Wednesday Evening Open Sew

IMG_8621There’s always something pretty fabulous going on in my Wednesday evening Open Sew.  Steph is marking her Irish chain in this picture.IMG_8624Fowler is appliqueing her Thistle Thicket.  SO pretty.IMG_8625Original design from Jennifer.  She gave this as a wedding gift to her sister…lucky sister.  :)IMG_8627Carrie’s Maple Leaf.  Blocks are finished; moving forward!IMG_8792Laura made this awesome clothesline basket in a class at Sewingly Yours.IMG_8791

We were impressed.IMG_8795Here’s the beginning of her next bench from Anna Graham’s book, Handmade Style.  IMG_8797Steph’s newest creation.  Original design.   Talented group of women.IMG_8798Katie’s La Pass.  She has a system.IMG_8799She wowed us with her smocked dresses.IMG_8800IMG_8801IMG_8802IMG_8803And finally, Laura’s equilateral triangles.  How’s that for perfect piecing??


Summer La Pass

Random pictures from my summer La Passacaglia classes at Trailer Stash Fabrics.IMG_8326Katie has a system.  :)  She furiously preps during class so she can sew at home.  (She has three beautiful little children.)IMG_8324She plans to use dark stars in her rosettes.
IMG_8329Becky has her lower left quadrant almost finished in this picture and we are kind of jealous.IMG_8330Amazing fussy cutting.IMG_8331IMG_8332IMG_8333IMG_8335Fowler has two beautiful rosettes and some Heather Bailey stars…


I’m working on the upper right quadrant in this picture.

IMG_8532Joyce is making her rosettes from leftovers.  Each rosette represents a quilt she has made.  How cool is that??  This was her Serendipity Sampler.  :)IMG_8533IMG_8534 (2)IMG_8537IMG_8538 (2)IMG_8536Here’s one of her big rosettes.  Look at the weave.  You are awesome Joyce.IMG_8542 (2)(Southern Album.)

IMG_8539 (2)IMG_8540 (2)This one might be my favorite.

I’ll be teaching the workshop on September 21 and 24 at Trailer Stash Fabrics.  Just contact me for more info.  I make it really easy to get started.  :)

Summer Show and Tell

Have you missed me?  I’m baaaaack and here are some pictures from what’s been going on…

IMG_8265I finished this Giant Dresden for Trailer Stash Fabrics.  Gina Allen quilted it for me.  We call it the Beadboard Dresden.  I’m teaching the technique on Monday, September 12 at Trailer Stash Fabrics.  You can check out the schedule on my class page.

I love teaming up with Gina.  I make ’em; she quilts ’em.

IMG_8273Here’s the label.  Bonnie Hunter shared the tutorial on her website.


Sue finished her Serendipity Sampler top.  It is glorious and the workmanship is A++.IMG_8263IMG_8262IMG_8284

Paula had her wool circles framed.  It truly is a work of art.


I met a new student this summer.  This is Tisha’s first quilt!  She walked in to sign up for my Beads class.   Stay tuned for beautiful stuff from her.


Beads class?  Here’s Ann’s finished Beads quilt.  My my.  She mixed lots of Tula, Amy Butler, etc.   This has been such a fun class to teach.  It’s on the schedule for Monday, August 29.  Two parts.  I have some nifty little tricks to make the process zip along.IMG_8364

Carole’s modern quilt sampler.  You saw it here first.  It’s going to be fab.IMG_8354

Martha Claire’s is being sashed.  In fact, she probably has it together by now.  Right MC??  I love it.  Lots of thought went into this one.IMG_8353IMG_8352Diana’s newest creation.  I love this look.IMG_8361

Jennifer is peeping out from behind this picnic quilt.IMG_8362Laminate on the back.IMG_8357Another one.  Lazy Sunday pattern from May Chappell.  Beautiful quilt.IMG_8359Also a laminate back.  Jennifer said she washed them and dried them and they survived quite nicely.IMG_8356Carole’s ribbons.  Love.
IMG_8344So this is what I made this summer.  haha  It’s a Fair Isle cap for Margaret.  It’s a little warm to wear it right now but winter will eventually be here.20160418_104152Kay’s newest applique creation from Kim Diehl’s patterns.  I love it Kay!IMG_2223Another Kay:) made this fishy quilt in my beginner applique class.  (August is full; I just put another class on the schedule for August 30 at 9:00.  Come join me!)  It’s the perfect baby quilt.IMG_8345And finally my La Pass progress report.  Here’s the upper right quadrant.  La Pass classes meet on the third Wednesday or fourth Saturday of the month.  More about that later.

