Again with the Hudson pants! I know I know. But when I find a pattern I love, I tend to beat it into the ground. And when I found this awesome fabric at the Girl Charlee booth at Quiltcon, it was screaming out to become yet another pair of Hudson's.
Ebony Tee too...
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
My friend Stephanie made an amazing Japanese knock off tote bag to use at Quiltcon. I really loved it! She shared that it is a free tutorial from Sew Can She & I knew I would put it toward the top of my list of things to make after I got home. Because I clearly need more tote bags.
I also love the squirrel print. I got it in New York City last fall & had been saving it for just the right project.
I love that the bag is reversible! The patchwork "lining is really fun.
Monday, March 5, 2018
If you've been to Quiltcon before, you already know that you can come home with a huge stack of free tote bags! I had no idea.... live and learn! A few of the ones I ended up with are really great quality. Like the free bag we got with registration, designed by Violet Craft!
I also got one of Cotton & Steel's amazing bags, so I decided to set to work making it even more amazing....
My buddy (and Quiltcon roomie) Diann had the great idea to add hand stitching.... I added three rows of running stitch around the top of the bag in colors that matched the printing on the front. Oh, and I used 1/4" tiger tape to make it all nice and even. If you don't know about tiger tape, you need to! It's magical. You can get it here.
Again with the pockets..... this time I used all C&S fabrics and I made the slip pockets a bit deeper...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
I spent hours and hours looking at all of the quilts at Quilt Con. So much beautiful inspiration. And the stories! I loved reading the stories about the backgrounds of the quilts. I will post a few here, but I have posted many more on my instagram account. If you want to see more, go there!
I loved seeing the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild's charity quilt hanging with all of the others. There were so many gorgeous ones, but I confess I am rather fond of ours!
|I am enough by Jessica Levitt|
|Feminist Quilt by Darcy Read|
|White America by Jessica Wohl|
Debbie Jeske's entry, Follow the Dots is great improv!
There was a lot of improv inspiration
|Plant Lady by Sarah Sharp|
|Sacred Heart by Christina Cameli|
|Double Wedding knots by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill|
|Is this a modern quilt? by Sarah Lowry|
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
One of the best things about Quilt Con was meeting people. It didn't take long to start making new friends. I was barely inside the convention center the first morning, before the doors to the exhibit hall even opened, when I heard an excited voice calling out "Ellyn! Ellyn!" I turned and there was my instagram buddy Sandie, from sandieloves2quilt. Luckily, we saw each other many times over the four days of the conference & got to visit quite a bit.
I also got to meet Jane from janequiltsslowly. Jane made the mini I received in last years swap, which I absolutely love! It was fun to get to know her this weekend too.
|pardon the sun streaks in my oh-so-professional photo|
At our breakfast on the last morning (more about good food in another post, stay tuned!) we exchanged birthday treats we had made for each other. I was delighted when Debbie gave me this beautiful patchwork gift bag with a gorgeous scissors keeper inside...
I feel like I've known her forever! It was great to just sit and share while we ate good food.
Of course there were some old friends to run into as well. Like Lee Monroe, from May Chappell.
There were a few fan girl moments, like meeting Heather Givans from Crimson Tate. She's a riot! and her booth was so much fun.
We did lots of quilt math in Amy's workshop (I'm such a nerd. I love that stuff!) and I came away with a fun original quilt design, much different from what I started with.
My other workshop was with Nichole Vogelsinger from Wild Boho.
This workshop was called "Layered Abstractions" And involved fabric and embroidery embellishments. Can't beat that! Again, I went in with one idea and came away with something totally different.
I'm working away on this project and will share more soon.
I love meeting new people! I wish I could meet ALL of you!
Monday, February 26, 2018
My buddy Diann and I flew to LAX last Wednesday morning. We arrived at our hotel at lunchtime (perfect!) and had time to get our bearings before the event began. I also enjoyed dinner with my brother and his family that evening since they live nearby. A bonus treat!
On Saturday at swap time, we met with hundreds of others in the ballroom. It was a party in there! So many quilters, searching for their partners, squealing over what they received, swapping phones for photos....