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Feb. UFO challenge and thoughts on Quilt Con West

I’m not making too much progress on my February UFO challenge.  My project is an 8-year-old Christmas quilt and it’s so hard to get excited about.  I just want it finished, so it’s going to be sparsely quilted and the binding will be all machine finished.  How are you guys doing?  Better than me I hope!

The good news is that Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring this month’s giveaway with a $25 gift certificate!  I love shopping at Fat Quarter Shop, and I’m really enjoying their block of the month programs and quilt alongs.  I’m going to put together a prize package as well, so there will be two winners this month!  The link up for February will go live on February 29, at 6 a.m. pacific time, and will continue until March 7.  You have the rest of this week to get your project(s) completed!  Remember:  “Finished is better than perfect”!



I had a wonderful weekend attending Quilt Con West in Pasadena, CA.  This show is presented by the Modern Quilt Guild and the vibe is energetic, friendly, and fun.  There’s lots to do, lots to learn and lots to look at.  I took pictures of some of my favorite quilts in the show as well as some of the top winners.  It will take some time to transfer and process those photos, so you’ll have to be patient.

I got to meet some new friends and some famous quilters.  I had the luxury of being picked up at the airport by one of my followers, Sue S.  We had never met in person, but she was kind enough to offer since she was from the area.  As a thank you, I made her a little zipper pouch and added a few notions inside.  We were able to have lunch and get to know each other better.  The magic of social media!

pouches 2 copy


Since I registered late for the conference, I was only able to get into one class.  I also attended two lectures which were awesome and I’ll give you more details on those later, too.  I will say that my suit case was twice as heavy on the return flight than it was getting there.  I must have been thinking that it was my last chance to ever buy fabric again (or books and patterns).  Silly me.  French General had a booth and I bought a few things from them, including some embroidery stuff.  It really rounds out my collection of French General; I knew it was missing something.

french general



I found some new chambray fabric and now that it’s home, there’s no information in the selvages so I don’t know who the manufacturer is.  I think it might be from Kaufman.  I couldn’t resist it with this piece of lawn from Lizzy House for Andover.  It will become a top soon (because I also found a great pattern, wouldn’t you know?)




I couldn’t resist buying some fabric from the girls at Adorn It.  They have a really cute booth and I fell in love with Rhapsody Bop which is just my shade of bright and cheery!

Adorn it



The fun thing about this convention is that there are lots of freebies and games with chances to win prizes.  I have a collection of goodies that came from a few giveaways and prizes.  Plus, I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these Cotton & Steel bags, full of scraps and selvages.

free stuff

cotton and steel


Now it’s time to face reality.  I need to make room for my new treasures.  I’ll be cleaning out my stash this week and hopefully I’ll have a little destash sale going on here this weekend!  I’ll keep you posted.  Have a great week!


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  1. I am super excited to say I put the final borders on my February ufo today. Now I hope the weather will cooperate and I can get an outside photo to share. I know it will look great against the white snow that we have left. Looking forward to seeing what you are going to make with that beautiful fabric.

  2. I’m glad you had great time at QuiltCon. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful quilts pictures that you’ll be posting. I hope you will. I missed the whole show all together because of my surgery. I’m doing well and should be home next week.

  3. Really cute zippered pouches! I always love the fabrrics you choose and put together!! QuiltCon sure looked fun through your eyes.
    I can’t wait to add my UFO finish at the end of the month!

  4. Hello Julie – I have taken up a 365 Quilt Block Challenge from a lady in Australia. Every morning I get an email with the pattern for the day’s block, and at the end of the year I should have a great sampler quilt. There are a few hundred people around the world who have also taken up the challenge and it is so interesting to see the different colour combinations being used.

  5. Hi Julie,
    I love the little zipper pouch you made – I think one reason I like your work so much is because I love your ability to put colors and patterns together! I always love the combinations you come up with! If only I could take you with me when I try to plan a quilt!! Looking forward to your photos!

  6. I was lucky enough to be at QuiltCon on Saturday and WOW. It was a great show and I’m already looking forward to Savannah 2017. Funny story: My husband, who has been to Quilt International in Houston looked around at all the quilts in the “non-vendor” hall and said` “There are so many more Modern Quilts”.

  7. I’m delighted to hear that you had a splendid time at Quilt Con… I’m a tad jealous as it sounds like a fabulous time. Looks like you picked up a few treasures, thank you for sharing your experience.

    I have almost finished the top of my four year old tumbling blocks UFO. I just need to add a border so it will drape over a queen size mattress.

  8. I’m moving along on my Feb. UFO in great part, thanks to your challenge and now the great prizes would be a bonus, but if not, making progress on a UFO is excellent anyway! What a darling pouch for Sue and so fun to hear about your Quilt Con adventure.

  9. I am so jealous of Sue S, because she got to meet you! If you’re ever in San Diego with nothing to do (as if), I would love to meet you. I enjoy your posts so much, and I think a great part of it is your friendly, smiling face.

    xo Linda

  10. Greetings Julie!

    I adore the main fabric for your super cute zipper pouches. Could you tell me the name of this fabric? Is this a collection or did you pull the coordinating fabric out of your stash?

    Thanks, Pamela

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