It’s time for another tip! I’m a HUGE fan of starch. Generally my choice is Flatter which is a starch alternative. There are also times I’ve opted for Best Press and Niagara. Whichever you choose, spray the back and it will better penetrate the fabric. Then press from the front.
If you spray the front and immediately press on the same side, a lot of starch is lost to evaporation and sticking to your iron.
This weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting with the Houston MQG. It was nice to be in Houston at a time that Quilt Market wasn’t happening! First off, we ate a lot of tacos…it’s Texas, what did you expect? Next up was a trunk show with more delicious snacks. There are dark chocolate salted caramels. Kate is my favorite. These two items are directly related. (Photo credit to Hillary Jordan.)
And a little cutting demo. (Photo credit to Hillary Jordan.)
The workshop was the next day. I was a little impressed by the PowerPoint upcoming events calendar. I love borrowing awesome ideas from guilds I visit.
We worked on Georgia’s Dresden. Lots of dresden making went down. Here’s Patty and Frieda.
Love all the Reds!!
Kate crowned herself queen.
Not too sure what Stephanie crowned herself;)
Love Jane’s finish with Patty’s fabric!
Debbie used TULA!! Debbie was also a completely hilarious tour leader and drove me all over Houston!
She’s already finished with her block! (Photo credit to Debbie Grosskopf.)
Loving the Blueberry Park!
Such a great group of gals! Can’t wait to see them again!!
This week is an eclectic mix. I’m currently obsessed with that royal blue/purple color.
Quite the eclectic mix of prints as well.
Today’s tip came from The Guru.(like many great tips do!) She was pressing interfacing that needed thirty seconds to set so she used the timer on her phone to make sure she hit each area for just the right amount of time.
So much better than counting!
Next week I’m teaching at a workshop during a retreat right here in my hometown! It’s a quilt that will be released at Spring Market. The class will be full of precision piecing tips and tricks. Here’s a tiny sneak peek!
The workshop is Thursday, March 17 aka St Patty’s Day! You can read more about it and register here. The workshop and the retreat are at the historic Brookstown Inn near Old Salem. You can read more and check out the other retreats here. There are a couple spots left in the workshop and the retreat:)
A few weeks ago, I headed down to Florida to teach a few workshops and do a few trunk shows. Upon arriving at The Cotton Patch, I was greeted by the cutest bassets ever! You know it’s a good sign when dogs are involved.
The workshops were loads of fun! Check out those Hattie’s blocks!
Some major fussy cutting happened!
I love to see quilts made with my patterns! Check out this stunning Lazy Sunday made with Kate Spain Canyon.
While I was in Florida, I had to check out the local hotspots. We went to eat at The Columbia. I had my first Cuban and the best guava pastry ever! It’s a good thing that I don’t live too close to that place.
I was pretty excited to find out that it was strawberry season! So we headed to a produce stand. I’ve long had an obsession with hand painted signs. Hand painted signs advertising my favorite food are a double win.
And live sign painting!
My next workshop was with the Orlando MQG. What a great group!! We talked about precision piecing tips and had a fun day! (And they said I couldn’t fit twenty people into a selfie.)
Then it was time for more strawberry eating. There was whip cream on tap.
Next up was manatee watching. The blob on the right is a baby manatee!
Obviously we had to pose with the giant painted manatee and buy a manaTEA steeper.
There’s nothing better than a trip to Florida in the Winter!