Open Sew September

This needlepoint nutcracker belongs to Carole.  I am fascinated by this whole process.  She bought it at a needlework shop in Chapel Hill.  I was in Chapel Hill this week and ordered a Cam Newton Christmas ornament.  I guess I’m going to learn how to needlepoint!

Here’s Steph’s original design needlework.  Here’s her original design sashiko quilt.  Those white lines are 1/4″ finished.  Beautifully done.

Of course we made pumpkins in Open Sew…Here’s another pumpking grouping from Monday morning.  I love them all!!
Mindy’s insanely fabulous alphabet quilt for Stella, her daughter.

Stella is a beautiful little girl.

Liz made this alphabet quilt for her son, Peter.  LOVE the alphabet border.  She did the machine quilting; just so good!And then there’s Fowler’s fabulous embroidery.And her hand appliqued Christmas tree quilt.

Diana’s “Skip the Borders” polka dot quilt.  Love.Carole shared her 9/11 quilt.  She pieced it before that terrible day.

And finally there’s Steph A’s next quilt!  I taught her how to piece about a year ago.   My word, she makes beautiful quilts!!

Round Robin

Round Robin quilts.  Make a center block.  Pass it to the next person.  They add a border…my Wednesday evening Open Sew has taken the concept to another level.  Check this out.

Here are the orginal blocks made at last year’s retreat.  They taped them to a door and we took a picture.Jennifer added to Mindy’s top.Carrie added a border.

Steph turned it on point.Laura added the first border to Steph’s.Fowler, our resident appliquer, took a turn.Then Mindy added 1/2″ finished strips.Carrie started Jennifer’s off with some on-point mermaids.Steph’s turn for a chain of squares border.

Laura’s piano keys.
Jennifer added a  border to Fowler’s after Mindy added the triangles.Then Carrie’s border.Fowler added applique to Laura’s.Mindy followed with a pieced border.Jennifer’s turn.Steph added to Carrie’s.

Laura added some borders then Fowler had a turn at applique.

Pretty awesome aren’t they??  I’m sure I got something wrong in all of that (and I’m sure they will let me know) but I’m very proud of all of them!  Two more rotations…


I finished my La Pass!

I finished my La Passacaglia!  Here’s a picture of the last seam.  I joined the top half to the bottom half.  Time to fill in some spots and finish.

Here’s my upper left corner.  I made my La Pass a tiny bit bigger so I had to get creative on the corners.  ( I didn’t follow the directions.)


I know it looks tedious, but I was sort of nostalgic.  I knew I was finishing up…

Here it is trimmed and ready for Gina to quilt.

And here it is back home…her work was outstanding.

A close-up.So I entered it the 2017 Asheville show and it won a ribbon.  Yay!!  I got to hang out with Cheryl and see some beautiful quilts!

FYI, Joyce, Ginny and Beverly have finished their tops.  Joyce is working on borders.  Ginny’s is at the quilter’s and Beverly is appliqueing her top to a background.  I’ll share finished pictures.  So proud of them!!!


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!!