Archive for July, 2010

Nebraska State Quilt Guild 2010

Monday, July 26th, 2010

I just eturned from teaching in Nebraska at the State Quilt Guild. I taught two very fun classes.

The first was a needle case. We had a small group so we had the time to be able to personalize each piece with many wonderful textures and stitches which made each one unique.

We played with hand dyed silk velvet, beads and different stitches.

The second class was my Peony Bloom. What a fun day and such great students! It was so good to have nearly finished projects.

On my return to Lincoln I had the opportunity to go to the International Quilt Study Center. There is a very inspiring show South Asian Seams – Quilts from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. I covers the textural traditions of the people who made them and the culturally rich regions.
If you are in Lincoln in the near future please take some time out to view them as they are very colorful and inspiring.
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Teaching in Juneau, Alaska

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure that I am really in these wonderful places I have been so fortunate to teach at especially this year. Alaska was fabulous! I taught for three days for Jan at Changing Tides and Annette at Raintree Quilts in Juneau. The students were so enthusiastic and I got to meet many who are on my BOM program. We worked on a block from my Magnolia Quilt, a block from Red Clover and on the flower basket from my Altered Texture series.

They all had fun with embellishing with beads, couching, embroidery and velvet.

I had a little time to do some sight seeing and went to the Gardens where there were these amazing upside down flower trees. What you see at the top are the roots of the tree. These were all pulled up in a mud slide and the owner designed all the trees which they plant with amazing cascading flowers each summer.
I stayed with Fabienne at her home over looking the water. What a view! I was really taken with these 8 foot Delphiniums in her garden. She explained that they are so tall because of the long days of sunlight.
She also took me out on her boat and what a great evening of sight seeing. This is the glacier form the water.

We also saw whale and they performed for us breaching many times. It was hard to capture it on camera.
The sea lions where also sunning it up in the bay.
The Altered texture class was great we embossed on velvet making very textural flowers.

Used Chenille and ribbons for different techniques and textures.

Thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome. It was a wonderful trip and I can’t wait to return.
Creative Stitching

Student Work from Sisters, OR

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
I have been to Alaska and now in Nebraska. I am hoping to get some time tomorrow to blog about my great Alaska trip but in the meantime I thought you amy like to see these wonderful student projects.
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Joanne Coppin – Bountiful, UT – Uniontown Square Quilt from my Folk Art Dreams CD

Mauna Wagner, CA – Duffel Bag from my Urban Sacs book

Joan Connelly – Duffel bag from my Urban Sacs Book

Christie Frey – Duffel Bag from my Urban Sacs Book

Red Clover quilt pattern

Quilters Affair Quilt Show, Sisters OR

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The quilt show was fabulous as usual. We got up really early to help hang the quilts and get a good look at them before all the streets were filled with people.

The quilts made by the staff at the Stitchin’ Post are always hung on the store building many were inspired by classes Jean Wells had taught over the years. This year was the 35th anniversary of the show and there were many celebrations. It is amazing to me that it has been going so long and so successfully. Well done Jean and Valori!

As usual a little shopping was done by all. Cathy, Wendy and Susan had fun buying baskets to hold all of their sewing and knitting supplies.

Here are a few of the teachers quilts.
Judith Baker Montano
Sue Nickels
Jeannette DeNicolis Meyers
Barbara Shapel
Katie Pasquini Masopust
Denyse Schmidt
Denyse Schmidt
Hilde Morin

Tonye Belinda Phillips
Tonye Belinda Phillips

These quilts were great. I would love to take some classes from many of these instructors.
Take care

Quilters Affair – Greta Needle Roll and Robin Run the Hedge Class

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I am sitting in Charlotte, NC trying to get home to my own bed. I left Sisters, Oregon yesterday morning (it is now Monday night at 7pm) and have been diverted many times due to weather and engine trouble. At times I have wondered whether I will be home and packed in time to leave for Alaska on Wednesday morning at 6am. Please cross your fingers I get home tonight! I am using my time wisely and have uploaded all my pictures to my blog from my wonderful week in Sisters, OR. I plan to do a few posts to cover the week.

I have just spent a wonderful week in Sisters, OR teaching at Quilters Affair. I taught 5 days of classes. The first one was my Greta Needle Roll. We worked with textural fabrics, ribbons, beads, stitches and made roving balls by hand.

Each student used unique fabrics and ribbons to make their pieces very personal.
I also taught a three day class of Robin Run the Hedge. I loved this class as all the students had time to cut out and lay out most of their design. We then spent the last day working on stitches that they could incorporate on their applique.

They got a really good start and I can’t wait to see the finished pieces.
I finished the week with a full day of making leaves using great embellishment techniques.
It was a fun filled week with enthusiastic students that keep me hopping.
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Workshop at Home

Monday, July 12th, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I did a private workshop in my studio. We worked on the embellishment of leaves. Each student appliqued leaves onto a background prior to class. This gave them a good base to embellish.

We had fun creating with baby rickrack, beads, buttons and wonderful threads and fibers.

Each student had a great time working on a one of a kind piece.
I can’t wait to see the finished samplers.
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Student Work

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

I love to get pictures from my students of their finished quilts and projects. This Magnolia Quilt was done by Holly Regan from Cooma, Australia. Last year I taught this class while teaching at many different venues in Australia. She was in one of my classes, her quilt is wonderful and the quilting is fabulous.

Here is a block from Magnolia which Bobby Brady from Ohio made into this great purse.
She has done many stitch embellishments which we covered in the class which I taught at her guild.

Susan Trent of Quiltworks Northwest in Seattle WA teaches a wool class and while I was teaching at the store many of her students brought their quilts to share. They worked on my Ginger Grove quilt. I love all the creative changes that each student made to the original design. Really creative!

Darlene Wegrynowski of Ohio sent me these great pictures of her pillow from my pattern in American Patchwork and Quilting. Fun colors!

Jennifer Keltner from Des Moines, Iowa finished her Folklore quilt. Fabulous!
Happy 4th of July
Take care