Friday, October 18, 2013

PIQF 2013

Wow! This is my SEVENTH year attending PIQF! It's the biggest quilting convention held every year right here in Santa Clara. I look forward to attending it every year. I checked out all the booths in two hours this year and barely had time to admire some of the quilts there. I wanted to rush home to my LO :)

Listed below are this year's highlights for me: 

American Jane
I absolutely love everything about American Jane. I made my Happy Camper quilt with a line by American Jane and that got me hooked! This was one of many booths that I couldn't wait to go to. I got tons of stuff and can't wait to sew with these fabrics!

 Classic and hard to find fabrics from American Jane. 

 I got a kit to make a quilt. 

The kit comes with a super cute bag! Bonus!

They carry funky and modern fabrics. I loved everything (i.e. mostly cotton-linen blend) they had. The three fabrics shown below are the newest collection by Echino. They are bold and quirky.

 "Echino decoro" collection by etsuko furuya for Kokka
 This is a quilt, a design from "Hand Quilted with Love," made with those funky fabrics. 

English paper piecing lovers: you must get this pen! Say goodbye to basting your hexagons before piecing them together! All you need to do is glue the fabrics onto the paper pieces. Amazing... 

Check out this year's winners; their quilts are just so beautiful. See for your self. 

 First Place: The Magical Mermaid Castle

Best Wall Quilt: Life at the Water's Edge

A close-up of "Life at the Water's Edge."

I am hoping to go back again sometime this weekend! Be sure to check it out if you are in the area.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I am in Love!

Have I told you how much I love Japanese taupe fabrics?! I can't get enough of them. I love everything about it. The texture, the color, and how great they look when you put them next to each other.

This small quilt for a coffee table was made with various 1" hexagons. I hand quilted inside of each hexagons and around the entire piece. Japanese taupe fabrics show best when hand quilted.I really like the way this project came out. I decided on the hexagon as the final shape because it will be placed on a round coffee table.

I hope the recipients like it; I certainly enjoyed making it!

Monday, October 7, 2013

I see hexagons

Ever since my friends gifted the LO with the hexagon quilt, I have been itching to make some too. I had a few hexagons already made from awhile back, so I just kept going with it. This looks like it's becoming a quilt for a coffee table; cannot wait to hand quilt this little project. 

Love these Japanese fabrics!

Someone tell me why paper piecing is so addicting!?