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July 19, 2019
Christa’s Soapbox: Thoughts About Being a QuiltCon Juror 2019 from Christa Quilts

QuiltCon – the modern quilting show and conference hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild – has recently opened quilt submissions for their 2020 show, so I thought now would be an appropriate time to share about what it was like to be on the jury for this year’s show.

I’ve attended every event since the first one in 2013, have been lucky enough to have at least one quilt in every show, and have taught there 3 times so far (2016, 2017, 2019). In fact, I credit QuiltCon and The MQG with changing the course of my quilting career – for ...

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March 19, 2019
Quilt Con (episode 5) Can It Count for Sunday Quilt Inspiration? from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 I've been busy helping Richard care for his elderly parents, which is taking a great deal of time. That said, I suppose that for the time being, I'll be posting on a do-it-when-I-can basis. 

That may mean only a few times a week, though I will try to keep up with my Pinterest posts. I'm writing this with full knowledge that I missed Sunday's Quilt Inspiration. To make up for it, here are a few more Quilt Con pictures from last month. Enjoy!

Thanks for understanding our family needs and forgive me for those times when ...

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March 15, 2019
Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild -- What Fun! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The BRMQG invited me to give a lecture at our meeting on Monday evening. I had a wonderful time. I haven't taught in such a long time and I've missed it. 

This class, though, was more about presenting than teaching. I did talk about my philosophy of improv and how I found my way into the modern movement. And I showed about 15 quilts. The whole thing lasted an hour and, happily, I had just enough "teaching material" to talk about and quilts to show. 

Of course, there was other business. Several of us had attended Quilt Con ...

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March 11, 2019
Going Big and Bold at QuiltCon! from Mama Love Quilts

Hello dear reader,

Would you believe it’s taken me almost 2 weeks to recover from QuiltCon?!? It was a blast!

While I was there, I had the pleasure of taking a class with Denyse Schmidt. Here we are holding a couple of my blocks to make her Proverbial Quilt pattern.

At some point, I will make a quilt that says, “For we live by faith, not by sight.”

In addition to taking a class with Denyse, I had the honor of teaching at QuiltCon for the very first time!

I taught my Big and Bold workshops on large-scale freezer ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Quilt Con (episode 4) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Photos coming, but first a few personal notes from Quilt Con.

I happened upon Tula Pink of Pink Door Studios. She made it big with her Etsy shop and wild fabric lines. The huge vendor booth looked familiar (I passed by a couple of times) and I kept wondering what that familiarity was. Her fabric lines, of course! They are beautiful, colorful and happy. I take issue with some of the language that appears on her work, but maybe I'm just not that modern.

DEMO17 - My Obsession with Shibori Resist and Indigo with Debbie Maddy, Moda Fabrics + Supplies

I ...

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March 6, 2019
Make a mini - make a friend from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Today is the day! I'm excited. Seriously? Perhaps, I need some counseling. Today is the day I've scheduled to do some major tidying up. I can tidy up the sewing room if I want or I can finish off the stuff from M's room or I can tackle the office or I can do all three. But today is a tidy up day ONLY.

Why haven't I scheduled days like this before? I know that some people are very good at scheduling their time. I'm not. I say I'll do something and then I ...

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March 1, 2019
Blooming Wallflowers Week 6 – Catch up Break & Inspiration from Christa Quilts

I’m adding in another “catch-up” break so that those of you following along will have plenty of time to work on your quilts. But just remember, you can work on Blooming Wallflowers on your own schedule, too! Scroll to the end for links to all of the previous QAL posts.

Blooming Wallflowers by Christa Watson QuiltCon 2019

Of course I had to match my shoes to my quilt!!
Click here to get a Blooming Wallflowers kit (while supplies last).

It was exciting for me to see Blooming Wallflowers hanging in the show at QuiltCon last week! The biggest comment I got was how much nicer it ...

