Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Home from Texas




I had such a nice time in Texas! The quilters of the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild of Beaumont were so delightful. I visited the week after their big quilt show so they were experiencing a bit of "quilt show hangover" as anyone who's put on a major quilt show knows how that feels! They were so kind and cheerful and fun to be around even though they were clearly exhausted.

I got to meet the one and only Anne, the creator of the Strip Stick, which I had just been demoing at Tiny Stitches during the Shop Hop. I had no idea I would be meeting her, and she couldn't have been nicer! While she is an experienced quilter, her sister is a newbie and we had fun encouraging her through her first set of quilted curves! What fun to meet both of them!


And my hostess, Susan (above with our little class angel) took such good care of me! She picked me up in Houston and had chocolate waiting for me! YUM. She also drove me around to all the places I needed to be, took me out to dinner, and drove me back to Houston when it was all over. She is originally from Toronto, so she had the cutest accent!

Our little angel, is the granddaughter of another quilter and she fit right in. So cheerful all day long, and she was so happy to visit with everyone. I was lucky enough to get some cuddles during lunch!


This version of Razzmatazz (from the book) will be for a baby girl. She's only making four blocks and will applique a border on it. How stinking cute will that be!?!


This super scrappy goodness will become a Crazy Daisy quilt (the cover quilt on the book).


Susan got lots of sewing done each day during the workshops, but as usual, I got so busy and distracted that I forgot to take photos! I really need to get better about remembering to do that!! I love her fabrics and colors. This is going to be gorgeous.



Upon returning home, I finished playing with these half tumblers (using my template available in the shop HERE). I cut these shapes using a jelly roll and some fat quarters. I am making samples for the new updated template (which includes two sizes and three variations).


One thing I've learning hauling lots of quilts all over the country is that they are heavy! I decided to use five different settings in one quilt...saves space and weight, and it's kind of fun! I'll be updating the shop once the samples are finished. You can purchase the tumblers now, and they will be the new templates, just old version pattern covers.


And this boy has been glued to me since I got home. He missed me something terrible it seems. He looked so depressed when I was leaving to go to the post office that I had to take him with me. LOL


And if you are local, you need to sign up for this class! This teacher is amazing and she will be at the shop for 3 days only! Don't miss it!!

It's good to be home. I'll be catching up on work at home (technical edits for the next book need to be reviewed) and I'll be at the shop on Wednesday and Friday. I miss my shop friends, it will be so good to see y'all again!

It's good to be home.
Enjoy every stitch,
Diane

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Heading to Texas...

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I'll be flying to Texas tomorrow and visiting the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild in Beaumont on Thursday, both the day and evening meetings. Then I'll be doing a workshop on Friday teaching curves. We will be making these two quilts.

Razzmatazz

Peppermint Pie

On Saturday, we will playing with triangles and a few applique options while we make this quilt.

Crazy Daisy

All of these quilts are found in my book Scrap Quilt Secrets.


Friday, April 209:00-3:30 - 
Curves...Razzamatazz/Peppermint
Saturday, April 219:00-3:00 - 
Crazy Daisy

To book a spot in these classes please contact:
Susan Cornell - secornell@earthlink.net - 409.423.9127
Class fee is $25/members & $35/non-members

If you want to visit and sign up, I hear there might be a few open spaces left.

I hope to see you there!
Diane

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Home Again and Gone...


It was a quick trip to Alabama for sure, but I packed in a lot of fun and laughs with the amazing quilters of Covington County. What beautiful weather I had for the 5+ hour drive on Friday, and such a fun time with the ladies and man at the trunk show that night. The welcome and kindness that they showed me is the best reminder of why I love my job.


 All day Saturday we had a fun workshop. It was ANYTHING GOES and they chose some simple patterns and a couple of more challenging ones as well. This cute new friend was happy with her progress! They all impressed me with their willingness to try new techniques and their hard work! Okay, they weren't working so hard that they forgot to have fun!


And this adorable quilter brought her original design quilt made from neckties to share with me. I had mentioned the night before that I had some neckties I was hoping to make into a quilt and she generously shared some awesome tips with me. Sometimes, I feel like I learn as much as I teach, and that right there says everything about the generous spirit of quilters everywhere!


I'm only home for three days before I head off to Texas, but I've gotten some more quilting done! I found a new use for my red snappers. LOL The edge clamps I bought turned out to be defective (and I just assumed it was user error!) So they got returned and I was overwhelmed by the suggestions of others on Facebook. I think I 'm going to order some clamp that were recommended, but until then, this is working great!

