Now that it’s the middle of March and we are starting to think of spring–you know what that means!!?? The Quilter’s Affair is not far behind, YAY!!!! The dates are July 8-12 for a wide variety of classes, including my Star Crossed Footstool, and two fun quilts; Block Party and Hopscotch Pinwheel. The Stitchin’ Post has kits available.
I’ve already had messages from some of you who have registered, and for the rest, IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Just paging through the on-line catalog is enough to get my excitement up! I’ve planned story boards for all of my classes and have been working to get them finished. That means that even if I’m tied up with another student when your question comes up, you won’t have to wait to see what comes next!
Then, of course, don’t forget the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Saturday July 13th, and also the events on Sunday the 14th. The evening events are just a riot of fun, and there’s several NEW things happening throughout the week this year. See you there!
Poking my head in today to let you know that I’ve updated my calendar for the next couple of months. Look for it, shown as EVENTS in the top toolbar.
ALSO, I have had a fun day with the guys from Boersma’s who came to town to install my new Innova Longarm! I had sold my old one, and was missing being able to quilt my own quilts. So off to McMinnville I went–it’s a very familiar shop to me as our son went to college there, so I was able to visit regularly.
And Jack. I’ve known him for so long, from teaching at the longarm conventions, and trouble shooting problems with my old machine. I just trust his insight and knowledge. So, now that the machine is here, I will have to pace myself! I’ll be tempted to be out there in the studio using it all the time! One thing is for sure, I’m really happy and grateful to have an Innova, and looking forward to showing you what I can do with it! It is not a computerized machine–though it does have a stitch regulator. I love the artistry of “drawing” on the quilt, so really didn’t want a computer. Once I get my act together (HAHAHAHA!), I’m hoping to have an open house to celebrate and show all my local friends what’s up over here!
So many of you have asked how the Barn Quilt Classes are set up! Like any other quilting class, there is some prep-work, before you can get to the actual painting. After that there are some techniques to learn for taping, painting and removing the tape. Eventually all the spaces are filled, the magic happens, and the Barn Quilt is finished!
My friend Ada, who took the class from me in Eugene a couple days ago was sweet enough to send this sequence of pictures, showing some of the steps. The finish is PRICELESS! It will hand near her beautiful English garden near the McKenzie River, and forever maker her guests smile. I love the colors she chose, especially the salmon-pink which is for her granddaughter. The next Eugene class will be September 8th for the MQG! After that I’ll be teaching at the West Side Quilters Guild in Portland, OR and at the NW Quilting EXPO also in Portland!
So, can I just tell you how much fun these Barn Quilt Classes are? I’ve been teaching both BIG and small classes. It is a very manageable project, where everyone goes home with a finished Barn Quilt. The process is pretty low-stress, and there’s lots of time for conversation. Most will finish in about 5 hours, so when the class is scheduled for 6 hours, even the more complicated designs can be finished. The next classes are scheduled at the Stitchin’ Post on August 17 and 18. Check out their workshop and class page to reserve your seat! After that, there will be more classes in Eugene on August 23rd and 25th, send me a message to register, I’ll also advertise those on Facebook and Instagram. I teach at quilt guilds as well, so if your guild is interested, I do travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. I’m always adding new patterns, I’m sure you will find your favorite!
That’s right, the Coburg Quilt Show 2018 is history, except for the lingering smiles. A great quilt show, a fun two days vending, talking with new and old friends, and a SUPER Barn Quilt Painting class! It was all over in what seemed like a minute, and, can it be Sunday night already!!??!! A HUGE thank you to Sew Steady for sponsoring the show and making it happen! It was a hot one, and a few obstacles to contend with, such as road construction, but all in all, a wonderful event, and hopefully the start of a new tradition for the Coburg Quilt Show! If you want to follow the Coburg Quilt Show on facebook, here’s the link! I have to say, it’s so much fun to have friends come together for classes, and this time I got to have my BFF there too!
There’s still time to pick up your copy of Quilts and More, Summer 2018. My quilt, Block Party is on the cover, and it is full of fun projects, large and small. I plan to do some embroidery this summer inspired by this magazine!
Check out your local bookstore, I know Barnes and Noble has it, as well as quilt shops, craft stores, grocery stores, and if you’re in the PNW check good old BiMart!
One thing I love about this magazine is the alternate color-way version that is included, and for my quilt pattern, Joanna Burgarino, Editor, made a miniature wall hanging/table topper! Also, in the pull-out there are COLORING diagrams for each quilt included. It gives you so much confidence when you are choosing fabrics to know how the colors work together as a whole!
I want to share a video with you today from Anna of “Quilt Roadies on You Tube” fame, you may also know her blog “Woolie Mammoth“. We talked together a couple weeks ago after a class I taught at the Stitchin Post in Sisters, Oregon. Anna was in the class and invited me to her home studio, The Bee Hive for a visit. Well, as you can imagine, when two quilters get together we have SO MUCH to talk about, and now you get to hear some of it too!
Click through HERE to see the video! We actually didn’t talk all that much about quilting! It features my currently most popular classes–I think you’ll enjoy it, and you will see how much fun we had together!
I hope you’ve been following my Fb and IG (both are @Sheila Sinclair Snyder) to see the amazing results of the latest Barn Quilt classes at The Stitchin Post in Sisters! They have also posted LOTS of in-process pics!
New classes coming up this summer:
June 19: Westminster Pres. Church, Eugene, OR. Contact: ME! Please DM, or email.
I have a couple other tentative dates in the making, so I will share those as they firm up. I will also have a couple speaking engagements this summer. Come hear my story and see a great trunk show at the NW Quilters Guild in Portland on August 13th. After that I’ll be presenting at the Comforters Quilt Guild in Tacoma on August 28th.
Hopefully there will be some down-time as well, to enjoy the beautiful Oregon summer.
There is no getting over your project being chosen for the cover of a magazine! Thank you so much editors, publishers, photographers and designers of Quilts and More for choosing my quilt, Summer Block Party!!!! In stores now, the Summer 2018 edition is filled with fun projects, I want to make so many! I absolutely LOVE the quality of photography, design, lighting, etc that shows all the details, and of course the instruction and bonus material makes it so easy to use….more on that later! All People Quilt is where it’s at!
I just enjoy so much seeing the story develop around a quilt! Ideas come to life and bubble up in unexpected places! Quilts and More has added a feature of “running with a pattern”, meaning using it again in a different size and fabric collection, giving it a second life. In this case, Joanna Burgarino, Editor of Quilts and More, used a fun bandana fabric to make a single 24″ block that can be used as a wall hanging or table topper, much different than the original bed quilt, and a nice compliment to it as well! I might have to make this one too! Thanks Joanna, for taking the next step with my design!