Thursday, November 05, 2009

ready or not

samples
Today's the day! I fly out to Colorado for the retreat this evening. I've worked very hard over the past month and a half getting samples ready and preparing for my classes, so I think I'm ready. I'm quite excited!! Be prepared for quilt overload when I get back. :)

After looking at the stack, I DO use a lot of white in my quilts. Oh, my.

99 comments:

Mama Urchin said...

Can't wait to see you!

Meg said...

How often do you teach at retreats? I live in Indiana - do you ever come down here or nearby - Ohio/Illinois?

Anonymous said...

For scrapbooking, I read that "white space" is a very good thing- gives the eye some place to rest between going from one thing to another- I iamagine that applies to quilts, too. And they highly recommend that you do some lay-outs with lots of white.

Trisha said...

Good luck!! I hope you have a great time and meet other great quilters!

Di~ said...

Have a good time! I truly wish I were going...YOU WILL BE GREAT!

kelly lautenbach said...

Have fun! That's quite a beautiful stack you've got going there!

beth said...

white is wonderful-don't let anyone tell you otherwise! have a great time! come back to blogland refreshed!!!

live a colorful life said...

There are few things better than a quilt retreat. Have a great time.

Diane said...

What a stack of yummy quilt-y goodness! and I love the white ... its those wonderful Ikea sheets that you told us all about.

MichelleB said...

Yeah! Have a great time. If I still lived in Colorado, I would definitely have signed up for your class.

Maria said...

It looks wonderfull. Have a good time!

Cindy said...

Love the orange too. I've kinda got a thing for orange these days.

John said...

Good luck! Have a great trip!!

Life of Joy said...

I also use a lot of white. On my first queen size quilt, I used white for the backing and my mom said "people don't do that".

Jessie Lathroum said...

I hope someday I have a beautiful stack of quilts like this!!! :)

Sherri said...

That is one gorgeous stack of quilts...love the white! I've discovered I need the open spaces in my quilts...and the white seems to provide that perfectly!

badlandsquilts said...

Have fun and safe travels!

Renee said...

So exciting! Wish I was joining you. Have a fabulous time and don't leave out any details when you tell us all about it.
Happy sewing!

RosaMaría said...
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RosaMaría said...

what a exciting trip!! i wish can be there! have fun!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

Have a super time!!! Yep, you have a white addiction! that's ok, I'll keep at you! ;-)

hugs! Have fun, relax, enjoy!

Marcia said...

I LOVE that you use alot of white in your quilts! They are beautiful. Have a great time.

Cara said...

That stack looks delicious!!

carol said...

Honey, that's what makes your quilts unique...didn't you know that? They're so fresh and clean looking with all that white!!! Have fun at your retreat. I will be thinking of you the whole time.

WestSacHoney said...

I like the white in the quilts! I'm about to use white in my first "white" quilt.

Chelsea said...

I just want to jump on your stack and snuggle all day long! :)

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Have fun!! Love seeing that stack of beautiful in one spot :)

Annie said...

You just noticed that, huh? I love your quilts; they look really fresh and bright. I use very little white in my quilts so it is nice to see how different they can turn out.

Goddess in Progress said...

Can't wait to see the stack (and you, too!) in person, I leave in the morning!

Tara said...

Holy cow, woman! That's a lot of quilts! Looking forward to seeing you this evening! Feel free to call me if you have any questions!

Jenn said...

That's exactly the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw that stack - "She uses a lot of white!" BEAUTIFUL QUILTS!

nicolette said...

You inspired me to use a lot of white i my quilts and i love it!

That’s a nice stash! Have a wonderful time!

lexiep616 said...

WOW! that is an impressive stack. good luck!

Thimbleanna said...

Ooooh! Have a fantastic time! And maybe when you get back you could enlighten us on how you get so many quilts done!!!

Needled Mom said...

Have a great trip.

The Calico Cat said...

Have fun.
You use white because it looks good with those crisp colors. If you were a Thimbleberries gal you would probably use something different.

