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
For 2015, each month the DAMQG members will create a block that will be included in a quilt for charity. We have a chairperson that selects a different block pattern and color scheme each month. By the end of the year, we will have at least 11 quilts. Each month, someone will volunteer to put the blocks together and we have a resident long armer who will do the quilting. Below is the block I created for January. Some members created more than one block. We had some many blocks that they may have to create 2 quilts.
As posted by Diva Dane, we participated in the MQG QuiltCon Charity Project where our DAMQG group quilt will be displayed at QuiltCon and then we will donate the quilt to charity when the show is over.
One of our fellow DAM Girls (what we call a DAMQG member) son has inherited her crafty spirit and giving heart. They both were featured on a local news segment “Live in the D”. He and his friends created a small business PWR:Power Detroit where they use beads from all around the world to make bracelets. They were recently picked up by a local store to have their bracelets sold in the store. What’s really great is that part of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish foundation. Here is a link to the story – Live in the D:PWR Beads.
Until next time…….
So many of you may know that I Love Butterflies and as soon as I saw Leah Day’s Dancing Butterfly Quilt Pattern, I had to sign up for it. This is a free motion quilting, quilt as you go and applique skill builder. If you want to learn or increase your free motion skills, this is a good project to purchase. I haven’t started the project yet but will be doing so soon.
Follow us as we will discuss each block and the free motion technique that we learned. Also follow the journey of us completing the quilt.
Until next time…
I hope yall had a nice 3 day weekend. I was able to get a few things accomplished that I wanted to work on.
I posted last year that I was working on a new Hexie project and I finally completed it last night. It is the Hexie Diamond Pillow. I found this pattern on Sew Mama Sew’s website and enjoyed making it. Take some time and review the pattern if you would like to at http://www.sewmamasew.com/2014/10/hexie-diamond-pillow/ .
This is the final product:
The time is getting closer. Its only 37 days away and Bizzy Lady and I can’t wait. I am ready to meet new people, take classes, listen to lectures, go shopping and just enjoy ourselves with fellow quilters from all around the world.
Bizzy Lady and I are part of The Modern Quilt Guild. We organized the design of our Charity quilt for our DAM Quilt Guild.
This is the original design.