QuiltCon Monday


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Something exciting is happening in a few days! The Modern Quilt Guild quilt show called QuiltCon! This is the second year for it to take place and it’s going to rock our socks off! Of course, I’ve joined in the fun of the #quiltconpinswap and ordered up about 100 little pin backed buttons to swap around with people. I’ve also started some #franticquiltconbagmaking because, well a girl needs a new cute handmade bag to show off at QuiltCon (to all the other people who are sporting their handmade bags). I’m working on a #241tote by Noodlehead designs and her bag patterns are so darn popular that there is even going to be a Noodlehead Bag Photo taken at 12:15 pm on Saturday 02/21!! I’ll be working at the registration desk but fortunately, the picture is taking place right next to the Reg Desk so hopefully I can hop over and get in on that, as long as I get the bag done in time (I feel a little like Cinderella).

In QuiltCon 2013, the Weekender Tote by Amy Butler was probably the MOST popular bag around but I think this year it’s going to to be the 241 tote or something similar.

Also, when I went to QuiltCon in 2013, I had just moved to Houston, so I drove by myself and I was a Super Volunteer which meant I had to “work” 16 hours in the 3 or 4 days I was there. I was busy the entire time I didn’t really even get to enjoy the quilts! So this year will be different! I am only volunteering twice.

Friday 4-6 pm at the Texas MQG booth (come say Hi and get a button if you want!)

Saturday 12-4 pm at the Registration Desk

Then, I have meet ups in the evening and a class on Saturday evening. I think the #QuiltConNightLife is going to be the best part of QuiltCon this year! Also all the crazy socializing with people I know on Instagram or even from Facebook (yes, Bradie and Matt Sparrow, that means you). I may have hyped this up in my head but I think this year is going to be the best QuiltCon ever!

Also, if you’re curious about who will be attending QuiltCon, check out #helloquiltcon to see actual “selfie” pictures of people attending! It was a fun little tag that circulated for a few days and lots of people shared pictures! Now some of the vendors have started to say hi too!

On a sad note for me but exciting for people in those regions, QuiltCon is moving away from Austin and will be bouncing back and forth between the coasts starting in 2016, but it will be offered EVERY YEAR! So even though getting there will be a little trickier, I hope I get to go again in the future. I’m determined to make this a very memorable year!

Happy Stitches,


Make It Modern Monday


Today I’d like to feature the San Antonio chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG). This group is where I first learned about modern quilting and I feel that being a part of this group has made me a better quilter and I’ve made some really awesome friends along the way. Every month I was inspired to finish something amazing to show the group but I never felt that if I only brought my most recently finished quilt top that they would be any less impressed with it, and believe me, finishing just a top was always a big accomplishment for me. This guild is full of ladies who are creative, funny and inspirational, every single month! The SAMQG is what I would call my “home” guild because they are the first modern quilt guild I ever joined (helped start actually) and I still have close ties with them. Now that I’ve moved to Houston, I’m an active member of the HMQG and I am grateful for the friends I’ve made in the HMQG (check back for a Friendship Friday feature of one of the HMQG members). I just feel that there is nothing like the first guild you ever join and feel connected to. So if you are in San Antonio, or moving to the area, look up the SAMQG on Facebook, they have a super active group and they will welcome you right away so that moving to a new city won’t feel so new.

Make it Modern Monday


Some modern projects I’ve made this year

What is modern quilting? Well, the images above are a few examples what I’ve made in the last year that I’d consider modern. The National Modern Quilt Guild has a description of how they view “modern quilting” on their website. I like their definition, I feel it encompasses a lot about what “modern minded quilters” do. I have to admit though, I just love the ability to be wonky and quilt how I want to. I find it hard to quilt inside the lines and enjoy thinking “outside the blocks” when I make quilts.

When I first started quilting, I didn’t know what I was doing, I knew that fabrics were pretty, charm packs were abundant and (relatively) cheap and having everything already cut made life so much easier! I bought kits galore (some which I still have stashed away, and some I still can’t resist purchasing) because having a pattern and all the fabric already selected made it so much easier to just make what was on the picture and I knew the result would be good. Now, my aesthetic has changed, my view has changed and following a pattern has become much more difficult for me. Picking out fabrics has become the FUN part of planning a quilt project. I don’t always stick with one designer or one line of fabric anymore, but those building blocks helped me when I first started out.


My first Improv Quilt from the Denyse Schmidt Workshop 2010

I have heard it said, and I agree, that attending the Improvisational Patchwork workshop taught by Denyse Schmidt to the SAMQG back in November of 2010 was sort of a turning point in my (and other’s) quilting life. She gave us the freedom look at quilting as an art and not be boxed in by set patterns and a reason to use up our crazy scraps! When I just want to have a fun, lazy afternoon of quilting, I make improv blocks because they don’t require a lot of thought but they are incredibly satisfying to create.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse into the world of Modern Quilting. I’m planning to do a regular Modern Monday feature so check back next week for more modern!

Happy Stitches,