Friday, August 27, 2010

OMQG Road Trip

Our guild activities just get better and better!!!
Yesterday, the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild took a road trip to the Quilt Shop of Deland where we were treated like royalty.  There was even a videographer on hand to film us!  Well, he could have been there to film Judy who exchanges phone calls regularly with Mark Lupinski, will be featured soon in Fabric Trends for Quilters  magazine, has a new fabric line coming out soon and is taping a quilting DVD....nah...he was there for us ;-)

Of course my camera died that morning.  Thanks Ansel Adams Michele for the use of your pictures.  Here's our group with Judy posing in front of her fabric display (unfortunately hiding from view her gorgeous Bella Flora fabrics, pattens and quilt projects).

Judy is a hoot!  She gave us the best, and most humorous, free motion quilting demonstration that included tips for quilting with metallic thread.  She also used the Supreme Slider and Quilt Halo products which our group had requested as some of us had received them as birthday gifts (OK, I confess, that was me) and need all the help we can get (OK, that is definitely me!).  
We left with lots of FREE goodies from Judy and her wonderful staff.  Each of us left with a fat quarter and pattern of our choosing from Judy's Bella Flora line, a bag of charm squares, coffee mug and note pad.  As usual, my daughter tried to confiscate the coffee mug and note pad ;-)

I tried to be good...I really did..but I couldn't help myself!  These lovely fabrics somehow made their way into my stack of purchases.  All of them Most of them were on sale.  I really don't need any new fabric and have been trying hard to destash, but I succumbed to the temptation ;-)

Lovely, generous and talented Michele made me this fabulous potholder for my new house and gave me this fun fabric!  Thank you, thank you Michele!!!  
I really feel like I received the fabric under false pretenses.  When I showed my shelves the other day, I guess I didn't make it clear that I still had loads of fabric in my closet waiting to be organized and sorted onto my shelves.  After reading my blog post, Michele felt like I didn't have enough fabric to fill my shelves and helped me out!  Isn't that sweet?!

What makes this gift even better is that I can cross potholders off my list of things to make.  It has been on my list for a while considering the above potholders were given to me as a wedding gift...26 years ago!  I think it's about time they are retired and replaced, don't you?

Here's the back of my potholder.  Love these colorful peppers, and look at those beautiful straight quilting lines!

Today, Michele and her fabulous selvages are featured on Karen's Selvage Blog.  Go here and be inspired!!!!

Have an amazing weekend!!


  1. what a fun road trip! I can see you hiding behind someone else in that group! Love those new prints you came home with.

  2. Time to get sewing Rene! Great road trip fun!

  3. Sounds like you had a great day!

  4. That sounds like so much fun! Gorgeous fabrics - looks like a little Christmas sewing is in the works. Plus, now that you have all that storage you have lots of room for new fabrics!

  5. Great posting - Judy was a hoot! enjoyed the day a lot...Hope

  6. Wow, I love that quilt shop and the wonderful Judy. I spent a lot of time there when I visited Florida a few years ago (2005 I think) and Judy was so friendly and helpful. It is one of my DH's favourite quilt shops because he got a seat in the sunshine AND chocolate brownies while I was shopping! Love what you did there too.

  7. It was wonderful to meet you and be a part of the OMQG trip :) I had so much fun meeting everyone and am inspired! Plus I have decided I need a new machine now... LOL