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!

Windy City on the Move

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Windy City #2 (4″x 6″) by Laura Wasilowski

Windy City #2 is finished and ready to ship off to Wish Upon a Card. The next time I’ll see it will be in Sisters, OR. From July 3 – 7 I’m teaching 5 different workshops at Quilter’s Affair.

My return to Sisters will be a grand reunion. Not only will I see this little quilt framed and ready for auction but many friends attend the event too. (They will not be framed.) Good times! 

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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Wool Stitching Class Anyone?

woolandthreadDid you know that I am a peripatetic teacher? Yes, and soon my travels will take me to Daytona FL for the AQS Show. Let the packing begin! Here you see the wool and threads that are part of the kit for my Free-Stitched Wool Embroidery class.

woolbird18Each student gets all the necessary items needed to make something like this charming bird with “Birdsonality”. They will design their own work fort he wool fabric and determine their own stitches. Can’t wait to see what they make!

It’s a Wrap!

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We live in such a beautiful country! Here is a view of the Rockies taken from my airline seat as I returned home from my last flight of the year. I was lucky to end my teaching year with the Clark County Quilters in Vancouver WA. A warm and jovial group, they kept me entertained and happy to be a quilt teacher.

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A tiny homes quilt by Linda.

Over the past year I’ve met up with many talented people who attend to my goofy lectures, take my goofy classes, and send me photos of what they have made. Here is a fun little quilt completed by Linda from a class at the Chicago Show in April.

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A ‘woodcut’ quilt made by Jill.

And here is beautiful quilt by Jill. She sent this image of her woodcut quilt made in the Creating Graphic Imagery class in Santa Clara, CA in October. She says the berries, apples, and flowers depicted in the piece are all important crops in the Pajaro Valley where she lives.

It’s been a delight traveling the nation and learning so much from my fellow quilters. But I’m taking a few months off now. It’s time to unpack, de-clutter, take a breath, and make some new work.

 

Packing Up the Wool

woolclassTime to pack for my new class called Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool. I’m cutting up rectangles of wool fabric and placing colorful hand-dyed threads on rings for the class kit. Needles, more thread, and class step-outs are all set to go.

wool2In this class, students make original designs and learn about the joy of hand embroidery on wool. My creative students will all make something different and I can’t wait to see the results. Hope to see you at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, CA where I teaching this class on October 14.