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June 17, 2019
GSQA Pursuit of Excellence class from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Meet Paula (in the pink shirt)
POE teacher
On Saturday I spent my day in Lafayette with the members of Quilter's Guild Acadienne (QGA) and ladies from the Gulf States Quilt Association (GSQA) who had promised to come, learn and return with new techniques, information and associations to their home guilds. 

As a new circuit teacher, I've been wanting to meet some of the members of GSQA. I had planned to attend a meeting last month but there was that whole "spend 13 days in Cabrini hospital" episode and missed my opportunity. Since I'd also hedged my ...

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June 3, 2019
Busy, busy from Quilting and More...

I’ve had a busy schedule for the past few days. One of our grandsons graduated from high school on May 25, another graduated from high school on May 30, their joint graduation party was on June 1, and I attended a two-day OESD class on May 31-June 1. I had signed up for the class […]

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May 8, 2019
Messy Painted Aprons... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Yes, I am at it AGAIN...

Painting Messy on Canvas

Messy Painted Apron

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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April 30, 2019
Mineola With Friends - Bonnie Hunter Dawn's Early Light Class from My Quilty World

Since it is our last day in Mineola, I am loading up the car this morning.  As I do, I notice the sunlight on the wildflowers across the parking lot.  Must get camera. To many, these are just weeds, but look at the light play on them.  So pretty. The car is packed - well, all the stuff from class still needs to go in but Bonnie and I are out of the hotel and off to class after

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Mineola With Friends - Bonnie Hunter Idaho Square Dance Class from My Quilty World

I have been looking forward to today's class ever since BEFORE Bonnie's String Frenzy book was published.  Watching her work on it was enough for me.  Today, we get started. Stitchin' Heaven is the location, Mineola is the town.  Somehow, sitting in a Bonnie Hunter class all day is as close to heaven as it gets right now, so the whole thing seems fitting. Come along and see how it goes. I

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April 22, 2019
And a Million More… from a daily dose of fiber

Last weekend I hoped to be teaching a workshop using equilateral triangles, but months ago when as I was choosing dates, I did not notice that it was Easter weekend. (I needed 3 people and had 2!) It was another pattern/class I had offered before and was not enamored with. For the class sample I sewed these pieces together in an impressionistic way. It was fun to play with the colors and values but not practical for students with no fabric stashes. I ran out of steam sewing them but I will get back to them one day.

While ...

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April 8, 2019
Farmhouse Retreat 2019 from Blossom Heart Quilts

Last month, I had the honour of co-hosting a retreat with Caitlin Polden. We first connected through making our Pollinate quilts, and the friendship blossomed from there as we bonded over Lauren Daigle, Christy Nockels, and Handmade Getaway – a beautiful book by Jacqueline Sava Clarke and Karyn Valino – and which was the spark for our idea of hosting a quilting retreat together and seeing what happened.

View from the Farmhouse Retreat

Caitlin lives on a farm in Booleroo, SA, and her beautiful farmhouse had recently been renovated. The extension was the perfect place to set up for sewing with space for sewing tables, and a ...

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April 1, 2019
A Thousand Tiny Stitches… from a daily dose of fiber

… and the development of a quilt class!

Although I have been quiet here for a long while, I’ve been busy. I finally decided that I’d like to offer some quilting classes at the art center where I volunteer. Developing new classes of any sort takes a lot of time, energy and thought, but even more so when the samples are hand sewn. I finally got myself in gear and have offered several workshops at Greenville Center for Creative Arts  and much to my delight, most have had enough students to run! I wasn’t at all sure – at ...

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March 27, 2019
Shop Hops and New Arrivals from Twin Cities Quilting

Hi Everyone,

There's a lot going on in the shop these days. We are working on something really big!  See it in person before we post it!  We'll be ready tomorrow!

Our newest addition is 95 spools of Sue Spargo's Perle Cotton #5 thread.  This gives you two weights to choose from.  We already have 145 spools of Sue Spargo's Perle Cotton #8.

Spargo thread

The Perle Cotton is perfect for our new 'Fresh Cut' class.  Sign up for it and read more about it here.

Fresh Cut 1_opt Fresh Cut 2_opt Fresh Cut 3

Spring means it's time to start thinking Shop Hop. Below is ...

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March 20, 2019
New Arrivals and Class from Twin Cities Quilting

Hi Everyone,


We added a new class 'Fresh Cut'.  It uses Sue Spargo's books and her popular flowers.  So many of you have purchased the book and asked about having a class.  And since Pam has made so many of the blocks in the book we felt a class was the next step.  It will meet on four Tuesday evenings from 6-9 pm on April 30 and May 7, 14 and 21st.  Click here to get more information and sign up.  This is perfect timing before summer.  Prep your blocks so you can take the hand stitching with ...

