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Lessons from Quilts Trunk Show Pictures

In my last post I mentioned that I didn’t have any pictures from the trunk show.  Well, that same day a woman who attended the trunk show shared with me the pictures she took.

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
This is sweet quilt I made for a class sample.  This is one of my favorite patterns for beginners.
Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
These are a few of the first quilts I longarmed.  I’ve learned a lot since those days!

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
This is called a winding ways quilt.  I started this in Alaska & only recently finished it.
Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
A Seven Sisters quilt!  One of my favorite patterns!

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
A log cabin quilt I made with a friend while J was deployed.

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
A Double Wedding Ring quilt!  This is one of my personal favorites & was a feat to accomplish, but it was well worth the effort.

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
The sunflower quilt!  My only hand quilted quilt!  My sister pieced the top & I quilted it, took 15 years & I’ll never hand quilt again….

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show

And my first official quilt!  Just look at those pastel calicoes from the 1980s!

Thank you Heather for your pictures!

Lessons from Quilts Trunk Show

Last Friday several ladies from my mom’s group came to my house for a trunk show.  Several of the women recently started quilting & had heard I was a quilter & were very interested in seeing my work.  So 5 ladies, 7 babies & many cups of tea filled our living room that beautiful morning!

I gathered most of my quilts from various places in the house (closets, quilt racks, boxes, backs of chairs, beds, & cribs) & chose my “favorite” quilts I wanted to chat about.

I knew in planning my talk that I wanted to share more than just the stats about the quilt.  I mean, there’s so much more to a quilt than what fabric I used, what pattern I chose & how I quilted it.  I wanted to share my story through the quilts & my thoughts on quilting as a hobby or vocation.

It was a wonderful experience to share from my first to my most recent quilt & be able to talk about who I was at the time I made it.

Because, when we create we are invited to learn a new piece about ourselves.  And when we continue to create, we are able to remember who we are.

I could go on & on about last line, in fact, I think I will in a bit (I hear Teapot waking up….)

I didn’t get any pics of the trunk show, but after everyone left there was a heap of quilts in the middle of the living room & Teapot took to climbing & hugging the pile.  Or actually this pic might have been after all the playing when she was tired (but not too tired to actually nap!)

Teapot on the quilts from Ormond Beach Quilts

The Loot

So you can’t go to a show like MQS & not come home with goodies.  It’s not right.

I actually got quite a lot this time, mostly because during the past year I kept saying “dang, if I only had….”  Then I’d go look at it online & balk at the shipping costs.  So I decided to take advantage of the vendor mall & the Shopping Frenzy specials this year!

So here’s what I got:
DeLoa Jones books (Scrap Quilt Patterns, Feathers & Borders)
Trillium House Designs “Pocket Guides to Freehanding” books by Darlene Epp
Pam Clark books (Basic 8, Borders & Triangles)
Pam Clark grid stencils
Pounce Powder, blue
Set of Circle templates
Set of Oval templates
Cross Hatch ruler
S shape ruler
DeLoa’s Boomerang, 10″
Purple fat quarters
Pattern for an e-reader w/ 2 fat quarters

I would go into more detail about these goodies, but I’m keeping this short because I just finished a customer quilt & now I want to do a little playing with these goodies!


I’m back from MQS & Quilt Market!

I’m so tired I think I could sleep for a week, but my brain is full of ideas & is running 100mph!

Besides the wonderful classes I took (more on those later) & the beautiful quilts that inspired me (also more on those later), the best part was meeting everyone!
I got to meet the scientific quilter & SewExcitedQuilts.  We had a great time (but way too short!) & you know you’ve found a quilting friend for life when you mention the seating at Chick-fil-A is a great quilt pattern & Sew Excited Quilts shows you a picture of said seating on her phone!

I took classes from DeLoa Jones & Shirley Stutz, and “angeled” for Cathy Wiggins & Mindy Wylie.

At Quilt Market I met Alex from Threadbias & found great scrappy patterns to teach!

I bought all sorts of goodies- books, templates, stencils, fabric & patterns, visited new to me quilt shops & some familiar ones too!

