OK Makes Art!


Art work by members attending the Green Country Quilter’s retreat.

My visit with the Green Country Quilters Guild in Tulsa, Oklahoma was quite the adventure! After giving 2 lectures in Tulsa, we traveled to their retreat at the Tulakogee Conference Center. Then I lost track of time.


More work by the Green Country quilters.

But after 2 days of concentrating on art work, the 40 students in my class displayed their art work for all to see. They each made their own designs. It was amazing to see what they came up with! Thank you to all the wonderful quilt makers from Green Country.

It’s a Sewing Party and a Give-away!

TheSewingPartyWant to have a sewing party with friends? “The Sewing Party” is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history! It begins November 8, 2014. As an attendee, you can watch 30+ online classes taught by leading bloggers and teachers. You watch anytime starting November 8 and for another 90 days after. It’s like attending a retreat, only at home and in your jammies!

There are classes in home décor, fashion sewing, upcycling, crafting, costume design, crafting entrepreneurship, and my favorite, quilting.

The cost for attending “The Sewing Party” is just $40. You can attend all of the classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and teachers; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips. You own it all for 90 days.

Do you want to win a ticket to the Sewing Party? I have 5 tickets to give away! Each ticket is a $40 value or free admission to the party (sorry, U.S. only). To win one of my tickets “LIKE” one of “The Sewing Party’s” social media channels below then return to this blog and leave a comment.

Another thing. If you sign up for “The Sewing Party” by July 31, you will get a free “The Sewing Party” t-shirt! Just enter LETSPARTY in the Promo Code box when you register. They’ll contact you directly to get your size info.

I love a party!

OK Is OK with Me!

OK2Why are these women so happy?

OK3Could it be that they have just graduated from the Chicago School of Fusing?

OK1Yes! These delightful women of the Green Country Guild out of Tulsa OK are the latest graduates from the CSOF. Forty creative guild members gathered for a retreat and my 2 day workshop, Fusing Fun this past week. It was so much fun! Thank you quilt makers of Oklahoma. Your art work is wonderful!

What is That Gunk?

irongunkIs it just me or is there a lot of gunk building up on irons lately? This particular iron seems to really attract dirt. There is no fusible web on the iron or ironing surface but when I clean the iron this is what turns up. To clean the iron, it’s scraped across a dryer sheet (unused) placed between 2 pieces of fabric. The oil from the dryer sheet seeps into the fabric and wipes off the gunk.

irongunk2But just what is that stuff left on the fabric? I think its the metallic covering from the ironing board. Bits of the metal cling to the hot iron and gunk it up. What do you think?

Sharing Your Work with Others

nancyEvery once in a while a student from a previous class shows me their completed work. This makes me so happy! Nancy brought these pieces to the Quilter’s Affair where I was teaching last week. She was in the Four Little Landscapes class last year and shared her work with my class. She did a great job!

elizabethElizabeth also stopped by my classroom to show me her work. This is her quilt from last year’s Tiny Homes class. The hand embroidery is really outstanding on this piece.

The creative spirit runs deep with quilt makers. And I’m delighted when you share your work with me. Thank you!

Where to Go Next Year

sistersorLast week I taught at one of my favorite venues, Quilters Affair in Sister, OR. The mountainous area is beautiful, the people are fun, and the whole town turns out to hang quilts on their doorsteps. Here you see the side of the Stitchin Post quilt shop.

jeanandjuneThis fantastic quilt retreat and show was started by Jean Wells. It’s a week full of quilts, friendship, and discovery. Here you see Jean with her lovely sister, June Jaeger, also a quiltmaker and instructor at Quilters Affair. Hope you can visit Sisters next year. I know I’ll be there!