Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Pineapple Pincushion

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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2018 Scrap-Box Challenge with Ventura MQG

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.


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Valley Modern Quilt Guild Zipper Challenge

This past month at VMQG we had a zipper challenge. Each person that wanted to be involved was asked to bring in a fat quarter of their own fabric. The fabric was then exchanged to another member and they had creative control to make a zippered item for that person out of their fabric. But it had to include a zipper. I searched high and low for a pattern that I thought to be different and one that nobody else would do. I made Teresa a zippered scissor cozy from the purple batik fabric that she supplied. The fabric I chose was a black graphic fabric and Ann Kaz was the recipient of my fabric. She not only made me an awesome bag , she made an additional mini to match. I love it!

The participation turnout was good and everyone seemed thrilled with the outcome of this challenge.