I have just returned from a wonderful 10 days in CA. The last guild I taught at was in San Luis Obispo. I was welcomed with open arms by Wendy and her husband Russ. They made me feel very welcome and Wendy treated me to the local Quilt store as well as to a wonderful vintage trim store.
Archive for January, 2011
What a wonderful time I am having in CA. It was a delighted to teach at Surfside. I had 24 enthusiastic stitchers in my class each one working on my ‘Altered Texture’ Flower Pot quilt.
All the students worked with ribbons, couched yarns and layering of fabrics along with embossing on velvet. I just love the way our hand dyed velvets give such texture to the wool pieces. I am so fortunate to have a great sister how dyes about 50 different colors for me.
I also taught many stitches using hand dyed perle cotton. I am always surprised what wonderful dimension this gives to each piece.
“i originally was just going to make 1 quilt for one of the girls… as soon as i walked into the shop she said that’s sue spargo… so i thought hmmmm christmas… as i started making it i then thought hmmm will everyone else at the shop would feel left out with just a pin cushion… so i made 3 for jane’s fabric patch… then i decided i should make quilts for creative fabrics (wheeler) and there were 4 girls there… so i made smaller ones…then center diamond (cannon beach) came to mind and i knew one of the girls there would love it.. so there were 4 more… and they were such fun to make… i can’t remember when i had such fun working with fabrics and wool.. and there were no boundaries.. anything i did worked! and making 11 quilts there were all different…. i got them all done the week before christmas (took me 3 weeks to make them).. now i didn’t put backings on them or finish the fronts… i just did the applique of the objects and added buttons and stitches here and there… then i gave them each a quilt that they had to finish… ! they were thrilled… today i had to deliver a 4th unfinished quilt to creative fabrics as one of the girls was on vacation and we forgot about her…. so most are going to have them done and on display for our quilt hop starting feb 11th… creative fabrics (tillamook) owner doris is going to order some of your patterns and books to have on hand as we know people will want to make the quilts….. thanks again so much for your creativity and the fun patterns.. your directions are terrific… i thought i would have trouble making the little house border but it came out fine…”
Many thanks Carole for sharing your story and all your quilts with me. Many are from my designs and I can’t wait to see how everyone finishes them. What a wonderful gift! They are all very fortunate friends. I wish I could see them on display at your shop hop.
I have just finishing teaching two full day classes at the Flying Geese Quilt Guild here in sunny California. It does feel good to be out of the snowy cold weather for a while. I was really thrilled that the students were very creative laying out their leaves in many different formats.
Having spent time layering the leaves I went on to teach many stitches using different textural threads, ribbons and yarns. It is always amazes to me how it changes the appearance of all the leaves.
Tonight I am doing a trunk show at Flying Geese Quilt Guild thenI will be traveling to Surfside Guild to do a workshop on Wednesday.