Boro Bags

Here are some pictures from my latest boro bag classes.  I use the time to teach “big stitch hand quilting.”   We quilt the blocks in the first class and assemble them in the second one.  The second class is optional; I supply the directions for finishing.

This belongs to Chris.  She used a couple of 12″ orphan blocks.  She used a vinyl laminate for the lining and plans to use it as a cosmetics bag.This beauty belongs to Sue.  Absolutely beautiful embellishment.  She’s so very good at handwork!Here’s the panel before she trimmed it.Here’s Linda’s second bag.  Yay!!  Check out the zipper tag.  She’s making these for Christmas gifts.

And another one.  Great quilting on a perfect fabric.
Kay’s “leftovers” from a block of the month.This just makes me smile.I had to sneak this guy in here.  Kay quilted these great Christmas panels.  She made some great pillows.  Of course I had to go home and do the same thing.

And here’s Laura’s bag!  Again, this is a “leftover” from a block of the month.  Look at that piecing.  (I taught her how to quilt.  🙂

I’m offering “boro bag” on October 2.  Come stitch with me!

La Pass Open House

Here are some pictures from last Saturday’s La Passacaglia Open House at Village Fabric Shop.  Absolutely beautiful work…

These rosettes belong to Chris.  She found a few new Amy Butler fat quarters to add to her collection.  🙂


Jennifer’s machine appliqued rosettes.  She uses a small zig zag with monofilament.  It works!


This fabulousness belongs to Joyce.  She needed to sew her middle seam together to finish.  I received an e-mail from her just a few minutes ago that she was DONE.  Yay Joyce!!  Now she is shopping for a border….and taking out lots of papers.  🙂

Joyce’s from another angle.  So many wonderful quilt memories.  We are going to get together to trim it…


Robin walked in with these beautiful rosettes.  Awesome!  I’m so proud of her!


Andrea’s rosettes.  Look at the way she placed her pentagons in the outer rings of the big rosette!


A close-up of Ann’s work.


And more Ann!  We are going to get together and make a plan so she can begin to add her stars.


Martha Claire’s first rosette.

She is using a jellyroll bundle of gray neutrals for her stars.  Such a good idea!


A Katie close-up.  All her stars will be the same.

Such a beautiful grouping Katie.


Theresa couldn’t be with us so she sent me this picture.  Oh my.  So right.  She is making great progress and her look is just great!  I love her neutral stars.


Ginny was out of town and sent me this picture to share.  So so close!!!


And here’s Beverly’s…  She said she has five more rosettes!!

Such beautiful work ladies!!  You inspire me!!

If this has inspired you, I teach a 4-hour workshop about twice a month at Village Fabric Shop.  Check out my class schedule page and come join me.



My new classes!

I just published my newsletter…well, Steph actually published it…on Thursday.  I’m excited about my new classes.  You can see them by clicking on my class schedule at the top of this page.  Come join me and make something fun!

This rainbow bargello is so pretty and so not complicated!  Village Fabric Shop has the jellyrolls now.

I borrowed this tree skirt from my children.  It’s hand appliqued and hand quilted and easily finished before Christmas!  The shop has the patterns.

My cross stitch family class produces this.  I made one for Amy because everybody in my family is really tall.  🙂

And then there’s this!  I finished my La Pass (this shows the bottom edge) and we are having an Open House next Saturday, August 12 at 9:00 at Village Fabric Shop.  Come join us and see what that’s all about!

Again, just click on my class schedule to see what’s waiting for you!

Open Sew Pictures

Open Sew ALWAYS has interesting quilts!  Carole’s flip-flop quilt.


Martha Claire!



And we have enjoyed watching Diana’s flying geese grow!



Dueling binding…



Yo-yo’s in a GREAT hour glass setting.



Linda’s fishy quilt.  Love the raw edge seaweed!!!



Kay is hand quilting this beauty.



And she has finished her block of the month.  Check!



Alison continues her big stitch hand quilting.



She dyed these fabrics.  Love.



Cynthia’s Christmas quilt.  Love the blue background.



Laura’s rainbow blocks.  She can still count the number of quilts she has made on one hand.  Remarkable Laura!!



