Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My QuiltCon lecture hall days...




( quilts by Anna Maria Horner)


What an amazing event!  First of its kind and by the way things looked it will be around for a very long time.  Beautifully organized, it seemed to go smoothly like it had been put on a million times before. BRAVO to the organizers, sponsors and volunteers that made it a perfect event! Look as these hard working and gorgeous gals!!!!!



I did not find out I was for sure attending until the sometime in January so I did not sign up for classes ( cry) but I was able to get a four day lecture series pass which allowed me to go to ALL the lectures my little heart desired and to go into the quilt show and vendor area. The lectures were fantastic and there are some that are available for free at Craftsy.com .



I was able to listen to my dear friend Thomas Knauer, Heather RossAnna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Jacquie Gehring , Meg Cox, Mary Fons ( she wins the award for most animated!), and of course Denyse Schmidt and a few others.  There were many tears and so much inspiration it was literally dripping off the walls!  

One of the BEST things I learned about in the lectures was from Meg Cox, not only is she a great speaker, author and sweet person, she is also on the board of the Quilt Alliance.  She spoke about documenting the history of our quilts. She shared something I was unaware of and I HAVE to share this with you, The Quilt Index! If you are looking for a style, a block or a quilt there are thousands of records on this valuable resource. What a priceless treasure for quilters, go check it out!!!!

The Quilt Index aims to be a central resource that incorporates a wide variety of sources and information on quilts, quiltmakers and quiltmaking.  This will include:
  • images and information on privately held quilts compiled by state and regional quilt documentation projects in the United States and internationally; Current Contributors
  • images and information on quilts in museums, libraries, and private collections; Current Contributors
  • images and information on quilt-related ephemera;
  • lesson plansgalleriesjournals and essays;
  • bibliographies of secondary materials relevant to quilt study; and
  • finding aids developed to assist researchers with locating hard-to-find quilt-related primary and secondary materials in public collections.
This website currently features images and information, provided by an array of contributors, on thousands of quilts from documentation projects, museums, libraries, and private collections.
The Quilt Index represents years of research and development to bring together quilt information in a centralized online tool for education, research, and public access. The Quilt Index is a joint project of The Alliance for American QuiltsMATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University and the Michigan State University Museum.

I did have the great pleasure to meet a couple of the speakers. Starstruck and in awe as usual!  if you have ever read my blog or know me  personally, you know this was SO EXCITING for me ( thanks to Katie for taking this photo)...HEATHER ROSS!!! 


And this one may win as best dumb luck EVER ( next to the guy with the bra)!!!! I was saving the seat next to me for Katie who was in the back of the room from the previous lecture. Unknown to me at the time, she had to leave since she was not feeling well.  Amy Butler was the lecture and well, who should walk up and ask if the seat next to me was taken but David Butler. Sorry Katie, I knew you would understand ;o)  So here I was, sitting with Mr. Alex Veronelli on my right and Mr. David Butler on my left. I HAD to ask to get a photo of this since no one would ever believe me,LOL! David was kind enough to take this for me ;o) LUCKY LUCKY ME!

Amy Butler's lecture was fantastic, lots of beautiful images and lively words. Cannot wait for her new line of fabric! And thank you David and Alex for being so kind as to indulge a girl a little fun!


One of the best things about Quiltcon was the accessibility to the designers and authors. They were everywhere and were so very kind to just stop and chat in the hall and around the floor. I ran into the beautiful Anna Maria Horner outside in the hall and she allowed me to photograph her and her stack of quilts and then I noticed her necklace and she was even more kind and let me take the photo I wanted, I promised it would not be of her boobs!!!! The very cool thing to me is that she is WEARING her fabric colors!  She lives her color choices and I admire that! 


Here she is showing one of her quilts inside. I loved all the eye candy quilts hanging everywhere, so cool!

I am hoping to keep the posts short and sweet since I know there are so many different blogs posting about Quiltcon. Tomorrow will be quilts and the 80's Party!!!! Hopefully, if the 5 yr old allows me the time. Back to real life here!


Monday, February 25, 2013

The story of my quilt...

The Quilt Alliance does amazing work in keeping the history of quilts alive!



