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August 8, 2019
New Workshop! from Quilt Routes

I am excited to be able to tell you about a new workshop that I will be giving this Autumn. It will take place in Duffryn Gardens which is a National Trust property in the Vale of Glamorgan. The class will be held in the Cory Education Centre which is a suburb purpose built classroom that they have on site. The property is situated on the western outskirts of Cardiff and is very easily reached from the M4 motorway.
It takes place on Saturday 19th October 2019. 

It is a one day class so the course fee includes the hand ...

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June 26, 2019
Fluffy and Lacy with Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the Free Motion Mavericks link-up (week 234)

Fluffy and Lacy

Last week at Quilt Canada, I took a great workshop with Amanda McCavour. She's a Toronto based artist whose textile art is generally beautifully light and lacy. She really is an expert at working and teaching with Sulky Solvy products.

During the workshop, I worked on my first two panels. The first one was more fluffy and included layers of thread, embroidery floss, yarn, ribbon and wool roving with an organza backing. I attached all of this with some meandering FMQ.

Top layer of the first panel ...

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June 25, 2019
Sew Together Bag - Die X-te from Quiltmanufaktur


Man soll niemals 'nie' sagen....
Vor ein paar Jahren habe ich mich noch strikt geweigert, kleine Täschchen zu nähen - weniger aus Prinzip, mehr weil ich sie schlicht nicht gebrauchen konnte und nicht besonders mochte. Das hat sich dann gelegt, als Sophia in meinen Patchworkladen kam und mich regerecht genötigt hat, mit ihr zusammen meine erste Sew Together Bag zu nähen. Sophia, mein Dank schleicht dir seither immer hinterher!

Letztens fragte mich meine Freundin Maria, ob sie zu mir mal zu mir in den Kurs kommen könne, um endlich auch mal so eine Sew Together Bag zu nähen. Endlich mal ...

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June 21, 2019
Quilt Canada in Ottawa from Quilting & Learning

I'm thrilled that Quilt Canada was in Ottawa this year. I read somewhere that the last time it was here was in 2006 - so it was definitely due.

Quilt Canada

Quilt Canada is the Canadian Quilter's Association / Association Canadienne de la courtepointe's yearly show which includes a national juried show (NJS). This year the NJS included 150 wonderful quilts, predominantly from around Canada, as well as a few from other countries. Additionally, there were over 250 quilts in several concurrent quilt shows.

As with other shows, there were classes, demos and presentations on all kinds of quilting ...

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March 31, 2019
stash report March 31, 2019 from Making A Lather

We are caught in a time warp...

Another sale at bluprint, and I had just seen podunk pretties talk about her favorite type of fabric, and I love her quilts, so I bought these.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 73.5 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 3.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 99 yards
net fabric: 25.5 yards bought more than used

My Christmas snowflake workshop was yesterday, and I was really impressed with the turnout and diligence of the talented quilters who spent their Saturday with me. There ...

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February 27, 2019
QuiltCon classes from Ellyn's Place

I always have the best luck with the classes I get for Quiltcon! This year I took two half day (ok, evening!) classes. The first one was with Melanie Tuazon. I didn't know much about Melanie when I signed up for her class, but just the title sucked me right in.... Planned & Unplanned, find your improv groove. Boy did she deliver!

Melanie was encouraging, approachable and a terrific teacher. In the end I came away with finished blocks for a quilt top...

my mom says it reminds her of post it notes & I agree! I plan to add dark ...

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January 18, 2019
My Visit to Tehachapi Mountain Quilters from Goer

Last week I traveled down to Tehachapi for a visit to the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters. I met the program chairs from the group last April at the SCCQG Meet the Teachers event.

After a long drive, I rolled into town on Sunday evening, ready to join them Monday morning for their guild meeting. My new Island Batik scarf made it's debut since it was the perfect match the my top. I couldn't resist stopping for a quick photo of the beautiful mountain view on my way to the meeting.

I shared my My Quilting Journey lecture with a ...

