Archive for September, 2010

Wool gatherings, Eureka MO

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Last weekend I travelled to Missouri to teach at the Wool Gathering in Eureka. It is a wonderful little store filled to the brim with wool and knitting yarn. Jerri and Laura manage the store for Amy. The students were enthusiastic and worked on embellishing leaves for their appliqued tree project.

It was fun to see the variation in color choices as well as the many interpretations of the four seasons.

We worked with fun threads, beads, buttons and ribbons to achieve dimension and texture. It is so inspiring to see how a plain element comes to life.

It has been a very busy month. I am now in Calgary at ‘Out of Hand’ teaching for 5 days for my wonderful friend Deirdre and in between classes I am stitching a little on the applique of the borders of this years Christmas BOM. I am also putting the finishing touches to the drawing of the new 2011 Block of the Month which will be posted in early October. If you are wanting to sign up for the new BOM keep you eye out for the October newsletter as this sells out quickly.
Take care

Quilting Adventures – Boerne, TX

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I have just finished teaching a three day workshop for Quilting Adventures organized by Alice Kolb and Barbara Quinby in Boerne, TX. It was held at the lovely Ye Kendall Inn in town. I stayed in fabulous little log cabin called the Waco House.

I had 20 very creative ladies in class. They worked very hard designing a quilt which had special meaning to each of them. We are hoping to organize a follow up class in January. They are planning to work on appliqueing them in the next few months and then come back and spend 2 full days embellishing.

As you can see each participant has a great start. I am so looking forward to seeing the finished pieces. When I returned home I was missing a couple of photos. I would be very grateful if anyone in the class could email me a picture of Alice and Ann’s pieces as well as a clearer picture of Susan’s.
Have fun creating over the next few months and many thanks to all of you for making my stay such fun.
Today Marina and Daryl from Quilt Inspirations has featured my Magnolia Quilt on their blog. Take a look they have featured many interesting quilts.
I am leaving today to teach at Wool Gatherings in Eureka, MO. I am looking forward to another creative group.
Keep Stitching

Cousins Quilt Shop, Bellaire, MI

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Cathy (in the middle) and I have just returned from a great weekend teaching at Cousins Quilt Shop in Bellaire, MI. The owner Carmen (right) and Annie organized a wonderful 4 days of classes with great creative students. It is a lovely area of Michigan and we were very fortunate to stay with Barb at her lovely home on Torch Lake.

I taught a two day class from a block from my Magnolia quilt as well as a ‘Altered Texture’ class and a class working on the Sew Your Seeds Needle Keeper and the Tulip Bag. With each class we worked with textural fabrics and mastered many wonderful embroidery stitches.

Many of the students are planning to complete the Magnolia quilt while others are going to make the bird block into a pillow or table rug.

We also played with the silk velvet embossing them with images to give more texture.
I love the way our pom pom ribbon is being used here as well as the way the double sided velvet ribbon was applied.
It is fabulous how these images come to life with a little stitchery. It all depends on the fibers used.
Great velvet circles! We all love the 48 colors of velvet Wendy my sister dyes for us. It gives such texture on the wool.

Thanks Carmen and Annie for a wonderful weekend. Cathy and I arrived home late on Monday ready for a week of catch up as I have been out of town for the last 6 weeks. The weather is cooling down and I just love these cool nights.
Great stitching weather

Amitie, Melbourne AU

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

It was great to see my wonderful friend Jenny Kingwell on our arrived in Melbourne. She owns a delightful store Amitie which is full of the most amazing collection of very carefully hand picked fabrics from Japan, Liberty of London and America. She also has a great collection of silk screened fabrics from local gals in Australia.

The first two days were free days and we spent the first day at the coast with Jenny then the second doing our last bit of shopping in Melbourne.

It was a bit of a raining day so we spent the morning shopping on the streets around our hotel then we took the tram into the city. I just love Melbourne it is full of very interesting shops filled with very arty things.
I then taught for the next three days. Firstly a two day class of my leaves. It was a great group of students. They were very creative and worked with all sorts of fibers making very unique pieces.
Jenny (in that very lovely polka dot top) was even able to spend a little time perfecting her stitches. It was great to have Simon in the class as well as.

I love the silk screened background used in this sample as well as the added bird and flowers to the piece below.

This block is from my Ginger Grove Quilt was shared by one of the students.
The second class was my Great Needle Roll. A variety of background fabrics were used. Many used ribbons for their stems as well as silk velvet and hand dyed wools for the applique.

I love the combination of fabrics that Jan from Barnawartha used in this bag from my ‘Urban Sacs’ book. Look at the label. Fabulous!
Melissa and I had a wonderful time in Australia. Many thanks to all that made the trip such a success and for all kind and creative people who went out of there way to make us feel so welcome. I hope our paths cross again soon.
Take care
Creative Stitching

Night in Sydney

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Melissa and I spent a lovely night in Sydney before moving on to Melbourne. We stayed close to the Rocks which is very close to the Sydney Harbor.

In the morning before flying to Melbourne we were able to take a tour of the Opera House which was amazing. The views from the inside are spectacular.

On to Melbourne.