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Spring Market 2012, Kansas City

Last week I was singing “I’m goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come!”  This week I’m wondering how it could have gone by SO FAST!  It was a jumble of book signings, meetings, wandering in and out of booths and talking to people.  I loved the colors, seeing the new fabrics, meeting old friends and making new ones!  Every day I went back to my hotel with a brain that couldn’t settle down and go to sleep!  For now, here’s a few pictures, but in the next few days I’ll be adding some fun inspirations from Market that caught my eye.  I’m so excited for Spring Market to be in Portland next year!

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Australian Patchwork & Quilting

Janna Roos from Australian P&Q contacted me a while back and wanted to do an email interview for a book review she was working on. (Darn–wish she had needed to meet in person)!! Anyway, we emailed back and forth a bit, it was fun and I could tell she had a great sense of humor. Well, the “book review” came out this month and has morphed into a full page article! I got my copy of the magazine in the mail today in a plain brown wrapper, my DH was sure wondering what it could be! What a fun surprise! Try reading it in an Australian accent, all the more fun. Australian P&Q is full of great articles and quilt patterns, this one is featuring applique projects. I think I might have to make one or two. You’ll find it at your local quilt shop–or your bookstore.

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Featured Quilt of the Week! Sunwashed Summer

Sunwashed Summer was a quilt I designed a while back, it is featured in my book “Perfect Fit Pieced Borders”.  My quilting buddy Lynne A. helped by doing a lot of the applique for this piece.  She is always busy with projects of her own, but made time to help me out and she is a real applique expert!  I am grateful for her help!

I was inspired by the lovely colors in a simple bowl of fruit for this project.  The applique is easy and fast and would make a great beginner project.  I imagine it on a patio table set for “Girls Night In” with a fresh garden salad, a loaf of great bread, and a pitcher of raspberry lemon drops!  Want to join me?  Come on over, we’ll sit down and have a good chat!

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Winter Wonderland!–er, Happy Spring!

We woke up this morning to snow like I have never seen in Eugene! Four hours later it is continuing to snow. I LOVE IT!! It’s not exactly a blizzard of my youth in Minnesota, but beautiful none the less. The neighborhood kids are out with sleds, schools and businesses are closed. All my morning patients cancelled, so I don’t have to go in to work until 1pm. Maybe that will change too. In the meantine, I am quilting and enjoying the view! I love the drama of this picture, the only color is in the fire hydrant! What do you think of my big birch tree? It’s my favorite, reminds me of home, my sweet Mom, and the lake cabin. Seeing it covered with snow just plain makes me feel good! I think I’ll go have a cup of tea now and stare out the window a bit :).

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The Applique Society Newsletter

What fun!  I was featured in The Applique Society Newsletter this month.  It is great newsletter with so much information inside.  Lots of great articles, give-aways, book reviews, shopping, challenges and they even include a couple of patterns each month! 

Click on this link: to read the complete article about Border Techniques where they interviewed Kari Carr and me for our ideas.  I especially talked about how I use pieced borders–my specialty!

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Sheila’s New Book Has Arrived!

Sheila's New BookMy new book Perfect Fit Pieced Borders has just been released by Martingale & Co. It’s exciting to see the great photography, graphics and clear instructions.

You already know from my previous patterns that I like to piece the quilt right out to the edge; that includes the borders!  Some designs have traditional looking borders, some have what I call finishing elements that give the quilt a finished look without borders.  Be sure to look at the slide show to see the fun designs.  It really has been an honor to work with Martingale & Co. to develop this book as they are easy to work with and have allowed me to have so much control.  Of course the quilting is very important to me as a longarm quilter, and I was able to include quilting designs for each quilt that also included photography of the quilting so you could get some ideas of how to quilt your version!

Pieced borders will change the look of a quilt, making it more interesting and exciting by adding a surprising finish.  What I love most about quilting is what I call the “layers” of design: choosing the fabrics, cutting the shapes, piecing, creating appliqué designs, sewing everything together, adding borders, quilting, and the final statement of the binding.  Each layer relates to the others, and this always teaches me something and keeps me interested.  Every step along the way can be fun and creative, and I think traditionally the borders are often overlooked.  I always take the time to consider border options.  Almost every quilt can benefit from pieced borders; they make a quilt extra special.