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November 25, 2018
Burning the (scented) oil from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Welcome to November's New to Me link party!

As you know the New to Me link party is our chance to celebrate our attempts to move out of that comfort zone and have a go at something new.

Until yesterday I had nothing New to Me to show you but, fortunately, I had booked places for myself and my son's girlfriend to go on a candle making workshop whilst the men in our lives attended the international rugby match up the road.

These lovely candles were the results of our labours!

The workshop was run by Kerry at ...

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November 3, 2018
Pat Pauly Workshop... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I recently attended a SAQA workshop

Here we are in Coburg, Oregon

at the workshop...

Here is Pat Pauly explaining some of her

abstract art quilting techniques...

Her specialty is.....surface design work:

As you can see,

she has a great deal of FUN creating her fabrics!

She brought along a trunk full of her quilts...

This workshop was all about abstract design:

Pat would explain a technique,

then send us back to our seats 

to execute her instructions:

Then, we would bring our samples up

and Pat would discuss our work...

I enjoyed Pat's teaching ...

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November 2, 2018
fun with Sherri Lynn Wood from Ellyn's Place

Last week the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild invited Sherri Lynn Wood to speak and teach for their guild members. Lucky for me, visitors were also welcome! Thursday night, a friend & I visited their guild meeting to hear Sherri speak.
If you don't know Sherri, she literally wrote the book on improv quilting. Her thought process is fascinating and her speaking style is engaging! If you ever get the chance to hear her speak, I recommend it (hint: she's the keynote speaker for Quiltcon 2019 in Nashville. Will I see you there?)

On Friday, my friends Bonnie, Anne & I ...

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October 6, 2018
Power Lines - A Ruler Quilting WorkshopI am thrilled to share my... from Living Water Quilter

Power Lines - A Ruler Quilting Workshop

I am thrilled to share my new ruler workshop, Power Lines. The workshop features designs and techniques using ONE acrylic free-motion quilting ruler. Power Lines is a foundational ruler quilting workshop. We explore basic ruler quilting techniques, straight and curved line designs. Some of the designs learned are featured HERE.


To make it a fun and easy one-day workshop, I’ve designed two pre-printed panels exclusively for the workshop. The 16-inch square panels are designed so you, the quilter, can apply techniques and designs learned in the workshop to a fun mini quilt that ...

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September 24, 2018
Kelly Anorak from Espritpatch

Last week-end, I spent 3 days at Guthrie & Ghani in Birmingham for a sewing outerwear retreat. It was a fab week-end and a fantastic group to work with. We even received a goodie bags with some little treasures and Lauren had organised 2 events for the evening, which was really nice and fun.

I picked the Kelly anorak pattern by Closet Case which I love but always thought would be quite intimidating to try on my own. It was a nice opportunity to try it with some expert guidance from Layla and Lauren. I bought some grey cotton twill for ...

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September 14, 2018
Demo Day from Fret Not Yourself

This is a day of remembrance in America. Despite the political turmoil here and abroad, I think most of us hope to coexist peacefully. We need to work towards that end harder than we merely hope. Everyone we've ever known or heard of has lived on this one small, blue dot in space.

Democracy is not only a form of state, it is not just something that is embodied in a constitution; democracy is a view of life, it requires a belief in human beings, in humanity.... Democracy is a discussion. But the real discussion is possible only if ...

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July 23, 2018
Workshops in der Quiltmanufaktur from Quiltmanufaktur

Heute greife ich ein Thema auf, was einigen bestimmt bekannt ist, ich aber immer wieder Anfragen bekomme:

Workshops in der Quiltmanufaktur

Wie ihr vielleicht wisst, betreibe ich seit ca. 4 Jahren einen Patchwork Laden in Frankfurt / Sachsenhausen. Dort gebe ich regelmäßig auch Kurse und Workshops zu Patchwork spezifischen Themen. Die Inhalte dieser Kurse orientiert sich dabei stark an den Wünschen meiner Teilnehmer. Manche kommen im Laden vorbei und fragen nach bestimmten Techniken und auch per Mail erreichen mich immer zahlreiche Anfragen.
Nicht alle Wünsche kann ich bedienen, weil mir entweder das Wissen, die Zeit oder vielleicht auch die geeigneten Räumlichkeiten ...