Carole’s very intriguing equilateral triangles…



Another Carole beauty.



And one more.  Fabulous.



And a little something for her granddaughter.  🙂



MC’s La Pass……so much pondering…



A close-up of Tillie’s pink and gray beauty.  Gina Allen quilted this for her.



Diana’s embroidery spiral.  I want to do this.



Her embroidery sampler.



More of Alison’s blocks.



Kaye is hand quilting these great Christmas panels from the shop.  I am going to copy her.


Oh my word…


Linda’s newest boro bag.


And another one.  Check out the little fabric tab tied to the zipper pull.  Thank you Debbie!!

Boro Bags

I teach big stitch hand quilting in my boro bag class at Village Fabric Shop.  It’s a great way to learn the technique without investing a huge amount of time.  You also end up with an awesome little bag.  The pattern is from  Best bag patterns ever.  IMG_0452

These boro bags belong to Ann (left) and Jean (right).  Ann used Essex linen and did some piecing to make her panels.  Jean used a fat quarter of the same fabric.

Same bags.  Different sides.  Jean quilted squares.  Ann used different thread colors.  Most of the threads were #8 perle cottons.


Debbie’s.  Front.


Back.  Beautiful.  Just the right amount of quilting.


Paula’s front.


Her back.  She used Anna Maria Horner’s wovens and we all loved the result.


Jan’s blocks BEFORE assembly.


After.  Front.


Back.  Variegated thread.  Sulky 12 weight.  Check out the little embroidered heart top right.  So sweet!


Linda’s blocks.




Back.  Such a great use for orphan blocks.


Kay’s blocks before she made her bag.  Kay is a very good hand quilter and we loved her patterns.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a shot of her finished bag.  Sorry Kay!  It’s sitting right in the middle of the display below…


How about that rainbow?


Styled by Amy.  🙂

Quilt Retreats

I “moderate” a monthly Open Sew at Village Fabric Shop.  It’s a great group of young women. Earlier this spring they decided to have a quilt retreat at Lake Norman and they invited me to join them.
IMG_0339So here they all are.  Steph, Carrie, Fowler, Mindy, Jennifer and Laura.  Kinda pretty there isn’t it?

IMG_0340Jennifer, our host,  decided to do a little free motion quilting.

IMG_0363She ended up with this beautiful table runner.

IMG_0343Mindy was working on her “critters” block of the month.

IMG_0357Here’s Laura’s block of the month.

IMG_0349Fowler made some more log cabin blocks.

IMG_0362Pink background.  🙂

IMG_0358Steph decided to finish up her machine quilting on this beauty.

img_0111And Carrie?  It’s a surprise for a sweet little boy.  I’ll post pictures later.  I’ll post this beautiful clamshell instead.  It belongs to her.

IMG_0346I explained the rules of retreat.  Basically you need good snacks…

IMG_0348and a great group of women.  A year ago, they did not know each other.

IMG_0353Now they will be participating in a round robin.  HAHAHA  They have swapped their center blocks and they will pass later this month during their Open Sew.  So much fun to watch them want to do their best!

They will swap blocks for the second round in just a few days.  I’ll keep you posted…

The Alphabet Quilt

I am in love with my alphabet quilt sampler from S is for Stitch.  The book is out of print but Village Fabric Shop did some digging and found some copies so if this inspires you, just e-mail Amy.img_9830Here’s the “c” block.  The author says “the door handle’s position is the only indication of which direction the car is facing.”  Such great drawings!
img_9829“Energy” is the block I teach in class.  One of my favorites.img_9827“Z” shows what a one-thread bee wing vein looks like.  So sweet.  This quilt is full of wonderful little colonial knots.  Martha at Knit One Smock Too taught me how to work a colonial knot several years ago.   I love them!img_9826“Volcano” is another one of my favorites.  So simple and so perfect.  One strand works the cloud.  🙂
img_9825The octopus makes me smile.img_9824And who wouldn’t love a baseball block?img_9904When I sent my finished top to Ginabean Quilts, it looked like this.When Gina brought it to me, it looked like THIS.

Custom quilted.  Look at the sashing.

Crazy good.  Thanks Gina!