Friday, February 21, 2014

SewDown aka SnowDown...

Friday, February 21, 2014

I travelled to Portland, OR, on Friday, February 7, to teach at The Modern Quilt Guild's weekend sewing retreat SewDown. Turns out, I brought a snow storm with me!




I always travel with a quilt & a pillow. This is a scrappy Chopsticks quilt that Jessica gave to me.


I taught my Sidekick Sampler class. The focus of the class is cutting and piecing blocks using my Sidekick ruler. I had shipped my class kits and supplies to arrive when I was due to make it into Portland, but the snow storm had other plans for class supplies...


Amazing wonder woman that she is, Valori Wells saved the day with a suitcase full of fabric that my students used to make their blocks...


And they made beautiful Night Sky blocks with Valori's new Blueprint Basics line from Robert Kaufman




Kathy from Pink Chalk Fabrics made her first block for her Northwest Night Sky quilt.





















Valori Wells presented "Life of a Fabric Design."








Violet Craft & Valori Wells
LOVE these women.
uh oh...
It was OK. It made for a great day to sew...






Bill Volckening's lunch lecture, "Masterpiece Quilts: Modernism in American Patchwork, 1810 to 1970."








Thank you to my students, friends and the MQG for a great weekend in Portland, no matter the weather!



© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

16 comments:

Mary Potts said...

The blocks are beautiful. Everyone did a nice good. I am most interested in your sweater Julie. Where did you get it?

Mary in PA

Kathy Mack said...

Awesome class Julie, had a great time with you at the SewDown! Looking forward to finishing up my project :)

Euphoria Jessica said...

Miss you already!! I had loads of fun with you!!!! XoXo

Valori said...

You are so amazing!!! I can't tell you how cool it is to see all those blocks in my fabric....hehe!!! (happy dance) love you girl!!!
V.

mascanlon said...

Wish I was there too! Looks like a lot of fun and the blocks are wonderful.

Rori said...

Hi Julie,
Beautiful blocks and it was so much fun meeting you in Ontario at Road 2 California. I see you tracked down your sweatshirt from JCrew. My son sent me mine last week and it is so much fun to wear! Did you purchase extras so you could sell them in your booth? :)

Mary W Quilts said...

The blocks are fab! And I love the flying geese sweater! Where did you get it ??

Erica Toole said...

Everyone did such an amazing job on their blocks, wish I could have gone. Thanks for sharing the lovely pics of the blocks and that gorgeous fabric!

Denise in PA said...

Looks like a fabulous time! Even with the snow/ice (bet you thought you were back in Philly!). The blocks are beautiful! And, that sweater is AWESOME!!! o:)

Kathie said...

I just happened to be there visiting my two adult daughters that weekend also. Being a fellow Southern Californian I actually loved being snowed in with my girls :-)!. I am so sick of the hot weather!
I had hoped to be able to get to the Sew (Snow) Down but I decided just to have fun in the snow instead.
So glad you all were able to meet and have a great weekend . . . hopefully I'll make it some day.

Anita said...

Great blocks! Love your sweater too! Did you have it specially made for you?

kitty said...

You may have brought a snow storm to Portland, you certainly have stirred up a storm of wonderful blocks inspiring quilters far beyond Portland!
Thank you for the great pictures (as always)!!
Where oh where did you find that awesome sweater???

JoAnne said...

Thanks for sharing all of those photos of beautiful quilt blocks, etc. Welcome back to southern California, where we don't have ice except where we want it!

Patty said...

Love those blocks!

Andi said...

LOVE your sweater!!!
Andi Herman (no relation) ;-)

Violet Craft said...

LOVE you too, my dear friend! And oh my goodness, those Night Sky blocks are freaking gorgeous.