Monday, July 17, 2017

Midwestern girls.


We (Beatrice and I and 12 fabulous quilters) had a load of fun at Woodland Ridge Retreat center, in Menominee, WI! Five glorious days of cutting and throwing fabric around, making Double Wedding Ring Quilts!

If you visit my Instagram or Facebook Business page account, you will see many of the quilts in the works! Kind of tricky adding 12 images here...

I'm now on vacation for a few days, before driving up the Wisconsin Quilt Museum to see the IN Death Exhibit that I am a part of.  I hope to see some of you next year at the Woodland Ridge Retreat again, for DWR's!  The class is already full, but I will be back, I really did love this place. Great food, super comfortable, small class sizes! Watch the video about...


Now I'm back in Wabasha, visiting my aunt, mother, and cousins, and teaching Beatrice to be a good tom girl, like I was as a kid... bike riding, four wheelers, target practice, boating, taxidermy... the works... It's really nice to be hanging out here again...

One fun moment was meeting my Cousin's High school Art Teacher, who is, of course....
Annette, was so kind too let us in to her home, (one of favorite homes on the river since I was a little kid) What a joy to find out a quilter lives there, and that she enjoys travel and quilting as much as I do.  It was super nice to visit with her.

Busy days being lazy! I had to sneak off to take a nap, and well, now I'm ready for round two!
Mini golf?  Bike ride?  Ice cream?  Stitching at the eagles next coffee house?  

All of the above!


Pre-order Autographed copies of my NEW book Modern Quilt Magic here.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

Using my Wave Sizzix die, I made this cute flag quilt. Great for Stash Busting and clever quilts!

Packed and ready!

Beatrice and I are hitting the road! We are road tripping to Minnesota for quick visit to family, and then teaching in Wisconsin at the Woodland Ridge Retreat Center in Menominee. I can't wait! Double Wedding Ring Fun!  
 I look forward to being back in the midwest!

Friday, June 30, 2017

What's new!

I've had many emails recently looking for class spots for my double wedding ring classes. Many fill very quickly, But I've just updated my list to show where I have a few spots left for classes in 2018!  This list includes BRAND NEW CLASSES from my up coming NEW BOOK, MODERN QUILT MAGIC!  This is going to be fun people! Don't miss your opportunity to get in on these early classes! Have you pre-ordered your autographed copy at my website??

 Looking for a class? These spots are filling fast!

Upcoming classes!

Currently there are 3 new Class versions of quilts from my new book.

These are PARTIAL seam quilts, Super fun and not like anything you've pieced before.
They look complicated, but are quite fun to learn, and not hard, yet another patience builder! 

Once class I teach as a Herringbone technique pillow class.  Both of these locations will have this class.

The book is broken down into class projects, so that you learn the skill in a small manageable size. ( takes the FEAR out of learning something new!)  Once you have the skills you can then go on and build your large quilt without fear! This a appropriate for a 6 hour class.

Another class I am teaching at CRAFT NAPA is This Herringbone Quilt, "At the Crossroads of Modern & Grand"
( These are NOT braid quilts. )
The larger version of the pillow!

Those of you who think this is strip pieced or log cabined or braid quilt, Look again.


This quilt builds left and right, on the diagonal to make four giant blocks that make one quilt. based on the concept of the previous herringbone quilts, but taking is a step further...
See? This why you need 5 days to PLAY with me!! Learn these amazing Parlor tricks to make Seemingly difficult quilts when actually they are not hard to do, but, teaches you something NEW!!  Isn't that exciting??

MIND BENDING!!! So cool.

I'm super excited to share more images from the new book...The first time these quilts will be exhibited is at the Festival Of Quilts in the UK in August!! here's a sneak peek! So if you are at the show, Come to my booth exhibit TG6, and my lectures!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

New Sizzix dies in stock!

Varied Triangle die SIZZIX : Works on the BOG shot and Big Shot Plus and the Big Shot PRO machine

Hi everyone! It's been a crazy week, and then I got sick on the first day of summer! What is up with that?? I'm still coughing and droopy but hoping my head clears before I jump on a plane to Milwaukee Tuesday, for the day!  I'm heading over to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Textiles for a meeting, and turning around and flying straight home in time to pick up my daughter from the airport! She has been in Colorado, taking care of wolves!  Yes, you heard that correct! A community service trip to care for wolves on wolf preserve...I think she has had a blast...If the photo tells me anything!

