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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Back From TX and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I had the very BEST time presenting a trunk show and teaching a class to the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild in Beaumont, TX last week.  They are a such a friendly, talented group, and made me feel so very welcome.  I have said many times that I always have so much fun teaching that I'm terrible at remembering to take photos, and this time was no different.  I do have a few though!  

I taught scrappy improv piecing using the Churn, Churn, Churn class from my book Scrappy Improv Quilting, and I always love to see how others interpret my patterns.  Here are a few-

Michelle decided to add a fourth churn dash layer to the pattern to make a 48" square quilt.  She is toying with the idea of adding a fifth one too!  Because the color gradient is spread out between more than three layers, it is very gradual.  The inner churn dash is whisper-soft.

Lisa decided to use color theory to put her own twist on the quilt.  This one is aptly named Yellow and Blue Make Green!

And I love Melinda's soothing shades of blue.

My lovely hostess, Melinda, and me!  Since we moved from Texas to Tennessee fifteen years ago, I never quite get my fill of real TexMex, so Melinda was happy to grant that request for lunch.  YUM!

My face makes the weirdest expressions when I'm talking, lol!

There were 16 students in the class, and we had a blast!

And, since I have family in the Houston area (and I flew in and out of Houston), I was able to squeeze in a little visit with them as well.  It was such a fun trip!  

Is your guild looking for a fun and inspiring class for 2024 or 2025?  Please reach out!  I would love to share more information with you, and I would love to come visit your guild!

Oh, and one other thing happened that I haven't shared with you.  The release isn't until mid-June, but I was able to put my hands on this advance copy of my book!  Eek!!!  Not a great photo, but it's just so, SO exciting to finally see it come together in print.

Okay, y'all!  it's time to share some eye-candy from last week's party!  Like this stunning quilt from Kris at Sew Sunshine.  

This gorgeous quilt is by quiltingbydawn-

Gretchen's Little Corner linked up this lovely quilt top-

This striking quilt was shared by JanineMarie at Quilts From the Little House-

And this little quilt is also from Kris at Sew Sunshine, and I just couldn't help but share it as well-

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  1. it looks like you had a very good time in Houston and congratulations on the book!

  2. I love those scrappy churn dash quilts ! and so excited to see the book.

  3. How super fun to get to teach and get tex mex!! Love your facial expressions!
    And the churn dash... those are all so creative and great!

  4. Oh wow, congratulations on getting an advance copy of your book, it looks fantastic! And it sounds like your teaching and visiting time in Texas was delightful. What an exciting and full week you've had. :)

  5. These Churn, Churn, Churn blocks are so cool!

  6. What fun! The spring quilt retreat in my area was cancelled. :'( I'll have to wait until the fall for a chance to gather with other quilters.

  7. Congratulations on your new book!!! I can't wait to see it in person!!!

  8. How wonderful, Kelly, that you got to travel to Texas to teach! I know how fun - and invigorating! - it is to share a quiltmaking skill or technique with a group. I love it as much as you apparently do. I'm happy you had that fun experience. I'm also thrilled for you that your new book is close to release. Such an exciting time for you, and those of us who get to read it. Congratulations!

  9. Fabulous quilts in last week's party, Kelly, and those student projects are awesome!!


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