Thursday, March 12, 2015

Friendship Star

It's my turn to select our guild's Block of the Month.  Since the OrlandoMQG is starting its sixth year, I thought the Friendship Star to be most appropriate!

Friendship Star
I have made this block quite a few times, and just love its simplicity yet boldness.  I also can't seem to stay away long from scrappy, low value backgrounds.  I cut into my new Cotton + Steel Playful for the center square.

The tutorial we are using is from Sew Happy Geek which also includes a tutorial for double pinwheels which I am using for a bee block .... stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Flowers for Eleni

Yesterday, I mentioned the charity bee do.Good Stitches.   Rachel of Stitched in Color is the driving force behind this wonderful platform for bringing quilters together in helping those in need.

Now it's our turn to bring comfort to Rachel and her new baby Eleni.   If you are unaware of the situation, please read Rachel's post regarding Eleni's birth and her updated post.

hexie flower for baby Eleni
Tales of Cloth is collecting hexi flowers to make a quilt for Rachel and her family, and there is an online Auction for Eleni this weekend.  I encourage you to click on these links for more information of these two efforts to help Rachel and her family.

Thank you and happy stitching,

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

QuiltCon 2015: Charity Quilts

There is so much to say about QuiltCon...the quilts, the classes, the food and of course the people/community....  I did not enter any quilts into QuiltCon, but I did play a small part in three charity quilts that were on exhibit.

One of the special exhibits at QuiltCon was  Pieced With Love: The Quilts of do. Good Stitches showcasing twelve do. Good Stitches {a charity bee} quilts.  I was excited to learn that one of the selected quilts was from our Wish Circle.  Geese in the Round (quilted by Caitlin) was one of the first Wish Circle quilts I participated in...see my block there in the bottom right corner?!

OrlandoMQG charity quilt-quilted by Ellen
Our OrlandoMQG members made blocks which were assembled into this QuiltCon Challenge Charity quilt.  All the challenge quilts were hanging in two of the ballrooms.  I was unable to get pictures of all the charity quilts, but I did take pictures of more than half.  I uploaded a Flipgram video on instagram if you want to see more.  If you search the hashtag #52QGoestoQuiltCon, you should find it.

Four of my blocks are in this quilt
Since I'm on the MQG Charity Committee, I wanted to also participate in the Region 4 QuiltCon charity quilt with several individual MQG members from my region.  I met two of them at QuiltCon but sadly didn't get a group picture with our quilt.

Region 4 Charity Quilt
I am still decompressing from my QuiltCon experience,  as well as still unpacking from that trip, so I plan to spread out my blog posts detailing my week in Austin.

Hope everyone is having a great week so far.  Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, March 9, 2015

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 3/9/15

Most of the classes I took at QuiltCon did not require a sewing machine, so it felt good to sit down and sew on one today after about two weeks away.

Dear Jane Block B-10
My Dear Jane block for this week is another blue block, this time using scraps of Flea Market Fancy and Kona White solid.  I have been using so much low volume fabrics for the backgrounds, it was nice to go back to a solid for a change.

the blues
I need to update my layout (and count how many blocks I'm up to now), but here are my blocks made with blue fabrics.  

I also made some progress on my bee blocks and have done some hand sewing.
What have you been up to?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Next Week

I'm home from QuiltCon and now enjoying a visit from my grandson.

first time at Animal Kingdom

Next week I will return with Dear Jane blocks, share pictures and tell you all about my adventures at QuiltCon.  In the meantime, you can read my "goodbye" post over at 52Quilters which includes some QuiltCon tidbits.
from Gnome Angel
There is also an interview over at Gnome Angel with Chris, the creator of 52Quilters.  It's an interesting interview, and I love that our guild's QuiltCon charity quilt from my week's post is featured in the collage.

I hope you will check out them both!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quilt Beach and QuiltCon Prep

As I pack for QuiltCon, I want to share pictures taken a week or so ago at QuiltBeach.  I only went for one class and their VIQ Cocktail party.  What a blast!

Luke Haynes at work
Me, Luke and Allison
The one class I took was From Clothes to Quilts taught by Luke Haynes.  I was pleasantly surprised to see and meet Allison in Luke's class.  She was the recipient of my Angled Camp pillow swap.  It really is a small quilty world!

mini quilt top
The fabric for this class came from the closet of my boys.  I don't think they will miss their old button downs.  One shirt in particular was not suited for this project as what I took for nice stripes were really embroidered sections and frayed when placed near a seam.

Luke's class work - why can't mine look like that?!
I sometimes need to remind myself that I am in class to learn a technique and not necessarily to walk away with a masterpiece.  Otherwise I am quite disappointed in what I create in class ;-)

nice backdrop, wouldn't you say?!
love the cover quilt
Victoria was also at Quilt Beach teaching, lecturing and signing copies of her new book.  It was great to see her again and grab a few copies of her Double Wedding Ring Quilts book.


VIQ cocktail party
I am so thankful to Shelagh and Treasure Coast for bringing Luke Haynes and Victoria Findlay-Wolfe to our area!  I have taken classes with Victoria before and there is always something new to learn.  I did not get into any classes or the lecture with Luke at QuiltCon, so I was excited to take his class in Vero Beach.
If you're taking a class or attending a lecture with Victoria or Luke at QuiltCon,  you're in for a real treat!

how to best use my handmade pouches
I am basically home two days in between winter break in Montana and flying to Austin for QuiltCon. My unpacking and repacking was quite frantic.

organized by class
I am taking four classes, attending several lectures, staying for the Leadership Conference, and plan to meet up with old and new friends!

Alison and Penny's books
Packed a few books for author autographs.  I'm disappointed my copy of Krista's new book Make It, Take It did not arrive in time.  I may need to buy another copy while at QuiltCon so she can sign it for me.

Want to swap?!
I'm also "reporting live" for the 52 Quilters project while I am there.  I have pins for trading so if you're there, stop me and let's swap!  I will be swapping Rene' Creates AND 52 Quilters pins.

Somebody was trying to stow away in my carryon!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I'm not sure if I'll have a chance to blog while I'm away, but I am taking my laptop just in case.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 2/16/15

I just returned from my daughter's winter break and am preparing to leave for QuiltCon.  So excited!  
I have a visit from my grandson to look forward to immediately when I get back.  We'll see if I can keep up with my Dear Jane blocks.  I'm going to try.

Block B-5 without the appliqué 
Anyway, here's a quick simple four patch block with some appliqué.  Since I am taking an appliqué class at QuiltCon, I am leaving that part until later.

90% complete

The print fabric is from my stash, originally part of a pink bundle purchased for my Have a Heart quilt.  The background is Cotton+Steel.

Progress so far- 36 blocks
I am up to 36 blocks now.  Whoo hoo!  Linking up with Live a Colorful Life.

A social experiment in quilty communication.  Each week of 2015 a different quilter takes over the account.

Oh, and I almost forgot.  This week I am taking over the accounts of 52 Quilters.  You can find me over at their blog, Instagram and Twitter accounts.  Please go say hi!

Thanks for stopping by,