Saturday, September 24, 2016

SewPro Convention 2016

Wow! The last week has been a whirlwind!  Last Thursday, I flew to Chicago with Caroline of Trillium Design in the wee hours of the morning for the first ever SewPro Convention, hosted by Brenda Ratliff of Just a Bit Frayed and Pink Castle Fabrics (affiliate link in sidebar)and Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness  What an amazing event!!!  We were all there for the same reason - to take our business to the next level, to network with others, to work together because we're all doing what we love, some of us as a second career! 

The keynote speakers were Pat Sloan and Tula Pink, both amazing speakers!  The teachers were amazing! And what made the whole thing so awesome is that we were able to make connections in such a small venue, with only about 150 attendees. It was an amazing experience, and I'm hoping this will be an annual event!  If you have the chance to go, do it!  
If you'd like to read more about SewPro, check out the blog post by Suzy Quilts, who also happens to have some pretty awesome stuff on her website, including some pretty cool quilt patterns.  

Brenda Ratliff had some of her One Room Schoolhouse charm packs available for those who wanted to make something and blog about it. So, of course, I got a pack!  Hold tight for the next post featuring this awesome fabric! 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Upstairs Birdie Longarm Quilting

Hello?  Is anyone out there?  ha ha!  You may have thought that I just gave up on blogging altogether, but wait....I have big news! For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you have already seen my occasional post about my new business - Upstairs Birdie Longarm Quilting.  This has been so fun getting started, and a little stressful at times since I'm still working full-time.  
My 12-foot Gammill Statler Stitcher arrived in December 2015, was delivered and set up by Andrew of Andrew's Gammill Northwest in Wenatchee, Washington. This machine is HUGE! 

I started out the year quilting this QuiltCon charity quilt that was pieced by the members of the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild.  

Then I quilted my Rebel quilt (see previous post for more pics).  

In March, my dude's cousin, Lori, came down from Washington with a quilt that she had designed and pieced for the annual fundraiser for Choir of the Sound in Seattle.  Beautiful quilt, and the design that she chose was perfect! 

Sometime in April, Latifah Saafir posted a request for longarmers on Instagram, to quilt for Quilt Market. This is a big deal! Being new at this, I wasn't sure I should even respond to the request, but I took my chances.  And so did Latifah. She replied to my email with the sweetest response.  She said "I would love to support you by offering you this opportunity."  WHAT?  I was excited....and nervous...and grateful.  My friend, Kristen, of Circa15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland, Washington, was at Quilt Market and took this pic. I LOVE this fabric! This Good and Plenty quilt pattern is free! Check out Latifah's lookbook for more fun projects!  
Photo by Circa15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland, Washington
And my first customer just happened to be one of my favorite people - Dana of Winter Creek Cloth.  I met Dana when I joined the guild.  She pieced this beautiful courthouse steps quilt using Cotton and Steel Bluebird fabric.  She decided on Quilter's Dream wool batting, which I think was the perfect choice!  
Stay tuned for more blog posts in the very near future! And if you're interested in having your quilts quilted by me, please check out Upstairs Birdie.  All first-time quilts are 25% off (see website for details).