Hankie Hexie!

While in Houston this past fall with my exhibit I became inspired by the beautiful hexie quilts across the aisle and got sucked into the English paper piecing hook, line and sinker!  Of course I needed to do one with vintage hankies and silks.   I rummaged thru my hankie stash and chose several that I loved...I decided to use initials that represented my favorite daughters Jenny & Emily (they're my only two), and my initial and our last name initial and throw in a couple more designs for interest.  I stabilized them and then cut out a 6 1/2"...

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Feather Spheres~Design Tutorial

While working on my feathered wreath lesson for my workshop I thought it would be fun to throw out the idea that your feather wreaths don't have to be symmetrical and balanced. Why not have some fun with these and make beautiful feathered spheres??? Using different sized circles from my Ultimate Stencil I scattered  spheres around my fabric.  I had some circles going "underneath" each other and others that "interlocked". This creates great dimension and movement. I had fun offsetting the feather spines, adding several to a sphere and then challenged myself to fill in as desired.  Loads of fun...

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"Sunshine and Shadow"

I've started the long process of rewriting handbooks and with that comes new class samples to go with the new instruction.   One of my feathering lessons teaches my students how to create a simple feathered heart with a French Curve.  I thought I could double this lesson by showing the importance of Sunshine and Shadow. At this stage of quilting the sample looks "okay" but it's all Sunshine.  In other words there isn't any shadowing in the background to make things pop.   I started adding some scribbling in the open areas of the background with Superior Threads' Kimono...

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Design Tutorial...Easy Feather Corners!

Creating perfect corners can be a bit difficult due to the fact that they are generally symmetrical and centered and getting consistent angles and arches isn't always easy! I love to use my tools to make things easier and I've found that using the square Ultimate Stencil makes creating corner designs a piece of cake.  I am in the middle of rewriting my Heirloom Feathers e-book and wanted to share my instructions on how to easily create a feathered corner. Using the square Ultimate Stencil, I drew a flat line down the middle.  In order to get perfect arches for...

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Featuring Inez Rovegno!

When I was in Houston for my special exhibit I had the pleasure of meeting Inez Rovegno.  She told me about this beautiful dresser scarf she quilted and I asked her to send me some photos as I love show and tell!  WOW!  I love what she did and just knew you would too.  I am quite impressed with all the beadwork she added to this.   She explained that the dresser scarf began all white.  The center and four extending flowers are pieces of lace that she added with the same backing to make them look like they were...

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