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August 19, 2022
Can’t see the zigs through the zags from I Patch and Quilt

How many quilt blocks can you come up with that create a zig zag? At least 3, right?

Let’s look a t a few!

Block 1 – HST

The hardworking Half Square Triangle block. Great for working with a ombre or stripy fabric, or going scrappy !

Block 2 – Flying Geese

The elegant Flying Geese block. There are great ways to create more than one block at a time. Plus you have the option to go scrappy and play with the values of color.

Block 3 – Rail fence, on point

And this fun square block on point, composed of two rectangles ...

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July 1, 2022
Improv Log Cabins with Quilters Etc. from Goer

Last month, I gave my first in-person lecture in over two years. This month, I traveled for my first in-person workshop since March 14, 2020. I was delighted to be invited to Lompoc, California to visit Quilters Etc. for a lecture and workshop. As much as I love giving lectures on Zoom, it was delightful to hold a mic and speak to 3-dimensional quilters! I shared my Rules and Options of Planned Improv Piecing lecture with the group on Thursday evening.

Saturday I had a group of 16 quilters in class for Improv Log Cabins. I have a new document ...

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June 16, 2022
LORAINE COUNTY PIECEMAKERS and ME! from Kwilty Pleasures

Anytime I can talk about my quilting journey
with other quilters...its a good day.

After teaching a Plaidish workshop I was the guest
speaker for The Loraine County Piecemankers Guild!
Its a real treat to show my MODERN makes to an
almost all Traditional makers group!
They seem interested and lots of questions follow.

I was very excited to show the group many makes
that came along with stories and laughter.
Although I have been making quilts for 30 years
I often have to limit my trunk show to a certain time frame.
Picking those 15 or sew quilts ...

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June 10, 2022

In May, I was invited to provide a workshop for
the Loraine County Piecemakers Guild.
My favorite quilt and an easy all day sew-in would be
The Plaidish Quilt by Erica Jackman. 
I asked  Erica aka Kitchen Table Quilting 
for permission to teach her pattern.

I was staying near Cleveland in Wellington, OH
at a lovely B&B, formerly a Funeral Home.
No haunts were noted and the owners were a lovely retired couple.

Then the workshop (and trunk show) was held
 in a beautiful lodge near Oberlin called
The Lodge of New Russia Township.

I brought both my Plaidish ...

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February 6, 2022
New technique and new project from Quilting & Learning

Did I say that I would try to stop starting new projects? I'm sure that it's in writing somewhere but, oh well, I am having too much fun learning new techniques and playing with fabric!

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September 26, 2021
Workshop with Gloria Loughman from Sew Preeti Quilts

More often than not, quilt guild workshops are on weekdays and are not conducive to those of us not yet retired from our day jobs. But when the guild arranged a two-part workshop with Gloria Loughman on two weekends (9/11 and 9/18), I wasted no time and signed up for it.  

I bought the recommended pattern and downloaded the instructions. I watched the videos and read the downloaded pattern sheets. That was in July. 

Come September, I am buried deep in Island Batik October Challenge.  It has been rather all-consuming.

Improvisational Piecing

Iberian Lynx Silhouette

So when the ...

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September 9, 2021
Preserving Our Quilt Legacy - Virtual Workshop from Ann Quilts

What do these things have to do with taking care of vintage and antique quilts?
Two-step greens?" Tap Dance Vectors by Vecteezy
Straw needles?

Insect pins?

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Come find out!  

I'm offering a virtual workshop this fall that covers quilt restoration, conservation, and preservation. 

There will be lectures, triage sessions for participants' quilts, how-to videos, samples of repair supplies, etc., etc.

You can attend the whole workshop - five Saturdays October 16 - November 13 - 3 hours per day.

Or you can attend selected lectures alá ...

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August 31, 2021
Preserving Our Quilt Legacy - Virtual Workshop from Ann Quilts

Might I suggest a new quilt adventure for your fall?  I am teaching an in-depth workshop focusing on repairing and caring for quilts.  Here's the scoop:

The workshop covers:
• restoration
• conservation
• preservation
• identification and dating
• philosophies
• supplies
• techniques

We will start with the basic information in my book, Preserving Our Quilt Legacy, and explore the topics in more detail and with hands-on experience:
• lectures
• discussions
• "triage" sessions for students' quilts
• a library of how-to videos teaching stitches and repair processes
• specialty sessions (including how to run a quilt repair business and yoga for tired hands and shoulders)

Sewists, appraisers ...

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April 10, 2021
Boxstripes - Ein Quilt für einen Workshop from Quiltmanufaktur

Vergangenes Jahr im Juni hatte ich mich mit der Vorbereitung für einen Patchwork Kurs im BERNINA Creative Center in Steckborn beschäftig. Ich hatte die große Hoffnung, dass Corona mich im Januar in die Schweiz fahren lässt und ich dann den Teilnehmern zeigen kann, wie man diesen Quilt arbeitet....

Ich weiß, dass war zu diesem Zeitpunkt schon vollkommen überflüssig, darauf zu hoffen.... Mir war aber wichtig, weiterhin die Disziplin aufzubringen und die Vorbereitung für diesen Workshop zu erledigen. Das war auch so ein Ding seit letztem Jahr.... Diszipliniert zu bleiben, obwohl das schon in diesen Tagen alles andere als motiviert war ...

