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.
December 3rd, 2013
Another fun class with such enthusiastic stitchers. It was great to see this quilt made in different fabrics and color ways. We stitched for two full days adding texture and interest to the blocks. It is a really fun quilt as you can add so many stitches to the blocks.
I am a little late In blogging this class as since my returned home I have been helping with the packaging and shipping of the 12 days of Christmas which we have been running on the website. It was a huge success and I thank everyone at the office for working so many extra hours as well as all our customers for your continuing support.
It is day 12 today I wonder what neat little goodies we have to offer today! www.suespargo.com
November 27th, 2013
It is always a stretch as an artist to collaborate with other designers and this last teaching venture was no different. I always love a challenge so my good friend Tonye Belinda Phillips and I decided to design a small round robin quilt each. We started with our own flowerpot central block then mailed it back and forth adding to each other’s until we had completed 3 more rounds. Some borders came easier than others and some were a real challenge. We then presented these ideas for the students to build on as they designed their own piece.
We taught the three day class at the lovely 5 Pines Lodge in Sisters. All our students were enthusiastic learning techniques for cotton and wool appliqué as well as making good fabric choices for design and color then adding a little stitching for texture.
It is always a treat for me to co teach with Tonye as our work is very different in many ways yet our styles really work together. We are just a great team! I love her funking houses and baskets they are fun and her use of fabrics is exceptional.
We will be teaching this class again at Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats in November 2014.
Many thanks to all the students for sharing this wonderful weekend with us. We look forward to seeing these projects as they grow. Tonye thanks for sharing your wonderful talents with me. It is at treat to work with you.
November 21st, 2013
I do not teach much in the south and I am sure it is because of my love of hand dyed wool. I think many creative people are missing out on such fun and this was definitely confirmed on my recent trip to Alabama. I taught for such and enthusiastic group of stitches they were all so eager to learn and share their creations.
Both Peggy Rhodes and Julia Wood are members of the guild and took my class. They just wrote a book ‘Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts’. It was so much fun as they shared their technique with many of us in class. Thanks gals for sharing!
Becky took really good care of me during my visit. Thanks so much for your great hospitality.
November 13th, 2013
My annual trip to Stitch owner by Jocelyn was wonderful. We had repeat students as well as new faces. We all stitched for 3 days on flowers. Many stitches and threads were explored. My friend Melissa went with me and we treated ourselves to a day of playing. Kirsten was teaching a class on knitting with beads so we stayed the extra day to participate. She knits the most amazing bags, it was a real treat to be a part of her class.
Many thanks Jocelyn for the fun few days. I will be returning in early November 2014 to teach.
November 3rd, 2013
I taught two new embellishment class this year at Smith Owen. It was really fun to just stitch as Pam made sure all the appliqué was done ahead of time. We worked with all different stitches and threads bringing our little birds and houses to life. The classes were really relaxed and fun was had by all. I look forward to returning next year keep you eyes out for another twist on wool work.
Melissa, Kelly and I just returned from a Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. As always it was so good to see many of our customers and quilting friends. We offered new hand dyed wool colors, wool threads, perle cottons, silk threads, velvets and a fun new ‘Creative Stitching Classroom’ series for store owners to add to their embellishment and wool sections of their stores as well as their new class schedule.
We also had many lovely meals with my good friend Jen Kingwell and her husband Richard. Jenny and I will be co teaching in August 2014 for Textile Tours on a cruise around the British Isles and a trip to the Birmingham Quilt Show. The link to Deb Roberts website is on the right hand side of my blog. We would love you to join us.
I am sharing a few photos of my favorite booths along with pics of ours.