Annie’s Country Quilt Store, Ashburton in the South Island New Zealand

September 8th, 2015

I just finished 3 days of teaching on Ashburton for Rachel Maw. I taught the Peacock and Small Flower embellishment class. It was fun to see all the different variations of threads that were used on the pieces along with dimensional stitches.

I left the South Island yesterday and spent a few hours in Auckland with Robyn before flying to Los Angeles. We had lunch and a walk in Cornwall Park which is a fabulous park in Aukland full of sheep, cows, amazing old trees  and spring budding flowers.

It was a lovely trip. Many thanks to Robyn and Rachel for organizing the classes and to all my creative students form Australia and New Zealand who made it all worthwhile. I have an overnight flight from LA to Chicago then onto Akron in the morning. I will have time to wash my clothes, get a haircut and pack my bags for our trip to Orvieto, Italy. Looking forward to meeting all my students and so excited Kelly my daughter will been a part of this adventure.

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Annie’s Country Quilt Shore – Teaching in Nelson, New Zealand

September 2nd, 2015

In the South Island I am teaching in two locations for Rachel Maw who owns Annie’s Country Quilt Store in Ashburton. The first one was in Nelson a lovely artsy city on the top of the South Island. I flew into Nelson and shared my quilts with an enthusiastic crowd on Monday evening then taught a one day class. Many were new to wool so I shared my applique techniques and a few embroidery stitches including stitching fun bees and ladybugs.

Tuesday Rachel and I took a little time visiting the Museum of Wearable Art – WOW and the Suter Art Gallery. They were both lovely. I would love to visit again when the WOW show is on in Wellington. Absolutely amazing! We then drove the 7 hour drive to Ashburton through the beautiful hillside and along the coastline to Christchurch then inland to Ashburton. What a beautiful country. We travelled through the Marlborough Winelands, saw a seal colony in Half Moon Bay, fields full of sheep with their lambs and an abundance of dairy cows grazing in the green grass.

Today is a catch up day then 3 more days of teaching before returning home on Tuesday.

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Patchwork Passion – Auckland, New Zealand

August 30th, 2015

I have had a wonderful time on the North Island of New Zealand having taught two retreats for Robyn Burgess who owns Patchwork Passion in Auckland. The first 3 day retreat was held in Long Bay at a lovely retreat center called Vaughn Park with an amazing view of the ocean from the classroom. There were 23 very enthusiastic students from New Zealand and Australia each working on a new design called ‘Indigo Vases’ which I designed especially for them. We layered with textural fabrics and threads designing small vases of unique blooms. Each piece was unique.

Many of the students shares quilts and bags made from my designs.

The second retreat was held in Taupo a 3-1/2 hour drive inland from Auckland. It was a lovely drive through dairy and sheep farmland. As it is early spring the fields were filled with lots of lambs and calves. We drove through many small towns with interesting buildings. Taupo is on a huge lake which was formed by a volcanic crater with snow filled mountains in the distance.  I also visited Huka Falls which is on the outskirts of Taupo. The class was held in a Conference center and Cindy and Robyn provided all the lovely food for this event. I could really get used to having morning and afternoon tea and nibbles with wine before dinner. The students created unique pieces creating layered backgrounds and vases with dimensional flowers. We had a lot of fun sharing and laughing along with much hand work. All the students were from different towns in the north island except for my lovely friend Joc who travelled form Canberra Australia.

Many thanks to Robyn and Cindy for all your hard work in making these retreats so much fun. I shall miss you!

I am flying to Nelson in the South Island this afternoon to teach for Rachel Maw who owns Annie’s Country Quilt Store in Ashburton.

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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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