CitricSugar said...

It's okay to use white - you're probably using my sharel I almost never use it. I prefer cream or darker solids.

Breathe and enjoy your classes - you will do great!!

Rebekah said...

Enjoy the weekend! I know that you are going to be a fabulous teacher...wish I could have come.

Meg said...

Oh, good luck!!! You're going to do great. And I look forward to quilt overload when you get back--I can't wait!!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Those are very lucky participants to see and meet such inspiration in person!

jaybird said...

and i.. use barely an white... but i love your stuff.. and one day i'll finish my nine patch one a day... & that'll have a slew of white!! have fun!!!

Jane said...

Have a great trip!! The people will be blessed beyond measure!!

ale balanzario said...

Have a great trip!!!, all your quilts are beautiful, I like how you use the white!!
:)

Blue Is Bleu said...

Whee! Have fun and safe travels!! I love using white in my quilts too :)

lera said...

Have fun! You better email me!! You should have gotten a texting plan just for this retreat!

Suzanne said...

Wishing you a weekend of wonderful experiences, safe travels to and from, peace of mind that everything and everyone at home is well, and a blank journal to bring home lots of ideas for more quilts and sewing experiences.

Dena said...

What a glorious stack of quilts! Have fun and take lots of pictures so you can share.

Philigry said...

have so much fun! you will do great!

bingo~bonnie said...

Oh what a great stack of quilts! Make me feel the way kids do when they see a pile of raked up leafs.. I just want to run and jump into your stack ;)

Have a great trip in CO. and OH - one more thing - I made a doll quilt from your ticker tape tutorial over the weekend and posted it over on my blog - it's done up in all pinks ;) and very girly...

My 5 year old has insisted we make one for "each" of her dolls!!! :) I'm so glad she likes it. It was fun! and fast! ;)

Thanks and Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Rose said...

You say white like it's a bad thing! I think the white really makes the colors pop, and I would never have thought to use it before. I tend to always use a color that matches the entire quilt. Can't wait to see all the quilty goodness!

Petit Debutant said...

that is a gorgeous stack of quilts!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Good luck and have fun. I love white in quilts - your look fantastic stacked up like that.

Annie said...

What a beautiful stack of quilts it is - have a great time away and then enjoy a feast on your return.

Karen said...

Love the white!!!! Have a great time at the retreat.

Tessa said...

The quilt stack looks just gorgeous - very photo worthy - love the white too, makes the colours more colourful :)

Clair said...

Maybe next time you get away you can come HERE. Have a safe and relaxing trip. Enjoy Colorado...I haven't been there since the last time I drove home from CA (with the Brown Beauty and no AC).

Heather said...

love the white in your quilts!! Wish I was going to be at the retreat === sounds like fun.

Anonymous said...

Oh such a shame Australia is sooo far away or I would be there with bells on.
I think the white makes your quilt sing and makes them very pleasing to the eye.
Love your blog
Aussie Julz

Trudi said...

Have a great trip! Love that pile of loveliness too!

Suzanne said...

They look so good all stacked up. Have a great time!

Suzanne said...

They look so good all stacked up. Have a great time!

Linda said...

Yay! So excited for you! You will do fabulously! :) I wish I could be there!

paulette said...

Have fun and I love your quilts!! Keep putting lots of white in your quilts as it make them look fresh, clean and vibrant! LOVE them!
Paulette

jacquie said...

i should've just sucked it up and signed up. you're going to be fabulous!!!

jacquie said...

i should've just sucked it up and signed up. you're going to be fabulous!!!

Marty said...

Have a great time

Deb said...

I wish I was coming! Good luck. You have inspired me, I now have white in my quilts! I love it. Thank you. See even to New Zealand your influence reaches!!

alice said...

I think your pile is gorgeous. What was that book called--something about "do what you love and fame will follow". White works for you. Have fun at the retreat! Getting overload could be a lot of fun! A-

peaknits said...

Good luck and have fun at your fabulous retreat! I cannot wait to hear how it all goes!

wishes, true and kind said...

