Sunday, November 30, 2014


November is NOT the month to wait for things to settle down. Sit back, grab a coffee, this might take awhile.

First there was the International Quilt Festival Houston (saw amazing quilts, made new friends)

The Astronomical Quilts, 28 separate quilts made from the Astronomical star block challenge. I found my block. Thank you NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg for being out of this world!
All the Beautiful red and white quilts, displayed in a fun in the round tiered interactive way.

I know all these quilters, Leanne (shecanquilt), Jacquie (tallgrass prarie studio) and Debbie (aquilterstable). Debbie's quilt was at the "reception desk for the Modern Quilt Guild)- way to go Debbie!


2 quilts not in the MQG exhibit that I loved (r- Kelp by Sheila Frampton-Cooper; l- Tuning Fork #13 by Heather Pregger).

and then I had a couple quilts on display. (I even did some show and tell, look Ma, no white gloves!)

a big thank you passer-by for taking the photo of me and my mother-in-law, Lydia Ruyle.

I made some in-person introductions while I was there:

Perhaps no introduction is necessary, but what the heck: Alex Veronelli from Aurifil, me;  and Karen (capitolaquilter), Alex, me and Elena Gregotti (also Aurifil). I don't have a picture of Latifah Saafir (the quilt engineer) even though we did meet up for a bit after she finished teaching, thank you Melissa (weshallsew) for the introduction.

Then do.good stitches block designed by Courtiepie.

And birthdays to celebrate- Happy birthday Jan (stampqnjlr)
a improv paper-pieced holiday pillow in situ with 4 improv luggage tags.
I used Superior metallic thread in silver and Aurifil cotton thread #2021 to quilt the top.
 The snow is not a prop!

I loved this Holiday Cheer fabric by Jan Shade Beach for Henry Glass & Co. 

Close up of the crazy metallic thread used for the quilting so it will sparkle even indoors!

and class samples to make with the pattern by Miss Print (again).
scrappy pieced string block table runner for Fabricate Boulder
More on the table runner a bit later as there is a hidden surprise that I need to say more about.

Classes to attend and guests to host

DAM interior

A trip to the DAM with Guest lecturer  Thomas Knauer.
My car was packed and ready to go. Took only essential quilting supplies and inspiration. Sewing machine,-check; awesome up cycled mail bag by Hillary (entropyalwayswins)- check; personal quilt by Whitney (scrappy_lamm)- check. (Doesn't everyone travel with their own personal quilt made just for them by a dear, dear friend??) 

And more classes to attend
I'd ask Santa to let me quilt like Angela Walters for Christmas, but I know THAT'S not gonna happen.

And quilts to make

A pale to gray and white-on-white wonder for my special girl. There are several metallic fabrics and metallic threads will be featured heavily in the quilting. More later……

And coming soon,  holidays to prepare for (hint Christmas).
it's just around the corner you know!


  1. You had a beautiful quilty November!

  2. wow! What a very full and fun post! Thanks for sharing it all!

  3. Hey Stephanie . . . I was at Angela's workshop too but didn't get a chance to meet you. Isn't going to Market fun? Looks like you had a great time. I had the pleasure of going last fall because my quilt was part of the MQG Showcase. Hopefully we'll meet soon since we're both Colorado people. I'm part of the Boulder guild. We also seem to "know" some of the same online people. Debbie, above, and I are in a bee together.

  4. Wow, wow, and wow!!! That was all in November?! I am endlessly impressed with the variety and Beaty of what your mind comes up with. Such variety. So gold to see you recognized at the Quilt festival-well deserved. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  5. November was such a full month for you and I'm so glad to have been part of it - I'm in great company, recognizing so many of the same virtual friends that you mention. The two quilts you faved in the show were a couple that caught my eye as well. Happy Holiday!


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