Quiltcon Was My Disney

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Moda Party Greg, Jackie, Me, Andy (hubby)

Moda Party
Greg, Jackie, Me, Andy (hubby)

Remember being a kid?

Remember the day you found out YOU were going to Disney?

How did it Feel?

I remember the feeling of pure excitement in my blood not knowing who I was going to see and what rides I was going to ride and what shows I was going to see…and those firework shows at night?

Wow!

As a parent I was able to replicate the experience for my kids.  I was able to relive that experience through their sparkling eyes, true smiles, and the same blood flowing excitement exerting through their energy.

But as an adult, we sometimes harbor what we want to do in exchange for giving our kids opportunities.

So here comes Quiltcon,

I remember the day that I talked to my husband about going to Quiltcon 6 months ago.  He was for it, seriously!  Say What????

(Insert giggles, jumping around, hugs, and true giddiness)

Quiltcon was my Disney

I got to meet my Mickeys

(bloggers, authors/book signings, artists)

I got my character meal

(the Moda Party, thank you for your generosity Moda)

I got my shows

(the amazing lectures and workshops)

I got my rides

(the jaw dropping quilt exhibit that I went through over and over again)

I got my souvenir toys

(fabric and fabric and oh, some more fabric)

What did I learn from all of this?

We all need a little Disney experience in our adult lives.  Sometimes we need to excite ourselves and go out and re-spark the giddiness that sometimes we feel has been left to our children to explore.  In this grown up world of images to uphold, roles to represent, and just acting like an adult all the time, it was fun to dig down to the pure giggles and butterflies in my belly and let the pure joy of the experience show through my smile and sparkle in my eyes.  It was fun to be like a kid at Disney again.

So what’s your Disney?

Toodles,

Deb

Fabric stash Quiltcon 2015

Fabric Stash Quiltcon 2015

Kate’s Quilt

The weather is turning to Fall here in Pennsylvania and I’m feeling the need to play with something cozy.  I had bought some flannel fabric on sale last Spring at Burkholder’s Fabric (love that place!!!)  My daughter has been wanting to make her own quilt from start to finish.  I thought this would be a great time to make one of those Rag Quilts.  There’s is a lot of room for error and you get a cozy quilt at the end.

I cut all the squares for her but she pretty much did the rest.   Here she is sewing X’s on each square to secure the batting that we put in the middle.  She wanted it extra cushy!

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Here’s her pile of squares

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and here is her finished quilt, snipped and out of the dryer.

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She slept with it last night.  This morning she said that it was the best night sleep she has ever had because she was so warm from HER quilt.

It’s got to feel good to be 12 and be able to use what you made.

Unfortunately for me, my machine took a beating from all the thick layers.  It is in the shop for at least a week…

I guess I will be doing a lot of cutting for the next project!

Toodles!

deb

Why Am I Blogging?

When I tell someone that I got into Quilting about a year ago…their face says it all!

Say what???

I am not gray haired (although my hair colorist could probably prove that theory wrong), I do not have grandchildren (my own kids are still young), I don’t go to church on a regular basis (sorry, not hangin out in the church basement quilting), I don’t spend my day making homemade baked goods for my kids (I pick them up at the grocery store, baked), I like a good glass of wine ( and that does not make me a bad person), and …  what other stereotypes can I think of….hmm.

I am a 40 something woman who works out, has a great husband with kids and a dog.  I spend my weekends and after-school driving my kids to every sports practice, tournament, game, art class, volunteer opportunity, tutoring, oh and I get dinner on the table each night!  Hubby helps too!  Today’s quilter is not necessarily the stereotypical grandmother we still envision in our head.

I live in Lancaster PA where we have many Amish and Mennonite ladies that do some AMAZING traditional quilting.  It is truly an art.  My town also hosts the AQS (American Quilters Society) Convention every year.  A few year’s back I stumbled in for the first time.  I believe in being a tourist in my own town and this time, it proved to be a game changer for me.  I was floored by the artwork that these people could create using fabric.  My grandmother taught me to sew but never in my wildest dreams had I seen THIS type of sewing before.

But here was the hook for me.  As I walked around, I am 5’8″, blond and in my 40s. I pretty much stuck out like a soar thumb.   I posted on my Facebook page “I’m feeling young and tall today.”  After talking to some of the vendors, I found out that the average age attending was about 63. Well my head went crazy.  So if the average is 63 what is happening to this Art of Quilting?  Is it a dying breed?  Who is learning and carrying on the traditions of this aging art?

About a year later and a bit of snooping around (oh how I love the internet) I found the MQG Modern Quilt Guild.  For as old as traditional quilting is, modern quilting is new.  It is taking all the respected traditions of quilting and allowing you to freshen them up with your own interpretation.  It is bright colors, wonky squares, traditional blocks just made with fresh fabrics instead of old clothe shirts.  It is respecting the traditions but allowing the creator to put their own spin on an old block design.

So, why am I blogging?  I would like to be able to show others this amazing creative world I have found.  The Quilting Bee has come out of the Basement and found its home on the Internet.  Blogging has created a world for Quilters to connect from across the country and many continents.  Someday I would be intrigue to document how Blogging has changed the Quilting community from a quiet little local community thing to this vast, no walls, community of wonderful helpful people.

But for now, I’m going to get back to quilting

Toodles!

deb

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Deb in Baltimore Harbor with Napa