Saturday, May 30, 2009

Quilting Adventures


It has been suggested to me over and over again that I do a multi day class. Well I finally came up with an idea for such a class. 






To begin our three day class we will work with personal fabric and my hand dyed fabrics to construct individual units styled within tree imagery, the leaf, the subtle curves and seasonal colors, Oak trees, Pine trees, straight trees, endless curved and textured trunks, leaves and stems.

Then build confidence in developing your own voice and imagery with this free form style of working. Finishing our adventure in freedom we will work on advancing our strength in machine quilting.

The techniques I teach are liberating and free form. Fusing allows for endless possibilities with easy construction of shapes and details. Free form machine quilting takes the struggle out of what template to put where.

Join us in the fun of creating your own form of free expression. This seminar will be held at YE KENDALL INN – Boerne, TX

You can register at

I hope to see you there for some fun.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

I’m a new grandma of a puppy


WRIGLEY!! Meet my new grandpuppy. Isn’t she cute. I may have to use frequent flier miles and go visit her!! Not till June though!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Henry Ford Museum


I have been on the road since Saturday. I taught two great classes with the gals in Battle Creek. We had a really fun day of dyeing fabric and then a day of making fused art quilts. Either Summer Afternoon or Pumpkins. I guess the girls in Battle Creek are getting ready for fall. I am now outside Toledo in Sylvania OH where I will be teaching Machine Quilting and Small Autumn Mums.

Yesterday I had a day to play, so I decided to visit the Henry Ford Museum. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm and I thoroughly enjoyed myself walking thru the selection of collections in the Museum and then walking around the Greenfield Village, a collection of homes and buildings from around the country. Henry Ford’s home is there, Edison’s workshop, the Wright Brothers store and many other homes and buildings representing different time periods from around the USA.

Here are a few pictures from the collections sorry there aren’t more but  my battery went dead.


Well first I had to stick in a picture of George, because I miss him. This was taken right before I left. The dog days of summer are here.

OK now some interesting pictures from the museum.



There was a wonderful display of irons.










There was some beautiful painted furniture. I love painted furniture. I guess I Really love decorative arts.





We all know a little about the history of the sewing machine, but I love learning more. I also love the decorative look of these old black machines. I wish our sewing machines were as beautiful and had as much style as these do.  I wish they were  works of art. Some one could make alot of money if they designed a sewing machine that worked well and looked beautiful.



This was a rug in I think Daniel Webster’s house that was made of these 12” square  blocks of wool. All hand sewn to create I think what is called a “penny rug”. I would think that the wool would fray, but maybe not. It was very cool looking.









These are ceramics in the gift shop. I have always loved tiles and redware pottery.

If you ever get a chance to visit the Henry Ford Museum it is well worth the cost and time. I had a great day. It was my Birthday present to myself. Since tomorrow is my BD and I will be working all day, it was a nice treat.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

May 2009


May 17-19 Cal-Co Quilters Guild, Battlecreek MI lecture on Sunday at Southern Exposure Gardens. Monday and Tuesday classes, Flooded with Color and Autumn Glory
May 21-23 Gathering of Quilters, Toledo OH lecture and class Friday Machine Quilting and Saturday Autumn Mums at
Sonflower Quilts and Gifts 6600 Sylvania Avenue
May 26 Mt Vernon Chapter Quilters Unlimited, Alexandria VA - class and lecture
May 27 Burke Chapter of Quilters Unlimited, Burke VA - lecture
May 28 Faithful Circle Quilters Guild, Columbia MD - class and lecture
This is where I will be for the rest of the month. If you are near any of these venues and want to stop in and say hello please do so.

dandelionfa2008 April showers brings May flowers

And Dandelions. I am getting out in my garden every chance I get, and of course the weeds are right there with me.

This month with every order over $20 on my website, you can also purchase the first pattern I every made "Petite Dandelions" (only 1) for 1/2 the regular price. Wouldn't you rather have those "weeds" on the wall and not in the yard.

Happy digging and sewing from me to you

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Forget Me Knots


image-1 I have a little quilt project in this summer magazine that is on the sales stands now. It is called “Forget-Me-Knots”. It is the perfect beginner fusing project.









I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Becoming a mother changed my life and made me a better person in so many ways.
Thank you guys for that!

I was gifted with daughters not by birth but by circumstance and I love them all the more for it.

And thank you Mom for always being supportive and PUSHY. Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there.
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May girls BD

Last Saturday Laura and I went into Chicago to have a girls day. We have in the past celebrated our BD's together with a big gathering at Melody's house. But alas Melody has moved away. Usually Emily and Anne join us too as they are May BD's as well, but schedules did not allow that to happen. We picked up Judy and Nina at their place and began the day by visiting the only quilt shop in Chicago. Quiltology. Nice place.
We then wandered around the city looking for a knit stop called Nina's. We eventually found that. I bought new needles because one of mine had broken. Wandering in Chicago on a Saturday morning is not a good idea, the traffic is a killer, but with all of us in the car it was a silly time. Finally we ended up back at Judy's and had a fabulous lunch. Trish Williams joined us for lunch. Fun and laughs were had by all.

Nina, Judy's daughter, made these delightful cream filled strawberries for dessert. They were placed on top of pound cake with more strawberries, which of course was over kill, but well received. I managed to pop a few directly into my mouth. YUM!
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Last of my Paducah pictures






I can’t believe this woman lives in my town and I don’t know her!! I love this quilt. Won’t you want this at your house come Christmas morning!


IMG_1888 IMG_1890 This quilt is amazing, who has the patience for this kind of work, not me, but apparently Liz Jones does. You go girl!



I always take pictures of machine quilting. I am always looking for new inspiration and checking out other quilters stitches. You should too if you want your quilting to improve, as well as practice and experiment on your own. Ok enough lecturing.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Paducah quilts




Of course I loved this quilt, not only does it have leaves but trees in the leaves.



Isn’t this quilt fabulous. So graphic and fun!





I love this quilt, I can’t even image constructing it! So inventive.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Field Poppy



I created this wonderful  12” x 16” “Field Poppy” for Fairfield batting. We premiered it at Paducah. You can obtain the directions and pattern for this elegant wall hanging by emailing me. I will send you a link to Fairfield where you can download the pattern and the directions. It is made from one half yard of my regular stripy fabric which you can get at my website on the fabrics page. It is the perfect piece to brighten up your “studio” space or give to that special friend. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

More from Paducah




Here are more quilts from the Paducah show that caught my eye. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

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I’ve noticed that I am really drawn to all these album quilts. I think it is all the scrolling and curly ques in them that attract me.





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