Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Olive Grace, Cortland OH

I taught an embellishment class at a wonderful quilt store in my area called 'Olive Grace' owned by Kori Turner My daughter Aimee goes to school in the area so I picked her up and she helped for the day setting up and selling the items in my little store.
The students worked on embellishing leaves and circles using all hand dyed and textural threads and many fun and interesting stitches.
Aimee did a great job setting up a little store of all my embellishments hand dyed velvet. Doesn't it make you want to stitch?
Kathy Kori's mom catered breakfast and lunch. She is a wonderful cook and the food was fabulous.
I am delighted as Kori and Kathy are traveling to Orvieto in Italy month to take my class as well as experience the wonderful Italian culture. I will be returning to teach a class at Olive Grace next year.
Take care

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Quilt Show Taping

I have just returned home from Colorado Springs where my quilts were taped for the upcoming season of 'The Quilt Show' with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. It was a wonderful fun day were I got to share my quilts and teach a few techniques about stitching and embellishing wool. The filming crew were fabulous along with Alex and Ricky. My show was filmed in the morning and Michelle Jacksons was in the afternoon.
We filmed the show at the lovely home of Barb and Bob Normoyle. They were very gracious to allow us to move furniture and hang quilts around their home which had a breath taking view of the mountains.
They featured my new 'Crimson Tweed' quilt as well as Robin Run the Hedge and Magnolia as backdrops to the interview.
I made many step outs showing the progression of embellishing leaves which I shared in my demo section. We talked about all the wonderful hand dyed threads I use. Along with the fun stitches.
The threads and yarns were a feast for the eyes. So much color and texture!
Normally it takes about a year before the online show will air. But I am very excited as they needed an additional feature for the upcoming series (Episode 810) so mine will be available for viewing Monday May 9 As one of my newsletter members you will be able to view the show for free for one week and then have the opportunity of signing up for the show at a 20% discount. If you do not already receive my newsletter please make sure you sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of my website page
I am really excited to launch my new book for Spring Market and have it be featured on the 'Quilt Show' when it is so new.
I shared the day with a wonderful Art Quilter Michelle Jackson from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Many thanks to everyone who made this day a success. And a special thanks to Shelly, Lilo, Alex and Ricky.
I feel so fortunate to be able to make a living doing something I am so passionate about. The best part about it is I still love every stitch I make.
Keep Creating

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday in Lincoln

Rebecka and I had a great Monday together visiting the International Quilt Study Center and Museum and the State Capitol. The Capitol is a wonderful building built between 1922 and 1932. The interior reflects the history of Nebraska with tiled floors and ceramic mosaic ceilings.
We also stopped in at a lovely coffee shop did a little stitching and walked around the old station area of Haymarket.
As the quilt museum is closed on Mondays Rebecka organized a private tour of the quilt exhibits. Lois was wonderful and very informative. The exhibit of the 'Marseille White Corded Quilts' was on display. What an amazing collection! All hand stitched and corded with wonderful imagery in the background. The second exhibit was 'Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers'. These quilts were made by Nebraskan quilters or the quilts were brought to Nebraska by families who settled in the area between 1860 and 1900.
If you visiting Lincoln please take time to visit the museum. Every time I have visited there has been a different exhibit with the most outstanding quilts on display.
Once again my head is filled with more ideas than I can possibly have time to stitch.
Take care

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lincoln Guild - NE

It was wonderful to see some of my students that took my class at the NE State Conference last year. Even better they brought there projects from my classes.
I taught the Peony Bloom and the Bird Song Needle Case. I love what you did with your pieces thanks for sharing.
Lorraine added a velvet wing to her bird and sewed a wonderful little piping around the edge of the needle case.
I taught my 'Altered Texture' Tree class. Each started with a base kit. We worked on filling the tree with leaves, berries and birds.
Some students added a little family history and special elements that were meaningful to them.
These samples are all in the early stages as this was just a one day class. I can't wait to see how each piece evolves.
Many thanks to Rebecka Schafer for all her hard work organizing my class.
Keep stitching

Friday, April 8, 2011

Leaf Play

Just a little leaf inspiration. I am fascinated with this shape and amazed at all the variations. These leaves are from my Monday Morning Group. They are great stitchers.
Have a wonderful weekend. I am off to Lincoln, NE in the morning to teach a class at the guild.
Keep Stitching