My sister joked that we flew 2000 miles to keep sweatshop hours, sewing all day and night at Sewtopia, but we enjoyed every minute of it. Kathy, the speed sewist, made four quilt tops and completely finished two quilts! I think she was the only one with that number, but there were many finished bags, blocks, quilt tops, and new projects going on all around us. Our tablemates were our Guild president Tisha and her mom. It was nice to have familiar faces but of course we met lots of other quilters. Me, I cut and sewed, cut and sewed, and used two design walls to help me with my word quilt.
Lots of color choices were made, plenty of switching around as well, as the quilt grew. The letters were made from Laura Hartrich's Simple Shapes Alphabet, although I changed the dot of the "i" to a curved block instead of plain square. I used a 4" finished Drunkard's path template set from Jen Carlton Baily for my design. The curves required a few pins but were not too difficult to sew at that size. Many attendees were interested in my project and stopped by to ask questions and take photos. Jen herself said she wanted to make a word quilt, and in her free moments as part of the staff, she sat down to design. I fed her squirrel project by giving her some cat fabric:)
Lots of people signed up for a secret swap project. The staff swapped them overnight and there were lots of squeals of delight the next morning as we found them by our sewing machines. Too funny, my sister found her own swap item on her machine, which was quickly switched by staff. Here's the beautiful item I received, full of goodies, made by Nela.
Simple straight line quilting to keep it modern.
I had fun with the back with this fabric from stash. The runner looks crooked in this late-night-thrown-on-the-floor shot, but wasn't! My word quilt grew slowly, letter by letter. I enjoyed choosing all the different colors. Many of the fabrics were from a Dimples charm stack of every color that I won at Superbuzzy a few years ago.
In progress shot...with Tisha's intricate block project sharing the design wall. Having the design wall was so great. Wish I had room for one at home. One gal the next table over couldn't wait to see what came next and helped me make decisions about the clover I designed to add. I begged additional greens from other attendees.
By the noon witching hour on the final day, I had managed to sew all the pieces for the letters, clover and stars, and sewed over half the individual rows together. I stacked and rolled them up for transport, pinning the loose rows and the clover pieces together in order. They made it just fine in the luggage. Last Sunday I sewed the rows together, then made the final decisions for the missing section. Sew, press, sew press...
Hooray, a finished top! The top is 60x76". I am pleased with how it turned out and would make another word quilt with this simple alphabet. What phrase would you make?