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February 27, 2019
Quilt Con (episode 3) THE WINNERS from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

These are the big winners. Let's start with "Best in Show," which is followed by a collage of close-ups. 

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February 26, 2019
Quilt Con (episode 2) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

More eye-candy from QuiltCon! 

My apologies that I don't remember which of these are the winners or in which order. However, I am sure that I have the correct titles attached to the quilts. 

So which is your favorite thus far? Oh, there are more pictures coming. I just need some time to work on them.

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February 24, 2019
My Reflections on Quiltcon 2019 from Quilty Therapy

Wow! I can’t just stop the post here, but that’s what I woke up feeling this morning. To be honest, I haven’t sewn much this year. My creativity has been in a slump. Getting away for the weekend was just what I needed personally and creatively. Nashville was such an easy drive from Indy. A […]

The post My Reflections on Quiltcon 2019 appeared first on Quiltytherapy.

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QuiltCon 2019- Day 3 from The Sassy Quilter

Day 3

Today we finished up seeing all the quilts in the show and Wow…. it really took three days to see all this stuff!

Here are some of my Day 3 faves…

We took some time today to do a Make and Take. Those are so fun. They had a few here to do. We each did a different project… quilted post cards, eye masks and a draw string pouch.

Here is my cute little pouch!

We had a great class by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time about paper piecing. Her work is amazing and I’m dying ...

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Quilt Con (episode 1) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

There are more photos on my Instagram or #theMQG on Instagram if you'd like to see other pictures. For now, though, I'm adding some of the winners to this post. And check it out, I figured a short cut to keying in all the information on each quilt! Remember that you can click on each picture to get a close-up view. 

To help you make sense of these, I posted the  pictures in winning order. (It's difficult to see the place number on the ribbons.) I'll post more on Monday or Tuesday, depending on when we ...

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February 23, 2019
QuiltCon 2019- Day 4 from The Sassy Quilter

Day 4

Today we just had one lecture left on working on accuracy. Learned a few tips and tricks there.

We did one more round in the show room and voted on our favorite quilt for the peoples choice award.

This was my pick….

And you know we had to go grab a couple more deals! Just a little more….

Quiltcon was an awesome experience! If you haven’t been you should definitely put it on your list. You won’t regret it!

I can’t wait to get home and start all my projects that I have been inspired ...

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QuiltCon 2019- Day 2 from The Sassy Quilter

Day 2

We are here all weekend so we have the luxury of taking it slow to get through all the goodness here.

We hit up the show quilts first. Sooooooooo many amazing works of art here! Here are a few of my faves…

We made it through about half today and you know we couldn’t resist hitting up some of our fave shops again…


6.00 a yard folks! Such a deal…

OH, and don’t forget our stop at the GooGoo shop!

Tomorrow we will finish up the show quilts, visit some more local shops and get ...

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February 22, 2019
QuiltCon 2019-Day 1 from The Sassy Quilter


I am so excited to be at QuiltCon!


We are in Nashville this year… I love the exciting cities they pick for us to visit! I am with two of my quilt besties. I love a good quilty road trip!

It is such a huge show! You definitely need a few days to soak it all in.

Day 1

First stop for us was a couple of lectures…. Building Your Quilt Practice and Free Motion Impact. Building Your Quilt Practice was not what we thought it was about, but turned out to be surprisingly inspirational. It focused more on how ...

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Pin It Weekly #269 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy Weekly! Here are some recent quilt pins that I found. All modern, because you know, QuiltCon is happening right now!

This concept would make a good mini-quilt  quiltcon-juli Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots (Stc Craft / Melanie Falick Book) (9781584799009): Denyse Schmidt, John Gruen: Books

Denim quilt II, wedding gift for N&K

Martingale - Piece and Quilt with Precuts (Print version + eBook bundle)

Bars Quilt 2016. Image courtesy of Tara Faughnan. The Creativity Project Week #33 Leland Ave Studios/Kim Soper
MARY LOU...have this book...and lots of the black background...those blue flowers make my heart sing...Plainsong by Geri deGruy Fiber ~ 20" x 16"

Flying Geese anyone?

