Friday, February 5, 2016

I Love Teaching!!!

So January was a complete whirlwind of quilting goodness!!!   I had the wonderful opportunity to teach at 3 different retreats in January and loved every minute of it!!!  I know I have said it here before, but I absolutely love teaching quilting classes!!!!   There is just such a joy in being able to share my love and passion with others ;)   I had so much fun teaching, and it has been such a whirlwind, that I haven't had time to go through all of my pictures and share with you.  So I finally sat down over the last few days and started editing and grouping and all the like and now you get a full fledged 3 Retreat Teaching Post!!!  Are you ready???  Here we go ;)

Cedar Chest Quilter's Guild Retreat
Last weekend was the Annual Cedar Chest Quilter's Guild Retreat.  This retreat is held in my home town of Cedar City, Utah and it was their 10th Anniversary so it was super special ;) One of my favorite things about this retreat is it always starts off with a meet the teacher night and then a Show and Tell.  Everyone gets to bring finished quilts that they have taken classes on in previous years.  I can't begin to explain how fun it is to see those block starts from classes come back as finished quilts!!!

These were some of the quilts from the Petal Pop Class I taught last year.

Aren't they just so fun!!!  I love how different a quilt can be by just using different fabric ;)

And up next was the Wonky Irish Chain Class I taught last year as well.  I just love how happy and fun these quilts all are ;)  Doesn't that lime green background just make you wish for Spring ;)

The next day was my first class.  I taught The Village Square from my Irish Chain Quilts book.   We had such a great time in class and everyone enjoyed the super easy applique.  I don't think it will be long before these little houses turn into villages ;)

On Friday morning I really treated myself and actually took a class!!!   I don't get to do this very often so I was so looking forward to it!!  Sandra Workman taught us her Improv Quilt as you Go Bag and I so loved it!!!  Talk about fun!!!   And of course, I made mine from all of my purple scraps ;)  Now all I have to do is get it put together ;) 

On Friday night of the Retreat, we all were in for a very special treat!!!  Amanda Herring  and Sandra Workman were the National Teachers of the year and put on an amazing Trunk Show that was also doubling as a fantastic and inspiring presentation on Creativity.   They shared their top 10 aspects for your Creative Journey which were 1- Take Risks 2- Inspiration 3- Patience 4- Dream Big 5- Be Curious 6- Challenge Yourself 7- Creative Source 8- Believe In Yourself 9- Be Generous 10- Live a Creative Life :).   It was absolutely amazing and left me feeling so incredibly blessed to be able to do what I do.  

Following the trunk show we had the All Night Sew!!!  And yes, this is just waht it sounds like.  150-200 women gather together and the sewing machines start humming.  We sew, and sew, and sew, until we can't see anymore ;)  I made it until 3 am but my last class was the next afternoon so I figured I best get some rest ;)  Oh, and did I mention along with sewing, they give out prizes, prizes, and more prizes!!!   So much fun!!!

And that afternoon class I mentioned above was my In Your Neighborhood pattern.  I absolutely love teaching this class.  It is so fun to see when the design clicks for everyone and it has lots of letters in the cutting so I get to play alphabet soup when teaching it.  Love it!!!  All together an absolutely amazing retreat.  I had such wonderful classes filled with wonderful people!!!!  What a joy :)

Winter Quiltfest Retreat
The weekend before was the Annual Winter Quiltfest Retreat held in Logan, Utah!!  This was my first time teaching at Winter Quiltfest and I can say I surly hope it isn't my last.  I loved, loved, loved it!!!!   What an amazing fun retreat :)  The retreat is run my Amy Maxfield and her family and they were just amazingly wonderful people to work with.  What a joy!!!

As soon as I arrived I got to say Hi to my wonderful friend Amy Smart and also got to meet a brand new and incredibly amazing friend, Jen Kingwell.  They were both the Featured Teachers of the retreat and I just loved being able to sit and chat with them.  I got to catch up with Amy as we normally only get to see each other at Market, and I got to learn all kinds of wonderful and amazing things about Jen.  So fun!!!

The next morning was my first class.  I taught my Braided Irish Chain pattern and what a fun class it was!!!  Everyone picked up on the pattern so quickly and the machines were just humming away.  I love that this design is put together with three different blocks because it is so fun to see how excited everyone gets when their little blocks turn into a giant block and they see the design come together.   What an awesome class this was and I just loved getting to know all of these amazing ladies!!!

In the afternoon that day, I taught my Petal Pop class.  And once again, it was full of just some amazing ladies!!!  So much fun!!!  This class is always a little worrying at first, because the block seems like it goes together backwards, but everyone picked it up quickly and was turning out blocks in no time.   I even got an email from a class member this week who finished her quilt top already!!  See it in the bottom corner.  So fun!!!

The evening finished with an amazing trunk show by Jen Kingwell!!!  And oh my, can you say jaw dropping!!!  This gal blows me away!!!  She hand pieces her quilts, yes I said hand pieces her quilts!!!  And I absolutely love how full of color all of her quilts are.  She uses 200 plus different fabrics in her quilts.  Just amazing!!!  My only regret of the retreat was that due to my schedule, I wasn't able to take a class.  I know I am a horrible hand stitcher but I sure would have loved to learn from the master.  

I was only there for a day, but oh my goodness, I just loved it!!!  The classes were amazing, the food was absolutely delicious (seriously, I was tempted to take a picture of my plate and share it ;)  and everyone was so nice and friendly!!!  I am so looking forward to making this an annual trip ;)  What a wonderful retreat!!

