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!
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!
Hey! It’s always fun to add a new pattern out there! I’ve just added a fun table runner to my Craftsy Pattern Store! Can’t wait to see your version of the Barber Pole Table Runner!
If you haven’t tried Craftsy yet, it’s a great location to check out some great classes–that’s what they’re known for best. But there are also TONS of designers who put their patterns out there! Most are at great prices, and all immediately downloadable. Some are free, and there is such variety, it’s just plain fun to see! Click over to see what’s new and happening!
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!