Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder


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Curved Flying Geese Class

Yesterdays class was a lot of fun. All the students quickly picked up on the techniques that I was teaching. I always enjoy seeing the different fabric choices people make. So many incredibly different looks from the same design. A big thank you to everyone that participated in the class and to superbuzzy for having us. Now, back to designing for the next class!


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Flying Geese Pincushions

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I spent the day making pincushions for the students in my curved geese class I’m teaching tomorrow at SuperBuzzy in Ventura. Just a little tip: you can buy crushed walnut shell for filling pincushions at a pet store…they sell it for lining the bottom of a birdcage. It’s a little cheaper and you can buy it in bulk. Believe me, since I make pincushions for all my students, I go through LOTS of crushed walnut shell! I’ll try to post photos from class tomorrow…have a great weekend!


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Lions, tigers and half square triangles…oh my!

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The next challenge with Ventura Modern Quilt Guild is a half square triangle challenge. We can make anything we’d like but, it needs to incorporate half square triangles. I made a few designs on Saturday and wasn’t too impressed with what I’d come up with. So I just started making HST’s with no design in mind. I’m guessing some inspiration will hit me at some point. There’s 480 HST’s from 24 different fabrics. I went with solids to give it a modern feel. Squaring up these little boogers wasn’t the most fun. Now, I’ll just sit here and wait for inspiration to hit me.


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My Challenge Star Block

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I posted Saturday that I would complete my Astronomical Star Block before the weekend was over. I know the weekend is over…but here it is. I’m going to hang onto it a bit longer and see if anyone else from my guild is making one and then we can send them together. I really like this block. Oh no! I’m sensing another project. If your making a block for this challenge shoot me a pic and I’d love to see your blocks.


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The Astronomical Star Challenge

I’ve added this challenge to my ‘to do’ list and I hope to get the block finished by the end of this weekend.

Catbird Quilt Studio

Astronaut Karen Nyberg has invited all of us to join her in making a quilt! From NASA’s press release in October:

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt.

Nyberg, who is in the final weeks of her mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, recently shared a star-themed quilt block she was able to complete during her limited free time in space. She is now inviting quilters from the public to create their own star-themed quilt blocks to help celebrate her mission and passion for the quilting arts.

“Now that I’ve tried my hand sewing in space, I can say one thing with certainty: it’s tricky,” Nyberg said in a video sent down from the space station. “This is what I’ve made. It’s far from being a masterpiece…

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