QuiltCon 2016

New Ruler Love – Stripology

Stripology Ruler

I am in the middle of a new quilt that I can’t wait to finish. Normally I dread cutting pieces when I know I have a lot to do.  However, I found a new love and I’m bursting at the seams to share it with you.  It is the Stripology Ruler from Creative Grid.  To truly appreciate it’s power you need to watch their video  http://www.creativegridsusa.com/products/CGRGE1 .  I am not kidding when I say I cut 2,000 3″ squares (precisely, mind you) in couple hours.  Check it out!

Snapshots of Quilt Market

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One of the best Quilty moments this past year was experiencing quilt market for the first time.  Working with Pink Door Fabrics gave me the opportunity.  It was incredible to walk the isles and see so much inspiration and fun!  I have a lot of photos to share but I think this is a good one to start the ball rolling.  Follow these links for to see the shots I took:  http://blog.pinkdoorfabrics.com/market-day-1/ http://blog.pinkdoorfabrics.com/market-day-3/

Nini’s Wild Flower Garden

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This quilt is 100% my mother. I saw it hanging in a local quilt shop and immediately bought the kit with every intention of making it for her quickly (it was so easy!)  I brought it home and for some reason it got stashed away.  Three years passed before I finished and gifted it.  Thankfully it brings her joy… Does anyone else suffer from the guilt of letting unfinished projects sit for too long?

Me Against Modern

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I know people say that they “love a challenge.”  I’ve been guilty of it on occasion, but when it comes to tackling a very large modern quilt, I can’t say I LOVE that challenge.  I love it once I figure out what I am going to do, but I’ll never fool you by saying inspiration comes fast!  I stared at this quilt for a long time.  It was king size.  The top had been completed many, many years earlier (around 25) and the piecer was ready to get it all the way done.  Once I decided on design, it was a joy to quilt.  I love that she pieced it in the 1990’s and a modern quilter would piece it today.  I felt responsibility towards quilting it in a timeless modern fashion.  There was a lot of custom quilting done, but it proved to be worth every stitch.

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Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap

project miniI am more than a little nervous to send off my schnitzel and boo mini. Making something for a complete stranger, what was I thinking? The hashtag #makeaquiltmakeafriend was the siren that sucked me into another challenge and although I am glad, I do think I am a little crazy. A mini? Really! I did not think this one through. I am not that great of a piecer and a mini can truly show off all the short comings of matching corners, points, etc. However, my imagination saved me and I decided to focus on my quilting and do one of my soon to be famous wonky stars with lots of negative space. I also plan to put some enviable goodies into the box when I mail it off today. Other surprises should lesson the blow of a non-intricate pieced mini. I hope I can call my swap buddy a friend!!!