Creative Streak!

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I’ve been working on some new designs, and some of them will be hitting my SHOP page soon, as well as your local quilt shops!  There will be some new quilting designs saved for my classes at A Quilter’s Affair coming up in July. And then there will be some patterns released on Craftsy, and maybe a freebee or two here on my site.

When I’m in a creative streak, it sometimes happens so fast that it’s hard to get it all down on paper.  In between other things, I’ve  taken the time to join the APQ Quiltalong, and really enjoyed every moment, from studying the pattern, choosing the fabrics and completing the piecing.  I was so glad for this little diversion, and it really did spark this creative streak!  I hope you all find some inspiration along the way too!

I couldn’t stop!!

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Well, you know how it is!  You get an idea, and you just have to see how it looks in every fabric, every embellishment, every which way imaginable!  Yup!

I started making these 4patch blocks to use  up some terrific fabric  from Bambini Fabrics I had left over from another project, and BAM there I was with an armful of these FUNNEST EVER paper weights!  I’ve filled them with crushed walnut shells, some with lavender, and some with a combination.  Oh, the scent is heavenly!  I use them to actually hold papers from escaping the pile in my office, will give some to each of my girls for their offices, and the scented ones will be used around the house–home dec–and in our dresser drawers.  Need to make more, they’re going fast!

I’ll be posting a tutorial soon, with other ideas and resources for the supplies!  Have a spectacular day!

New Release – Party Time!

Used with permission, stashBooks, C&T Publishing

Used with permission, stashBooks, C&T Publishing

Oh my gosh!  Something fun arrived on my doorstep a couple days ago!  I’ve been spending my evenings devouring every page. No, it wasn’t something to eat, but a wonderful (if I do say so myself) new machine quilting book, called The quilting MANUAL, from stashBOOKS, an imprint of C&T Publishing.

There are 16 great designers contributing to the book, with a wide variety and style of designs, along with all kinds of tips and ideas for using the tools and gadgets that are available to make your quilting easier, more efficient, comfortable and FABULOUS!  Get your fix with new all-over designs, borders, blocks, wreaths, motifs, all suited for hand or any kind of machine quilting.

I’m jumping up and down for how well it’s put together, and proud to be included in the list of designers.

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts today for this exciting Friday finish!!!

Next Footstool Class: Bandon, Oregon!

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That’s right! I’m headed back to see all my coastie buddies!  I’ll be at Forget Me Knots in Bandon, Oregon with Michelle and her crew.  Such a wonderful shop/retreat center and in a great location.  I think next Saturday 1/14/17, will be the perfect day to start a footstool!

Here’s what happens: The class is taught in two parts. The first class on the 14th, you will learn how to foundation piece the panels used to make the footstool “upholstery”.  By the end of class you’ll be totally ready to finish the homework and come back in two weeks. Then, on the 28th we will get together again to build the footstool! I bring all the tools and the kits.  It is a remarkable day as these wonderful pieces of fabric blossom into a finished footstool!  It is so fun to see all the happy faces at the end of class.

Call Michelle to reserve your spot: 541 347-9021

If you can’t make the class, or live in another location I’d love to come to YOU!  You can also see my SHOP page to purchase a kit and I can send it off tomorrow!

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Flowerpot Fancies, Make It Yourself!

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What fun to be featured on the MIY blog today!  I designed these fun flowerpot covers with my great friend Lisa Bee Wilson of Towerhouse Quilts, and they were published in a fun article in Make It Yourself Magazine last year.  We used up-cycled sweaters in a variety of decorative and useful projects.  Aside from these fun flowerpot covers, I am currently using the cozy neck warmer in this cold snap we are having!  Thanks to Meredith Corporation for the fun reminder of this article!

New Footstool Class!

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Hi to all my coastal friends!  It’s been a while since I’ve been able to teach a class on the beautiful Oregon Coast!  And guess what?  There’s one more opening for this weekend!  I’d love to see you there. The class is at The Quilter’s Corner in Port Orford, Oregon.  Give Vicki a call to sign up and get the details!  541-332-0502.  This could be the highlight of your summer, wouldn’t you love to have an adorable footstool in your color scheme?  Maybe you have a special event coming up and need a gift?  All sorts of reasons to set the time aside to make one!  I’ll be there, and it will be a fun time!

Respecting copy write laws!

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Some of you know I’ve been in this industry for many years, almost 2 decades now!  I’ve always done my best to be inspired by other quilters and ideas, and to ensure that my designs were uniquely mine, mine alone, and that there was no possibility that I had copied someone else’s design, especially in publishing.

To my surprise I have been alerted to a copycat of my Color Wheel Pincushion Kit.  What to do–what to do!?  I certainly can’t allow this to ruin the business I have worked to develop over the years, and so looking into it is what I will do.  I have contacted the other party, with no response.  My next step is to contact the group where the copycat pattern is being marketed. Next, I need to make my distributors aware, maybe they have an avenue to help in this situation.  I want to reassure my customers that I am doing everything I can to protect them and their investment of my kits for their shops.  Hang in there with me, and we will get this figured out!

One of my Favorites!

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The “Walled Garden” quilt is one of my favorites!  I designed it for  my book called “Perfect Fit, Pieced Borders“.  Since that release it’s also appeared in a few other places, such as American Patchwork & Quilting (chosen for the COVER!!!)!,  “Quilt Lovers Favorites”  vol. 11 from Better Homes and Gardens, and “The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts” from Martingale, and then of course it appears regularly on my bed!!

“Walled Garden” is the most frequently chosen classes as I travel to teach and lecture at guilds!  I love it too as there are some techniques to teach, and of course who doesn’t LOVE an opportunity to make a scrappy quilt from their stash?

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?

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