I just realized that I’ve been quilting for three years. I am currently working on two and have just completed quilt #31. I’ve educated myself by joining a modern quilt guild, attending conferences and sew-in days with friends. This from a woman who swore that she would NEVER try to quilt again after the very first fiasco. My schooling continues.
Back in February, my friends and I flew to QuiltCon East 2017 , held in Savannah, Georgia for an opportunity to network, try out new tools, attend seminars and classes, purchase directly from vendors and to view award-winning modern quilts. Our hotel overlooked the historic section which is quite lively at night; reminding me of a mini New Orleans with street musicians, alfresco dining, and people of all walks of life strolling (or dancing) with drinks in hand.
We enjoyed several local eateries. Molly MacPherson’s Pub offered American-Brit fare, friendly service and libation at reasonable prices. Rather satisfying hush puppies, crispy shrimp po-boy and blackened fish tacos were consumed at Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar. Henry’s, a local favorite, served up the best cheesy grits and shrimp I’ve had in a long while. Of course, we overindulged on the chocolate croissants at the Goose Feathers Café. Our last night, was spent watching the crazy night life stroll/dance/ bike by while eating pizza alfresco from Vinnie Van Go-Go Pizzeria’s bistro tables.
But, back to the conference… Each day was filled with technique, demonstrations, classes, purchasing or checking out the contestant quilts (with a little peach sangria thrown in). So many beautiful and clever quilts! After a fun girl’s weekend at the conference, I returned home with new techniques, patterns and colors swirling through my brain.
One of my mentor friends, a former teacher, now works for Aurifil Threads. She spends her days immersed in fabric, quilting and thread. A dream job. Frequently she sends little care packages to another friend and myself — which means we must put these items to good use and create! My craft/sewing room has become my happy place! 🙂
I just completed Baby Elliot’s quilt and my latest endeavor is creating two fan block quilts. One, a scrappy stash (my favorite type of quilt) and the other a low-volume and red quilt. I really do need to get sewing…Christmas is just fa few months away!
Hope you have a good week! – – Joanne