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  • Time Flies…

    I once heard someone say – “Time flies whether you are having fun or not, so you may as well be having fun. This past fall was fun but it was also a brutal schedule. I would be gone on a teaching engagement and return home with just enough time to get a little caught up on other work and prepare for the next trip before I was out the door again. My husband was not a happy camper.

    To make things worse, right before my last trip in November, I discovered my camera missing. I looked everywhere I normally keep it in the house and then in odd nonsensical places (in case the cat batted it under the furniture) and still no luck. Though I was distressed over the loss of the camera, the biggest loss in my mind were the pictures I had been too busy to download to my computer – they were irreplaceable.

    I finally bit the bullet and bought a new camera about a month ago, one ‘smarter’ that I am and I’m still trying to figure out how to download the software to make it able to transfer pictures wirelessly. Then, of all thing, I found my old camera a few days ago and in a place I swear I’d checked several times. It had slipped into a ziploc bag of embroidery supplies in a canvas project bag. I had removed the various ziploc project bags repeatedly to search the main bag for the camera and never noticed that one was a bit heavier than it ought to be. Oh well, I was thinking of upgrading the camera anyway and at least I got my lost photos back.

    So this is what I’ve been up to over the last couple of months: I started in early October with a trip to Pennsylvania to teach at a retreat sponsored by The Quilt Patch Etc. in Mt Pleasant, I taught my Garden Patch Cats & Bloomin’ Dogs class, Thread Painting and Mini Landscapes and have some wonderful photos of student work below.

    Following that, I taught at the Ocean Waves Quilt Camp at Rockaway Beach in Oregon sponsored by Jane’s Fabric Patch in Tillamook OR. I taught my regular standby – Machine Quilting and also my new class on Animal Totems.

    After that, I headed home for a few days then right back to Tillamook, this time to teach at the Latimer Textile Center where I offered a class on Hand Embroidered Folk Ornaments and then a class on Hand Appliqued Molas. While there, I stayed with my good friend and Starbucks Hot Chocolate Buddy, mystery writer, Arlene Sachitano. It was after this trip that I misplaced my camera so I did not get pictures of my next trip to teach for the West Sound Quilters in Port Orchard WA.

    After that, the holidays set in and between preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas coupled with playing catch-up with patterns and local teaching venues, I haven’t been at all good about keeping up with my blog. Perhaps I should make that my New Year’s resolution.

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  • The Winds of Change: Quilt Shops on the Move

    Pioneer Quilts has a new home!

    A lot of tears were shed when Pioneer Quilts announced they were closing, Linda was crying when she told me several months ago and it was all I could do to keep from crying myself. It is said “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” and going they are – right into a gorgeous new location, the Broetje House, in Oak Grove. I have seen pictures that Linda showed me of the interior as well as the outside; I can’t wait to see it in person. Best of all – Pioneer Quilts will own the property, no more being at the mercy of the whims of a landlord.

    Visit Pioneer Quilts’ Facebook page to see pictures of the new shop and keep up to date on when they will reopen. While there, please ‘like’ them to show your support and plan on visiting them personally as soon as they reopen. I for one and jumping with JOY!

    Pioneer Quilts new home
    Pioneer Quilts new home

     

    The New Folks in Town

    There is also a new shop opening in Wilsonville, wonderful news for all of those living in the southern Portland Metro area as well as those willing to take a field trip to explore new quilt shops.

    The new shop Sewn Loverly is located in downtown Wilsonville across the street from Lamb’s Thriftway. They will be having an open house this Saturday September 6 and I will be there from 10 am to 1 pm with samples of my quilts for classes I will be offering there. Stop by to say hi and welcome them to our wonderful quilting community.

     

     


  • APWQ Symposium

    Time is running out to register for the 2014 APWQ Symposium. There is a wonderful slate of teachers on the faculty including yours truly. I am offering two full-day classes and a third half-day class. On Friday August 1, I am teaching Animal Totems, a lovely blending of reverse applique and either Seminole or Foundation Piecing. There are several animal patterns to choose from – a Salmon, Bear, Wolf, Jaguar, Seal and Bird. I have designed a few new designs as well including a Deer, a Horse and a Turtle so there will be more choices beyond those listed in the brochure. This is a great project for beginners as well as more accomplished quilters. These quilts are beautiful as is but also provide fertile ground for those who enjoy embroidery and embellishment and some of the inset panels can be a good way to use up scraps.

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    My Saturday, August 2, class is a tide pool themed wall hanging that is completely reversible. Hang it one way for a while and when you are ready for a change turn it around for a fresh new look – two quilts for the price (and effort) of one! The process is much easier than you may think and again is suitable for embellishment – particularly beading.

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    My final class on Sunday, August 3, is a Folk Art Embroidery class. I’m a huge fan of ethnic embroidery styles and these were inspired by the heavily embellished stitchery of India and Pakistan. There are two patterns to choose from – a Cat or a Peacock. Once the stitching is completed, the embroidered motif can be cut out and applied to a quilt block or panel or sewn and stuffed to make a holiday tree ornament. The stitches are fairly basic and can be combined as desired to make a unique one-of-a-kind project.

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    At the time of this post, there is still room in all these classes though the hand embroidery class is almost full. Visit the APWQ Symposium webpage for registration information.