Rocky Mountain Quilting Adventures – Steamboat Springs CO

September 6th, 2014

Great students, host, coordinator, location and creative energy! What else could a girl want. I have just spent 4 days teaching at David Taylor’s retreat in the lovely town of Steamboat Springs, CO.
Each student started their own ‘Travel Journal’ quilt piecing and layering then appliquéing their story. We also spent a whole day learning a bunch of embellishing stitches.
Phyl brought her lovely Bird Dance quilt to share along with her circle pillow she started on my Alaskan Cruise.
Thanks to all my lovely students, David and Sheri for such an inspiring few days.
Creative Stitching
Sue

Teaching, travel and color

September 1st, 2014

Life has been very full.
Filming for Craftsy, Kelly and I where fortunate to take a week long class from my friend Gwen Marston, I taught at The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, MISA, Quilt Odyssey, To a private group in my studio, Wendy and I took my mom on an Alaskan Cruise and moving Aimee back in school as she is perusing a masters in Non Profit. As it has been hard to keep up I am going to highlight some of the colorful moments of the past few months.

Thanks for joining me on my journey. Today I arrived in a Steamboat Springs to teach for David Taylor at his Rocky Mountain Quilting Adventure. I am so looking forward to this creative week in the mountains.

Keep popping back to see the progress of my students ‘Travel Journals’
Creative Stitching
Sue

 

Craftsy

August 26th, 2014

I am so excited to have done a series of classes for Craftsy which have just launched today!
 Click here to receive 25% off my classes today! 

Click here for information on my Butterfly Sampler kit available online!

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Thistle Dew Quilting Shoppe – Fair Oaks, CA

July 20th, 2014

Sorry for the silence. I have been very busy teaching and have found it hard to keep up with my blog.
In early June I taught two three day classes at Thistle Dew which is owned by the lovely Phyllis. Each student working on my Flower Vase class. We had so much fun making fun flowers,stems and leaves. Many adding great fibers and stitches.

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Thistle Dew has a wonderful wool club which is headed up by Judy Cummings who does an amazing job of teaching my techniques. It was very special as all the students shared there amazing pieces with me.

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It was a great visit thanks to all for making me feel so welcome
Creative Stitching
Sue

Mt Sibillini National Park in Mâché, Italy

June 22nd, 2014

I just returned from an amazing few days which I shared with my Dad and sister. After my class in Orvieto we rented a car and drove to Mt Sibillini National Park in Mâché. We spent 6 days exploring the area and enjoying all that Mâché has to offer. It is a beautiful area with mountains and valleys and great hill towns.

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Creative Stitching
Sue

And a little more of Orvieto, Italy

June 12th, 2014

I thought I would share some pictures that I find really inspirational. Orvieto is loaded with texture and layers and I find myself dreaming of endless ways to incorporate these ideas into my work. If you are looking for a way to stretch your creativity this is the adventure for you. I will be returning to teach in the fall of 2015. Contact Bill or Kristi at Adventures in Italy for details.

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Creative Stitching
Sue

A little more of Orvieto

June 6th, 2014

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Our Stitching week in Orvieto

June 2nd, 2014

We had a great week stitching and creating. All the gals designed a piece incorporating images they loved. Ene loved the arched door ways so she created a piece with a textural background using images of the Duomo and then incorporated a branch using her inspiration from the arched door ways. She added a ‘Sue Spargo Bird’ as she put it which she will embellish with colorful threads and fibers.

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Christine loved some of the graphic images like the Fleur de Le and the tree which is a family image that represents one of the four quadrants of Orvieto. She incorporated these on her textural background and then embellished with couched branches using gimp and French knots.

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Julie loved the doors to the Duomo. She designed a lovely vase full of flowers using the door image as her flowers. She added cedar trees and plans to add an arch and an image of a bird she saw in the Duomo. She will be adding many layers and stitching to her flowers.

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Julia loves Orvieto as this was her second visit. Her texternal background was centered with a layered heart and she plans to add a bird and butterflies. She really enjoyed seeing how her center circles were coming to life with the textural stitching.

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Jean decided to make a small fabric journal of all the images she loved pistachio gelato, images of the lighting, hand made journal, olive wood wine rack and scenery.

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It was a lovely group of like minded people some taking my class and others enjoying the Taste of Orvieto trips. Kristi and Bill are fabulous and really set the lovely tone for the week
Will share a few more pics in my next blog
Creative Stitching
Sue

Orvieto, Italy

May 30th, 2014

It is like home to me now. This is my fourth teaching trip to Orvieto with Bill and Kristi from Adventures in Italy Sometimes I just have to pinch myself as it seems unreal that I am so lucky to experience these wonderful travel adventures.
I have five wonderful students this year four from Australia and one from the USA. We have been experiencing very special Umbrian treats as well as spending lovely time together working on ‘Italy’ inspired creations.

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Creative Stitching
Sue

Quilt Market – Pittsburgh

May 22nd, 2014

We had a lovely weekend in Pittsburgh exhibiting at Spring Market. It was wonderful to see many of our loyal customers, new store owners and many of my designer friends. Thanks for all your support.

As we were able to drive I took the whole gang. My three children Kelly, Jason and Aimee, Mitch our new employee and Melissa my good friend. I had lots of helpers but my main objective was to have them experience market and meet many of our customers. We all had fun some a little too much!

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A fun group who shared their purses

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Astrid from Cotton and Color in Switzerland sharing the projects I will be teaching for her next April

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Barbie Brooks shared her Crimson Tweed quilt with me

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Jen Kingwell, my good friend, in her colorful booth

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My friend Kori in her booth. Her first market with fun patterns under the name Olive Grace using Genziana wool thread for embroidery

Lots of inspiration and fun colors this spring!
Spent the last couple of days organizing after market and getting ready for my class in Orvieto, Italy. Left today blogging in Toronto then overnight to Rome.

Was able to fit in a quick trip to the Cleveland Art Museum yesterday with Joyce. I wanted to see the Van Gogh exhibited Repetitions. It was great made me see my little repetitive samplers in a new light. Lots of texture and great color combinations in his paintings

Creative Stitching
Sue