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March 19, 2019
More new techniques from Quilting and More...

I’m working very slowly on the Bethanne Nemesh class I wrote about a little while ago. So this photo shows the various things I’ve been practicing, and I’ll explain what each is. At the top left is the first sample I showed you, with the beaded piping. To its right is a sample with more […]

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March 13, 2019
Learning a new technique from Quilting and More...

If you’ve seen many of the quilts I’ve posted here, you may have noticed that I love to use corded piping next to the binding. Now, though, I may be “kicking it up a notch.” I learned of a class online offered by Bethanne Nemesh, whose work I’ve long admired, so I gave in to […]

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March 9, 2019
Minding My P's and Q's Retreat - Bonnie Hunter Straits of Macinac Class from My Quilty World

Drat --- the dreaded LAST day has arrived.  I'm super sad, but crazy exhausted as well.  It has been a whirlwind week and I've loved every minute even though I'm starting to miss my sweetie.  Today is Straits of Macinac in String Frenzy by Bonnie Hunter.  I have adored this block for the past two years as she was working on this at a retreat in Temple, TX at that time.  Now, it's my turn to work

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Fun with Free-motion from Quilting and More...

I’m going to be taking an online class soon, and part of the prep work was to quilt a reasonably large piece of fabric prior to cutting it  into smaller pieces for the various steps of the class. Rather than doing one type of quilting over the entire surface — I figured that would be […]

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March 8, 2019
Minding My P's and Q's Retreat - Bonnie Hunter Daybreak Class from My Quilty World

It is COLD!!!  Day three has arrived and the weather is keeping us inside.  However, DAYBREAK (Bonnie Hunter String Frenzy book) is upon us and we are ready to rock and roll.  I've switched up the colors on this quilt a bit and am going with lavender so we shall see how that plays out.  A couple morning pictures and it's time to start. Yep, having a great time. Demos are for

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March 6, 2019

While at the Attic Window Quilt Shop recently, I saw this beautiful pillow.  Mark your calendar now!  You too can make this stunning pillow with Diana.  She says that Prep day is March 30, and construction day is April 13.  Both dates are on Saturday.  Call the shop to register and get a supply list.

ATTENTION: Monday hours have changed.  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday during the months of February, March, and April.  Tuesday through Saturday hours have not changed and will remain the same as usual.

DON ...

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March 4, 2019
Minding My P's and Q's Retreat - Bonnie Hunter Xing Class from My Quilty World

It's been two years of drought in the Bonnie Hunter class division.  I am in big need of a fix and starting today, I have four solid days of classes ahead of me.  To say that I am excited is a crazy understatement.  My hotel is booked, the projects are packed and I'm ready to go ---- at 6 a.m.  It's time to hit the road again after being home for 18 hours.  I simply dumped the laundry into the

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February 7, 2019
Time for a New Piece from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

The felted lighthouse piece is done!  It is called Ninini Lighthouse, which is the actual name of the lighthouse in Lihue, Kauai. I ended up using a facing and keeping the edges clean. I hope to mount it on a canvas or better yet, inside a shadow box frame.

Now it’s time to turn my attention to something new.

I am always attracted to tropical places, scenes, plants, people, etc. And I recently got to spend my birthday at such a place- Punta Cana in the Dominican ...

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February 4, 2019
A New Venture: GSQA ~~ and a finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The Gulf States Quilting Association (GSQA) is accepting applications for circuit teachers, making this a good time to expand my quilt teaching. I miss the classroom and hope that this will fill some of that need. I truly hope that this pans out and I am able to give more lectures and workshops in our region.  Although I understand they are difficult to get into, I think I'd like to eventually teach at a show like AQS or QuiltCon. 

Years ago (back in the late 1990's) I gave presentations at conferences around the state and country and ...

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February 1, 2019
We’re Thawing Out – Join Us for a Class on Saturday! from Cultured Expressions

I hope everyone is coming thru the Big Freeze safely.  Once you get over tihe initial shock to the body, the cold air is rather invigorating, no? It’s said that tomorrow we’ll begin warming up, so consider joining us for one or two workshops tomorrow 9Saturday, February 2, 2019) here at the Studio:

12Noon – 2:30pm – Make an African Mosaic Zippered Pouch, learning not only the African Mosaic patchwork technique using 2″ squares of prints and batiks, but also my easy method for putting in a zipper!


3:00 – 6:00pm – The String Quilt was wildly popular on ...

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