Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wisconsin Quilt Expo and WIPS

On September 6th and 7th, I took two days to myself and headed to the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison. My schedule was jam packed with lectures, viewing the exhibit quilts and doing a little shopping :)

If you ever get a opportunity to hear Bob from Superior Threads speak, please jump at the chance. His one hour lecture was so informative on thread and needles (and also very funny). He has a newsletter you can sign up for if you are interested. ( Since I bought my Janome 6300 I have always had an issue when free motion quilting with the thread breaking. He suggested a different way to thread my machine and different needles. I spent last week quilting my Dr Who quilt and did not have any problems! (I bought their Superior Needles Titanium Coated).

Another highlight was hearing about and seeing the work of Viola Colombe. She resides on an Indian Reservation in South Dakota and makes the most beautiful Lone Star quilts.

Photos of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts - Quilted Yurt.

On Friday night I had the pleasure of hearing Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side ( talk. She discussed how she juggled raising her children and starting her quilting/book career.

Here are some of the goodies that I bought - the Superior Threads needles, a pair of cute and very sharp embroidery scissors, 2 Moda Candy packs of Simply Style and some gray fat quarters.

I also got this beautiful aqua and red fabric with the Sassy Squares pattern to make. I fell in love with this fabric because it reminded me of a art project my oldest did in 1st grade.

 See - such wonderful red birds!!
I have been doing some sewing also. I just finished a Dr Who Tardis quilt for my niece who underwent surgery yesterday for scoliosis. The back brace was not helping her so the only option was to put a rod in her back to straighten it. She has been a trooper through the two years of the back brace and now the surgery. The surgery went very well - you would not believe the before and after xrays of her spine! She will have a long recovery in front of her but she is so strong. We are all so proud of her. My parents gave her the quilt right before going into surgery and she was very excited to receive it.

I did straightline quilting on the actual tardis and in the black I did stars and loops.
I also got most of the top together for the Ruby Pearl and Opal scrap quilt. I just need to get the large white border put on.

Love it when the sun shines through.

I also finished the top for a quilt kit I bought about 3 years ago. It was one that I loved when I bought but as I started putting it together I now hate it. I decided to have it as large tabletopper instead of a lap quilt.

With the leftover jelly roll strips I decided to create this scrappy jelly roll quilt that I saw on I am about halfway done and am liking the material again!

I am still trying to use up my scraps from Mama Said Sew. I have two patterns in mind that I started. The below pattern is a tumbler Dresden mini.

Blogs I am Linking up to:
Fabric Tuesday
WIP Wednesday
Made By Me Tuesday
Really Random Thursdays
Needle and Thread Thursday


Willit Neverend said...

Wow. I love your quilts. Your TARDIS caught my attention over at Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday link-up, but your WIPs are awesome, too. If your niece is a big Doctor Who fan, which I assume she must be, she would be absolutely over the moon with that quilt. Did you design it yourself? I love the star quilting - great idea.

Actually, I have considered making a TARDIS quilt myself. I'm pretty sure I will one day, but it won't be anytime soon.

Michele Reynolds said...

Love your Dr Who quilt, and I'm sure she did too:) Hope all is well! I posted Halloween Banner to the party!

Anonymous said...

Your Tardis rocks... love it.

Anonymous said...

Wow, looks like you've been busy! Beautiful work, and I especially love the Tardis! Good luck to your niece with her recovery.

Kelly Young said...

You have so many wonderful projects going on! Can't wait to see how the Sassy Squares quilt comes out!

I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Sabrina said...

I absolutely love your Tardis quilt! What is the line of fabric with the gorgeous birds?

Teresa said...

Thanks for all the compliments on the Tardris. My niece loved it and is at home healing from her surgery. Her brother has requested a twin size one for his bed so I need to more fabric for that. The blue and aqua fabric is Winter's Lane from Moda. If I can get the boys in bed early I plan on cutting into it tonight :)