Solo Art Exhibit September, 2019


Is there anything more amazing than participating in a solo art show!

I had the opportunity to exhibit art pieces at Blue Bar Quilts in Middleton, WI. The memorable event was held during September, 2019.

Choosing, hanging and observing my works of art was an experience I will never forget. Plans for the show were nine months in the making. Everything right down to the smallest detail was analyzed over and over again. An artist reception was held on September 14, 2019. Meeting and conversing with my fellow enthusiasts filled my heart with joy.

Five months have passed since the finale of my memorable event yet the images and conversations remain vivid in my mind. Since many of you would not have been able to attend I have assembled a grouping of photos for you to experience. To see them as a slide show click on one of them and the show will begin.

Thank you for sharing in my joy!

You’ve Got to be Kidding!


IMG_0216I’m participating in the WordPress Blogging 101 challenge. The class runs through the entire month of August. Some of the lessons and things that I learn will be shared with you and some will not. Those items will take place behind the scenes and will not be evident to you.

So far I have successfully completed assignment number one. Today I am turning my attention to the next lesson. Day Two of the Blogging 101 adventure really presented a challenge for me. My blog has been in existence since 2013. I’ve had the same title and tagline since it’s inception.

  • In A Stitch Quilting
  • Professional Long-Arm Quilter

Both were chosen because of the name and nature of my business. Changing either one seemed absolutely out of the question. How could I make a change and yet not lose my identity.

Even though the idea seemed absurd the assignment really got me thinking. I spent the better part of the day mulling over the idea in my head. When my husband arrived home from work I bounced the assignment off him. He at first wasn’t too sure about making a change but then his dry sense of humor kicked in. Suggestion after suggestion began rolling off his tongue like water out of a tap. Given his nature for crazy ideas I must confess at best they received a quick chuckle from me and then were instantly dismissed. I even tried enlisting the help of my adult children but received little or no response. So finally I decided I needed to take a serious look at my blog, on my own.

As stated above, the primary reason for my blog was the promotion of my long-arm quilting business. Since its inception I have focused the majority of my posts on the details relating to the pursuit of my craft. However, just like a bowl of spaghetti, my life is a maze of intertwined activities. Maintaining a blog that left out the other facets of me became increasingly difficult. Eventually my personal life began to creep into my writing. While their inclusion has not become the main focus of my posts I think their addition has made my blog feel much more rounded. After analyzing my blog and the direction I would like it to take, I decided a change was in order.

Once I had overcome the mental obstacle prohibiting me from making a change it was time to start pondering how best to convey my new focus. The assignment suggested making a list of the words that best described your blog so I did just that. The more I wrote the more I sensed a new theme.

I want my readers to know that I am not just a professional long-arm quilter. I am a well-rounded quilter with stories to tell and a life to share. I want them to know the whole me. The good, the bad, the ugly. In presenting a more all-inclusive approach I hope to develop a blog that is more inviting…a place to call home.

So, after hours of reflection I decided to make a change. My URL, inastitchquilting.com, will remain the same because I don’t want to lose that connection. My blog’s title and tagline, however, are not. The new title and tagline are, as you can see from above

  • A Quilter’s Corner
  • Creating Memories One Stitch At A Time

I am well aware that change is difficult but don’t worry! I am still the same person providing the same quality long-arm quilting services. I’m just allowing myself to spread my wings.

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope the rest of your day is wonderful!

Any thoughts? Leave a comment.

A Challenge It Is!


I belong to the national Modern Quilt Guild as well as the Madison Modern Quilt Guild. For the past three years the Modern Quilt Guild has held a members fabric challenge. This would be the first year I had the opportunity to participate. Fabrics for this year’s challenge were provided by Michael Miller. A bulk shipment of fabric was received by the local modern quilt guilds and then distributed to the members. How awesome to have the privilege to receive FREE fabric. I can’t think of any quilters that would want to turn it down.

The fabric line for this year was Petal Pinwheels. The rules of the challenge were pretty simple. Create anything you want, provided it is quilted, using all or some of the fabric pieces received. Solids from other manufacturers could be added to the project but no prints. Additional yardage of the Petal Pinwheels could be purchased at your own expense.

To be eligible for the prizes a photo(s) of your item had to be posted in the Modern Quilt Guild Forum. The deadline for posting your photo was July 25, 2014. Three lucky winners would be chosen by early August. To recognize their achievement each winner would receive a year of free fabric.

