Minnesota Quilt Show

Gret & I spent a couple of days at the MN quilt show last week.  Our main purpose was to take two classes, and we’re both so glad we did!

Our first was an all day Paper Piecing class taught by Elizabeth Dackson (aka Don’t Call Me Betsy). We learned how to make 4 really cool star blocks, and I actually finished one in class!  (Go, Me!)  This one is called ‘Pinball Swirl’.  How cool is it?

Pinball Swirl #dontcallmebetsy PP Success!


I have three other blocks in progress.  Here are segments of two of them:



One of my blocks is in need of a little TLC…I need to rip and re-sew the first two segments, then work on the rest of them.  These are going to be so awesome when they’re all finished.  I’m really happy with the solids Gret & I chose – they really shine in these stars.  And it was fun to meet Elizabeth and take a class from her.  She’s a great teacher and was just lovely.  We were (mostly) well behaved!


We also took a 1/2 day class taught my Marti Michelle.  She taught us how to do some really cool kaleidoscope blocks.  We were instructed to bring contrasting fabrics:

I’m doing mine with Winter Wonderland fabric (Moda Bunny Hill).  The 2 borders I have are just too cute!  It will be a 9×9 wall hanging when it’s done.  I’ll post pics when it’s all finished.  You’ll have to check back!

After our class was finished on Friday morning, Gret & I walked around the expo floor, I bought some pre-cuts, we talked to the Janome rep (for her) and we played with the APQS long arm machines for a bit.  If only we had $30K and a place to keep it…

After the expo hall, we hopped in our respective cars and headed for home, and hit two quilt shops on the way home…Grubers in St. Cloud, and Millie P’s in Anoka. I love both of those shops, but my credit card doesn’t!

We had a great couple of days and we were both exhausted when we got home!


About msminnesota

I'm a wife, mom of two (one blue, one pink), and I work full time. Our family loves to camp, and we're often on mini adventures during the summer. My fall/winter/spring/rainy day hobby is quilting. I started about 10 years ago, then put everything away when The Blue One was born. A few years ago a good friend decided to take up this 'hobby' and I've been back at it ever since. She's my partner in crime (A.K.A. 'the enabler'). I have no aspirations of becoming a quilt designer - I'm just not that good at geometry (I rely on my math major/computer programmer husband to help with piecing backs at times!). This little blog is my way of chronicling my quilting adventures. Occasionally I post about non-quilting things as well. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to say HI! IG: wannabequilter
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9 Responses to Minnesota Quilt Show

  1. Ooo… Pinball Swirl looks great! Looking forward to seeing the other piecing blocks as you complete them. 🙂

  2. Jan O says:

    Cool star blocks – can’t beat paper piecing for precision! Your kaleidoscope blocks look like fun. Can’t wait to see how you put them all together!

  3. Anita says:

    Great work on your blocks! How fortunate you are to be able to take a class from Elizabeth! Visiting from WIP Wednesday.

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