It’s me again!

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So excited to share with you my latest piece in publication! Quilts and More never disappoints, and once again the Summer 2016 issue is filled with fun projects, including mine (page 39!!)!!  I will definitely make this quilt again, as it was so enjoyable to work on, and it is even finished with big-stitch hand quilting.  The fabrics are mostly from a collection by designer Violet Craft, with a contrast red-orange by Denise Schmidt.  Hope you will love it too!

Umpqua Valley Quilt Show

IMG_2632Thanks to the Umpqua Valley Quilt Guild, I got to spend a fun 3 days in Roseburg, talking (mostly) quilting!  The quilters there are very familiar to me since I’ve taught there a couple times in the past, and are so friendly and supportive.  A special thanks to Helen and Teri for their organization in putting the show together, and to Margo who was much more than a contact for the vendors, and for me, the Featured Quilter.  I’ve included a pic the wonderful sign Teri made for me, I was so surprised to find it in my booth!

The show was well lit, offered some great make-and-take classes and had a nice cafeteria with great food available.  There were LOTS of great quilts, I got to spend a bit of time talking with the Best of Show designer and maker as she explained her inspiration and method for the beautiful landscape quilt she made.

Fun weekend, filled with quilters and quilt talk, who could ask for more?

Lights/Camera/Action!

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I am very honored to have been chosen  Featured Quilter for the Umpqua Valley Quilters’ Guild 33rd Annual Quilt Show, called Stars Over Oregon!  It is in conjunction with a huge shop hop, “A Quilter’s Safari“, and runs April 22, 23, and 24.  That’s THIS Friday, Saturday, and YES we will be there on Sunday too.  They will have some great exhibits, cash prizes, door prizes, Make & Take, workshops, and if that’s not enough a great group of vendors!  Come see for yourself at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, exit #123 in Roseburg, Oregon.  You won’t be disappointed!  There will also be an Antique Quilt Exhibit at the Douglas County Museum, something for everyone!

The Scrappy Apple, Winchester, VA!

First covered button!

Kelley over at The Scrappy Apple in Winchester, VA. sent me this sweet Color Wheel Pincushion her customer  Dot S. had brought in to show her.  We were all so excited as I happened to be on the phone with Kelley at the time!  What a coincidence!  Notice, that Dot used a covered button, it’s the first time I’ve seen that, and isn’t it a good choice.  Love the batiks, and the color selection!  Kelley will be teaching a class in making the pincushions in April, and will have lots in stock, so stop by to sign up for the class, and to see that and all her other goodies!

Thinking Christmas!

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Happy December to one and all!

I have lots of Color Wheel Pincushion Kits and Color Wheel Footstool Kits ready to ship out for those of you who love to give handmade gifts as much as I do! I can usually ship the same day, or the next day at the latest.  There’s still time to finish either (or both) of these projects, and wouldn’t it be a wonderful surprise for your special someone!  Order from my SHOP page, and it’s all yours!

I’ve been working on several Christmas projects; crayon holders with a little doodle sketch book included for the little ones, zipper pouches for the medium ones and some embroidery, pincushions and footstools for the big ones!  I think I have just enough time to finish them without staying up ’til 1am too many nights!

Happy Mail!

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I love getting pics in the mail from quilters and crafters who have made projects using my kits.  They seem to be mushrooming up all over the country, and internationally as well!

Kathy and Doris  from Aurora, MO. sent me this pic of their pincushions.  LOVE that they are so totally different from each other!  Notice they don’t have feet, not sure if they will be added later, or if this is the final outcome.  Congrats on your fabric choices and finishing elements–as well and your FINISHING! Thanks for sharing!

If you want to dream a little bit about making your own Color Wheel Pincushion or footstool, check my Shop Page!

Added Bonus, the Next Generation!

I had a wonderful bonus earlier this week to invite my neighbor into my studio to work on a quilt.  You might think that isn’t so unusual, until you find out that Shiawna is a senior——IN HIGH SCHOOL!  She has made a few quilts, and quilted projects for one of her classes, and now has completed her first queen-size quilt!  I suggested she might like to try my longarm, and the next thing I knew we were looking at our schedules to see when it could happen! She used a version of my Topographic design from my last book, “Get addicted to Free Motion Quilting” by C&T Publishing.  The design complimented her fabric choice of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. With just a quick how-to demo, she was off to the races, and finished the whole quilt in about 90 minutes!  I’m guessing she’ll get a “A” for this one!

Raining Footstools!

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It is so fun to see my footstool kits getting shipped off all over the country, and internationally as well!  I recently had the great pleasure of working with Vanessa Christensen of V & Co., to put together a footstool for her booth at Fall Market!  We used a jelly roll of her SPECTACULAR Ombre fabric for a footstool and a companion pincushion. She’s located in the Moda–Show Me The Moda– booth!  I hope you’ll swing by to visit with her and see the footstool, and pincushion I made for her!  Check my SHOP page if you want to order one for yourself!

I also just have to brag about one of my very generouscustomers who purchased a footstool kit for her dear friend in England.  Kathy, what a wonderful friend you are, and Elizabeth, you are going to get such a surprise!  Now, it WAS shipped to England, and her name IS Elizabeth–could it be?  Yes??!!  Maybe!!??  I think the Queen would look so cute with her feet up on one of my footstools, but I’ll have to let you all know later if it was her or not!

Make It Yourself–For Real!

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The latest issue of MIY or Make It Yourself magazine is available NOW!  It is filled with fun projects from several great designers.  A few of mine are included and I collaborated with my buddy Lisa Bee-Wilson to top it off!  We always have a blast working together.  This time we put together several coiled projects that you can finish in an afternoon or less!

One fun brainstorm lead to hand dyeing cotton cord with an ombre’ effect, and then coiling it into a little sunglass case.  You’ll never loose them in your purse again!

Run out and pick up a copy!  I love to relax with just this kind of magazine, and I try to always pick out a project or two to make as a gift, or maybe even for myself–think of that! LOL!

Footstool Upcycle!

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How much do you LOVE this footstool made by my friend Pam!!!!  I can’t get over the sophisticated look she got out of some recycled sweaters!  Here’s what happened: A VERY talented group of women in Seattle found a wonderful way to support Green Eileen, by participating in the Chop Challenge!  The challenge is to create an auction  piece by using materials which have been provided from donated clothing.  Please go to the Green Eileen website to find out more, and to see the events coming up soon in the Seattle area, including the “Chop Challenge” on October 3rd from 5-8pm.

In the meantime, let me explain that Pam used her creativity, imagination, and one of my footstool kits to make this piece for the auction!  I don’t know how she will be able to give it up! Seriously!!  I may have to copy her idea! You can too, by ordering a kit from my “Shop” page, and adding your own collection of recycled materials!

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