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Calendar Update and a “little” news!

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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!

‘You said to come back once I got my act together.’
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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!!!

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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!