Celebration Quilt

Monday, October 28, 2013

We recently had a series of BIG events in our family: my Mom turned 70, my Dad turned 80, and they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. To mark the occasion, we had a big family gathering at my folks home in Virginia. My sister and I knew we wanted to do something special for them, beyond the party, and of course that something special had to involve a quilt. 

After throwing around a couple of ideas, we settled on a ‘this is your life’ theme. The idea was to scour our family photos and pick out some that represented different periods in their lives.  We would print the photos out on fabric paper (Miracle Fabric Sheets) and somehow integrate them into a quilt. We gathered our own pictures – luckily, my sister had just completed scrapbooks of our childhoods – along with pictures family members sent to us at our request. We settled on 40 photos; one third of my dad, one third of my mom, and the remaining third of one of them with my sister or I growing up. 

We decided to take the 'this is your life theme' one step further and border the pictures with a movie reel affect. After auditioning several different black fabrics we decided on Kona Charcoal {swoon!} for the movie reels.  If you've never used Kona charcoal in your quilts, stop what you are doing and go out and buy a bolt of it right now.  Yes, a bolt.  You won't regret it! The quilting was super simple lines that would highlight the pictures themselves. The back was pieced with the leftover solids, to keep with the modern-ness (is that a word?) of the quilt.  

The quilt now hangs in my parents' living room.  Each time I go to visit, I love to look at the pictures and think of the history that exists within the quilt.  Four lifetimes, really.  I look forward to the day my own daughter looks at the quilt and asks about each of the pictures in it.

Just like Rock 'n' Roll

Friday, March 01, 2013

First, let me say, QuiltCon was AWESOME! I was able to attend a day and a half of lectures as well as another day roaming the show and shopping floor. I had only planned to do one day of lectures, but couldn’t help myself, and went back for half of Sunday. I would have stayed longer, but had the little one in tow and she needed a nap! But we did manage to stay long enough for her to receive her very first collection for her fabric stash from Mary Fons herself after her lecture! Baby girl has been fondling it non-stop ever since.

One of my favorite lectures was from Jacquie Gering (checkout the lecture for free on Craftsy). I was particularly excited to hear her lecture because I had just done a Block Party with my quilting bee and had chosen to do a version of one of her designs, Shattered Quilt, from her book Quilting Modern.

QuiltCon Linky Party

Thursday, January 31, 2013

With QuiltCon quickly approaching, the Modern Quilt Guild thought it would be fun to do a linky party. I've never done one before so I'm super excited to participate in this one.

Besides the excitement of having a couple quilts in the show (all group quilts), I'm looking forward to taking my daughter on her first international quilt show experience. Even at 7 1/2 months old she is fascinated by fabric and sewing machines! She will be joining me on opening day for shopping and quilt gazing and then will be spending time with daddy on Saturday while I do the lecture circuit.

Five things you may not know about me (in no particular order)

(1) I love to travel. I've been to 45 of the 50 states, have traveled to 20 different countries, and lived on three different continents. I have never been south of the equator.
(2) One of my group quilts that will be in the QuiltCon show was recently censored while hanging in another show. My letter was the one they covered up. :(
(3) Despite losing one of my ovaries to cancer 20 years ago, I gave birth to a daughter in June of last year. She is the love of my life.
(4) This isn't my real hair color
(5) I love movies and am particularly glad to be a resident of Austin, home to Baby Day at the Alamo Drafthouse, where you can bring your baby, drink beer, and watch a movie all at the same time!

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