This was suppose to be our guild GLAAQN (Great Lakes African American Quilters Network) challenge for 2015 AQS Grand Rapids Guild Challenge, but we didn’t get enough participation. At that time Bizzy Lady and I decided that we were going to participate.
The organizers of the challenge decided for a select number of members that wanted to participate to design quilts with Adinkra Symbol.
I decided to use SEPC Symbol. This symbol means an Executioner’s knife or A dagger and a symbol of justice. This also means the equity of good over evil and the uniting of the people and perpetuation of the nation
Most of you all know that Bizzy Lady and I are participating in two Skill Builder Projects for this year. They are Leah Day’s Dancing Butterfly and Pile o Fabrics Technicolor Galaxy BOM.
I am really enjoying the Pile o Fabric Skill Builder BOM quilt project. This weekend I plan on doing my quilt as you go for Block 1 and possible start on Block 2. The one thing I really like about this is that you will be quilting as you go, so once the project is completed your quilt has been quilted.
Bizzy Lady and I attended our DAM Retreat this weekend. Our retreat was at Rose Villa in Lainsburg, MI. It was a great time to spend to spend with our quilting sisters and work on projects that have due dates.
We played a swap game where the members made mug rugs to participate. This is the mug rug I made.
It’s been crazy for me since we got back from QuiltCon. So within this week back, I had to take my car in which resulted in getting a new vehicle.
These are a few gifts that I received in my QuiltCon Swag Bag.
The Keynote speakers were the quilters from Gee’s Bend. As Diva Dane noted in the previous post, she had an opportunity to take a workshop with the ladies where they started with singing a spiritual. We were also treated to their beautiful voices a number of times during the Keynote Address. They told how what they did out of necessity to keep warm – making quilts, was considered art to their surprise. They continually expressed their gratitude for the doors that have been opened to them. They told of their process and talked of how blessed they have been to have the opportunity to travel and share their story. One of the women shared the touching story of walking into a museum to see a quilt made by her mother which contained pieces of clothing from her, her siblings and pieces from her father’s pants that he wore while working in the fields displayed as art. She was in tears and so was the audience.
I want to tell yall Bizzy Lady and I are having so much fun. It’s so nice to finally meet people that you talk to on Instagram or meet people that come up to you and say we follow you. It’s so amazing. This is what my swag bag looks like so far with all the pin swapping I have been doing and this is notmall of them.
I survived Day 2 of QuiltCon and we are having a blast. Moda Fabrics sponsored our good time at the bar last night. We had an all day workshop today with Carolyn Friedlander learning new tips and tricks for paper piecing. So paper piecing and me have never been friends but I got through it. Carolyn made the process much less painful. I will share what I learned in a future post. Here is the beginning of my table runner from Carolyn’s Stripes pattern in her book, Savor Each Stitch.
Until next time…..
Well after two flight delays last night, we finally made it. First, I have to speak on the weather. After coming from below zero weather to t-shirt weather during the day and sweat shirt weather at night, I may have to send for my husband and stay here until April (or maybe just move altogether).
We are having a blast. What a community. We are meeting online blog and Instagram friends. We are being approached by those that follow us. We are approaching those we follow. We are rubbing shoulders with our favorite authors, instructors, fabric designers, etc. This is day one so we are just getting started but will share our experience from workshops and lectures we take along with the bounty of treasures we find.
Many of us participated in a button swap. It is a great way to strike up conversations and build your friend list. It is also great when you go to swap a button and they recognize your name because they are a follower and vice versa you recognize their name because you follow them and that just gives you reason to stand and talk another 10 minutes.
Pins collected so far……
It been awhile since I have posted a recipe for something that I have made lately. Well my Lemon Drop Jello Shots are a big hit and wanted to share with you all.
2 ounces fresh lemon juice
2 ounces water
5 or 6 tablespoons sugar
1 package Knox gelatin
3 ounces vodka
8 more days til Quilt Con. I’m so so so ready for this event. There is such a large buzz going on Insatgram of all the different swaps that are taking place. Bizzy Lady and I have our pins ready for the Pin Swap.
I have been gathering my fabric for my classes. I am very excited to be attending one of the Gee’s Bend Class.
I have been doing small projects. This was a very quick and easy quilt top I put together in a day