We spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Santa Barbara, California at the Coastal Quilters of Santa Barbara/Goleta quilt show. They sponsor a show every other year and I always mark my calendar so that I don’t miss out. I really can’t say enough good things about this show…it’s small, quaint, and in an incredible location. No matter what your style of quilting is, you will find amazing inspiration. I also look forward to the great vendors each time. But, I was disappointed that the guy who sells the Kai scissors was not there this year. A wonderful day trip to Santa Barbara draws an end to a fantastic weekend. Not looking forward to Monday!
I decided to try a recipe for apple fritter cake to treat my Jelly=Roll Rug class students on Saturday…it was a hit! Being able to use the theater costume classroom space at the Calabasas High School was a real privilege…surrounded by so much fun stuff! There was a great group of people and it’s always fun to see everyone’s color choices and watch them sew. I’m teaching this class again at the end of October in Simi Valley.
Ventura Modern Quilt Guild and Valley Modern Quilt Guild hold monthly challenges for the guild members that are a fun way to get everyone involved. I enjoy seeing and hearing about other peoples creative process, and I love seeing their finished product. Coming up is a pincushion challenge/swap and I usually wait til the last minute but this time I’m ready way ahead of time. You can never have too many pincushions. I will post the paper-pieced temple under the tutorials section for anyone interested.
Everybody knows that paper piecing isn’t one of my favorite things. That being said, I do appreciate the precision that paper piecing offers. I ran across this pattern on a Pinterest marathon and it really caught my eye. The original was a ruby in various shades of red. Going through my stash I realized that a trip to the quilt store was necessary. The pattern was very well written and it took less than an hour to make the block. I’m going to enlarge the Gemstone paper-pieced pattern from 3rd Story Workshop and make it again in a larger size. This block finishes at 12 inches and I’m not sure what to do with the block now that it is done…oh well, on to the next project.
If you’re like me, you save every scrap of fabric and strip of leftover batting. Recently I cleaned Johnnie’s room (my long-arm), and came up with a mountain of batting scraps. Most of the scraps are pretty good size and I can’t toss them. Well, I’ve found the perfect way to use up all that extra batting. A huge portion got cut into 2 1/2 inch strips and made their way into becoming a rug and a beach bag. To be honest, several rugs and beach bags!
It’s that time of year again when the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild
does their scrap box challenge. Those wanting to participate bring a shoebox full of scraps and then there is a blind draw to see whose box each person gets. I was the recipient of our current president, Tisha Maeda’s scraps. She has been president for the past 2 years and has played an important role in the Thomas Fire Quilt Project. Her scrap box was filled with a treasure chest of beautiful fabrics. Given the amount of work and effort Tisha put towards the Thomas Fire quilts I thought I would make her a wall hanging size of the Perkiomen quilt block that was primarily used in the Thomas Fire quilts. It was so much fun to make this 30 X 36 inch quilt and as always I like to quilt the hell out of everything. I was able to give her this quilt on Monday and her smile was evidence that she loved what I created.
Being a member of a quilt guild definitely has its perks.
One of those perks is the opportunity to attend discussions and workshops given by nationally-known quilters. We all have a quilter that we admire and blogs that we follow in order to get our daily quilting ‘fix’. I was very excited that Valley Modern Quilt Guild
was able to bring Yvonne Fuchs to the San Fernando Valley. The discussion about her use of color on Monday night was informative, as well as inspiring. I had already signed up for the Saturday class and even purchased the fabrics that I wanted to use for my project. After her Monday presentation, I began second guessing my color choices and decided to go in a completely different direction. I’m pleased with the finished top and I can’t wait to get it loaded on my longarm, Johnnie. With any luck it will be ready for show and tell at the next guild meeting. Be sure to check out Quilting Jetgirl
and follow Yvonne’s blog to be inspired by her work.
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