Before I recap my visit to a recent quilt show, I have to say… Island Batik, I just can’t quit you!
I made the hard decision to step away from the Ambassador program, but I am excited to see all the new fabric and fun projects from the 2023 team. You can meet all of them on the Island Batik blog.
Designer Tammy Silvers, from Tamarinis, has a new collection from Island Batik called Emperor’s Treasure. She let me play with some of the digital scans and I love how my Favorite Stars pattern looks mocked up in purple and green! Would you choose the dark background or stick to the lighter one?
Join me over on Instagram tomorrow for a giveaway loop featuring this beautiful new fabric. The celebration starts at 9am Friday, January 27, 2023.
On the Road
I visited the Road 2 California show last week. I had a fabulous time taking classes from the incredible Claudia Pfeil and the delightful Daisy Aschehoug. I practiced my free motion quilting with Claudia and even tried some yarn couching.
Then, I learned how to design quilts in Adobe Illustrator with Daisy. Yippee, I can now make paper pieced designs with ease! And try some modern layouts with alternate grids and lots of negative space, woo-hoo!
There was so much inspiration at the quilt show. I loved how they hung quilts in the main hallway. There was plenty of seating on the 2nd floor so you could really get a good look at the quilts from both sides.
I think my favorite category was the Abstract group. A member of my local group, Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild, brought home a ribbon. Congratulations Claire!
Alas, I came back to real life and faced my current
disaster project. In knitting, we call this phase of un-sewing “living in the frog pond,” because frogs say “Rippit, Rippit.” LOL. I need to dedicate at least an hour a day to ripping out all the free motion quilting on a customer quilt because I loaded the top wrong and there is a directional backing.
Hard lesson learned about double- and triple-checking placement before starting the longarm work! Luckily my customer is very patient and I will be back to stitching soon.
Isn’t the warning sign cute? That was a serendipitous discovery in Muppin.com‘s booth at the show!
**Linking up to Put Your Foot Down, hosted each week by Denise at For the Love of Geese.