05.23.2015a 4 comments
My last two quilt tops were inspired by Chawne’s quilts. In January 2014 Maureen and I attended the SoCal MQG Sew-In in Los Angeles and I won a Robert Kaufman True Blue Colorstory fabric bundle. It sat on my bookcase for over a year because I couldn’t figure out what to do with a bunch of blue fabric. I added the one yellow block because I thought the quilt needed a focal point. The yellow square may be outnumbered by all the blue but this uniqueness makes it important. When I was one block short of finishing the blue top I ran out of fabric. I […]

Black and Grey and Blue All Over

03.22.2015d 2 comments
I probably should have kept notes on what happened in the last two+ months. The ‘too long, didn’t read’ answer would be: lots of work and QuiltCon. QuiltCon was a whirling dervish of activity. I arrived at my hotel in Austin after midnight Thursday night/Friday morning and didn’t slow down until the flight back Sunday evening. QuiltCon should really be a post of its own but the short version is that I volunteered a lot, met many online friends, and I got to see the best quilt show I’ve ever attended. I’m very proud of the MQG for hosting such a […]

Late March Wrap-Up

01.02.2015d 6 comments
Blogs should be like Tamagotchi, if you ignore them the ‘parent’ should receive updates that Your blog feels ignored! and You haven’t fed your blog in X days! Thing is: I haven’t posted lately because I haven’t finished anything. My goal for the last two months was to use up my stash of denims/chambray/etc. I started a string pieced quilt but put that aside before piecing the completed blocks together. My initial idea is too damn big of a quilt, I don’t want to fight that thing through my machine. I also found on my previous attempts to quilt with the garment fabrics that they’re […]

Your Tamagotchi has mummified

11.09.2014a 6 comments
I needed a…cruise control(?) project on Saturday; something I could sew together without too much thinking. I pieced the back from the larger pieces left over from the Homage front. Iron, square off the pieces, sew, straighten out and repeat. It was fun, I even found two or three decent horror movies on Netflix to keep me company. I’m not sure on the orientation of the back yet; I’ll decide which side is up at the last moment.

Kona Homage Back

11.07.2014b 4 comments
I promise this is my last Homage project. I wanted to make one Albers-themed quilt using Kona Cottons and I had the fat quarter bundle of Konas I won on Instagram to use. I cut out all the pieces, put them up on my design wall, and then I was totally underwhelmed by it. This project was doomed until I decided to cut each block in half then piece them back together. That added just enough originality to the project. By pure coincidence I used all 32 new Konas. Tomorrow’s project is to make a back using the scraps from the […]

Kona Homage

11.01.2014a 4 comments
I was on the fence about running for the MQG national board until I spoke to Alissa at the LAMQG anniversary party. She asked me to so I did. Sometimes, but not always, I can persuaded to do things really easily. It’s going to be a lot of work, and that extra work is why I was hesitant about running. But that’s the thing about volunteering: you must have people who are willing to sacrifice their free time or NOTHING GETS DONE. I can’t be a hypocrite and not volunteer since in the past I’ve pointed out how few people […]

News, Interesting Info & Meh

08.16.2014a 2 comments
I decided to make a stop-motion video of the opening of the fat quarter bundle I won from Robert Kaufman because so many people have asked me if I’ve started using the fabric. It was a great opportunity to play with my camera and I found a piece of software that would easy peasy make a video out of the photos I took. The software, of course, didn’t work as advertised and it took much longer that I thought it would to make a 20 second video. I did have fun making it though.

Stop Motion Kona

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I was asked (for a …thing, you’ll find out soon enough) what I thought three future trends in modern quilting would be. While I understand where the question came from, and that in some quilting circles trends are very important, I couldn’t give a straight answer. In retrospect I could have researched the question, looked into what is trending outside of quilting such as in interior design and fashion (quilting doesn’t exist in a bubble, trends must come from somewhere) and taken an educated guess. The answer I gave was that I have no clue will be trending in modern […]

On trends

10.25.2014a 4 comments
It’s about 6 miles from perfect but I’m happy with the result. Mini Homage is a test of two different quilting components I haven’t used before: 28w thread and demin/chambray fabrics. I’ve used Essex linens before and, even though I loved working with them, they’re finicky. The same goes for these denims and chambrays. The next quilt, which is pieced from these same fabrics, will be stich-in-the-ditch quilted with monofilament thread to stabilize it.

Mini Homage Quilting Done