Archive for July, 2012

Quilters Affair – Sisters, OR

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

I just spent a wonderful week at Sisters at the quilt show. I taught for 5 days and then spent Saturday walking around town viewing al the quilts.

Here are a few that appealed to me.

Hilde Morin from Portland, OR

Gwen Marston’s medallion quilts from her new book.

Barbara Shapel from Washougal, WA

June Jaeger from Prineville, OR

Jean Wells Keenan – Sisters OR

Rosalie Dace from Durban, South Africa

My students worked very hard during class and created some fun pieces. It was great to see many old friends and meet lots of new people.

I am on my way to Australia tonight with my sister Wendy so this post is short and sweet.

Enjoy the images

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Vermont Quilt Show

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

I just returned home form teaching last weekend at the Vermont Quilt Festival. I taught three classes. It is always fun to see all the different variations being created in my classes. Many students used some of our collections of ribbons by Renaissance Ribbons for the stems on my Pomegranate Table Rug. We learn about wool, cotton and velvet appliqué along with adding texture to our backgrounds.

I was not able to meet Deborah Dunnell from Buxton, Maine but I was delighted that one of her friends brought her Flowerbed Quilt to share with me. Her use of fabrics was wonderful. Great job Deborah!

I also taught my Greta Needle Roll where we played with Makta Silk, Velvet and Dupioni Silk backgrounds which added great texture. We then worked on the front appliqué adding ribbons for stems and many embellishment stitches.

I loved the use of our star ribbon form our new line.

I also taught how to make hand made roving balls which we used as zipper pulls.

The show was wonderful and a few quilts caught my eye. Sampling the Silk Road by Christine Wickert of Penfield New York won best of show. Her stunning quilt was made 100% out of silk fabric. All needle turned and hand quilted. It was outstanding!

Rooflines#4 by Colleen Kole of Grand Rapids, MI inspired by barn rooftops

Gliding the Arbor by Bethany Nemish of Allentown, PA – Inspired by her garden

Dandelions by Kathleen McLaughlin of Noank, CT

Cheddar Feathers by Ruth Ohol of Lockport, NY

It was also great to see a children’s category and I think about 17 kids exhibited quilts. The best part about it all was each child was given a Janome sewing machine for entering. What a way to inspire young sewers!

I returned home last Sunday and all week my dad and I have been working on my two new books for Houston market in October. A very busy but productive week. As I am leaving for a 6 week Australia trip in 2 weeks I needed to get a head start on these. He is great to work with and I can’t wait to reviel the new books. Thanks dad for all your help self publishing.
I am off to Olive Grace in Ohio to teach this morning then to Quilters Affair in Sisters, OR for the week.
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