27. February 2015 · Comments Off on QuiltCon: My Favorite Quilts · Categories: About Me, Events, quilts

Me and Mom and NannyI had never attended a modern quilt show until last weekend. I’ve seen some quilt shows before, full of very traditional quilts honoring echniques and methods established by women from another place in time. Beautiful quilts — don’t get me wrong! Traditional quilts are, perhaps, made more interesting and appealing because of the history and nostalgia embedding with each stitch. Traditional quilts are beautiful (as are art quilts — I’ll discuss the “definitions” of these categories another time), but that just isn’t the type of quilt that speaks to me.  It’s not the type of quilt that I enjoy making.

I love modern quilts. I love the bright, saturated colors, the modern prints, the crisp lines, and I love the effects of breaking away from the traditional quilting rules, visual effects like: abundant negative space, alternate grid layouts, and wonky improvisational shapes. In short, I love modern quilts.

Modern quilting is the art that speaks to me.

QuiltCon is the perfect event for a modern quilter. Workshops and lectures and so many beautiful quilts… But perhaps, best of all, QuiltCon brings scores of like-minded people together in celebration of my kind of quilting. And, because QuiltCon was in Austin, I got to see some family and enjoy some Texas food! What a nice bonus!

Enough talk. Here are my favorite quilts from the show!

 

30. January 2014 · Comments Off on Here goes nothing! · Categories: About Me

This isn’t the first blog I’ve ever started, but it is the first blog I’ve planned. And, I’m excited to share my adventures in the kitchen and in the sewing studio.  So, here goes!

 

Hi! I’m Kara!

 

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Me and my boys at Daytona Beach, FL. Summer 2013

I’m a Texas girl currently living in Florida.  I love it here, but I do miss home.  My husband and I have three boys. (No. We don’t want to try for a girl.)  They keep us busy, stress us out, makes tons of noise, and a lot of messes, but we love them.  Wouldn’t have it any other way!

I love to sew, and I’ve sewn clothes and potholders.  I’ve sewn doll clothes and doll blankets.  I made a bathrobe for my grandfather once. And one time, I made a Halloween costume two hours before trick or treating.  Quilting is my new favorite. Once upon a time, when people asked me about my sewing, I’d tell them, “I do love to sew, but I don’t quilt.  That’s for old ladies.”  I was in my twenties and truly saw quilting as an art form, yes, but art for old people. 

Blogs changed that for me.  I began to see sewing as more than following a pattern from Simplicity or McCalls.  What? People— everyday normal people— can create their own patterns? What? I don’t need a tissue paper pattern to sew something?  What? Quilts aren’t made out of random found fabrics by old ladies?

I love the modern quilt movement, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.  I love that my favorite means of artistic expression isn’t going the way of the dinosaur (as it may have seemed to me at one time).

My brother Jared with the quilt I made for him.

My brother Jared with the quilt I made for him.

Sewing is definitely my creative outlet, but I have a passion for food, too.  Some of my favorite childhood memories are centered on food – like the time that my brother and I played in the sand while my parents dragged a net in the water. We had boiled crab and drawn butter that night. Or, the chocolate sheet cake that my mom perfected.  It is the standard birthday cake in our house.

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Now that I’m grown, I hope to create positive food memories and experiences for my kids, and I want them to learn how to feed themselves in a world that is too full of convenience and junk food.  Don’t expect health food from me, but don’t look for cream of anything soup in any of my food either.  I strive for balance and moderation.

Got a bonus yolk while teaching oldest how to cook eggs. Score!

Got a bonus yolk while teaching the oldest how to cook eggs. Score!

I plan to share my favorite recipes, successes and maybe my failures too. Everyone has a flop in the kitchen every now and then.  I plan to share my adventures in quilting, my successes and my mistakes too.  That’s the cool thing about quilting, usually the mistakes just require a seam ripper or a new cut of fabric.  A messed up dinner may end up in the garbage, but sometimes the burnt suppers make the funniest memories.