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Excited to Share!

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While working behind the scenes is very rewarding and gives a great sense of accomplishment as I check things off the to-do list, it’s so fun to get to the point of being able to share my latest project with everyone! I’ll be teaching at a BIG EVENT this summer (more on that later) and am finalizing plans by dropping off the “virtual” pattern, photos and sample blocks to my wonderful graphic artist Barbara Gleason!
Next, she will make it beautiful, legible and clear, put the photos just where they should be and return it all by email for a final edit. This quilt uses some fun fabric from Maywood Studios, called “13 Going on Thirty”! Very soon it will become a downloadable pattern! It’s exciting to learn how to make this all happen, I’m so glad to have some experts around to help me figure it all out!

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Pacific NW Quilt Expo!

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It’s almost here! I’ll be helping to set up the Expo booth tomorrow in Portland. I can’t wait to see the Expo Hall transformed into such an outstanding quilt show! There are so many awesome classes offered, some still have some openings so be sure to check the Pacific Northwest Quilt Expo web site for your favorites, and then register at the show.

I have two classes/lectures. “New Designers: How to Get Started” is Friday, 9-10am. “Going Pro”, a lecture on setting up a longarm quilting business is Saturday, 9-10am.
I’ll also be signing books in the Expo booth, #38, just to the left as you enter the door!

I’m going to love seeing so many of my long-time friends and customers there, and will no doubt meet some new ones!
If I’m out of touch for a few days, you’ll know I’ve been immersed in quilts/quilt talk and quilters!

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Advance copy just arrived!

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Hurray for FedEx! I’d had an email that it was coming, but it’s a thrill to see my 3rd book in person for the first time! All the late nights, planning, stitching and dreaming have come to fruition! GET ADDICTED TO FREE MOTION QUILTING arrived on my doorstep, all glossy and colorful…I am jumping up and down! Next, to sit in a comfortable chair and take a moment to savor the beautiful photography and lay-out. Thanks to the good people at C&T Publishing who trusted me and used their expertise to make it gel all together! I am thrilled to be a part of the C&T family.
GET ADDICTED TO FREE MOTION QUILTING will be released in September, no doubt you can pre-order copies now. More later about some details, classes and ideas. For now, I am simply celebrating!

 

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The NEXT Generation!

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I have a pretty big extended family, and we love to get together. The problem is, we all live so far away from each other! When we can get together, we love to play music, play games, cook and eat together, and work on projects!  Of course I try to steer them all to working with textiles–like me!  So today I’m going to  highlight one particular great-niece!

Beret lives in Minnesota, she’s sweet, smart, funny, and SHE’S THE ONE who’s interested in projects, textiles, crafts and learning something new!  I got to see her last month, and we had SO much fun together.  I went with a plan to teach her some embroidery stitches and we did some weaving too.  She made a pincushion with me last year when she was only 7!  We have a plan for next year. Beret wants to learn to sew, after that crochet and maybe knitting!  Of course in between all the crafty things, we played some baseball, played in the sand box, and worked in the garden.  Fun times with the fam, that’s what it’s all about!

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Footstool classes coming up soon!

photoMy footstools always get a lot of attention, and YES they are a fun addition to my classes.  I teach the class over two days, generally about 2 weeks apart (since there is homework to do between the classes).  The classes are so fun!  At the end of the second class you end up with a FINISHED project, not something you have to take home to finish!  Of course I’ve seen it done in dozens of different fabric collections and from cotton, flannel, silk ties, fleece, home dec fabrics and corduroy! IMG_0066

There are a couple of opportunities coming up soon to join a class!  For any of you in the Roseburg, Oregon area, call The Country Lady quilt shop for a class scheduled March 30th and April 13th.IMG_0414

Just a few weeks later there will be a class in Eugene, Oregon at Piece By Piece on May 4th and 18th.    I’d love to see you at either of these classes.  They tend to sell out and have a waiting list, so don’t wait too long to join the fun!Footstool Project

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Rhododendron Quilt Guild, Florence Oregon

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Once again I’ve had a ton of fun at the Rhododendron Quilt Guild in Florence!  We got together for a lecture and trunk show. The following day we got together again for a fun class at the stunning conference room at Driftwood Shores.  The room is large, plenty of space for 20+ quilters, cutting tables, ironing boards etc.  We all had more than enough elbow room for working on A New York Minute, and even got to do our “seventh inning stretch”! (More about that in another post!)  Thank you to the guild for arranging my time there, and to Marcia for hosting me at her guest house!  I had a wonderful time and found a working 1927 Singer sewing machine in an antique shop, BONUS!  A couple quilters brought the finished quilts (Adjust the Horizontal from my first book, Pieced To Fit) they had made in a class with me in 2005–very impressive!  Can’t wait to come back and see all the New York Minutes!  We’ll be talking 🙂