Almost all of my friends who sew, and especially quilt, are online friends- that's a testament to our modern times. However, the other day, my friend Trisha of TLC Stitches invited me to a trunk show with Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie Studio at Fabric Crush. A chance to hear from an inspirational quilter and blogger, meet an online friend for "reals" and check out a new fabric store in my area? Oh yeah!
That's Trisha on the left- I sent her a doll quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap last year, and we've been blog friends ever since. It was awesome to meet her in person- she's funny, sweet and friendly in addition to being a talented quilter and knitter! I also met her friend Ginny of I Sew who is a real sweetheart and talented seamstress who live right in my neighborhood!
Jacquie was also awesome- it was great to touch quilts I had seen previously in photos, and hear her stories about each one. Her quilting was beautiful - a lot of it was very modern, with alot of straight lines, and pretty dense. I was very inspired that she's only been quilting for two years! This quilt was especially gorgeous- it was quilted by a woman in her local guild. Incredible!
I'd love to make something like this out my selvages, too. Jacquie has a tutorial on her blog for the selvage spiderweb blocks. I loved seeing this up close- both for the technique of piecing the selvages and for the fun "I Spy" effect with all those fabrics!