Quilt Festival in Houston

Yes! I finally I went to Quilt Festival Houston !

Not only was it my first time at Quilt Festival, but it was also my first trip to Houston.

It is a massive quilt show!  Definitely the biggest I’ve been to.  It is International after all.

There were quilts and people from all over the world. 

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The blue pins on the map show where peeps came from.

I met my friends there. One flew in from Phoenix and the other from Denver.  I flew in on Halloween (Thursday night), spent 2 full days, and flew out on Sunday morning. It wasn’t enough time. There is so much to see! Note to self: You must plan to stay at least 3 full days next time. 

Needless to say, the quilts were AMAZING!  I know I didn’t see them all but here are some faves of the ones I did see.

If you haven’t ever been, I recommend going at least once. I plan to go again in a few years.

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ & God Bless!

A Thread for Life

Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25 HCSB

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My Comfortable “Go To” Quilting

I pulled this fabric to make a quilt for a new baby boy at church.

The shower decor was my inspiration for the fabrics I chose.

Here it is in the flimsy state (quilt top).

Whenever I start a quilt, especially a smaller one, it’s always with the idea of quilting it w/FMQ (free motion quilting).

I’ve practiced FMQ in spurts in the past but not with enough regularity to allow me to feel comfortable and confident enough to finish an entire quilt, no matter the size.

I hadn’t practiced in awhile, but I thought that taking one of Angela Walter’s Quilting Clinics would be enough of a refresher. I did the Ultimate Block Busters class.

Angela is an amazing person! It was such a treat spending time with her. I learned so much and was so inspired by all she taught and the quilts she showed, I just knew I was going to jump on that Amara and stitch magically. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

I have quilted on a longarm using pantographs but FMQ takes A LOT of consistent practice and I hear tell it’s jumpstarted and enhanced with doodling.

Anyway, back to the baby quilt…I finished it w/my “go to” which is organic wavy lines quilted w/an even-feed/walking foot. And of course it turned out great.

But I’m never going to get better staying in my comfort zone. Therefore, on my honor, I WILL start doodling AND practicing FMQ more often! 🙋🏽‍♀️

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Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #13 – Goals 2016

Happy New Year Y’all!  I know I speak for everyone when I say, how time flies! Last year came and went in a flash!

I’m working at getting motivated to finish projects already started and start some new ones. So what better time than the present to share my quilty goals for 2016!   I started it several months ago but stopped because it quickly grew out of control.    I knew I’d have to trim it down or else get myself overwhelmed w/anxiety and end up locked away in a looney bin somewhere. 😉

So here’s a very modest list of what I’d like to accomplish this year.

I’ve already got 3 commissions lined up for the 1st few months. One queen size rag quilt and two baby quilts.  I don’t think custom orders are the way I want to go. Something about having deadlines really puts pressure on a girl. With this being said, I may accept an occasional order, but it won’t be a big selling point in my Etsy shop going forward.

I aim to finish my Through Thick and Thin scrappy-batik log cabin that I started last January.  It’s made w/2 different size logs; 1.25″ and 2.5″ and is destined to be a personal quilt for my king size bed.

I was reminded of another quilt I want to make when I saw Katy’s Handsome Shirt Tails quilt.

Katy’s Shirt Tails

Last year my good friend Greta of Material Detachment sent me 256 lozenges in shades of red (my favorite color), orange and purple, to make my very own Arkansas Traveler quilt.  She’d recently finished a stunning one made of blues and browns that she dubbed, Niigata Traveler.

my lozenges =)

Greta’s Niigata (Arkansas Traveler)

I guess this post is mostly about quilts I want to make for myself because another one is a Spiderweb quilt. I fell in love w/Pop Stars by Julie of Pink Doxies. I can actually kill two birds w/one stone w/this quilt because a Halloween quilt is also on my list this year, thanks to Val of Val’s Quilting Studio and LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color!   Both gals decorate their homes w/quilts for each season/holiday. What a splendid idea! What better quilt to make for Halloween than a Spiderweb one?!

Julie’s Pop Stars

Val’s Halloween Inspiration
LeeAnna’s Forever Partners

Of course, the list of quilts I want to make goes on to infinity and beyond…but I’ve one more on my list for 2016.  Sparkle Punch by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson. It’s been on my list for quite some time and will be a 2-bird killer as well. It shall be my Christmas quilt. =)

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This seems like an attainable goals list for now.  I’m certain it’ll be peppered w/a few several other projects. I’ve a couple small paper pieced numbers in mind as well as a few small gift/charity quilts.

Thank you ALL for the wonderful quilty inspiration!  I look forward to reading about your goals or whatever  you’d like to share this week at WHOOMP There IT Is!  Thanks for stopping by and linking up.

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