Thursday, April 4, 2019

Appraisals, and workshops and QUILTS, Oh My:) -part 3

Houston Bound and I haven't stopped squealing with delight:)

So SWIMMING SEAHORSE which I recently taught to the West Pasco QG will be my second class and I didn't want to push both together in one post because I had so many lovely photos to show!

Below you will find photos from the latest Seahorse class and it really shows how different fabric choices change the look.
Here is the original sample made by me:
This is such a great Quilt As You Go technique 
that can work for so many things!

We all LOVED the polka dot seahorse!  
That is the fun of workshops to me, seeing what 
fabrics everyone brings and then the 
subsequent, "why didn't I think of that?".
 This seahorse has great value and 
keeps its soft feel!
You don't have to go bright to 
get a good composition.
 I say you don't have to go bright but
I LOVE this orange one...what a surprise:)
For those of you that don't know, 
I love the color orange:)
Better than the orange seahorse is 
the gorgeous smile behind the quilt:)

Marilyn started her
piece in class and once home decided there wasn't enough contrast so I received this pic later in the week where she made a sweet coral seahorse and WOW!

THANK YOU to all the students who gave me permission to photograph their works in progress!!

I love my job and meeting Fantastic students.  I really love lunch time when I get to hear the stories behind these quilters. I try to find time to ask, "what did you do in your life before quilting?".  
This last class had a Navy Veteran, a retired RN, and a retired Judge who is in her 80s. They are all inspiring to me when I think of the times they lived in and what they accomplished.

Keep quilting ~~

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Appraisals, and workshops and QUILTS, Oh My:) -part 2

So in between all the appraisals and training, I have lectured and premiered my new, Fabric Collaborations, workshop to glowing reviews (not that I was shaking in my shoes or anything:)!

Have I told you yet that I will be teaching in Houston???  !!!!  Can you hear me squealing with delight?!

FABRIC COLLABORATIONS will be one of the workshops and the other will be my SWIMMING SEAHORSE which I recently taught to the West Pasco QG.

Here are some teasers to wet your whistle so you will come play with me in Houston...

Fabric Collaborations:
I revealed this last year in this post from September

The class with the Creative Quilters of Citrus County was everything I imagined and more.  The students were open minded, receptive to the idea, and really got on board enjoying something different. 
With permission I will show a few pics of what was being worked on,

Trish and her sister, Maddie, working 
on some lovely pieces inspired by 
the fabrics in their blocks!!
I REALLY LOVED this one!!! 
It had swirls and circles-WOOT!
 These Creative Quilters, Maryann Zutaut and Joy Streicher, had finished products from the Fabric Collaboration workshop with Robin Koehler to share with the guild....YAY YAY YAY!
It didn't have to be applique! 
As you can see above, 
a pinwheel was used to recreate 
the pinwheel from the orphan 
block and with the sewing 
machine, a spool and embroidered
thread were added.
Look at these fantastic floral appliques:)
SO FUN! Thank you Creative Quilters!!

Here is another sample I am 
working on to explain the process. 
Look at this FAB 1880s
block with a sweet daisy print!!

Expand that daisy out to the border and Voila'!

Thank you Kathy Cray!!

Don't you want to come play with me in Houston now??
We are going to have SO MUCH FUN!!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Appraisals, and workshops and QUILTS, Oh My:) -part1

This year has been crazy right out of the gate!
This is my appraisal booth at the Quilter's Workshop 
of Tampa Bay quilt show in February.
I also appraised the Sunbonnet Sue Quilters 
show in Vero Beach the week before.

Both shows were fabulous with lovely guild
members who were a joy to work with.

Then I hit the road these past 2 weekends in a row
to shadow Brenda some more because I can't have
too much training with her!!

We stay with hostesses from guilds sometimes 
and our last 2 were Amazing!! 
Fun, accomplished women who were so gracious to 
open their homes to us and feed us:)
THANK YOU Hilary and Susan!
It is exhilarating meeting new people and hearing
new stories especially since I work alone.

Quilt show season here in Florida is wrapping up 
and now I will get back to designing 
(a couple of magazine layouts coming up), 
lecturing, training, and teaching.

Hope to see you at one of your guilds.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

With a little help from my friends...

I have amazing friends who
 want me to succeed!!
Whenever I see them, they
have some little item to 
help me along my appraisal
study path and I am 
extremely grateful!

These goodies are from Teddy Pruett.

Fabric samples are all well and good in a 
book, but touching them and seeing 
them in person is so much more 
educational and it sticks in
your memory better because you 
development a relationship with it
through the sense of touch.

Cigar Flannels

Fabrics from the 1950s

Fabrics from the 1970s

When I become certified, it won't just be
an accomplishment for me, 
it will be a group effort!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Workshop development!

 What do you use your guest room for????

Once all the company was gone, 
I could get back to work!
There are piles for what to bring to a lecture, 
teaching proposals, and 
Fabric Collaboration development.
Handouts plus items students may 
be interested in purchasing.

The Fabric Collaboration sample 
pile continues to grow!
Has your guild signed up yet?

The stencils have arrived and will 
be kitted this next week!
Students will receive 3 in their kit leaving 5 
others to choose from or get them all~

It is going to be a great class with
lots of collaboration!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

"Inspired Free Motion Quilting: 90 Antique Designs Reinterpreted for Today’s Quilter"

Bill Volckening and Amanda Leins have joined forces to bring us a quilting book full of antique quilt eye candy!  As an antique quilt student and avid hand quilter, these quilts and designs overwhelmed me with their beauty and creativity. Bill I have been following for a few years now and he provided the gorgeous quilts from his collection. Mandy is a newer name to me and I am so intrigued!! A history in archaeology......Wow! She brings her long arm quilting expertise to the design recreation process all the while making us feel how easy it is to do.

