Friday, March 1, 2019

QuiltCon: Workshops and Vendors

I took two QC workshops, the first with Mel Tuazon @melintheattic

These were my results from her improv "Fingerprint Curves" three-hour workshop. She taught us four ways to make improv curves.  (Fourth method not pictured.)

Others' improv-piecing in the workshop.

My second three-hour workshop was "Deconstructing Design" with Sarah Nishiura @sarahnishiuraquilts

My design start was an Ohio Star.

Then we learned how to create multiple iterations of it to come up with completely different, modern designs. I took photos of many variations, and could just keep playing.

I didn't go too crazy in the vendor booths, though 19 yards of fabric came home with me. Most of it was different colors of Painter's Palette Solids. The prints on either end are fabrics I plan to use to make new wristlets...

...using the new corks and vegan leathers I came home with. No one around here sells anything like these, so I thought it was a good time to stock up.

I also added to my neutrals/text print stash, after is was decimated last year when making the Comfort Quilt. 

Later this year I'm giving a big stitch hand quilting program, and want to talk about different types of threads. This is a 12-weight Wonderfil thread that's been recommended to me.  

Four challenges are coming my way, though I don't anticipate making items for all of them.

"Well Said" and a "Black and White" challenge are being sponsored by Curated Quilts.

PBStudios/InspiredbyFabric is behind a design a "Quilt Block Contest."

And Central Florida MQG is doing an "It's All About Color" Challenge which is the one I've started working on.

I'll really dig in soon. A routine visit to the doc Thursday morning left me with a diagnosis of bronchitis and a chest infection. After a breathing treatment, a steroid injection, and starting a course of antibiotics and Mucinex, I'm hoping for a quick recovery. I had to cancel Thursday and Friday activities because the doc said I'm contagious!

But I'm cleared for Saturday morning, from 9 am to noon, to have a table in the Quilting Guild of The Villages' annual "Closet and Notions Sale." Maybe I'll finally sell the last of my traditional fabrics and not-modern patterns. Just gotta gather my energy to get everything prepped.  Linda


  1. Glad you are on the mend. I love the fabrics you purchased. Yet another reason for me to go to QuiltCon in Austin. I will be interested to hear about your big stitch program. I'm just getting into it and find it fun and relaxing.

  2. Oh my goodness! I have reached the end! Since your 10 year anniversary post, I have been reading your blog from day one until today's post, hard pressed to stop reading as the wee hours of the morning ticked by, ignoring my sewing, my books, my audiobooks, any shows that generally catch my attention. Even work took a back seat, as I squeezed in some reading when I should have been getting ready each morning! Sadly, I DID find time to eat plenty, so you didn't help my diet any, sad to say, but I feel like I could pass a Linda H quiz with flying colors! I have bookmarked zillions of projects, ordered a few books (quilting and novels) from Amazon and more from my local library, all at your recommendation, and started a list of audiobooks to add to my list. I was sad to see that some of your quilts that intrigued me are no longer available. (One that I LOVE is the Friendship QAL on your guestroom bed.) That company has gone out of business and I haven't had any success trying to locate her on Instagram or Facebook. Sigh. It just makes me determined to check out every QAL you find IMMEDIATELY! Thank you for all the hard work that goes into making this blog so enjoyable! NOW what am I going to do with my time? I guess it's time to catch up on all the dustbunnies that have collected while I've been reading! :-)

  3. P.S. I was so excited to finish this reading challenge that I neglected to say I hope you feel better quickly, now that you've received appropriate meds! Looking forward to 2019!

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  5. Looks like you had a great time at certainly took some great classes and came home with gorgeous fabric enhancements! I hope you are feeling better now!!

  6. Wow--hope you are feeling better now. I have heard of several that came home with a nasty chest cold/bronchitis--it must have been going around at QuiltCon. I look forward to seeing all your fun projects, especially the PBStudios challenge (and apparently it's only for those who were at QuiltCon). Good luck tomorrow!

  7. So annoying to come back from a trip with sickness, kind of takes the shine off it, hope you are better soon.
    I've heard good things about Painter's Palette solids, will be interested to hear what you think of them once you have used them.

  8. Get better Linda. Those chest infections are contagious, and YOU need to kill those beasts that reside within.
    I love all of the choices you made to enhance your stash and the cork and "vegan leather" hahahahahhahahhahahahhahhaahaaaa
    Have a fun week-end. The sun is supposed to come out today, If you have sunshine, sit out in that for a while.

  9. Nice haul of goods from the show! I'm jsut catching up as I was at the AQS show this week in Daytona. Do hope you feel better soon!

  10. I hope you feel better soon. The classes you took look really interesting.


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