It’s hard to believe I’ve been quilting about three years now. I remember starting my first quilt and can’t believe how much you can learn in such a short time frame! My first quilt was a simple nine-patch queen size quilt. It took about a year to complete, because the quilt bug didn’t bite until the top was finished. After I had the quilt top done I felt a sense of accomplishment and quickly started several more quilts and haven’t stopped since! Here is a pic of my very first quilt:
That sucker is still on my bed and I love it just as much as I did when I first made it. After I quilted this top I started looking around for other quilty folks in the Austin area. My mom had suggested I do a little research to see if Austin had a Modern Quilt Guild, as she thought I might “vibe” better with that crowd versus the local traditional guild. I finally talked myself into joining and am so thankful I did. I’ve met some wonderful people, many of them my age who are new to quilting. I absolutely love the enthusiasm and attitude of the quilters in the guild, and it’s fun learning new things alongside them and sharing things we learn along the way. The Austin MQG is still growing and finding its footing, and I know the officers work hard to keep our group evolving, as it seems to get better and better. Just this past meeting our wonderful new board gave sewn gifts to the old board members. I was super excited to receive a gift from Kim Place of Dream Stitch Designs. She made me the most wonderful placemat that is soooo me! I just adore the hand-quilting. Check out her awesome work! It’s going to go on my new entryway dresser.
After I had been quilting for a while I decided it was time to expand my sew-cial life and I decided to join the Austin Area Quilt Guild. At first I was very intimidated because the guild is huge – 500 members – and it was a bit overwhelming walking into a giant meeting full of people who had been quilting for years. I was extremely fortunate to join at precisely the right time. The person in charge of membership happened to live near my neck of the woods AND she had just formed a new sewing bee that met once a month on weekends. She kindly asked if I’d be interested and I was thrilled! The group of folks in the bee are all the nicest, most encouraging people and I’m truly lucky to spend time sewing with them. We all have very different styles, but one of our favorite things at each bee is to Ohhhhh and Ahhhhh over the beautiful work everyone is doing. Even if it isn’t our style, we can appreciate the skill and effort that goes into the pieces we work on. I like to think I bring a modern slant to the group, and we’ve had some great conversations about the modern versus traditional world…but that is another blog post in and of itself!
Anywho, the reason I’m recounting my guild history today is because I finally entered my very first Quilt Show! The Austin Area Guild holds a large quilt show every other year, and this year I decided to enter a couple of pieces. They had just introduced a new “Modern ” category, which I felt was right up my alley. I entered my Modern Trellis quilt and feverishly made a “Sunset” version of my Water/Waves quilt. I had wanted to enter my “I Heart My Stash” quilt, but sadly didn’t get it finished in time. It was already down to the wire and my good friend Emily of Sew ET even came over the night before they were due to help me sew on the sleeves. Thank you Emily!!!!
The show has anywhere from 350-400 quilts each year, and the work is amazing. I am super proud to announce I won first and second place in the modern category!!! I was seriously shocked and so excited to be recognized amongst a group of such talent. Here is a pic of my two quilts hanging in the show:
Sorry for the brag-post, I just had to share! I’ll post more info and photos of the Sunset quilt as soon as I get some decent photos.