Another Fun Free Motion Quilting Class Complete

I finished up another 3 session Free Motion Machine Quilting class at the Redlands Sewing Center Tuesday night – we had such a blast! All of the students had great attitudes and accomplished a ton! We were having so much fun I almost totally forgot to take pictures!

I did snap a few early in the evening of a few folks stitching away:

April 14 FMQ class 2

April 14 FMQ class 1

April 14 FMQ class 3

But I totally forgot to take pix of the finished products! I remembered right at the end to grab the gals that were left packing up for a final group picture:

April 14 FMQ class 4

What is just awesome about teaching is my students inspire and teach me, and I certainly hope that they are learning and being inspired from me as well!

I’ve just scheduled a bunch more classes at the Redlands Sewing Center, including a couple of brand new ones, more info here.

Earth Friendly Tips for Dyeing with Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dyes

Happy Earth Day! The folks at Quilting Daily asked me to write up a post on how dyeing with Procion MX fiber reactive dyes can effect the earth and how we can minimize those effects. I am continuously inspired by the flora and fauna that surround me, so I am always trying to impact the earth as little as possible. Click here to read that post.



Speaking of dyeing, don’t forget that I’ve got 2 specials running for registration in my self-paced online dyeing classes:

You can save 20% on all my complete classes until the end of the month:


And you can join a lot of other early birds who are taking Dyeing 103: Multicolor Cotton as I create the course and save 30%!


A Busy Easter!


Ah, Easter…every brass player works on Easter! Hubby was off early in the morning to a church in Palm Desert he usually plays the Easter services for, so he missed our Easter morning festivities. Although the boys are 16 and 12, (soon to be 17 & 13 YIKES!), they still search for Easter baskets by…

Happy Easter!


We’ve been having lovely weather lately, with roses all over the place: Logan’s been off at Pali Science camp in the San Berdardino mountains near Lake Arrowhead. His teacher’s been posting pix of the kids each night: here’s Logan on the ropes course: Getting ready to ride the zip line… and riding the zip line…wheeeeeeeeee!…

Prayer Flag Blog Hop


Ooh, I had to share this! The folks at Quilting Arts really support the use of prayer flags in our community, and they’ve just released an ebook that features all several viewpoints on the use of prayer flags, and lots of ideas on how to make them.   Look at these incredible wee prayer flags!…

April Goals Check-in

Retro Xmas Ornament 1

I’ve been a busy bee, and hardly anything I did makes for good pictures on the blog! My DVDs arrived and I had to package up a bunch of pre-orders and the folks that won the giveaways. Always a bit stressful, to make sure everything gets to the right place. And then I finished up…

3 Sizes of Pet Jester Baskets!


Last Christmas, I made Stirling a Jester Basket to hold his Christmas treats, because I Santa could never fit then in his stocking. However, I made it a bit too big, his treats got a little lost. But this would be a great size for a bigger dog…Marmaduke size! So, I went ahead and designed…

My DVDs Have Arrived!


Hip Hip Hooray! My DVDs have arrived! Although I was able to view the download version of it when that was released, it somehow feels more real when there’s a stack of them in my house! I love the hummingbird on the DVD itself: I’ll be packing up a bunch that were pre-ordered and shipping…

Studio Snapshots | Dyeing and Baking

hot cross buns

We’ve been having the most delicious weather – cool nights, and days that don’t get above 75, really it was heavenly last week. (I’m afraid that’s all over now…). Most of my dyeing requires planning ahead of time, especially when I’m working on a class like I am with Dyeing 103 right now. Usually that…

One Moment | Seeing Color Through Other People’s Eyes


I’ve been working hard on my Dyeing 103: Multicolor Cotton Dyeing class this past month. Last weekend I posted a session on analagous colors, and was so happy with one new color palette I design for that session, one with lots of Earthy Greens: These colors just make my heart sing! Of course, every session…

Winner of My DVD + Fabric


My new DVD blog tour was a lot of fun! And the lucky winner of a copy of my new Quilting Arts workshop DVD and all the fabric to make a sketchbook is: Congratulations to Michelle! I’ll ship your DVD and fabric, as well as the DVDs and free motion sketches to all the other…

Meetup | April Goals


It’s hard to believe that another month has gone whizzing by, but by George it has! Lets see how I did! March Goals Workshop DVD Launch Festivities March 10 100% More scarves for Colla Voce March 20 100% Next 2 103 Sessions March 31 100% QA Faux Snow Dyeing Article March 28 100% calendar email…

So Many Proud Mom Moments!


I’ve been sharing my son Liam’s journey as a musician hear on the blog, not only because I want to remember these moments as the years go by, but also because it’s fun to share this with folks who may not know what’s involved in the growth and development in a young musician! Last Fall, Liam…

FMMS Sketchbook | Autumn at Olive Ave


I’ve had fun showing you all my Free Motion Machine Sketched Sketchbooks with you, and I saved the best for last, Autumn at Olive Ave! It was designed to hold all the motifs I wanted to stitch on the DVD, so it needed to have at least 3 different birds, 3 different vessels and 3…

FMMS Blog Hop | Giveaway at the Home Base!


Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my Free Motion Machine Sketching DVD blog tour! (I believe we’ll have one more stop, Melody’s got a lot of balls to juggle right now). It’s quite an honor to have all these wonderful artists review my workshop for you, and I am deeply grateful for their time! I’ve really enjoyed sharing…

FMMS Sketchbook | Kitchen Vessels


There’s a slight blip in the Free Motion Machine Sketching DVD blog tour, Melody’s got a lotta house stuff that’s come up, stay tuned for that! In the meantime, let me show you the next sketchbook I made! This one is full of new to me subject matter: bowls, vases and pitchers, vessels of all sorts….

Free Motion Machine Sketching Blog Tour Day 5 | Sew Mama Sew


Next up on my Free Motion Machine Sketching DVD blog tour are Beth & Kristin from Sew Mama Sew! It should be no surprise to people who read my blog for awhile that I really enjoy thinking about construction when sewing; whether it’s figuring out how to get the right kind of pockets in a bag, covering the zipper…

FMMS Sketchbook | Giverny Garden


Today I’m sharing another sketchbook while getting running my Free Motion Machine Sketching DVD blog tour. This one is called “Giverny Garden”. This one was inspired by some faux snow dyed fabric I made whose color palette and texture reminds me of Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny, so I sketched all the classic flowers he painted. Here’s…

Free Motion Machine Sketching Blog Tour Day 4 | Susan Brubaker Knapp


Next up on my Free Motion Machine Sketching DVD blog tour is Susan Brubaker Knapp who blogs at Blue Moon River. I met her filming QATV in the Summer of 2010, and swe got to meet up the next Summer at QATV taping as well when I got to have a couple of really fun dinners with Susan and some other really…

FMMS Sketchbook | Elementary Aviary


Today I’m sharing another sketchbook while getting running my Free Motion Machine Sketching DVD blog tour. This one is called “Elementary Aviary”. In it I use a simple ROYGBIV color palette, one that reminds my of the few big crayons found in those beginning packs for young kids…and I love stitching my bird motifs on things I…

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