Presentations

My Visit to the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis

As some of you know, I'm a former President of the Quilter's Guild of Indianapolis. So it was both exciting and perhaps a bit scary when I was asked to to give a talk last Thursday. Turns out I need not have worried! The quilters in my guild could not have been more gracious or welcoming.

Interwoven - A quilt pattern in my book, "Idiots Guide: Quilting"

I think I was just putting too much pressure on myself to be perfect for my guild. As it turns out that's very ironic as my talk was entitled "Try It You'll Like It: Becoming a Brave Quilter." To become brave, I think you need to give up the illusion of perfection and instead embrace learning and growth. Hard to do, but as my talk proved to me, when you let go of perfection and relax you have fun!

Life in the Tide Pool - another quilt pattern from my book

During my presentation I chatted a bit about my quilting journey, including the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (mistakes I've made). <grin>

A quilt only a mother could love...one of my first quilts, a rag quilt that was loved so much by my mother it's kinda falling apart. See, who needs perfection? <grin>

Along the way I shared some of my quilts, and tried to encourage everyone to try new techniques. I've got two workshops scheduled in October if you happen to be in the Indianapolis area! My workshops will teach you how to foundation paper piece, and to make either a wall hanging or a table runner using my Mirage pattern.

Mirage wall hanging - pattern in my store

Mirage wall hanging - pattern in my store

Mirage table runner - also included in the pattern

I totally advocate choosing small "I Can Finish It" projects to use when learning a new quilting technique which is why I chose small projects for my workshops. There's nothing better than the feeling of "Wow, I finished that!" and "OMG I just mastered that new technique! Look at me go!"

My second workshop teaches partial piecing or Y-seams. Workshop participants will make a table runner using either my Peppermint Twist or Water Vortex pattern.

Peppermint Twist quilt - pattern in my book

Water Vortex quilt - pattern in my shop.

I chose my two workshops because I think a lot of people shy away from paper-piecing and y-seams because they are different and new techniques for them. My hope is that people will take my workshops and walk away being glad they did. Couldn't ask for more than that!

It's no secret that my favorite part of any guild meeting is Show and Tell. I love looking at quilts! What was really cool this time though is that the guild surprised me by inviting members to bring quilts made with my patterns. Gosh that was cool. It almost made me cry.

Suzie brought her version of my Stepping Stones pattern. She was so brave when she made this--working with a color palette that was really different than her normal one. She'd won a layer cake at Guild and wanted to use it with this pattern, which uses layer cakes.

Suzie brought her version of my Stepping Stones pattern. She was so brave when she made this--working with a color palette that was really different than her normal one. She'd won a layer cake at Guild and wanted to use it with this pattern, which uses layer cakes.

Stephanie brought this special version of Summer Social, a pattern I created for Dear Stella that's available in my shop.

This reminds me...if any of you have ever made a quilt using one of my patterns or tutorials or quilt alongs, I would love to see it! I host a linkup once a week (my Wednesday Wait Loss) that you can use to share a photo of your quilt.

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Tell me...what quilt technique do you hesitate to try? Leave a comment and I'll see if I can work up some tutorials.

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My Visit to Spring Valley Quilt Guild

On Wednesday, I presented a trunk show at the Spring Valley Quilt Guild in Pendleton, Indiana. Everyone was so nice, and there were many friendly faces in the audience. I want to especially thank Linda and her crew for the warm reception!

The quilters in this guild are super talented, based on the quilt I saw hanging in the library where they meet. It really tells a story! Look at the sheer variety of blocks that represent Indiana in some way, and the original way they blended the blocks with photos of the surrounding area. Lovely!

My husband Scott and my daughter Katerina came too. Scott has an artist’s eye and Katerina is a quilter so they have always provided me with much needed support (along with photo taking and quilt holding when needed <grin>).

The trunk show included quilts from my book and my new patterns. I also presented quilts I’ve made as an Island Batik Ambassador and many other new quilts. I also talked briefly about my recent trip to Quilt Market. What fun!

I love speaking at guilds because I get to see what other quilters are in to right now. My favorite part of any guild meeting is Show and Tell. Although the one that night was short, it was still fun to see everyone's recent projects.

Thank you Spring Valley Quilt Guild for inviting me to come visit. It was wonderful!

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Thanks Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis South!

It may seem from my recent infrequent blog post that I’ve been away, but I’ve just been busy designing new patterns. Lots of things to show you, but for now I want to tell you about my recent visit to the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis South.

I belong to QGI (the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis), and even served as its President a few years ago. Our guild is large, with around 400 members. We have three meetings every month: two during the day (one on the Northside and one on the Southside) plus an evening meeting. I recently got the privilege of presenting my trunk show at our Southside meeting, known affectionately as QGI South.

Strawberry Preserves

Strawberry Preserves

It was so wonderful to present the quilts from my book plus my new patterns to all my friends! To say I got a warm reception would be an understatement. A special thank you to Terri and Margie for all their help, and to Elizabeth for taking photos.

Snake Eyes

I love showing my quilt patterns in alternate colorways because I think that helps a quilter to imagine my pattern in their favorite colors instead of mine. Isn’t it amazing how different each quilt looks in these photos?

Stargazer

Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Stars

Mirage

At the meeting I shared some of my more recent patterns as well, such as Brickyard…

Brickyard

and Stepping Stones.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones Alternate

The meeting concluded with my favorite part: Show and Tell!

Thank you, QGIS, for inviting me to come visit. I had an awesome time!

If you'd like any of these patterns, check out my online shop.

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Thanks Mudsock Quilters Guild!

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been away, but I’ve been busy too! Lots of things to show you, but for now I want to tell you about my recent visit to the Mudsock Quilters Guild.

I presented a trunk show of my quilts and the guild members couldn’t have been more wonderful. Mudsock Quilters Guild meets nearby, so I saw a lot of familiar faces. I brought a smiling face with me as well—my daughter Katerina—who’ll be returning to college way too soon for me.

Some of the quilts I showed are patterns included in my book, while others are patterns I've recently added to my shop. Still others are quilts I'd hope to create patterns for soon. Do you get that I like to create quilt patterns? <grin>

I love visiting different guilds because I get so inspired! I’ve been feeling a bit “tapped out” lately so this visit couldn’t have come at a better time. Here are just a few of the quilts I saw during Show and Tell—one of my favorite part of any guild meeting.

I love seeing kids at a guild meeting! Even if they don’t seem interested, they are learning to love color and design and to appreciate what we all do. I used to bring my daughter to meetings even when she was too young to join our guild, and now she’s a quilter with several completed quilts to her credit.

 

Mudsock is a fairly new guild, and a lot of their members are new quilters. So one of their members is teaching these newbies how to quilt. How cool is that?

Thank you, Mudsock, for inviting me to come visit. I had an awesome time! If you're visiting my blog for the first time, be sure to sign up for my newsletter or follow me through social media. You'll find both of those options in my sidebar. You might find my private Facebook group fun! There we share our latest achievements (and lots of versions of Stepping Stones!)

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Tell me...what's unique about your guild?