• Tillamook County Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival

    Attention Quilt Lovers – Latimer Quilt and Textile Center presents The Tillamook County Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival ‘Tidal Treasures’ at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds 4603 3rd St. Tillamook OR 97141. The show will be open May 23 – 24 from 10 AM to 4 PM daily.

    I am the Featured Quilter and in keeping with the show theme, will be exhibiting a selection of my ocean themed quilts and fiber art. I will also be presenting a trunk show and talk each day.

    Come say hello, I hope to see you at the show

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    Things to do and see while in Tillamook:

    Tillamook is a very small community, nothing is very far from anywhere else and there is lots to do and see while there

    Visit the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center a wonderful textile museum just a few blocks from the Fairgrounds and sponsor of the Tidal Treasures show.

    Go have lunch and buy some cheese or an ice cream cone at the Tillamook Cheese Factory again just down the road from the Latimer Center.

    If a smaller more intimate food experience is your preference, visit the Blue Heron French Cheese Company located just south down the highway from the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Stop by to taste and buy delicious locally made French style Brie and grab a sandwich at their deli.

    And if you are coming to see a quilt show, you are probably a quilter. Be sure to stop by Jane’s Fabric Patch, a lovely quilt shop located at the south end of Tillamook


  • Nice Kitty!

    Good morning everyone! I want to share a picture with all you Garden Cat lovers. This pillow featuring my Garden Patch Cat pattern, Cattus Romanus, was made by my Facebook friend Maureen as a ‘memory’ quilt for a friend of hers who lost their beloved cat.

    For those who are not familiar with this pattern series, they are cats shaped like vegetables and fruits and I encourage cat fans who make my patterns to share pictures of their quilts. I have received many such pictures but this one is a particularly wonderful rendering of C Romanus (who is a head of Romaine Lettuce). Normally, he looks like a gentleman wearing a ‘smoking jacket’ but here, Maureen has made some modifications to the face and ended up with one of the most perfect Burmese (long haired Siamese) cats I’ve seen. I’ve had students try to emulate the Siamese coloration on various cat patterns before but this is one of the best I’ve seen.

    Maureen shared this picture on my Facebook page and I encourage everyone who makes these cats to share their pictures with me. To see the complete line of Garden Patch Cat patterns visit Story Quilts

    Cattus Romanus
    Cattus Romanus

  • On the road again!

    Once again I will be getting on an airplane to California, this time to the Bay Area where I will be presenting and lecture and workshop for the Diablo Valley Quilters in Danville California on April 16th (lecture) and 17th (workshop).

    My lecture, Transcending the Vision, covers the creative process of taking a raw idea and transforming it into a quilt. The lecture includes a step by step digital presentation on the making of my award winning quilt ‘The Captain’s Wife’ and includes a trunk show of other quilts.

    The Workshop on the following day – Cultural Inspirations, is on working with those ‘Can’t Bear To Cut It’ fabrics that are often presented in ethnic themes. These bold prints do not fare well when chopped up to make pieced blocks and are at their best when ‘showcased’ in a quilt. Though the class and project were inspired by my passion for ethnic art and cultural themes, the project is versatile and lends itself well to any theme. Bold novelty prints for holidays such as Christmas or Halloween adapt well for the project as well as other ‘theme’ fabrics – Laurel Burch prints, Kaffe Fassett or Amy Butler fabrics, Juvenile novelty prints… any fabrics that can spark and idea and be combined with a supporting cast of colors and textures in a similar subject. This is also a wonderful stash buster project. Students can design their own unique composition of follow one of several suggested layouts.

    For more information on the lecture and workshop contact the Diablo Valley Quilters


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