Pears Galore!

Size: 22 ½” x 29 ½”

Materials: Silk Dupioni fabric, fabric paint, beads

This quilt is painted with fabric paints, thread painted, quilted using rayon thread. Stamped using vintage wooden letterpress letters. The binding has been beaded.
And the winner is ... November 20, 2011

The winner of the DVD is Cass.  Congratulations.  Please send me your address so I can mail the DVD to you.

Thank you all for participating.  I will have another giveaway soon, so stay connected.  In the meantime, keep quilting!


International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene 2011 November 15, 2011

The new issue of International Quilt Festival has been out for a few weeks now.


Don't miss my article titled "The Big Decision - How to Quilt your Quilt", where I talk about the process I go through to define the quilting designs on a quilt.

I am off to practice some new ones to add to my design sketchbook.  And remember that quilting, like anything else, is a matter of practice. 

Keep a fabric sandwich with your favorite batting beside your sewing machine so you can practice 15 minutes every time you sit down to work.  Try new doodles, something old, some variation of the ones you like.  Remember to draw them on paper first, so your brain and your hand get used to the movement.  Then, when you go to try them on fabric you are already familiar with the movement and how the design flows.

If you have any questions, let me know and I'll do my best to help.  In the meantime, keep quilting.


A Reminder November 07, 2011

Don't forget to go to the November 1st blog and leave me a comment for a chance to win my DVD (as soon as I receive the copies!).




Back from Houston November 07, 2011

I am just back from Houston.  I spent 3 lovely days, very busy, going from MIU to Open Studios, to demos and trying to look at all the vendors and all the quilts.  Needles to say, I ran out of time, and memory in my camera.  I took everything with me, except the extra memory card!  I was so upset with myself. 

But ... good things happened too.  I got to meet lots of new people, bought a couple of things, a few new FQs, but not too many.  It is overwhelming, there is so much to look at, that it got to the point where I was picking up fabric, and matching and then I would look at it and put it back down. 

The best was looking at all the quilts and talking to some of the artists that made them.  What amazing stories they tell, about inspiration, and design, and ideas, and the persistency to finish them!

I brought back lots of photos to show you, but I didn't have time last night to download them.  I will edit them in the next couple of days and this coming weekend and write some posts for you to see some of them.

In the meantime, take a deep invigorating breath of somewhat cooler air, and keep quilting.


PS:  I got home last night just in time for my first time shovelling snow!

A Giveaway November 01, 2011

I am off to Houston tomorrow, to take part in the Festival, look at quilts, buy some fabric, look at some more quilts ... and hopefully help promote my DVD which is available right now.


So, leave me a comment and tell me why you would like to own it.  When I get back next week, I'll draw a random name from all the comments posted, and one lucky reader will be the owner of a DVD.  I will post the name of the winner on my blog.

Good luck to you all.  And while I'm away, getting my fill of beautiful quilts, new fabrics and colorful displays ... keep quilting.



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