Be sure to check out my class page.  I’m going to be teaching some cool stuff at Village Fabric Shop and Trailer Stash Fabrics this fall.  Enjoy August!


A month of La Passacaglia rosettes

Our La Passacaglia workshops at Trailer Stash Fabrics are SO PRETTY.   Here are some pictures from the last two workshops.  I know you will be as inspired as I am.  Keep stitching my friends!!IMG_8254Sue’s very first rosette.  That’s an awesome Tula Pink True Colors fussy cut center folks.IMG_8335Fowler’s first stars.  We decided the star ring looked like a bridal wreath.  :)IMG_8329This fabulousness belongs to Becky.  IMG_8332

Closeups.  This was her first rosette.IMG_8331Another one.

IMG_8330Loved this center.IMG_8333On the foam core board just waiting to be stitched.IMG_8323Michele’s beginnings.  Navy stars.  She has a rainbow plan.  Stay tuned.IMG_8337She also had these bad boys.  These are comic book boards.  They are 100% archival safe and she winds her fabrics on them.IMG_8336She wanted to work with blue so she brought her blue boards.  Of course I have to try this so I came home and ordered a set

IMG_8324Katie’s progress board.  She has lots of stuff prepped.  She will have a new baby shortly and then she can stitch.  :)IMG_8326A close-up of her board.IMG_8256Karen T’s rosettes.  They glow.

IMG_8250Making fabric choices.  Look at that star.IMG_8249Partial rosettes.IMG_8247Love what she is doing with the outer pentagons.
IMG_8246Another arrangement.  Excited for you Karen!IMG_8243All of Jackie’s rosettes so far.  She is planning on using 3-4 gray fabrics to EPP her stars.
IMG_8244One of Jackie’s rosettes.  See how the inner ring is 1/2 and 1/2?  Love it.IMG_8241Gina B’s rosettes.  Why did I not take more pictures of these???  She used solids in some of her rosettes.  It’s so peaceful and we absolutely loved it.  I call it the sherbert La Pass.

IMG_8252Beverly S’s rosettes.  Yummy.  She has a wonderful selection of Kaffe.

IMG_8255OK, so here’s the tip of the day my friends.  You know how frustrating it is when you can’t find your acrylic templates because they are CLEAR???  Beverly taped 1/4″ quilter’s tape around the edges.  You can still see the fabric but you can also see your template when it is trying to hide from you!!  Brilliant!  Thanks Beverly!

IMG_8345Here’s a picture of my top left quadrant.  I’m trying to keep up with my students…

Let me know if you have questions about any of this!  Thanks for being a part of it!


A group of women who love to sew

Here’s what I saw during Wednesday evening’s Open Sew at Village Fabric Shop.  This group of young women has so much talent!  They all work full time and they come ready to sew!!  I am so proud of them.  (I’m going to take a picture of them next month.)

IMG_8201Steph is attaching the binding to her original design quilt.  She designed and pieced it and then machine quilted it.  She is self-taught.


Here’s the binding.  I did show her how to miter a binding corner.  :)  The shop is closed on Wednesday nights so Amy just lets us spread out and take over.

IMG_8207This is Laura’s beautiful quilt, binding attached.  THIRD quilt.  Extremely good workmanship; perfect points.  It’s about 50″ square so it’s larger than it looks in this picture.  She machine quilted this one by outlining the chevrons; exceptional.  It’s going to her goddaughter.

IMG_8208Here’s Mindy’s block from a LQS block of the month; she needed a quick repair.  It’s so pretty!IMG_8211Fowler!  Fowler literally made me teach “Thistle Thicket” last year.  Here’s her hand appliqued top.IMG_8213She picked out the Amy Butler fabric for her border and worked back.  Notice the color placement on that pieced border.  She’s on Theresa DeWalt’s list…IMG_8204She’s also working on the La Passacaglia quilt; she’s in my Saturday workshop at Trailer Stash.IMG_8205I made her prep and stitch stars.  She changed her mind a couple of times.IMG_8203

Jennifer shared a table with her.  She is making the quilt from the cover of Kim Diehl’s Simple Comforts.  Jennifer machine appliqued a Serendipity Sampler with me and since she owned the book, why not?  :)

This is the book cover.
IMG_8214It was fun to watch her begin to piece this and then completely change her mind about placement.  Jennifer is like that.