More on all this later because now I’m home regrouping!
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AQS Classes & Shopping

I took 3 classes this year at AQS & they were each amazing!

From Kathryn Schmidt I took “Up and Away”. Here I learned improvisational quilting! She showed some basic elements & then from there we created our own piece & she showed us how to accomplish what was in our head. I didn’t quite finish the top that day & of course I somehow have not taken a pic of it- but it looks great & it was lots of fun!

Then I took 2 longarm classes from Sue Patten. How I’ve never discovered this woman until now, I’m not quite sure! She’s a great instructor! The first class was “Plunk and Play” which took allover patterns to the next level using strategically placed motifs. I’d seen this in several quilts but didn’t quite understand how it came together- now I can’t wait to try it! The second class was “Thread Art”. This is where you use all those awesome threads & “paint” on your longarm! Every time I take classes I try to take 1 slightly below the level I’m at to gather any tips & reassure myself I cab go to the next level. I also always try to take 1 class that’s slightly above where I’m at. Thread art was that class for me! Not quite sure if I can pull off what I learned, but it will be fun trying!

And what’s the vest part of going to a show???

The shopping!

Here’s a pic of my haul:

Threads from Superior & YLI; patterns from Jaybird Quilts; rulers from Lazy Girl; and various longarm tools that I’ve been needing.

Oh! And a kit!

I’ve been eyeing this Batik Block of the Month from Stitchin Tree Quilts out of Harlan, Iowa & finally picked it up! And since I couldn’t resist starting it- I already have 2 months done!

So that was AQS! A fine time was had by all & I can’t wait for next year! Hope you all enjoyed the pics!

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More AQS Quilts!

Ready for some more quilts from AQS???

Waiting for a Birth by Mee Um Kim:  (I’m a sucker for all things bird!)

Ohia Lehua by Ann Say: (I drool at every Hawaiian quilt I see, this was no exception)

The red flowers are actually couched metallic thread!

Iowa Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt by Pamela Godwin:  I have this pattern & can’t wait to get started myself!

Tutti Frutti Fanfare by Maribeth Schmit:  Isn’t this fun?  I love the curved cross-hatching in the middle of the candies- it really adds dimension!

Hope you enjoyed these!

AQS, Des Moines, 2011!

Last week was AQS, Des Moines!

5 whole days of quilts, classes & shopping- & I got to attend with two of my quilting buddies!

The quilt shows are my favorite part of these events- I get tons of ideas and inspiration & afterwards I can’t wait to get home to start quilting again!

Here are some of my favorite quilts from the show. (I’ll post about the great classes I took later in the week)

Lunacy on a Starry Night by Annette Hendricks:

Montana Grizzly by Karen Burton: (Her thread art is so amazing that in real life this bear actually looks fuzzy!)

Spring Romance by Deborah Kemball: (This is HAND quilted!  And hand appliqued, and hand trapunto-ed, and hand embroidered……)

An Infinity of Nine-Patches by Anabeth Dollins: (The nerd in my loves where she went with this!)

Those are just a few quilts, I don’t want to overwhelm you, so I’ll post a few everyday until I get through them all!
Until then, I hope you are also being inspired by your art!

MQS- What I Learned

Once a year, the International Machine Quilters Association (IMQA) hosts a huge quilt show. Why do I care about this so much more than other quilt shows? While other shows are great, machine quilting is usually just a small portion. Here, pretty much every vendor, class and quilt displayed was somehow related to machine quilting!

This year I decided to focus on taking classes. I took some fabulous classes by Kimmy Brunner, Pam Clarke, Linda Taylor, Mindy Wylie and Carla Barrett.

What I learned:
– From Kimmy Brunner: that I actually knew more about the long arm than I thought! There were several points she gave as tips that I actually figured out on my own!

