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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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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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Modern Heirloom Quilting!

Follow Me on PinterestI’ve been working for several days on a modern heirloom for my friend Pam.  She has a wonderful story to tell about this quilt that includes a day of laughter and fun with her college-age daughter, picking up leaves that were blowing in the wind and taking them home to press.  From that day came this original quilt design with the color gradation, tossed leaves and twining ribbon applique, made completely from her stash!  So cleverly designed, and well made!  We first talked about simple flowing quilting, but the longer I had it in my studio, the more I realized it could really handle some serious quilting.  Here are the results!  Only seeing it in person would be better!

Here’s to you, Pam