My Recent Quilting Adventures

I’m freshly returned from 6 weeks in the United States and have arrived home full of inspiration and bags full of fabric. ie. excess baggage…  I was there during the Presidential inauguration , but, my focus was strictly on fabric and quilting!!

Bay Quilts in Richmond

Bay Quilts in Richmond

The point of this trip was to attend QuiltCon in Savannah, Georgia. But of course I went the long way, via San Francisco, Napa and Seattle.

San Francisco and Napa were to visit family and my favourite quilt shops. My sister took me to a new shop – Bay Quilts in Richmond, which is gorgeous. A very nice range, some damage was done to my wallet!




Morning in Seattle

Morning in Seattle

Next stop was Seattle to visit my friend Cec. Friends from Australia also met me in Seattle where we had a very snowy start to the visit:






Inspiration came from Okan Arts – a small home run shop specialising in Japanese Vintage Yukata cottons. Patricia, the owner of Okan Arts will be releasing a new book shortly – it should be inspirational. Look at her beautiful shop, I selected some pieces for a future quilt…



Indigo dyed shopping bags

Indigo dyed shopping bags

We also visited Kathy at Botanical Colors. Her indigo dyeing is legendary. While we were there, Kathy was producing some indigo dyed shopping bags for a local trader.







Savannah was a surprising blend of art and history. An interesting choice for a Modern Quilt Conference. This was my first time attending a Modern Quilt Conference. Here are a few of my favourite quilts:

For me, two wonderful things happened at QuiltCon…

1. I won 24 yards of Anna Marie Horner’s Loominous range. I must stop saying I never win anything!!
2. I discovered Turtle Hand batik fabrics. This is my next design project:

My Ruby

My Ruby at rest..


Good trip, but good to be home. I think the resident “fur” was pleased to see me return…

Until next time,




Posted by Leslie

  1. Hi Leslie,

    Great meeting you at QuiltCon. Look forward to our exciting collaborations.

    Tina Hilton
    Turtle Hand Batik
    Grapevine, Texas


  2. I love the gorgeous fabrics and shops you found in the U.S.
    Thanks for sharing your fabric travels.


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