Quilt Shows & Inspiration

Des Moines quilt show

I’ve been hitting a lot of quilt shows and quilt guild meetings lately and getting lots of inspiration for new projects.  I dragged my mom to the AQS Des Moines quilt show this past week and had lots of fun.  My mom isn’t a quilter but she tags along with me and seems to enjoy looking at the quilts and talking to all the quilters & sewers.

I took a class while I was there with quilting superstar Angela Walters called “Quilting by Shape”.  Angela Walters quiltI’m trying to learn all I can about long arm quilting so I thought it would be informational and a good way to try out the Gammill quilting machines.  It was fun but made me want to have my own machine all the more.  I looked at all the long arm machines and realized that this decision is harder than I thought.  Anyway, after the class, I wanted to try out some of the techniques (even if it’s just on my home sewing machine) so I ripped out all the quilting on my crazy in America quilt and re-quilted it.  I had had some tension problems when I quilted it before so it really needed to be done again.  Angela talked about using a small scale and same color thread as the background to quilt heavily in the negative spaces so the focal point of the quilt stands out.  I tried to photograph my newly quilted piece but the quilting doesn’t show up well in photographs so I didn’t bother to put it on here.

mini charm packs

Every time we passed the Moda Bake Shop booth we got more of these mini charm packs. They’re little 2 1/2 inch squares.   I’m not sure what to do with these cute little pieces but my mom gave me her pack of “Hope Chest” fabrics and I added it to mine and made this:tiny quilt made from mini charm packs

I would like to get more of this fabric and make a small border.  Then I can go crazy quilting all the ideas I got for square shapes!

A couple weeks ago, I went to the Round Bobbin quilt show in St. Charles and used it as an excuse to see my daughter at college.  I dragged her along and she convinced me to buy this pattern and kit of fabrics.  It’s called “Morley J. Moose III”.  There’s a whole line of these colorful animal quilts designed by Barbara J. Jones and they’re super cute.

Morley the Moose

I thought maybe it was paper pieced. (You know I love to paper piece!)  It’s actually made by applique so I’ll have to make myself do that.  It’s so cute and bright, I think it’ll be fun.  I also got another small quilt pattern and kit so I’ll share that with you on a future post.