Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nostalgic Christmas Pillow Class is in Session

Hello Everyone,
Yesterday I taught my Nostalgic Christmas Pillow class at In Between Stitches.  I so enjoyed meeting all of you and spending our day together.  The girls, and Bill worked hard all day long!  As you scroll through the pictures, it's hard to believe that the same pattern created so many different and unique variations.
Vivian finished her pillow and gave it to her mother immediately after class!  I wish I could have witnessed the gift giving.

There are going to be some great Christmas presents wrapped under trees this year!

Most of the group started with panels from Moda's Seasons Greeting or Sentiments fabric line.

This is a great use of panels or motifs which are easy to fussy cut and place in the center of a pillow.

Stephanie is making a very special pillow for her sister.  Stephanie's niece is playing the main role as baby Jesus in the Christmas play.  She printed a picture on Printed Treasures paper, sized it to the proper size, started adding borders and then double flying geese.  This is going to be a wonderful gift.

Several of the students completed all of the components to make the pillow, and they are ready to start assembly.  Click HERE for the tutorial which shows you how to make the double flying geese.  The lesson is also located under the Virtual Classroom tab at the top of my blog. 

We had geese flying in and out of formation all around the room.

So what are you doing today?  Whatever it is, I hope it involves creativity.


P.S. Here's an update on my granddaughters first cross country meet last week.  Emily is surveying the course here prior to the race. This looked very daunting to me!

She finished strong!  We were so proud of her.  She will run in her second race this afternoon.  We will be there to cheer and support her every step of the way.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Quilting in the Garden 2014

Hello Everyone,
I tried to capture the beauty of Quilting in the Garden in pictures.  If you haven't had the opportunity to attend, start planning ahead for next year.  It is a visual feast watching hundreds of beautiful quilts waving in the breeze!

The giant oak trees are amazing.

I worked at the In Between Stitches booth on Saturday and I had the pleasure of meeting and seeing so many of you.  Thank you all very much for stopping by the booth.  I felt like I was in a "hugging booth"!

The weather was spectacular.

My friend Barbara took my Chelsea Cottage class and entered her finished quilt in the show.  Well done!

Barbara also finished her Minglewood quilt, a BOM that I put together at the shop.  This is a work of love!

I love the different shades of green in this photo, from the ivy to the quilts.

The Manteca quilt guild super-sized my Madrigal pattern for their opportunity quilt.

Even the cows were colorful!


The End.

P.S.  Canine Chronicle - Mazey, the amazing wonder dog,  found a wallet just outside the gates of the quilt show.  She will willingly accept her reward in Kibble!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Once Upon a Vine Class is in Session

Hello Everyone,
Another busy day here at Sew'n Wild Oaks.  Yesterday I had the pleasure of being in the company of some wonderful quilters in the classroom at Alden Lane Nursery for Quilting in the Garden.

The girls were here to take my Once Upon a Vine class.

We were all set up in the wonderful and spacious classroom.  I gave some directions and off they went to their quilting stations.

The girls had lots of room to spread out all of their beautiful fabrics, machines, and quilting supplies.

We had lunch in the adjacent greenhouse.  Why were we eating in the greenhouse instead of outside under the gorgeous oak trees?  Well, we were enjoying rain, RAIN.....a nice gentle rain, the likes of which we haven't seen in months in our area.

It's fun to have lunch in a greenhouse.  I enjoyed my meal and getting to know some of the girls better.

After lunch I gave a demonstration of English paper piecing.  Denise soon discovered the little 1/2" hexies are addicting.

These grapes look good enough to eat.

By the end of the day, the girls made some beautiful blocks, and grapes, to decorate the portable design wall.

Thank you so much girls for the wonderful day.  All of you were an absolute delight and darn good quilters!  You made my work a piece of cake.

Bonnie took my Heartfire class earlier this year and brought her finished quilt to show me. It was gorgeous!  Great job Bonnie and I'm so happy that I was able to see your finished beauty.

I'll be at the long arm today working on Emilie Elizabeth.  I haven't touched her for days and she's getting lonesome.  I have to get this one finished and SOON!  Now on that note......