Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Road to California

Disclaimer: The following post contains an incalculable amount of adjectives and've been warned...

Had an AMAZING time at the annual Road to California quilt show this weekend!!! The Ontario Convention Center is the perfect venue for such a fantastic event; I walked countless miles admiring all of the fabulous quilts on display. Of course there were tons of fantastic vendors there and I played with design software (check out, simply amazing!) and drooled over gorgeous fabrics and amazing new quilting notions. The fabric theme of the show seemed to be batiks (Hoffman was the main show sponsor)...they were everywhere! So of course I bought some ;)

I got to meet some quilting royalty, too! Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims were there as was Eleanor Burns. All just as nice as can be and so down-to-earth; just like you see them on their shows :)

My favorite part of the show was admiring the incredible quilts; award winning as well as all of the entries that were displayed. Every one of them should have had a ribbon in my opinion; I could never be a judge! 

I got to speak with Sherry Reynolds, the quilter who won "Judge's Choice" (I got a picture of her quilt but not one of her, sorry... I was a little distracted by her quilt!) and she explained the process of how she designed and made her quilt, "America, Let It Shine". She designed it all on graph paper and from start to finish it took her just 9 months; so inspiring!  (The pics don't begin to do justice...I had to use my phone.)

Stunning applique

A shout out to "Jack"...

The quilting and trapunto in this quilt were breathtaking...

I picked up this kit with luscious batiks and I would have posted sooner but I was busy diving into this Bali Pop! The colors are dazzling! I also picked up this new strip tube ruler from Daniela @ Cozy Quilt Designs and I'm pretty impressed with it...I can't believe how fast my blocks are going together! I'm going to order some rulers to share...

I also picked up a few Quilts of Valor and brought them home with me to quilt. If you ever see one of their booths at a quilt show, stop and visit with them. They are the nicest bunch of people and their organization allows us such a sweet way to pay tribute to our service men and women.

I'm feeling all inspired so now's the perfect time to get back to work!!!

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Piece and quiet...

Well, the Holidays are over so it's back to work and back to routines. The kids are back in school and the house is quiet during the day so some new projects are getting started...and a few are even getting finished! 

So out with the old and in with the new! I have all of my Holiday section on sale @ my Etsy shop for 20% off! If you wanted some new stockings and didn't think there would be enough time to have names embroidered on them and shipped, you're just in time for next year ;)

For a limited time, I also have a deal on longarm quilting. Now that the crazy Holiday rush is over my turn-around-time on quilting service is down to two weeks!  Having a computerized machine is great; I can quilt  amazing designs in no time at all! So get all of those UFO's together and let's get them quilted!!!
Well, I better get back to work...I wonder how much I can get done today and if I can manage to stay off of Pinterest...


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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Springtime Dreamin'

Just when I'm dreaming of springtime, look what shows up!

Summer Breeze II is here just begging to be a part of your next quilt! This gorgeous collection of yellows and blues is sure to bring sunshine to your day! We have layer cakes, fat eighth bundles, jelly rolls and yardage so you are sure to find what you need for your next project :)

Happy Quilting!