Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Welcome River

My cousin, Lindsay, is going to have a baby sometime next month. She already knows that it’s going to be a boy. The new parents have decided to name him River Jack. I absolutely love his name. I love the name so much that I decided to make River his first quilt.

The first quilt I made turned out very different than this one. After consulting with Greg, we decided that the first one was a little too modern and complex for a baby quilt. I really wanted to keep with the water theme and use as many greens and blues as I could. This is one of those projects that I enjoyed from start to finish.

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Improv Techniques

Recently, I attended the Glendale Quilt Guild’s monthly meeting. Their speaker was Mike McNamara, He is a California resident living in the Bay area. Mike gave a terrific presentation and showed us so many quilts. The stories about each of the quilts kept us in stitches. I volunteered to help hold up quilts as he shared the story of each quilt. The construction of these quilts was impressive. Many times a picture can hide many sins and this was not the case with his quilts. Some of the backs were just as great as the top side.

Following the lecture, there was a Saturday class teaching the techniques he uses when creating each of these works of art. I’ve found that it is easy to follow a pattern and can be very challenging for some quilters to think outside the box and be creative. I came home with several samples on curved improv piecing and now I’m faced with the decision of incorporating them into a quilt. I love the creative process of not following a pattern and creating a one-of-a-kind piece. A huge thanks to Mike (Mac) for all his inspiration and patience with the Glendale Quilt Guild.

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Fancy Forest, Chapter 1


In February, I started a block of the month (BOM) called Fancy Forest with the Quilt Emporium in Woodland Hills. I’m not really sure why I keep adding more to my plate, but this BOM is so cute. The directions are very well written and I’ve finished my first four owls…March is bunny time. It is a year long program, so wish me luck staying caught up with all of these projects!