I hope you love this book and make several of the quilts!


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CLASS: Longarm Series

JANUARY 14, FEBRUARY 11, MARCH 11, APRIL 8, 2011 (classes can be taken individually or in a series)
Longarm Series at Sheila’s Studio
Girl’s Night Out

WHO: YOU can quilt like a Rock Star!
WHAT if you had a chance to learn some rockin’ and rollin’ new quilting designs?
WHEN: Lessons are offered in a series of four Friday evenings: 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Sheila’s Longarm Lair

We’ll get together for fun-packed short lessons and hands-on quilting for everybody!  Learn some great new designs and skills.  Drop in for one lesson, or sign up for the whole series!  There might be a glass of wine (or sparkling cider) with your name on it, and some hors d’oeuvres to go along with the laughter and good cheer.  Of course the focus is on freehand artistic quilting, so sign up soon, space is limited.

Lesson 1:  January 14:  Rockin’ Out All-over Designs
Lesson 2:  February 11:  New-Fangled Feathers
Lesson 3:  March 11:  Skills and Basics (Make your circles round and your squares square)!
Lesson 4:  April 8:  Micro, Mini and Amazingly Small Designs!

Each Lesson $15; Complete Series $55

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CLASS: Not Your Grandmother’s Footstool

Some may see it as a Turban Footstool, others may conjure up visions of Little Miss Muffet’s Tuffet – whatever it is to you, you have to admit is a fabulously charming. In this two-part class you will learn to foundation piece wedges of fabric together to be made into the upholstery for a footstool. You can use scraps or coordinate your fabrics to give your footstool a particular personality. This project is best suited for a confident beginner or intermediate sewer. A kit for the base and foam will be available for purchase and instruction will be given on putting your stool together once the cover is sewn.

Not your Grandmother’s Footstool Class Details

DURATION:  This is a 2 day class.
KIT FEE:  $30 – A kit for the wood base, foam, tufting cord and drafted pattern will be available for purchase from the teacher at the first class for $30. Feet may be purchased for $20/set of four, various styles and colors available.

Supplies List

  • 1.5 yard muslin for the foundation
  • 60 strips of fabric 2 inches wide and 22 inches long.  These can be coordinated or mixed and matched.  It is ok to repeat fabrics.
  • Marking tool (pen or pencil)
  • Straight edge for drawing straight lines – a cutting ruler works well for this
  • Thread to blend with fabric
  • Bobbin loaded with thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Basic sewing supplies:  pins, seam ripper, etc.
  • Sewing machine with attachments, cords, etc.
  • 1/2 yard coordinating color felt
  • One twin size extra-loft polyester batting
  • One 2” or larger decorative button, may be fabric-covered (preferably with shank)
  • One 1” flat plain button, two or four holes
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CLASS: Quilting Decisions

Don’t know what style of quilting will enhance your own or your customer’s quilt?  In this class there will be a discussion of quilting and thread options for a variety of quilts.  Streamlining the decision process will make you more efficient in your business.

Sheila will bring unquilted examples to discuss together as well as her teaching quilts to learn from.  This class is appropriate for all types of machine users – longarm, midarm, shortarm and those using a home sewing machine will also benefit.

There are no supplies required for this class, but please bring an unquilted piece to use in the discussion.


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CLASS: Big Star Quilt

Sheila's Big Star Quilt
Sheila's Big Star Quilt

Make this BIG star quilt as a throw, twin or queen size quilt. Big pieces = fast work! The throw can easily be completed in class. This pattern is sure to become your favorite gift quilt since it goes together so fast. The pieces are large enough to show off those large-scale prints, geometrics, batiks or florals – anything goes. Don’t you love the drama of the large scale? Bet you can’t make just one!

Big Star Quilt Class Details

DURATION:  One day class: 10 am – 2 pm
Supplies List

  • TBA – supply list coming soon!