Ok, the book! It isn't just for antique quilt lovers though because the purpose is to make the quilting designs accessible to quilters today, in particular, machine quilters. I am not a machine quilter so the designs will be great for my hand quilting too since they are continuous line designs. Any time you can keep the thread continuous without knotting off is a good thing, adding strength to the quilting.  

The first thing that greets you when you open the book is a Fantastic Pictorial Table of Contents. Admittedly I don't buy a lot of books but I don't believe I have ever had a visual contents page before and I felt that was clever for dealing with a visual medium audience.

The book offers thought provoking moments like sometimes less is more.  
Mandy, “I’ve been so immersed in these
quilts, it would be unusual if I wasn’t affected,”
she says. Mandy has noticed particularly that her
quilting work has become less dense over time and
now incorporates many elements of design from the
top itself—piecing, appliqué, and prints—to create a
cohesive design that works to enhance the top.
This type of less-is-more quilting has a different set 

of issues than very dense quilting."
Then she explains what is meant by this.
That resonated with me because I have felt this way for some time and use it as an approach in my own commission work and my workshop, "Fabric Collaborations".

Mandy offers great marking tips and the big take away for me is a stencil grid that is a base for marking designs. Great idea!

Each antique quilt is discussed with detail pics of the amazing quilting all done by hand of course:) Even if there wasn't a picture, you would be able to see it via the wonderfully descriptive writing. So you get a bit of history (some ca 1790) before the designs from those quilts are broken down into accessible bites for the home quilter to recreate in their own works of art!


My goal with this post is to show you how to go beyond the idea of quilting alone.  ANY outline design is perfectly set for applique and embroidery as well.  I hate limits:) Can you tell? 

The first one that struck me was this Orange Peel design.  For awhile now I have been looking for a cute clock to put in my workspace and when I saw this, I immediately thought, "clock"!! Very exciting.  Thankfully I already had some bias vine done and in the right lengths:)
 I traced out my circle and peel lines and started adding bias tape. These were then hand appliqued in place.

I then added applique petals just as the design shows in needle turn applique but you could just as easily fuse it all.  
It was done in 2 parts, a back petal that encompassed the side petals and a center petal that I fussy cut so that the noon tulip was straight and the other 3 bend counter clockwise. 

Then I had to decide whether more marks were needed to represent 1,2,4,5, etc.  I decided yes but not in applique so I found a lovely deep orange variegated machine quilting thread from YLI and used it to hand embroider the single petal in those places.  It is visible but very subtle so that the applique is the star!

Since there are only so many hours in a day, I had to stop with this Thistle even though I could have designed for hours!  
This design is from an antique applique 
quilt but I thought it would be lovely in embroidery.  
I have a wonderful selection of 
Weeks Dye Works variegated flosses.
I chose to make it a bit smaller and trace it out 4 up on a block.  This too may be a clock as a gift because 
I couldn't make a decision:)
It may also make a small decorative pillow.

The book is laid out for visual people. You have a lovely photo of an antique element and then Mandy walks you through step by step how to make it your own or combine it with other elements.
It was exactly what I was hoping it would be!

I will leave you with this lovely quote by Mandy:
“We never cut our threads to the past,” says Mandy. “We just knot on and continue with a different color". 

I hope you will visit the other participants to see how they are being inspired. 
Their blog links are found below.  There are giveaways too:)
For my giveaway, please leave a comment about your favorite part of the entire quilting process from choosing fabrics to binding and everything in between. Make sure your contact information is available.
On January 14th I will draw a winner and announce it here and on my FB page. The winner from my day will receive a FREE EBook from C&T Publishing.  Mandy will also have an additional giveaway on her day (the last one:).
Keep quilting!

January 8: Amanda Murphy of Amanda Murphy Design, Kim Lapacek of

and Stephanie Palmer of The Quilter's Planner   
January 9: Teri Lucas, Lynn Harris, Debby Brown of Debby Brown Quilts
January 10: Robin Koehler of NESTLINGS by Robin, Patty Murphy of Patty Murphy Handmade,
January 11: Joanna Marsh of Kustom Kwilts, and Amanda Leins of Mandalei Quilts

Sunday, January 6, 2019


I am excited to be a part of presenting 
this book to future fans!
Today kicks off the blog hop for Bill Volckening 
and Amanda Leins new book.
Follow along for chances to win a free ebook.

January 8: Amanda Murphy of Amanda Murphy Design, Kim Lapacek of

and Stephanie Palmer of The Quilter's Planner   

January 9: Teri Lucas, Lynn Harris, Debby Brown of Debby Brown Quilts

January 10: Robin Koehler of NESTLINGS by Robin, Patty Murphy of Patty Murphy Handmade,

January 11: Joanna Marsh of Kustom Kwilts, and Amanda Leins of Mandalei Quilts

I will see you back here on the 10th with 

some tips on how I used the book:)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


How did I celebrate?  Very quietly:)  My year review is already done by completing the 31 day blog challenge.
If you missed it, you can read about it Here, Here, Here, and Here!

I am not picking a word this year as so many do.  Instead I will keep plugging away with the skills I have been nurturing in 2018 (hopefully a bit better though:)

I will have at least one new magazine project out this year and one in the works for 2020.
There are 3 lectures with signed contracts and 2 workshops.  If it isn't signed then it isn't scheduled so you can still get your empty calendar spaces filled:) 
My test for Appraisal Certification is in August and lots to learn between now and then!

My wish for us all is a touch of personal peace and loads of Quilting!! 
I also want to thank every single person (you know who you are:) that helped me keep my business growing this year!!  
IF you read all the way to the bottom, message me through FB and I will send you a Free Jingle Penguin Pattern:)