One of the things I love to do around the holidays is to make gifts for people in my life who would not normally expect a gift. Last year I made Bowl Cozies for the 26 employees at my local coffee shop! Why, you ask? There are five or six women who work there that make my coffee for me and my husband every morning. They don't even ask, they just make my coffee when they see me waiting in line. Some days we are chatty, some days I am not so friendly. Remember, it is morning and I haven't yet had my coffee!
Blog - Category: Leaves Galore
Do you get bored with your projects midstream? Do you have more UFOs than finished projects this year? I have the worst case of bright, shiny object syndrome of any quilter I know! But you would be so proud of me!
Since it is Christmas time, I want to share this pretty quilt with you! One time at Quilt Festival in Houston, I spotted an antique quilt that I really, really wanted to buy.
It is a bright, clear, beautiful morning here in New England. I am waiting for the temp to warm up so I can go for a bike ride with my hubby Jeffrey today. This is something we try to do once a week, granted I am not traveling, there is no snow on the ground and the temperature is above 40 degrees. If you are not from around here, you may think that 40 degrees is a little cold to get out on your bike! But in New England if it is sunny and bearable, it is best to get outside and enjoy the beautiful state we live in! If I don't get a little outdoor tim
Last November, I was able to spend some time with Rosa Rojas at the Pinwheels Quilt Show in Sturbridge, MA. Rosa is a native of Spain, but travels frequently to the US, Mexico and France to promote her Apliquick techniques and products.
I was at Genesee Valley Quilt Fest recently, and seeing many of my favorite customers who have all my tools. Everyone enjoys watching the demonstration and a good percentage of customers go home with at least one template, if not all seven. Yet at the shows I often hear "I have not yet removed the shrink wrap!" That makes me sad! I invented these tools to help you be more productive and creative. So how do I get my customers to use the tools they have purchased?
I am happy to announce my first ever Appliqué Design Challenge. You know how much I love Mistyfuse and FreeSpirit fabrics so I'm excited to have them as co-sponsors. Your challenge is to create an original quilt design using any appliqué elements that you can cut with my Leaves Galore and/or Hearts and More templates. All designers will start with one of four Cameo panels by Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit. Your final quilt will be 30" x 30" which gives you space to create your own design of applique elements around the Cameo panel.
Sue, Donna, and Linda Gosselin, a SPD Certified Instructor, belong to Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild and we recently revealed our 2016 Challenges. The theme for challenge was "modern". To participate, we purchased a bag that contained two fat quarters and two crayons. We had to use both the fabrics in the bag but could add four additional fabrics as long as they matched the colors of the crayons. The fat quarters were a Kona white and a gray fabric with some circles and helped unify the finished pieces.
The best thing about being me is getting to go to work every day and meet other quilters. This upcoming month gives us so many opportunities to do just that!
Teaching for quilt guilds is one of the best parts of my job. I have belonged to only three guilds in my 35 years of quilting, but each of them feels just like a family reunion when I visit. When I teach at your guild, I immediately feel like you have adopted me as a honorary “sister”. I love it when I hear you all laughing and joking in the way Quilting Sisters do when they get together.