Archive for January, 2011

Central Coast Quilters – San Luis Obispo CA

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

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.

The guild members chose to do one of three of my ‘Altered Texture’ classes. We played with ribbon, wools, cottons and velvets. Then embellished with wonderful threads and beads.
It always amazes me what a difference a little couched edging makes.
Ribbons attached with French Knots and a Cross stitch.
Bullions and beading.

A bird starting to get a personality.

Fabrics fussy cut to give dimension.

Fun way to attach rick rack.

Use of silk and cotton fabrics on leaves.
The Fly stitch using variegated threads.
One of the best parts of my visit was being able to sit outside and eat lunch in the park in 76 degree weather. On my return to Ohio it was 15 degrees. Well, I guess it is good sewing weather.
Keep creating

Surfside Quilt Guild – San Clemente, CA

Saturday, January 15th, 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.

We also used seed beads to enhance our leaves and flowers.

The fun part about this class is that each piece is unique.
At the end of the day I was treated to a meal over looking the ocean. What a special place! Thanks everyone for being so kind. I had a wonderful time.
Keep stitching

Quilts to Share – Carole Crawford OR

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
I just have to share a note I received from Carole Crawford of Arch Cape, Oregon

“i just had to tell you about my christmas gifts to the girls that work in 3 of our quilt shops here on the coast.. altogether i made 11 quilts… they were about 36×36 some a bit large and some a bit smaller…. one of our shops creative fabrics in wheeler oregon… has started to carry some wonderful wools….

i made them each a quilt using one of your patterns and then left a lot of areas undone so they could finish them… it was such fun…and i had a hard time not to finish the quilts… they were all thrilled and i am anxious to see how they finish them..

thanks for your wonderful designs…. i am hooked..


carole crawford

“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.

Take care

Flying Geese Quilt Guild – Orange County CA

Monday, January 10th, 2011

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.
We also added buttons and beads.

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.
I can’t wait to see the finished results of these pieces and thanks to all for such a fun time.
Keep stitching

Happy New Year

Saturday, January 1st, 2011
Happy New Year
Many thanks to all of you who hosted a teaching event as well as all our new and loyal customers. 2010 has been a fantastic year. I have had the wonderful opportunities to visit Barcelona, France and Australia as well as many new states across America. Thanks to all my friendly and enthusiastic students.
I would also like to thank my committed employees Cathy, Peggy, Mary and Kelly for their commitment and enthusiasm and a special thanks to Michelle and I wish her well on her new venture abroad. Thanks to my family for all they have done in 2010 without you it would not be possible.
I have had a very special few weeks with my four kids. I have loved every minute of Andrew and Jason’s visit. I wish all of you the best for 2011.
I would like to share with you our special time.

They helped me move furniture.

Cook wonderful meals.
Aimee cooked her wonderful homemade pizza.
Shared some time together laughing.

Jason treated us all to Beef Wellington for Christmas.

Watched movies and relaxed.

Had a sewing day making quilts and Aimee made these great owl doorstops.

Aimee, Kelly and Jason dyed wool for the new BOM. Zoe loved the pile of undyed wool.
We also celebrated Kelly’s birthday.
I will miss our time together but I am looking forward to visiting Jason and Andrew in 2011.
Love you all