Monday, February 11, 2013

QuiltCon Preparation

As QuiltCon draws closer, I'm trying to sort out exactly what it is that I need to sew or pull together to help make my experience a little easier.

For starters, I'm taking 2 workshops and each has a list of supplies; which of course means that I'll need something to carry those supplies in.  Originally, I was thinking Amy Butler's Weekender Tote; but maybe Anna Maria Horner's Art Student Tote would be better this time around.  I haven't made either before and only have a week to do so.  No pressure.

One thing I don't have to worry about is a Lanyard.  While a simple lanyard will presumably be handed out at QuiltCon, I already have an awesome one made by my dear friend, Lynne.  It was a gift when we visited Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City last year.  I'm sure if you look on Pinterest or Google you can find a tutorial for how to make one of your own.

Now,  I've been to my fair share of trade shows or similiar events.  One thing that you should always have is business/networking cards.  You never know who you will run into, and besides it's sort of like in highschool, when everyone "traded" those namecards with their Senior Photos.  I placed an order last week with VistaPrint for mine; but there are lots of other options including something call Moo Cards; which are fun too.  And if shipping is a concern, you can always do what I did for years, use a template on Microsoft Word or another software program and print them yourself. 
I'm looking forward to meeting those that I've connected with online, and lots of new people too.  Make sure that if you see me, you smile and wave.  I'll do the same, and then we'll trade "namecards"...Hahaha!
Happy Monday!  

Sunday, February 3, 2013

SeaGlass Quilt

A fellow crafter and friend of mine, asked if I would make her a quilt for her soon-to-be-born Son.  She told me about the nursery's theme and talked alot about sea glass and how she was inspired by all of its colors. 

I struggled...partially because living in the heart of the MidWest, there's not alot of opportunity to be inspired by sea glass or sea scape.  In the end, I went with my gut and with the help of my trusty Kona Color Card...committed myself to shades of green and teal.

I built an assortment around the colors, Candy Green 1061, Pond 200 and Jade Green 1183
Most of the fabrics came from Sew,Mama,Sew.

Kona Cotton - Candy Green 1061
Kona Cotton - Pond 200
Kona Cotton - Jade Green 1183
Skinny Vines Aqua - Valentina
Juniper - Pearl Bracelet
Cross Square Green - Chicopee
Foliage Blue - Architextures
Dot to Dot Jade - Mixmasters
Daisy Blue - Gabbie

When it was time to start cutting, I opted to skip the Daisy Blue - Gabbie as it was just too blue and decided to pull in an emerald dot print from my stash to round things out.

Then it was time to make lots and lots of HST (Half Square Triangles).

With the top pieced, and the quilt pin-basted I decided to go ahead and do my favorite meandering stitch to finish things off.

The quilt was gifted on Friday at a surprise Baby Shower.
It measured 54" x 78".

Looking back, I wonder if my subconscience was more inspired by the 

Happy Sunday!!