Saturday, April 30, 2011

The clock has officially started...

As you may remember from my last post, I'm making a lap-size quilt in 2 weeks as a favor for Fabric Designer, Laura Gunn.  Those of us who signed up to make quilts using her Painter's Canvas line; which will be shown at market, stopped by her lovely home this morning.  It was tons of fun.  We met some of her family, ate yummy muffins and actually got to play in her studio selecting the fabric we needed for our quilts.

Here's what I took home. 

Hopefully the next time you see this fabric it will be cut up, as I begin my quilt.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quilt Market...or what I like to call a deadline

So are you ready to hear this crazy cool news.  A member of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild ran into Laura Gunn, Fabric Designer Extraordinaire.  Pleasantries were exchanged presumably and some time later I get an email from Laura Gunn herself.  Okay, so she sent an email to the STLMQG President...but that's Me, so it's kind of like getting mail directly from a celebrity, right?

She writes, excited to learn that there is a Modern Quilt Guild in St. Louis and to tell me that Michael Miller is showing her two newest lines Magnolia Lane and Painter's Canvas at Quilt Market in a few weeks and she has a proposition for my guild. 

Would I or some of my STLMQG members be interested in making a modern quilt using her Painter's Canvas line.  The quilts will be photographed, in the booth at market and returned afterwards?  She goes on to say that we can use a quilt pattern of our own design, or a go-to favorite...wait, that means that the quilt pattern that I've been tweaking for a few weeks can now come to life and be shown at Market.  YAY!!!

If that wasn't pressure enough, how about the realization that I have to make a lap size quilt in 2 weeks.  Yep, 2 weeks from today is when the quilt is due. 

Of course, I'm not going at this alone...4 other STLMQG members agreed to take on this mission too. 

I'll definitely share in progress photos with all of you and will be creating a tutorial for my pattern; which I'll upload eventually.

So if you see the light on and sewing machine going at know why.


For those of you who don't know who Laura Gunn is, she is the daughter of Eleanor Peace Bailey and Sister-In-Law to Heather Bailey.  Laura is Designer of such lines as Lantern Bloom, Poppy, Magnolia Lane and Painter's Canvas.

You can find her blog here, Paint in My Hair, and links to Magnolia Lane and Painter's Canvas.

If you'd like to pick up some of her fabric, I've seen it at the following locations.

Here's some photos of her Painter's Canvas line, in action

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Commitment Issues Over...sort of

So as Founder & President of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild, it would look pretty bad if I didn't participate in our 1st Challenge (due in June), it's just that I was having commitment issues as to what to I didn't want to break open that wonderful charm pack.  It's been sitting on my table watching me, teasing me, wanting to come out and play.

The wonderful people at Robert Kaufman Fabrics graciously donated a Charm Pack to our guild along with countless others across the US and spurred a frenzy of Challenges.  I wrote an earlier post on this back in January (yes, that Charm Pack has been sitting on my table since January).

Well, this past weekend I ripped that little pack open and with my sister's help, we decided on 20 colors to be used in my Challenge quilt.  The rules say you have to use a minimum of 21; but I don't want to give everything away now do I...I might use 1 more or I might use them all, who knows.

Please excuse the poor light, these decisions were made at night and this is the only
before shot I got before cutting into the squares.

So here's just a sneak peek of what I decided to do, I don't really have much of a plan except that I know I'm going to make +'s and x's...the size, layout, etc will come as I get more blocks made.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Successful Stalking

No, No, No...not that kind of stalking.  I'm talking about stalking your swap partner on Flickr.  As many of you know, I participate in alot of Flickr swaps throughout the year.  One such swap named Make Mine Modern is always a favorite of mine because it's pretty much open for interpretation. 

Look what I got in the mail from my secret swap partner, Natalie Leppard.  I nearly died when I opened the box to find all of these goodies and that pinboard is To-Die for.  For those who don't know, I love all things Tim Burton.  I like the creepy, somewhat macabre way in which he sees the world.  So what better way to combine my love of Tim Burton w/my love of sewing...

All of the contents will be put to good use, from the Amy Butler fabric and Butterfly pushpins to the Malka Dubraswky book "Fresh Quilting".  Natalie certainly did her homework on me and that is why I've titled this post "Successful Stalking".

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wedding Weekend & Fabric Shopping

This past weekend I travelled up to Kansas City, MO for my Brother's wedding.  While I am biased, you could not have asked for a more adorable couple.  The wedding was spectacular and everything was perfect. 

My Sister and I had a little bit of freetime during the weekend's festivities so I dragged her along to a fabric store that I had heard about in Overland Park, KS.  Have you visited Harper's Fabric & Quilt Co.  Let me tell you, as soon as I walked through the doors I was blown away.  It was so nice to be able to see/touch/feel so many fabric lines that I could previously only view/buy online.  They had so much stuff I couldn't even begin to list the variety. 

The salesgirl even gave me one of those "Marine" types of hurrahs when I told her that I was part of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild.  I missed her name; but she is part of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and even invited me to their next meeting if I was ever in town.

Of course you knew that I couldn't walk away without buying something, so here it is...

I visited Bon Bon Atelier too, and while it was an adorable store nothing really caught my eye.  I'm just not into the Japanese Import or Liberty fabrics; which they did have quite a few of.

If you are in the Midwest and looking for a city to visit, I would highly recommend Kansas City.  Once you figured out the highway system, it was pretty easy to manuever around the city, and downtown is great.  It doesn't shut down at 6pm like St. Louis does (Boo!). 


Today as I was running a handful of errands left over from all the pre-wedding craziness, I stopped off at Hancock Fabrics (Union Rd) in St. Louis.  Let me tell you, I am NOT a fan of Hancock Fabrics, their stores are usually a mess and the quality of their merchandise hasn't always been up to speed.  Yet, I hadn't visited them in probably 6-9 months and as President of a quilting guild, I feel the need to know what is going on around town if something relates to quilting.

The store I visited while still not particularly pleasing to the eye, did look like it cleaned up it's act a bit.  Yet, I was kind of surprised to find this entire collection of fabric called Top Drawer.  It had that quilt-shop quality "hand" and the prints were actually something that I would want.  The tag says that the fabric was a division of Westminter Fibers, Inc...which I know is a good company.  I picked up some Design Rolls and Fat Quarter bundles that they had, plus a few other fabrics.  Not too shabby.  Thumbs up Hancock Fabrics!