Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cotton + Steel

- Mary Claire sends me a text that says "I'm heading to Janie Lou"

- I think to myself Can it be...did Cotton + Steel come in?  Pop over to Instagram and there it is...a stack of cardboard boxes.  Which to a non-quilter might look like the strangest thing to photograph; but to a quilter, especially one waiting for Cotton + Steel, this is Christmas in July.

 Photo from JanieLou's Instagram feed on 7/23/2014

- Zip out the door for "lunch" and 5.1 miles (15 minutes) later I arrive, when who should I see there but Mary Claire of course, and a few minutes later Laura. [Mary Claire & Laura are 2 of the 8 ladies in my LouBee quilting bee].  Clearly some of us were stalking social media.


Jane and Jenny, Janie Lou's fabulous owners, are frantically adding the bolts into their inventory; while we Ooohhh and Aaahhh over fabric that until now the vast majority of quilters have only seen online.  We quickly started making piles of what we wanted cut...a FQ of this, a 1/2 yard of this, 1 yard of this, so on and so forth.

I can definitely see myself popping back in to buy a FQ here and there, or a 1/2 yard of something for a binding, overall I am very pleased with my small lunch-break assortment and am glad that I waited to see the fabric in person.  

While I could have pre-ordered the fabric online like many people did; I have been burned in the past when I let hype and frenzy run my pocketbook. Besides, getting to spend an hour or so with some quilty friends in my local quilt shop was an unexpected and exciting surprise.

Do you have plans to buy Cotton + Steel


Monday, July 21, 2014

QuiltCon 2015 Quilt Show - Call for Entries

I know you haven't been hiding under a rock, so you know about this, Right.


Aside from the convention itself, QuiltCon is looking for a few good quilts...and by good, I mean, show-worthy, innovative, exciting, nail-biting quilts (don't ask me what that last one means).

If you are a MQG member, this is a great opportunity to show the community what you already know...that you are a kick-ass Quilter.  Plus, it's a great way to show the wider quilting community the variety of modern quilts that are out there.  Remember, you are helping to build the modern aesthetic library.

Entries opened on July 1st and close November 30th, and are open to all MQG members.

Oh, one more think...did I mention prizes.

That got your attention, now didn't it.

You can learn everything you need to know by heading over to the official QuiltCon webpage.

I haven't decided yet when I'll be entering, although I know that I'll be crossing my fingers when the time comes hoping that something gets to make the trek to Austin.

I'll be there, will you?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Creative Saturdays

A few weeks ago, I packed up some quilts, books, paper, and glue-sticks...and headed to the St. Louis Science Center.  This time I was invited to be a part of their Creative Saturday series.

Of course, I had to get that's not everyday that your name is on a sign; much less one where the main attraction is Dinosaurs.

I setup my display; where I would be discussing pattern design, and sat down for what I had hoped would be a busy day.

Things didn't go quite as planned.......................

I'm passionate about quilting; but when THIS is literally 10 feet away, I wouldn't want to hear about quilting either.  

This ridiculously cool T-Rex made entirely of salvaged metal from scrapyards stole the show [by Sculptor, John Payne].  I mean, he had to be 30-40 feet long and what's even better...he actually moved.  By pulling a lever, you could make this Dinosaur move...get it Dinosaurs in Motion.

The day wasn't a complete bust, I did have a few curious visitors and had time enough to design a few quilt concepts along the way.  One quilt design was even inspired by my bony Jurassic neighbor, we'll see if it makes it off the page and into fabric form anytime soon.