Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Improv Piecing at Quilty Pleasures

We had a full class  at Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley, CA. There is something very gratifying about a traditional quilter being able to let go of all the ‘rules’ that we were taught to follow while creating a quilt. The members of the Conejo Valley Quilt Guild did an exceptional job and I’m always amazed with each persons color choices for improv piecing. I have so much fun teaching improv and it was great to be able to teach so close to home.


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Improv Piecing

We had a huge turnout for the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association workshop. Although SFVQA is a traditional guild they were interested in learning improvisational piecing. It was a great day and we had the perfect classroom with plenty of space. Thank you to SFVQA and it’s members for inviting me to do this workshop and to speak to their group on November 14, 2016.

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Improv Piecing Class with Valley MQG

Today, I taught an improvisational piecing workshop hosted by Valley Modern Quilt Guild. I really feel fortunate to be a part of a guild that has so many talented and creative people. We had a great time and shared many laughs. Each of the students produced some very different and unique blocks. I’m always amazed and inspired by the creativity that other people possess. A special thank you to CJ Foss for setting up the room for us…it was perfect!

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Antelope Valley Quilt Association Workshop 2015

I was invited to Lancaster, CA this past week to lecture and do a workshop for the Antelope Valley Quilt Association.  A great group of people turned out for the meeting and the workshop on Saturday was a lot of fun.  The workshop was the ‘Dresden Garden’ quilt. It showcases an easy dresden plate technique along with bias tape making and several different appliqué methods.  My students’ work always impresses me with all the different color variations.   A huge thank you to AVQA for their hospitality.  I’m looking forward to seeing their guild again in the future.

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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!

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Flying Geese Pincushions


I spent the day making pincushions for the students in my curved geese class I’m teaching tomorrow at SuperBuzzy in Ventura. Just a little tip: you can buy crushed walnut shell for filling pincushions at a pet store…they sell it for lining the bottom of a birdcage. It’s a little cheaper and you can buy it in bulk. Believe me, since I make pincushions for all my students, I go through LOTS of crushed walnut shell! I’ll try to post photos from class tomorrow…have a great weekend!

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Curved Geese

I spent today working on one of two samples for an up-coming class. I will be teaching two different techniques for curved flying geese. They are both paper-pieced. This first quilt was real simple and a lot of fun to make. The second sample is on my ‘to do’ list for this week. I’m thinking 24 hours in a day just isn’t enough time to get everything done. Back to the sewing machine.