Open Sews

I have several Open Sews happening.  If you are interested in attending one, let me know.  We have great women making beautiful stuff!

img_9534Diana’s quilt.  Karen Thompson quilted this for her.  It is beautiful.

img_9536Her label has been pieced into the backing.

img_9540Carole’s disappearing 9-patch.  She quilted this herself.

img_9542Her pumpkins.  I LOVE the gray ones!

img_9545Here’s a Lazy Sunday pattern made from the newest Tula Pink collection.

img_9546Diana’s embroidery floss tin.

img_9547img_9734Here’s Laura’s beginner quilt.  She tried a new layout.  We liked it!

img_9651Vaughn’s batiks.

img_9649We loved this one!

img_9627Laura’s top is pin basted and ready for quilting.

img_9618Jennifer finished quilting her hexie quilt.  She was inspired by a pattern but this is basically an original design.img_9619


img_9574Ann’s foundaton pieced blocks.  Polka dots!img_9573Her first dresden.  This is big!

img_9631Mindy is going to have a baby very soon.

img_9633She is making beautiful quilts…img_9628img_9629img_9630and wonderful little puffies for her little girl.  So sweet!





La Pass Open House

We had a La Passacaglia Open House at Trailer Stash Fabrics last Sunday.  I have taught this technique to LOTS of people over the past ten months.  Here are some of the “progress pictures.”  Amazing.

img_9668Becky’s left side.

img_9666Beverly has her major work done.  Extra rosettes are on the left.

img_9663Joyce has finished her rosettes and it’s time to come up with a plan.  We are going to have a little sit down next week.  🙂

img_9669Ann decided to repurpose her rosette…

img_9670It’s a pretty wonderful little needlecase.  We loved it Ann!img_9474Karen Thompson is well on her way with her La Pass!  We met about a month ago and pinned up her rosettes.  It’s pretty wonderful.

img_9484Here’s mine.  The bottom left quadrant is together and I’m working on the bottom right.  I hope to have it finished in the spring of 2017.


I taught a La Pass class at Trailer Stash a couple of Saturdays ago.  Here’s Weeta’s first rosette.  Her outer row of pentagons is pretty fun.

img_9514Margaret’s.  Love the center.

img_9511She couldn’t decide which arrangement she liked better.



img_9509Jennifer had the same decision to make.  #1


img_9515She ended up with this.  We loved it.

img_9626Jennifer went home and machine zig-zagged her pieces together.  It’s a game changer Jennifer!!

img_9625This is pretty amazing.

img_9576Ann has been busy!  img_9578Tula plays so nicely with Amy Butler.img_9579One of my favorites.

img_9616This beautiful little beginning belongs to Barbara.

img_9617She ended up with this.  Barbara was my last “Trailer Stash La Pass” student.  ):  I have lots of happy memories from those La Pass classes.  Thank you Gina.

I’ll be teaching it at Village Fabric Shop in December and then again in 2017.   Come join me for a little lesson on how to get started!


The Boro Bag

IMG_8751My newest obsession.  Gina and I are going to teach this technique as an all day workshop at Trailer Stash Fabrics on November 21.  IMG_8752Here’s a close-up of some of the stitching.IMG_8753Another side of the bag.IMG_8755You will need a couple of orphan blocks for this great little bag.  Mark some quilting lines.  Layer up the block with a leftover piece of batting and pin baste it.

Hand stitch the lines.  I like to quilt lines at the top, middle and bottom and then go back and fill in with additional quilting.IMG_8756

You can see the lines in this picture.  I used an Eno pen to mark them.IMG_8774Close up of the finished bag.  I used a Noodlehead tutorial to make my bag.  Anna Graham writes the BEST tutorials.IMG_8772I also used an iron-on laminate for the inside lining.  Perfect cosmetic bag!IMG_8771And there you go.IMG_8775Plain stitching is sometimes just the best.IMG_8773

20160824_231422I “experiment” on groups before I teach the actual class.  Here’s Jennifer’s finished bag.  She used double gauze and a great pink thread for her quilting.

Let us know if you are interested in the class!  Again, it’s a great way to use up old blocks and they make perfect gifts for this time of year…

The Stitch Book

I have developed a new embroidery class for Trailer Stash Fabrics.  It’s based on Kelly Fletcher’s embroidery pattern.  You can find it here.IMG_8546Here’s a close-up of “Wild Grasses.”  It was challenging but I really enjoyed it.IMG_8645A wider shot.FullSizeRender (55)I developed a “stitch book” to teach the stitches necessary to do the piece.  Practice in the stitch book and then work the big piece.IMG_8496Here are some sweet granitos.

IMG_8649The blanket stitch page.

img_9428I have taught the class several times.  It’s working out nicely.  Students go home with lots of threads dangling.  Ha!

img_9436We start out with chain, back and stem stitches and just keep moving forward!

img_9430img_9434We have even learned to make the elusive bullion knots!

img_9437Here’s a cast-on stitch.

img_9439More extremely good looking bullions!

img_9184The resurgence of embroidery is exciting.  This beautiful Alison Glass piece belongs to Diana.

img_9361Here’s another piece from Diana.


