Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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.

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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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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…


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.

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!

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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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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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