March 23rd, 2014
What a treat to teach a three day class on embellishing leaves and circles! I always love lengthy classes as you get so much more accomplished. Rosemary who owners Bigsbys in Milwaukee took my class at MISA last year so she was sold on us going a three day class. Her store is filled with embellishment fibers and hand dyed wool as you can imagine the class was filled with very enthusiast students.
I was very fortunate to have a couple of hours to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum where there was a fabulous Folk Art Exhibit.
Here are a few images for inspiration
It is always wonderful to see completed projects . This is a piece Rosemary worked on at MISA
And the above blocks Debbie shared from my Mercer Lane book
Thanks to Rosemary and all the students for a fabulous class.
March 21st, 2014
Late in February I returned to the Annapolis Quilt Guild to do a two day workshop on embellishment. We had a full class of enthusiastic stitchers all working on flowers, leaves and circles. Unfortunately the weather was not great so my trip was cut short by a couple of hours. We managed to cover all the information and stitched like crazy to cover many stitches. That is the problem teaching and living here in the east during the winter months. I feel quite fortunate that this has been the only hiccup this winter considering the nasty weather we have had.
I always loving seeing finished pieces. Miki brought her lovely flower vase piece which she finished from the first class I taught at the guild.
Thanks Robin for taking such good care of me during my stay. Keep up the great work with the Wooly Group!
March 19th, 2014
I have seen and taught at some wonderful places over the years and The Main House was another lovely treat adjacent to the quilt store Creations. What a beautiful retreat center! It is so spacious and wonderfully decorated.
The class was attended by 18 very creative students from many different states. They each worked on there own design adding texture and color with stitches and embellishments.
Many thanks Kathy, Julie and Barb for making me feel so welcome. I will be returning to teach in 2015 and 2016.
March 18th, 2014
In late February I spent a lovely weekend with Patsy Myers and her husband Dale in San Antonio. I was passing through on my way to teach at Creations in Kerrville, TX. I found lots of inspiration there! We visited the Art museum and spent a couple of hours in the Mexican Folk Art section, spent time at the missions and then an afternoon downtown along the river walk. The weather was fabulous a nice break from the cold Ohio winter.
Hope some of these pictures inspire you to embellish
March 12th, 2014
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February 27th, 2014
I taught a great two day class embellishing all the elements in my Flower Vase pattern. All the students at the Greater Houston Quilt Guild created unique stems, flowers and leaves using fun ribbons, fabrics and embellishment threads. The tables were filled with wonderful colors and textures all begging to be used. We learned many stitches using a variety of thicknesses of threads.
I was taken very good care of and stayed with my wonderful friend Janice.
During my stay Janice and I were guests on the radio show Eco-Ology on KPFC with Pat Greer. It was great to share our stories about the craft of quilt making.
Janice Schindeler’s quilt created in my classes at Madeline Island School of the Arts. It was wonderful to see the finished piece at show and tell.
February 22nd, 2014
I had a wonderful time teaching in Montana earlier this month. I flew into Missoula and then we drove to Seeley Lake where I taught a two day class on embellished flowers for Pam who owners Deer Country Quilts. Everyone was so enthusiastic stitching unique flowers with really textural centers and dimensional petals.
We then drove to Helena to the Sewing Palace owned by Jenny. I taught a two day class where some students worked on flowers and others on my little chicks. We had a lot of fun using all sorts of threads and stitches to add character to the images.
I stayed with one of the students in her beautiful home over looking a lake and surrounded by mountains. It is such a beautiful part of the country, not very populated and covered in snow for miles.
Thanks to all who made this trip so lovely.
February 10th, 2014
I just can’t believe it is already the 10th of February! The New Year has come and gone and the evenings are getting lighter but the cold and snow here in Ohio just keeps coming.
Life has been full of great adventures. Aimee my youngest graduated in early December and now has a business degree. She plans to return to school in the fall. It was wonderful to have all my kids home as well as my parents.
Early in January we all went to Seattle for five days for the opening of my quilt exhibit at the La Conner Textile Museum. The exhibit consists of 30 pieces of my work and will be exhibited until March 25. www.laconnerquilts.com It was so exciting to see so many of my students at the opening and to be able to share my story behind my quilts. I will be teaching at the museum later in the year.
We also took in our favorite sites and experienced amazing meals while in Seattle. We love Tom Douglas’s restaurants so treated ourselves to many fresh fish meals.
Back at the office we have been very busy with the new BOM and teaching kits along with writing new books and making new pieces. I was home for 8 weeks so also did a little home renovation.
I left this morning for Montana to teach. It was hard to leave home after nesting for a couple of months but now I am on the road I am excited to share my handwork and meet new and old friends.
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December 25th, 2013
Merry Christmas to All.
May your day be filled with great company of family and friends
December 17th, 2013
What a wonderful way to finish up teaching for the year. Just take a minute and imagine teaching on a vineyard in Northern California to 20 wonderfully creative students, great homemade food and sharing this all with my sister Wendy. What a life to be able to share my passion and still be able to meet wonderful like minded people and experience great places in this country. Thanks so much Kim and Helen for the lovely week.
Kim made sure each student did the required homework prior to class so we could spend the days embellishing the pieces with wonderful fibers and stitches. We also incorporated embossed pieces of hand dyed velvet as well as dimensional stitches. Each student worked on multiple layers of texture.
What a great year of teaching! I returned home to bitterly cold temperatures and snow. I am now looking forward to some time at home with family. Time to snuggle up and do some stitching.