Bobbin Work Anyone?

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Bobbin work by my friend, Laura. Top is through the bobbin tension. Below is by-passing the tension.

My friend, Laura, sent me this wonderful example of bobbin work using my Size 5 thread. Isn’t it fun? In bobbin work you wind a heavier thread on your bobbin and stitch with the top of your fabric facing down. In some sewing machines you can use a special bobbin case or by-pass the tension in a regular bobbin case.

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More bobbin work by Laura O.

She also made this frame for a mirror using bobbin work. I am amazed at her skill and ingenuity. Thank you Laura for these stunning examples! You can see more ways to use the threads here.

Thanks Given

thanksgivingHere’s my kitchen where I am busily preparing a pie for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S.

OK. So that is really a painting by Doris Lee called Thanksgiving and not a photo of me making pie in my kitchen.

pieorteamailThis is the only pie I’ve made in the last 20 years. But I am so grateful that I have been invited to a friend’s house for the Thanksgiving meal. You could say I am giving thanks that others cook. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Houston Sightings

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By Emily Parson

Alas, the International Quilt Festival in Houston is over. But I thought you might like to see some of the people and quilts at the show. Here you see my friend, Emily Parson’s beautiful quilt on display in the Full Bloom exhibit.

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My colorful friends, Mary Mashuta, Lynn Koolish, and Roberta Horton

Several friends dropped in to visit us at the Artfabrik booth including Mary Mashuta, Lynn, Koolish (my editor from C&T Publishing) and Roberta Horton.

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Katie, Frieda, Pat and Sue

You can always count on Katie Pasquini Masopust to liven up a party. Here she is with Frieda and award winning quilters Pat Holly and Sue Nickels.

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And one last view of my Libby’s Leaves quilt next to that of Alex Anderson’s quilt. You have until November 5 to put in a bid on the quilts being auctioned to raise money for Libby Lehman. Check out the auction website here. Wish you could have been at Houston with us. It was so much fun!

Libby Meets Libby’s Leaves

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Libby’s Leaves (detail) by Laura Wasilowski is part of the Inspired by Libby exhibit.

It was such a delight to see my friend, Libby Lehman, view the quilts made in her honor. As you know, the entire collection of Inspired by Libby Quilts will be on display at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in late October. The exhibit will also be on view at the American Quilter’s Society Paducah Show in April, 2015.

But the auction dates  to purchase the quilts are October 22 through November 5. (Watch the Benefit Bidding auction site for more information.) Proceeds from the auction will help Libby’s family with medical expenses. After the Paducah showing, the quilt go to their new owners.

You can see Libby preview the quilts by watching this video on The Quilt Show. Note how Libby correctly says my last name….not an easy thing to do. Love you Libby!

Give-Aways!

dragonthreadsgiveaway2I hope you’ll join me in this mighty give away from Dragon Threads. In honor of Phillipa Naylor’s new book, Applique Mastery, they are giving away lots of prizes including copies of my book, Fanciful Stitches Colorful Quilts. (I just gave one to Sharon L in August.)

If you go to the Artfabrik Facebook page, just look for the blue Giveaway button on the left. Click that button and it takes you to the page to register for the prizes. Hope you win!