Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder


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When all else fails…make a quilt

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Okay, so last Thursday I was looking around the room at the piles of fabric…they seem to be growing. I’m sure I’m not adding more fabric to what is already an out of control problem. Back to the pile, it’s apparent that some cleaning/organization needs to take place. I started with the scraps and separated them by prints, solids, backgrounds, etc. OMG, that fabric is so cute! I forgot I bought that. As I was sorting away and looking at the solids, I admired all of the different shades of blue. Suddenly, a rotary cutter emerged from nowhere and I began cutting fabric for a new project. At times like this, I wish I had a better attention span. The little voice inside my head was telling me that it’s alright to start a new project, but keep it small. The quilt top was finished by bedtime Thursday night and the original mess is still there. I spent until 11:00 pm Friday quilting the top. It made sense that I would sleep better if I finished the quilting. One final thought….to sleeve or not to sleeve?


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Introducing Cherie

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My friend, Frances Newcombe, has just released her new line of fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics.  Frances is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Her talents have no boundaries.  She is a full time graphic designer, a mother, a wife and an incredible fabric designer.  I’m not too sure where she finds the time.  I can’t wait to get my hands on Cherie..LOL!  Be sure to check her blog out.  Lots of inspiring ideas.Image
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Shall We Tangle

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This Zentangle thing is too addictive. Since I can’t sit still and always have the need to feel productive, why not Zentangle? I posted earlier my first ‘tangle’ and several more have followed. Now what to do with these little works of art. When in doubt, make a tote bag. I kept it simple with solid grid lines and chose black as the background color to showcase my designs. I really like how it turned out. Can we ever have too many bags?


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Are you ready!?

The Modern Quilt Guild

We are so excited to announce  Michael Miller Fabrics as our sponsor of the 4th annual MQG members fabric challenge.  The fabric we will be using is a brand new collection called  Petal Pinwheels . A fun graphic collection that will cut up so well.

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Guidelines

  • The challenge runs from March 2014-June 23, 2014.
  • Winners announced July 8, 2014
  • Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted!
  • Add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the Community site.
  • MQGs can create guild specific challenges, as long as the other guidelines are upheld.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
  • See the members Community site for sign ups.
  • Fabric sign ups end Feb 28th, 2014

A note from Michael Miller:

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Glendale Quilt Guild Show 2014

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A very long weekend has come to a close.  The show was a great success.  I chaired the Opportunity Quilts from other guilds.  I recruited 8 local guilds to bring their opportunity quilts and have them on display in the entrance lobby to the quilt show.  The quilts were awesome and I made some new friends.  Not to mention getting to see some ‘old’ friends along the way.  This is the ‘pre-show’ committee pic…I’m way in the back on the left side.  Cheers!


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Glendale Quilt Guild Show 2014

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It’s Greg, again. I went to the Glendale Quilt Guild Show yesterday with my friend Nancy. Griff was teaching and we did invade his classroom a couple of times. Nancy had a quilt entered in the show and I had to share it with you. She’s such an awesome quilter (and, an incredible friend!) This was the “anniversary” show for us…it was the first quilt show we went to together many years ago…neither one of us can remember just how long it’s been! She’s taught me a lot over the years…thanks for a wonderful day of inspiration, food, and fun! Griff should be back soon, now that his classes are done. Take care and enjoy your week!