Sooo, I was at QuiltCon

I was. I swear. I’m terrible at having my picture taken, by me or others, so there’s not really any photographic proof anywhere (that I’ve seen anyway). But I really was there!!!

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Real life hit me hard when I returned from Texas, so this post is a little behind the rest of the blogosphere. As in a month behind. So, if you’re tired of hearing about QuiltCon, feel free to skip this post. I won’t mind at all. Of course, I won’t really know, so how could I mind, but semantics aside….

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Seeing quilts online or on Instagram is nowhere near the same as seeing them in person. For one thing, scale doesn’t translate well at all. At all. I can’t tell you the number of times I saw a quilt and went, oh, that’s smaller/larger than I thought. Also, the colors? Soooo much better in person. And we’re not even going to touch on the texture of the quilting, because that one is obviously much harder to see on a little phone screen.

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People sound differently in person than in my head. I know this is coming as a shock to most of you, but after ‘talking’ with someone online for months, and in some cases years, they sound a certain way to you. And then you meet them in person, and it might not be the same. Some people were spot on (way to go imagination!) and some people were so wildly different, it seemed nearly impossible. But everyone has been duly adjusted with my internal speakers, so now I can look forward to reading emails from people in the proper voices.

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Those, possibly obvious, things aside, the quilts were amazing. I may not agree with all that were chosen, or how they were categorized, or the winners (and if we’re honest with each other, none of us does), but they all had merits and they were all inspiring. I don’t need to like a quilt to find the skills/techniques/quilting/color choices wonderful. I don’t like every painting in a museum either, doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be in a museum. It also means I don’t envy the job of curating anything. :D

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This isn’t the last you’ll see or hear about QuiltCon for me, but it might be the only dedicated post (or maybe not, who knows!). There were so many inspiring quilts, and as those inspirations trickle into my work, I’ll try to include them here!! Hopefully, you won’t be tired of the phrase “I saw this at QuiltCon” anytime soon, because I have a feeling it might appear often.

And one last thing, if you ever get a chance to meet quilty friends in person, do it! I promise you won’t regret it. And those friendships will probably turn out even stronger for that in-person hug. :D

Video Killed the Radio Star | Bonnie Christine Ribbon Tour

Happy Thursday!!! Today is my stop on the Bonnie Christine Ribbon Tour to introduce her new line of ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons. Now, I may not have shared this before, but I have a serious thing for bees, and Sweet as Honey is one of my favorite collections of all time (I used some in this baby quilt too). So, when I saw Bonnie put out a call on Instagram for people to join her blog hop tour, I didn’t hesitate to volunteer.

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Now of course, me being a quilter, I instantly go to a quilt when asked to make a new project — It’s almost like a disease really. And did I plan on making a small quilt? No. I guess even though school is over, I’m still an overachiever at heart. I thought and thought, and looked all over the internet for something to compliment the ribbons, and went with a quilt based of this one by Blue is Bleu (love her too!).  It’s about 72″ x 80″, so a nice small throw size, right?

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I appliqued the ribbon onto the solid pieces, after they were cut to size, then joined them with the previous pieces, and mitered the corners. Sounds more complicated than it really is. I looked up this video for the miter, then after that it was easy peasy. Except when my cat tried to help. Claws and ribbon don’t mix so well, but it’s a problem easily remedied.

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So what can I say about the ribbon? It’s gorgeous for starters. Like keep it in eyesight at all times gorgeous. Though the ribbons are designed for Winged and Sweet as Honey, there’s some fabrics from Hello, Bear that also coordinate really well. If you’d like to purchase some they’re available at Renaisance Ribbons, and Bonnie’s mother’s store A Stitch in Time.

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Yesterday, Ashley at Mommy by day Crafter by Night posted about this completely adorable make-up case she made. Tomorrow we can all find out what Bethany at Bee Always Blooming has been up to. And the tour continues, with a new project/blogger every week day until April 8th.

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So now that you know all about the ribbon, you’re probably wondering about the name, right? Well, my husband and I have this arrangement – he names all the quilts, and gets first dibs on keeping them. So even if I make a quilt for someone else, it’s not allowed to leave our apartment unless he says so. When I first showed him this quilt top, he thought it looked like a broken TV…and then somehow in his head that became “Video Killed the Radio Star”. Don’t ask me how…his head can be a strange place, but the name is growing on me. In a few days, I’ll be sharing more details about the quilting of VKRS (you know an acronym was in order!). And yes, there is a QuiltCon post (or two) coming – I just got sidetracked by making a quilt. :D

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WIP Wednesday: A Letter for Readers

Happy Wednesday!!! Exactly one week to the day when I’ll be leaving for QuiltCon. So all the excitement, panic, anticipation, jitters, worries, and every other emotion you can think of has started. And the list of what to do before I leave is growing, and growing…I have to remind myself to sleep! Sleep deprivation is supposed to come AFTER QuiltCon, not BEFORE!

So, rather than showing you a pile of fabric and an empty suitcase, I thought I’d share this letter addressed to all of my wonderful readers.

Dear Not-ladys and Not-furnitures,

The proprietor of this internet establishment, in her infinite buffoonery, has deemed it wise to engage in activities which have not heretofore been approved by myself, her felinious supervisor. I am unsure of what has driven her to this particular, disturbing form of dementia, but so it has been done, and I cannot — in good conscience — allow it to continue without recourse. Indeed, it is perhaps my fault that Lady has given herself to whim of circumstance and begun to sew — and it disgusts me to write…

Garments.

Balderdash, say I! What purpose could such garments serve? Are not her usual piddly rags enough? Why must she divert time from what is clearly her only role — the construction of quilts for my enjoyment — to make such silly little things as skirts and dresses? What a foolish pastime. What a shirking of her clear and obvious responsibility to me, her rightful leigelord. Indeed, she has gone astray, and I fear that without help, she may never return to the path of the righteous. By the grace of Bastet, I write to ask your help in returning this lost one to the ways of the right-set quilter. No more skirts! Only quilts! Perhaps a bag on occasion. No more of this foolish haberdashery and seamstressing. Quilts!

Yours Sincerely,
John Edensor Littlewood II (Feline)

These are mine now.

These are mine now.

Linking with Freshly Pieced‘s WIP Wednesday

Almost human again

I’ve missed you guys!!! I’ve been so out of touch with the world for the last few weeks – I had some wisdom teeth complications, then all four nasty impacted buggers came out and left me on heavy painkillers for the last couple of weeks. But almost all the pain is gone, and I can chew semi-real food again!! Anyone who has been on a mostly liquid diet for anything longer than 3 days knows what joy that brings.

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I don’t have any pictures from the good camera to share just yet (we can blame the New England weather we’ve been having) but here’s a little run down of what I’ve been working on in between naps, with a few Instagram photos to break up the wall of text.

Dr. Seuss baby quilt – I decided it didn’t work for the intended recipient, so it’s been placed aside for now.

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This quilt top made from part of an Urban Zoologie panel, to replace the Dr. Seuss baby quilt.

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A few AMH diamonds…. final product is a secret!

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A skirt for me!! Yes, I took the garment sewing plunge again, and this time I’m super happy with the final product. It’s going to make its debut at a guild meeting this weekend (weather permitting)

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Another baby quilt, wonky improv log cabins…

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And a few quilt backs that I don’t seem to have any pictures of..

And so, so many more ideas! And there’s that ubiquitous QuiltCon prep list. Are you coming to Austin? Exactly two weeks until take-off!!!!!

Linking with Freshly Pieced’s WIP Wednesday