Tactical Quilt Show Travel Techniques from Guest Blogger, Trish Frankland aka QUILTchicken

I’m very excited to be welcoming guest blogger Trish Frankland aka QUILTchicken on my blog today!  She attended the Quilt Festival in Houston last year and the AQS show in Chattanooga, TN, earlier this year and has some great tips to share with you all on what to pack and expect!


Are you going to Houston this year? Is a trip to Paducah in your spring plans, or is there another “big show” trip in your future? Since Kim’s off to Houston for the first time, I’m taking over her blog today with a list of things you should pack for your next big quilt show vacation.


1. Comfortable shoes: I know – you want to wear something cute and sassy to show your style and prove your pizazz. bad shoesBut nothing will ruin your trip faster than uncomfortable shoes. And I guarantee if those shoes are even the tiniest bit pinchy at home, halfway through show you’ll swear they were cobbled by Satan from razor wire and 40-grit sandpaper.

2. Tiny quantities of pharmacy supplies: I once wasted HOURS looking for a place to buy Tums. You only need a dose or two of anything, so don’t get carried away. Just pack a tiny baggie with:

  • one dose of Pepcid, a pack of Rolaids, or Pepto-Bismol chewable tablets
  • one dose of Sudafed
  • a couple Band-aids
  • some pain reliever
  • a handful of cough drops
  • a tube of lip balm
  • the floss mini-sample from your dentist
  • purse pack of wet wipes
  • contact lens case and fluid

3. Electronic privacy: Whether you’re going on a bus trip or adventuring with friends, at some point you just need to get AWAY for a bit. So pack your headphones, earplugs, and maybe even Benedryl for bedtime to make sharing the hotel room with a snorer more tolerable (she can’t help it, bless her heart). Also, pack your best manners and the patience of Job because seriously, too much togetherness is TOO MUCH … but you’ve all got to find a way to get along.

4. Camera: I know, it’s the 21st century and your fancy phone takes pictures. But pack the camera too. You’ll want to take tons of pictures of the quilts for future reference, and how will your friends text you to meet up later when you’ve drained the battery in your phone?

· Note: cellphone coverage is always HORRIBLE inside convention centers, so make contingency plans in case you don’t hear from one another by a certain time.

5. Chargers: My crystal ball says you’ll have 15 electronic devices along on the trip, so make sure you brought all the proper charging cords. Also, consider a portable power strip for the hotel room because those plugs are never convenient nor plentiful.


· Also, do not take your iPad or Kindle to the show – leave it in the hotel. It’s dead weight and you’ll be better off without it.

6. Boredom busters: For the travelling part of your trip, bring a selection of entertainments. Don’t rely 100% on your electronic devices, because batteries die and accidents happen. A book is always a good idea, but reading makes me barfy and bus-sick. Consider a small handwork project that doesn’t require motion above your elbows; your seatmate will agree this is not the time for a full-contact arm weaving project. Snacks are also advised.

7. Lanyard with swag: The show will probably give you a junky elastic or shoelace lanyard for your nametag but if you’ve got a fun one, bring it!


This is where you make up for the practical, non-cute shoes: adorn it with the buttons and pins from your homies and quilt-famous friends. Along with your local guild and affiliations, I highly recommend the Bad Ass Quilters Guild  and Sam Hunter’s “We Are $ew Worth It” campaign. We really should have Project Quilting pins made, shouldn’t we?

8. Bag: Absolutely you need to DOWNSIZE to the necessities: this is not the time for your huge wallet full of checkbook, store discount cards, old receipts, and 3-years-worth of kids’ school pictures. Instead of a purse, carry one medium-size totebag with a small change purse wallet and your small bag of necessities from #2 above. Leave the rest at home. Every night, empty out your bag, restock, and start again fresh.

9. Money: I’m not going to try to tell you how much to spend, or on what. But it is wise to budget yourself if you’re there more than one day, and set aside money for things like FOOD for the rest of your trip. I like to have a couple options (cash, credit card) and to put those in a smaller change purse that’s easy to locate, maybe in a special pocket of your totebag. Do NOT just throw it in your bag or you’ll annoy everyone in line with the archeological dig to the bottom. Also, you probably want to budget something to purchase a gift for that special friend who populates your blog while you’re absent. Just sayin’ …

Road Tripping on a Quilting Bus

That’s right folks.  One week from today (actually one week from 12 hours ago) I will be boarding a bus in Madison, WI to travel down to Houston, Texas for the Quilt Festival!  I can’t wait!  I know many think I’m crazy for taking a bus – but seriously – this is going to be amazing!  It’s a quilter bus!  We’ll be stopping at quilt shops every day on our way down!  The organizer, Cheryl, is fabulous and has done this MANY times … I just know it’s going to be fabulous.

quilt bus

The cherry on top – I just have to get on and off the bus whenever she tells me too – I don’t have to plan a thing, make a decision about anything, or do anything but sleep and relax.  SO READY!

Below I’ve listed the shops we’ll be stopping at our way down.  If this is your LQS please let me know if there’s something special there I should look for or collection on my way!

Our host shop – Quintessential Quilts in Madison and Reedsburg

And don’t worry – I’ll be blogging about my journey all week next week!  It will be like you’re riding along right with me (well – perhaps I’ll be slightly edited).

