A tiny bit of Salt Lake City…

I am in Salt Lake City for Quilt Market. I got here before lunch and I didn’t have any place in particular that I needed to be, so I decided to do a little bit of walking around. I found a terrific grocery store (Harmons). It made me wish I needed more than yogurt and Kombucha.

Salt Lake City’s downtown is very walkable and the weather was beautiful. Here are some of the things I saw this afternoon:

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These windows are like a fun-house mirror. If you look closely, just to the left of center, you can see an open door on the back side of the building shining through the front glass.

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This sculpture is attached to a light pole but, thanks to Photoshop, he appears to be floating in space. I sat on the sidewalk to take this picture in my white pants—Salt Lake is a very clean city! You can see me reflected in the faceplate; the curvature makes me look farther away than I was.

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The bikes are very tempting. If I had more free time, I’d figure out how to rent one.

Tomorrow Quilt Market festivities begin. It is great to see old friends and to make new ones! I’m looking forward to 3 busy days full of quilt-y goodness :-).

The Hexie Garden Quilt will be here soon!

I get to finally show you one of the quilts I’ve been working on, the Hexie Garden Quilt!

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Hexie Garden Quilt finished quilt size: 61 1/2″ x 69 3/4″

The pattern pack has these 9 blocks that are graphic, fun, and full of movement! Each 16 1/2” x 19 1/4” finished size block has 6 wedges. The individual flowers are appliqued onto a block, trimmed into a wedge shape, and sewn together. The sewing takes a lot less time than you would imagine… these really are fast blocks.

The blocks are also lovely when used by themselves. I made another, smaller quilt that is included as a bonus in the pattern pack. My quilt, Tequila Sunrise, is improvisationally pieced, but there are measurements included for those of you who prefer that.

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The pattern pack will be available in mid-July. Click here to pre-order your very own Hexie Garden Quilt pattern pack!

Show and tell…

Teresa Love sent me this photo with the instructions not show it before, May 12th. It is part of her guild’s challenge and is supposed to be a surprise until the guild votes in the evening.

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A few years ago I took your reverse appliqué class in Knoxville, TN at the AQS Show.   I finished a bunch of blocks but I never made it into a quilt. Our guild–Madison Station Guild in Madison, Alabama—had a 5 row by row challenge.   So I put the class blocks into a quilt.  I added the challenge elements and UFO is finished. I so enjoyed  your class.

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It’s a winner, don’t you think! Thank you, Teresa, for sharing your quilt :-).

Mirror, mirror…

That was the title of our photo challenge last week. We were supposed to incorporate a mirror or mirror-ish surface (like water) in the image. I admit that I didn’t spend a lot of time on this photo but, as it turns out, I like it a lot!

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The round mirror is a small magnifying mirror that I use when I am putting on mascara. When you stand back a little ways from it, the image is turned upside-down. The trick was positioning myself just right which took many tries.

I’ve noticed that I love photos without color, and I love quilts with lots of color. I’m not even going to spend time thinking about why that is. Perhaps, if there were more hours in the day, I’d give it a good think!

I wonder what it says?

My book, The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color, has been reviewed in a Japanese magazine. How about that! ColorBookReview-Japanese

As far as I know, the book itself is still in English which says to me that there must be a whole lot more Japanese citizens who can read English than there are Americans who can read Japanese. I cannot read Japanese but I’m hoping that the review is full of kind remarks :-).

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The Chattahoochee Evening Stars…

I spent two lovely days with the Chattahoochee Evening Stars quilt guild. They are as lively as their name suggests! At the lecture last night, these ladies from my class showed the progress they had made on the class block from the day before…

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The whole class did excellent work and had a good time. I love seeing quilters smile :-).