited to make our own!
I always love when you first see the quilt in your head.
For me it then gets quickly drawn and I pull loads of fabrics.
Usually I instantly want to get started…
… and make some progress! I’m auditioning this green as the background but I’m thinking it’s not right. We’ll see.
Hope that you all gets loads of sewing in this weekend!