What a fun weekend it was! I spent the weekend at Quiltcon in Austin, TX. Thank you, hubby, for letting me go.
So many talented quilters. This one won the best of show. “i Quilt” by Kathy York, Austin Modern Quilt Guild. She didn’t even make a pattern to create it.
My personal favorite was from the special exhibit, “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend.” Unfortunately, I did not capture the name of the quilter. My phone camera does not do justice. Gee’s Bend is a small community in Alabama. A group of women have been making quilts since the 19th century.
Their choice of colors and sense of design were just amazing. They didn’t take any design or composition classes. It came natural to them. The sense of beauty they have in them is breath-taking. Made me wonder what is my own inner sense of beauty?
Here’re are some more photos. Enjoy.
I decided to join a 10-month patchwork class at Modern Domestic. This is my second improv class, but this one is more structured. Every month, we finish a block for 6 months and then we go into design theory and such. We’re following Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers. Michelle Freedman is our fearless instructor and is fantastic.
We were supposed to have 1.5″ strips, but I decided to be different. I cut some of the strips a little wider, so some of the print showed like the butterfly in the middle. Here’s my block for this month.
It’s already past the day, but it got finished. This was another adventure. I was inspired by yet another Pinterest photo. But my first block did not turn out great because the heart shape had too many components and did not showcase the print. So, I re-drafted my block. Then I ran out of the green fabric. I rushed to Fabric Depot to have them order more of it. When it came, it was a different dye lot . So, I had to come up with Plan B, which is the coral and cream solids. So glad it’s finished.
It’s only 36″ x 48″. I thought for sure I’d be able to quilt it in a day. However, being sick, I could only manage 1 or 2 rows at a time. But it’s done!
This is the back.
All free-motion quilting.
I was really hoping my Valentine’s Day quilt would be finished by now. However, I seem to have caught something. I’m itching to quilt, but I must rest. I did make some progress. Here’s a sneak peak.
I decided to quilt it all free motion. Lots of little hearts in the diamond and bubbles in sashing. Next time I post, it will be a finished product, I hope.