Sew On The Go is authored by Michelle Renee Hiatt, who is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go as well as Modern 180, a modern pattern division of Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design. Additionally, Michelle is a certified Studio 180 Design Instructor, as well as a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement! Michelle can be reached on her website @www.Sewonthego.netor her blogwww.sewonthego.blogspot.com

Monday, August 10, 2015

Summer – Quilter Motivator or Deterrent


In preparing to travel to the AQS-Grand Rapids Quilt show, of course I looked through my “to-do” list and it started me wondering if summer is a Quilt motivator or deterrent?

I think for me, I net less sewing time, due to a variety of activities; fabulous summer Quilt Shows, gardening, boating, friends/family visits, mini-breaks (one for my UK friends), etc. 

However, I believe those exact activities are what inspires me in my quilting, whether it be flowers in my garden inspiring a quilt design, or colors on the Sound horizon inspiring a color palette for my next quilt…  Therefore, I guess it is a motivator however it fuels my actual quilts and quilt making later in the season.  How about you?  Do you feel summer helps or hinders your quilting?

I’m getting ready to fly out the Grand Rapids, MI for the AQS-Grand Rapids Quilt Show, so it is only a short post today.  I will be working alongside Deb & Haley Tucker this week at the Studio 180 Design Booth.  If you are in the area, you should stop by, I hear it is a great show, it is a first time for me.  Come check out my Modern 180 Quilts!

Starburst - Tucker Tool Time Series - WIP

One teaser and then I’m out of here; My Hunter Star Retreat, November 13-15th is almost sold out (only 2 spots left) at Quiltingin Vermont (Strong House Inn), however, I’ve been working with Mary to arrange a 5 Day/4 Night Finishing School for January 27th-31st (Wednesday-Sunday).  This is in addition to my Spring Choice @ Quilting in Vermont- Summer Bouquet for April 15th-17th (2016).  So, for all of you ladies with UFOs or WIPs out there, here is your chance to book a 5 day/4 night retreat in a beautiful Inn and knock some of them out.  Stay tuned…  

Above is one of my WIPs that I’ve been working on completing.  They are my Sample blocks from my Tucker Tool Time Series, I’m in the process of completing a second Starburst Quilt.  Unfortunately, it keeps ending up at the bottom of the pile since new- 1st round quilts are due.  This is the perfect project for my Finishing School at Quilting in Vermont!