Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Class at Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop

What a whirlwind weekend!  What an extremely nice group of quilters!  I had a great time!!!
Me and Trish - owner of Ivy Thimble Quilt shop
I flew in a very bumpy flight on Thursday.  Friday morning I was whisked away to the Ivy Thimble Quilt & Gift Shop.  The shop is in an old train station.  How cool is that?  Trust me, its cool!  My lecture was at 1:00 so I had plenty of time to set up and meet the staff.  Everyone was so nice and very helpful.  My lecture was really three different lectures boiled into one.  I spoke about antique doll quilts, about Quilts Remembered quilt patterns and how I got to have a pattern company started and then demos on tools of the trade.  There were lots of questions and tons of different tools for people to take home.  The shop sold out of just about every one of them!

All day Saturday I taught Laura’s 1870 Cradle Quilt.  The class went smoothly just like clockwork.  My 12 students worked from the second they sat down.  They got right down to business and didn’t stop until lunch.  For lunch, Trish the shop owner, brought in a wonderful array of wraps and desserts for everyone!  They were YUMMY!  Thanks Trish!!!  After lunch they worked even harder to get all the shapes done for the quilt.  It is too bad we could sew into the night but alas I had to go home.  My flight was quiet…only 11 out of approx. 126 seats were taken.  I even got to sit in 1st class…but so did half the rest of the passengers!  Hahahaha!!!

Thanks Trish and staff at the Ivy Thimble Quilt shop AND a special thanks to my great students.  I hope to be hearing from you soon and seeing their finished Quilts Remembered quilts.

Now back to reality. 
Happy quilting,

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


In two days I leave for Victor, NY.  My destination is the Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop, I will lecture and teach.  Check out their website at:  http://www.ivythimble.com/  My class is called Laura’s 1870s Cradle Quilt http://www.quiltsremembered.com/shop/Quilt-Patterns/p/Lauras-1870-Cradle-Quilt-1014.htm.  This is a sweet quilt with lots of pieces.  It is inspired by an antique quilt my friend Laura owns (hence the name).  I am very lucky to be able to have the antique piece with me for the event.  Trish is the owner of Ivy Thimble and her blog address is:  http://ivythimble.blogspot.com/

Ivy Thimble Quilt & Gift Shop...Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends! 
There is still so much left to do to get ready.  (I shouldn't take this time to write.) 

My lecture will cover several topics including a few demos using some of my favorite tools.  We are lucky as quilters; there are so many tools available.  But, sometimes because there are so many, we get confused to which ones will do the best job for us.  I always tell my beginner students, “It is just what you get used to”.  In fact, starting with the best tools just makes life easier.  You can visit my website, www.QuiltsRemembered.com to view my ‘tools’ page and see some of my favorites.

My To-Do List

So what to pack…Antique doll quilts, class quilt, patterns, pattern cover quilts, magazine quilts, demo boards, tools, computer, and lecture notes (I’d better remember to pack my clothes too!)  Crud…I just checked the weather page and it looks like rain…better remember my umbrella and rain jacket.  I am always so afraid I will forget something.  IT IS GOOD TO HAVE A LIST.    Speaking of lists, my to-do list is beginning to look more manageable. I am actually crossing things off!!!

Just the start of packing...Those quilts take up so much room...good thing they are small!
See you soon NY.  I am looking forward to a wonderful new group of quilters!
Happy Quilting,

Friday, April 6, 2012

Slide Show...Kansas City March quilt

Kansas City March Quilt on Smile Box slide show.     

My "T" Block

See what 16 different designers have been working on for months.  This quilt will be a Spring Quilt Market.  See it in person ... just go to the Andover Fabrics booth...it is a wonderful quilt...and your quilt shop could win it.

The rules are simple.  A shop owner/buyer must visit all 16 designer booths, have their passport stamped by the designer and once the passport is complete - just drop it in the contest box in the Andover Fabric booth.  Simple right?

One of the best prizes will be won by all shops that complete the passport and turn it in.  A FREE BLOCK OF THE MONTH download.

Please come to The Kansas City March Schoolhouse to learn more.  Click on the link at the top of the page.

Hope you enjoy the slide show.
Happy quilting,

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

16 Designers One Quilt!

Legacy Sampler Quilt

Spring Quilt Market is fast approaching and do I have a special surprise for you.  I guess I shouldn't say 'I' because there are 16 different designers that are making this event happen.  I feel very lucky to have be part of this event.  My block (Quilts Remembered) is located in the top right corner.

The "Kansas City March" is a booth hop and it all happens at the upcoming Spring Quilt Market.  While shopping at market, store owners, will need to visit all 16 of our designers' booths.  Each booth will stamp a card found in their buyers' guide.  Once the card is full just drop it into the entry box locate in the Andover Fabrics booth and cross your fingers.

The grand prize is the Legacy Sampler Quilt!  There are lots of other prizes too such as fabric bundles, pattern bundles, pattern bundles, books and more!  Best of all...each shop completing their card will be given access to the patterns -FREE!  That's right a totally free block of the month for your customers.

Now, if you are reading this and you are not a shop owner PLEASE tell the shops you visit about this event.  It only happens at Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City in May!!!  For more information and to view all participating designer websites see our website: http://kansascitymarch.com/

Please check out my Quilts Remembered facebook page and 'Like' it for future information on my patterns and future Quilt Markets.

Hope to see you there!!!