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Twins, or Should it be, Sisters!

Twins by Wendy Dillenschneider and Betty Dietz

While teaching for Quilters Above the Clouds, Wendy Dillenschneider brought some show and tell.  This is a 3-D quilt in which she and fellow quilter, Betty Dietz, each made 1/2 of the design.  Both halves were finished independently and are meant to hand side by side. Nice job, ladies!


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The Royal Roost by Jill Monley

Royal Roost, by Jill Monley

Many thanks to Jill Monley, for sharing this image of her fabulous quilt, based upon the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea.  Jill took my five-day workshop at Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar Conference Center, on the Monterrey Peninsula in California, in April 2012.  The quilt was made for a guild challenge with the theme, fairy tales.

Jill has this to say about her quilt, “Our guild’s quilt show was last month and last night at our monthly meeting the show award winners were announced.  The Royal Roost took 4 out of 5 of the prizes…..Best Use of Theme, Best Workmanship, Best Machine Quilting, and also Viewer’s Choice.  Wow!  I was blown away!!!!  I guess I got lucky on this one. ”

I think it’s a pretty darn fabulous quilt too!  Good job, Jill!


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Marybeth Wujcik Design

Here’s a fine design by Marybeth Wujcik of Colorado Springs. She took my 3-day workshop in Santa Fe in 2011 and created this design, accented by couched Angelina fibers.  Marybeth owns Nana’s Quilt Cottage in the Springs. Check it out next time you are visiting that area!

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Girl’s Weekend at the Cabin

Lindsey Sewing

A Girl’s Weekend at the cabin!  I love to retreat to my cabin in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico for a sewing weekend.  This time I asked my friend Lizzie and her daughter Rhianna, and my friend Chellye and her daughter Lindsey to join us!  I think it’s very important to pass along a love of sewing to the next generation.  Everyone brought whatever they wanted to sew.  It was Lindsey’s first time making a garment – a wrap skirt.

 Rhianna and Olivia Sewing
Rhianna brought her friend, Olivia, and they decided to make tote bags of their own design.
Dogs Sleeping
The Garber dogs held down the sofa while we stitched.
Girls with tote bags

The girls show off their new totebags.

Lindsey with the skirt she made

And here’s Lindsey’s stunning skirt, all finished in one day!

Chellye with her skirt

Chellye made a denim skirt with fringed edges, also completed in one day!

Lizzie with her bag

And, Lizzie completed the bag she had begun on our previous sewing day.

R&R at Soda Dam

Our sewing finished, we took a break to go down to the local swimming hole.

Wet kids, wet dogs, and a hot afternoon.  It was time to retire to the deck for libations!

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The Other Side of the Rainbow

The Other Side of the Rainbow
This beautiful quilt was created by Brenda Roach of Bloomfield, Indiana.  I love her innovative use of fillers and geese.  Here’s what she has to say about it:

“This is my newest quilt: The Other Side of the Rainbow. The idea of it is that the neutral colors ‘above’ the rainbow pass through it and explode into the color below.

Thank you for all of the encouragement and techniques that you have shared with me. I believe that my quilt ‘Time to Fly’ will be featured in a one page article in the July issue of American Quilter magazine and you are mentioned in that article.”

Here is a photo of Time To Fly. I feature this incredible quilt in all my lectures.  It always generates a gasp from the audience.

Time to Fly by Brenda Roach

Congratulations Brenda! You’ve created another quilting masterpiece.

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And a Little More from Asilomar

We had so much fun at Asilomar, I couldn’t help sharing a few more photos with you!

Anne Richardson pinning

Anne Richardson is working on this beautiful circular star design.

Debbie Wickstrom Four Seasons quilt

Debbie Wickstrom is designing a quilt of the four seasons, with different seasonal colors in each block.

Melissa Cowden McGinnis and her design

Melissa's design close-up

Melissa Cowden McGinnis nearly finished her swirling design in class, just one star to go. This is a masterful piece. I love the way the designs flow.

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And More from the Empty Spools Seminars

Here’s a few more photos from my fabulous week of teaching at Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California.

Cathy Stone and quilt design

Cathy Stone very nearly completed her design in class! She lacks only one more circular star in the opposite corner! Way to go, Cathy!

Gale Wrigley and Sunburst quilt design

Gale Wrigley designed a spectacular sunburst, one of two that represent the solar system with two stars.

Debra Barnes and Fishies

Debra Barnes made these terrific fishies that are part of a larger design. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here!

All my students were SO creative. I get so much inspiration from them!

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More from Asilomar

My week at the Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar Conference Grounds was so much fun, I thought I’d share some more photos of our class with you.

Monarch Butterfly by Sonja Sellers

Sonja Sellers with Monarch design



Sonja Sellers designed a Monarch Butterfly that is filled with different pieced fillers. Although you see only one lower wing here, she pieced both sides at the same time.

The Princess and the Pea by Jill Monley

Jill Monley had perhaps the most whimsical design, based on the fairy tale,”The Princess and the Pea”. It’s for a guild challenge. Can you see the “pea” at the bottom of the mattresses and the feet of the princess perched atop them all. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Fish Quilt by Lynn Hart
Lynn Hart designed this fanciful fish. I’m looking forward to seeing a photo of the finished quilt.

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