I’m often asked how I choose whom to dedicate my books. The question comes up each time I have a new book release, and this time is no different. Of course I love talking about my books, and the dedication is a very meaningful part of it for me. My first two books were dedicated to different members of the family who had been supportive since my childhood and encouraged my sewing/quilting/craft habits, and who generally inspired my by their own creativity.
My new release from C&T, “Get Addicted to Free Motion Quilting” I felt I wanted to dedicate it to the people who were directly involved with my beginning as a longarm quilter. Let me tell you about Judy Dillree, a long-time friend and quilter who seemed to think my crazy idea of buying a longarm machine (without ever having touched one) was a no-brainer! She took me around to her favorite shops in the big city and from that I was able to develop a full time business in a matter of–no joke–less than six weeks! I had no thought then of becoming an author, but looking back it was a huge leap to where I’ve taken the business today!
The quilters I’ve included in the dedication are those who taught me so much, either in their classes, or by simply looking at their outstanding work. So, to Janet Fogg, Linda Taylor, Jodi Beamish and Marilyn Badger, thank you for your insight, willingness to share, creativity and continuing freshness! You still inspire me!
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!
You know what happens when a friend makes one of your patterns, in a better version than the original? You get all choked up thinking that SHE wanted to try one of YOUR patterns, and that she chose such AMAZING fabrics! That’s what happened to me at the Pine Needler’s Quilt Guild a couple months ago. There were two lovely ladies that who brought show and tell of my patterns! It was very touching, and though I didn’t break into the UGLY cry, I did get all choked up! Lora made a spunky version of “A New York Minute”, changing the size of the quilt just a bit. Her fabric and quilting just make me want to SHOUT! (Lift my hands up and) SHOUT! Come on now! Virginia made an awesome “Swiss Army Quilt” in green and yellow, that is to die for! I hadn’t seen this pattern made in any other color but red, so it was a real treat to see it so well made, and quilted by Lisa of Towerhouse Quilts. Both of these patterns are from my last book, Perfect Fit Pieced Borders. If you EVER make one of my patterns, be sure to send pics so I can see the results!
We’ve set dates for the next Footstool Class at Piece By Piece in Eugene. Mark your calendars for August 3rdand 17th. I teach this class in two parts, with some time in-between for a little homework! In the first class you’ll learn how to make the “upholstery”, then in the second class we will construct the footstool! It’s always so fun to see the fabric choices and creativity quilters use in choosing their footstool feet and for the tufting button! I LOVE it when someone uses something really original! Once I had a friend use some vintage filigree claw feet from a bath tub–they are outstanding! Call Piece By Piece 541 743-0266 to register. It only takes about 3 hours per class, so it’s not a huge comitment of time. You’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the summer sunshine!
Some of the pictures included today are from quilters who made them on their own without the class. They ordered the kit and sent me pictures when they had finished. I’m so proud of them! If you want to order a kit (it comes with great instructions, including LOTS of pictures) click over to my SHOP page.
I had an awesome day at Spring Quilt Market in Portland. As you can see I was able to meet AMY MARSON, publisher at C&T Publishing! It was a real treat, we had a chance to actually visit and get to know each other a bit! Turns out Amy (isn’t she the cutest) went to the same high school as my friend and companion for the day, Lisa Bee Wilson! Small world! Amy had some early promotional literature for my next book (which will be released in September), VERY fun to see that! I’ll tell you more about that as it gets closer, and you’ll likely see me doing some jumping up and down at that point.
Lisa and I also got to talk with LOTS of other favorites from the industry, and sadly missed a few who were there, but our timing was off as we didn’t cross paths. The booths and quilts were motivating and inspirational, the people—-so talented it is humbling! It was a fun day.
My 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!
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 Ladyquilt shop for a class scheduled March 30th and April 13th.
Just a few weeks later there will be a class in Eugene, Oregon at Piece By Pieceon 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!
I should be taking more pictures, but at least I got these! I’ve been able to go to the Pine Needlers Quilt Guild, it’s so fun getting to know these remarkable women! They are fun, creative, GREAT cooks, supportive and friendly, all the things you’re likely to see in a group of quilters! They meet once a month at the Fire Hall in Lowell. Sometimes I just want to sit and visit with everybody, and sometimes I actually sew, hahaha! These girls put on a fun quilt show for the Blackberry Jam festival every summer, complete with a fantastic raffle quilt. (I have tickets if you’re interested). ALL the proceeds go back into the community, they don’t keep a penny for themselves, so generous! Next time I go I’ll get a pic of their banner quilt for you to see. You may remember that I was honored to receive a couple of ribbons at their show last summer, and you can read more about that here. The ribbons are handmade, I’m so proud of them!
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 🙂
The Blackberry Jam is a fun festival in Lowell, Oregon. It’s a fun couple of days, and they put on the sweetest quilt show EVER at the grange hall! My friends at the Pine Needlers Guild organize and run the show. I ‘happened’ to enter a quilt I had done as a collaborative work with my friend Pam. Now, here’s the deal: I don’t really enter shows much, and especially not because I think I should win. I just enter because I know I make interesting quilts, and people like to see them! So, as I arrived to see the show, Lisa grabbed me and we went running into the next room to see that I had won these fantastic ribbons! What made it so special is that the ribbons are hand made and absolutily beautiful! I wanted to give the Best of Show ribbon to Pam and keep the Best Machine Quilting ribbon, but she wants me to have BOTH! Very generous! Hmmm, wonder what we should enter next year…..!
Here’s a pic of me signing my first book in 2005! That was SO exciting! I really am curious (as I’m finishing up the copy for my third book) about your responses to this poll. In order to get the best information, only vote for your favorite, but feel free to add a comment too!