Archive for August, 2015

Patchwork Passion – Auckland, New Zealand

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

I have had a wonderful time on the North Island of New Zealand having taught two retreats for Robyn Burgess who owns Patchwork Passion in Auckland. The first 3 day retreat was held in Long Bay at a lovely retreat center called Vaughn Park with an amazing view of the ocean from the classroom. There were 23 very enthusiastic students from New Zealand and Australia each working on a new design called ‘Indigo Vases’ which I designed especially for them. We layered with textural fabrics and threads designing small vases of unique blooms. Each piece was unique.

Many of the students shares quilts and bags made from my designs.

The second retreat was held in Taupo a 3-1/2 hour drive inland from Auckland. It was a lovely drive through dairy and sheep farmland. As it is early spring the fields were filled with lots of lambs and calves. We drove through many small towns with interesting buildings. Taupo is on a huge lake which was formed by a volcanic crater with snow filled mountains in the distance.  I also visited Huka Falls which is on the outskirts of Taupo. The class was held in a Conference center and Cindy and Robyn provided all the lovely food for this event. I could really get used to having morning and afternoon tea and nibbles with wine before dinner. The students created unique pieces creating layered backgrounds and vases with dimensional flowers. We had a lot of fun sharing and laughing along with much hand work. All the students were from different towns in the north island except for my lovely friend Joc who travelled form Canberra Australia.

Many thanks to Robyn and Cindy for all your hard work in making these retreats so much fun. I shall miss you!

I am flying to Nelson in the South Island this afternoon to teach for Rachel Maw who owns Annie’s Country Quilt Store in Ashburton.

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The Main House at Creations – Kerrville Texas

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

I started the month with a private class here in my studio. It was wonderful to have 9 students who travelled from Southern Ohio, Mississippi and Tennessee. We worked on neutral stitching over appliquéd tone on tone circles. Our new space worked out really well and I hope to continue adding classes in the near future.

The Main House is a great location for a few days of sewing, along with the amazing quilt store Creations. Owned by delightful sisters Julie and Kathy and retreats organized by Barbara. Every detail is thoughtfully planned and all meals are provided. The students were enthusiastic creating peacocks and birds in all colors and textures. I will be returning to teach at The Main House at Creations in October 2016.


I am on my way to New Zealand leaving LA in 30 minutes. I hope to post from the classes I will be teaching in the North and South Island.

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MISA – Madeline Island WI

Friday, August 21st, 2015

I just returned from teaching for two wonderful weeks on Madeline Island at the Madeline Island School of the Arts. My classes were full of enthusiastic students. The first week was a Floral Medallion design class and the second week was Bird Dance. I love teaching at this school and am delighted to be returning in 2016 for three weeks.

Week 1

Week 2

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Quilt Gallery – Kalispell MT

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

In late July I spent 5 days teaching for Joan at the Quilt Gallery In Kalispell, MT. Each student created a story quilt using the tree as a starting point to incorporate there own story about memorable parts of their lives. I love teaching this class as each piece is unique using each element as fun interpretations of ones life experiences. They started with a similar base which was done prior to class so to enable us to have more time for embellishing. Many fun threads were used many students especially loving the silk ribbon roses I taught them. They were used to embellish each piece differently.

This is a beautiful area of the country and I was fortunate to be able to take a little time to enjoy Glacier National Park. I will be returning to the Quilt Gallery in 2016 to teach.

Many thanks Joan for making me fell so at home and to Fred for making me home cooked meals.

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