I’ll be teaching “The Stitchbook” at Trailer Stash Fabrics in November.  I’m planning on adding a night/weekend class before the end of the year.  Interested?  Let me know!


Wednesday Evening Open Sew

IMG_9138Jennifer’s mom stopped by Village Fabric Shop in October to share her “Alabama Chanin” pieces.  She takes classes at Mulberry Silks in Carrboro and she thought we might be interested in what she had made.  We were!IMG_9135Here’s a close-up of one the beautiful jackets she has created.  So pretty!  I’m really intrigued by this look.  Thanks so much for sharing Elizabeth!IMG_9139Steph’s hand embroidered flying geese top.  She worked on this during her summer trip to Iceland.
IMG_9140Fowler is binding her Serendipity Sampler.  Woo-hoo!

img_9276Her label prep.  I love this method.  It’s on Bonnie Hunter’s website.img_9282Jennifer’s boro bag.  I’ll be teaching this class at Trailer Stash Fabrics in November.  I experimented on the Wednesday night group.img_9280Laura’s beautiful bricks quilt.  This is from Skip the Borders.  I use that book to teach my beginner class.img_9279Laura also made this show stopper.  Don’t you love it??  The Plus Quilt!img_9275Mindy’s nursery quilt of equilateral triangles.  This is also a Jaybird Quilts pattern.  Congratulations Mindy!img_9274Jennifer’s table runner.  Jennifer dominates improv.  She takes random leftover blocks and makes beautiful patterns.

img_9472Here are a couple of the bags she made last month.  Those are her hexie blocks also.img_9470Steph’s newest finished quilt.  Beautifully quilted.
img_9466Carrie’s “Autumn in Linville” quilt.  We love it Carrie!

A new Serendipity Sampler class…

We started a new Serendipity Sampler class at Village Fabric Shop a couple of weeks ago.  Here are some pictures of three finished Samplers.  They will be a huge help to the “new kids” as they plan their blocks.img_9346This one belongs to Joyce, the queen of fussy cutting.  She used a variety of Tula Pink’s fabrics.  She replaced the piano key border with two inner borders and a one-fabric outer border.  Beautiful.
img_9350img_9351img_9333This pastel beauty belongs to Beverly.  She used a variety of Heather Bailey fabrics.  Her teal berries and that dark pink fabric give this quilt continuity.  BTW, Ginabean Quilts custom quilted all of these.  Love.img_9334img_9335img_9336img_9337img_9339This is Beverly’s SECOND Serendipity Sampler.  She used lots of Amy Butler and pulled from her collection of beautiful brights.  It is a show stopper.
Here’s the one that started it all.  🙂  This belongs to me; I made it a long time ago.  My friend Sue, “reinterpreted it” in modern fabrics and we were off!  Thank you Sue!img_9355img_9354img_9353img_9352

Hope this helps my new students.  I’ll be posting their work soon.  No pressure!!!  HAHAHAHA

It’s September!

IMG_9159Here’s a wedding signature quilt that Deborah is making for her daughter.  She bordered each of the blocks in Denyse Schmidt’s fabric.  She used the huge design board at Trailer Stash Fabrics to plan it.  Her daughter will love it!IMG_9157

Just hooked a new appliquer.  This is a perfect bubble.  Jane is “living on the edge.”IMG_9158

“Let me see the back of your work.”  HAHA  Nice straight stitches on the back lead to invisible stitches on the front.IMG_9155I love it when my beginners just move forward.  Second quilt for Jane from Skip the Borders.  Yay!IMG_9129We were intrigued with Jennifer’s quilt.  Laminated back.IMG_9127Quilted by Karen Thompson.  Ice cream cone pantograph.  Very fun!IMG_9126

Here’s Gaye’s t-shirt quilt.  Nicely done!IMG_9116Carole’s latest log cabin.  I LOVE THIS.IMG_9113

Her newest sewing machine cover.IMG_9112A wall hanging for her husband.IMG_9111Her “Sew Mama Sew” modern sampler top.  Wow!IMG_9108One more log cabin.  Show worthy.IMG_9117Diana’s Alison Glass sampler.  If you like to embroider, these samplers are great.  The design is pre-printed; no drama trying to get it ready to stitch.  Layer the pattern with a backing fabric and you don’t have to worry about knots or shadowing as you stitch.  These are available at Village Fabric Shop.

img_9187Diana also tried stitching on a fat quarter of Alison Glass’s black and white fabric.  This looked great!  Gina has this out at Trailer Stash.img_9189Carole’s almost finished tuffet for her granddaughter.  img_9191

Jennifer’s FINISHED paper pieced quilt.  Yay!!img_9193

Her zippered bag for her La Passacaglia stuff.img_9194Inside.  No more zip lock bags for Jennifer!img_9199This is an armchair caddy she made.  Love the fabric choices!img_9205Alison’s first attempt at paper piecing.  Nicely done.img_9204Jennifer’s king-size quilt is officially under way.  This is another great quilt from Skip the Borders.img_9208My finished “Petals on a String.”  Sheri Collette quilted this; it’s hanging at Village Fabric Shop.  All Amy Butler fabric on that great green background.  Amy picked this and kits are available at her shop.