So, can I just tell you how much fun these Barn Quilt Classes are? I’ve been teaching both BIG and small classes. It is a very manageable project, where everyone goes home with a finished Barn Quilt. The process is pretty low-stress, and there’s lots of time for conversation. Most will finish in about 5 hours, so when the class is scheduled for 6 hours, even the more complicated designs can be finished. The next classes are scheduled at the Stitchin’ Post on August 17 and 18. Check out their workshop and class page to reserve your seat! After that, there will be more classes in Eugene on August 23rd and 25th, send me a message to register, I’ll also advertise those on Facebook and Instagram. I teach at quilt guilds as well, so if your guild is interested, I do travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. I’m always adding new patterns, I’m sure you will find your favorite!
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!
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 🙂