Stop back tomorrow for a guest post from my friend and talented quilter, Trish Frankland of Quilt Chicken,  who gives you some tips on what to pack for Festival!

Scrap Quilt Challenge Winner

107 scrappy quilts were submitted to Fabric N Quilts Scrap Quilt Challenge.  Be sure to head over to this flickr group to check them all out!

I just want to share a few of my personal favorites … they are all amazing … these are just ones I may try with my scraps someday …


Beth’s ‘X and +’ Quilt is fabulous!

Happy and Scrappy by Quilts by Lisa is definitely worth looking at!


I love a good sampler!  Great work carj6316!

Wild Child

I think peachygh’s ‘Wild Child’ is also pretty darn fabulous!

22 prizes were given away by some fantastic sponsors of the Scrap Quilt Challenge and I was lucky enough to be drawn to win a free class from Craftsy!

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I have so many classes on my wish list it was hard to decide which one I wanted to purchase first! After some debate – I felt that ‘Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design with Carol Ann Waugh’ would be the most useful at the moment. I can’t wait to get started!

Thanks to Craftsy for sponsoring and Shannon of Fabrics N Quilts for hosting this fun Scrap Quit Contest! I can’t wait for 2015’s Scrap Challenge!

Blogger Quilt Festival–Reminder


I love the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  This is just a reminder to myself and to you all to get thinking on which quilt(s) you want to enter for this round.  It starts on October 24th!

Find out more here -   http://amyscreativeside.com/bloggers-quilt-festival/

Globetrotting Mystery Quilt Along with Pat Sloan–Center Finished!


Here are all nine blocks from Pat Sloan’s Globetrotting Mystery Quilt Along.  I decided that ‘Venice’ didn’t quite fit in like the others so… I made up another block and made three more ‘Venice’ blocks for the corners.


Here is a mystery block that I made myself.  I think I'm calling it New York since it's a bit of a melting pot of many of the blocks Pat Sloan shared with us already. 


Venice II


Venice III


and Venice IV

The next step – how can I made these 13 blocks all work together to make a cohesive quilt.


This is the a situation where a design wall is key.  I can lay all my blocks on the wall, take a step back, and see what’s happening.  I have my two blocks that read darker in the upper left corner here – too top heavy!


Let’s move them to the lower right corner – ahh… better!


I spread out the greens a bit more and then started to play with sashing and borders.  I LOVE the diagonal stripe – but I didn’t have enough of it to just use that.  I made a triple strip sashing in the center of each row – two diagonal fabric strips with a golden print sandwhiched in the middle.  That allows that bold golden yellow fabric to push out from the cneter and will help tie it all together in the end. IMG_3697

Since I didn’t have enough of the diagonal stripe fabric I bordered the four corners using the same fabric I had feature in each of the four Venice blocks.

Now – this isn’t quite finished yet – just the center medallion is.  I am still contemplating how I want to border this piece.  It must be at least a lap quilt side. 

I wasn’t even planning on working on this quilt this month – it was just calling to me!

Resolution Bat Block Tutorial–52 Twisted Tradition Block Quilt Along

Happy Wednesday!  I have a great tutorial for you today that is completely fitting for Halloween coming up at the end of this month!  Make a few of these batty blocks into a pillow, a table runner, or incorporate them into fabulous Halloween Trick or Treating Bag! It’s easy peasy and super fun! 

Resolution Bat Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 12” x 12”

By twisting the traditional block ‘Resolution Square’ we can create a whimsical Bat block – perfect for Halloween!

Cutting Instructions


Fabric A – Wings (Black)
2 – 2.5” x 4.5”
2 – 2.5” x 2.5”

Fabric B – Bat Body(blue)
2 - 2.5” x 2.5”


Fabric C – Night Sky

6– 2.5” x 2.5”
2 – 2.5” x 4.5”
2 – 2.5” x 6.5”
2 – 2.5” x 8.5”


Fabric D – Accent Corner (Purple)

4 – 2.5” x 2.5”
1 – 2.75” Square



Layout all your fabric like I show in the diagram above. This will help you as you sew.


Start by sewing together the four blocks together. You’ll sew a 2.5” background fabric to either a 2.5” bat wing or a 2.5” bat body square. Press towards the bat.


Then, sew the 2.5” x 4.5” background or bat rectangle to the two-patch you just sewed together. Press towards the rectangle.


You now have four patches for the center of your block. Sew these together.


Take the fabric from the outer border and sew the top three pieces into one strip, the bottom three pieces into another strips and the two side pieces into a strip for each side.


Sew the two shorter sides onto the bat center block first. Press to the border. Finish by sewing the top and bottom to the block. Press to the border.


And with that…your ‘Resolution Bat’ block is finished!

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Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (10/15), the PDF will be $1.


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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along

Hashtag: #52bTT

Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

Previous Blocks:


I was thrilled to see that the quilts I had in Janesville, WI at their show ‘Superstars – Tradition to Modern Quilt Show’ received ribbons!


My ‘Amazing Technicolor Dream Heart’ won


2nd Place in the Art Quilt Category!


rileyblake show

my ‘Modern Log Cabin’ quilt took home a


Judges Choice Ribbon! 

I honestly hadn’t even thought about winning any ribbons.  My main goal in getting my quilts into more shows it to hopefully catch the attention of people and guilds so I get asked to do more trunk shows and talks.  But I have to say – getting ribbons does make me feel great too!