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January 16, 2019
New Arrivals from Twin Cities Quilting

Hi Everyone,

Click here to see what classes are still available for the Winter season.  Feel free to call us if you'd like to put your name on the wait list for any classes that are full (651-340-8263).  I hope to be adding a few classes to round out our Spring schedule.  

We have a stunning digital print from the 'Patriot' collection by Ben Richard from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  It's great for 4th of July decor projects.  Purchase it here on the website.


From Andover Fabrics we have 'Cats & Dogs'.  This was very popular as canvas and they ...

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January 15, 2019
Becoming a rose hip from Art and Quilting in Camden

Off and on for the past couple of weeks I have been dyeing fabric, drawing or photoshopping images to make thermofax screens, and finally working on collaging the background for the rose hip, the large (36″ square) version. To those of you have landed here from my new newsletter, thank you! To those of you who don’t know about my new newsletter, please go here to the home page and sign up! I will write about mid-month and will never share your info!

When I last checked in with you, I was just getting to this stage–finishing the ...

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January 11, 2019
Stepping Off the Roller Coaster, Trying Not to Puke: The Saga of Why Spring Quilt Week in Paducah for 2019 is a No-Go from Cheeky Cognoscenti

So I got this email on Tuesday  announcing that class registration for Spring Quilt Week in Paducah was open for AQS members.  I've never attended any of the major quilt shows before, but I'd love to go -- and thought it might be a great opportunity to take some longarm quilting classes, if I could only get into the classes before they were full.  I clicked the link to the class descriptions and was EUPHORIC when I saw that both Judi Madsen and Lisa Calle will be teaching at this year's show!  With butterflies in my stomach, I ...

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2018 Come and Gone from Lisa H Calle's Blog


Seriously 2019, how in the world did that happen?  Just yesterday it was September and Brody was starting school; now we are into the new year.  Boy time flies.   I certainly hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday season.  The holidays in the Calle household were wonderful but way too short.  I’m sad to report that the older boys already headed back at school.  </p>
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January 10, 2019
Happy New Year from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

Happy New Year!

I discovered I had sold or given away many of my mid and small size pieces, so it’s time to add to the inventory for shows in the New Year.

So I have started a new needle felted landscape. The siren call of Hawaii still calls to me, and I must answer. I have many gorgeous photos of my trip to Kauai, and I plan to continue using them for inspiration. Here’s a gorgeous vista with a lighthouse.

There’s even a sea ...

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January 8, 2019
Rainbows On A Cloudy Day from Indigo Threads

Yay!  I have finally finished and am able to post my project that I started back in March of 2017, in a class (the last class!) with Gwen Marston.  You can see where I started this project on this post.  

I actually had this finished for the guild quilt show at the end of September, but this is the first it's been posted anywhere.  It's so difficult to get a decent photo here - it's usually so dark and gloomy.

Rainbows On A Cloudy Day
37" x 45"
Hung sideways at the quilt show

That's why I ...

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January 4, 2019
Sarah on The Quilt Show! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Yep, 2019 is shaping up to be a great year because I’ll be able to tick off a Bucket List item: in early April I’ll tape an episode of The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson! Here’s a preview I taped with Ricky while I was teaching at International Quilt Festival 2018 in Houston last November. I’m so psyched–gosh they made my work look SO GOOD!

Interview with Ricky Tims about my upcoming visit to . I’ll tape the episode in April and it will air later in 2019, I’m ...

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January 3, 2019
Classes and New Arrivals from Twin Cities Quilting

Hi Everyone,

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season.  For me, the holiday season was one of the best in a while.  I spent time with family and I got a lot of time to myself to sew.  Both holidays were rare three day holiday weekends for me which made them extra special.  

Start the new year off with taking a class and improving your sewing skills.  We have a great list of classes this winter.  Click here to view our class offerings.

We still have room in our daytime beginner class starting January 15th.  This five ...

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December 21, 2018
Happy Holidays! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

I can’t believe it is the end of the year already. Thank you for following my quilty adventures this year. Although I have not posted as often as I used to, I hope the content has been useful to you. If there is something you want me to write about, please make sure to comment and let me know.  Remember, I always want you to have fun with your art making, so let me know what you are making and how I can help.

For the rest ...

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December 12, 2018
Magic star class samples from Mrs Moen

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Rose/storm class samples from Mrs Moen

Here are my samples for the mixed media Rose/storm class:

Warm colours 

One of the things that I particularly like about this class is that the overall look can easily be adjusted to the students’ colour preferences. The warm colour kit can for instance easily be made more hot pink or warm orange.

Cold colours


And the purple sample

And a few pictures from one of my classes

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December 5, 2018
Weekend Special from Twin Cities Quilting

Hi Everyone,

Don't miss our Weekend Special!


Finish The Bolt Discounts

This Friday and Saturday, December 8th and 9th ONLY!

25% off Red Dot bolts if you finish the bolt.

15% off Basics and New Arrivals if you finish the bolt.

