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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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Defining the Negative Space

Ta da!
Here it is!

This is my longarm guild challenge piece!

This is actually a part of a special exhibit at MQS this year.  Everyone has the same fabric & made the same pattern, but we all quilted it in our own style.

My style is very geometric & this is a great example of that.

I also like to play in the negative space.  I want to add depth & dimension to those areas & see how they can transform into new spaces, taking your eyes along new paths in a quilt.

I hope to have more pics of my fellow guild members’ pieces when MQS rolls around.  I love to see how different quilters interpret the same piece.  I have had a sneak peak at a friend’s piece & wow!  did she she do a great job!  I can’t wait to share those pics!

Random Thought Thursday!

– It’s a pajama quilting day in the studio!

–  Rizzo says “hi”, but would like to go back to his nap.  Being interrupted by me to take photos of him is tiresome- it’s a tough life around here.

– I made the most amazing rolls this week!  Used the bread machine just to make the dough- then formed them into rolls & baked in oven at 350 for ~30 minutes.

– They are even better the next day when you make them into a sandwich with a cooked egg.

– A dear friend gave me some quilting magazines this week.  I now have a severe case of ADD.

– I’m soooo close to being finished with the Batik BOM quilt top.  One more solid day of sewing & I could have that sucker assembled.

– This week I successfully drove to my friend’s farm in Iowa.  This may seem small, but it’s quite a feat in my book, as something always seems to happen to me out there- I get stuck in mud, I get lost, my GPS goes out- it’s never good!

– I’m working on a new quilt design for the MQS Fabric Challenge.  The creative juices are flowing!  So many ideas, so little paper to scribble them onto- I wish I could just take a snapshot of what’s in my head & put that on Pinterest.  Would save so much time.

Ok, enough randomness for today!  Must get back to sewing!

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????