Archive for October, 2011

Calgary – 4 More fun filled days of teaching

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

 I have had a lot of fun teaching for another 4 days here in Calgary. We played for two days making a large sewing case, stitching circles in my Circle Play class and a day of working on any of my projects.

 The gals here are great stitchers and Deirdre has an incredible selection of threads in her store so it makes for some very fun combinations of stitches and fibers.

 Many students also incorporated many of our ribbons in the backgrounds as well as for stems. I just love the way they work so well with the wool and the appliqué.

 I taught eight stitches in the Circle Play class and then we spent the afternoon combining these stitches to make some very fun combinations.

I have had a wonderful time here in Calgary. I will be returning next year in September to teach for 8 days. This will be my fifth year teaching at Out of Hand.
It is very special retuning annually as I spend time with many of the same students and I have loved to see each students creative style develop.
Right now I am spending a couple of days with Deirdre at the store playing. On Friday I will be flying to Houston for Quilt Market to meet my daughter Kelly to shop for new and exciting goodies for the website.
Take care

Out of Hand – Calgary Canada Pomegranate Class

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

 I am here in Calgary teaching for 6 days for my friend Deirdre who owns the wonderful store ‘Out of Hand’. I love teaching here as Deirdre’s store is fully stocked with wonderful fibers and textures all of which I use in my own work.

 On Thursday and Friday all the students worked on the Pomegranate Table Rug from my ‘Crimson Tweed’ book. Many started with my wool backgrounds but each personalized their piece with ribbons and fabrics of their own choice.

 We worked on many stitches giving each one its own personality.

 Many of the students incorporated Wendy and my new ribbon line which we did with Renaissance Ribbons

This is my fourth year teaching for Deirdre. I love returning as many of the students return each year and I love to see the wonderful work they are creating.
Keep Stitching

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, NY

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I just spent a wonderful weekend in NY at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival with Wendy, Melissa, Cathy and Kelly. We all met in Philadelphia at Melissa’s home and then drove to NY together.

 Rhinebeck is a lovely little town on the Hudson River filled with quaint stores and good restarants.

 Besides all the wonderful fiber there were sheep, lama and alpaca auctions and shearing. It was quiet an education visiting the barns filled with animals and learning about all the different types of wool.

 This was our combined purchases for Day 1. We could not resist the wonderful hand dyes and the natural fibers.

 There was also a great feltmaker who encouraged Melissa and Wendy to try on her wares. No new purchases here but a few laughs.

 Day 2’s stash. We are all set for our winter projects.

 On Monday we went to The American Culinary Institute for lunch. What a treat we had an unforgettable lunch with an assortment of desserts to share.

Thanks Melissa, Wendy, Cathy and Kelly for such a fun weekend. Looking forward to seeing your knitted projects.
I am on my way to Calgary to teach for my dear friend Deirdre who owns ‘Out of Hand’. I am looking forward to sharing my students projects.
Keep Stitching

October Teaching

Monday, October 17th, 2011

I spent a few days in Annapolis teaching for the Annapolis Quilt Guild. Robin and her sister Nancy were great hostesses. During class we worked on my Flower Vase layering with wonderful textural fabrics and embellishing fibers.

I then traveled to Colorado Springs to teach for the Colorado Quilting Council. Cyndi who organized the retreat was wonderful. On my arrival we had a lovely lunch at an English Pub at The Broadmoor.  

 We also visited the Garden of the Gods

On Friday we traveled to the retreat center and set up for the weekend. In the evening I  presented a power point presentation about my quilts and then taught my Flowerbed Quilt for two days. To my surprise I awoke to snow on Saturday morning. It snowed about a foot. What wonderful weather to bundle up and sew.

 Each student started with one of the twelve blocks. Working with hand dyed wool, velvet and embellishments.

 Kathy brought her version of my ‘Sew Your Seeds’ Needlecase to share with me. I love her happy colors.

 Many of the participants at the retreat brought house blocks for a charity quilt. Cyndi started piecing them together and shared it at Show and Tell. Some of my students also shared their blocks.

I then traveled to Orange County Quilters Guild in California.
I spent a couple of days in California teaching wool appliqué and embellishment. We worked on one of my pillows.

 We finished the day exploring a little embellishment.
I stayed with Karen one of my students from Sisters Oregon. She made me feel very welcome and it was nice to get to know her.

I then traveled across the country for a little fun. I meet Wendy, Melissa, Cathy and Kelly for our weekend trip to Rhinebeck, NY for the ‘Sheep and Wool Festival’.
Can’t wait to share our weekend with all of you.
Take care

MISA – Madeline Island WI

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

 I just spent a wonderful week teaching at the Madeline School of the Arts on Madeline Island in WI. Cathy and my friend Joc from Australia travelled with me. We flew into Duluth then drove about 1 1/2 hours to catch the ferry to the island.

 On Sunday evening Kate, Jenna and Charles welcomed all with a lovely cheese and wine party.

 The school is in an amazing secluded location. A wonderful spot to be creative. This building is were my classroom was. It was large with great light and very comfortable for me and 12 students to spread out for 5 days.

 This was the Farm House where I slept.

 On Monday everyone spread out all there supplies including wool, cotton and embellishments.

 Each evening we headed to the little town for dinner. We were spoilt with amazing sunsets.

 On morning a few of us get up really early and headed with coffee in hand to see the sun rise.

 The students were from all over the US as well as Joc form Australia and Aida and Florencia from Argentina.

 All the students designed a ‘Travel Journal Cloth’ about their life experiences. They were amazingly creative.

Each piece was unique and very tactile. We have a challenge that I will blog about the progress of each of the pieces next April so gals keep stitching. I loved spending time with each on of you and thanks for being such wonderful students.
I will be returning to teach at MISA June 4-8 2012


2012 Block of the Month Earth ‘n Twig

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

My new 2012 block of the month Earth ‘n Twig is now available online. It is filling fast and we only have only a few openings still available. Sign up soon before you miss out.