Planning Ahead?

listmakingDo you have to plan ahead all the time like me? What’s your secret for success?

One of my challenges is preparing for events that are weeks, months, or even a year ahead of now. It’s important to be organized so I’m not caught off guard. (I can’t not tell you have often this happens!)

Right now I’m preparing to teach several classes at World Quilt New England in Manchester, NH. One of them is called Another Nut House (based on actual experience.) Would you like to see what this class is all about? Here’s a link to a video so you can preview the class offering: click Another Nut House.

Fused Bloomers Guest Artist

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Fantasy Flowers by Joan B.


My guest artist today is Joan B. I really enjoy seeing the finished projects for classes I teach. And Joan’s is especially appealing because of her innovated binding and hand stitching that enhances her original design. Joan started her artwork in my Fuse Your Bloomers workshop.
 
You can find more of her work on her Etsy shop – JBsCreativeQuilts ..  Here’s a link – www.etsy.com/shop/JBsCreativeQuilts. Joan also keeps busy with presentations to quilt guilds, teaching quilting classes, and creating custom quilts – especially t-shirt quilts – for clients.
 
Thank you, Joan, for sharing your artwork with us!

Basket of Flowers for You

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Basket of Flowers by Laura Wasilowski

When I teach, I always bring samples of small art quilts for display in the classroom. Improvisation is the theme for many of my classes but occasionally students receive a pattern to combine with their own improvised designs. A good example of this type of class is the Woven Flower Basket workshop I’ll be teaching for the Illini Country Stitchers in Champaign-Urbana IL soon.

flystitch6You say you can’t make it to Champaign-Bananas, as we call it in Illinois? Happily I’ve developed a pattern and kit for you called Basket of Flowers. Directions and templates make it easy for you to create this 12″ x 13″ fused wall quilt in the comfort of your own home.

Stitch Artistry

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Stitched Landscape by Sandi.

Hand embroidery builds texture, pattern, and character. This small stitchery (9″ x 7″) by Sandi is a great example of free-form embroidery on a piece of hand-dyed silk. Taking my Free-Stitched Embroidery Landscape class last year, she brought her creation to a recent class in Sisters, OR. I love how she used the color gradation of the single piece of fabric to make this lovely mountain landscape. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us Sandi!

What You Can Stitch in 3 Hours

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Student work from Sisters, OR

Will you be at Quilt Expo in Madison WI this September? I hope so! I’m teaching 2 half-day classes of Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool. Here you see what my students created in that same class in a few hours in Sister, OR.

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More student work from Daytona.

Join me and you’ll learn how to transfer your own design to wool, about needles and threads for your project, and how to combine stitches to built texture and pattern. It’s a fun, relaxing class.

woolclassYou’ll get a kit packed with wool swatches, threads, needles, and a book with stitch directions. All you need is a pair of scissors and a thimble. Hope to see you there!

Guest Artist: Prolific!

kathy4When I teach a half-day class, my students receive a pre-fused fabric kit so they can get to work right away. One of my students, Kathy, has sent this image of all the small designs she made from that one kit. Aren’t they wonderful? Here’s what this prolific artist says about her work: Once I got home I couldn’t stop making little fabric drawings.  It was very freeing to cut and steam. I had to use up every crumb of your delicious fabric…. soon to be embroidered quilts. Thank you for sharing your work with us Kathy!