A Great Few Days (and a giveaway!)
It’s only Tuesday, and I’ve already had the best week ever.
I was nervous about registering for The MQG’s SewDown Nashville all weekend, and with good reason. The class lineup includes a few of my all-time favorite quilters and a tour of Anna Maria Horner‘s home studio. So I camped out by my computer and signed up the second I could.
In the meantime, some people got a screen asking them to log in, and so many people tried to register that it sold out within two hours. Now how to wait five months to take all the classes and hit Nashville with the six other NJMQG members who signed up? I’m feeling pretty fortunate to have the opportunity, means and luck to get in.
Then, all riled up on quilt excitement (yes, that happens sometimes), I got to go see Victoria Findlay Wolfe speak at the Garden State Quilters meeting. the GSQ generously offered NJMQG members free admission to the lecture.
It was so inspiring, especially after the evolutionary process of my brick quilt top, to hear about how Victoria’s quilts evolve. I have a long way to go to get to the wow factor of her quilts, but I found so much energy and some good ideas in her work.
And though I won Cath‘s blogaversary giveaway last week, my package arrived today. There is so much fabric! And some tools, like hexi shapes for English paper piecing and a Dresden plate ruler. Victoria Findlay Wolfe said, “make the quilt you said you’d never make,” and those were definitely on my “never” list. Now I’m amped up to try them.
Because of all the good things that have come my way lately, I want to give something back. November is the month to be thankful, and I am so thankful for everyone in the quilting world that has inspired and encouraged me. So I’m giving away two bundles of fabric totaling about two yards each. There will be fat quarters, half yards and scraps in a range of colors. Leave a comment on this post about what inspires you lately by Friday, November 15 at 10PM EST and I’ll pick two winners with a random number generator.
Melanie, you deserve all the good things coming your way!!! I have been too busy to let inspiration creep in – could not lose my focus last month – but hope to get reenergized when I get back from my trip!
And can’t wait to go to Nashville with everyone!
Fun Fun Fun! You do deserve all things good! Flying geese patterns are inspiring me right now! Thinking that might be a good way to use up all the scraps of my running over basket !
Love your brick top quilt!
Thanks for sharing.
Everything you are doing is inspiring. And kourtney with all her projects makes me want to do something, anything! But mostly my daughter who so desperately wants a quilt is what’s mostly motivating me and inspiring me (with the help from Pinterest and some quilting books and mags too)
Currently, I am inspired by all the creativity I see–the art you are doing, the art of my friend Rebecca and her quilts and the amazing way that colors, patterns and images are all linked together to make something totally new. It has spurred me to get out my paper and start designing cards again. A quilt is still on my someday list, but I am inspired by Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s words and am trying to figure out how I can make that a reality. Thanks for your posts, Mel.
I’m inspired by bright colors. Congratulations on your giveaway win. What a fun package to receive!
I’m totally jealous that you get to go to SewDown Nashville! I’d love to go some year. I’m definitely inspired by the quilts of other bloggers. I’m new to quilting and still really trying to find my style and it is so fun to see what everyone else in the quilting world is doing!
My stash is inspiring me right now! (Which is good, as I need to cool it on the stashing front.) I love your takeaway from VFW’s lecture. Mine was USE your scraps and remember JOY. What a cool person she is. And so are you! So jealous of your forthcoming SewDown adventure. Please over-gram it for the rest of us 😉
I am a self taught quilter who is apprehensive to do anything but straight line quilting but since I have taken your FMQ class last week I am so anxious to keep practicing and put together my “Piece of my heart” quilt which I made last winter but have not assembled yet. Your work that you shared with us at the class is all so inspiring that it make me more confident to know that I too can do different stitches and not feel intimidated if they don’t look perfect! Your class has also inspired me to research more classes. I love taking sewing classes! Thanks again and congrats on you wonderful win! Hope to see you soon again at Rock, Paper Scissors for more ideas! Kari G
Things that inspire me…dreams, fabric, pinterest, other bloggers, famous paintings (currently working on a starry night quilt)…books, stories, people…etc…
My fabulous and fearless sewing/quilting friends inspire me! I am always grateful that I can geek out about fabric or a pattern or quilt or color palette with you all! : )
What inspires me most right now is the imagination of my fellow bloggers, who continue to make colour and fabric choices that astonish, awe and satisfy my eye. So many ideas that would never have occurred to me, so many busy hands shaming me into finishing up or starting where I’ve been putting it off… I’m grateful for the community, the appreciation, the support, and most of all, for all the colour in the world.
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Hear hear! Well said.
You’re one of the best to do that with. 🙂
Thank you so much for this great comment, Kari (I’m a little behind on replying). I hope to see you again too!
I definitely will! I can’t see where your scraps take you. I like your style.
Amen! Thanks so much for your comment.
Thanks! And thank you for commenting. I love bright colors too.
Thanks Aubrey! I love your quilts.
Thanks Anne! Thanks for visiting.