More from Sewtopia

It’s been a busy week! I wanted to finish showing off my pictures from Sewtopia, not that they are very good. I think I need to take the iPhone class at the Apple store because I know I should be able to do much better…

Oh well!

On the Friday our end of the “sewing lounge” enjoyed a Molehill workshop with Latifah Saafir. It was wonderful but I didn’t take any pictures. I was too busy stitching the curved pieces together. I took a few pictures this morning of my finished top.

Here’s a little peak …
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I used Kaffe’s from my stash and some solids that Quilters Quest had so kindly brought along to tempt us into shopping…

I very rarely follow someone else’s pattern these days and I really loved the way everything came together with the minimum of stress. I’m looking forward to quilting my baby size quilt. perhaps I’ll get a better picture then?

In the evening we were able to get to see everyone’s Michael Miller Challenge pieces. There was a wide selection of everything from pincushions to bags, lots of quilts…
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Mine is peaking out the bottom of this picture.

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Everything was so bright and cheerful!

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Fortunately the folks at Michael Miller were in charge of picking the winners. (They did not choose mine)

Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts, all the way from Melbourne Australia, was our teacher on Saturday. Here is her Kansas Dugout quilt.

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That’s a lot of y-seams… I had this many made by lunchtime.

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Yes, they are not oriented the right way on the design wall.

Jaime made a much better job than me of putting hers together. She looks happy!

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And that’s about all I have, no pictures of the lovely ladies from Modesto, California I shared a table with. (I did look up Modesto so now I know where it is!) The picture of me with Rita is so bad of both of us I am doing a public service by keeping it hidden…

The Drake was a super hotel. I’d like to go back there one day. The themed buffet lunches were really good with all sorts of tasty delights. I definitely benefitted by having to make blocks outside my usual comfort zone… It was fun sewing with eighty other enthusiastic stitchers. Amy and Jemellia organize a great retreat.

Next spring Sewtopia is going to Atlanta, and wouldn’t you know it? I’ll be down South in Birmingham, Alabama the beginning of the right week in April. I’ve marked it on my calendar, I’m planning on being there!

 

Tomorrow will be a change of pace. I’m headed to Tampa Florida for Exponential East, a church planting conference. I’m going to be a volunteer. We’ll see how I do at following instructions…

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