Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lancaster Quilt Show Part 2: The Quilts

Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorites from the show. Most were from the Modern Quilt Challenge. Enjoy!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lancaster Quilt Show Part I

Last weekend I drove up to the AQS show with a few friends. I had two things on my agenda: buy some "good" thread and find the ultimate Flying Geese template. I visited a few thread booths, got totally confused to the point that I had thread paralysis, and bought none. And I couldn't find a single flying geese making template. Not one. Sigh.

The fabric selection was so so at this show. A few of my favorite vendors were noticeably absent. It's not like there wasn't great fabric. There was. But, I wanted great fabric at a great price. I had to really search.  I wanted some cute text fabric and some "low volume" fabric. Nothing. Double sigh. So, instead of coming home empty handed, heaven forbid, I did some stash building with some black/white and some red/white bundles. Cute, useful fabric at a great  okay price.

And in the impulse buying department, I bought at iron. Total peer pressure. All of my friends were buying them. They were classroom samples and they were down to the last two and I didn't want to miss out. So, I bought one. The draw? Cordless! I've been using it for a few days. Feeling on the fence about it. But, it was a great buy at only $30.

Stay tuned for Part 2, where I get to the quilts!
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Fun Fact #2

My very first job was at Wegmans. For those of you who aren't acquainted, Wegmans is like Whole Foods and Kroger wrapped up together. You get all the gourmet food and specialty stuff, but you can also buy fruit loops and spray cheese.

Back in the day, and by the day, I mean the mid 70's, Wegmans wasn't quite so gourmet, but it was still all that. It was the first store in the area that had bar code scanners! Very high tech.

So, what's this have to do with quilting, you might ask (because it's all gotta revolve around quilting, right?)

Wegmans had a fabric department! I'm not kidding. Two aisles over from the frozen food was the Wegmans Fashion Fabrics!  And because I don't throw away anything, here's the bag to prove it:

along with some remnants my mom saved. I think I made her some muumuus with these gems.

Very groovy, don't you think?

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Best Guild Ever!

The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild, that is.

I started the guild in October of 2010. I had recently moved to Baltimore, didn't know very many people, and wanted to find some quilting friends. Before moving, I joined the DC Modern Guild (no BMQG at the time) not really realizing how far DC was from Baltimore ~ let's just say they are definitely not 20 minutes apart. One of my favorite quotes is "sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of" ~ Geri Weitzman. So, I created what I wanted to be a part of. I made a group on flickr, made a post, and within an hour, we had another member. We were on our way! We grew slowly yet steadily, adding new features and new members month after month. Now in our fourth year, the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild is going strong.

At the end of December I stepped down as president. A planned move to New York this summer coupled with other obligations prompted my decision.  It was bitter sweet, but time. Sadly, weather prevented us from having our end of year celebration and my final meeting.

But then, at our January meeting, I was totally surprised when the guild presented me with this beauty:

Beautiful stars, made by all the members of the guild. I can't express how much I love this quilt! The stars are all so unique (like my guild buddies!) yet work perfectly together. It's truly stunning. Pieced by Deb and quilted by Kathy. I love it. Thank you friends.

Along with the quilt came this bowl full of fortune cookies. Linda made the bowl, and my guild friends filled it with fortunes. I'm savoring all of the well wishes, and reading them very slowly. 

So, yes, my guild is THE BEST! And yes, I'm shouting it!

Thanks so much, my friends!
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Saturday, February 1, 2014


Instead of doing the hundreds dozens of others projects I should be sewing, I'm sewing cats.

I found the #catventquiltalong on instagram, and headed over to Elizabeth Hartman's blog to find the details.

These are very addictive. And, at only 4" x 5", easy enough to do one or two in between other things. A purr-fect way to use up scraps. Okay, that was lame. And honestly, it doesn't use up that many scraps. But, they are cute and colorful and just right for these cold winter days. Two down, 23 to go.
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

My Quilt on Moda Bake Shop!!

I didn't even know that this one had been posted! Thanks for the heads up, Linda!

I have a bit of a crush on BasicGrey fabrics and was about to make this quilt from the Little Black Dress line. Then I found out that they were coming out with Little Black Dress 2! I asked the wonderful folks at Moda Bake Shop if they were interested, and they said yes!

I call this Midnight Stars.

It's really easy. Half square triangles and squares. That's it! It uses 2 layer cakes plus some yardage. Big blocks make it go fast. It finishes at 72"x 72".

Head on over to Moda Bake Shop for the tutorial. And please leave a comment (you know, so I can feel popular!) Thanks friends!
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Fun Fact #1

In an effort to be "more real", here's a little fun fact about me. I'm very good at all three of these:

But especially sleeping. If sleeping were my job, I'd be getting paid six figures. High six figures.  And napping. Fuhgeddaboudit. I can nap at the drop of a hat. I can nap anywhere. (Legend has it I took a little nap during a Springsteen concert once. I deny that fact.)
I'm good at sleeping.
I know. It's a gift.
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