At QuiltCon 2013 they asked for volunteers to bring one quilt to talk about for three minutes on video and it was called Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! It opened up a wonderful opportunity for anyone and everyone to share a personal story about a quilt that they made and every quilt has a story that should be shared.



I did not happen to bring a quilt but Thomas Knauer did bring the quilt I had made from his Frippery line from Andover Fabrics and Lisa Sipes quilted for his newest baby who was lovingly named Milo before he was born. Thomas was happy to know that I wanted to tell the story of Milo's quilt but then the story of that quilt got even better once it was handed over into my care for the filming the following morning. 

And this is that story...


These two sweet ladies were kind enough to put up with me for dinner more than one night but do not let their mild manner looks  fool you...Faith and Lee ( Lee,I have deleted ALL the photos of you eating...and maybe the one of your bum...)  are WILD WOMEN...Katie was supposed to be with us too but she fell ill. We missed her company very much and I am happy to say she has recovered and hope that she was very entertained by all of these antics ;o)


Austin is a GREAT place with friendly people, I was standing on a street corner trying to figure out where the hotel was to meet up with the girls for dinner the previous night and this guy walks up with the MOST fantastic mustache...it was a perfectly waxed curly tipped hairy wonder! As most of you know I am very shy and have great difficulty speaking to people :o) I had to say something...so I say "Guy, that is a fantastic mustache, I love it!"...he took his earbuds out and said, "Really?"  " Yes, I really like it".

He then informed me that Austin is a city of facial hair LOVERS and that the following night there was to be a contest at a club called the Mohawk .  OMG!!!! REALLY!!!!! HOW COOL!!!!!! I HAD to share this information!

When I met up with the girls the next night we went out for delicious Mexican food and the topic of the facial hair contest was brought up when a very large group of facial hair walked right by the window of our table. I was so intrigued but alas it looked like it was not to be so...

We finished up and started walking back our hotels and I was WHINING A LOT and then Lee said..."Kim, if you want I will walk by the place with you..."

YES!!!!!  It was only a couple of blocks away and when we arrived we did see more very interesting facial hair in the line to get in and the the stands ( yes, there were stands) with more people with facial hair. Apparently this is SERIOUS BUSINESS!!!!

We came, we saw but there was a cover charge...GAH! It would have been great to stay but then we would have missed some of the most fun I have ever had!

 Faith was really digging the cool Come and Shave It logos so we had to take a photo, I can see the next series on her blog..."Solstice Staches"!  This gentleman agreed to pose for a photo by the sign out front...

 After we took the photo, we were going to leave and I remembered we had the quilt...what I great pic that would be. I cannot remember who asked this guy to hold Milo's quilt outside the bar but he said yes and then I was PHOTOBOMBED!!!!! Did not even know the guy was there,LMAO!!!!!  I wanted to get a photo of the bouncer at the club holding the quilt with the bearded guy. He was MASSIVE. I have seen WWF wrestlers in the airpot before and this guy was seriously as big as them. Beard guy lost interest in holding the quilt but the bouncer had already agreed to be in the shot, he was a sweetie pie!

So we got a photo with him too!!!!!  Thank you C...I was going to tag you on FB but could not find you :o( Hopefully, you will see this here and THANK YOU!!!!!


Next, I was going to take a photo of a tattoo parlor , as a joke, saying that is where we were headed        ( mostly to entertain poor sick Katie) and Faith remembered that the popular tattoo spot Affinity was right around the corner on 6th Street. We walked by to see if any of our friends happened to be in there but they were not.  I was not feeling very brave and neither were my companions but we were drawn into the LIFE on the street!



Then it really started, this bear with the smoke was BEGGING to have his photo taken with the quilt and who can say no to a fuzzy mammal at a bar? ( no animals were harmed in this photo shoot)

Next door there was a guy with a video camera and these gorgeous girls.  I asked if they would hold up the quilt and they were super excited to do so!  The video guy asked us to join in and be in the video he was taping ( with the quilt) and we were super excited to do so Faith and Lee, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the #springbreakforever spot we may be in, LOL!!!!

