Wednesday, April 15, 2015

QuiltCon 2015 = New WIPs

It seems I am always on the go which prompted me to take classes at QuiltCon that would provide portable stitching skills.  As a matter of fact, out of the four workshops I attended only one required a sewing machine.

embroidery class project
First up was Embroidery with Alison Glass.  I pretty much knew the stitches taught, but it was a nice refresher and I was inspired to pull out some old embroidery WIPs and plan new embroidery projects.

two sample class projects
Another workshop I took with Alison Glass was Modern Appliqué.  We learned four techniques, but by far my favorite was the reverse appliqué using jersey knit.  I love the nice surprise when the knit is cut away and you see the gorgeous fabric underneath!

this WIP also served as my blanket on the train...super soft!
This inspired a bigger appliqué project that I recently took with me on my daughter's orchestra field trip to NYC by train (23 hours each way!).  I used Deep Dark Ocean for the top, Sahara Sun for the back (both new jersey solids from Art Gallery Fabrics) and Melody Miller's Playful from Cotton+Steel for the middle.  Circles, squares and triangles are traced on the top which will result in a shapes themed blanket for my grandson.

good times!
My sister and I were in class together with Katy Jones learning English Paper Piecing.  We both had a blast in this class...laughing, learning, chatting with our table mates, and of course eating chocolate.

EPP class progress
making hexies
Skills I learned in Katy's class came in handy when making the hexie Flower for Eleni and are nice when I join my friends for Crafty Tuesday.

improv piecing
Basic Improv with the Gee's Bend Quilters was the only workshop I used a machine.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories of Gee's Bend and did not do much sewing.  That's OK as I can sew at home any time, but the opportunity to listen to the ladies of Gee's Bend is rare!

So there's my latest WIPs added to my existing, long, and always growing list!  
Since I haven't really done a post QuiltCon recap, here are a few more pictures from my workshops:

love Alison's stitching setup
another reverse appliqué project with all quilting cotton
 The stitches learned in Embroidery were useful in Modern Appliqué.

Class photo from Modern Appliqué 
looking and listening - Gee's Bend
Selfie with the sweet Vicki aka America's Best Friend 
Susan and her daughters in Embroidery class with me 
Overachievers in EPP -  Melissa and Kristy
Teacher's pet!
picture with China Pettaway
Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.
Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Finish: spiderweb pillow

It's been quiet here on the blog, but I'm here today and with a finish to share too.  Woo hoo!

spiderweb pillow
When I made my spiderweb quilt, I overestimated the number of wedges needed and have been using them as leaders and enders when piecing other blocks.  I'll put them on my design wall and rearrange them this way and that.  They brighten up my studio, but it's nice to now have them sewn together into a cute pillow.  

the back
Amy Butler LOVE fabric from my stash was used to make the envelope style pillow back.  One of these days, I'll add a binding when making a pillow.  It seems I'm always in a rush to finish though and tend to say "next time"....

gift making
This pillow will be put aside for a Christmas gift.  After last Christmas sneaking up on me (and the year before that and the year before....), I decided this year to make one gift a month so I would have at least twelve gifts come December 25th.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.  Have a wonderful weekend and Easter too!

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!