Come in to the store or call to order (651) 340 8263


New Classes: 

The 2019 Block of the Month will be in two color-ways.  Pictured is 'Grey'.  

BOM 2019

These sample blocks are from the other colorway, 'Salt & Pepper' which features Marcia Derse's 'Art History' collection and an Essex fabric for the background.  It is brighter and has ...

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November 29, 2018
Teaching and Making from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art


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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the new readers!

A few weeks ago, I was able to teach the ladies of the American Sewing Guild in Greer, South Carolina. We had a terrific time making raw fused applique pieces.  My host, Phyllis, and the other ladies totally spoiled me while I was there, and I had a great time.  I was most impressed by the open mindedness of the students and how willing they were to try something out of their wheel house.  I hope this workshop has inspired them  to make ...

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November 24, 2018
International Quilt Festival #4: Fine Finishes (to be retitled to Bindings and Piping and Facings, Oh My!) from Art and Quilting in Camden

Bindings and Pipings and Facings, Oh My! class in Houston 2018:  Truth in teaching: this is usually what my teacher’s table looks like: a hot mess!

I LOVE teaching this class!  I LOVE that EVERYONE gets how to achieve a perfect mitered corner no matter what width your binding!  I LOVE showing students how to use Susan K. Cleveland’s Piping Hot Binding tool–students come into class thinking “I’ll try it but don’t think I’ll ever use it” and leave with the tool in hand planning how they CAN use it because it rocks!   Then ...

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November 23, 2018
International Quilt Festival #3: Machine Quilting Forum and a free afternoon from Art and Quilting in Camden

Machine Quilting Forum 2018–here’s my station (the middle panel was blank as it was the de facto projector screen.  THANK YOU SO MUCH to Janome America and Greg Sanford for making sure I had a machine on which to demo!   LOVE MY JANOME!

The day began with “leisurely speed dating” for machine quilters at the Thursday morning Machine Quilting Forum.  For those who have never had the pleasure of attending, the 3-hour session begins with all the attendees sitting for the better part of an hour as the six instructors each got 8 minutes to introduce themselves and ...

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November 22, 2018
Turkey..Pie..Nap…Oh MY! from Lisa H Calle's Blog


The sun is shining brightly in Hilton Head where I prepare to tee off for a round of golf; my second love in life. But before I venture into the rolling, green hills composed of 19 holes I wanted to wish all my fellow followers a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope your plans include eating WAY too much turkey, indulging in a few holiday drinks and slumbering peacefully as Mr. Tryptophan slips you into nappy land.  Those are my intentions for the next 24 hours!

     What would Thanksgiving be without including Black Friday and Cyber Monday? So let’s whoop it ...

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International Quilt Festival #2: Collage the Garden, Wednesday and Preview night from Art and Quilting in Camden

First off, Happy US Thanksgiving to one all around the world–this was written ahead and scheduled to post because (a) not everyone is in the US and (b) sometimes we need some R&R from the feasting and festivities!

My second full day at International Quilt Festival 2018 I got to teach one of my “Quilting the Garden” workshops, Collage the Garden.  Along with Thread-Coloring the Garden, the two classes can be combined into a two-to-five day workshop–any guilds or retreats out there interested????   My students were, of course, brilliant!    They had a choice of either the tiger ...

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November 21, 2018
International Quilt Festival #1: Tuesday, Birch Pond Seasons from Art and Quilting in Camden

Tuesday Morning looking at the George R. Brown Convention center from my hotel room, ready for the first day of teaching!

Before any more time elapses, it is time to blog about a wonderful International Quilt Festival 2018.   Since I have a billion photos, I’ll just insert images with little verbiage.   On Tuesday, I taught my Birch Pond Seasons class–because it was the day between Market and Festival, the class was smaller but that meant students had plenty of space to spread out and work, which is great for this class.  I love what my students did!   If ...

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November 17, 2018
Soy Wax.....Class from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

has gathered together to create

Soy Wax Batik on Fabric

Soy Wax Batik Fabric......Class Samples

Soy Wax

Found Objects.....for stamping wax on fabric

Potato Mashers.....always a favorite!

Love that PVC pipe for stamping wax!

After a quick demo....

the students are hot waxing

We are waxing over commercial fabrics...

light colors

After the fabrics are all waxed...

we move onto painting over the wax

We mix:  1 part paint to 2 or 3 parts water

The waxed fabric is ...

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November 13, 2018
Soy Wax......Class Prep from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

The table is set for.....FUN!

I am soy waxing fabric today...

I mainly stamp with.....Found Objects:

Potato Mashers......always a favorite

Hand Cut Sponges.....also a favorite

This fabric was stamped with a hand cut sponge

then painted over with turquoise textile paint...

This is what it looks like after it is

heat set with an iron...

It needs to go in a HOT washing machine next.

This was also stamped with a hand cut sponge

I use diluted textile paints

I used a box fan to dry 

the waxed and painted fabrics...

it takes about an hour ...

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