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.
October 30th, 2013
The two days my Dad and I spent in the Atlas Mountains will be remembered fondly for a long time. It was fascinating. We travelled through many Berber villages some quiet isolated nestled on the steep sides of the mountain range. There was also quiet a lot of agriculture especially apple orchards which were being harvested while we were there. We stayed in a Trekkers lodge that was only accessible by hiking up a pretty steep slope. Donkeys are used to haul everything from our suitcases to all there own daily supplies. We had a giggle as they refer to the donkey as there cars.
It was really hard to capture the sheer beauty of the mountains in a few photos but I hope you can imagine what a special place this was.
October 26th, 2013
Marrakech is south of Casablanca and very different. The buildings were earth tones rather than white like Fes. Around the city was an oasis so the vegetation was vert different as well as being a little drier. Hope you enjoy my pictures.
October 25th, 2013
Fes was an intriguing city. I was taken by the color and craftsmanship of amazing handmade items we found in the Old Medina. The ancient tannery, great leather work, weaving, embroidery, tile and metal work.
October 23rd, 2013
My dad and I spent 10 wonderful days in Morocco vacationing. We choose an itinerary through Kensington Tours which included a personnel guide and driver. It worked out really well as we were able to experience the best that each city had to offer. Our driver Said was excellent along with our guide Agmed who was very knowledgable. We were picked up in Casablanca at the airport having flown from Rome we then spent the night at the hotel and then went on to Fes for a couple of days. My first impressions of this intriguing county was amazing color, pattern and unique architecture. I will be blogging our adventure over the next few days