Archive for June, 2008


Brigham City UT and Lee’s Summit MO


I just arrived home last night from Lee’s Summit MO, where I taught 3 classes, punchneedle, wool applique and wool applique w/piecing on a little cotton tulip quilt.  There were a great bunch of teachers there as well.  See below….


I love teaching.  I meet a whole new bunch of people where ever I am.  2 weeks ago I was in Utah where I did a class on my 2 gallon crock design and then the next day I spoke at their historic courthouse right next to the mountains, were we discussed wool and then I showed a bunch of quilts and other things that feature wool.  I had a great time in Utah.  The “girls”, Fran and Rolane treated me very well and they have asked me to come back to do their retreat in Jan. 2010, that seems like so long away, but it will be here before i know it….so if you want to get away, come to this beautiful city…In MO.  I “hung out” with some of the other designers that were there teaching.  Shawn Williams from Threads that Bind, brought her mother and aunt and one of their cousins, we went out for dinner and sewed in the hotel lobby at night along with various quilters from all over who were attending the workshops…we went antiquing and shopping after classes.  I scored some of the Needle Love’s props and projects that they were clearing out of their warehouse….I would show you them, but I think I am going to give them to some of my girlfriends for their birthdays!  Rita from Quilter’s Station, brings in people to sell their “goods” on Sat, too much fun…..I will post some of the things I carried home later…I look forward to next year….if you need to get away or want some place to go with your girlfriends or make new ones…go to Primitives of the Midwest.  You won’t know who to take a class from…the teachers are, Maggie Bonanomi, Barb and Alma(Blackbird Designs), Linda Hall(Primitive Pieces by Linda) Renae Plains (Liberty Star), Shawn Williams (Threads that Bind), Jackie Patton( Jacque Patton Designs(…I know i probably spelled her name wrong…Eddie McGinnis (designs for Kansas City Star) Lynn Hagmeier, (Kansas Trouble Quilts), Sue Spargo, Minerva and Rhonda ( Real true- Rug Hookers, Cheri Ralston–(designs with lots of people and for herself Kansas City Star) what a line up of great teachers…So check your calendar and see if you all can go…..June 24-27th 2009.  Quilters come from all over…Lorna and Mary Jo, were both from CA, but i don’t think they came together…I met one of my good customers from MI, Cheryl Knapp, who took my tulip quilt class and just about finished it, including the hand stitching of the 4 blocks…


Jennifer Keltner, from American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, she gave a wonderful show on Wednesday night, showing off some of the new designs coming up in the next couple of issues….she even had my quilt with her, I was so happy to see it…I sent it to them in Dec/2007.  It will appear in the next issue coming out in August…Look for Autumn Bliss, featuring our hand dyed wools!  You can even order a kit that includes the threads!  Jennifer had many many beautiful quilts coming up in their next issues…a few from Julie Hendricks of JJ Stitches…antique quilts, with reproductions made of them…I know I am going to make one of those quilts.  So be sure to look for the great quilt designs coming up!  

I have 10 out of my 12 blocks of the week finished and will work on the sashing this week…I also did another of Shawn’s punchneedle projects with the 6 strands of floss out on the boat one day before I left for MO, called Prized Pumpkin, for a shop sample….He is too cute!  If I get the quilt top done this week I will post it….talk to you soon and quilt on…




The Pacific Coast

Here are some photos from when we went to the coast for a few days after market…we walked the beach each morning and then explored the town…Look at those great blue flowers that must be perennials there! Boy I am I jealous…

Here is the project i started the other day…It is so fun to do someone else’s design…It is from Threads that Bind…I love her stuff…..You will see this at the shop or in our booth!  It was done with 6 Strands of DMC floss…it was nice to do a bigger design….I should be working on my block of the weeks  I will have to get them on the fabric so I can take them with me this weekend where Nick and I sent my quilt off to Bringham City UT where I will be teaching this weekend…Do you know how hard that was to put a lot of my big wool quilts in a box and ship them off????? I will be stopping in 3 airports by the time i get there so, that was not going to be an option…at least I can watch my shipment online as to where it is….


New project from Market!

Look at what I am working on!  It is a punchneedle from Threads that Bind…Shawn Williams…i told you about all of her grrrreat projects….I couldn’t wait to start this is done with 6 strands of floss, I have never used 6 before so I wanted to try it…Its looking really good…I have ordered DMC floss for the project but I am making sure if we need more than one strand for anything..then we will kit it…I had Graduations last night for Jake…he is such a great kid!…I will keep you posted..I have much more to talk about, but not lots of time…need to get some food in this house!  See Jake with the principal????looks like they have spent some time together like they are good friends….no.. he(the pricipal) is really my next door neighbor too..,,


I did not die!

Ok…I have been a lot of places in the last two or three weeks…I know i should be kicked off blogland, but I think i will be able to blog while i am gone, but, I do not get signals on my wi-fi strong enough to I guess i will try to be better in the future…My last post was May 10th…we were getting ready to leave for the Porland Spring Quilt Market, so I will give you a little info on Portland…The weather was beautiful in the high 80’s and 90’s all during the show, so walking to the convention center was very nice here is a pic of the convention center.  Do you see the rails infront…we were able to get around using the light rail. Our plane was delayed getting there on Wednesday, so Nick put most of the booth together by the time we got there at 3:30.   What a guy…. Here is Tina & Brad while we were dining out on the sidewalk on Thursday before the show opened. Tina does all of the Hand dyeing of our wools now.  I think Brad also helps with getting the wools into 1 yard pieces….Tina said she dyed 88 yards of wool the first day after we arrived home from Portland. That is a lot of wool to dye….As far as the show goes, Shawn from Threads that Bind had a lot of great things, see them on our site, and Crab Apple Hill girls had an awesome booth.  They had four booths, 2 on each side of the isle.  One side was Halloween the other was Winter. We will be doing a Halloween Stitchery Block of the Month from them. See that blue ribbon…Well deserved girls!   I also bought a ton of Reproduction fabrics and I am excited to get more of them into the store…I took a few of the quilts made from the lines I ordered from Whindham Fabrics…don’t worry I ordered more than these two….Our booth at the show was too full….should have had 3 booths…oh well….nice lavender carpet#%%#%&… back later….Double click on the pics to make them bigger…

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