We were followed by a completely scary goth guy but there were cops, and ambulance on the next block. There was also this guy in a top hat, bow tie and yes...facial hair. You know you are succeeding in Austin when people start looking at you like you are odd and we were starting to succeed.  When we got this shot the goth guy was asking if he could hold the quilt.  I thought Lee was going to hurt him.  Lee was the keeper of the quilt, when it was not being photographed, she folded it and was holding it so close to her I am surprised it did not become a part of her. THANK YOU LEE!!!!  She totally scared the goth guy away.  All 5ft 2 of her can be my bodyguard ANYTIME!


I have to share the before photo of this performance artist.  I could have stood and watched for a very long time. I could not help but think about Tom Robbins Skinny Legs and All when seeing this beauty.
"The inertia of objects is deceptive. The inanimate world appears static, “dead” to humans only because of our neuro-muscular chauvinism … Look deeper. You’ll need a magnifying glass … On the atomic and sub-atomic levels, weird electrical forces are crackling and flaring, and amorphous particles are spinning simultaneously forward and backward, sideways and forever at speeds so incalculable that expressions such as “arrival,” “departure,” and “have a nice day” become meaningless. It is on these levels that “magic” occurs."



Some people could not find the cover charge for the bar (ahem) but were able to gather some money so that I could ask to have this vision of beauty hold Milo's precious quilt.  This was a lovely gift!  The artist agreed with no words and after holding the quilt,  bade me goodbye with blown kisses...I was very happy!

AHOY! Me Quilties!!!!! The sideburns (yes, Austin may be the facial hair capital of the US and possibly the world) are the FIRST thing I saw and KNEW this nautical gang needed to be included!!!!

I did not realize that while I was trying to fit all the people in the frame, the sidewalk traffic had stopped on both sides. I took two shots and when the quilt was safely back in Lee's hands, I thanked the four kind people and then a SEA of people started moving again. I yelled out a BIG THANKS...I LOVE AUSTIN PEOPLE!


This is the BEST one of the WHOLE night and I am still laughing over it!  There was a play and these were a couple of actors outside on a smoke break.  Faith pointed them out to me and OMG...YES we had to have this one!!!! A COWBOY on STILTS...only in Austin...okay maybe in Las Vegas too ;o) They said yes but quickly they were about to go on stage. Took this one super quick and then something very unexpected happened...

an older man was selling flowers on the sidewalk, he walk up and said something about a good picture. I said okay and he started to unbutton his shirt...

This was the final pic of the night...you cannot top this one...

Life is unexpected...it happens...it is funny...it is sad but mostly...it is unexpected...embrace it!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ellison Lane Top 5...starting with pincushion tutorials!

Jennifer over at Ellison Lane Quilts has such great ideas!  Her new fun series is Top 5 at Ellison Lane!



The Top 5 what you ask? Well just you wait and see.

That's the beauty of this series- there are no rules. The top 5 will cover all sorts of topics, tutorials, inspiration, travel, music, books and beyond. 

Really, nothing is off limits.


Nothing being off limits...I KNOW I will be staying tuned in ;o)


The first of the series is PINCUSHION TUTORIALS!!!!  NO ONE can ever have too many pincushions!!!!!  Jennifer was kind enough to include the Cathedral Window pincushion tutorial that I made for Sara so long ago! THANK YOU JENNIFER!!!!! MUWAH!!!!

To see MORE great pincushion tutorials  go visit the Top 5!!!!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Five Things About Me

There have been many posts pre Quiltcon called Five Things About Me. It has been so much fun reading everyone's five things especially since many of us only know each other online through Facebook, IG, and Flickr.  I am a little late to this game because I honestly cannot think of five INTERESTING things about myself,LOL!

So here is goes and I am still hoping I can come up with five...


Number One... how I met this guy...

The handsome young pilot                                                     Me


Over twenty-five years ago, I was in the Navy, I was stationed at NAS Miramar in the same hanger as Top Gun although I came into the squadron right after the shooting of the movie ended. I was Plane Captain which is also known as a glorified service station attendant for aircraft. I was in charge of inspecting, servicing, moving, launching and recovering jets.  It was pretty cool and I would not change any of that experience for the world.

The in house engineer was waiting for a spot to open in flight school, he had just completed AOCS ( think Officer and A Gentleman ladies) and was stashed in our squadron.

