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Inspired

Ages ago now, my friend Heilbron came to the February edition of my monthly S&B and brought a lovely little quilt for Miss B. I'd noticed Heil's emerging quilt efforts when the November Art Karma auction for ART 180 inlcuded about seven of them to her credit, but we hadn't till last month caught up for me to get the scoop. I didn't expect to benefit as well!
Heil
That's Heilbron on the left explaining the kaleidesope technique to Janene. She brought some other quilt tops to show us, including this one from a Kaffe Fassett print. These quilts all use just one fabric, usually a large-scale print.
Kaleid
There were other guests, including knitter Heather and crocheter Cathy, as well as the mother-daughter duo of Beth & Mary Beth, and Kim. (Which is more than I can say for the March edition, which brought only Colleen the costume queen.)
HeatherCathy

Not many days later Betsy & I visited Heil's house to see her studio full of fabric and works in progress. I confessed that in the interim I had nearly completed my own variation on a Turning Twenty quilt after she had told us the gist of the pattern. Heil loaned me a pair of her favorite new quilt books and shared her secrets for finding sale yardage at Hancock's of Paducah. A week later, Kim & I were off to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton for another day's inspiration ~ and stash building!

I took my first quilting class in 1979 and completed my first quilt in 2001 ~ there's a little gallery of my five over there in the Finished Stitches section. I have Betsy's 100 Good Wishes quilt pieced and basted and ready to quilt, so that's two more in the works. And now, I confess, there are probably three more marinating in my head, with the fabric either here or on the way. I'm not done with knitting, but I was a sew-er (I just read a blogger who used the noun sewist so as to remove the waterworks confusion) before I took up the paired needles.

Of course, at last year's Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival (which I attended to see my work on display) I bought a darning foot for free-motion quilting that I have yet to attach to my little Singer. Perhaps the time has come ~


Remember BlockSwap?

Wholequilt

If you read other crafty blogs beyond the knitworld, you may already know that the charity quilt benefiting Heifer International  sold today on eBay for $1,735! This quilt was inspired by  a workshop with Denyse Schmidt organizer Jessica attended. I found out about it thanks to Amy. My prior posts about the process are here and here.

I am so proud to be one of the 48 women from all over North America who signed up to participate. We each pieced 10 blocks and received nine in return, contributing one to this  collaborative quilt. (I think mine may be waiting for the second charity quilt.) The finished quilt is beautifully long-arm machine quilted (by Gina of Quilter's Buzz and Threaded Pear Studio).

On the other hand, I'm mortified that I managed not a single post in all of February! I hosted the S&B a month ago and even took photos; guess I'll make a combo post after tonight ~