Friday, March 8, 2013

Mostly Not About QuiltCon

I was thinking of sharing my pictures and thoughts from QuiltCon here, but Leila and I are going to be presenting to The Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild about it in a couple of weeks, so I don't want to spoil things for my guild members.  I think I'll still plan to share about it, but after the guild meeting. 

By the way, I wanted to show you the cool triple zip bag that Leila gave me for finding her a place to stay in Austin or because she's just really nice.

back - I really love this bag and the fun fabrics.  Thanks again, Leila!

 One thing I will share from QuiltCon is about the workshop I took.  Registration for classes was crazy with classes selling out in nanoseconds, so most of the classes I was interested in were gone immediately.  Although, I already know embroidery stitches, I was curious about the class "Redwork in Modern Quilting" with Rachel Hobson.  I wanted to know how embroidery was translated from traditional redwork to modern quilting. 
The quilt top on the wall is Rachel's second and incorporates embroidery in some of the negative space blocks.

Ready to do a little stitching

Some backstitch, split stitch, stem stitch, and french knots.
Although I already knew how to do these stitches, I did learn a few new tricks.  I am very glad I took the class because it reminded me that I really enjoy handwork.  It was also great to meet Rachel because she's a very nice, interesting, and fun person. 

I also believe that taking the class pushed me to respond to a recent email from Penguin and Fish looking for people to stitch up samples of the embroidery kits being sold.  I sent in some pictures of my work, said I'd love to, and was chosen to be a stitcher!  Yay! 
The patterns I'm stitching came in the mail in this!

First one done - alligator

One done, seven to go
Not only do I get to have fun stitching up these cute patterns, but I'm getting paid in fabric and a book! 


  1. Wow, you lucky duck! I love their patterns. I have their hedgehog pattern that I have yet to stitch up. Are they still looking for stitchers? I'd love to be one.


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