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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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Empty Spools Seminars – 2012

Asilomar Conference Grounds

I spent the last week teaching at the Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. The conference grounds are unbelivably beautiful. So inspirational for quilters.

And it’s just about the finest teaching experience anywhere! Five full days with a small group of students. What great fun we had –and now I have 11 new friends. Here’s a photo of our class.

Class Photo

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Watch for more blog posts about our week!

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An Alluring Cruise!

As you know, in March I taught a paper piecing class on a cruise in the Caribbean.  The slide show from the Allure of Paper Piecing Cruise by Stitchin’ Heaven Travel is now posted to You Tube.


Here’s the link to it.    Be sure to check out their upcoming cruises. It was simply, a blast!

And, here’s a photo of all of us, – in our matching, lime green T-shirts around a really cool car on the ship, Allure of the Seas.

Allure Of Paper Piecing Cruisers


Can you find me in the picture????

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Here’s a few photos from the fabulous Allure of Paper Piecing Cruise:

At Ft. Lauderdale

Yours truly at Fort Lauderdale after boarding the ship.

Allure of the Seas

A better view of the ship.

Waiting to dock

Here we are waiting to dock at Charlotte-Amalie, St. Thomas – 50 knot winds! I’m with Carol Doak, who is also teaching on the cruise and Deb Luttrell, the creator of Stitching Heaven Quilting Cruises, and several of the ladies in the class.

Cuban grassquit
And of course I have to share a bird photo with you. This is a Cuban grassquit seen in a private garden at Nassau, Bahamas.

I’ll share more photos when I return.

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Indiana Heritage Quilt Show and the Caribbean!

Having the best time! I’m in the middle of an almost two week long trip. First, I went to Bloomington, Indiana for the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. The show was wonderful and my classes were very fun – full of great ladies!

Diana Reutter Mahrenholz took my Goose is Loose class two years ago at the IHQS show. This is her stunning quilt, started in the class. Way to go Diana!

This is a reversible T-shirt Quilt by Linda Kelsey of Bloomington, IN. One side is feminist and the other political. I love it!

This quilt is called Cordoba, and it’s by Claudia Pfeil, of Krefeld, Germany. Fascinated by mosaics, Claudia created the center of her quilt from a photo of the Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba. The building is famous for its horseshoe shaped arches. It is now the home of the Roman Catholic Cathedral. The corners symbolize sunshine and the four corners of the compass.

In Bloomington, where I was teaching, the terrible weekend storms went around the city. But much of Indiana and the surrounding region was not so lucky. With all of today’s technology there is little that can be done in the face of Mother Nature at her worst. So sad for the good folks of Indiana and Kentucky.

The second part of my trip is – a quilting cruise in the Caribbean! Packing, first for Indiana and then for the cruise, was challenging, to say the least. The cruise is “The Allure of Paper Piecing Cruise” and I’m teaching with Carol Doak, & Eileen Sullivan on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Internet access is limited, so I will update you when I return from this fabulous trip.

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Tricksters at QBL

Imagine my surprise when, after returning from lunch, I asked a question and several sheepish faces stared back at me. Finally Joanne exclaimed, “Don’t ask me! I have the smallest head in the class!”. That really got my attention and I wondered just how it was that she knew that.

Measuring Heads

Measuring Heads

It turns out that they were busy using their flexible curves for another purpose besides drafting quilting patterns — measuring the circumference of each other’s heads.

Friday night was QBL Show and Tell, where each teacher and her class get up on stage to show the results of the week long class. Imagine my surprise when my class marched up on stage, flex curves in hand and then donned them as head ornaments!

Charles, Doris, and Paul at Show and Tell

Charles, Doris, and Paul at Show and Tell

We simply had way too much fun at QBL!

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

And, without a doubt, I had the best students in my class!

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