So I'm snuggling pups and enjoying my boys today, then dropping off my car tomorrow so it can get two new doors and a side panel (and a new windshield because I got a huge crack from a rock on Friday!) The fun never ends! Getting hit by an uninsured motorist takes longer for the paperwork, etc. I will be really glad to have my car back to good as new (hopefully!) by the time I get back from Texas.

Diane



Friday, April 13, 2018

Alabama bound...

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I will be visiting the quilters of Covington County Alabama tonight and spending the day with them tomorrow for a workshop. It's almost a 5 hour drive each way, so I'll be listening to a lot of books on CD!

In other news, I finished quilting another quilt on my new Amara last night and loved it! I did all free motion ruler work and would show a picture of it, but I'm not sure if this one is going to need to be a secret for a while. I HATE keeping secrets!! The good news is that now that I've lowered my foot and changed the type of needle I'm using, it went beautifully! No thread shredding or breaking, great tension on top and bottom, and mostly, it was just FUN!

I love quilting on my Amara (now that we've come to terms on a few things.) LOL But I just want to put another quilt on it and start quilting again right away! It's so addictive. I'm going to run out of quilt tops soon! If only there were a few more hours in the day!

I'll be home for three days next week before I leave for TX. I'll try to remember to take some photos to share!

Have a great weekend,
Diane

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Show and Workshops in Beaumont TX



Color Your World - Golden Triangle Quilt Guild - Judged Show 

Friday April 13 & Saturday April 14 - 9:00-4:00

At Ford Park, just west of Beaumont, TX & 1.5 hours east of Houston 
on I-10 between Winnie and Beaumont. 

See details at details at www.goldentrianglequiltguild.com 


Doesn't this look like a great show? I'm sorry to miss it because I'll be in Alabama having fun with another guild, but put this on your calendar for a great time! 

And guess what!?!?!

Come see me there next week! I'll be teaching at the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild on Thursday the 19th at both the day (noon) and evening (6:30 pm) meetings. I will also be teaching workshops the following two days and there are openings for non guild members. 

Friday, April 209:00-3:30 - 
Curves...Razzamatazz/Peppermint
Saturday, April 219:00-3:00 - 
Crazy Daisy

To book a spot in these classes please contact:
Susan Cornell - secornell@earthlink.net - 409.423.9127
Class fee is $25/members & $35/non-members


Sign up for the workshops now, and tell me you found out about them through this post and I'll have a FREE GIFT just for you!

Can't wait to see you there!
Diane

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday, Monday



Currently I am...

1. Struggling between doing housework or sewing on a binding? Both need to be done, one is obviously more enjoyable than the other. So I'm blogging instead. LOL

2. Putting off lots of work details that involve travel arrangements, contracts and paperwork that aren't nearly as fun as the actual quilting and teaching parts of my job!

3. Missing my Kelly but so thankful she came home this weekend and gave me an excuse to get absolutely NOTHING done on my "to do" list.


4. Listening to my dogs sigh loudly because they still can't go outside and play in the yard because the new grass seed is trying to take root. It seems to be an endless process.

5. Looking at the grey misty cold weather and feeling thankful I don't have to leave the house today.

6. Thinking about my son Danny at VaTech and all the snow they are getting AGAIN.

7. Hoping the weather is better in Athens is nicer than here so my son David doesn't have to walk to class in the rain.

8. Feeling a bit healthier after Kelly cleaned out the fridge and stocked it up with only nutritious foods for me.

9. Looking at a pile of laundry that is NOT going to wash itself. Sigh.


10. Longing to go spend some quality time with my Amara. I need to dig through the bins of quilt tops and find something to load. I just finished two more quilts but waiting to get that binding done (see #1) before photographing them.

What are you up to this Monday morning?
Whatever it is, Enjoy!
Diane




Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Weekend in South Carolina


I had a wonderful time with these lovely quilters in South Carolina this week. I visited them on Tuesday night and presented my Scrap Quilt Secrets trunk show.


                        




On Saturday, I returned for a workshop day with them where we sewed lots of versions of Splash!
A quilt that I've made three times now and love every version.


The first version was made from my dad's shirts for my mom the first Christmas after he passed away.



The second version I made from batiks so I could have one for myself.



Then last week, I made this little version for a class sample. I think using the solids really shows off where the blocks are versus where the pieced sashing is. I loved all of the version that were made in the workshop and I'm looking forward to seeing these ladies again next year!

Thanks for a fun weekend!
Diane
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