A Jolly Place to Live

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There’s Always One by Annie

It’s always a thrill to see finished art work created by one of my students. This fun little village was made by Annie who attended my class at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Can you guess why her delightful quilt is called “There’s Always One”?

annieshousebSee the fish swimming counter to the others? That’s Annie. She’s always thinking outside of the box and that is why her art work is so fun. Thanks for sharing your work with us Annie!

Zen and the Art of Quilting

marymzenAt the end of each class I teach my students are reminded to send me photos of their completed projects. And here is a beautiful example by Mary. Mary attended my Zen Doodle Quilts class at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts near Cedarburg WI recently. Her hand embroidery is lovely and she really did a great job of adding machine quilting to finish it up. Thanks for sharing your work Mary!

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Autumn at Last!

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Windswept (18″ x 22″) by Ro Morrissey

Our autumn color is finally here! Maybe the delay in arrival was due to the hot summer or Mother Nature’s paint brush being lost in the mail. To celebrate Fall’s arrival, I bring you a lovely quilt called Windswept by Ro. Ro used my hand dyed fabrics. and her wonderful sense of color to create this autumn image.

You can see more of her enticing landscape work here: Cape Cod Fabric Art.

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Blue Rake by Laura Wasilowski

And to sweep up all those falling leaves, a Blue Rake by me. This is a favorite time of year for many of us. We are so lucky to live an area with changing seasons.

Crazy Patch of Wool

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wool block by Donna

My new best friend, Donna, is making a set of quilt blocks from wool. She’s sewn odd shapes of wool together onto muslin in a crazy patchwork style. Each block is then enhanced with embroidery stitches decorating the seam lines. (Note the beautiful size 8 thread from her supplier, Artfabrik.)

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wool block by Donna

And here’s a twist. Donna leaves the labels on the swatches of wool fabric. This is a portable project and a great way to reuse an old wool jacket or skirt to make something warm and cozy. Thanks for sharing your work with us Donna!

A Beautiful Design: Guest Artist

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Jane’s zen doodle quilt.

A more challenging one-day class I teach is called Zen Doodle Quilts. In this class, students make sketches and then convert them into patterns for a fused art quilt. Everyone makes their own design and works hard in picking colors and developing the composition as they go.

Here is a good example of a successful Zen Doodle Quilt made by Jane. The placement of color and design elements are balanced and pleasing. See how her hand and machine quilting really enhance the quilt? Isn’t it delightful?

Guest Artist: Ready for the Next One

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Tiny Home by Gini

Isn’t this sweet? This small quilt was made by Gini in my Tiny Homes class in Madison, WI a while back. Here’s what she says:

Just wanted to let you know that had a wonderful time at your Tiny House workshop in Madison and an even better time with all the embroidery.  Your fabrics and thread make it an absolute joy – they make me so happy!  I have a tendency to overthink and your approach was very freeing and spontaneous.  And I haven’t messed up my iron either! …..I’m ready to start another project using the same technique.

Thanks for sharing your work with us Gini. I am so happy you did not mess up your iron!