Archive for March, 2013

Green Country Quilt Guild – Tulsa OK

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

I spent a lovely three days in Tulsa at the Green Country Quilt Guild. We embellished Flower Vases using many different stitches to attach ribbons as well as layering flowers, leaves and berries. Each student started with a similar base but as they progressed they each took on a path of there own. We played with many different textural fabrics as well as hand dyed fibers. I also had a couple of girls in class who were allergic to wool. I was happy they decided to attend and make a piece out of cotton fabric.

Judy shared her elephant quilt that she started in a class she took from me in TX. It is always wonderful to see finished pieces. I love all the embellishment she did on this quilt. Just amazing!

I was also fortunate to visit the Gilcrease Museum where they have some wonderful Indian beaded pieces as well as a Woody Crumbo exhibit.

Happy Easter



Honey Run – Chico CA

Thursday, March 28th, 2013


I just returned from teaching in Chico CA. I taught three classes at Honey Run Quilt Store and lectured at the Guild. My home for 6 days was a lovely Bed and Breakfast called the Grateful Bed where I was treated to the most amazing breakfasts each morning. My chair in the dinning room looked out at a wonderful old Black Walnut tree. I have many in my own yard but nothing as beautiful as this one.

All my students created lovely embellished pieces. And many of the students brought quilts they had made from my designs. I really enjoyed them as I often do not see the finished product.

Many thanks to Teresa, Dorrie, Carmen and Amanda for taking such good care of me. I really enjoyed my stay and look forward to returning.

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New Designer- Jen Kingwell!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

We are pretty excited to have the opportunity to feature and carry a few of Jen Kingwell’s designs.  Jen and my mom have been friends for many years; both nurses as their first career, now both designers- Jen a lover of cotton, my mom a lover of wool- both with a very unique look- and I think- both ‘elite’ in their class.

Over 30 years ago Jen stumbled into quilting; this interest became an obsession and then became her career.  Jen describes herself as a’ traditional quilter with a modern twist’.  She loves scrappy quilts and the more fabrics she can use in a single project the happier she is.  We are so excited to be able to feature her and offer a few of her patterns on our website.

The Circle Game
The Circle Game
Green Tea & Sweet Beans
Steam Punk
Steam Punk

Jen has owned quilt stores for 14 years and currently owns Amitie Textiles in Melbourne Australia.  When mom and I were in Australia we were lucky enough to be able to quickly stop in and say hi to Lucy, Jen’s daughter.  Jen currently lives in Abu Dhabi with her husband who is working there, and  Lucy currently runs Amitie along with the help and support of a great staff.

Amitie Textiles
Amitie Textiles


Amitie has an eclectic mix of fabrics including Japanese, Liberty of Londen, linens from Europe, french toiles and a wide collection of patchwork fabrics.  They offer wonderful service and classes and host both local and international teachers.  If you ever get the chance you absolutely must stop in!  Despite an episode of land sickness while I was in Amitie, I gathered quite a few unique treasures.



We are all so Jen inspired we have put together a few new funky fat 1/16th packs to get your creative juices flowing!




We have also added Bohin Finger Cots which were introduced to us by Jen and have quickly become our new favorite notion!


Be sure to visit :

Amitie’s Website

Jenny’s Blog

Follow Jen on Instagram at jenkingwell

Lucy’s Blog

and checkout all of Jen Kingwell’s Designs featured on our website!







The Quilt Basket – Tucson AZ

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

I just returned from a lovely time in Tucson. It was in the 70’s and it was wonderful to lap up a little sun shine. I taught a two day class on embellished leaves at The Quilt Basket owned by Lena. The class was filled with very enthusiastic students all creating a learning new stitches. They all used a great variety of textural threads creating their own unique leaves. Nubin shared her lovely quilt with us. She took a class from me at Mackinaw Island in MI last year on creating folk flowers. Nubin went home and made this wonderful quilt. It was great to see it in person.

Lena has a fun store filled with great fabrics. Don’t forget to visit if you are ever in Tucson. Thanks for making me fell so welcome. I look forward to returning.

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