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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.

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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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April 24, 2018
Workshop auf der Nadelwelt from Grit's Life

Hallo Ihr Lieben,

die Zeit läuft und die Nadelwelt in Karlsruhe rückt mit großen Schritten näher.

Ich bin dort das 1. Mal mit einem Stand dabei. An meinem Stand biete ich Euch einen Workshop an.

Stand: H2.2

"Dresden Teller......modern und schnell"

Mit einem Speziallineal möchte ich Euch zeigen, wie ein "Dresden Teller" ganz leicht und modern umgesetzt werden kann. Die Möglichkeiten sind sehr vielseitig und ganz leicht umzusetzen.Ich bereite für Euch kleine Probestücke vor, so dass Ihr unter Anleitung die einzelnen Schritte nähen könnt und die Technik umsetzt. Ich verspreche Euch, das macht süchtig.Der Workshop findet ...

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April 11, 2018
Let's Bee Social #223 from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

That was the other fastest week of my life!

At last week's Let's Bee Social, I mentioned a trip to Wasaga Beach and then to Dunnville for trunk shows and a workshop. Yesterday I just returned from another show and workshop in Sarnia. What a wonderful way to spend a whirlwind tour in the early spring in Ontario!

Thankfully, my gracious and lovely host, Nora came to my rescue and sent me these photos from the workshop yesterday. Otherwise we may not have had a post for today!















If you ...

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April 6, 2018
Sew together Bag - Vorbereitungen für einen BERNINA Workshop from Quiltmanufaktur

Mitte April werde ich für 3 Tage in die Schweiz zu Workshops bei BERNINA International AG fahren. Unter anderem werde ich dort mit den Teilnehmern die Sew together Bag von Michelle / Sew Demanted erarbeiten.
Falls ihr es noch nicht haben solltet, das Tutorial kann man sich bei Craftsy kaufen und dann als PDF herunterladen. Für meinen Kurs in Steckborn habe ich für die Teilnehmer bereits die Anleitungen besorgt.


Zusätzlich bekommen sie von mir ein ausführliches Dossier, damit sie die einzelnen Schritte bei einer weiteren STG nachvollziehen können (ich bin für diese Dossiers selber immer extrem dankbar wegen der Löcher in ...

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March 3, 2018
It’s Spring (Almost) – Leave the House, Take a Workshop! from Cultured Expressions

Luckily, we’re making our way thru winter fairly well here in Rahway, so my thoughts have already turned to the approaching Spring season, and all of the opportunities we have to Create with African fabrics — Birthdays, Proms, Mother’s Day, Women’s History Month, and of course, the still-growing influence of all things “Wakanda Style”!  I’m looking forward to our second season here at the studio, and with that, we release the Spring workshop schedule ; )

In addition to our old favorites, we’ve added three new workshops…

Plus, you can enjoy three new “Drop-In Demos” (spontaneous opportunities to ...

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February 13, 2018
London from Karen Ann Ruane

Embroidered pockets for a London workshop

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December 24, 2017
The next London 2018 piece from Karen Ann Ruane

the next one for London

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