Just finishing up a few new pincushions this weekend. I love have some ready for a last minute gift! But I also LOVE thinking ahead and putting together fabric collections for specific people. Greens for Cheri, polka dots for Ellie, plaids for Jenn. Then there’s the fun of choosing the buttons to complete the mood, or punch up the personality. I always have the kits available here on my SHOP page! When you’re finished with yours, be sure to send a pic, seeing your fabric collection is a highlight of my day!
Nancy’s Notions Sewing Weekend was a blast! I did get to catch up with a few favorites, and teach a few classes, as well as spend plenty of time in my booth. It is also a great time to look at the new gadgets, accessories and machines that are “Hot Off The Press” so to speak! Sandy my host/driver made sure I had everything I could ever want, and kept me on time for lunch and my classes! I’m already missing her!
The last night I got to have a fun diner with Pam Damour and Judy Kessinger, both sewing experts. It just so happened that “Love Shack” was on the radio when our driver picked us up for the ride back to the hotel, so we opened the windows, turned up the music and belted it out with the best of them! Super-fun, hope we meet up again soon!
I’m excited to be headed out to Nancy’s Notions Sew Expo tomorrow! I have to go a day early to be able to set up a booth and see the “lay of the land” in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin! It feels good to be headed back to the Mid-West! I’ll be giving lectures each day on Perfect Fit Pieced Borders for quilts, Get Addicted to Free Motion Quilting, and Fabulous Gifts from Up-cycled Materials! Hope you’ll be able to join in the fun. Here’s a peak of a few things I’ve sent ahead for my lectures. I’ll be joined by some fun people from the industry, you’ll recognize their names I’m sure: of course there’s Nancy (herself with a capital Z!) Zeiman, Mark (the comedian) Lipinski, Jenny (most patient and talented teacher) Doan, and Wendy (my old roomie from A Quilter’s Affair) Butler Burns, to name just a few.
I have finally been able to find a reasonable price for international shipping, at least for Canada, the UK and Australia–where I’ve had inquiries. I will be able to add these into the shop buy buttons soon, but in the meantime, if you want to shoot me an email I’d be happy to answer any questions! There is a SIGNIFICANT price break for shipping two kits, so hopefully you will have a friend who’s interested too!
Hey peeps! I just heard through the grapevine, or was it email (?) that there are still a couple openings in my next Colorwheel Footstool class! NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Here are your instructions:
1. Call or go over to Piece By Piece Fabrics.
2. Sign up for the class scheduled for Saturday April 4th and Saturday April 18th from 10:30-1:30.
We will have more fun than a barrel of monkeys, and you will have a finished footstool to cherish or to give away. I’ve made so many now, I almost think I should make one for every quilt. Seeing the different fabric collections and artistic choices for the feet and the tufting button is always inspiring!
Hope you can join in the fun!
A fun group of girls and I just finished the latest Footstool Class at Piece By Piece Fabrics in Eugene! This class had no problems diving in with both feet and sewing up a storm! They easily finished the “Part One” class, learning how to foundation piece the panels that eventually become the upholstery for their own amazing footstool. “Part Two” brought us together again, and in about 2 hours we were taking pics of the finished projects! I LOVE to see the fabric combinations come together, the button choices and the embellishments. What fun to have a student use Guatamalen fabrics, and then add embroidery!
Everytime I teach this class I wonder why I don’t do it more often! Hope you can join my next class. Shhh! (It’s not advertised yet, but the dates will be April 4th and 18th). The best part–everyone was saying–is taking home a finished project! Whether you live close by, or far away you can always get the KIT, I ship them all over the country including a 9-page instruction booklet to make sure you won’t have any trouble finishing.
Lots of you have asked about getting more than one pincushion kit at a time, and bundling them together to save shipping! YES! That’s exactly what I do! Send me an email: (see my contact info at left) with your request, I’ll ship them out in bundles and can easily bill you through PayPal.
These are a fast and fun project, make great gifts, and there’s still PLENTY of time before Christmas to make a few for your quilting buddies!
So, I am testing a block for a new design for P&B Textiles. I have a choice to go with a portion of the block being paper pieced OR rotary cut and pieced the usual way. I’ve done them both, and they were each accurate and simple enough, that I couldn’t decide which way to go! So I’m asking for your help:
Which do you prefer, Paper Piecing OR Traditional Piecing? Won’t you help me decide? Leave your response in the comments. I’ll publish the results in a few days! As an added incentive I’ll choose a random winner and send you a copy of the block pattern!
The scrap fabrics I’ve used in the test block are not like the final fabrics, except that there is a print in the center of the block, surrounded by stripes.
Just an update on Pincushion orders! Yes, Virginia was at the front of the race, but holding steady wasn’t enough and New Jersey has taken the lead! Oklahoma, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are showing well! Thanks to my recent article in Quilts and More, I appreciate all of you checking out my site, and my shop page. Be sure to contact me directly if you need more, as I can save you some shipping costs by bundling multiples together!
In the meantime, I felt like I just HAD to finish something and didn’t have a project even close, but LOTS needing more hands-on time than is possible with my regular job, home responsibilities and a holiday looming LARGE. So! Since I needed to test the pattern for a Christmas project, I was able to put together a fun 24″ x 42″ table runner on Sunday. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not quilted yet, but I’m looking forward to that since there is a lot of background negative space where the quilting will show nicely. More later when I get to that! This is a project I’m preparing for P&B Textiles, one of the many fun patterns they give away on their web site!
If you haven’t seen it yet, run out and get the latest issue, Winter 2014 of Quilts and More! Then turn to page 10 to find my Pincushion Kit featured in the HOT STUFF review. It includes a fun pic of some of my finished pincushions, and one of the components that are included in the kit. It will direct you RIGHT HERE to my site so you can find out more! These little guys are such a fast and fun project that you’ll soon have a list of people you want to make them for, or on second thought, maybe give the kit as a gift so the recipients can personalize it themselves! You can see my neice Beret made one with me when she was only seven!
Check my shop page to purchase one, or email me for multiple orders!