Shopping: I'm blushing like a...

...girl who's napkins have been spotted in a bridal magazine!  Yep, those are Peppermint Pinwheels napkins sitting at the table of honor with the Kate Spade dinnerware!

Thanks to Rachel Hollis of Chic Events, my gingham napkins were featured in a story for California Wedding Day magazine.  Her idea for the design is Modern English Garden, and I think it looks gorgeous!

String Thing Along

My Collaboration Quilt is on the String Thing Along blog today.  Head over there and check out the wonderful things quilters are doing with their scraps!  My favorite so far is the Spider Web and Stars post.

Thank you, Brenda, for coordinating such an inspiring site!

Making: A Collaboration

A friend and I have been collaborating on a baby quilt.  The baby celebrated her first birthday months ago.  It's really time we finished this thing up!

Collaboration Quilt
All that is left is to do is the quilting and then to pop it in the mail.  But, wouldn't you sewing machine has suddenly decided to be a diva.  So, I get to spend tomorrow searching for replacement parts as opposed to quilting.  BOOOOO!

Making: The Embers Quilt

The Embers Quilt is finished!  It's the latest sample for my Confetti Quilts class, so I rushed it down to the shop and hung it on the wall.  I barely even had time to take a picture of it!  I think it photographs nicely next to the blazing red wall of the New Pieces class room.

If you are interested in learning how to make your own Confetti Quilt and live in the SF Bay area, I'm teaching the next class on March 7 & 14, 2012, 10 AM - 12 PM at New Pieces in Berkeley, CA.  It's fun - I promise!

Stitch Modern - The Opening Night Extravaganza!

What makes Stitch Modern a better quilt show than any you've ever been to before?  We served wine!  Oh, and all the awesome people who helped make this show possible and the amazing quilts they put in it!

Food as Craft (thanks to Kristen Takakuwa!)

For those in the SF Bay area, the show will be up until the end of February.  Catch it Wed, Friday, and Sunday from 12-3 at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.  I'll be there this coming Wednesday night (February 8, 6:oo pm) helping to lead a public conversation exploring the topic of Modern Quilting.  There will be door prizes!

For those not in the area, you can catch the photos on Flickr.  I'm working on making a full gallery tour available online, but that hasn't happened yet, so stay tuned!

Stitch Modern

Me and my quilting compadres have been busy this week.  We have been installing our first group quilt show, Stitch Modern!

I admit, I was quite intimidated by the daunting task of arranging, hanging and promoting a show, but thanks to some very talented and visionary people,* it came out splendidly!

*Birgit, Kim, Sharona, and everyone who put up with long strings of rambling e-mails and helped hang the quilts late into the night - THANK YOU!!!  And, none of this would have happened if it hadn't been for Birgit!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, the show will be hanging through the end of February (You heard it here first: The show has been extended!) at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.   As well as visiting during gallery hours, we've planned some fun events.  Hope to see you there!

And here's a little sneak peak!

    Making: Free Bee - January

    Let the piecing begin!  I've completed my first block for my first online-based quilting bee. 

    Free Bee January Block

    Luckily for me, the group I'm in is called the "Free Bee," and blocks are meant to be improvisational in nature.  I know I can handle that!  At least, I thought I could...this is the January block, and it's now February.  This should have been on it's way to it's new owner at least a week ago!