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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.

All finished.

The Nice Baby Quilt is all finished.  So simple. It was perfect for needing to sew up a quick gift for friends.

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I used lots of linen and Kona Ash which are very close in value. They really make the greens, yellows and bit of pink pop out of the blocks.

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I used up my last bit of this Castle Peeps pink stripe with the binding and it was just a bit too short so I added some solid pink to make it long enough.

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I’m finishing up my day job this week and will be back at full time quilting shortly! So many project and plans to tackle… I can’t wait!!

Have you seen the latest issue of Stitch?

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There’s an article in there written by yours truly!

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About what we’re all up to with our modern quilting!  Needless to say, it’s exciting to see this:

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And I never showed the finished “Yellow Pop’ Quilt ’cause I had to wait for this to come out first, so here it is…

Yellow Pop

I’m in love with the yellow stripy binding.

Binding

Hope that your weeks are all off to a good start.  Happy Monday!

Embracing Gray.

That’s certainly what I did with this quilt, so that’s what I’m calling it.  It’s on our bed and staying there!  I love it and so does my husband.  Not girly at all this one… I really like the simple graphic nature of this quilt. I offset the columns a bit giving it an asymmetry that I’m loving.

Embracing Gray

The fabrics? Konas Medium Gray, Coal, Charcoal, and the RK Gray Quilters Linen (which I LOVE by the way) are all in there.  The background is Kona Ash.  And then the yellow is a Kona as well – it’s Butterscotch.  The one patterned fabric is a Heather Baily print.

Embracing Gray

I pieced together a back with the remaining fabric.

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It’s already being enjoyed by everyone!

Embracing Gray being enjoyed

As a side note – thanks for all of your comments on straight line quilting. It’s clearly a topic that a lot of people are thinking about.  Moving my quilting in different directions is something that I’m eager to do and I feel I might surrender to some long arm classes… I am tiring of stippling, and am not very attracted to many other simple free motion patterns.  Straight lines really appeal to me though and the options are endless, but impossible to achieve well on my machine.  I’m all about making quilts at home from start to finish, but at a certain point there are limitations… I just know the second I go and try long arming one of my quilts I’ll be ruined and never want to quilt a quilt on my home machine again.  What to do? Oh the trials and tribulations of a quilting obsession!

Twin baby quilts

I finished up a pair of cute baby quilts for a commission.  For twins who are on the way!  I made a couple of pillow sleeves to go along with ‘em too.

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Why can’t I ever coordinate photo taking with no fold lines in the quilts??

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These were fun to sew up. I haven’t been working with lots of white or these colors in awhile so it was fun to go back to them for a project!

On another note, a dear friend of mine is a finalist for the Dwell Room for Improvement contest. You don’t have sign in or anything to vote for her, so please do! It just takes two quick clicks and a free living room make over could be hers so vote for her! Thank you, thank you!

Something new.

I have started on a few blocks for a new quilt. I’m making it for our bedroom. All these quilts, and I’m still yet to make us one for our bed!

Starting something new

Not certain where I’m headed with them but so far so good!

The Modern Quilt Guild is growing!

Hi everyone!

A few people have contacted me about the fact that they are starting branches of The Modern Quilt Guild in their area! Maybe you live nearby and want to join?  Just click on over or send an email to the people listed below.

1/20/10 EDIT: WE NOW HAVE A MAIN WEB SITE. Please click on over there for all of the latest branches and info!

Kansas CityJacquie, Shea, and Jen are getting going!  You can join their group, here!

ChicagoMary is looking for interested people.  Click on over to her blog and you can contact her there!  Or you can now sign up for their group here.

AustinHeather is looking for some modern quilters!  Join their group here.  Or you can email her at heatherlgrant @ gmail . com to get involved.

Seattle - Katie wants to get things going up in Seattle! Drop her a line (her contact info is on her blog) if you’re interested or you can sign up to their group here.

La Crosse, WIAnna wants to meet you! Click over to her blog and contact her that way.

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PhiladelphiaJulie wants to find you!  Her email address is in her profile on her blog so just drop her an email.

