Saturday, April 10, 2010


Happy Monday to you all! And a happy Monday it is. Do you watch Top Chef? Know about the Quickfire Challenges? Well, today's going to be a quickfire kind of post. Not because it will be short (y'all know me better than that by now!), but more because it will be a random sampler of some of the exciting things (aka "neat-o moments") that have been going on 'round the Quilt Dad home these days.

First off, guess what? I was in another quilting magazine! And not just any quilting magazine, but American Patchwork & Quilting ... the one magazine that I actually have a subsription to! (Not that I don't buy the others -- I usually just get them at Barnes & Noble : )

Yep, there I am in the Moda Bake Shop ad ... forming a Bermuda Triangle of sorts with my buddies Julie & Rachel. I can't thank Lissa, Angela, and Moda Fabrics enough for the opportunity to contribute to such a fabulous blog as the MBS. And if you haven't been there yet, you should go check it out. I have something coming out of the oven shortly ...

I'm also excited because I just booked a ticket to go to Minneapolis! No, silly, not to shop at the Mall of America (even though I sure hope I'll have the chance to do that). It's to attend Quilt Market! Yep, those two troublemakers above (Rachel & Julie, NOT Lissa & Angela!) have convinced me to come check it out. Super neat-o! I am over the moon excited to go and meet so many of my virtual friends in person. If you're going to be there, PLEASE let me know! And if not, don't worry -- I'll be sure to take lots of pictures and provide round-the-clock blog updates.

Another piece of exciting news? One of my quilt blocks was featured on the ever-growing Quilting Bee Blocks site. Wicked neat-o! I know I've mentioned this site before, but it's a really great site for anyone new (or old) to the world of block swaps and it's worth mentioning again. Erin's going a fantastic job building a strong, supportive community within the world virtual quilting bees and I really appreciate all that she is doing. Even though the Grand Opening giveaways are over (boo!), I am sure there will be more soon ...

So I have come into possession of this gorgeous little mix of Timber fabrics (designed by Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits fame). I got it from a great online fabric shop, Hart's Fabric that Tina introduced me to. Neat-o! The problem? I can't decide what to make with them! It's not that I am at a loss for ideas -- I've come up with about 100 already -- but I can't seem to make a decision. It's VERY unlike me. So here's where you come in -- please help me decide what to make with these prints!

Did you all have a nice weekend? I sure did, despite the vicious allergy attacks brought on my the ruthless NC pollen. Besides another awesome meeting of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild last night, I also went roller skating. Yep, roller skating. At a rink. It rocked. I escorted my 5 year-olds to a birthday party and, after about 5 minutes of watching all of the activity, I couldn't take it anymore and rented these sweet old skool 4-wheelers. Groovy ... er, I mean neat-o! I had a blast -- not only skating, but having fun chatter with all of my Twitter friends who I helped live vicariously through my tweets. (PS. are you on Twitter? Be sure to follow me!) The way I see it, I figured I'd enjoy the time when my daughters actually enjoy having me hang out with them & their friends, because I am sure it won't be too long before they are begging me to wait in the car.

OK, the {Urban} HOME Goods swap. Have you seen this one? It's where we'll be swapping finished goods that will allow us to feature our favorite fabric lines throughout our homes. Neat-o! We recently received our partners, and once again Heather & Kerri did a fantastic job of pairing like-minded swappers. My partner gave me a LOT to work from in her preferences, and I'm considering using the combination you see here on the right: my favorite prints from one of my favorite lines ever (Chestnut Hill by Joel Dewberry) and some classic linen. Right now it's shaping up to be a table runner, and/or some napkins and placemats. What do you think?

Are you guys familiar with the Explore feature on Flickr? No, me neither ... but from what I can gather, it's where the people that work behind-the-scenes at Flickr select interesting photos each day to feature on their Explore pages. Since you're never really notified if one of your pictures has been selected, it's possible to be featured and never know it!

Well, the BigHugeLabs site has a pretty nifty little app called "Scout" that can show you all of your photos that have hit the Explore pages. Take a look at my collection:

Neat-o mosquito!

Of course, the caveat here is that these are my pictures, but not necessarily my creations. There are a few swap items I've received in there that were graciously made for me by others. But it's still pretty darn cool.

Finally, I wanted to share some of the neat-o pieces of embroidery that my group members have been making for me over in the Hoop Up swap. The swappers in that group are crazy mad talented and have really blown me away. The quality of work happening in that group is nothing short of genius and has exceeded all of my expectations when starting the group. Even if you are not an embroiderer, I highly encourage you to peruse the amazing gallery that has been built over there.

My Hoop Up Embroideries (so far ...)
Stitchy neat-o!

The best part? There's even more exciting news. And it's coming SOON!! So stay tuned ...


  1. I didn't know you were on Twitter! I just sent my request to follow you (kayeprince).

    And I saw you in the magazine on Friday - how exciting! I was looking at the ad because someone else (I think Monica) mentioned that she was in it, and I was all like "omigosh, there's John"! Maybe you should frame the ad for your sewing area.

    And I'm going to Minneapolis for Quilt Market too! Hope we can meet there - that'd be really neat (-o)!

    And I'm with you on Chestnut Hill. I used it to make my Mum a quilt for Christmas and she loves it!

  2. taking over the quilting world...
    one mds ad at a time.

    market is gonna rock.

  3. trouble maker?? ;-) you love me & you you know it! market will be fab!!

  4. When my magazine came I was so thrilled to see your picture in the Moda ad. I told my husband that you were one of my blog buddies. He was impressed. And I told him that you were from NC as well. John, you are a very talented quilter! Love & blessings from NC!

  5. Wow -- in a magazine, featured on Quilting Bee Blocks, too many pics on explore to count! AND going to Quilt Market! Okay, NOW I'm jealous!

    Congratulations and please don't forget about us little people :).

  6. I have been following your blog for a few months now and really enjoy it. Your wonky quilt is on my list of things to do. Will look for you when my next issue of American Patchwork arrives!

  7. I just found your blog! I'll be a newbie to the Quilt Market in Minneapolis so I hope to see you there. You can check out my quilt blog at:

  8. Congratulations on being featured! Have fun at quilt market!

  9. Congrats on the magazine! How awesome is that?!

    Also, I live in Minneapolis but I can't go to quilt market because I'm no one of importance. Sadness! I hope you have an excellent time, though!

    Just a heads up...I'm not going to recommend a visit the Mall of America because I try to avoid it when I can. It's really big, if you like really big, pretty crowded malls, you'll probably like it. If you're not renting a car, you can always take the light rail train from the airport to the only costs a few dollars to ride the train.

    The light rail will also take you into Minneapolis from the airport...there's a stop about 8 blocks from the convention center.

    I hope you have a wonderful time and feel free to ask me any Minnesota questions you might have. :)

  10. What a neat-o post! Congratulations on the Moda ad! And man did you take meback with those roller skates! I lived in mine. Now I need to go and find them....