Busy Quilty Weekend

Quilt Night Sept 2014_1

This past Friday night was our little quilt group’s Quilt Night.  We hold it the first Friday night of just about every month, taking off some here and there.  Lisa (on the left) and I founded The Good Heart Quilters when she was pregnant with her daughter, who is will soon be 18.  Hard to think we’ve been going that long!  On the right is Charlotte, one of our newer members, and Lisa’s running/marathon buddy.  Why are they smiling?  I cleaned out my fabric stash this past month and brought all the leftovers for them to claim.

Quilt Night Sept 2014_2

Speaking of pregnant ladies, Tiffiny, on the left, is waaaay pregnant and due this week.  (So far, no news.)  She is our bonafide Newest Member, but I’m guessing with a new baby, we won’t be seeing her for a while.  She’s helping Lisa hem and sew buttons on band uniforms (Lisa is a parent volunteer).  See?  We don’t always do quilts.  We want Tiffiny to come any time she wants to as she brought us all a yummy key lime pie.  Treats are always a good thing at Quilt Night.

Quilt Night Sept 2014_3

And still speaking of pregnant ladies, Caitlin (on the left) is due in January.  Simone (on the right) and I rounded out the group and we are definitely NOT pregnant.  A small gathering, but fun.  And with great treats that everyone brought.

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_1

I kicked them all out 10 p.m. because the next day I had to leave at 7 a.m. to head to San Diego to the San Diego Quilt Show, where I was taking a Free Motion Quilting Class with Sue Rasmussen.  She was great.  The class started out with a comprehensive overview of needles and threads, but soon we launched into hands on FMQ.  I had taken a class with another instructor about twelve years ago and a lot of what I know now I’ve gleaned through books, internet and Instagram.  So I thought it was time to do something classroom-y again.

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_2

We learned about hand position, speed, foot control and the all important wild card of what to do when our brain kicks in with questions like “Should this be a feather?”  or “You really messed up there.”  She also taught us three methods for starting and stopping, and kept the class moving with good demos and good advice.  I’m now totally intimidated on submitting anything to a show as she clued us in to some things she looks for in a show quilt (she’s often a judge).  Thankfully she didn’t say “sparkles.”

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_3

I had an hour for lunch, see the show, and visit the vendors’ booths.  I raced through it, so didn’t have time to grab names or titles of quilts (sorry) but here’s a few photos that I grabbed as we zipped by.

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_4

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_5

This French landscape is Sue Rasmussen’s.  You can bet I looked closely at the quilting.  (It was perfect.)

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_6a

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_6b

She actually had three of these trees, all in different color ways and different fabrics.  It was fascinating to see how different they all were.

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_7a

I loved this fun quilt, but it didn’t win the Modern Quilt category prize.  (Inconceivable!)

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_7c

Great quilting, eh?

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_8

This one won first prize in the Modern Quilt category.  Hmmmm.  I see “improv piecing” which seems to be a criteria (or at least according to Road to California’s blurb when I took a look at it this morning).  That’s it?  Improv piecing as the only qualifier for Modern?  Oh, that and “significant negative space,” or something like that.  I hate these seemingly artificial qualifiers and divisions.  Like Leanne of She Can Quilt says, “I’ll know it when I see it.”

SDGO Quilt Show Sept 2014_9Back to class for another few hours.  Here are some of Sue’s samples.  I really enjoyed her class and was glad I made the effort.

bridge san diego

On the long drive home, there is this elegant bridge spanning the wide freeway.  When I see this, I know I’m halfway home. It was a good weekend, with good friends and experiences, but heading home is what I like to do most.

11 thoughts on “Busy Quilty Weekend

  1. Hey you were in my hood! I was at the quilt show on Friday (I took the day off, I thought it was a good excuse). I live about 15 minutes from the convention center in SD. And coincidentally I had a quilty friend over just last night, I’m helping her understand directions in between classes. By the way, I used some of the fabric I won on your blog in a quilt my mom and I are making for my cousins’ son 🙂

  2. I second “please share the start and stop tips”! Love that your group has such a rich history – not many things, these days, last that long. And thanks so much for sharing the pics – am mesmerized by the 2 tree art quilts!

  3. Wish I had a local group. And yes, please share the start and stop tips. On another note, I’m starting to tire of the definitions and qualifiers about “modern” quilts. It seems to me that everyone has a slightly different take on it and the waters are quite muddy.

  4. I don’t really understand what a “modern” quilt is either, if I like a quilt I like it, I really like the first one you showed and the trees, I liked those too.

  5. I would also love to know more about the start and stop tips. That’s my big issue (one of several..ha!). Interesting about the modern category in the show. Love that you have a local monthly sewing group. Looks like y’all have a really fun time.

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