I love quilts, designing, sewing and teaching. My curvy looking patterns can be made entirely with straight seams. Please join me on the road, at my sewing machine or in my studio.
See my Quilts and Patterns on my website; http://www.southwindquilts.com
We have already been here in the Jacksonville FL area for a few days. It is our time to rest and relax after a busy year and holiday season. I’ve been having fun stitching bindings and painting and playing with watercolors. I sincerely hope everyone had a great holiday season - and am wishing all my quilter friends a ... Happy and Healthy New Year!
It’s crazy how fast time flies We had our first class on day 2 of the cruise and everyone got so much done already ! We are in a great conference room at the end of the ship with windows lining the back! First project Mexican Stars
A few cruise stops later - and we will work on our next project
Time flew by these last few days before our “colors of the coast”. Everything is packed and organized. It will be fun to meet all the quilters and teach two of my favorites: the Mexican Stars and Victorian Table Runner!
I do hope I will see a whale during the cruise - I may be inspired to make another whale 🐳 quilt
Hi everyone- I can’t believe I already finished day 2 of Quilt Market. Time flies when you’re having fun. We met a lot of shop owners and industry professionals in the last two days and I’m glad I have a list to keep things straight. Here is a short trip through Market with some booth pictures. Mike in our Southwind Booth
We were under the impression we were about done with set up, but as it got later in the day it became clear that there was still a lot to do !
I don’t have my pattern spinner this time so we are hanging and organizing our patterns on a self made grid tower (which we professionally built with many many zip ties)
Not bad all things considered. We also did a little game switching Quilts - it wasn’t as much fun as musical chairs, but reminded me a little of that game since there was always one left over quilt looking for a spot. It is so hard to choose favorites between your quilt babies - lol :/
We also got the big purple suitcase loaded and ready to roll to sample spree where I have table 28. Another set up of sorts for selling sample quilt-lets with pattern packs. I did not sign up for schoolhouse this time so we took a stroll to the power and light district of Kansas City.
It was so windy too! Do you know they stop serving lunch at 2pm in restaurants here ???? We finally did find a…
After waiting in line for about two hours we finally drove into the loading dock or more accurately the unloading area. Now we just had to get our stuff inside. Right away it became clear that bungee cords would have been a big bonus! Our stuff was slipping and sliding and we had to maneuver carefully around the frequent potholes to avoid triggering an avalanche. Unfortunately our booth is located clear at the other end of the convention center 😟 who needs a gym?. After lugging 5 loads of stuff to the booth we got our exercise for the day.
It’s always a big mess to start ....
Then ... Floor - Drapes - Signs - lights ... about in that order - a good start
And finally Quilts
Ta Daa - no guarantees this won’t change again tomorrow - still have to build something to display pillows.
Finally enough for today - we will pick it back up tomorrow ...
Another day of travel and we are almost there. I have to admit, driving up and down the steep, winding roads in Tennessee was no pick nick. Winding ways popped into mind and I started seeing quilt blocks and quilty possibilities everywhere.
From winding ways we went to the vast sky’s and straight roads of Kentucky, Illinois and finally Missouri. We crossed a free interesting bridges, one particularly interesting - a flying geese bridge ! How fun is that.
Also interesting the Arc in St Louis
The bridge over the mighty Mississippi
And the next bridge over the Missouri- a little less impressive, but still very cool!
Tomorrow on to Kansas City and set up!Stay tuned for more photos from market ...
One of my latest patterns features a curvy star design. It is a favorite of mine and I have been playing with this star for a while in different sizes even mini.
But what brought it all together and completely changed the design was the addition of a ribbon block. This ribbon can be used to convey a subtle message. It’s color representing a cause dear to the heart of the quilt maker and possibly the recipient. Alternately the ribbon can be signed for a unique signature quilt/ just ... As You Wish Here are the light and dark versions during my backyard photo shoot ! What a difference color will make!
Let me know which one you like better 😊 I’m looking forward to teaching this quilt as a worshop this summer.