Sunday, February 19, 2012

Beach City Quilt Guild - CA

I have just returned from a few days in sunny California. I taught a two day leaf class at Beach City Quilt Guild. I love teaching multiple day classes as my students get time to really embellish their pieces with multiple stitches using different threads and ribbons.

We used multiple #8 variegated threads. I am always intrigued by the way these stitch up. You get a really textured look with not too much effort.

We also work with our new Dazzle thread. This thread has a very different texture. It is a thicker thread and looks like little beads when you stitch with it. We have a few colors online and each month we will be featuring a 'New color of the month' February's color in Midnight

We talked about fussy cutting words and fun fabrics for layering on leaves. There are so many wonderful fabrics to embellish leaves with.

One of my favorite organic looking threads is seagrass. I love the flat broad stitch you get when stitching with it.

We all worked with hand dyed velvet learning easy techniques for needle turn appliqué and also embossing the velvet with rubber stamps.

Beading was also explored using the wonderful #24 silk threads I love. These come in an abundance of vibrant colors.

 Also the Fly stitch using Dazzle thread.

The class was held at Sewing Party in Laguna Hills Cecile the owner has a great eye and the store was filled with a wonderful selection of eclectic fabrics. She made us feel very welcome as we nested in her classroom for two full days.

Many thanks to all the members of Beach City who took such good care of me. I was treated to wonderful seafood, great scenery and lots of sunshine.
I hope each one of you enjoy the journey of stitching on your samplers.
Take care


  1. Lo tuyo maravilloso, te invito a visitar y dejar comentario en mi blog amor estarè muy agradecida, te espero SI?

  2. Thank you for sharing your class with us and also mentioning the various threads with such good pictures of them. I didn't realize what a difference the thread makes. I think I need to order some! I used to go to Laguna Beach on business trips and it was a REAL treat for me..let me tell you! The food, the shopping, the scenery and the was ALL there...and the high prices too! LOL! I definitely enjoyed myself! I love California, I just can't afford it! LOL! Maybe you could take me with you next time as your "assistant". Glad you had a fun and successful trip.

  3. Sue, I love the embellishments and the stitching that makes each leaf unique! I am just trying to finish my needle book from your class at Deirdre's shop last September. It's my goal to have everything done and ready for all the classes this fall!!! I look forward to seeing you again...I think I'm in for almost all the classes, it's going to be so exciting!
    Margaret B

  4. Magnifiques créations ! J'adore le travail, les couleurs!

  5. I love your blog! :)
    Yours, Ulla

  6. I only can to say you, "I love your work".
    It's fantastic and original.
    Best regrads

  7. WOOOOOOO. Todos lindos, I love HOPE, I'm HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I looked for an email - but didn't notice one...I had a question about silk velvet and wondered if I could contact you or your sister about it.

    I too am a lover of your work! Stunning and inspiring!