Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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QuiltCon 2018

QuiltCon 2018 was held in Pasadena, CA from February 22 to February 25, and I was excited to be a part of this incredible event. The Ventura Modern Quilt Guild was graciously given a booth to share our Thomas Fire Relief Quilts with the public, and I was helping at the booth all 4 days. We took in finished quilts, quilt tops, blocks, fabric and cash to help the families that were affected by the fires and mudslides. But, I did get to spend some time seeing the quilts that made up this inspiring show. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you…

First, the Modern Quilt Guilds were asked to create charity quilts to be donated after QuiltCon was over. I had the honor of doing the quilting on Ventura Modern Quilt Guilds charity quilt and couldn’t have been happier with the results. I was also blown away by the graphic impact of Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guilds entry…just amazing!

These were some of the top winners…they were pretty spectacular! But, I had some personal favorites, too.

I’m exhausted! So inspired, but exhausted…it was four days of fun and friends. QuiltCon 2019 will be in Nashville, TN…maybe I’ll see you there…

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Valley Modern Quilt Guild—President’s Quilt

January 29, 2018, was a bittersweet night for me. After 29 months, my presidency of the Valley Modern Quilt Guild came to an end. It has been an incredible learning experience for me, as well as many of the other board members. I will now have more time to dedicate to the things that I’d like to be working on rather than the things that I have to get done. During the meeting, my guild members presented me with this gorgeous quilt and I absolutely love it. It was pieced by the members and quilted by Lois Christianson.

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2018 Road to California

It’s become a tradition for Greg, our friend Nancy, and I to go to Road to California Quilt Show in Ontario, CA each year. This year, Ventura Modern Quilt Guild had a booth at the show to help us gather donations for the Thomas Fire Relief Quilts we’ve been working on. But, I wasn’t going to let that stand in the way of our tradition! I took a couple of hours out of the booth, and spent some time checking out the amazing quilts and outstanding vendors. It was a long day, but we had a great time, and look forward to next year!


Thomas Fire Ventura County


We are so grateful that the skies have begun to clear in Ventura. Our hearts remain with our neighbors and everybody impacted by the fires in Southern California. The past week has been a painful and humbling week for many of us. Helplessly watching and waiting as the fire claims more ground.

We are introducing a block to all our quilting friends and family so we can help those who were affected. The call for quilt blocks has begun and as we receive the blocks, the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild will assist in making and quilting these quilts. A list from the RedCross will provide contact for those who lost so much in the recent days. Please help me pass this along to your other guilds and social media sites.

Use one light and one dark, or make it scrappy…however you want to finish your blocks, your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us.



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Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild Show, October 2017

Last Saturday night we ventured out locally and went to the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild Show. It is an annual event and that keeps getting bigger and better. There is so much talent in the LA Modern Guild. All these beautiful quilts were put up for a one evening show…and what an evening it was! Everyone enjoyed the quilts and friends, as well as the wine and hors d’oeuvres.

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Pacific International Quilt Festival 2017

For my birthday this year, Greg treated me to a wonderful weekend away. On Friday morning, we headed toward Northern California and before we knew it we were in Santa Clara. I’ve heard all sorts of stories about how incredible the Pacific International Quilt Festival and I looked forward to seeing the show for myself. This show totally exceeded all my expectations. So much creativity and color…quilts from the United States, Japan, Australia, Israel, Africa…incredible! There was also a very moving exhibit called Threads of Resistance…Greg actually got a little teary walking through the exhibit. This is a quilt show that will definitely be on my calendar for years to come…wanna plan to go with us next year?

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Glendale Quilt Guild Quilt Show—Ripple Effect

Fall is in the air, so it must be quilt show season…it seems like there is a bunch of inspiration every weekend, this time of year! This past weekend, we scooped up our friend Nancy and drove to the Pasadena Convention Center for the Glendale Quilt Guild quilt show, Ripple Effect. There was a Guild boutique, lots of incredible quilts, and even a special exhibit from Men Who Quilt. We had a great time…can’t wait for the next show!