Tuesday, February 26, 2013

… quiltcon inspiration

what can i say? it was an amazing weekend. i got to spend time with my good friends from seattle, see old friends, meet friends i've only known online, and make new friends. i took two great classes and heard some inspiring lectures. but the thing is, i took almost no pictures. i guess i was having too much fun to be bothered.

but i did spend one morning by myself wandering the show floor, taking in all the amazing quilts. the main thing i started to notice is all the gorgeous quilting. i'm going to be honest with myself, i have not, in the past, done such a great job on my quilting. part of that was the limitations of my old machine, but i recognize that a lot of it is my own inherent laziness. i spend all this time piecing a quilt top, and then i get to the quilting part and just want to be done with it already. and i'm starting to understand how that really short-changes my work. i would have entered my arkansas, traveled quilt in the show, but i was actually quite embarrassed by my quilting.

and that is something i hope to change this year. i'll share with you some of the shots i took of quilting from the show that i found inspiring, beautiful and interesting. i am kicking myself now for not remembering to take photos of the labels as i can't identify many of these quilts. if one of these is yours or you know whose quilt it is, please let me know so i can give credit.

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i'm pretty sure this is by the amazing jacquie gering. this quilting was so tight it was mind-boggling.

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gorgeous hand quilting by joel ignacio.

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i think this quilt is by latifah.

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this loveliness is the work of dan rouse.

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one of denyse schmidt's quilts.

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i think this is the back of carolyn friedlander's gorgeous quilt

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from the best-in-show quilt made by victoria findlay wolfe, quilting by lisa sipes

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gorgeous hand-quilting from one of the vintage quilts from the collection roderick kiracofe

here are some things i noticed right off the bat about what i'm drawn to:

1. i love straight-line quilting
2. i like very closely spaced quilting
3. i am drawn to grids
4. i am not bothered by "imperfections"
5. i like small touches of hand quilting
6. save for one photo, none of these feature free motion quilting. hmmm....

this certainly gives me some things to think about and work on going forward. goals are good! yay for growth!

and yay for quiltcon!

Friday, February 8, 2013

… recent photos of me

i've been feeling bad that the photos of me from the last post are all not very recent (the ones from our wedding/honeymoon are a little over two years old… yikes). i mean, i'm not even wearing glasses in any of those pictures, which is weird because i pretty much always have glasses on.

so, c happened to take some pictures of me and ingrid today (today!) and i don't look like the hideous monster i imagine myself to be (i exaggerate, but only a little). and ingrid is pretty cute so that's worth something.

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looking forward to meeting all of you who are going to quiltcon! now you'll at least recognize me by my glasses and the brown frye boots that might as well be glued to my feet.

Friday, February 1, 2013

… going to quiltcon!

geez louise, when i registered for quiltcon it seemed like it would take forever to get here. and now, look! it's only a few weeks away. i can't say how thrilled i am to be going, for the amazing classes (i signed up for jay mccarroll's class on friday and lotta jansdotter's class on saturday afternoon), and all the cool lectures, and the quilt show, and seeing old friends, and hopefully meeting new ones. like you!

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*this is an old picture. i mostly still look like this

so i'm adding myself to the modern quilt guild linky party and sharing five things about myself. here goes.

1. i went to a women's college and majored in theater. seven years later i went back to school and got a masters in acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine. i practiced and taught acupuncture for five years. i am now a stay at home mom and even though i wouldn't want to be doing anything else right now, i still feel embarrassed when people ask me what i do for a living. i hope to get over that someday.

2. i've only been quilting for about four years. before that i never really did any sewing, aside from pegging my jeans in high school.

3. it feels like i am the only person on the face of the planet who doesn't really like text fabric. i know, i'm sorry. i've seen some really lovely quilts that use it, but it's just not for me.

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4. my husband and i eloped in new york city. it was one of the highlights of my life. i would recommend eloping to anyone. new york city is also pretty awesome, too.

5. i don't really like to travel, i used to have a paralyzing fear of flying, and i'm painfully shy around new people. despite all this, i'm still pretty excited to be going to quiltcon. that says something, right?

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hope to see you there!