Kicking Off 2015 With QuiltCon

After a slam packed Christmas season filled with customer quilts and homemade sewn gifts I was ready to take a breather… What better way to do that than go to Austin and fill my days with more quilting? This was my first quilt show and I loved every minute! I was able to take some awesome classes and lectures, buy gorgeous fabric for my stash, make new friends and eat delicious local cuisine.

I absolutely loved the quilt show. I didn’t submit a quilt to be judged (I heard several friends awesome quilts were denied so I didn’t bother) but I did participate in a charity quilt. Because of a scheduling conflict I haven’t joined my local guild, so a few ladies like me got together and made one. We all participated in the creating and making of this quilt, and I got to longarm quilt it. I love it!

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Robyn and Patty standing with me in front of our Charity Quilt.

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Here are just a few of my favorite quilts, both for the piecing and creativity and for the quilting.

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If you can’t tell I’m really into the muted colors. I actually love lots of color but felt drawn to the whites. Maybe it’s because of the lack of snow in Utah, lol. And of course, Sherlock! I’m not sure I’d want to sleep with him (and I’m sure my husband doesn’t) but he and his quilt sure are gorgeous!

QuiltCon was a great way to start out my year. I feel so inspired by such creative women!!! I loved what Angela Walters had to say at her lecture: :Don’t compare yourself with others!” It’s so easy to do, and to feel intimidated by their skill and accomplishments- let’s face it, many of these women are AMAZING! But guess what, I’m pretty amazing too. I love what I do, I love seeing my skill improve over time, and I love the pure joy others feel when receiving the fruits of my hard work. If you missed Angela’s lecture you can see her talk a bit in this video.

Brown Paper Packages

Over the weekend I received my Little Quilts Swap little quilt. Like all great packages it was wrapped in brown paper.

My doorbell rang on Saturday afternoon and my kids ran to the door… why do kids love answering the door when adults usually say “can someone get the door?” I thought it would be the group of kids from the neighborhood, whom my husband call the entourage, but I was wrong. Disappointed again because the package was not for them they dropped it at the foot of my staircase (my studio is in a loft) and went back to playing.

When I managed to come downstairs and saw the hashtag I squeeled! I had barely begun my little quilt to give away and here was a package just for me. Instead of immediately opening and devouring everything inside I exercised patience and vowed to complete mine first. With this box sitting in eye view it didn’t take long to get it done.

Disclaimer: I did open the box before I was finished, but only because I didn’t have the right color thread to finish the binding and would have to wait until Monday to get to the store for more.

Are you dying to see what was inside? I know I was!!!

Three of these cute baggies filled with these treats,

How did she know I love dark chocolate? I’ve already tried a few and they are heavenly!!!

And this gorgeous quilt!

As I watched my Instagram feed coming through I remember seeing this quilt and thinking “I wish this was for me!!!” with great envy for whomever would be receiving it, and there it was! Right before my eyes! The Lord surely loves me.

All made with love and packaged with care by Stacey Ann.

Thank you Stacey Ann, I love it!!!