The squadron was in the process of moving hangers and so they had the lowings ( meaning me) moving boxes from Hanger Two to Hanger One. I was going topside to grab some more boxes and ran into this dashing young pilot I had never met.  I said hello and looked at the patch on his flight suit to find out his name...LOL!!!!!  He noticed I was looking and said "I bet you cannot pronounce it."  I said " Give me a minute."... I dusted off all the French and Spanish I had taken in high school to remember the non American way to pronounce things and gave the correct pronunciation...he fell in love with me at that moment...he had to...it was written in Polish law somewhere ;O)

 I had run into him a few more times and one day caught him stalking me from the opening topside...watching as I was swabbing the hanger deck ( glamourous work).  Later that day he slipped me a note asking if I would be his Cinderella and included his phone number... I need to let it be known that our dating could have gotten HIM kicked out of the Navy.  It is fraternization and was, at that time, frowned upon. I had to call and know more about this guy...who wouldn't?

We set a date and I was very nervous about him getting found out and very much in trouble but he reassured me that it would be fine.  He showed up for our date wearing Groucho Marx glasses and had a pair for me too...yup...he was the ONE!

Number Two
I can turn my tongue upside down in both directions. I was obviously very bored at some point in my life to figure out I had this amazing talent.

Number Three
I am 8 hr Hazmat trained. This happened after getting out of the Navy. I had a great friend that was studying Environmental Engineering at SDSU and she had to go and did not want to go alone so she signed up for me to go with her.  I ended up working some hazardous household waste collections in San Diego to make a few extra dollars. It was fun and I got to wear an oompa loompa suit!

Number Four
I was a cheerleader in High School. It was short lived but I did it ;o) I cam the second base in from the left :o)


Number Five
I jumped off The Clam in La Jolla, CA. This was before it was a felony and it was CRAZY ASS STUPID! You can only jump when it is high tide and the waves are in, I misjudged and hit bottom and seriously sliced my foot, it is not very deep. That did not stop me from climbing up and trying again...ah youth...


So, those are my five things. I am really looking forward to meeting so many of the friends I have already made here online!!!! See ya in a few days!!!!!! Now I need to pack...GAH!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday

YAAY...I made it this week! I may not be able to next week since I will be getting ready for Quiltcon but hopefully I will have my act together enough to finish something NOT last minute!!!!

My finishes this week are...

Lucky Stars Feb Block


My Do good stitches Believe blocks one and two...


Progress update...
The Lucky Stars..., Feb block DONE
Aurifil BOM...DONE!!!!!
Gen X BOM...no progress, will start soon :o(
Skill Builder BOM 
do. Good stitches Believe Blocks...DONE
Bee a {modern} swapper Jan blocks DONE 
#scrappytripalong quilt top...DONE...now to baste and quilt
Lattice sofa pillow...one down...one to go...


Linking up to 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Life passing me by...

WOW!  That was one busy week of no posting and where the heck did that time go?  I hate when that happens, even though I AM busy, it looks as I have nothing done and nothing to show for what little I did do...

This week I was able to finish the  2013 Aurifil Designer Block of the Month for February Heavy Crosses. This is untrimmed because I would like to wait until I have finished all the blocks before trimming.  The fabric is Kate Spain, I will be doing all my blocks from her line Serenade. I love the colors. I am piecing with Aurifil 50wt.

You can get the free pattern for this block at Aurifil 

This was a visually challenging block for me but with some amazing encouragement  and some step out instructions from Pat Sloan ( I LOVE HER), I was not as afraid to tackle it!

I also found it VERY helpful to pre-place all the pieces so I could really see what was going on.  I also made a couple of fabric changes before I started sewing since I did not want to finish and hate it,LOL! This block is not really difficult but it does take time. All things worthwhile do take time :o)


I also finished my pillow!


and here is the close up of the quilting...now to finish the second one...LOL!!!

But this is what is taking up the majority of my time...PAINTING!!!!!

The difference in before and one coat of after...


Hoping to soon get RID of the PINK carpet!!!!!

You can see WHY I needed to paint!!!!! The ceiling, crown molding and wall were all brown...

So if you do not hear from me in a few days you will know that I am STILL painting...
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