Thursday, April 3, 2014

Quiltin' and Singin'

It's a busy week for both of my passions...

Busy in the sewing room today, cutting kits for a "Hexagarden" class I'll teach at the upcoming Home Machine Quilting Show.  

Part II of my interview with Diane today over at Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures shows a closeup:

I also made a new Hexagarden mini charity quilt to be sold at auction for this year's HMQS Design Challenge, featuring A French Courtyard fabric by Sue Daley Designs for Riley Blake Designs.  I like how it turned out! 

More "Hexagami" flowers!  Even found some hexagon-shaped buttons for it!

And on the design wall today:  a mini-version of "Sheep Shape" cut out with AccuQuilt half-hexie dies. These teeny little sweeties will have finished sides measuring 1-1/4". "Sew" easy!!  Get your pattern in the latest Quiltmaker magazine!

 Add a little mini Hexagami flower...

This little cutie will finish as a 12" x 14" block.

HMQS board members met last night to work out the final details and preparations for our event coming up in just four weeks!  I get a little giddy, thinking of hob-nobbing with this impressive lineup of instructors!  I'm excited to take some classes.

My job on the HMQS board is to help set up the show, hang quilts, assist the NQA-certified quilt judges as a scribe, and manage the quilted garments division of the show.  And... because they know I like to sing, we open the show with a little number by yours truly.

Last year's theme was "That's Amore'", so of course I had to sing that melody, only with different words...
♫♪...."Take a class, build your stash, (pay with cash so your husband won't know----)
Scusi mi, gotta go to the Home Machine Quilting Show - I adore', that's Amore'! ♪♫

This year's theme is A Quilter's Symphony.  Now, I need to come up with some quilty words to go along with some symphonic tunes... Do you have any favorite symphonies??  I'm working on the perfect mashup:
Beethoven's  Symphony no. 9 (Ode to Joy)
William Tell Overture (Lone Ranger theme)
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (featured on a recent Subway ad)
Beethoven's Symphony no. 5 (da na na nah... da na na nah)
Maybe Handel's  Hallelujah Chorus?  I sing that one regularly with my choir... :)

Speaking of choir - we'll be singing all weekend long, which I adore.  We get to do this every six months for General Conference.  And even when we're not singing, this weekend will feature re-broadcasts of us in one of my favorite performances since I joined the choir:  An Evening with James Taylor (!)  Big fan, to put it mildly.  Can't wait to see this from the other side of the stage!  I'm pretty sure they'll have live streaming available too.  Here is a little sample:  James Taylor.  We sang the following song with him, and he turned to the choir and said, "I think that song just went to heaven!"

Preview of James Taylor with the Tabernacle Choir to be aired this weekend!

I'm including one of the choir's CDs in the giveaways both >> HERE << and at >> Quilty Pleasures <<. Be sure to enter - we'd love to hear from you!

Happy Quilting... and Singing!


  1. Can you share an idea of where to look for you in the Choir? I'll be watching and Hoping to WIN one of the Giveaways for sure! I love the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Conference time!!!. Women's Conference was great last week-end with my Daughter by Love!

    1. Hi Mary, it differs every week, but usually somewhere in the middle of the top third of the women's section. ;)

  2. Love your little sheep, and the project you're going to teach is adorable!

  3. I will be volunteering at the show every day this year so I hope to run into you. I don't have any money to take classes this year, but I had to be involved. I will even be bringing my daughter down to see how quilts are judged.

  4. Cute, cute little sheep! I get so excited when I see you among the choir. :O)

  5. What a creative way to use the half hexagons!


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