So while I am stuff here coughing away at home, MY new SIZZIX dies are now in the shop!  Totally Trees, Diamond Point, and Varied Triangle So grab them quick as I only have three of each of my dies...  BTW, I have all my dies in the website and in the store, if you come to visit, but note:

We are closed weekends for  JULY AND AUGUST
Monday - Thursday 10-1pm   and Friday 12-6pm

Totally Trees: Works on the Big Shot Plus and the Big Shot PRO machine

Diamond Point Sizzix die : Works on the Big Shot Plus and the Big Shot PRO machine

 Grab those dies! :-)  

In the meantime, I 'm going to take a nap, even if it's 5:05 pm.... achoo!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

VFW NYC Quilt retreat

 This week I am hosting my Annual VFW NYC Retreat here in my home, hosting 8 quilters from the US and Canada!  Day one is spent on cutting, designing, and all things inspiration!

Many folks come with a set idea, and then we tweak it as they go... we talk about color, placement, pushing what we first "see" into a new creative space.

We look for more ideas to change up the pattern, and see where else we can stretch ourselves.
It's always very exciting to watch people make there first cuts, wary, then, I turn around again, and a million pieces show up in the design wall.  

I love watching them work. It inspires me to see them make the connections.

I'm pleased to be hosting these lovely quite folk!
I'll share with you as there work changes and morphs!

 Someone is plum-tuckered-out in the scrap pile!!
Socializing is exhausting, She says...

If you are interested in my VFW NYC 3 day quilt retreat, I announce the class only in my newsletter, It  does fill very quickly... You can sign up for my newsletter here.

At the end of the day, My New "GARLAND" quilt,  (Double wedding Ring pattern, kit and templates)   now in the store, came back from Mandy Leins who quilted it.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Home again, from Lincoln, NE!

I'm just back from a Lincoln Nebraska, to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum
where I am on the Advisory board. It was our yearly meeting, and always a huge treat to get to spend time at QuiltHouse!  

Currently, Bill Volckening is having a exhibit of some of his Double knit polyester quilts... 
We both collect, he has more. ;-)  We have a huge fondness for these quilts...Here isa flash back on an article on the two of us, My Double knit twin. ;-)


Reunited!  Sort of. ;-)

We get a peak at many new acquisitions when we are there... Here is a new Hawaiian quilt they now have. it's always fun to see what new quilts are now part of the collection.

Another beauty....

Geeta Kandlewhal is also in the board with us, and it was inspiring to hear her talk about this quilt she made on the Ghandi.  She is n amazing quilt Artist and collector from Mumbai, India. Greta is the author of Godharis of Maharashtra. She told a very moving story about this quilt.

Thank you Geeta for my pin cushion.  *wink!

I'll share more pictures this week! Happy to be home!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Get your tickets!

This quilt was made by YOU!

Win this "Coming Together" Quilt! Support ALS! This quilt was made by me with help of many of YOU by hand piecing these blocks at QuiltCon 2016! Please share and help spread the word! Got tickets? 

Thank you, Quilters Dream Batting, Marcus FabricsBradley Mitchell (Aurifil)Elena Gregotti Alex Veronelli and Juki Home for your support of this project. Your support goes a long way! Thank you!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Green & Red is in the house

If you've been following my blog for a while ,you will know this fact about me...
I LOVE  GREEN & RED together!
Need proof?  Here's a small smattering of the 5-10 green & red quilts I make each year!

I love subtle Holiday fabrics, Fabrics that read Green & Red. So they can be red & green without being  overly "Christmas-y."  ...Although I do love me some Santa and reindeer fabrics too, who am I kidding? Need more proof?  Click here.

But in general, I love the combo of colors.  I also love vintage quilts and red, green and yellow here hugely popular back in the day, so this can work both ways... Modern vintage!

This wreath print can be used as a WHOLE cloth panel, or chop it up to make some amazing designs! Below using my Snack set template #6 from the variety pack to make this cute block! ( BTW: Snack Set Sew-a-long at Facebook! Come play along!)

....Or as a whole cloth,  adding the scalloped borders around and a little applique to make a sweet tree skirt, or table top quilt, or Large Four block quilt!  All NEW products are here.

...And you know I love a great polka dot!  This linen colored with white dot, ( it is cotton, not linen) also comes in red! It looks great all cut up, or as a backing!

All of these beauties are now in the webshop and in the VFW quilts NYC store.  

And... If you are following me on INSTAGRAM, you can pop over there to enter my Green & RED Giveaway! ( at Instagram ONLY)