I realize that I have been MIA, but for good reason as it all pertains to my love of quilting. Numerous commitments have kept me on the go; trust me even my husband thinks I’ve disappeared! First up was MQX (Machine Quilter’s Expo) in New Hampshire. I love attending this show, it holds a special place in my heart since it was my first teaching gig way back in 2006. I get such an overwhelming sense of nostalgia when I walk through the doors of this arena.
The word “amazing” doesn’t come close to describing this show or the quilts! AND the quilters were spectacular! I am beyond thrilled to report that my four-year (okay five-year) project, “Oh, My Bleeding Heart” placed 3rd in the Solo division! I am speechless and filled with immense joy.
During my classes I was in awe of my incredibly talented students, and that’s putting it mildly. They were amazing and brought tons of fun and the love of teaching to my days at MQX.
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No, no I have not forgotten about my Perfect Plumes class. The perfectionist that I am, I felt that I needed to add a “final” project to the session. This little addition to the class has taken me a little bit longer than expected to produce. Good things come to those that wait..lol!
I believe everyone will be excited to hear that the ProFeather Rulers have arrived! If you’re out of the loop and haven’t heard about them, you better get in the loop by checking them out !!!
The past two weeks were a whirlwind. I was at MQX East where I spent the week with some very talented quilters.. my students. I always learn so much from them. I launched a new class All Marked Up! It was so much fun. It was a round table discussion on marking tools and all 25 students participated. It was such a great class I can’t wait to “teach” it again.
Of course I taught ruler classes, my Divide and Design technique and Mastering the Mini. Here are some pictures….
Divide, Design, Get it done!
Divide, Design, Get it Done!
Mastering the Mini!
And of course, my Sis, Judy is there with me. She’s the one that makes sure all the students are sufficiently caffeinated with coffee and chocolate..
We always try and squeeze in some fun as well…. Judy surprised me with a quilt she made me…. Love it!
Always a great time! Can’t wait till next year! Hope to see you there.
I am so excited for this class! What are we going to do, you ask? We have 4 hours to talk about anything you want as you watch me progress through quilting through this sample! This is a block from my new show quilt which is NOT done. LOL I am going to be putting on a border , not quite sure what yet but I want it to be something fun.
We’ll go through my Divide and Design Process and I’ll show you what I didn’t choose and why. What threads and batting I like to use as well. So many things and with only 4 hours, I hope to get it all in. Bring in your tops that you don’t know what you want to do with and maybe I can help with that too. Hope to see you there.
It was so great seeing everyone at Birds of a Feather! I love this conference! The venue is very nice with lots of restaurants in the area. This conference is growing and Val is getting new teachers in as well. Lots of classes to choose from. If you haven’t checked it out, it is worth it! I haven’t heard one bad thing about ANY of the classes taught there.
My classes were fun, as always… at least for me. My students were sponges and soaked in all I had to offer. I am so lucky to have this job!
Here are some pictures from my Feathers for the Timid class.. and these ladies said they couldn’t do feathers… I’m pretty sure they weren’t telling me the truth in the beginning of class.
Here is my Divide and Design Class… boy, they picked it up and ran with it. I was so impressed.
I hope to see many of you at MQX in April! I will be teaching a HANDS ON Mastering the Mini, so you should be able to go home with a completed miniature whole cloth.
It was also great seeing some of the teachers that I don’t get to see a lot, Jamie Wallen, Sherry Rogers-Harrison, and Nancy McNally to name just a few!
Now i have to finish organizing the studio so I can get some work done… looks like a bomb went off in here. LOL
I love whole cloths! There is something so elegant about just a piece of fabric and thread. The problem with whole cloths as I saw it was that there was a lot of measuring (which I totally dislike) and a lot of marking ( which I detest as well). Maybe you feel the same way?
In my Mastering the Mini, I teach you how to create a one of a kind whole cloth with no measuring and minimal marking! What could be better?
Crown Jewels: Won HM at Houston International quilt festival
I used this method to create Crown Jewels and it did quite well on the show circuit. 🙂
I will be teaching this class at Birds of a Feather (Feb 7, 1:30-6) and MQX (April 10, 8-12p) (2 day and a 4 hour class)
Now, Mary from MQX has convinced me to do a hands on Mastering the Mini and More class…. what is this, you ask? Well, it is a 2 part class, The first day (4 hours) will be spent designing your mini and marking it! I provide you with the white fabric ( feel free to bring your own or I will have some luscious Radiance for sale, just the right size) and thread.
The second day, we will spend this time on the machines stitching out your beautiful masterpieces. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Make sure you sign up today as space is limited to 12 students… one per machine.
My whole cloth design
Here are some of the drawings from a previous Mastering the Mini class… these ladies have some wicked talent! Don’t miss out.