There are so many things I love about quilting and the community that comes together around it. I am always amazed at how you can put a group of quilters together, give them one idea, and each person interprets it in their own way. A few weeks ago six strangers came together for a weekend retreat to make improvisational leaves based on my Colorfall quilt. As we got to know one another each woman made a quilt true to them. I fell in love with each quilt and the creativity of the makers as they worked through the curved piecing process.
Quilt Show Season is Approaching!
Quilt shows are where the quilting community comes together to show off their talents, appreciate the work of others, and to be inspired. Who doesn't love a quilt show? (Well, my kid isn't such a fan, but you can't please everyone.) February is the start of the next round of shows with QuiltCon in Savannah February 23-26. Are you going? I will be there in spirit and will be following Instagram diligently so that I can keep up with all of the excitement
Some of the shows that are on my radar for the spring are:
April 1-2 - Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild. This is my guild's biennial show. I know I am biased, but we put on a pretty great display of 300 quilts at UMass Amherst. This is also your one chance to see my crazy pink cow quilt, "Out Standing in Their Fields", hanging.
April 5-8 - MQX New England, Manchester, NH. Some of the best machine quilting in the world is shown here, plus MQX has loads of classes for quilters of all skill levels. I will be there Friday, April 7 teaching Designing with Flying Colors. If you want to experiment with your color choices, or gain confidence in choosing color palettes, this two-hour workshop is for you.
June 23-25 - Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Junction, VT.
Whether you take a class, or spend a few quality hours with your sewing machine, I hope you are able to tap into your love of quilting this month.
Happy Valentine's Day!
February 11 & 12, 2017
Workshop - Improvisational Piecing, Quilters Connection, Waltham, MA
February 19, 2017
Workshop - Template Play on the longarm, Sew Inspired, Simsbury, CT
March 13, 2017
Trunk Show and Map Quilt Workshop, Connecticut Piecemakers, Trumbull, CT
March 19, 2017
Workshop - Feather Play on the longarm, Sew Inspired, Simsbury, CT
March 28, 2017
Trunk Show, Crosstown Quilters, Weymouth, MA