Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder


Thomas Fire Ventura County


We are so grateful that the skies have begun to clear in Ventura. Our hearts remain with our neighbors and everybody impacted by the fires in Southern California. The past week has been a painful and humbling week for many of us. Helplessly watching and waiting as the fire claims more ground.

We are introducing a block to all our quilting friends and family so we can help those who were affected. The call for quilt blocks has begun and as we receive the blocks, the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild will assist in making and quilting these quilts. A list from the RedCross will provide contact for those who lost so much in the recent days. Please help me pass this along to your other guilds and social media sites.

Use one light and one dark, or make it scrappy…however you want to finish your blocks, your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us.



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Jacquie Gering—Slice and Insert Improvisation Class

I’m still recovering from the weekend. Sunday I was overcome with creativity at Jacquie Gering’s class. Superbuzzy in Ventura, CA hosted Jacquie’s class and it turned into the perfect day. She demonstrated several different ways to do slice and insert. She had many sample quilts with her and I tried not to drool. We had 16 students in the class and the best classroom you can imagine. My first try didn’t seem to be my best work and now I’ve tried some different colors and I’ll post a picture of that work soon.

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Austin Houses with Carolyn Friedlander

This past Friday, Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild had Carolyn Friedlander as their featured guest. Her work was amazing and she is so sweet. It was such a treat to get to see all the quilts that she brought to share with us. And, on Sunday she taught a workshop in Ventura hosted by Superbuzzy. Austin House was the workshop we took and my top is done and ready to be quilted. The workshop was sold out and it was incredible to see so many people working on the same project. There were so many different variations with everyone’s fabric choices. I really can’t even begin to tell you what a great time I had. I’m now a huge Friedlander fan!

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Spring is here!

Greg and I drove up to Ventura yesterday for the monthly sew-in at our favorite quilt shop, superbuzzy, yesterday. We had a great time catching up with everyone and trying to get some sewing done. If you’re a member of The Modern Quilt Guild, you should join us April 18, 2015 at MAKE Ventura for the Ventura Modern Meet-Up. There will be refreshments, prize drawings, and field trips plus a great day of friendship and camaraderie. Hope to see you there!

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The Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County

We spent the day in Ventura at Superbuzzy sewing quilt for the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County. The Children’s Services Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to meet the needs of Ventura County’s court-dependent children. These children have been displaced from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. We had a great time visiting and sewing…thanks to everyone for their help!


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Curved Flying Geese Class

Yesterdays class was a lot of fun. All the students quickly picked up on the techniques that I was teaching. I always enjoy seeing the different fabric choices people make. So many incredibly different looks from the same design. A big thank you to everyone that participated in the class and to superbuzzy for having us. Now, back to designing for the next class!