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So Your Hobby is Quilting????

This past weekend, I was working as a Superior Threadology Educator in the Superior Threads booth at the AQS Des Moines show.  It was a wonderful time and I so enjoyed meeting and talking with so many people in the booth.  I also had to give a 20 minute lecture on thread.  This was a little daunting to me, but the audience was very receptive and helped out with some great questions.

One thing that kept me laughing all weekend was my experience on my way out to Des Moines.  I left BWI airport (Baltimore) and had a connecting flight in Chicago.  After my group was called to board I got in line with my quilted tote bag with a “quilt themed saying” luggage tag on it.  I hear the gentleman behind me say…..”It’s great to see what your hobby is just from your luggage tag”.  Inside, I was laughing hysterically, as I was thinking….”Buddy, this is no hobby….this is my passion and my job”.  I guess to him, I was just one of those “quilt ladies”!!  LOL!!!  But then again….who knew that a hobby would turn into this awesome career!!!

I have met so many wonderful people in this industry, both teachers and students!!  I have never been much of a traveler until now, and I still sometimes wonder about all the travel, but when I receive a message like this one below, it makes it all worth while and reassures me that I am doing the right thing!!

Here is the message I received from a student (Gregg):  “I was in one of your classes at the Fall show, Jane. Your class and your workbooks have given me the confidence to take on quilting the UFOs I have sitting around. I’ve practiced in the workbooks every day and keep them by my home machine while quilting  as a reference. I so appreciate the advice and encouragement from you. And if anyone reading this is considering a class with Jane – just do it! You’ll be glad you did.”

It just makes my heart happy to know that I helped someone learn free motion quilting!!!

Anyway, I can’t close this post without showing a wonderful Halloween Quilt that I had the pleasure of quilting for Tina.  Here are a few photos:

Happy Quilting everyone!!!

 

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MQX Midwest 2017

The Awards Ceremony for MQX Midwest was held last night and they show the awards ceremony live on Facebook…..isn’t technology great!!!

My customer/friend, Rhonda, had entered two quilts.  One that I quilted and one that was quilted by another longarmer.

Congrats to Rhonda and Sue Whitaker(longarmer), for an Honorable Mention in the Computerized Quilting category for the quilt “Strawberry Sunrise”!!  It’s beautiful!!

Rhonda’s quilt (that I quilted),  “With Milk and Sugar?”, took a Third Place in the “Our Daily Bed” category.  Way to go!!!!

 

 

Little did I know, that there was another surprise waiting for me in my email.  A couple of months ago, I spoke at a local quilt guild (Heartland Quilt Guild, Denton, MD).  I was very impressed when a young man (Jarrett) attended the meeting with his Mom (Nicole), and actually had show and tell.  He had quilts to show, along with woodworking that he does.  His Mom took my Free Motion Quilting Class and I told her that she should consider having him enter the Kids Category at MQX.

Last night, after the Awards Ceremony, I received the sweetest email from Jarrett’s Mom, Nicole.  Jarrett did enter the MQX Kids Category, and won a Third Place!!  Woohoo!!!  He is over the moon, as his prize is a Handi Quilter Stitch Sewing Machine, a quilters starter kit, and a MQX vest.  Even though he will be over the age limit for the kids category next year, he is now determined to enter as an adult!!!  It’s so much fun and so inspiring to see a younger generation get so excited over quilting!!!

This picture is not from the show, as I don’t have that yet, but I wanted to share what his quilt looks like.  Beautiful job, Jarrett!!!

Thank you to MQX for providing that opportunity for the younger people that are learning to quilt!!!

Happy Quilting!!!!

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Summer Quilting

I am having a hard time believing that Summer 2017 seems to be coming to an end very quickly!!

I am busy getting ready for teaching at the Fall Paducah Show, which is only a couple of weeks away (OMG!!!!), but I thought I would at least do a short post and show you some of the lovely quilts that I had the opportunity to quilt this Summer.

This quilt was done by Pat Hersl.  I love this quilt.  My applique ruler really helps get your stitching close for quilting around applique!

This next quilt was made by Janet.  She did a beautiful job with this and the colors are just amazing and so summery!!!

This quilt was made by Ellen and was the Mystery Quilt from Peggy’s Sewing Center.  It now resides on my Mom’s bed and she loves it!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This mini that I quilted is taken from Helen Godden’s Quilt-A-Doodle-Do book!!  Isn’t it adorable!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a cute little project.  I deconstructed silk flowers, and rearranged them on a fabric sandwich, then placed organza overtop and quilted away!!  It was a lot of fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This anchor quilt was designed by Pat’s husband and appliqued and pieced by Pat.  Then I had the pleasure of quilting it!  Great job, Pat & Ron!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This anchor quilt was made by Ellen for a family member.  The pattern was from Tula Pink and is a free pattern on her website.  It is absolutely stunning!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathy’s flannel and wool quilt was a pleasure to quilt.  This is called My Crazy Life from Lisa Bongean.  Congrats to Cathy as she won “Reserved Grand Champion” and a “First Place” at the Queen Anne County Fair for this quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d also like to congratulate some recent winners…..Rhonda (Best of Show at Diamond State Quilt Show), Ellen (Second Place at Maryland State Fair), Mary (First Place at Maryland State Fair), Rhonda (Best of Show at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show), Ellen (two First Places at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show).  CONGRATS TO ALL!!!!  WELL DESERVED, LADIES!!

If you are coming to Paducah, make sure to stop me and say hello!!!  I am teaching six classes and presenting one lecture.  Three of my classes are sold out, with the other three having only a few spots left, so come and join me!!  For more info, click here.

I will also be at the AQS Des Moines Show the beginning of October, but I will be working in the Superior Threads booth, so make sure you stop in and see all the glorious thread that they have and say hello!!!

I’d also like to ask that you all keep the people in Texas who have suffered greatly from the recent hurricane, in your thoughts and prayers!!

Happy Quilting!!!

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With Milk and Sugar?

I recently had the honor of quilting a gorgeous hand appliqued quilt titled, With Milk and Sugar?,  for my customer and friend, Rhonda.

The hand applique on this piece is just phenomenal and this was such a fun and whimsical quilt to quilt.  This was a Block of the Month from Material Obsession by Wendy Williams.

Here are some of the pictures I took as I was quilting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This quilt was entered into the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Quilt Show recently and both of us were so excited that it had won “Best of Show” and a First Place Ribbon.  Congrats to Rhonda!!!

Here is Rhonda in front of her award winning quilt!!

 

At this same show, another customer/friend, Ellen, won ribbons on two of her quilts:

New York, New York won a First Place Ribbon & a specialty ribbon of “Best Use of Color”, and her Gypsy Quilt won a First Place Ribbon.  Congrats to Ellen!!!

Here is Ellen with both of her award winning quilts!!

 

On a side note…..aren’t those ribbons beautiful!!!  This was such a nice show!!!  Well done, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild!!

Happy Quilting!!!

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