Archive for October, 2012

Sneak Peak – Houston Market

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Kelly, Cathy, Wendy and I arrived in Houston late Thursday night. We spent Friday putting up our booth and doing two school houses. The first was a packed house for the release of our new fabric line ‘Folkloric Bloom’s from Robert Kaufman and the second to promote my new books ‘Imperial Blooms’ and my long awaited stitch book ‘Creative Stitching’. We are in booth 505.

The first day of market went really well we sold out of the books we took in the first few hours. But don’t worry we have a large shipment arriving when we get home next week. The books will be posted on my website on November 1.

Our fabric line arrive in stores in January. Very exciting! You can see we have been very busy making samples using this eclectic line. A little piecing, appliqué and embroidery was used.

More to come

Creative Stitching




Stitchin’ Post – Sisters Oregon

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

I have just spent a wonderful 5 days in Sisters Oregon teaching a 3 day collaborative Folk Art class with Gwen Marston and two days of leaf embellishment at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters. This is one of my favorite places to teach I love the NW and we were even treated to the first snow fall of the season. It has been cool but sunny just perfect weather to sew.

Gwen and I had 40 very enthusiastic, creative students. Our theme was trees and each student designed a fun piece incorporating the theme. The classes were held at the Five Pines Resort we had a lovely large room for class and walked to the local Brew Pub for lunch each day. Many students worked on a few stitches for embellishment.

My leaf classes were fun we spent the days layering and embellishing with wonderful fibers.

On Monday evening I shared a few stitches with the staff at the store. We had a relaxed evening eating and stitching on a wool needle case.

In between classes I have been working on stitching on a binding on a new quilt for market as well as stitching on my block of the month. I am heading home today and will be turning around tomorrow to fly to Houston for Quilt Market. Kelly and Cathy have been packing and assembling all week so our bags should be packed. I will just need to throw my clothes in the washing machine and pack again for our next venture.

Many thanks Tamara , Jean and all the staff at the Stitchin’ Post for making me feel so welcome.

Creative Stitching


Illinois Guilds

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Cathy and I spent the week traveling to Chicago where I taught and she vended at 3 area guilds. I taught an assortment of kits including leaves. It was a busy but fun week of stitching and sharing. The classes were full to capacity with enthusiastic students each embellishing and trying new fibers. Many thanks to all involved for making it a successful trip.

My blogs have been short and sweet as I have not had much time to write as we prepare for market and finishing up the last few teaching commitments for the year. I am in Sisters OR right now teaching with Gwen Marston. More to follow shortly

Keep creating


Dallas Quilt Guild – Dallas, TX

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

I spent a lovely few days in Dallas at the quilt guild teaching my Greta Needle Case and Red Clover Quilt pattern. I was supposed to teach their last year but because of a really bad ice storm we needed to reschedule. Most of the students were from the Dallas area in addition we had a few join us from Houston.

They were very enthusiastic appliquéing with textural fabrics, embellishing and learning to attach beads in fun ways. We also made our own roving balls for our zipper pulls on the needle case.

Many thanks Kay and Janet for taking such good care of me.

I returned home to wonderful fall color. It was great to spend a couple of days at home preparing for market and catching up with Kelly.

Cathy and I packed up again earlier this week as we prepared for a road trip to Illinois to teach and vend at three quilt guilds.

Creative Stitching



Chaska Quilt Club – Chaska MN

Monday, October 8th, 2012

The last weekend in September I was the featured quilter at the Chaska Quilt Club in Chaska, MN. My quilts were hung in the community center for the month of September and during the weekend that I visited I lectured twice and taught three classes. The members were all lovely and I was made to feel right at home.

The weather was spectacular all weekend and I was fortunate to have time to spend the first afternoon at he Arboretum. It was full of fall color with many of the flowers still in bloom. They had a halloween display throughout the grounds with many fun scarecrows decorated by local groups in town.

The Chaska Club used a combination of my designs for their raffle quilt this year. I loved what they did. I was just a little disappointed I did not win it!

The classes went well each student worked very hard at layering and stitching. I designed a couple of new pincushions for the 4 hour classes and for the full day class we worked with ribbons, fabrics, velvet and wool as we created vases filled with flowers.

Thanks Jackie and Vicky for taking such good care of me throughout my stay. It was a delight to work with both of you.

Creative Stitching