Quiltcon 2015- Quilt show

A few months ago I decided to go to Quiltcon. I wanted to see the quilts, buy fabric, and Austin is my dream city, so I will never pass up a good excuse to go.

I made some strategic mistakes in planning. I should have planned to stay longer. I felt like I spent 50% of my trip driving. I went to Ikea in Dallas on the way down, so I was already kind of tired when I arrived. But it was totally worth it.

I’ll probably break this up into a few parts.

The quilt show was amazing. I’ll share some of my favorites. (Some pics stolen from the MQG blog)

“Iceberg” by Crystal McGann

“Iceberg” by Crystal McGann

Deconstructed LoneStar by Amy Struckmeyer

Deconstructed LoneStar by Amy Struckmeyer

For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey

For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey

Bearface, by Jenna Richardson

Bearface, by Jenna Richardson

Welcome to Colorful Colorado, by Katie Larson

Welcome to Colorful Colorado, by Katie Larson

Wavelength by Lee at Freshly Pieced

Wavelength by Lee at Freshly Pieced

My photo of the quilter info for this quilt was blurry! If I can find it or you know who made it, please let me know.

My photo of the quilter info for this quilt was blurry! If I can find it or you know who made it, please let me know.

So much talent and inspiration!

Timber QAL

timberFRONT4.7MBI was excited to see that Modern Handcraft is hosting a quilt along of Alison Glass’ Timber starting in March. I bought the pattern in a Christmas sale and this is a great chance to have some motivation to get it done.

I’ve been thinking a few days about what colors to do it in, and today I pulled the trigger and went ahead and ordered them.

I wanted to do solids, and I wanted to do a masculine colored quilt, so I went with Kaffe Fassett Collective Shots.

Here are the ones I chose below:Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.58.13 AM Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.58.28 AM

And Kaffe Fassett Woven Strip in Emerald 

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I am looking forward to getting started! There’s still plenty of time to plan to join!

The update with bad pictures

I have been a sewing machine. I have needed to fill my mind and keep my hands busy, and sewing has fit the bill.

A few weeks ago I went through a few nights where I couldn’t sleep, so I just started sewing. I had some copies of the Carolyn Friedlander Totem template lying around (you  may remember I did a wall hanging of this after taking a class with Carolyn). So I just started sewing. Paper piecing is great for clearing the mind. Especially when it’s as straightforward as Totem.

I used pieces of a layer cake of Botanics I had.

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Well I sewed and sewed and eventually I had a lot of pieces. I loosely used her pattern as a template and am going to make a throw quilt with these “totems” in a large, off centered cross. Here is a fuzzy photo of one of them.

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See the other Botanics piece hanging next to it? That’s about to become a pillow.

In other news of being obsessed with Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric, I finally got my Doe fat quarter bundle in. I am using it on the In Flight pattern that I bought a few months ago.

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I’ve mentioned several times I’m not great at precision piecing. Hey guess what! It’s still true! So there is some improv going on in these blocks to make up for my imperfect geese. 🙂 I’ll write more about this later, but this has taken farrrrr longer than I expected. I’m about a third of the way done. Here is a terrible photo of some of the blocks.

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I think I’ll really like it when it’s done.

Getting excited for Quilt Con! I lurve Austin and I love quilts. Any bloggy friends going to be there?

Etsy shop now open

I’ve dipped my toe in the water of Etsy after a month of research and prep. Because this is currently a side project, I’m not killing myself trying to do every little thing perfectly- just doing the best I can with my skills and resources.

So if you’re interested, feel free to check out Sweet Marie Sewing on Etsy. Hand embroidered hoop art and custom pieces. il_570xN.715734919_kcp9