For several years, I have been in complete awe of the free motion quilt of Angela Walters from the Quilting is My Therapy Blog. I made a car mat quilt with a lot of her quilting designs and since then, I have been working on my free-motion quilting to add texture and some modern spin.
The Philly Modern Quilt Guild hosted a quilting day with her, followed by a lecture. Even though I have each of her books and have taken her Craftsy class, the personal class was amazing. She was very helpful and provided lots of tips. She was very personable too and even let me snap a picture with her!
My QuiltCon Block is featured today on the Modern Quilt Guild Website. It was placed in the category of Wonky Stripes! Everyday there has been a different category and each day I am amazing at the guild’s creativity and talent.
Here is a close up picture of my block. Check out my QuiltCon Block Challenge post for more details.
The Modern Quilt Guild is having their first quilt conference and show, called QuiltCon. It us February 21-24, 2013 in Austin, TX. Although I won’t be attending QuiltCon, I still participated in their block challenge, where guild members created a block using the colors of the QuiltCon logo. Twenty of the blocks will be assembled into a quilt that will be raffled off at QuiltCon. The remaining blocks will be used to make quilts for Austin Children’s Shelter.
My block for QuiltCon is finished! I love the color combination. I used organic piecing to add gentle curves. I learned this method back in February when the Philly Modern Quilt Guild had a Sewing Summit with a workshop was with Sujata Shah. With this block challenge, I was finally able to explore using this method.
The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild had a guest speaker at our last meeting – Jay McCarroll. He presented his new fabric line, Habitat. It was great to hear his inspiration for the various patterns, along with how he develops a line from various medias, determines a color pallet, and markets his line. He even kicked-off the Modern Quilt Guild Habitat Challenge. We have over a yard of various fat eights of his fabric and some FreeSpirit solids that we will use to create an original 12” block. With over 50 guilds participating, we will have lots of blocks that combined into quilts for Japanese earthquake victims.
I now have my thinking cap on this weekend to come up with my original block design…
Over the weekend, I finished up my Philly Modern Quilt Guild Kona Charm Challenge quilt. The challenge our guild selected for the Robert Kaufman Kona Charm Challenge was to use the Bright Kona Solids charm pack and add prints. I used Jelly Roll strips and a single charm pack to alternate prints and solids for an entire quilt top – the size of a baby quilt.
See other modern projects with Sew Modern Monday hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations.
On Wednesday, I went to the Phillies game with the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild. The theme night was Stitch ‘n Pitch. Within the section, there were groups of knitters and quilters working on small projects. My intent was to complete the binding for my Gumball Quilt; however, I sat back and enjoyed the game. They even had a giveaway of a Stitch ‘n Pitch bobble head:
Here is the quilt that I brought to work on the binding; however, no progress was made.
Rather, I hung out with my husband and some fellow guild members. It was a great night — even with a win for the Phillies!
Today I worked on several projects for the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild.
Last November, I participated in a Charity Sewing Night with guild. I just finished up the quilting and binding for a snowman themed quilt. It was a collaboration with Julie’s blocks and help with Andrew for sashing and borders.
Our guild is also making pillowcases, here is one that I made for our new charity project – Canine Companions.
Lastly, our February meeting will incorporate a Mug Rug Swap with a challenge to try something new. Here is my mug rug, where I incorporated selvages.
Do you want a similar Mug Rug? As part of the Pay It Forward 2011, I will send something handmade (this Mug Rug) to the first 3 people who leave a comment. To be eligible, you must also post this in your blog, offering the same thing to 3 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 3 people sometime in 2011. I will be receiving something handmade from Elizabeth from The Modern Lady Blog. She received something handmade from Belle + Bee, who received something handmade from Lindsay Sews, and on and on.