at play greg caseI logged onto Road to California yesterday to check class sign ups.

I was so thrilled and surprised that all 3 of the machine quilting classes are FULL with waiting lists.

Thank you!!!

I’m excited to go and this just adds to it! You all are the best!

There is still room in Go Mini or Go Home.cherrywood star go mini

I love teaching this class. And yes this is for a confident beginner piecer.

In class we cover the biggest challenges of piecing:
lining the pieces up and stitching
oh and we’ll have fun


just know that in this class we cover technique – if you finish the project great, if you don’t great!
It’s fun to sit and stitch and be happy

Let’s have some fun.

And if you’re sitting there looking at the class and wondering if you should take it? Do you have the skill necessary? Are you sure you should try it?


Take it.

You ca do it!

Happy Quilting!


IMG_20140713_205900the people

they are way cool

and this person Gayle Schliemann always makes me smile

She has a cool bit on We All Sew this week

radiance and aurifil


I just love Radiance. I love the blend of cotton and silk working together to bring best of each to the quilting party.


Notions – notions make everything better

sewing machines – yes my B 780 and BERNINA 1080′s rock it!

patterns – they are the stuff of life – whether it’s a tutorial, commercial pattern or whatever resides in your head

the variety – this just makes me happy seeing all of the variety out there

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magazines for any and every quilter – there’s something that fits ever quilter

and yes this is a shameless plug for the one I work on but I love it

I’ve found home

quilt guilds – these are places of people, and I love quilterly people and all they bring to the quilt party


quilt shops – what would we do without them, they are sources of information, community, fabric, patterns and quilt shop employees who are willing to share their knowledge

quilt shows – sources of inspiration and great variety. And there are vendors and classes and batting and . . .


Here’s my top 10 for today!


Happy Quilting,



Ponder 1in·spi·ra·tion – [in-spuh-rey-shuhn] 


1. an inspiring or animating action or influence: I cannot write poetry without inspiration.
2. something inspired, as an idea.
3. a result of inspired activity.
4. a thing or person that inspires.
5. Theology .

a. a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
b. the divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.

in·spire – [in-spahyuhr] 

verb (used with object), in·spired, in·spir·ing.

1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
2. to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
3. to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
4. to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts. animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.uhw wrought iron fence and gate
I had coffee with a couple of friends this afternoon. It was lovely. Simply lovely. Lovely in a way that just makes me happy. We talked quilting and other stuff for a solid 2 hours. Part of the conversation that has stuck in my head was about inspiration.
Inspiration is a pathway that leads us in ways that we can not begin to imagine.
Today I’m inspired by color (usually spring and autumn); wrought iron; geometric shapes and blank canvases (i.e. whole cloth), art style quilts.
That’s changed a lot in 20+ years of quilting. Once upon a time inspiration was found in patterns, books, magazines, some online stuff and listening to the advice of others.
The major shift in inspiration probably started about 10 years ago or so when I started to be more comfortable in my own quilterly skin. How I viewed patterns started to change: from thinking I needed an exact copy to a pattern is a jumping off point. How I viewed magazines: intensely reading to flipping through the pages to find something that resonated with me. when I listen to the advice of others now it’s partly to hear things I may not have though through and to eliminate possibilities.
When I got advice years ago I thought I had to follow it exactly. Uh, no. When I gave advice I thought quilters should listen to me exactly – because you know I invented quilting and I’m all seeing and I know everything about quilting. Uhm no. Now when I get/give advise it’s like an idea ready to be fleshed out or lived with or discarded. I don’t care any more if a quilter follows my advice. Seriously. What matters, that the quilter is happy with the end result. yeah that.
quilt and sunrise 009that frees me to be about the business of quilting
that frees them from being obligated to listening to what I have to say
that frees both of us to explore quilting in a way that suits us
This photo inspires me. I draw breath and get giddy when I see it.
What inspires you?
Happy Quilting!

curved feather on black silkOne of my very favorite conversations is “if it isn’t hand quilted it isn’t a quilt” or “hand quilted means putting your heart into a quilt”.

I no longer get my panties in a wad
My back no longer gets up

I just share

because I’ve been in that group who thought and felt and experienced and said that out loud.

Now I just share

that I love hand quilting and appreciate the level of work that goes into the hand quilting process
I can hand quilt, I can hand piece, hand applique


I’ve found home, peace, contentment in doing the machine work. Nobody is more surprised than me. But I do. I love the hum of the machine, listening to the needle pierce the layers of batting and fabric seeing stitches form evenly and cleanly as I stitch around the surface of the quilt. My heart is all over that baby.

at play greg case


@play is my heart, in that moment, on a quilt

I can clearly see the journey of this quilt and hear her whispers.


I can see how good Greg Case made her look and

how squaring her up made a difference

I can see the gift of what she taught me and appreciate her beauty

corner stone

I can see my heart in Quantum Leap too.

I can see the growth and progress.

I can see things I think as flaws that no one will notice

I can see the love in this quiltSarah vedeler future quilt

Yep, my heart is here too

I can see my heart in one of my future quilts as well that will be based on this photo of Sarah Vedeler taken at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel while we were at BERNINA University.

Yep my heart will be here too.

If your heart is in hand work I get it.
If your heart is in machine work, I get it
if you heart is in quilting on a long arm, I get it.

My one question this Saturday afternoon. . . how can we appreciate the beauty in all of quilting? How do we promote that perspective shift? One that honors and respects quilters no matter what their style? How do we work on developing that appreciation for the broad range of quilt making that’s out there?

These are serious questions quilters. I’d like to hear what your thoughts.

Happy Quilting!




John Cardin 4but it’s also kind of fun

because the silence indicates

1) work
2) thinking about work
3) gratitude for work
4) I’m working
5) I need to work on quilts
6) I’ll get to share some fun stuff with you very soon!!!!
7) I like to quilt
8) I get virtual hives when I don’t quilt
9) I have virtual hives
10) tomorrow is a quilting/blogging/quilting kind of day
Sometimes when I’m not blogging here I’m blogging at Generation Q.
I’m teaching in August at Steve’s Sew & Vac
I’m teaching in September at the City Quilter
I’m teaching in August and September at Hartsdale Fabrics
I love to teach :)

Saturday I’m working on
blog for Generation Q
If the Foot Fits PowerPoint tweaking so I can get it out to the dealers who want it
expressing gratitude for quilterly friends
sending questions to a quilter/blogger/Aurifil Queen for an interviewquilting

did I mention quilting?

Have a great weekend y’all!

PS if you’re participating in the whole cloth challenge with Lisa Calle & me I’d love to hear from you

Happy Quilting!


John Cardin 4So

I really admire this artist

he’s a fabric dyer John Cardin 5


I love his fabrics.

Every time he posts something on facebook there is an immediate creative response.
Oh I can see quilting on these. Deep browns, blacks, rusts and purples

oranges yellows

pink – maybe I’ll just have to wait and see

Oh my!

Oh do I ever love his creativity and the joy that comes through in his work

and listens

John listens

ajohn cardin 3nd

Just Wow.

He asked me about color

I gave him a feeling
An idea


He nailed it!

I love orange an purple together

a hint of green

and wow

here’s what arrived at my door this afternoon.

John Cardin 2four simply amazing pieces of hand dyed fabric that just had me speechless.

I’m inspired.

It’s time to go quilt.

happy quilting!



#berninaselfie is a bit of fun from BERNINA University on Instagram. Have fun!



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