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March 10, 2019
Take Note from Ellyn's Place

My latest quilt, Take Note, was started in Melanie Tuazon's class at Quiltcon. At the end of class, we all shared our work and the stories behind it. It was a bit embarrassing to tell the truth! My story? ummm, well, I chose the solids because they match my newly renovated guest bathroom. Yeah. that's all I had. Ladies were sharing beautiful stories about what inspired their improv work and I was playing with solids that match my bathroom. Really? Pretty lame. One lady shared about her young grandson with a brain tumor. Amazing, powerful stories. Oh well ...

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February 27, 2019
QuiltCon classes from Ellyn's Place

I always have the best luck with the classes I get for Quiltcon! This year I took two half day (ok, evening!) classes. The first one was with Melanie Tuazon. I didn't know much about Melanie when I signed up for her class, but just the title sucked me right in.... Planned & Unplanned, find your improv groove. Boy did she deliver!

Melanie was encouraging, approachable and a terrific teacher. In the end I came away with finished blocks for a quilt top...

my mom says it reminds her of post it notes & I agree! I plan to add dark ...

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February 26, 2019
MQG Mini quilt swap from Ellyn's Place

This was my third year entering the MQG Mini quilt swap. Since I attended Quiltcon this past weekend (more posts yet to come on that!) it was a highlight for me to meet my swap partner Julie. This is the quilt I made and took to her. It was designed by Jayne of Twiggy and Opal, who graciously shared the paper piecing template with me! Bonus.... I got to meet Jayne this weekend too!
We chatted for a long time and I loved finding all five (yes! FIVE!) of her quilts in the show. Here's my favorite....
Anyways... back ...

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April 4, 2018
MQG Riley Blake challenge from Ellyn's Place

I had fun with the latest Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenge from Riley Blake. We received four prints for the challenge and I added Riley Blake solids in Navy and Lime.
I also ordered extra of the navy stripe, one of the prints received, because I love a good bias stripe binding! Here you can see all four prints, the stripe, the navy crosshatch at the star points, the white with rose gold plusses in the center of the block and a white on white print in the outer corners. 

The block is one I designed in one of my ...

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March 12, 2018
Japanese knock off tote bag from Ellyn's Place

My friend Stephanie made an amazing Japanese knock off tote bag to use at Quiltcon.  I really loved it! She shared that it is a free tutorial from Sew Can She & I knew I would put it toward the top of my list of things to make after I got home. Because I clearly need more tote bags.

I decided to make my bag entirely of Cotton & Steel fabrics. Some I had in my stash, some I had just picked up at Quiltcon.
 I love that the bag is reversible! The patchwork "lining is really fun.

I also love the ...

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March 5, 2018
all the tote bags from Ellyn's Place

If you've been to Quiltcon before, you already know that you can come home with a huge stack of free tote bags! I had no idea.... live and learn! A few of the ones I ended up with are really great quality. Like the free bag we got with registration, designed by Violet Craft!

As much as I love it, I wish it had interior pockets. I had a brainstorm! Why not make some to insert. So I set to work.....
I made this pocket insert, with three slip pockets (perfect for my phone, etc) and a zipper pocket ...

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February 28, 2018
quilt con fun - part three. QUILTS! from Ellyn's Place

I spent hours and hours looking at all of the quilts at Quilt Con. So much beautiful inspiration. And the stories! I loved reading the stories about the backgrounds of the quilts. I will post a few here, but I have posted many more on my instagram account. If you want to see more, go there!

I loved seeing the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild's charity quilt hanging with all of the others. There were so many gorgeous ones, but I confess I am rather fond of ours!
I'm a huge fan of words on quilts. I saw so ...

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February 27, 2018
quilt con fun part 2 from Ellyn's Place

One of the best things about Quilt Con was meeting people. It didn't take long to start making new friends. I was barely inside the convention center the first morning, before the doors to the exhibit hall even opened, when I heard an excited voice calling out "Ellyn! Ellyn!" I turned and there was my instagram buddy Sandie, from sandieloves2quilt. Luckily, we saw each other many times over the four days of the conference & got to visit quite a bit.
I also got to meet Jane from janequiltsslowly. Jane made the mini I received in last years swap, which ...

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February 26, 2018
quilt con fun - part one from Ellyn's Place

Oh Pasadena, What fun I had at Quilt Con. I'm going to break this up over several posts so I don't make you too jealous all at once.

My buddy Diann and I flew to LAX last Wednesday morning. We arrived at our hotel at lunchtime (perfect!) and had time to get our bearings before the event began. I also enjoyed dinner with my brother and his family that evening since they live nearby. A bonus treat!

I'll jump ahead to mini quilt swap day, since I already teased you with a post about my quilt. I ...

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February 24, 2018
MQG Mini swap from Ellyn's Place

Today is the day I get to meet my partner in the mini quilt swap at Quilt Con! This year the swap was an open swap, meaning partners were paired off to make for each other, so we knew who was making for us.
I had a great time creating for Tzitzi and I hope she likes what I've come up with. She likes red and aqua (a match made in heaven I think!) so I worked from my stash and made this design with half square triangles. Straight line quilted with some echo quilting on my Janome.
it ...

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February 21, 2018
What to Wear Wednesday - another Ebony Tee from Ellyn's Place

 Here I am in another version of the Ebony Tee by Closet Case Patterns. This one is the "dress" length with set in sleeves and a scoop neckline. I do love the scoop, it lays nicely. The set in sleeves are fine, but I will admit I prefer the raglan version. If I make another longer ebony, I will adjust the raglan view I think! But this is very wearable (I wore it to church this morning!).

The fabric is a t-shirt knit from Hobby Lobby and it's a great quality. I wore it over a pair of black ...

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February 19, 2018
2018 is the year of the Quilty UFO from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

I spent all of last month completely obsessed with UFO’s. Not the alien carrier, flying saucer type but the quilty kind. Now if you are wondering What?! What is this crazy person talking about!” UFO also stands for Unfinished Object. Yes, that is right, BOM blocks, bee blocks, quilt tops, quilts that only need to be bound, patterns with fabric… all of those projects I have started and have left unfinished have been haunting me. The list keeps getting longer so I decided 2018 will be the year of Quilty UFO. Others might argue and tell me no, it ...

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September 30, 2016
Blogger's Quilt Festival Modern Quilt Category!! from Sew Psyched

Amy of Amy's Creative Side is holding the Fabulous Blogger's Quilt Festival this week!! Modern Dresden by SewPsyched! Pattern is copyright protected.  I am entering Modern Dresden, my Quilt Con 2016 entry, into the Modern Quilts category. How do you think it will do???  She was washed at least 3 times before she went to Quilt Con, and I love her wrinkly texture. I've

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