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.

Creative Stitching

Sue

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.

Creative Stitching

Sue

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.

Creative Stitching

Sue

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.

Creative Stitching

Sue

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.

Creative Stitching

Sue

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.

Creative Stitching

Sue

Basel, Switzerland

May 11th, 2015

Thanks to Astrid and all the wonderful ladies who made me feel so welcome in Switzerland. It is always fun to stitch with ladies from different nationalities as we all stitch differently. Students travelled from Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Ukraine and Switzerland. I taught two different classes, my Greta Needle Roll and the Chick Sampler.  We used lots of my new #8wt Perle cottons ‘Eleganza’ as well as Razzle and Dazzle.

Creative Stitching

Sue

My first day in Basel Switzerland

April 28th, 2015

I arrived in Switzerland early on Monday morning. As I wanted to stay up all day and then get a good nights sleep Astrid the owner of Cotton and Color and I went into the city of Basel. The weather was perfect and we walked and talked and did a little window shopping.  It was lovely to see the old buildings and cobbled streets.

I spent a little time at the store today Tuesday preparing for my classes and visiting with some of the customers. Cotton and Color is a lovely bright store full of color. Astrid had prepared some special little packages for the students in my classes which start tomorrow.

Creative Stitching

Sue

Many Months of Teaching

April 25th, 2015

It has been a few hectic months with much travel, moving to a new facility, trying to get into the rhythm of all our commitments for 2015 and our introduction of new threads and books. I am so excited about all the new ventures we have in store for this year. I feel like all the hard work and commitment from all of us here at Sue Spargo Folk-art Quilts is really paying off. Many thanks to everyone involved I could not do it with out you.

Here are some great teaching engagements from past months with wonderful ‘Creative Stitching’ from the students.  I am sharing a visual of my travels. Here goes I hope you enjoy.

Deer Country Quilts – Seeley Lake, Montana

Garden State Quilt Guild – New Jersey

Raintree Quilting – Juneau, Alaska

Empty Spools – Pacific Grove, California

All In Stitches – Zumbrota, Minnesota

York Quilt Guild – Toronto Canada

 

 

Prairie Star Quilt Guild – St Charles, Illinois

Honey Run Quilters – Chico, California

Patchwork Garden – East Amherst, New York