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Next Footstool Class: Bandon, Oregon!

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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New Footstool Class!

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!

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One of my Favorites!

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?

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Road Warrior!

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!

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Openings in the Footstool Class!

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!

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Emerald Valley Quilters, Here I come!

A full house at my Schoolhouse!
A full house at my Schoolhouse!

Yes, you heard it here, I’ll be speaking at the Emerald Valley Quilters Guild on Thursday!  I’ve got a fun presentation titled, “Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and….Where Did I Put My Keys??!!”

I have a few new quilts to show, and of course I’ll have the usual items for sale, books, patterns and kits.  Many of you Know me already, so it will be a fun night and of course I can’t miss the EYE CANDY of Show and Tell!  I’m challenging any of you who have made quilts with my patterns to bring them out for the night!

See you there!

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Free Patterns Available through P&B

So, as I’ve been mentioning, there have been some new patterns in the works.  They are inspired by new fabric collections coming out from P&B Textiles!  Well, they are available now on their web site, and I’m happy to introduce them to you!

Three of a Kind table runner is made from the Silvia’s Sonnet Collection.  It’s a quick little project of three repeated blocks using fused applique.  The picture shown here uses just one block for a pillow.

Fun With Fizz is another modern quilt that features the whole line of the Fizz Collection.  Simple cutting and piecing, you’ll have this one finished in no time!

#Zig #Zag is modern quilt that will help to debut the Moderne Collection!  Following the pattern is the only way to keep things organized to make the colors flow across the quilt.  Remember it’s FREE, so don’t miss out!

Guardian Stars, made using the Harrington Collection is a quilt that I’ll be teaching this coming weekend for the Emerald Valley Quilters Guild in Eugene, Oregon!  It is a fun quilt to put together, and I’ve made it in other fabrics as well.  I think it would be a great Quilt of Valor!

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Sewing and Stitchery Expo Invitation!

If you’re not already planning to be there, I am personally extending an invitation for you to attend this Sew Expo 30th anniversary event! Located in Puyallup, WA, at the Washington State Fairgrounds, it is a very large and exciting retail show that covers every sewing and quilting interest and related topics you can think up! I’ll be signing books at the Pine Needle booth, talking quilting and I just might even have a few give-aways each day! At any rate I’ll definitely have chocolate! There are classes, lectures and demos, as well as the wonderful vendors, each with something fun, unique and inspirational to show. We’ll have lots of copies of my “Get Addicted to Free Motion Quilting” available, and I’ll be happy to give you a tour and tell you all about it!

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A Quilter’s Affair is coming, plan ahead!




Bring on summertime and the fun quilter’s retreats we’ll be enjoying! A Quilter’s Affair in Sisters, Oregon is just about heaven on earth for me and about 40,000+ of my quilting friends! This year I have the great honor of teaching these three quilts, and I couldn’t be looking forward to it any more!
Hot Ziggidy! is a fast and fun quilt, large blocks that show off your large scale prints. The pattern is a downloadable from Craftsy that you will notice on the left sidebar.
Shooting Stars is a Hunter’s Star variation where the colors drift in diagonal rows across the quilt, and it has my signature pieced border that blends so well, and is easy to add. It’s from my book Perfect Fit Pieced Borders, which you might already have, and if not you can pick it up from the Stitchin’ Post, or get it from my shop page.
Spinal Cord is an intriguing block, you’ll be surprised that it goes together as a tumbler design rather than a rectangle. This one too, has my signature pieced border which makes it very special. It’s also from Perfect Fit Pieced Borders.
There’s plenty of time to sign up for classes, so don’t hesitate. Look through the on-line catalog and choose your favorites! I’ll see you there!

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New supplies just in!

If you’re like me, you’re planning your projects for the next few months! I had some ideas for great gift projects that didn’t get past the drawing board before Christmas! Getting a jump start on those, as well as some new designs that I’ve saved for winter will be fun. My husband and I drove over to Sisters on Friday so I could see what’s new at the Stitchin’ Post. The shop there is always inspiring, and of course I know a few of the employees so it’s a fun reunion too! I picked up some “yardage” for two projects.
On the way home we stopped at the Lodge at Suttle Lake for a wonderful late lunch. It was over 50 degrees! Such a beautiful sunny day in the mountains, especially compared to the fog we’ve had in the valley. There was a nice breeze, hence, the flying hair in the photo!
I have a footstool class coming up at Piece by Piece at the end of January, so I needed to order supplies. They are all in now, and ready to ship out to those of you who live far away. Some of you know that when you get the kit through the mail it comes with a NINE page instruction booklet that is filled with pictures of the process so there’s no question that you’ll be able to finish the project! You can order one here!