Monday, June 10, 2013

Teaching at the Quilt Walk

I spent the weekend teaching at the Panguitch Quilt Walk.  It was my first time attending the Quilt Walk and it was absolutely fantastic!!  I taught 4 classes and got to meet so many wonderful and amazing women.  I just love getting to know people through a shared passion.  And there were fabulous trunk shows, a beautiful quilt show, and all around good fabric fun!!

Here are  2  of my classes.   Really, these ladies were just marvelous.  I had such a great time with them!!

And of course, when I got home I realized I didn't take a whole lot of pictures.  But here are a few shots of some of my students progress.  All of the ladies worked so hard and really came out with some beautiful quilts and blocks!!

And to finish the weekend, my wonderful Mother in Law, who you remember lives only 2 doors away, just might have bought one of these :)   And she is so nice to share,  I am so stinking excited!!!

So ya, basically a fantastic quilting weekend all around!!!!   (And the family came up and we even squeezed in a morning at Bryce Canyon, double bonus!!)

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and pop back in tomorrow for a fun new tutorial :)
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Modern Mini Challenge Hop

I am so excited to be part of the Modern Mini Inspiration Blog Hop!!  Thank you to Jennifer for inviting me and Welcome to any new visitor's stopping by for the first time!!  I hope you stay awhile and check out some of the happy quilting goodness :)

The mini I am sharing is called Refracted Rainbows and I have to say, I just love this little mini!!

I was inspired to make this mini based on some feedback I received on my original Refracted quilt at Quilt Con.   More on that here.  So, with a new vision of rainbows, I set off.  And I am excited to share with you, the process of creating this mini :)

I used the same method as described in the tutorial, just tweaking it slightly for 6 rays instead of 5 and of course, shrinking it way down in size.  Each of these little guys finish at 2".   Aren't they just so cute and fun!

Next, it was adding a white frame to each little rainbow to set it apart and add contrast.  

Then some black sashing to tie it all together.  And here, I have some more inspiration.  Someone commented to me after it was done that it reminded them of the old Kodak logo.  Which made me think, wouldn't it have been fun to do these like the Polaroid blocks??  Yup, I just might be making another one!

With the top done, it is time to come up with a quilting design.  I really wanted to come up with a design that would help to give the idea of the Refracted Rainbow, so I went with this concept that reminds me of the effect light takes traveling through a prism.  (Oh, and if your wondering, I just added the lines to the picture in paint, I find it to be a great tool for helping me decide on quilting designs :)

And here is a close up on how the quilting turned out.  

And that is that.  One Refracted Rainbow mini :) 

I hope you enjoyed this post and feel inspired to create your own mini!!  If you are stuck on colors, rainbows are always a great place to start.  I mean, who doesn't love a good ROYGBIV quilt??

So, are you ready for the Modern Mini Challenge??

Check out this post  for all the details, including the fabulous prizes you can win just for entering!!!

Be sure to follow along with the Blog Hop for lots and lots of fabulous inspiration!!

June 5: Ellison Lane
June 6: Happy Quilting (you are here)
June 7: Swim, Bike, Quilt 
June 8: Craft Buds
June 9: From the Blue Chair and Sewing Under the Rainbow 
June 10: The Sewing Chick
June 11: Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle and Fresh Lemons Quilts 

You will be able to link your mini up starting June 12 at Ellison Lane Quilts

PRIZES! Yup, I might have mentioned prizes. Check out these amazing goodies up for grabs.

$125 Gift Certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop
$75 Gift Certificate to the Intrepid Thread
$50 Gift Pack of Pellon Products
$50 Box of Coats and Clark Threads
(2) $50 prize packs of Dritz sewing products
$25 Gift Certificate to Christa Quilts
A Bundle of Marblehead fabrics from Fabri-Quilt

So are you feeling your mini groove??  Oh ya, It's time to start creating!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Quilting day!!
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Folding and Winner

This morning I will be staring my day out by folding this massive stack of patterns for my classes this weekend.  I love seeing these turn into cute little books.  I don't know, there is just something about having a little tiny book of instructions that must makes me happy :)

I am so excited to spend the next few days teaching.  It really is one of my absolute favorite parts of this whole quilting gig :)  And check it out, the entire town of Panguitch is ready for the Quilt Walk weekend!!  Looks like it is going to be a super fun weekend!!

I also owe you all a winner!!  The winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate from Southern Fabric is . . .


Congrats!!!  Have fun accumulating some Serenade!!  (I will email you shortly)
And if you didn't win, no worries.  You can always take advantage of Southern Fabrics Father's Day sale :)

Signing off now, but be sure to come back tomorrow for some Modern Mini fun :)

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Squishy Yummy Goodness

I got a wonderful package in the mail  from Modern Yardage.  Modern Yardage is a new fabric company based in Salt Lake that actually prints your fabrics when you order them, cool huh :)  They have lots of in house designers with so many collections, including a lot of fantastic blender collections, to choose from.

More on Modern Yardage's fabric and what I do with it to come, think Tutorial :)  
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Wood Grain

I spent the weekend trying out a new Free Motion Quilting design, which I absolutely love!!!  It is called Wood Grain and is from the Machine Quilting Negative Space with Angela Walters craftsy class.  I so enjoyed this class and really felt that I learned a lot of great helps that have given me more confidence in my quilting.

I choose to mainly focus on the "knots" which is a little different from the original design, but I like the overall effect.  The design was really easy to get the hang of and went relatively quick for such a dense design.

The design so lends itself to the quilt, which sadly I can't show anymore of for a while.  But I will say, that I am just head over heels happy with the way this quilt turned out.  So excited!!

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!!  Did you get in any time at your sewing machine??

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