Quilt St. George Retreat
And last but not least, in the first week of January (yes, a month ago) I was able to teach at the Quilt St. George Retreat in St. George Utah.   This retreat was a little smaller and I have to say, there is something really fun about having a small class every once and a while.  I really got a chance to sit and get to know these ladies more.  What a treat ;)

I taught two classes at the retreat both from my Irish Chain Quilts book.  I had the Two Paths Crossed class and had so much fun.  These ladies were great and got their blocks put together with beautiful precision.   And we all enjoyed a lot of good laughs in the process ;)

And I also taught my String of Pearls class.  And even though these gals were a little camera shy to be in their pictures, they were absolutely lovely to teach and get to know.  We had such a wonderful time in class.

And I finished the evening out with a Trunk Show from my Irish Chain Quilts book.  I got to share the quilts from the book and a bit about the designing, inspiration, and joy in writting the book.  And of course, I didn't think to give my camera to anyone to take any pictures.  But it was fun, just trust me on that one ;)  It was a wonderful finish to a wonderful day!!!!

Oh, and on a side note . . .  I will be sharing my Irish Chain Quilts Trunk Show next Thursday at the Red Rock Modern Quilt Guild once again in St. George.  So if you are in the area, come check it out ;)  Hopefully this time I will remember to take some pictures ;)

And I think that just about wraps up my Teaching in January 2016!!!  Did you stay with me to the very end.  Wow, that turned out to be quite a post ;)  But honestly, what a treat it has been.  I just can not say enough how much I absolutely love to teach quilting!!!  I love sharing my passion and I love that I always come away learning new things as well.  Quilters are just the most amazing people and I love getting to meet and share with them at these incredible functions ;)

I hope you all have an amazing weekend filled with lots of Happy Quilting!!!!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Planning for a Jubilee

Next year the Utah Quilt Guild is celebrating their 40th Birthday and as part of the celebration they are hosting a Ruby Jubilee!  So fun, if you have never seen a Ruby Jubilee it is a beautiful collection of quilts all done in reds and whites.   Just stunning!!!    I have always wanted to make my Braided Irish Chain pattern as a 2 color quilt and figured this is the perfect opportunity to do so!!!   So I started to plan and quickly realized . . . I can't decide??

What do you think, White Chain with a Red Background . . .  or

Red Chain with a White Background

Which is your favorite???
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day . . . let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!   The winner of the $50.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop is . . .   Number # 211. . . Congrats Pine Point Cathy!!!   I have emailed you :) 


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  Julie has an adorable Etsy shop with lots of amazing fabric goodness!!!  And, she always has amazing prices (including the awesome Sale Selection) that make it so fun to fill up a cart ;)  

And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a $25.00 Gift Certificate to The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  Yup, we all love a good little shopping spree!!!  Isn't it fun to get to pick out your favorites ;)

You have two entry chances, the second being optional, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment that tells me what you are going to make for dinner tonight, I need some ideas :) 

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. love.   You can follow them on   FacebookInstagram, or Favorite their Shop.  Or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, February 9th when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Sew Day Turned Snow Day

 After teaching over the weekend I was looking forward to a day with most of the kids at school and me in my sewing room just sewing away.  And then I woke up to snow, snow, and some more snow ;)   School was canceled (the first time in 67 years) and I have spent the day shoveling, plowing, and playing.

But it turned out to be a pretty good exchange.  Playing with these little monkeys in the snow is quite fun indeed :)  And I can always sew tomorrow.

I think I could go for some Hot Chocolate right now ;)   
Hope you are having a Happy Quilting (or maybe snow playing) day ;)

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Fall In Line - A Secret Share!!!

Last summer I had to wonderful opportunity to work on a special secret project.   I am sure you have heard a lot about it recently, as it has been hoping along . . . so I am so excited to get to share it today!!   I had the wonderful privilege to make one of the Gallery Quilts for the newly released Moda All-Stars, All In A Row book and here it is, beautifully photographed by Brent Kane!!  I am calling it Fall In Line :)

I absolutely loved being a tiny part of this book!!  The rows are so much fun to make and each of them are so very different and yet they all pull together so nicely.  I obviously took up the fall themed quilt and I just love it!!! 

I wanted to give it a beautiful fall theme, but not in traditional fall fabrics.  So I choose to use your normal autumn colors of yellow, orange, green, and browns, but did them in bright tones of the colors.  The fabrics are selections from Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two, Meadowbloom by April Rosenthal and Prairie by Corey Yoder.    Doesn't it just give it such a happy fall feel ;)  

And the fun thing about a Row quilt is there are no rules!!!  I, in my need for symmetry, decided to repeat some rows to create a central focal row and then do a giant row border of what felt like a million flying geese ;)  It was just so fun to really just play with each row and see where the design evolved.  The book has so many awesome examples of how you can really mix it up and make each quilt your own quilt.  

When it came time to quilt, I decided on an all over curly q.  My goal was to have one more element that tied each of the rows together and I think it did just that ;)  

And I just love all of that yummy texture.  Doesn't it just make you want to snuggle up in it!!!

And that is Fall In Line ;)   I hope you just love it as much as I do and check it out in All In A Row ;) 
And just in case you haven't heard, Moda is going to be doing a Row Along starting February 1st!!!!  I am so excited and this time will be making a Christmas quilt ;)   More on that to come.  

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up this finish to Amanda's, Quilt Story, and Sarah's ;)

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