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All The Good Feels - Northwest Quilting Expo 2015

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Oh my, what a week! So many good things to share, I don't even know where to begin!

My biggest highlight is that the Jellyfish Hexie Quilt took 3rd place at the Northwest Quilting Expo! I have my first ribbon, and I couldn't be more tickled!


I went to the show yesterday with my friend Juline who also had 3 quilts in this show. In fact, I saw many quilts there made by people I actually know, it was so great... the whole show was fantastic! I think there were over 650 quilts displayed - and no stinky carpets! I got a few photos of the quilts that stood out to me at the show, I have them posted below, as there are quite a few. There were even more photos - but some didn't turn out well, so not all of my favorites are here. It was great to see so many supportive friends too - they made me feel like a rock star!

My Green Cross Quilt was also at the show - and it was sparking all sorts of discussions, according to my friend Bill who was close enough to eavesdrop a little. He is a quilt collector and appraiser, so his opinion means a lot to me... and he thinks this quilt may get a lot of attention. Generally speaking, quilters are fairly conservative, so a quilt with a big pot leaf on it could be a little shocking to some. But I have already received quite a few emails from quilters who *quietly* loved it. That makes it a conversation piece, and I'm happy to be the one to start the conversation:  I love cannabis... and I smoke every day, and have for years. AND... I'm an active part of my community, a business owner, a proud parent, and an ex-addict who has used it to get off real drugs. This is my experience, not everyone is the same... but, for me, it's a life-saver. Hence the quilt.

Another fun peak this week was co-winning the in-store Game of Quilts Challenge sponsored by BadAss Quilters Society and Spool. WOW - what a fun project, and the quilts all looked so amazing - I wish I could have been in Tennessee to see the show! Big Congratulations to the online winner: DonnaMichele Toyama, and to my co-in-store-winner: Teri Henderson Tope!

To top off my big week in the quilting world, I bought a brand new Juki 2010Q sewing machine!! I've been saving for over a year, and with my winnings from the Jellyfish Quilt, and a good deal at the NWQE show, I was able to take the plunge and bring one home. Compared to my old Singer, it's like going from coach to first class! What made it super fun was purchasing at the same time as Juline and having a friend to share in the excitement at the exact same time. Right now, I'm having a hard time writing this post, because I just wanna sew!

So, for now, here are some of my favorites from the show:
2+2 Colleen Wooton

7733 - AnnMarie Cowley

Abigail - Joann Blade

Abigail Close up

Amethyst& Marcasite - Juline Bajada

A River Runs Through It - Wendy Bennett

A Tribute To Pucci - Linda Reinert

Autumn Meadow - Heather Davidson

Catch A Falling Star - Dawn White

Color Me Quilted - Coleen Barnhardt

Diatom 7 - Carla Stehr

ee cummings Most this amazing - Catherine Beard

Farmer's Wives Aliens - Brandy Rodriquez

Fern Rising - Claudia Pfeil

Fern Rising Close up

Friendship Star - Jeri Bonser

Gardenia - Elisa Corcoran

Groovy Jeans - Julia Jeans

Inchworm - Juline Bajada

Klimt in Jewel Tones - Penny S Hanscom

Klimpt in Jewel Tones Close up

Ladies Who Lunch - Rachel Kerley

Lava Flow - Victoria Gordon

Lilies - Catherine Beard

Magic Carpet - Christina Cameli

Mirage - Bonnie Bucknam

Modern Denim - Beverly Woodard

Mod Pods - Pat Jones

Oxidation - Sidnee Snell

Pick Up Sticks - Cindy Settle Cline

Helix, Tropical Moons, and Dip And Dots - Michel McDowell

Rio Verde - Toni F Smith

River Mile 26.5 - Susan Borger

Sea Waves - Kathy Vale

Seeing The Light - Melisse Laing

Sequoia - Pam Raby

Spinning Out Spinning In 5 - Helen Remick

Strings of Batiks - Mary Klien

Tales of a Cloth Copy Cat - AnnMarie Cowley

The Deep - Louise Harris

The Heart Of A Woman 1 - Deborah Runnels

The Portland Sign - Judy Liebo

This Way Or That? - Karen Spencer

Tileworks III - Mary Kay Price

Tree Of Life - Cathy Erickson

Waters Edge - Gerrie L. Thompson




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