Monday, March 9, 2015

Quilt Con 2015

Yes, it has been a while and I could say we have been very busy, which is true.  But who isn't busy.  Last week we attend the Modern Quilt Guild's Quilt Con 2015.  Let's just say we were happily exhausted from our trip, but we had an amazing time.  Both Jackie and I (Kim) were Super Volunteers during Quilt Con.  Here is a group picture of the volunteers with our leader Colleen-who was a lot of fun and I LOVED her purple hair.

2015 Quilt Con Volunteers
Why did we volunteer?  Well we only got into one class with Allison Glass to learn some new embroidery techniques.  We will share our finish product in another post.  By being super volunteers we were workshop assistants and boy did we hit the mother load.

Here is Jackie with Victoria Finlay Wolfe (yes we stalked her during the show, we didn't mean to, but it happened).  She is this super nice and friendly lady and we both hope to take a class with her someday!  Jackie purchased her 15 Minutes to Play Book and templates, so hopefully we will get to play with them soon.

Jackie and Victoria
And who was I lucky to be with, again the luck of the draw.  Both us being in the volunteer room at the right time.  I (Kim) was with the Gee's Bend Quilters.  They are amazing women with great voices and a strong faith.  It was an honor to be with them on the first day of Quilt Con.  In this photo, you will see our friend Phoebe who was taking the class.

Kim and the Gee's Bend Quilters
My quilt, Lowcountry Sunset was accepted to be at Quilt Con.  It was one of 600 quilts and it was exciting for me to have a quilt hanging there.  Something to check off the bucket list you could say.  They gave me this button at the end of the show, because you know that I would have been annoying with it from the start.  Of course I will tell you all about my quilt in an upcoming post.

The great thing about this type of event is meeting everyone that you have been following on Face Book, Instagram, Flickr, and you have their books.  It is nice to meet the person in person and hopefully we did not embarrass ourselves too badly.  Another popular thing to do is have you pictures made in the vendor booths.  Which we did a couple of times, here we are on a big sewing machine in the Stitch Lab booth.  I know we had a great time and if you were there, I am sure you did too.  Hope you can join us for the next trip.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blast from the past...

Jackie's Baby Holst Quilt
Jackie made this quilt for a friend of ours back in 2004.  She was a brand new quilter and knew no fears about making a baby quilt out of his Father's baby clothes.  Yes, it is made with baby clothes and the backing is a Duke of Hazard bedspread.  Our friend Lynda brought it over this past week so we could take pictures of it.  To say the least-our friend Jackie is amazed at what she did, which is a great job!

Isn't it amazing that sometimes the longer you do a craft, such as quilting, that you might not take chances like you did when you first started.  As a beginner, you don't know any better and will try anything.  Jackie would probably say that I can be like that at times-take us making a quilt out of Air Force uniforms.  Doesn't sound new, but it is when you keep the uniform in tack.

So quilters and friends be fearless, take a chance on doing something new!