Friday, September 28, 2007

Halloween Door Topper

I don't have a picture of this week's project, but that's okay since the idea is for you to design your own. This is a quick and easy fused applique project and Wendy will lead you through sketching your own haunted mansion, bats, etc.

What to bring to class:
  • your name tag
  • your notebook
  • any and all sharing (maybe you've even finished the notebook cover from last week!)
  • any questions you have
  • a handful of unlined paper for sketching
  • a larger piece of paper (freezer paper, newsprint or a cut open brown paper bag) if you want to trace the arch shape of Wendy's door topper

Also bring an uncompleted crazy pieced project (chatelaine, armchair caddy or just a block if you want to join in the handwork time. Bring some scissors, embroidery floss and a needle as well. Handwork time will be following the class for the afternoon classes and from 6-6:30 for the evening classes.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Rey is gone

Today Reynard (Rey for short) passed away. He has had breathing difficulties for over a year, but never showed any distress. Today he was obviously in distress, but before we could get him to the emergency vets he died in Pierre's arms. He was a real sweetie and will be missed. Here is a picture of him the first day we got him, just over 2 years ago.

Here's a more current picture. I'm sorry that I don't have a picture of his tail, which was magnificent. Rey was a Maine coon cat and very large, so much so that kids called him a monster cat. Despite this he loved to lay on my chest while I read in bed at night and he followed me around most of the day when I was home. I'll miss him.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Notebook Cover

This week I will be teaching you how to scrunch fabric and then I will demonstrate how to machine couch decorative threads on top. You can use this technique to create your own personalized notebook cover to keep all the notes from this semester's class.
Please remember to bring the following to class: 1 yard of fabric, 3 or 4 rubber bands and a baggie that will hold 1 yard of fabric. The fabric I prefer to use for scrunching is 100% cotton and has at least 3 or 4 colors and is a largish print. Once scrunched any recognizable image will be distorted so color is the most important factor to take into consideration.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Armchair Caddy

For those who don't want to make a chatelaine this week, Wendy has an alternate project: an armchair caddy!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Lisa's Sharing

One of my summer students was unable to bring her sharing on the final day so she sent me pictures. How great is that?! So here is more summer sharing.

Lisa's String Pieced Diamonds
Country Lines, not from the class, but great to see because we share everything

Another String Pieced Diamonds (I think she really liked this pattern!)

Thanks for sending me those pictures, Lisa. I hope more students will do the same :-)

Friday, September 14, 2007


This week Wendy will teach you how to crazy piece the chatelaine. Here is a picture of mine.
And here is a closeup of some of the hand embroidery (and beads).

And a picture that shows the pockets I put in mine.

I hope you got a chance to try some of the surface embellishment techniques we discussed in class last week. They really are fun and might make you feel like you're in kindergarten again! Ah to briefly visit the fleeting memories of youth...
Please remember to wear a nametag of some sort to class next week and bring your notebook as well as a writing stick :-) And don't forget your sharing!

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Last of the Summer Mega-Sharing

This is the last batch from the summer semester mega-sharing day. I hope you've been as impressed with their work as I have been! Fall semester classes start this week and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again. (Remember, no class at Mt Carmel on Tuesday night, just for this week because of back-to-school night).

Velia's quilt
Velia's Star Quilt
Velia's Hidden Wells
Velia's totebag
Valerie's Heart Wreath
Unknown maker. Anyone want to claim this?
Trudy's flamingo
Sue's redwork (blackwork) Closeup of Sue's redwork (blackwork)
Sonia's hidden wells table runnerSally's baby snuggly
Sally's quilt
Ruth's quilt
Ruth's baby gift Ruth's baby blanket

Ruth's notebook cover
Ruth's machine reverse appliqued funky flowers
Patsy's embroidery

Sunday, September 09, 2007

More and More and More Students' Work

Closeup of Nellie Ann's Hidden Wells
Nellie Ann's Hidden Wells
Nancy's digitization of the redwork pattern (all done by machine!)
Nancy's quilt
Nancy's Hidden Wells
Monica's quilt, wow!
Michelle's work in progress
More of Michelle's work in progress
Michelle's string pieced diamonds
Michelle's Twinkling stars in patriotic colors
Mel used the faced circle technique to make this Christmas pillow
A star quilt by Mel
Redwork (blackwork?) squares Marcia inherited Joanne's (the back of her hidden wells?)

Joanne's Hidden Wells

Saturday, September 08, 2007

More and More Student Sharing

Sorry about being so slow about getting these pictures up. I've had a bad cold/flu (I never can tell the difference) which was complicated by a strep infection. I'm on the mend at last, but still weak. Please bear with me if I don't have everything ready next week, it's been a tough time!

Lorraine's redwork quiltLorraine's Hidden Wells
Lisa's Mosaic Cat quilt for the fall semester!

Closeup of Linda's Photo Memory Quilt

Linda's Photo Memory QuiltKathy's Machine Reverse Appliqued Funky FlowersAnother of Kathy's Machine Reverse Appliqued Funky Flowers

Judy's Hidden Wells
Judy's Twinkling Stars
Judy's alternate coloring of Twinkling Stars
Judy's string pieced diamonds