Archive for January 2010

The Colors of Winter

January 28, 2010

The midwest almost had a clear Christmas (instead of white) as ice was more prevalent than snow.  This winter I really looked at the colors of the landscape and discovered that winter is not just blue and white. 

The ice on the evergreen highlighted the green making it seem more vibrant. 


Snow outlines everything in white, but the brown of the tree trunks shows through.  Trees seen at a distance have a soft gray effect.  The city night sky after a snowfall glows pink.  Christmas lights in yards and on houses introduce bright primary colors.  This year a popular color for lights was blue.  It was very striking against the white snow. 

The same colors can be seen in landscapes throughout the year – they just appear in different proportions. 

Do you have a favorite season?  Is it your favorite because of the dominant colors?


After the Show

January 21, 2010

Eggstravaganza was a wonderful experience!  Many people were interested in the quilt and tear paper concept.  I also enjoyed sharing quilting tips and learning some new techniques.  It was a day full of classes and experiences!

Upon returning home and unloading the car, I quickly learned that if the cat is missing to look in the baskets.

I am also learning that I need to unpack a little more quickly.


January 10, 2010

  Eggstravaganze sponsored by the Feathered Nest will be at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL on Saturday, January 16th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

It is a fun filled day of classes, workshops, quilt vendors and lunch.  Registration is $25.00 at the door.  For more information, check out

I will be describing the many uses for Quilt & Tear paper; from transferring printed quilting patterns to the quilt top, resizing patterns to fit the pieced blocks and borders, adjusting the pattern to fit the border corners, and auditioning different quilting designs.  I have found the Quilt and Tear paper to be an easy method for no mark quilting.  It is a way to use all of those wonderful continuous line printed patterns and get the right look! 

Other classes given by:

Judith Rose of J. Rose Sewing Studio – Quilt Tote Bag with a clear plastic window on one side and a large zippered pocket on the other side.  Kit is $10.00

Donna Slater of the Feathered Nest – Scrapples, Scraps of Purple – Using strips and more strips in easy units.

Colleen Gift – Demonstration on the disappearing nine patch, bricks and strips to make quick and easy quilts.

Cindy Davidson of All My Stitches – class on printable interfacing.  A technique for making perfect arches found in Double Wedding Ring and Grandmother’s Fan.

Polly Perkins of Lucky 2B Quilting – A demonstration of the many wonderful tools to help us make quilts.

Kelly Lundquist of Necchi New Home Sewing Center – Use the Circular Stitcher – Make a small wallhanging with perfect circles.  Kit is $15.00.

Lynn Alme – of Patches and Petals – A class to deal with the overflowing stash found in most quilter’s homes.  Lynn will share her short-term solutions and plan for productive quilt making in order to produce wonderful scrap quilts!

Lunch will be from Annas Pizza for only $7.00.  During lunch, I will be giving a short demonstration on some quick and easy things we can do to preserve our favorite textiles.  There are techniques that fit the smallest of budgets.

At 2:00 Kris Winkler and Lynn Lokken will give a brief history of quilting and show about 20 antique quilts.

Demonstrations and vendors include:

At the Heart of Quilting – Wanted to get those quilt tops quilted and quilt for others?  This is an opportunity to test drive a Gammill Longarm machine.

Attic Quilts – They will be doing an ongoing demonstration of locker hooking rugs.  They will also demo many new tools and rulers.

Pretzel City Paper – This hands-on demonstration focuses on stamping on fabric.

It promises to be an exciting day full of quilting and friends.  I hope to see you there!