Stash 5

Minding momma


When I posted about the heart mini I was going to make, I checked with the missionaries’ mother-in-law for her favorite colors.  Pink and turquoise were the choice, so off to Hobby Lobby I went and picked up a half yard of each turquoise/teal that struck my fancy and the solid.  I’m thinking it may be the outer border or binding, still in the planning stages.

So  2 yds in, pink to shop for next, and then a mini to make…hoping I have enough left over to make an extra!

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Pin Basting Finished for a Summery Jelly Roll Quilt

Tuesday I scheduled the basting table at Pins and Needles in Mt. Kisco, NY. So I pin basted my jelly roll quilt, which took 3 hours.

The quilt is a double size, and everything went easily once I got the three layers completely smoothed out.

I really needed to be working on my mini quilt for my quilt guild. But during the summer the shop is scheduled with camp classes all day everyday. We will still have our adult clinic’s, which run for two hours. So I’m glad I got this finished and now it is ready to machine quilt.

This morning I will begin to cut and piece the mini quilt.   

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Have a great weekend.  Happy quilting.

WIP 3 – Jelly Roll Race

Last Friday, I began a Jelly Roll Race quilt. I have had this project in the background for a while. Someone in my Friday morning quilt clinic at Pins and Needles in Mt. Kisco NY, was making one, and I thought it was so pretty and very cool looking.

The Missouri Quilt Company has patterns and a video about how to make this quilt. It is quick and easy, but I have a lot going on, and I’m not in a big hurry to get it done. It’s really fun to do.

A while back, I bought two packages of these jelly rolls for this quilt.

Last Friday, I began sewing the strips together into one long, long strip. 

Each strip is sewn together at right angles. This is the same way, as how you would put together a binding.

I may add some more strips, because I want it to be a double-sized bed quilt.

I won’t get back to work on this until next week, and will post the next steps.

I love how these batiks fabric looks together. So fresh and summery looking.

Tomorrow I will be focusing on my 1930’s reproduction fabric quilt. I’ve hit a glitch and will bring it to Pins and Needles tomorrow.

Happy Quilting and have a great weekend!!

Quilt Block – Something’s Missing

Firstly, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! 

Have you ever made a quilt block or quilt, and felt like something was missing? That’s what happened to me after I made this block for our guild’s quilt. Fortunately, my block isn’t due until Sunday.

I was given the solid fabrics; teal blue, bright, light green and olive green. I could make anything I wanted. I could add fabrics from my stash – contrasting fabrics were encouraged. The only requirement was that it just had to be a 12 X 12 finished block. I added the orange fabric.

The pattern was from Tula Pink’s book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. I used block 64, and then changed it up. 

As it hung on my fabric wall for a few days, I didn’t get that “good” feeling I usually do about my work. I wasn’t loving it. To me, it looked. blah. It needed some kind of pop.

So I decided to applique a heart on it.

I’m glad I listened to my intuition, because now I think it looks just right!!

Happy Quilting!!

Wrap Up of QuiltCon 2015

Since the end of QuiltCon, the days have flown by, even though we were snowed in when we returned to New York. Busy doing the taxes.

So I will wrap up my experience at QuiltCon, which became a mini vacation at the end visiting with my cousins. I love seeing them and wish they lived closer so we could see them more often. There is always a lot of laughing that happens during these visits, and they just can’t be matched.

Thursday night we met up with members of my quilt guild; The Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild for a really fun dinner, and good food at Gueros Toco Bar. (Great choice Beth). My husband, and one of our founding member’s seven month old joined us too. They were the only males, and non-members, but made our night at this Mexican Restaurant that we fell upon, a good time.

Friday morning I attended a panel discussion, called Maker to Making a Living which was moderated by Jacqueline Sava with panelists; Brenda Groelz of Handi QuilterDenyse Schmidt, Heather Givens, owner of Crimson Tate, a brick and mortar and online fabric store, and Mary Fons of Fons and Porter. I’m copping out here, because it was interesting to hear their stories about how they grew their businesses. Did it speak to me personally, and where I’m going with my quilting and blogging journey; not really. 