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All About Angles Workshop with Ocean Waves Quilt Guild from Goer

I've really been enjoying connecting with guilds on Zoom. I recently joined the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild in Lewes, DE to share my Rules and Options of Planned Improv Piecing lecture and teach All About Angles. This workshop is one of my Planned Improv workshops where I present a technique and set of rules to follow, with lots of options for students to make the composition their own. From fabric choices to color placement, sizes and angles of cutting, and other unique twists, I love that everyone's finished projects look unique in the end. Here are the progress ...

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January 2, 2021
Safari Tango from Seaside Stitches

 My last finished quilt of 2020 is called Safari Tango. It might be the first true double-sided quilt I've ever made. The front was started in an online (Zoom) workshop with Diane Harris, The Stash Bandit, hosted by Ninigret Quilters. She calls her pattern Twofer Tango because you could get two quilts from your effort. The half square triangle units are bonus blocks from the creation of the main X-blocks. I chose to add mine around the border instead of harboring yet another UFO!


The back of the quilt was one of those long-simmering UFOs. Started in a class ...

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November 24, 2020
Live EPP Class on Zoom! from Seaside Stitches

Have some fabric scraps, needle and thread? Join me for a Live EPP Ornament class next Wednesday! I'll be doing live demos, providing step-by-step instruction and answering your questions throughout the 2 hour class. Beginners are welcome, even if you didn't already know that EPP stands for English Paper Piecing.


You will need to print the templates onto a sheet of cover stock before class starts, so please plan accordingly. (I've heard that not everyone has a printer and a supply of card stock at home.)
You do not need to have your own Zoom account to ...

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November 7, 2020
guild workshop from Making A Lather

 Last Saturday, I taught a workshop for my guild, making the shine block and quilt. I am inspired by other's choices.

all pink jelly roll

really pretty Christmas jelly roll

fun Christmas jelly roll

I did get one row put together while the other's were sewing. But, I didn't get enough pictures of the other choices.

my costume - I was the only one

I made the orange cross blocks that I was missing for the row x row quilt and the rainbow scrap challenge. I am also missing a second turquoise row.

And, it is now, part ...

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October 21, 2020
Ein Jahr (fast) ohne Workshops from Quiltmanufaktur

Ich gebe so wahnsinnig gerne Workshops! Das Jahr hat mir aber ordentlich einen Strich durch die Rechnung gemacht... In der Quiltmanufaktur musste ich ab März alle geplanten Kurse absagen. Der Platz ist einfach zu gering, als dass ich für das nötige Hygiene Konzept sorgen kann. Die Vorstellung, dass sich meine Kunden hier unter solchen Umständen anstecken, lässt es mir kalt den Rücken runter laufen!

Umso schöner, das ich Anfang des Monats zu einem Workshop in die Schweiz zu BERNINA reisen durfte. Ich hatte im Januar einen neuen Workshop konzipiert, bei dem es um Verschnitt Technik geht. Den Kurs habe ich ...

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September 11, 2020
workshop table [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

workshop table

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May 31, 2020
100 days of bojagi from Ellyn's Place

It's been 100 days since Quiltcon 2020 in Austin. 100 days since we hugged new and old friends, stood in lines (close together!), ate tacos in crowded restaurants, chatted with vendors with no masks and thought nothing of it. 100 days since I sat in a classroom at the convention center with new and old friends and learned to do Korean Bojagi from Daisy Aschehoug.

Daisy is a warm, kind, bubbly human who currently lives in Norway (yes, she flew across the ocean to teach us, another thing people could do way back in February). She's an awesome ...

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March 8, 2020
Maritime Beauty Workshop? from Sew Karen-ly Created...

In response to many requests for a class on New York Beauties, I am tossing around the notion of offering a spring quilting workshop, to be held here in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Our project for the day will be the table-topper “Maritime Beauty”.  
 It’s a great learning piece, as it encompasses so many techniques – curves, spikes, and making and applying bias binding to a curved edge. You also get to turn 4 inside corners with that binding!
Quilted with a walking foot

 Instead of regular foundation piecing, we will do paperless paper-piecing (also known as freezer paper piecing) which ...

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February 10, 2020
gifted quilts from Ellyn's Place

There have been lots of happy occasions to gift my quilts lately! In December, friends of ours got married. We gifted them the improv string plus quilt I had begun in Sherri Lynn Wood's workshop in 2018. My pal, Diann, of Happy Quilts quilted it for me.
Then the babies began to arrive! Dear friends welcomed their first grandchild, a girl, in January. Knowing she was coming, I had made my final 2019 fifth Saturday challenge especially for her....
I assure you the quilt is square! Apparently I had my phone at an angle and this is the best ...

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January 17, 2020
asianartandquilts from Asianartandquilt's Blog My Typical Approach To Creating My Silk Painted Art Quilts.

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October 8, 2019
Upcoming Workshop - Twizzle from Daphne Greig

Twizzle Quilt: 70" x 77"
There are a couple of spaces left in my upcoming 'Twizzle' workshop at Calico Cupboard. 

When you make the this project you can make TWO other projects at the same time. It all has to do with how you make the quilt

This is a perfect time of year for this project. Keep one project for yourself and the other 2 can be gifts!

Join me on Friday, October 18, 10 am - 3 pm.

Skill Level: Confident Beginners with
basic piecing and rotary cutting experience

Class fee is $50

Sign up at Calico Cupboard or ...

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