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.
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.
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.
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.