Wendy Hook 2015 50"x 75" "Static" hand dyed cotton

Portions & Possibilities: Old Forge Quilt Show

chezzetcook modern quilts: A Patch of Geese: A Finish

Monkey Business quilt sewing pattern from Abbey Lane Quilts  #quiltpatterns  #quiltspatterns #quiltideas #quiltingpatterns

All of these are on my "heart, quilts" board. It's getting oh, so close to 9,000 quilt pins. Isn't that something else?

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February 18, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: graphic lines from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

In just a few days many of us will be traveling to Nashville, TN, for QuiltCon, which begins on Thursday. I pray that you all have safe travels and that you enjoy the show. If you're planning to attend QuiltCon on Friday, let me know. (Leave a note here or email me at I'd love to meet you, perhaps for lunch, and to have a chance to get to know you in person. It's almost always better, don't you think?

s.o.t.a.k handmade: blogger's quilt festival (fall 2016)QuiltCon Magazine 2018 - The Quilting Company

QuiltCon 2019 ++ Quilt Submissions

Emergent by Kari Vojtechovsky.  QuiltCon 2015.  Photo by Fresh Lemons Quilts.

I'm so happy to see that @qvilted's quilt made it into QuiltCon! She's one of my quilting crushes.  Check out her work! Congrats Yara! #quiltcon #quilt #modernquilt

The Modern Quilt Guild

Cabana quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill | Whole Circle Studio. Pattern available soon. Cabana exhibited in "Minimalism" category at QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah Georgia and selected for "Best of QuiltCon 2017" international traveling show.

On a New Path by Melody Baker QuiltCon 2017QuiltCon 2018 // Some of My Favorite Quilts

1st   Place: Urban Trek  60” x 72” Pieced and quilted by Heather Black Inland Northwest MQG, Spokane, WA

Warp and Weft  Pieced and quilted by Cheryl Brickey  Greer, South Carolina, United States  Greenville Modern Quilt Guild  @MeadowMistDesigns  43 x 41 inches  | QuiltCon 2017 Award Winners | MQG Community

Enjoy these quilts and over 8,000 others on my "heart, quilts ...

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February 13, 2019
Come See Me at QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville! (And a fun personal update) from Christa Quilts

I can’t believe it’s already time to get packed and ready for QuiltCon which is happening next week! It’s been a whirlwind of a year for our family so far – moving into a new home and getting ready for our younger son leave for his mission to China this week. The older one will be moving back home for awhile to work for us, and we are sooo glad we got the bigger house with an extra room! During all the chaos, we were even able to sneak in a last minute Disney vacation over the weekend ...

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January 21, 2019
Big and Bold Quilt Making: A Look inside a Mama Love Quilt Workshop from Mama Love Quilts

I recently had the pleasure of teaching my Big and Bold Quilt Making class on large-scale freezer paper piecing to members of my quilt guild, the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild.

Related: Want to Learn Big and Bold Quilt Making?

Many of the participants came with a sketched design they wanted to translate into a quilt.

For those without a design, I shared a sketch of one of my quilts that they could use to learn the technique.

These talented women picked up the technique of using the freezer paper quickly.

Many of them left the workshop with a finished quilt ...

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January 14, 2019
New Year, New Project from Mama Love Quilts

Dear Reader,

I hope the new year is off to a good start for you. I jumped right into the new year with a new project!

I started working on samples for my upcoming class at this year’s QuiltCon: Big and Bold Freezer Paper Quilt Making. In this class, I will teach on how to use freezer paper to create quilts with large, irregular shapes.

The thing I love about this technique is how quickly and easily the quilt top comes together.

After cutting out the templates, it was a breeze to put the top together.

The top came ...

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