Washington DCNatalie is looking for members and people who would be up for helping her with the organization of getting things started up.  Her contact info is on her blog.

Raleigh-Durham/Chapel Hill, NC area – Kat is getting organized!  Email her at:  orangegiggle @ bellsouth . net  if you’re interested in joining.  You can also sign up to their group, here.

Houston/League City, TX - Rene is interested in helping with getting a branch started.  She’s looking for anyone interested and also people who would like to help with the initial organizing.  Her email address is over on her blog – just drop her a line.

Dallas -Lisa is looking for people in the Dallas area.  You can email her at lisa @ sophiaaster . com or sign up to their group – here.

New England – A few people are getting started up in the New England states.  Contact Monet at madebymonet @ gmail . com or you can sign up to their group here.  Also should numbers be big enough – this branch might split up into different groups.

Portland, ORElizabeth would like to hear from interested people.  She’s just getting started and would like to get a sense of numbers.  There’s no set plans yet, but let her know if you’re in the area and would like to join.  You can email her at elizabeth @ ohfransson . com

IndianapolisJan is looking for like minded quilters to start a branch!  You can email her at janmadethis @ gmail . com

IdahoDes is looking for you! She’s in southeast Idaho.  Drop her an email at deslynn @ cableone . net

Birmingham, AL – Drop a note to Cathy if you’re in the area!  She’s looking for you.  Can can email her at zetti1 @ charter . net

Knoxville, TN – Get in touch with Mary Beth if you’re in the area.  You can sign up for their group here and she can be emailed at meadows.marybeth @ gmail . com

Asheville, NCAmanda is looking for interested people and help with getting things started.  You can email her at mandiglia @ gmail . com

Orlando, FLRene is looking for people in the area who are interested in joining and she’d also like help with the organizing.  You can join their group here.  Or drop her an email at renecreates@ me . com to get in touch!

Bay Area/San Jose, CARuth is looking for you!  Join the group here. Her email is ircabbit @ gmail . com

AtlantaSonya is getting started.  Join their group here, or email her at georgiabelleboutique @ yahoo . com

If you don’t live in these areas and wish you had somewhere to meet like minded modern quilters, maybe you need to start a branch of your own!   Drop me a note if you’re interested and we’ll all work together to spread the word and get people involved.   A national Modern Quilt Guild is a wonderful thing!

My last quilt of 2009

This will be the last quilt that I finish in 2009. How do I know? I have zero going right now. I’ll need to remedy that soon. Been too busy with the holidays to get anything started recently.

Meanwhile, the quilt!

Solid Squares

It was my Christmas present for my father. All Kona solids this time around and I tried to go for colors he would like. Somehow I didn’t think loads of solid white with bright fabrics involving polka dots and/or birds (kinda sums up a lot of the my stash…) was gonna fly for my father. And there’s actually no white in this – the light color is a light grey – Ash.

Another shot of it.

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This is the first time I’ve ever put a border on a quilt. I’ll be honest. I didn’t initially picture it with one but I just could. not. make. one. more. block. I love the results of all solids, but they don’t make for exciting piecing. But I do really like the border in the end. And my father loved the quilt!

I did a very simple pieced back:

Solids Back

Can you believe that it’s almost 2010?!?

Rectangles & Gray.

Wish I had a more exciting name for this quilt (edit: I’ve named it April Retangles!) because I’m so happy with how it came out.

Gray Rectangles Lap Quilt

I improv. pieced wonky rectangular blocks like I did with the Lantern Bloom quilt, using the gray to unify all the blocks. It’s a lap quilt, measuring 48″ x 59″.

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I love this quilt. I really really do.

I used some gray Kei dots on the very simple back.

Grey Rectangles Back

And the binding is a stripe from Red Letter Day. I think it works really well.

Gray Rectangles binding detail

Dear Chocolate Brown,

I’m leaving you for gray.  I’m sorry.  I hope it doesn’t hurt your feelings too much.  I’ll be back to visit a lot I’m sure.  But for now, I need to be with gray.  I hope you understand.  Look at my latest quilt top.

Gray Rectangles

Clearly we’re meant to be together.

Love,

Alissa

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