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.
First Quilt, 9-Patch
Back in February, my friends and I flew toQuiltCon 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.
Snow on the brain. Friday, students couldn’t concentrate with the 8″ to 15″ forecast of snow for the weekend. I had the 5-year-old students measure varying snow depths on a meter stick. Their eyes! Most had never experienced a local snow.
Weathermen foamed on about the upcoming blizzard; grocery store shelves emptied of breads, eggs, milk; everyone decided they needed gas – even though warned not to drive during the storm. My sister and I waited in the snow party line at the ABC (liquor) store. Snowmageddon.
Sunday afternoon. We’ve about binge-watched all that Netflix has to offer. I’ve sewed an entire quilt top. We’ve sweat pant-ed, hot cocoa-ed, fudge brownie-ed ourselves to the extreme. No school tomorrow; maybe not on Tuesday.
I’m not complaining. I rather like sleeping in. Think I’ll make chili and cornbread tonight. Oh, yeah . . . I have a bottle of Bailey’s.
Recently I had the privilege to visit textile designer, Alison Glass‘, home studio. I’ve been quilting for a little over two years and find field trips like this very exciting and educational. I’m so glad she invited our guild into her studio. I’ll let the images do the walking and talking . . .
What is it about girls and horses? I just completed my third horse quilt, with a fourth custom order for another. Don’t get me wrong. I very much appreciate the complimentary purchases. It’s just takes so darn long to complete. LOL.
I’ve never given much thought towards “memorial quilts” and what they might entail. I recently had the privilege to work on one for a colleague. There wasn’t much to work with, very few outfits, as her sweet baby girl passed at four months of age many years ago.
What a humbling opportunity. Although, I did not know this mother so long ago when this tragedy happened, working on this quilt was a little emotional for me. Each little smocked dress or printed sleeper has a story I am sure.
Wasted away on the beach today; love the feeling of cool sand between the toes. Perfect day to photograph this little throw quilt that has finally used up the last of my (hard to find) Sarah Jane’s “Out to Sea” fabric line. Pirates and treasure maps and booty. Adventurous “newspaper hat pirates” plotting to find a chest full of treasure.