What do you say when you haven’t really blogged for over a year? Well, I’m still alive. I’ve been busy renovating (we need more bedrooms around here), landscaping, traveling, reading, writing, teaching, cooking – all that good stuff. And especially taking care of baby girl. I’m obsessed with her, even though she calls me “Dad.” I’m making quilts too, but can’t post them here right now. Boo. However, you can see where my quilty brain is right now by following my Patchwork board on Pinterest.
Anyway, tonight I will be at the SLMQG meeting, talking about improv & embarrassing myself. As usual, life conspired against my coming (hubby out of town, soccer game, AND another meeting). But somehow it has worked out this time! I’d love to see you if you can make it. And tell me if I have something in my teeth before I start talking. :)
Here is a picture from one of my adventures earlier this year. If you can tell me where this was taken, you might win a little something…
Today, one of my quilts has been featured on the Modern Quilt Guild website as part of their “Use What You Have” series.
I am not the type to run out & buy the latest collection of fabrics by the hottest designer. In fact, I have to admit that quite a bit of the fabric I own is actually cut-up cotton clothing, solids, & fabric I bought sometime over the last decade. This is not to say I don’t like to buy fabric (just ask my husband), but I often find that the limitations imposed by using what I have on hand can bring about interesting design elements that I may not have come up with in my head.
It’s basically a small version of my Apt 6 Quilt. The technique is easily adapted to make a quilt of any size, so even if you’re not into mini quilts, definitely check it out.
My friends at Martingale Publishing (That Patchwork Place) are having a great sale this weekend, from Friday thru Monday. 50% off all books – & if you buy three, shipping is free. The sale also includes ebooks. It’s a great way to stock up on gifts for your crafty friends. Be sure to check it out!
So, the Sewing Summit happened – a few weeks ago. It was all kind of a blur & pretty surreal. I made new friends, visited some shops I’ve never been to before, met some serious blog rock stars, took some classes, & learned a lot.
It was baptism by fire for me, as I had never taught (or taken, for that matter) a quilting class… But there I was, teaching 50+ ladies at a time, each on a sewing machine. In a fancy ballroom, no less. The ladies who took my class came up with some awesome patchwork, which was so exciting! I’ve seen a few of them posted on blogs & Flickr. It was also fun to show my quilts & talk about them a bit, which is something I don’t do very often.