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Quilt Camp at Willow Ridge Press Studios

Quilt Camp at Willow Ridge Press Studios

This week I hosted six children in my quilt studio to make Quillows.  They were practically giddy they were so excited! We planted the seeds of lifelong sewers and quilters, and they were beaming with pride and tightly hugging their Quillows when they left.

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On Monday we started by making a mini-Quillow.  This turned out to be quite important to understand the whole process.  The real Quillows were so large it was easy for the campers to get lost in the fabric and what step we were doing, and they really liked doing the smaller sample first.

L. topstitching her Quillow.

Overheard at Quilt Camp this week:

  • “Duh!” – a lot
  • “I don’t want to sew through my dog’s eye/nose/mouth!”
  • “The machine came unthreaded . . again!”

Mini-Quillow

Here’s our Quilt Camp by the numbers:

  • 5 girls
  • 1 boy
  • 3 homeschoolers
  • 3 private schooled
  • 1 horse fabric
  • 1 chick fabric
  • 1 dog fabric
  • 1 floral fabric
  • 1 plaid fabric
  • 1 motorcycles & baseball fabric
  • 6 pincushions
  • 250+ pins
  • 24 yards of fabric
  • 12 yards of batting
  • Priceless memories and confidence.  These campers completed a long quilting project and have the skills to tackle any sewing project they want in the future!

A big Happy Birthday wish to Camper E. who turns 12 next week and had her rock-climbing birthday party today!  A rock-climber and a quilter – you go girl!

From Book Tour to Quilt Market

May is always a whirlwind with end-of-school activities for my sons.  Add my book tour and Quilt Market to that and it’s a blur.  Like careening down the roller coaster with your hands up, laughing and screaming at the same time.

Color Mastery at Sew Much Fun, Columbus, GA

At Sew Much Fun in Columbus, we had a great group, including one quilter who had just bought nine yards of orange!  She couldn’t wait to get home and build beautiful color palettes around her newest find.

Color Mastery at Colonial Quilts, Savannah, GA

At Colonial Quilts in Savannah, Carol headed out after my lecture to create a triadic color palette for an adorable little girl’s dress.  Carol is the resident smocking expert at the shop.

I’ll be blogging the latest news from spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, and Twittering as well.  If you haven’t figured out Twitter yet, now is a great time to join, as many quilters will be tweeting about Quilt Market this week.  You can follow me here.

And stay tuned:  I’ve got exciting news to share about my publishing company, Willow Ridge Press.  I’ll be announcing it tomorrow at Market and sharing with you.