However, I met Heather Givens and we had a great time talking again a little later. She kindly agreed to an interview on this blog later in the spring, and I can’t wait!! But that’s the author, journalist and published book reviewer in me that loves to interview interesting people.

I took a quick walk through the exhibition and saw my square at the Windham Fabrics Booth.

I was kind of excited to see it hanging there. When some members of our guild came to my home and we made them, I didn’t really like the way it looked. But in the exhibit, it took on a whole new personality, and I felt proud of it.

Luckily, before I left the convention center, I met up with some other really special people. Quilt bloggers, I’ve met this past year who have been kind and supportive. From Left to right; Afton@Quilting ModDaisy@ Ants to SugarYvonne @ Quilting Jet GirlAnne @ Hudson Valley Quilts, and Kitty @ Night Quilter.

I met these fabulous women while participating, or linking up with them while participating in Plum and June’s 2014 New Bloggers Blog Hop this past summer.

My husband and I grabbed a quick lunch and took a long nap that afternoon. And I’m really glad we did, because I had a three hour workshop from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM that evening, and I am one who needs to refuel for evening work.
We ate a really yummy, dinner at Moonshine beforehand. This is a fabulous restaurant next to the convention center. In fact, it was so good we went back there for lunch the next day. Double recommendation. 

Friday night ended with a bang, with Bill Kerr’s Color Inspiration Class. Being that he is married to Weeks Ringle, and I spent a full day on color the day before, wouldn’t you think it would be repetitive? No. It wasn’t. In fact, the classes, and what they had to offer complimented each other in a very special way. We put combinations of fabrics together differently, but they were in new ways of thinking about it for me. And that was the main reason I really wanted to take classes focusing on colors at this conference. Before the conference, I felt as though I was doing the same old, same old. Now that I’m home I’m looking at my stash differently.

These were some of the designs and color combinations we put together.

Saturday I attended a lecture, Take Better Pictures Now!, given by Meg Cox. I was looking forward to hearing her speak, not just because she’s a great quilter, writer, and researcher, but she wrote for one of my favorite publications; The Wall Street Journal. I really like it because the articles are crisp, and it is extremely well-written and researched.

Meg was excellent, as I expected. She gave a great powerpoint presentation, showing lighting tips, products that are inexpensive to purchase that help create a better photo shoot, and discussed just how much image driven quilt blogs are.  She also really made me think about how my photos need to tell a better story to readers. I’m going to be more conscious of that.

So to wind this story up, Saturday night I finally got a chance to see my cousin Chris play drums with a very up and coming band in Austin, called Ruby Jane. During all our many visits to Austin, there was never a gig of his happening when we were there. I was so impressed with his ability and professionalism as a musician. And he’s going to be playing in the music festival this Spring. He is just so cool.

The next morning we had breakfast with the other branch of my Austin cousins. And we stayed with them for the next few days before we flew back to cold, snowy New York.

I’m going to backtrack a little before I sign off. Before I left the conference for our mini-vacation, I planned to meet up with Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts. Faith’s blog was the first quilt blog I ever read. I have had questions along the way, and she has always been so wonderful and gracious in answering my questions, and was my first blog interviewee. I couldn’t wait to say “thank you” in person, and give her a hug full of gratitude. 

Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts, Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts, and Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts. Both are authors (along with Katy Jones) of Vintage Modern Quilts.

Lastly, I want to leave you with an image that sums up quilting and Austin. As you wander about Austin, you will see the slogan, “Keep Austin Weird.” In the airport and around the city, you will see these funky outdoor art guitars. Austin is famous for the South by Southwest Music Festival and the photo below captures patchwork, music and their slogan, which is sweet. Enjoy!!

Happy Quilting and have a great weekend!!

Fall Quilt Market in Houston – 2014

This was my first quilt market, and I’ve been struggling with this post.  Why, you might ask? I learned a lot which I want to share.

