I had such a great time attending Winter Quiltfest in Logan, Utah last weekend. I got to be around fun people, eat good food, hang out with my mom who came with me, and be around the wonderful Jen Kingwell and her quilts. Oh my goodness, the quilts. Don’t worry – there are lots of pictures.
Winter Quiltfest is hosted by Amy Maxfield who is so wonderful! She is assisted by her darling, helpful sons. They (and their Dad) also solved a major problem I had with my car on the last day so I could get home safely. Turns out I had a 3″ long screw in the front tire. Yikes! They are my new BFF’s. Also you know you’re among friends when you can walk around all day with a sweater covered in thread…
I felt so honored to be invited to teach a few classes and share some of my quilts. Fortunately Amy Maxfield’s sons were on hand to hold up those quilts. They were the best sports. (Quilts include the Virtual Quilting Bee quilts, Modern Buzz Saw from Fabulously Fast Quilts and the patchwork trees. Look at that teamwork…)
As part of the retreat I got to teach a few classes myself, including my new Watchtower pattern. One of my favorite things about quilt classes is seeing the same pattern in different color combinations. Here are a few from that class. (I’m hoping to finalize the publishing of this pattern by the end of next month for those who are interested.)
I also love getting to visit with other quilters who become new friends. Sandy (on the left) had me in tears telling me about her 90+year old dad, visiting France where he served in World War 2. (I’ve been on a total WW2 kick this year.) And Karen (center, right) came all the way from Ohio – we’ve been communicating for a long time and it was so fun to finally meet her in person. Also great to see Melissa from Happy Quilting. Stately Type sewing t-shirts and bags were also well represented. 😉
But the biggest highlight was having quilt pattern, fabric designer, and all around lovely person, Jen Kingwell there from Australia. Jen was such a wonderful guest and teacher. She really is just the most funny, real, delightful person. I think almost every person at the retreat took one of her classes and loved it.
Here is part of her trunk show. SO inspiring. Seeing Jen Kingwell quilts just makes me want to cut up every piece of fabric I own and copy everything she makes. I felt inspired to try new color combinations and really think outside the box.
Here are some more. I’ll just let them speak for themselves. On the left is Gypsey Wife and top right is Green Tea and Sweet Beans (still on my bucket list!) Jen’s patterns can be found in lots of local and online quilt shops, as well as her own shop, Amitie Textiles.
These quilts are all from her book, Quilt Lovely. Quilts show include Glitter (which is properly pronounced “Glit-tah” 😉 ), Daisy-Do, and another who’s name escapes me…
I was SO excited to get to take Jen’s Steam Punk quilt class. This quilt has been another one on my bucket list for years. But I will admit to being intimidated by the curves. Learning from Jen gave me so much confidence! That is my own first finished block in the top right. I’m pretty pleased with myself 🙂 and can’t wait to make a bunch more.
Jen also taught classes for another brand new pattern called Halo. Again with the fantastic fabric placement!
I have always been so amazed and inspired at Jen’s scrappy, eclectic use of fabric and color. Seeing her quilts makes me want to just take all of my fabric, cut it up, throw it into the middle of the room and start randomly start sewing it together. Maybe one day I’ll get as good as her. If you’re like me and wonder how in the world she does it, here is a little video clip I felt lucky to catch of her answering that very question. Also, you’ll get a taste of that lovely Aussie accent. (I’m an amateur at adding videos, so pardon the quality.)
Winter Quiltfest will be held again next January, in Logan, UT. It’s such a great time to take classes and learn something new, as well as meet a bunch of awesome quilting friends. A big thank you to Jessica and Leisa for the use of many of their wonderful photos!