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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Triangle Transparency

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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Shibori and Indigo Dyeing with Sandra Johnson

We attended Sandra Johnson’s Shibori and Indigo Dyeing class today and it was amazing. We had the privilege of using the culinary arts classroom at Calabasas High School for our workshop. The fabric enthusiasts quickly got underway with different patterns and endless possibilities. Give me some space and the ability to make a mess and I am a happy guy. I’m totally clueless as to what I’m going to make with new fabric, but we both had in incredible day! Check out her blog @

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Improv Piecing Class with Valley MQG

Today, I taught an improvisational piecing workshop hosted by Valley Modern Quilt Guild. I really feel fortunate to be a part of a guild that has so many talented and creative people. We had a great time and shared many laughs. Each of the students produced some very different and unique blocks. I’m always amazed and inspired by the creativity that other people possess. A special thank you to CJ Foss for setting up the room for us…it was perfect!

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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.


Valley Modern Quilt Guild

About a year ago, I started talking to a couple of friends about creating a new guild that would serve our local community, and promote Modern Quilting and those who admire the work. In June we started our planning meetings with a great number of others also interested in a modern guild. I had no idea the amount of work/time that goes into starting a new guild. Just the information needed to open a checking account was so much work. Lets fast forward to September 28, 2015, our very first meeting was a huge success. The board (all 13 of us) really pulled together and organized a terrific meeting. Almost 70 people crowded into a limited meeting space and participated in the first meeting of the Valley Modern Quilt Guild. I want to thank everyone who came and enjoyed the evening. We are now looking for a larger meeting space for our next meeting. As President I will do my best to build a guild that we all can be proud of and I’m always ready for a challenge. A huge thank you goes out to Lisa Hansen, owner of Quilt Emporium, for having us in her beautiful shop.