1. There is so much to absorb.
2. The facility is huge, and so much to see in 4 days.

3. My feet hurt for a few days after I came home. Tip: I wore comfortable, professional looking shoes. Eventually, I had to change into sneakers. 
Bring Both.

4. When I arrived home – I had a lot of stuff.  No, a really, really lot of stuff. Catalogs, brochures and information. (Only purchases – Two pairs of scissors, a book, which I can’t wait to review, and a pattern).
5. And I had to catch up on mail, e-mail, unanswered phone messages, do the laundry, take care of a pet issues, get a least one really good night’s sleep, and then….
6. Process the experience.
I took tons of photos and collected lots of literature and business cards from so many people. Fortunately, I was organized.  Every night when I got back to the hotel room, I sorted out all the papers and cards, and coordinated them with the map of all the  booths. 

I have no idea how large the space was where market was.  But it felt as large as a football field. The area of the center where The International Quilt Festival was seemed even larger.

Market itself was certainly a feast for the eyes. Every fabric booth looked beautiful and colorful. You could say some of the booths looked like little presents, each with their own themed wrapping paper. Each one was different and reflected the personality of that company. I was mesmerized at times.



Publishing houses set up little mini bookstores. When it came time for Angela Walters to sign her books, the line wrapped all the way around a few booths.  My calculation was that the end of the line was at least in for an hour wait. 

Sewing machine companies, including longarmers were busy all the time, and there was a noticeable hum from them in the air. I noticed booths from Spain, Australia and Brazil. I’m sure there were others from more foreign countries

I visited the Kona booth more than any other booth. They had a match game going, and I tried to beat my score everyday.  Each player had 2 1/2 minutes to try and match the name with a Kona solid.  There were four different boards, and I tried each one, which became progressively harder.
Then the player spun a prize wheel. There were fat quarters, canvas bags, color cards and charm packs. ( i may be missing something). For me it was less about the wheel, and more about seeing how many colors I could get right. 



 One of the most intriguing things for me was before and after the “official market.” I wrote a bit about that and posted a lot of photos on facebook about that. The day before market begins, everyone is in jeans or shorts and sneakers, working hard to put up their booths. Small truck lifters are driving carefully through the aisles with huge crates. Thick yellow electrical cords are being snaked through curtains and hidden from view.

The next morning when market opens, every booth is finished and looks like it just had a perfect makeover from a fashion stylist. Nothing seemed out of place.  Then on Monday at 4:00 PM an announcement comes through a PA system saying that market is officially closed. It reminded me of when the clock struck 12:00 AM and Cinderella’s beautiful gown disappeared. But at market, everyone quickly changes back into work clothes and the booths come down and are packed up again. Some of them stay open through Quilt Festival.

Speaking of Quilt Festival we did get to see it before it was open.  It is enormous with amazing work done by quilters all over the world. I can’t post any of them here, except the red quilt display that has been travelling in many festivals.  If I post any quilts, I must write who made it, and I forgot to take note of that. I will not forget next time.

All in all it was an incredible experience I will never forget.

Happy Quilting!!

My First Quilt Challenge – Pictures Tell All

Sorry about the cell phone photos….just not enough time to take proper photos with a proper camera.

This next photo will tell you how much fun it was to continually be inspired….
Biscuit sat on the dining room table part of the day on Friday, Saturday, and almost all day today. For 2 1/4 days, he sat through 3 complete design changes for the Michael Miller Color Couteur Collection. Hours of listening thw WHUD. The team of Biscuit and Anne finally feel as though they’ve settled on something modern, clean, simple and crisp, and provides a good visual of  spring fabrics.
But without the suggestions and acute insights of Kathy and Ogla, I would still be drawing and not writing this blog post. What I love about their dropping by, and tossing ideas around is that we all listen to each other, and respect each other’s opinion. They are both so smart in their areas of expertise and forces me to think in ways I never have. Thank you both for you help, support and such great conversation!!

You made my day 🙂