Archive for August, 2011

Buggy Barn Outdoor Show

Monday, August 29th, 2011

On Saturday morning my mom and my youngest son Jason joined me at the Buggy Barn Outdoor Quilt Show. There were about 200 quilts displayed all over the farm hanging from all the buildings, along the fences and on clothes lines.

The store was very busy with many quilters buying fabric, patterns and books.

It was a really fun day surrounded by everything I love. Thanks to Pam, Janet and all their family for making the week so much fun.  As my family lives in Spokane I am staying a few extra days visiting. I hope to be of help to Jason as he plans his move to Portland.
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Teaching at Buggy Barn – Spokane WA

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

This week I taught 2 two day classes on a sewing envelope I designed especially to teach at the Buggy Barn outdoor show. It was full of great techniques, lots of color and many pockets and compartments to hold all your special sewing supplies. I had about 25 students in each class and they worked hard all two days assembling and embellishing. It has been a long time since I taught a machine and appliqué class. The pace was much faster than my embellishment classes but everyone kept up and I was amazed how much each one got done.

The classes were held at the Grange with great catered lunches including wonderful deserts.

I was delighted as many students brought their quilts to share with me.
Manya from Tucson enlarged my Flowerbed quilt and made it out of all cotton fabrics. It was so bright and cheery.

Gayle took a class from me at Empty Spools in Asilomar, CA earlier this year and started her Folklore Quilt. She had personalize many blocks with images from her own travels. It was wonderful and we decided that she needed to border it with chartreuse wool.

Karen from Canada finished and framed her Flowerpot quilt from a previous class. It was wonderfully embellished. She also brought her Robin Run the Hedge quilt to share.

 Susan also shared her Bluebird Needle Keeper.

Pam and Janet did an amazing job organizing everything for this week long event. Every detail was carefully thought out with wonderful touches. The weather was perfect. No humidity so I was in heaven! As it was the 15th Anniversary they hosted a ‘Garden Party’ on Thursday evening. It was in Janet’s garden at the farm. It was the perfect spot, the food was great and the entertainment entertaining.

Jennifer Keltner the editor from American Patchwork and Quilting took in a little shade at the Tiki Bar prior to her lecture.

She entertained us with a peek preview of quilts from the new ‘Quilt Sampler’ magazine as we were served these scrumptious strawberries for desert.

We also were treated to a very entertaining 15 year history of the Buggy Barn by Janet and Pam overlooking the wheat fields.

Once class was over on Friday Jennifer had organized for Ron Pam’s husband to take her out on the Combine as it is harvest time. I tootled along having never had that experience either. We laughter a lot as the city girls experienced a little farm life. It was an amazing experience! Ron harvests 3000 acres in Readon, WA and he was a wealth of knowledge about something I know nothing about.

 The view was spectacular as the wheat just glowed in the sunshine. We could see for miles.

What an incredible machine we learnt lots and it was a neat experience.

We finished the evening around the pool having margaritas and visiting with Pam, Ron, Janet, Tom and their friends.

What a wonderful ending to a very busy week!
I also was fortunate to be able to stay for the outdoor quilt show. Mom and Jason joined me on Saturday morning. I will be blogging about the show tomorrow.
Take care

Student Work

Monday, August 22nd, 2011
I was delighted to receive this note and photos in my email last week.
“Hi Sue
Just a note to say I had a great weekend at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. I won first prize in the contemporary section with my version of ‘Dear Jane’ I called mine – “Dear Jane, Welcome to the 21st century” made from 100% Spargo felt – so thank you for your great shop, inspiration and ideas, thanks to Wendy for her fabulous wools and Cathy and the girls for sending wonderful selections of colors. The only down side is I won’t get my quilt back for a year while it tours around bit. Anyway, I have the block of the month to keep me going.
All my best
Valerie Mullally

Well done Valerie! I love what you created and even better a wool quilt won at Birmingham. We love our wools as well. I agree Wendy is an amazing dyer.

I have received many wonderful photos from my students showcasing their work as well as many who have shared their pieces in my classes. Her are a few to inspire you.
Gabrielle attends my Monday evening group and brought her wonderful Flowerbed quilt to share. I think she loves Bullion Knots as much as I do!

Edith from Renaissance ribbons sent me this photo showcasing our ribbons.

Another wonderful piece from Gabrielle.

Carol for our Monday morning group shared this quilt she made using a colorful floral Japanese print she bought from our store.
Ellen shared her Robin Run the Hedge quilt with me at Sisters. 

Estelle from Brittany France sent me these lovely pictures of her Greta Needle Roll and a tree using my leaf technique. It is wonderful to receive pictures from my international customers.

Susan finished her ‘Altered Texture’ piece from a recent workshop and made it into a pillow.
Keep up the great work and keep sending photos.
Take care

Hershey Quilt Show

Friday, August 19th, 2011
At the end of July I taught at the Hershey Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the first time. My friend Melissa moved to the Philadelphia area earlier this year and I was delighted as she was able to attend the show and she also signed up for 3 of my classes.
During the three days I taught 5 classes, 3 full day and two mystery wool stitch classes in the evenings. It was a very busy 3 days but lots of fun.

The first class was my Red Clover quilt which has three blocks. I love the variations on the theme. Many used different colors and a variety of ribbons for stems.

Sue, Monica and Heidi brought there wonderful Victoria bags for me to see.
During the afternoon we played with our embellishment threads adding stitches for texture.

The Second day was the Early Pincushion. Even though this is an old pattern it is a great one day class as it is small enough to do some great embellishments on.

The third day was the Teaberry Sac. This is a great winter purse! All had fun adding stitches to the berries and leaves.

We had one finished project along with another student who brought one to share.

I thank Missy for the opportunity to teach at Hershey and I look forward to returning in the future.
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Jean Wells Lecture at Sisters

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
I am sorry I have been quiet but I have been home for a few weeks catching up on paperwork, gardening and generally organizing my life. I have also managed a little catch up sewing. As promised in my last blog I was going to finish up my lovely teaching experience at Sisters with the wonderful lecture and outdoor walk of Jean Wells quilts which I attended on the Sunday morning after the show.

I have long been an admirer of Jeans work and it was wonderful to enjoy her creative journey as her early quilts to the present day quilts were displayed from all to enjoy. It was great to see how her work has evolved. I love the simplicity of the lines in her quilts as well as the use of solid colors. I use a lot of solid wools in my own work and I think that is one of the reasons I am so drawn to her work.

Wendy and Aimee had the pleasure of taking a two day class with Jean at Sisters this year. I was very envious as taking a class from Jeans is on my too list. I am hoping next year to be able to do that. 

I have much to share with my teaching at The Hershey Show and many new projects so please return soon.
Take care