The Madison Modern Quilt Guild received and distributed six fat eights to its eligible members. I consider myself to be lucky to be one of those participating. The real challenge was deciding what to create. Originally I used the fabrics to make a simple but pretty table topper. Although I was pleased with the outcome I wasn’t quite sure it was putting my best foot forward. I set the project aside for a while to ponder its fate. After much contemplation I arrived at the conclusion that my project needed a bit of tweaking.

The best way I know to make improvements is to lay my project on my cutting table, grab my rotary cutter and begin zipping away. Some people wouldn’t have the heart, even though they might not like what they see, to subject something they had made to such drastic measures. Instead they might give it away or hide it in their UFO (unfinished objects) box. As far as I am concerned, if I don’t like my project’s current status I have nothing to lose by changing it. Zipping my rotary cutter through the fabrics and seams is the best way I know to accomplish an improved outcome. Besides, I tend to like free form quilting better anyway.

I labored at deconstructing my original creation until I was satisfied with the pieces. Then I set about re-assembling the various segments into a new design. The rehabilitation process was slow but fruitful. What eventually transpired was a brand new wall hanging.

Watching the flower, as I prefer to call it, unfold was pure joy. I was so totally pleased with its appearance and so very thankful that I had made the decision to press on towards perfection. I chose to surround my new blossom with a solid border fashioned from fabric I had on hand. Having fabric in my stash that complimented my project was a bonus.

After quilting my refashioned creation, on my long-arm quilt machine, adding binding and a label I declared my project finished. I paused a moment to step back and admire my wall hanging. A big smile washed over my face. This was one project I was proud to say I had made.

Not much time was wasted taking photos and uploading them to the Modern Quilt Guild website. There was no way I was going to miss out on the opportunity to gain recognition as well as compete for one of the three prizes. Although I certainly would love to win, in my heart I already consider myself triumphant. I have a brand new wall hanging to add to my collection.

Now the big reveal…..I present to you

F L O W E R S   I N   T H E   G A R D E N

An Original Design Sewn and Quilted by Cindy Anderson

Using Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels Fabric

July, 2014

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Quilt Guilds

I’m very fortunate to live in an area where quilt guilds are plentiful.  Quilt Guilds are a great place to meet fellow enthusiasts.  Not all quilters or Quilt Guilds, for that matter, are alike.  Theoretically one could divide Guilds into at least two categories, traditional and modern.  In my opinion, Traditionalists tend to use more structure in their expressions of art.  They follow a prescribed set of rules that determine the exact size and shape of their creations.  Modernists, on the other hand, tend to think more outside the box.  Their creations are less structured, more free-flowing.

Madison Modern Quilt Guild

I belong to three Guilds; two Modern and one Traditional.  Today’s focus will be on the Madison Modern Quilt Guild.  I joined the Guild back in September of last year.  My oldest daughter was the driving force behind the discovery.  She is definitely a modern quilter.  She thrives in the area of free-form quilting.  Constructing a quilt with perfectly aligned blocks and points would drive her bonkers.

Growing, Growing, Growing

As its name would suggest, the Madison Modern Quilt Guild meets in Madison, Wisconsin.  Their meetings are held at the Sequoia Library on the last Wednesday of each month.  What began as a groups of friends gathering together has mushroomed into an ever-growing body of women.  At any given meeting it’s not unusual for five or more new faces to appear.  While not all participants are modern quilters by practice, I believe they have a desire to learn and grow in that direction.

A Quilt Exhibit

The Madison Modern Quilt Guild is currently exhibiting quilts at the Alicia Ashman Library in Madison.  The exhibit is their very first.  You can observe their collective display from now until June 30, 2013.  If you follow the above link you will see a photo of a quilt being hung in place.  That quilt just happens to be one that I recently machine quilted (I couldn’t resist putting a little plug in for my business).  Also included in the show is my Spinning Wheels quilt pictured below

Spinning Wheels
Spinning Wheels

as well as the quilts shown in this slideshow.

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If you have the opportunity to visit the library before June 30, 2013 I’m sure you will be delighted with the wonderful display.

That’s All Folks!

This brings to a close another edition of my Friday Favorites.  Come on back next Friday for another visit.