A whole lot of fun going on.

First, in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend I finally pieced all my Union Jack blocks together. Three cheers for that. Now it’s off at the quilters. My goal is to have it done and bound before the Olympics start in July.  So cheerio, pip pip, and all that. (I used this pattern for this quilt.)

Second, I joined a Gang. 
I know, I just scream ‘gangsta’, don’t I? Don’t worry, it’s not the kind of Gang that does sketchy things in shady back allies.  This one is called the Fat Quarter Gang (or could it be the Phat Quarta Gang?) and involves gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics and new free tutorials every week, and giveaways of said Art Gallery Fabrics. I’m so excited!
image from Art Gallery Fabrics

So it can’t be that shady, right? But watch out, these gangstas do seem to be carrying around a lot of open rotary cutters, so hold onto your fingers.

Third, have you heard about the Dresden Quilting Challenge this summer? It is a very fun challenge to celebrate Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th anniversary designing quilting tools for EZ Quilt. For the next 2 weeks there will be a blog tour with lots of ideas and inspiration using a simple Dresden Ruler.  You can read all about it at the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild, find out about the tour and how to enter your own creation later this summer to win a fabulous prize from one of these sponsors. I’ll be back with more inspiration myself in a couple of weeks.
And finally summer vacation has officially descended upon us here. (Cue “deer-in-the-headlights” expression.) I’ve learned some important things (sometimes the hard way) in summers past: we go through a lot more food and toilet paper when everyone is out of school, start a chore/job routine from day one or the house turns into chaos, and the blogging schedule must get lighter.  So I will be posting slightly less frequently over the next 2.5 months. Which is good for you too, since you have your own kids, yards, pets, tomato plants, or vacations, etc. to tend to over the summer as well. So it’s a win-win right?
And there is our fun news for today. Happy June!

Sewing with the SLMQG

Attending a meeting of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild has been on my list of things I’d like to do for a long time. They meet about 40 min away and reality is, it’s hard to get away sometimes, as nice as that sounds. Last Saturday I finally made it! This time it was a sewing Saturday. Bring your sewing machine and food to share and hang out. I was so excited to be able to go!

Lots of beautiful inspiration. Here is Leigh with her latest Hello Betty quilt top. (Dang it – sorry about the eyes closed picture, Leigh! But the quilt was too awesome not to show.)

You know it’s going to be a lot of fun to spend a good hunk of time just eating and sewing. And talking. Which meant less sewing than I’d idealized getting done.  Didn’t seem to stop the eating part though.  And you know that the people at a MQG sewing day are going to be fun people to hang out with. Hence the talking part.  It was extra fun because some of the girls there have blogs of their own so I feel like they are long lost friends already. Folks such as Erin, BrookeAmy (Sukie), Colleen, and Kati.
Here is Amy (Sukie) hard at work on her pixilated Hello Kity. Can you see Kitty?
I got to sit next to Ann-Marie while I sewed and was able to oogle her projects, including this quilt that I had randomly pinned on Pinterest recently.  Very fun to see it in living color!

Every time I go to some kind of sewing get-together I always tend to take way less photographs than I’d intended. But hey, at least I got a picture of my food: Colleen’s Cranberry Bliss Bars (to die for) and Pink’s (my un-photographed traveling companion) cookies. I exercised great self-control (well, not in the food department obviously) in resisting pilfering Ann-Marie’s Katie Jump Rope quilt.

So if you get the chance to sew with a quilt guild – I highly recommend it. Because chances are, there are going to be fun people and good food there. Just be prepared to not actually sew as much as you think you will. :)