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It’s time to think about Christmas Decor

It’s time to think about Christmas Decor

Time to think about Christmas A Christmas Class this fall EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS IN JULY,  SO I HAVE MADE 'OH, STRIPMAS TREE', A DESIGN/PATTERN BY J. MICHELLE WATTS. (Ready for quilting, thus all the pins) It...

Grand Rapids Instructor

Grand Rapids Instructor Hi, there! Grand Rapids registration is well underway and we have ten classes sold out so far! We're thrilled that people are so excited for the show and we can't wait to see everyone there. Please continue to promote...

Summer 2018 I will be teaching in Grand Rapids MI at Quilt Week

Teaching in Grand Rapids MI at Quilt Week Lots of good classes to look forward too at AQS Grand Rapids, MI this August 22-25. I will be teaching and look forward to meeting you and other new friends.  Day Class-Tangled UP: Zentangle Goes to the Sewing Machine Evening-...

Sew Many Changes….

Sew Many Changes... Lately I have been working with the website builder and my new website is launched. Please take a peek. Sign up for the monthly News, Tips, and Techniques email that I will prepare for you, and feel free to share...

I call it Woven

I have recently found the nicest and very easy Table Runner pattern, by Ursula Riegel. I call it: Woven Table-Runner because it appears as if it is woven fabrics.  Ursula has given me permission to use her pattern to teach to those who sew.  Here is a...

Zentangles in Grand Rapids MI

Zentangles in Grand Rapids MI

It is fast approaching, and I am looking forward to the American Quilters Society show in Grand Rapids, MI. I will be teaching 2 Zentangle classes, one will be an introduction to the Zentangle Method, the other is a Beyond the Basics class and we will be...

Adventure in August

Teach at American Quilters Society August will bring a new adventure for me.  I have been asked to teach at American Quilters Society (AQS) in Grand Rapids, MI.  I will teach two Zentangle Classes.  Very Excited to share the Zentangle Method...

A scrappy tablerunner

A scrappy tablerunner For Christmas table....  I want to make this table runner in some very shiny fabrics- but I didn't want to practice the 'how-to' on the fabrics, so I made it out of my stash fabrics, and now after I bind it, I can use it...

Wow, catching up on the NFYBS projects

Wow, catching up on the NFYBS projects NFYBS - Not Finished Yet But Someday- are projects that are sitting in the overfilled closet space in my sewing area....  It is much easier to view them because of the beautiful space made use-able by my...

Staggered Bargello

Staggered Bargello I am taking the Sulky Certified Teacher course online.  I started in May and it ends the end of July. The bargello technique here is called Staggered, design by Carol Ingram National Instructor for Sulky.  I had so much fun...

Zentangle(R) Inspired Art

Zentangle(R) Inspired Art I wanted to play with the fabric and make a Zentantgle(R) Inspired Art place-mat. Finished edges with the 9mm Satin Stitch- it did require 2 go-arounds of stitching, but lovely coverage. Sign-Up for Monthly Quilting...

Finishing edges with satin stitch

Finishing edges with a satin stitch Ever spent a long time closing the edges of a quilted project with the satin stitch?  Well I found a good way to help that become an easier way, it also looks better. Well, it's pretty simple so give it a...

Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale April 15, 2016 Landed in Ft. Lauderdale to a very strong rain storm, mixed with lightning and thunder.  Tomorrow Michelle and I will be boarding The Navigator of the Seas- a Royal Caribbean Ship- and greet our newest group of...

And now there are 3

And now there are 3 I love to teach and share embroidery with others. I recently completed teaching a 3 month class at The Quilter's Market Shop in Tucson, AZ.  These three women were participants. This quilt is entitled 'Lady Liberty' and is a...

Metallic Thread Tip

Metallic Thread Tip recently heard of a great way to help stop the breakage issues of using metallic threads. I believe it was from the Anita Goodesign newsletter. So here is the tip of the week. TRICK- When you are going to sew with metallic...

For Adam and Marisa

For Adam and Marisa Finally a quilt for my youngest son and his bride (of three+ years).  Well you know how it is, we get too busy. Summer of 2012 I was in Washington for a Quilt Retreat at Sea cruise to the Inside Passage of Alaska.  I went a...

Red Memory Quilt

Contact I love to do Memory Quillts.  They offer the recipient many fond remembrances of times past.  This particular quilt is a commission from a Father.  He wanted to have a memory quilt done with the clothing of his Granddaughter, she is now...

My Favorite Things wins in Washington show

My Favorite Things wins in Washington show This is a beautiful wall hanging quilt. I entered it in the Association of Pacific West Quilters show that took place August 2013. When I got word that it had been accepted into the special event of...

My First Quilt made me a better quilter…

My First Quilt made me a better quilter... I wanted to have a family photo wall in the entry of my new home in 2006, but I didn’t want to hammer nails into the wall for each frame. Knowing that as the sizes of the pictures may change regularly...

Tutorial Ruffled Apron- Easy Peasy

Tutorial Ruffled Apron- Easy Peasy This is/was a quick and easy idea given to me by my friend, Barbara.  She described it to me, and so I set out to figure out how to make an easy fun apron from a tee-towel or hand-towel. Basics needed: 1...

Practice, Practice, Practice…

Practice, Practice, Practice... It is Sunday,  I have been Zentangle crazy this week. I have done several 'tangles' on paper, today I decided to try my hand at sewing a Zentangle design. First I cut an 8" block out of top fabric, batting and...

Bags and Totes

Bags and Totes Just wondering what got into me, I have now made 2 bags within 2 weeks and love them both. The first was a messenger bag- pattern by Valori Wells.  Made with a cool fabric I found at The Quilters Market in Tucson,...

First Time Entrant Award- 3rd place

First Time Entrant Award- 3rd place Mid-January I entered my quilt "My Favorite Things" into the Tucson Quilt Guild show- and to my surprise- 3rd place for First Time Entrant into this show. I wanted to have this quilt judged so that I could...

Christmas Recipe Towel

Contact This Christmas I decided to give of my talent. I love my Bernina 830E sewing machine, and I love embroidery.  Angela Sevens is an embroidery digitizer/designer and we found her designs at Bernina University this summer. Purchased tea towels are embroidered on...

Mensch Family

Mensch Family Carl and Margie Mensch are very dear friends of Bill and I.  I took a 'Thangle' Class last spring  by my friend Joann Hinchliffe. She designed a block of the Hunter Star and then arranged it into a quilt design.  I chose 2 Batiks...

Christmas Village- Embroidered

Christmas Village- Embroidered Per Gramma Sheri's request, here are the pieces that I have completed so far.  They take a lot of time to stitch out and then assemble, so I am always behind with doing the other parts of the village. Still to...