Showing posts from February, 2018

QuiltCon Part One: My Quilts

Whew, QuiltCon is over.  I definitely spent the first day in a haze and the rest of the time in a whirlwind.  I'm not really sure what I said and who I talked to the first two or so hours of the show.  The first event on my schedule was the reward ceremony where it was announced that my quilt Urban Trek won a FIRST PLACE ribbon in the Use of Negative Space category.  Check out all the winners on the QuiltCon website.

I enter every show with my fingers crossed that I might win a ribbon but I never allow myself to get my hopes up, this is especially true of QuiltCon.  For the past three years I've had quilts at QuiltCon and each year I see all the amazing talent out there submitting beautiful quilts and think there's just no way a ribbon is in my future.  This year I was mistaken.
I'm so thankful to Vivika at Modern Patchwork for publishing this design almost exactly a year ago.  It was a tight deadline and that created the pressure I needed to take some risks with my q…

Quilt of the Month

Eight months ago, yes EIGHT, I found out that my quilt, Positive Illuminations, was accepted as February's Modern Quilt Guild Quilt of the Month!!

I was asked to share with as few people as possible that my quilt would be a Quilt of the Month in 2018 which lead to some pretty interesting conversations from time to time.  I'd like to point out that I never actually lied to anyone about whether I had a quilt accepted but would usually deflect answering directly by talking about the submission process or my two quilts I did not have accepted for 2016 and 2017.

My original inspiration for this quilt was the acknowledgement that whatever creative talent I have is a gift from God and I wanted to honor Him in my work.  One of my favorite passages in the Bible is 1John 1:5-10,

This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is Light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the …

QuiltCon Magazine... Finally!

With QuiltCon just around the corner I have some amazing news.  After being too scared to submit a design for the 2016 QuiltCon Magazine and then having last year's design rejected I finally have a quilt pattern featured in QuiltCon Magazine... Lemon Drops!

It's such an honor to finally have a design in QuiltCon magazine, which is now available for purchase, but my reject a had happy ending.  Optics was accepted to show at AQS Fall Quilt Week in Paducah, pretty cool.
Lemon Drops rounds out the last of my five quilts accepted into QuiltCon this year.  The hardest part of secret sewing is keeping the news hush hush and in this case I waited almost five months to spill the beans.  Not my longest wait but definitely a hard one with my past experiences.

I took a few risks for me with this design.  I used both prints and linen to give it a light summertime feel.  I definitely had a picnic theme in mind while designing this.  Also, I entered this design in the Modern Traditional cat…