Monday, October 29, 2007

Classes Resume

As far as we know classes will resume as usual this week. We will be going by the syllabus which means that I will be teaching the large scale print quilt with flying geese borders this week. Should you read this in time, please bring a gradation of 7 fabrics that match a color (or colors) in your large scale print. Mine gradate from dark to light magenta. You may gradate by color if you prefer. For example your gradation may begin at blue, move to turquoise, then teal and end at green. Even if you are not planning on making this quilt, this is an excellent exercise in color selection.
I'm looking forward to a return to normality. See you all soon, I hope!
P.S. If you are in one of Mary Tabar's classes, she will be holding class as usual this week.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thursday, October 25th Update

Just an update on what's going on. Wendy and I are both home now. Wendy stayed home, but the kids and I were evacuated (why is Pierre always away when we really need him ?!). Everything is fine and we are home and even unpacked although we're still keeping our eyes on the news.

As far as class goes, Palomar cancelled classes for the entire week. Wendy and I are hoping to get back to teaching next Tuesday for the regular teaching schedule and locations, but we haven't heard how things went in Escondido. I think OASIS (and North County Fair) is still there, and I'm hoping the same can be said for Quilter's Paradise and Bits and Pieces.

Check back again on Monday once things have settled down a bit and we know more info. Obviously the schedule on the syllabus will need some readjusting so who knows what we'll teach next week, but it will be great to see each and every one of one and to know that you are all right.

On a sadder note, we've heard that Mary Tabar lost her house and almost everything in it. Our hearts go out to her. If you know of any of our students who are in similar straights please let us know.

Take care and hope to see you next week,

Monday, October 22, 2007

Fire Update

Wendy and I have both been evacuated so class this week is doubtful. There is no school at Mt Carmel at least through Wednesday so I doubt we will be able to have classes before Thursday. Check back here for more info as we get it.

I hope you are all safe from these terrible fires.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

October 23-25

This week Wendy will be discussing using photos in quilts. Please bring in any quilts that you have using photos as well as any photos that you are considering. Also don't forget your notebook, name tag and most especially your sharing!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

This week we'll be working on the second part of the Williamsburg door topper. Last week I covered the pineapple so this week I'll be talking about the mock trapunto for the fruit and how to attach the artifical leaves. Please bring the following to class: the apple shape cut out of Timtex, a 5" square of apple colored fabric, 5" square of batting, scissors, needle and thread. And don't forget to bring sharing!
Just for kicks and to celebrate I'm posting a picture of a Valentine's vest I made for myself about 5 years ago. Aren't the wonky hearts fun? And what am I celebrating you ask? I was invited to put another ensemble in the Bernina Fashion Show for 2008! Yipee! This time I'm going to go to the premier for sure :-)

Sunday, October 07, 2007


It seems like it's been a long time since I've been able to make something for no other reason than the pleasure of making it. That's what this jacket has been, a pleasure. I've enjoyed experimenting with stenciling and stamping on fabric, some Shiva paintstick rubbings and finally a bit of hand embroidery (see the closeup). I don't know if it will speak to anyone else, but I like it :-) And in case you can't really see it I did my first flanged binding: a 1/8" rust colored flange and black binding. It came out perfectly thanks to a little help from some fabric glue!

And the oddest part for me is... no shiny stuff! No glitter, metallic threads or beads. Hard to imagine, right?

Williamsburg Doortopper

Here is a picture of my Williamsburg Christmas Doortopper. This week we will be working on the pineapple, both the fruit and the leaves. Please bring to class 6" x 8" rectangles of 6 different brown/golden brown fabrics for the body of the pineapple.