– From Pam Clarke: Quilting designs don’t have to be difficult & complicated- nice & simple is beautiful and works well on many quilts. It’s also important to make the machine work for me. Ever since I got this machine, I’ve been frustrated by the fact that I’ve had to make things work & figure out “get-bys.” Pam’s been in this business since the beginning & pointed out to me that when she started- there were no tools, classes- anything! (Her frame wasn’t even adjustable & her husband had to make a long box for her to stand on.) They had to make things work. So I put aside my desire for a machine that had all the specific tools made correctly & went to work on figuring out what I needed to do to get my machine where I wanted it. The next few months are going to be a bit of an adventure- but hey- hopefully some of these paths I’m pursuing will be helpful to not only me!

– From Linda Taylor: I’m better at freehand than I thought & I actually like my machine (Tin Lizzie 18LS) more than the new Gammill Visions. (Which is something b/c I can tell you there were some days when I wanted to throw that machine in the snow!) It’s also good to step back & breath- it’s not the end of the world if something doesn’t turn out the way I want it to- life’s too short to get upset by those things. Also- these freehand designs are for owning! Of course my freehand isn’t going to look like someone else’s– the point is to become familiar enough with the design that I put my own twist on it & make it work for me.

– From Mindy Wylie: While I’m not the most talented quilter (my freehand is severely in need of improvement), if I focus on what I AM good at, I can make just as good designs as those that are fabulous freehanders. I also accepted the fact that I’m not a frufru quilter. While I think feathers and swags & flowers are beautiful- they don’t necessarily belong on every quilt I make 🙂 She also stirred my creativity & I began seeing the quilt blocks in a whole new light- I stopped thinking like a piecer (the person that assembles the quilt top) & more like a quilter.

– From Carla Barrett: I took her class on doodling not to improve my drawing (although, that wouldn’t hurt) but to kick start my creativity. I can’t tell you how many times I stare at quilts & have no idea what to do. White space (on paper or a quilt) frightens me. In the class she had us make a general design to fill our white space & then fill it in. While she & many other students make these awesome “simple” designs to fill in, it came to me that I don’t “see” geometric shapes like that. I see landscapes. Bam! As soon as I did that it was like the light had been turned on in my head & my creativity was bursting! I can’t wait to put some of the small pieces I have designed in my head on fabric!

So that was my week. Yep, I’m still processing it all & probably will be for a while.

And since I don’t have any photos related to what I learned, let me show you what inspired me:
Renae Haddadin’s miniature quilt.

Yes, that’s right- it’s a miniature. See the ribbon on the side? You have to click on the picture to see the full detail- but wow! Isn’t that amazing????

A Period of Transition (aka, where I’ve been)

Sorry for the lack of communication everyone, after the last post things got hectic & the blog got put to the side.

Anyways, here’s a quick update on what’s been going on in my life!
March- Went to Texas to be with the family for a bit.
April- I started working at CREATE– I’d been teaching classes there, but now I’m a full-up employee! It’s fantastic & I couldn’t have asked for a better challenge at this point!
May- Went to Kansas City for a Quilting Expo. Saw some gorgeous quilts. Here’s one:
There were others, but the pics didn’t come out too great (need to work on that skill.)
I also had a “mini-retreat” with a friend at the house. Finally finished a quilt top I started back in college. (You won’t see pics of this until I’ve quilted it, I’ve got some great ideas for this one…)
Finished another quilt top that I started back in Alaska. Once again, no pics b/c I want to wait until it’s quilted.
June- Quilted a friends Block of the Month (since this is quilted, here’s a pic:)

This was the most intensive custom quilting I’ve ever done & I’m SOOO happy with the final result!

I also picked up another hobby, jewelry making. You too can make this necklace at CREATE!

And this ring!

J & I have also been working like crazy on the Great Front Landscaping Adventure. Here’s our lovely front yard now:


I also started Art Journaling. I’ll blog about that in another post as I have much to say about that.
So basically, there’s been a lot going on. I’m learning new skills, expanding my artistic side, wrapping up old projects & generally being very happy.
There were some crazy days there when my old life was merging with my new life & it was quite stressful, so this hasn’t been the most peaceful transition. But for what it’s worth, it definitely could have been worse!
So I hope to be back as a regular blogger again, now with some new inspiration!