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June 25, 2018
stitching therapy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Two days in a row . . . please don't pass out!

I wanted to share my finished "Cattitude" piece from Saturday's workshop.  I had a little Nook time yesterday afternoon and managed to get it quilted.
Nothing fancy ... I did a little stitch-in-the-ditch machine quilting and then I tied it with yarn (because Gwenevere loved playing with yarn and string) which felt like the perfect touch.
Really pleased with this finish and have it hanging over my laptop!

I couldn't do the workshops on Friday, but I saw a lot of the finished pieces from the afternoon session.  In ...

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June 24, 2018
words and photos . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Great news:  I finished my challenge piece! I did work out a solution, but I can't really say what it was until *after* the challenge show (which isn't for another 25 days). I'm dying to share this piece, because I've really loved working on it, from conception to finish (with the exception of that pesky trimming-it-too-short business).  Anyway, it is DONE.  Whew!

Thursday's program with Meg Cox, and yesterday's workshop were fantastic!  She's a fun, quirky speaker and talked about creating 'rituals' to mark special moments or milestones, and how to incorporate quilting ...

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June 7, 2018
Want to learn big & bold quilt making? from Mama Love Quilts

Have you ever wanted to make bold, geometric quilts with large, irregular shapes, but didn’t know how to piece them? How about sewing together large pieces with odd angles? If you answered, “Yes!” to either question, then you’re in luck! I’ll be teaching two sessions of Big & Bold Freezer Paper Quilt Making at QuiltCon in 2019!

I’ll be teaching how to use freezer paper to sew together large, irregularly shaped pieces. Freezer paper piecing makes sewing together large triangles, or any kind of irregularly shaped pieces, easy and quick. Plus, using freezer paper means you can ...

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June 4, 2018
An Insider Look at a Mama Love Quilts Workshop from Mama Love Quilts

One of the things I love to do is teach quilting. There’s something about sharing my love for quilting and being around other people who are just as fanatical about quilting and fabric that energizes me!

Related: My Teaching Page

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of visiting the Sandhills Quilters Guild to teach a workshop and give a lecture/trunk show.

I spent the first day with 15 quilters who brought their enthusiasm for quilting and a willingness to try something new.  I taught my “How to Make a Modern Mystery Quilt.” It’s an ...

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May 14, 2018
Bauhaus Quilt Variation - BERNINA Workshop from Quiltmanufaktur

Bei meinem letzten Workshop bei BERNINA Int. in der Schweiz hatte ich zum Fotografieren meinen Bauhaus Quilt mitgenommen - in meinem letzten Post habe ich darüber schon berichtet!

Geplanter Workshop im BERNINA Creative Center

Bei dieser Gelegenheit haben Tanja Dünner, die Leiterin des Creative Center von BERNINA und ich überlegt, dass dieser Quilt einen tollen Workshop ausmachen würde. Man kann mit den Blöcken, den verwendeten Farben und Stoffen bestimmt toll experimentieren. Als Zusatz zu dem Patchwork würde man dann noch mit Karin Lüthold an der BERNINA Q24 Longarm Maschine den Quilt quilten lernen. Was eine tolle Idee, oder?

Neuer Quilt - Falsch ...

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April 30, 2018
Everyday Improv from Ellyn's Place

Yesterday was an incredibly fun day. McKinney Modern Quilt Guild welcomed Debbie Jeske from A Quilters Table to lead us in an improv workshop. Debbie is my go to improv guru, so it was fun to learn from her in person. Fourteen of us filled the room with fabric, color, enthusiasm and laughter.
We learned lots of different improv techniques all represented in this quilt that Debbie shared. 

This is the tidiest corner of my workspace! It looked like a tornado had blown through, there were scraps everywhere!

Bonny shared my workspace. Hers was all neat and tidy. hmmm I ...

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