It’s going to be pretty wonderful.

IMG_8216Mindy set up her nani iro Liberty baby quilt and finished piecing one of the 16-patch blocks.   I love the light nani iro.

IMG_8217She also attached the binding to her beginner quilt…yes, I did teach her how to quilt last April.  She’s had a productive year!

How’s that for some fabulous show and tell?  I so look forward to this group!  They are special.  See you in May.



Our April Fat Stacks meeting

IMG_8163Carole finished “Lazy Sunday.”  It’s a great color combination.

IMG_8181Amy finished one too!  Yay Amy!

IMG_8165Carole’s batiks quilt.

IMG_8166The back.  Carole said it was an oldie that just needed binding.

IMG_8173Diana’s coasters.   Nice job on the circular binding!

IMG_8174The beginning of her next quilt.

IMG_8175We are in love with her text fabrics.  Something new to collect!!!

IMG_8176Jennifer’s penguin quilt.  So stinkin’ cute.

IMG_8169Carole’s newest finish.  We all wanted this one.

IMG_8170Her last two blocks from the Sew Mama Sew block of the month.


IMG_8172The inside of Diana’s daughter’s bag.  Diana, you do the BEST work with these!

IMG_8178Our fishy quilt tutorial.  This is off to Gina to be quilted…stay tuned.

IMG_3996How about THIS top from Kaye T?

IMG_3995She was trying to decide which fish to use.  #1 won.  :)

IMG_8143Here’s a show and tell from me.  Paula gave me this kit a LONG time ago.  I just finished it.

IMG_8159I have to add these three photos from my “Beads” class.  Here’s Ann’s.  It’s a mix of her fabrics.

IMG_8157Sandra’s batik “Beads.”  It glows.

IMG_8158Cydney’s Tula “Beads.”  She used manatee gray from Free Spirit.  I want to make another one…



La Passacaglia update

Our La Passacaglia workshops are in full swing.  Wow!  Do I have some eye candy for you!!  Be inspired and send me your pictures!

IMG_8079We met last Wednesday.  Here’s one of Karen’s rosettes.

IMG_8087And another that she started in class.  She had several others and I didn’t get a picture of them. Trust me when I tell you she has a great look!

IMG_8077Here are some of Jackie’s rosettes.

IMG_8078My fav.

IMG_8068Joyce came back to class; she was well prepared!

IMG_8069These belong to her.  We use foam core board to hold our rosettes until they are sewn together.

IMG_8070She used 1/2 square triangles for the center of this one.

IMG_8071Her fabrics are from all the quilts she has made.  This is close to my heart.

IMG_8085This is her Seattle rosette.  How special is this??

IMG_8072My fav.

IMG_8073Here’s Beverly S’s first rosette.  Yes, that is a fussy cut star.  It is so awesome.

IMG_8075And her second.  11 days since her first workshop.  I’m betting on her.

IMG_8004Ann couldn’t be at class but I took a picture of her first rosette.  I love this!

IMG_8005Fowler came to the Saturday workshop and learned the technique.  I’m taking credit for those stitches.

IMG_8024She got along quite nicely.

fowler's la pass March 2016She sent me this picture.  Hooked.

IMG_8007Beverly continues to amaze us.

I worked with her a couple of weeks ago to plan a section of her quilt.

IMG_8003It’s coming along quite nicely wouldn’t you say?


Ginny is her partner in crime.

IMG_8001She has started to add her stars.

IMG_7883Sue came over a few weeks ago to help me plan a section of mine.  We came up with this.IMG_7890

I added some “parts.”IMG_7898

Here’s a closeup of that top teal rosette.

IMG_7992And here’s the finished product.  Fun!

IMG_8051I’ve started on my second section.

IMG_8065We all know it is all about the tools.  Nobody knows more about tools than Joyce M.  Here’s her new light.

IMG_8063Here’s the box it came in because I know you all want one.

IMG_8066Here’s her new Superbob of colors.  I am very jealous of this.

Next workshop is Sunday, April 3 from 2:00 until 6:00.  The Wednesday workshop will meet on April 20 from 10:00 until 2:00.  The Saturday workshop will meet on April 30 from 10:00 until 2:00.  Come join the craziness!!!