Hand stitching and Angela Walters

Quilt Market is coming next week and while I don’t get to go this time [insert tears here] I did get to do a little work on a piece that’s going. Melissa created a wall quilt based on Crissy’s I Love My Local Quilt Shop logo–both are super cute, of course. Melissa needed some help on the stitching since she was leaving townfor a wedding, so I volunteered my set of hands. 20121019-070530.jpg

 

There’s something about stitching by hand that I really do love. It gives me an excuse to sit down and stop cooking, cleaning, working for just a bit. It doesn’t hurt that I love the outcome, as well.

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I’ll show the whole deal when I can. It’s totally finished–patchwork, handstitching, quilting and binding–and ready for Quilt Market in Houston. I think they’ll love it, too.

And speaking of love, last night was the Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting and our special guest was the lovely Angela Walters. I have zero interest in doing long-arm quilting, but I loved listening to her talk about her path and seeing the quilts she brought. She does beautiful work and someday, someday, I’ll have her do one for me.

She has fabric coming out soon with Art Gallery that I’m super eager to see. She had some sneak peaks sewn into a couple of the quilts, which was fun. She even has a panel that can be just folded in half and quilted to make a small quilt. She designed it that way for folks to practice their quilting techniques–clever!

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As I sat in that room, packed to the gills with women (and a man or two) eager to share their enthusiasm for fabrics and quilting, I realized how lucky I am to finally have found others that I can connect with. I had no idea there were others who were so thrilled to have needle and thread in hand! Now that I’ve found them, I don’t ever want this group to go away.

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