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Greetings from Colorado!

February 20, 2012

I found myself in Colorado this weekend enjoying the company of good friends, working on business concerns and getting to sight see a bit!  This was my first trip to the Rocky Mountains!  So of course I had to play tourist and fortunately my friends were glad to indulge me!

The first stop was Golden, CO to see Male Call: Quilts Made by Men exhibit at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.  The exhibit is open through April 28, 2012 and is worth the trip to see!  We had a docent led tour which was very interesting and enlightening.

After seeing the exhibit and visiting a couple of quilt shops, we devoted the rest of the day to nature.  The scenery was so inspirational!

  Playing tourist includes the picture at the Continental Divide sign!  The skiers and snow boarders were amazing to watch.  There were ski tracks in the most amazing locations on the side of the mountain.

Of course the wind was something to consider!  But seeing the Big Horn Sheep in their natral habitat was worth it!

  Can you see the sheep?  There are actually two of them of different ages.


Rhapsody of Quilts

February 24, 2011

In the midwest, we are subject to the mid winter snow storms and thaws.  For two days, the city was shut down as we shoveled out from under 2 feet of snow (not as bad as New York but bad enough).  The very next week, we had temperatures in the 50’s and most of the snow has gone.  It was amazing to feel balmy spring winds in February.  While we patiently wait for the real spring to arrive, it is great weather to be quilting!

   Of course in cold weather, it is nice to cuddle up with a comfortable quilt.  The pets enjoy them also! 

   The winter season is also a good time to get the creative juices flowing.  Review photographs for inspiration and find quiet time to contemplate and just let the ideas flow.  Doodling is a good exercise to get into a creative frame of mind, to relax and enjoy the process.  Doodling is also a good way to limber up before free motion quilting.

With the cat banned from the sewing room, I have fewer distractions and can focus on preparing for upcoming events.   March 5 and 6 is the “Rhapsody of Quilts” show in Princeton, IL, presented by the Covered Bridge Quilters Guild.  It is a judged quilt show with a merchants mall, silent auction and a quilt raffle.  The show is open Saturday, March 5 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, March 6 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  I am working on three new quilt patterns and hoping to debut one of them at least.

Quilt and Needle Arts Walk, Genoa, IL

January 24, 2011

A New Year with many exciting projects on the horizon and the sewing machine insists that it is time to go into the shop for a cleaning.  When the machine speaks in this manner, I must listen. 

I am starting out the New Year with a display in the store window for Cutter’s Family Hair Care in Genoa, IL.  It is part of Genoa’s Quilt & Needle Arts Walk January 24 – 29.  It is a week full of activities, demonstrations and exhibits.  Quilts, embroidery, knitting, weaving, lacework, needlepoint, rugs, handmade dolls, and more are displayed throughout downtown Genoa, IL.

   The 2011 walk is sponsored by Basketcases Unlimited of Clare, IL.  Activities include displays including Quilts of Valor and Home of the Brave quilts honor US military.  Local artists Shirley Gylleck and Dorothy Laing will be doing presentations.  I will be doing a demonstration of the quilt and tear paper on Thursday, January 27th at 1:30 pm.  For a full schedule of activities, go to

Placemat Brings Exciting News

November 11, 2010

The Gradations placemat pattern has been put on a promotional flyer for Clothworks Shades fabric line.  Very exciting news!

Other news is the development of a new pattern.  This one is based on rectangles.  This coming weekend will be a fun filled, busy quilt focused retreat in Lake Geneva, WI.  The new pattern will be tested during the retreat so I have been busy pulling the fabrics together as well as the sewing machine and other supplies.   Of course, something is usually forgotten when getting ready for a retreat.  Usually a very crucial something that is not remembered until at the retreat!   To avoid this problem, the sewing room is full of lists.

Design Board Project

July 31, 2010

I have been on haitus and yet busy with quilt related activities!  I was a vendor at the Batavia, IL quilt show July 16-18 and saw many incredible quilts!  The coincidence was the quantity of marvelous historic quilts on display as I am also taking a History of Quilts class through the University of Nebraska.  Many of the antique quilts in the show were styles that we were discussing that week in the class!

The project currently on my design board is a new placemat that uses Clothworks new Shades fabrics.   It uses a Rail Fence block to highlight the gradations of the fabric.

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!