Last Saturday Paige and I made the trip to the Long Arm Quilters guild meeting in Wheaton to see Jacquie from TallGrass Prairie Studio.
What an inspiration she was. She had started sewing when she was young but only began her quilting journey 5 years ago! Since then she has become a national speaker, writer of a highly successful blog and on her 2nd book!

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Her work is very modern and “free”. No rules apply here!

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Don’t throw away those extra blocks! Jacquie made several quilts using her orphan blocks and even used some to piece backings. Her backings were just as interesting as her quilt tops!

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She does a lot of the quilting herself. Not worrying about being perfect. Using even her decorative stitches on her machine. This is probably the most inspiring thing I took away from the show. Freeing my mind up from having perfect quilting lines. Just going for it. I get stuck and frustrated when I think my quilting should be perfect. It’s my flaw. I left there thinking…I can do that! And trust me. I never think that when it comes to the quilting aspect of the process.

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This quilt was my fave! Mod TV.

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I was so excited to see her. I think I took a pic of every quilt!

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Thank you Jacquie! Paige and I had a great time. You are a wonderful inspiration!