The Main House at Creations – Kerrville Texas

August 22nd, 2015

I started the month with a private class here in my studio. It was wonderful to have 9 students who travelled from Southern Ohio, Mississippi and Tennessee. We worked on neutral stitching over appliquéd tone on tone circles. Our new space worked out really well and I hope to continue adding classes in the near future.

The Main House is a great location for a few days of sewing, along with the amazing quilt store Creations. Owned by delightful sisters Julie and Kathy and retreats organized by Barbara. Every detail is thoughtfully planned and all meals are provided. The students were enthusiastic creating peacocks and birds in all colors and textures. I will be returning to teach at The Main House at Creations in October 2016.


I am on my way to New Zealand leaving LA in 30 minutes. I hope to post from the classes I will be teaching in the North and South Island.

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MISA – Madeline Island WI

August 21st, 2015

I just returned from teaching for two wonderful weeks on Madeline Island at the Madeline Island School of the Arts. My classes were full of enthusiastic students. The first week was a Floral Medallion design class and the second week was Bird Dance. I love teaching at this school and am delighted to be returning in 2016 for three weeks.

Week 1

Week 2

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Quilt Gallery – Kalispell MT

August 2nd, 2015

In late July I spent 5 days teaching for Joan at the Quilt Gallery In Kalispell, MT. Each student created a story quilt using the tree as a starting point to incorporate there own story about memorable parts of their lives. I love teaching this class as each piece is unique using each element as fun interpretations of ones life experiences. They started with a similar base which was done prior to class so to enable us to have more time for embellishing. Many fun threads were used many students especially loving the silk ribbon roses I taught them. They were used to embellish each piece differently.

This is a beautiful area of the country and I was fortunate to be able to take a little time to enjoy Glacier National Park. I will be returning to the Quilt Gallery in 2016 to teach.

Many thanks Joan for making me fell so at home and to Fred for making me home cooked meals.

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Quilters Affair – Sisters OR

July 26th, 2015

I spent a week teaching at Quilters Affair early in July. My first class was a two day class working in neutral threads. I am always amazed at how fun and creative these dimensional circles become with a fun stitches and textural threads.

My second class was a three day class working on birds from my book Bird Dance. The students layered the backgrounds using cottons and ribbons. Then appliquéd hand dyed wool birds adding stitches to them which gave each bird a different personality.

On Saturday it was the Outdoor Quilt Shows 40th anniversary. The weather was wonderful with 1500 quilts hung all over the town of Sisters. The Gees Bend Quilters were honored guests with many of there lovely quilts on display.

It is always a feast for the eyes to view all the teachers quilts in the teachers tent. Jean Wells is an amazing lady what an outstanding contribution she has made the the art of quilting. I always feel very fortunate to be a part of this annual event.

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Texas Tech – Lubbock TX

July 7th, 2015

I felt very honored to be approached to teach at the Texas Tech Museum in collaboration with an embroidery exhibit  ‘Through the Needle’s Eye’ May 3 – September 6. The class was filled with 26 enthusiastic students all eager to stitch and play with embellishment threads. I love having young students in my class Mary was so enthusiastic. The event was sponsored by the Bernina Sewing Studio who plan to introduce wool classes at their store. If you live in the area they are well stocked with my new ‘Eleganza’ perle cotton line as well as many of our other products. Thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome.

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Wool Penny Rugs – Vancouver BC

July 6th, 2015

Uschi and Kerry of Wool Penny Rugs planned a lovely few days of stitching. The students worked on many different projects all giving there appliqué images character adding stitches and beads. We layered with embossed velvet which gives the wool appliqué a lovely texture. I was able to spend the last evening on Granville Island doing a little retail therapy.

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Teaching – Kennebunk, ME and Topsfield, MA

July 5th, 2015

I had a fabulous time teaching for Annie’s Tiny Quilt Shop and Camp Wool in Kennebunk, ME. This was followed by the Essex Needlecraft Guild in Topfield, MA. We had many creative days of stitching using all sorts of fibers. I love teaching the Flower Vase class as each piece is so different and creative. It was also wonderful to see student quilts that they shared. The weather was beautiful and the scenery spectacular.

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The Stitchin’ Post – Sisters OR

June 24th, 2015

I always love returning to Oregon to teach at the Stitchin’ Post. I taught two classes this year. A textural layering class using wool, cotton and linen backgrounds with many students using my peacock image along with a new class in piecing. We had a lot of fun playing with color and fibers. I will be returning to Sisters for Quilters Affair in July. It will be a great celebration as it is the shows 40th anniversary.

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Our House in Milford TX

June 23rd, 2015

In May I returned to Our House a lovely retreat center owner by mother and daughter team Anne and Angie. I taught two retreats back to back where we embellished ‘Chicks’ with wonderful threads and fibers. Exploring different ways to do stitches and beading. I will be returning after Houston Quilt Market this fall to teach for Angie and Anne for a couple of days. We will be embellishing on previous projects using my new threads which will be introduced at Quilt market.


L’Atelier du Patchwork – Ferrette France

May 12th, 2015

While visiting Switzerland we were invited to the opening of Michele Cohendet’s quilt show in Ferrette France. These are 70 ladies who meet weekly to create handmade quilts. They have been meeting since 1996 and every stitch in each quilt is done by hand. It was an amazing show with French champagne and lovely food. Ferrette is an old town dating back to 1572. The theme of the show as Houses.

It was a pleasure a meet a fellow wool lover Segolene Schweitzer at the show. She had her wonderful wool book on display.

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