Letting the Cat out of the Bag!

Yesterday, the QuiltCon 2017 course catalog was released! I already told you that I was going to be teaching there…so that isn’t the secret. But because the catalog is out, I get to spill the beans on some top secret sewing a little earlier than normal! I am working on a second book with Lucky Spool and will have the opportunity to teach from it for the first time at QuiltCon! We are working hard to get the book ready for Feb. 2017 because I wanted to teach this class at QuiltCon so desperately. It’s going to be so much fun!

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The book is called Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design.  I can’t fill you in on all the details right now but I can tell you that it is all about approaching your paper pieced block designs improvisationally.  You will design and sew your own block and work on a quilt layout based on one of the three approaches shared in my book.  I have used this design method for some of my favorite quilts in recent years and have refined it in this book and can’t wait to share. You should have a basic knowledge of paper piecing when you sign up for the class, an open mind, and it will be great!  It’s course 621 on Saturday from 9-5.

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I am also teaching two other classes, that I am equally excited about.

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One is course 620 Paper Pieced Block Design with EQ7.  I will guide you through the steps involved in drawing up this fun paintbrush block, exporting the image, coloring it, grouping the pattern pieces and printing them as a PDF.  You can use these skills when you get home to make your own designs.  For this course, you need to come with EQ7 installed on your laptop.

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And finally, I’ll be teaching from my first book, Intentional Piecing, on Thursday.  It’s course 733 titled Fussy Cut Foundation Pieced Stripes with the Crazy Eights Quilt.  I think of this type of paper piecing as large scale paper piecing–piecing big sections with big pieces of fabric.  It’s often trickier than paper piecing with small pieces and I am going to share my tips and tricks and hopefully get you to fall in love with stripes, fussy cutting, and foundation piecing all at once.

The course catalog is available right here. MQG membership can register beginning June 25th and open membership opens July 1st. I hope I will see you there! Feel free to contact me with questions. Can’t wait to meet you!

QuiltCon 2017

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I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching at QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah!  I have always wanted to to go Savannah so I am really thrilled that the MQG chose that location!

Take a look at all the other wonderful teachers and lecturers. I am honored to be part of this team.

Will I see any of my blog readers there? I hope so! And I do hope you will introduce yourselves. I would love to meet you.

QuiltCon 2016

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I was not able to make it to QuiltCon this year but was lucky to receive photos of my quilts that are hanging in the exhibit from Tiffany who is at the show. She even sent me a screenshot of Pointed Statement (above) when it was announced that I had won 2nd place in the Piecing category. It was fun to hear about it so quickly!

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She also hunted down my other two quilts. This is Puddling.

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And this is Wings. I love how they look against the white drapes–so much better than black I think!

I am going to QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah. Will I see you there?

QuiltCon

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Did you go to QuiltCon? Did you love it? I hope so! I didn’t attend this time though I hope to in the future. It’s held during school vacation week here in Massachusetts which makes it even trickier to get away than usual (which is tricky enough for a mother of three). But I was represented at QuiltCon by my quilts at least! Fortunately, some nice friends photographed them for me too.

I was shocked to learn that my mini quilt, Curious, received third place in the small quilts category. I had entered my quilts with no expectations whatsoever. I was just happy that they were included in the show. So this was really a bonus.  Elizabeth Hartman does such a nice job with the ribbons too.

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My Haberdashery quilt was also hanging. It was in the Use of Negative Space category.

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Kite Tails was there as part of the MQG Pattern of the Month display.

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And Melon Ice was there as part of the MQG Showcase.

I really enjoyed seeing pictures of all the quilts that hung in the show, made by quilters all over the world. Thanks to everyone who shared them on IG for those of us at home!

I also loved seeing the pictures of the charity quilts. That was really rewarding after having worked with the MQG Charity Committee to plan and organize this portion of QuiltCon.

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My guild, the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild, made this quilt for the charity of our choice. So many beautiful and creative quilts were made by approximately 60 guilds and groups of individual members.  Thank you to everyone who participated! There are some lucky charities out there, ready to receive some beautiful quilts.