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demonstrations given by guild members at meetings or other gatherings

Quilt Market time….and some quick inspirations

Hi everyone,

hope you are having a great fall and pre-holiday season!

Stitching feverishly all those hand-made gifts? SHHH…don’t tell, but I kinda decided in my head that this year I will give my family all things made by me…one way or the other! Lets see if I can do it, but will report here how it goes. How about you – handmade for gifts or not, this year?

This past weekend, I was not too productive in that regard, partly due to home-improvement projects still going on and partly due to gawking into my iPad in every break – following all the exciting new things at International Quilt Market in Houston. Market is a trade show, open to quilting professionals only (not public) where all the new things coming are exhibited – new fabrics, patterns, notions, trends… It is then followed by the famous International Quilt Festival in Houston – all in all, you could call it 10 days in quilting heaven, right? Some day, I tell you, some day – I WILL be there! 🙂

In the meantime, here are some links I can share wit  you:

Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop shared a lot, here is what happened on Sundayand on Saturday and during the so called Schoolhouse (where all different designers show and explain their products). You can also see a whole video about Moda Fabric Schoolhouse HERE . It is fun to hear what designers have to say about their newest fabric lines and other things!

Pat Sloan shared some beauties on her blog too, HERE and HERE too.

I ma sure there will be more and more – you can just Google Quilt Market and I am sure many blog posts will pop-up in next few days. I love seeing what new fabric and gadgets are coming next, it is always inspirational!

Talking about inspiration, I had a flurry of it few days ago! My baby sister (who lives in Australia) needs a quilt. Better said – needs a “hug” from her big sister and this is the best one I know of, apart from me being there in person. So – this amazing layer cake (Scrumptious, by Bonnie & Camille, for Moda Fabric) was so her colors, but also for me – so happy, happy!

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It arrived and all I saw for the quilt was flowers, flowers… So I quickly colored on of my designs I did before and VOILA!

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I can’t wait to get a good looking shade of off-white (almost white, but not quite…) for background and start stitching!

This was done so quickly thanks to my trusty EQ7 (Electric Quilt software) and the great feature that now most fabric companies have on their web site – to download the entire collection of fabric with one “click” and then be able to import it into EQ – isn’t that great?

Do you use EQ? Are you one of many who say – I got it but never used it? Or have trouble using it? I love EQ and if there is interest in the Guild, we could do a series of guild workshops on it? What do you all think?

Have a scary good week and Halloween,

Marija

PS – on a personal note: looking for some input on my blog and trowing in a giveaway as a thank you, so hop on there and let me know – thank you!!

 

 

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gray days are great for quilting

Hello again, it’s ME.

Just came in from running some errands. Having a bit of lunch, then have to get busy. It has stopped raining, but looks like it might start again. So…can’t mow the lawn, can’t weed the flower beds, probably could do a bit of transplanting but don’t want to, can’t weed-whack so what’s a girl to do? Why quilt a bit of course!!

Lori and I got together last evening over dinner and planned our demo for guild night. We’re bringing the Accu-quilt machine to show any newbies how it works and explain this great resource we have for our members. It hasn’t gotten much use of late, so we’re hoping to re-generate interest in it. With the onset of quilters using die cutting machines like the Accu-quilt Go machine, perhaps there will be more interest. We, as the guild, own quite a few very useful dies and it’s very easy to use. You’ll see tomorrow; here’s hoping you’ll want to use it.

I have gotten back into listening to the podcasts that Pat Sloan (next year’s seminar teacher) does for American Patchwork and Quilting while I walk the dog in the morning. I hadn’t been listening much through the winter because adding the iPod to all the winter paraphernalia just seemed like too much. (Silly, I know.)  These podcasts are free and available at her website or via iTunes. Definitely better listening than talk radio of the usual kind! Give them a try if you like listening to something while you are exercising or puttering. You can just listen to them via the computer if you don’t want to put them onto your iPod or other smart device.

Well, lunch is just about gone so I’ll be going up to the craft/sewing room. I could work on some “in progress” projects, but maybe it’ll be more fun to start a new project. Decisions, decisions!

If you are playing along with us in the Loosey Goosey quilt-a-long and have your first star complete, please bring it to the meeting tomorrow night for show and share. It’ll be fun to see what everyone is doing with it.

TTFN.

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