Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Quiltcon 2017 part 2

 Quiltcon was soooo much FUN!!! I don't think I have ever had so much fun at a quilt show before. The people, the staff, the shops, and the show quilts. AMAZING!!! I'm ready for the next show!

Here are the pictures of MY favorite quilts...and NO...I didn't take pictures of their names...I totally forgot!!! (sorry...some I know, because I know the quilters...but otherwise.)
Let's start with the "Best of Show"...can you say "WOW"!!!!! it is paper-pieced.

                                                                  Elaine @messygoat

                                          I love this quilt!!! It is pieced...not raw edged appliqued.

Marla @Pennylanequilts

 ...and I saved my favorite for last :0) 
This was done by Michelle Wilkie @ml_wilkie

Well, there were so many more to see...but these were just the few that captured my attention. 

I totally have plans to go to the Quiltcon 2019 in Nashville Tennessee. Not sure about California next year...but ya never know.

Thanks for stopping by....

Monday, March 20, 2017

QuiltCon 2017

I think I have finally recovered from what I feel has been one of the most AWESOME quilt experiences of my life!!! QUILTCON 2017 in Savannah, Georgia.  It was non-stop for 5 solid days. Try doing that on one leg and one knee. Yeah....needless to say...I was exhausted by the time my all day Sunday class came around. I actually fell asleep sitting up in front of my sewing machine while the teacher was talking!!! Very embarrassing!!! But Zippy (knee scooter) and I made it through.
Today I thought I would start with all the awesome fun people I met.
Then the next post will have the quilts I saw.

The above photo was my #helloquiltcon photo for IG so people would know what I looked like.

I checked in on Wednesday night...and even got a Swag bag of goodies as I was one of the first 1500 people to register on line.

....and here is the bag I got and all the goodies that was inside. 
Those Elizabeth Hartman bags were a hot commodity...they sold out fast. To those that didn't get one for free. 

 Okay one thing I was really after besides meeting big name quilters.... was buttons. I had always heard that Quiltcon was really big on swapping buttons. The companies pass them out and regular people pass them out with their blog names or IG names on them. So, I had one made....its smack in the middle of the above photo. It says "SEW HAPPY" That's my button I past out. I missed some button's from people but I got a lot too. Now I need to make a fun quilt to pin them too.
Sometimes People would walk up to me...and say they knew exactly who I was...that they follow both my art feed and my quilt feed on Instagram. And they knew I was going to be here with buttons...and would ask for one. If they didn't have a button to swap...I told them they had to pay with a!!! They would always laugh and say sure thing. This happened at least a dozen times.

While I was at the show I did three mini quilt swaps. The first one was with my IG friend @freebirdquiltingdesigns .....Carolyn she is from Australia. I made the Pink quilt she is holding and she made the white quilt with applique that I am holding. It was absolutely lovely to meet her in person and swap mini's with her as well.
Then MQG hosted their very first mini-swap and I am standing with my partner Marla (@pennylanequilts) lol!!! friends were taking pictures...and I guess they caught me looking nervous as she was opening her quilt!!!
I had nothing to worry about ...she loved it very much!!!
The pluses measure 1 1/2" sq. 
I called the quilt "Happy Dance" 

There was a 3rd mini quilt ...that was to be given to me...but, on...

... Let's talk about all the FUN people I got to meet shall we?!!!

                                                     Mr. Giucy_Giuce and his big teddy-bear hugs!!!

               Mathew @misterdomestic ....He did and awesome demo that I want to try!!! I really          enjoyed meeting him in person!!!
I even ran into some Jacksonville Peeps!!!!! 
Ms. Sue Bleiweiss...I have her book. And she had a quilt in the show...and it won 1st place in its category.

The lovely Leah Day

Ms. Victoria Findlay Wolfe

IG friend..... @messygoat

Allison ....another IG friend I got to meet in person...(@quiltdesignatelier)

I even made new friends from IG!!!

Ms. Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Co!!!

Laura Hartrich (@Quiltstories)

Susan Brubaker Knapp.... Really?!!! Super-Cool!!!!

Ailson Glass ... Yes!!!! Laura and I were giddy school girls!!!

Tula Pink in the house!!!! AWESOME!!!!!! 

Angela Walters

Sarah Thomas (@sariditty)

I LOVE this picture.... I got both Nicole (@lillyellasworld) and Sarah (@sariditty) to do a selfie with me. LOVE these girls. They are sooooo talented and sooo sweet too.

Melissa Averinos ....and my face I worked on while in her class. Which I lost between Georgia and home :(  

and my partner for the show and room mate was Laura. 
We had a blast...Love Laura to pieces!! She is a great friend. I really enjoyed the show and hanging out with her and meeting all these awesome quilters.

If you get a chance to go to a should...that is my recommendation.

Next post will be of the quilts.....

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The New Hexagon Book

I am having a blast making these blocks from the book.... "The New Hexagon" by Katja Marek 

I decided to NOT do my blocks all by hand. So, I'm calling mine Hybrid blocks. I'm piecing by hand, Machine sewing them onto the big hexagon, machine quilting them, and I'm hand quilting the edges with peril cotton threads with big stitches. Then I will machine stitch them all together. LOL!!! "Hybrid"

It's a great time to practice my free-motion quilting.
I have 11 done now...and there are 63 blocks. 52 in the book, and 11 free one the Katja gives out on her website.
And what makes it even more fun to work in this book...I'm NOT doing it alone. I grabbed some friends to join me. We meet once a month. At my house. On our first meeting we of course got a group shot in the "Happy Potty"....Back row Becky, Kate, Paula, then Laura and Me. LOL!!! Kate is so tiny we had her stand on the toilet so she could be seen amongst us tall people...hehe!!
This is a super fun group of Gals!!!
I look forward to them coming :0) 

Be sure to check out Katja's website for this quilt. Click on her name and it will take you there. :0)

thanks for stopping by....I am off to my first Quiltcon ... in Savannah, Georgia!!!
I am too excited!!!!

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