Thursday, February 28, 2013


QuiltCon was everything I'd hoped for inspiration, beautiful quilts, and friends old and new! There were so many quilts that I didn't even get photos of you should definitely head over to flickr and explore there or hop on Instagram and check out #quiltcon. Of course the hashtag will bring up so much more then quilts it was a crazy weekend. 

Here are just a few of the quilts I loved. I tried to document the makers of all the quilts but I was unsuccessful please let me know if you know any I missed and I'll update the post. Starting at upper left Beach Wedding by Jessica Pierre Auguste, ?, ?, Don't Box Me In by Tammy Vasser,  2 +2 by Colleen Wootton, Blue Ice by Jaquie Gering, Untitled by Lindsay Staed, Broken Diamonds by Katie Spencer, The Local Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander, Best in Show- Double Edged Love by Victoria Fiendlay Wolfe, ? by Alison Robins, this is the block challenge quilt that my block ended up in mine is in the top row in the middle, Denyse Schmidt 4 Crosses, Denyse Schmidt, Denyse Schmidt quilting detail, Trajectory #2 by Megan Dye.

A collage of friends, well and teachers I don't think I should assume Lotta Jansdotter and I are friends yet. The classes I took were so great I did Lotta's Fabric Design class and Angela Walters Quilting Negative Spaces. I would recommend classes with both if you ever have the opportunity. I know you can take Angela's classes on Craftsy and despite dancing until midnight the night before we were both pretty peppy at her morning class. 

My first long arm quilting!

My friend Nancy was in the class with me. She's the one that has been quilting my larger quilts.

From Denyse Schmidt's key note address.

Finally a photo of most of our PMQG group that attended. Here we're standing in front of our group quilt that was in the show. 

If you are thinking of attending in the future the next Quiltcon will be held in 2015! In the meantime the MQG made some big announcements on the last day including SewDowns happening over the next year in 5 different cities. Check out the new website to learn more. 


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Star Gazer Quilt Along

I have been so excited about the last auction quilt I've been working on! It's another one of Melissa's patterns, Star Gazer, and she is just starting a quilt along if you want to join in. I had been waiting to use Lizzy's Constellation line and thought this would be the perfect fit. 

These are all from Constellations except the 5th from the left which is Indie Collection by Pat Bravo. I added that to pull in a little more of the teal blue. I am using the light grayish purple star print instead of a solid in the pattern and I can't wait to see how that looks. 

This isn't the way the stars are really laid out but I wanted to see them all together. 
Here is Melissa's quilt.

I'm off to Quiltcon tomorrow! I'll share more progress and a Quiltcon post when I get back. 


Monday, February 18, 2013

Quiltcon Countdown!

I really can't believe Quiltcon is this week!! You can find my 5 things about me here.

I am so excited to be going especially when I wasn't sure if I would be able to. Besides the 80's dance, which I have my outfit for, I'll be taking Angela Walters Quilting Negative Spaces and Lotta Jansdotter's Textile Printing I am so excited about both classes. There will be a lot of the Portland Guild crew in Austin and I'm looking forward to catching up with some Sewing Summit friends that will be there. Then there's meeting new friends it's going to be non-stop! 
I'm not leaving until Thursday and I have a lot to do before then with wrapping up my auction stuff and bee blocks but I'll get it done! 
Will I see you in Austin? 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day

My daughter had this idea for her Valentines this year. Yes these are our dogs holding lollipops and she has been so excited all week to give them to her friends. Aren't they cute!
 I hope you all have a wonderful day full of love and of course chocolate! 


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Break From Our Regular Programming for an Important Blog Post

While I am down in the basement every day working on sewing, blogging, and textile design there's someone else down here as well, my husband. His office is on the other side where he has been working as an animator and more recently iPhone game designer. I just have to give him a little plug since he's not mentioned here that often but he's been working his ass off on his new game, Survivor Z, and it was released Sunday in time for the Walking Dead premiere! 

His app is a text based roll playing game set 311 days after the ZDay apocalypse has wiped out 90% of the earth's population. In this game you can find zombies, survivors, and supplies out at your favorite coffee shop or grocery store. Sounds fun right! It's already broken into the top 200 apps. Maybe eventually I can get him to make a quilting app but luckily I like zombies. My Sunday nights are full now watching Walking Dead followed by Downton Abbey. Quite the dichotomy but I love it! 


Friday, February 8, 2013

Grand Junction Quilt Progress

Here's a little Grand Junction quilt progress before I move on to the next quilt. I've always loved how a quilt top looks hanging in the window it's like stained glass. I'm dropping off my quilt top today at Nancy's. I am not sure about the quilting yet I'm thinking a simple geometric pattern but I'm always interested to hear Nancy's ideas as well. What do you think?

Here's a detail, you can find all the fabrics in this post.

Overall I think the piecing went really well. Melissa's pattern is well written and easy to follow, she's starting a Star Gazer quilt along soon if you want to join in. This is a very simple block with just a little trick in the partial seam technique. Luckily I took Faith and Katie's class at Sewing Summit and partial seams were one of the things we learned. For the most part mine lined up really well but there are a few spots I'm not happy with. I think with quilting and washing they will be hard to spot. 
Have a great weekend! 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Finished Madrona Road

My first finish of the year! I was unhappy with my quilting so I pulled it all out and did a combination of straight line and free-motion which I am much happier with. The finished Madrona Road quilt is extra special because we are lucky enough to have Violet in our guild here in Portland and she is just really an amazing, sweet, fun person!! I am so happy she gets to see all of this amazing work made with her fabric. Check out the flickr groups if you haven't yet. 


If you are here from the Quiltcon Linky party my 5 things about me post is here.