Capital of Texas Quilt Fest, September 12-14

In 2012, I attended the Capital of Texas Quilt Fest as a total quilting newbie. I was just getting into quilting, and finding the styles I loved. I stopped by and enjoyed walking around and taking in all the beautiful quilts, checking out the fancy sewing machines for sale, and of course browsing around all the fabric and quilting vendors. (p.s. some of the awesome quilts from the 2012 show are featured in my Quilt Inspiration post if you want to check it out.)

This year, not only am I attending, but one of my quilts will be on display in the show! I joined the Austin Area Quilt Guild, and entered my latest quilt in the novice category, as this is my 3rd quilt to make. I’m excited and looking forward to the show. I hope that some of you Austin folks will make it out to see all the lovely quilts on display – there will be over 350 quilts there!

2014 quilt fest banner

Here are a few sneak peaks of my quilt, which I’ve shown progress shots of earlier this year. I’ll reveal the finished quilt when I get the binding on, and after it’s all fancied up and hanging at the show!

flying geese quilt blocks
flying geese laura wardhamilton on the flying geese quilt  flying geese quilt topwk 18 insp 04
liberty geese hand quilting

If you’re in Austin next weekend and you enjoy quilting, or sewing, or fabric, come out to Quilt Fest! It’s held at the Palmer Event Center, September 12-14. Entrance to the show is $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and the hours are as follows:

Friday and Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

I can’t wait to see all the lovely quilts and check out a few of the demonstrations. Some of them that sound really interesting and informative: Art Quilts, Quilt Preservation and Restoration, Quick Basting Techniques, and Basic Free-Motion Quilting, plus a bunch more!

Hope to see you there.

Broken Dishes Quilt: Update on Hand Quilting

Well, I started this quilt almost a year ago. I put things on hold for a while, because planning a wedding is time consuming! Lately though, I’ve gotten back in the groove and am nearly finished hand quilting this thing.

hand quilting front
I decided to hand quilt instead of machine quilt it, because I wanted to learn how. Basically I just read a lot of tutorials (and watched YouTube videos!) to teach myself the process.

My simple supplies. Thimble, thread, needles, and scissors.

My simple supplies. Thimble, thread, needles, and scissors.

The only thing holding me back is TIME. It takes me nearly an hour just to do the area in my 12″ quilting hoop. I’m trying to work on it every day to get it done. This American Life podcasts are keeping me company while I sew. It’s pretty relaxing.

hand quilting back

I love the way the back looks.

Despite how long it is taking, I am really love how it’s turned out so far. Once I finish quilting the whole thing, I’ll just need to put the binding on, and then it will finally be done!

Soon I’ll be able to do a post on binding, and show you the finished product. This quilt is my baby.