Gorgeous stack of quilts!

Naria & Ken said...

Love your quilts! I hardly ever use white in my quilts but love the look! Thanks for the great ideas :)

G'G'ma said...

Too bad I don't live in CO. Have a safe and wonderful trip. I envy all your students.

Renee said...

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

randi said...

What a lovely stack! Enjoy your retreat!

Heather said...

I love the white--so crisp and happy!

VeeV said...

Amandajean,
your stack of quilts is AMAZING!!!

The range in sizes...just shows your versatility... (they're not all the same size =comfort zone)

I am always so-o-o disappointed when you don't have a new post each day...

....perhaps i'm addicted??

xo
e.

Laurel H. said...

Congrats on being the star attraction at this retreat; may there be many more in your future. Safe travels. Blessings and best of luck! (And the white in your quilts--don't stop "overusing" it!)

Ethne said...

Enjoy the retreat and we all look forward to you sharing your experiences with us on your return - PS I love the white in your quilts, just going to do the same with one myself

Lara said...

I heart that pile! It's gorgeous! I aspire to have a quilty pile of goodness like this one day :)

Sara said...

It looks great! Good luck!!

Andi's English Attic said...

Have a wonderful time. Jealous? Moi?! xx

Penélope said...

doesn't matter whether you use a lot of white or not... your work is just amazing!

Enjoy

wordmama said...

There are 82 comments before mine, so I'm sure it will blend in with theirs. I have been inspired with your use of white and open spaces on the fronts and backs of your quilts. I also love the modern sensibility of your designs. What class are you teaching?

Chris said...

I am SO JEALOUS! I asked for your retreat as my bday gift when you first announced it (my bday is Sunday). Since I'm not flying out anywhere, apparently I didn't get it :-( I did get EQ6 though, from my dad so I can't wait to dig into it. HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME!!! I can't wait to see the results and TONS of pics!

sulu-design said...

I've been thinking about you all week in anticipation of this. I hope you have a wonderful retreat, rock your workshops, and enjoy some time to yourself. You're going to be amazing.

Anina said...

Have a wonderful time. Those people are lucky to get some of your time.

The Crap Blog Detective said...

Your pile of quilts looks shit. I have seen loads of those at Ikea on offer and always wondered about the people who are obsessed with them. Reading this blog and all the comments has cleared up a lot for me.

Anonymous said...

Good luck. Have fun!!! Your quilts are beautiful. You will be a hit at the retreat. Wish I was there!!!Bonnie in Tx.

Anonymous said...

I heard you were coming to CO and looked you up in blog land. Love your stuff, have fun at this weekend, you are quilting with some fine quilters.

Ann said...

Have a great trip Amanda! You are one lucky girl :)

Alaskan Vaughans said...

Wow, can't wait to see what each of those looks like unfolded! =)

Becky Gonce said...

Can't wait for Quilt Overload, when you get back!! I've been on vacation and haven't been checking your blog...have missed it!

Duyvken said...

Looks great! Enjoy yourself.

carole ann said...

They look wonderful have a safe and fun trip.

lily40au said...

I'm glad you pointed out all the white ... it explains perfectly why your quilts ae so restful.

Vickie E said...

Amanda Jean...you should publish your own book!!! A gal I met at quilt market..paid $1.25 a book...sold then for $6.25 wholesale...I think that is what Gudrun does and Heather Mulder Peterson...

Annalia Romero said...

I don't know if people do this to you often (and I'm aware it's a little crazy), but I've had a certain fabric on my mind for a while.

Can't remember who makes it or anything, but it's the blue square on your gray quilt, at the top of this beautiful stack!

Could you point me in the right direction, if you can even remember where you got it?

Thanks! -Mamalia

sales jobs said...

Wow!!! That's a good news. Good luck and enjoy!!!

chess said...

Those are stunning. White color is cool and for me I can have a peaceful mind while looking to light colors especially those white ones. Keep posting more of your work. Have a nice day!