SewDown Portland

I’ve never been much of a traveler; I am a homebody. Recently, I’ve been going out of my comfort zone and I have now traveled twice for sewing retreats. I’m getting hooked on traveling–at least for craftiness!

In early February I went to Portland for the MQG’s SewDown. What a blast! I came in a day early and stayed a day late to see the city and hit the local fabric stores. Boy, did I do that! I came with two bags, neither full, and left just able to squeeze everything in–don’t judge me ;D! I’m sure you can relate to my lack of “fabric control”.

It was quite a weekend just for the weather alone. 

It was the biggest snow storm in 12 years! 

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The city looked beautiful, and for this Los Angeles ‘lifer’ it was such a treat.IMG_2948I really enjoyed Portland, from the kind locals to the delicious food. I sewed, chatted and ate my way through the weekend! Yippee!

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The Voodoo Donuts didn’t hurt, either!

I had the chance to take a class in paper piecing from Lee Heinrich. Being too intimidated to try paper piecing on my own, this was wonderful. I was able to complete most of the Shooting Star mini quilt top below in the three hour time frame.

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Julie Herman showed us the in’s-n-out’s of her SideKick ruler to make diamonds and triangles, in four sizes, with just one ruler–totally cool. We made this piece with Valerie Wells new line of fabric.

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The next day we started with Sheri Lynn Wood in an round robin improv class. I left with an 18″x24″ start for an quilt top and a some new ideas on process. It was a great exercise on ‘making things work’ (thank you Tim Gunn) and following the story on the piece in front of you. She encouraged us to really look at what was a happening in the piece in front of us and add to it in a way that compliment its style, instead of bring our own signature to it regardless of how it integrated.

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The last class was with the absolutely lovely and super talented Heather Jones. We had meet the prior year at The Makerie in Colorado, but I hadn’t been able to work in a class with her. This was quite a treat. Her straight forward style and clean modern aesthetic is fabulous. We made one of four blocks for her upcoming new pattern “You and Me”.

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I came home with new friends, a greater appreciation of the weather–the snow was intense- and a wish that I had signed up for the next one in Nashville! Guess I’m going to have to wait for QuiltCon in Austin next year. Screenshot 2014-03-01 22.35.18

Happy Quilting and talk to you soon!