The NEW Ultimate Borders are here and ON SALE!!!

After nearly two years of "thinking about it" I'm thrilled to let you know that the Ultimate Borders set of stencils is finally done...YAY!!! This is a 20 piece stencil set that includes six border designs in three different sizes as well as 12 motifs in three sizes each. Each border design has the halfway line cut as well as the corner 45 degree angle cut.  This ensures that each time you mark/repeat the design it is perfectly centered and the corner is spot on.  Repeats are also marked with dots so you can get accurate repetition of your design....

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Tutorial~Using the Ultimate Shape AND the Ultimate Stencil!

I  have some dedicated time  at home and can start indulging in more tutorials and posts.  I wanted to share how you can use TWO of the Ultimates to easily create quilting designs. Most of you are already familiar with the circle and square Ultimate Stencils.  You may or may/not be familiar with the newest addition to this collection, The Ultimate Shape.  I explain to my students that these Ultimates are TOOLS...you use  parts of them to create lines, curves and designs.   The Ultimate Shape comes in four different sizes, i.e., 2", 4", 6" and 8".  This provides four...

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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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