Monday, July 21, 2014

Birds from Flower Book for Swaps and GREAT Quilts

As many of you know I have had a block swap group for years and we are back to trading birds with each other. Flower Power (my book) has lots of fun ideas for birds and bugs. I think that the birds I made above are my most favorite and I am making a whole quilt of these for workshops for guilds and cruises. They are easy and fun and you don't know what the bird will looks like until she is done! The blocks below were made by girlfriends in the swap. I have to find out who made which one. There are a dozen of us making birds. This will make for more fun quilts!

To order this fun book go to 
And to book a workshop contact Mary Lou at

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Colorful,Cool, Cowmedic COWS-they just keep popping up everywhere- Have you done one???

Fifi the cow is now complete! She was started by Kathleen below in my Asilomar workshop this spring. Isn't she magnifique!? Mel and I are hoping she is about to join the Cow Parade!

Rebecca from Nebraska has long done my kind of stuff and I love her choices of color and design-she is a wonderful quilter. Here is her Hoffman challenge for this year. FUN

Below is Lorraine's quilt -she lives in California and she is awesome and talented and fun and BUSY, always joining, taking classes, taking care of many animals and signing up here and there. This quilt was started in an orange county workshop. I love Lorraine's choice of color and design don't you? She came to the workshop on fire! So to speak....
Below is Lorraine's buddy and our favorite California quilter Pam Dransfeldt! Pam's middle name is Joy-really her middle name is JOY. This is a Christmas memory as she got a purple cow for Christmas one right?
Below is Mel's new Cow- she has done at least six-they are addictive! Really! This is the MOOterhorn quilt for Switzerland, haha. Great isn't it?

Below is a quick photo of me and Mel in Sister's Oregon by the cow display- great fun and lots of nice gals. The cow pattern is in our book "Out of the Box with Easy Blocks-" Available here-
Don't the Cows look great against this clock shop?
Below is a close up of Lorraine's Cow quilt from my workshop
Stephanie did this cow before she came to take the cow class in Arlington (Smokey Point, Wa) at Aunt Mary=s. I will be teaching there in February- some and join us please
 I am sorry I forgot whose this is but it may be Jamie's from California or Terry's for babies- one boy and one girl....isn't this great? Sorry I am having a senior moment
 Below is a Christmas COW by Wendy who is alot of fun and did a great job! Mel has about 65 to 75 cow quilts right now that are always traveling. We require postage for the quilts and sales of a certain amount of the cow books. Everyone loves these COWS and they always bring more ideas and fun for people who haven't tried them yet!
My friend Mari Linfesty who I have known for years and years did this fun quilt called Bovine Intervention. Pretty clever I'd say! Pieced border is great too! Mari is alot of fun
Below is my buddy Michele who many of you may know. We always connect when we are both at Sisters-she is a doll!

Here I am standing in the HOT heat talking to quilting friends! Fun day with Mel
Below is a darling close up of Kathy Collins Vegie to see it hang and close up too- cool background

Close up of the Vegie quilt by Kathy Collins 
And below people crowd in to take many photos of the cows as they smile and laugh, very fun!

Two fun quilts by Terry and Sandi- brought lots of smiles and close up looks!  
I grabbed these two and asked for a photo-he asked why? I said they were the most FUN thing at the show- she was really cute and she made the outfits
 The quilt below had loads of people pointing and laughing. It is so clever and many pig lovers thought it was expecially wonderful! Barb Lambrecht is very clever! And a great quilter too!

Below is the Art DeCOW quilt that my dear neighbor Connie made- such fun! And it has lots of vintage jewelry on it too!
I hope you enjoyed this cow show- I have a cow from Dwighta to show you and some others that I will post soon. If you have not made a cow think about making one! We have an offer from a publisher to make a COW book- will be super fun and have lots of color in it!
 Thought I would share the humor too- the last one really made me laugh and a guy I went to high school with commented that it is probably GAS powered. Please comment on the cows if you love them like I do!
The cow is on the hood of the car because it is way below Zero and it is cold, haha

Have a wonderful week and count your many blessings!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Teaching at the Utah Guild's Conference in September or Your Guild if You Wish-Plus Block Swap group, look at this Kaffe place ! GREAT fun for all of us!

Class 1
FLOWER POWER class- class shows how to do easy piecing technique with flowers as it's subject. Join us for Flowers, Pots, Vases, and Happy critter ideas!  Fun and easy and creates lots of giggles and "hey look at what I did!" Great for gifts, Grand daughter's quilts and quilts or wallhangings for your own house. I love making these! SO fun!

Class 2
Easy Piecing for Original, quick and fun quilts! If your quilts look like everyone else's perhaps you want to stretch and see how you can create your own fun, original and unique quilts. This method lets you create a baby quilt in one day and they are wonderful. These blocks are kind of like p-nuts and once you get the hang of the easy piecing method you are off and running for quilts, wallhangings, runners and great gifts.See another sample at -the background quilt on black is an Easy Piecing quilt
I have added a students work here too for fun!

Class 3

Autumn Winds- this workshop is an easy and fun way to practice piecing Fall things that make the season happy. Class shows simple technique that is easy and fun. The magic is that you don't really know what your block will look like until it is complete and it makes you your own designer and gives you creative power.  This is your chance to make an "original" and fun Autumn quilt for your entry, a gift or a hanging for anywhere in your home.
Above- I am working on appliqued leaves (you may fuse) for the pumpkin with arrow through it below the Autumn sign- Fun! and below is some of the things that makes this workshop so fun!

 Class will discuss your fabric stash and what you may not know that could make your projects better.
Pumpkins, gourds, owls, crows, leaves, feathers, pears apples and grapes and other things that are fun for Autumn themed quilts, runners and wallhangings.
I will be handing out a handout that shows how to do lettering and the word Autumn. Words create drama and also fun.
If you cannot make this event, you might want to book any of these classes for your own guild or workshops. Learn techniques and color and what is wrong with your fabric stash....all fun and light 
I thought the prices here were better thanks to my friend Bert from Rice, WA. If you are in my block swap group here is where you can find a better deal!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happiest 4th of July to Everyone

Happy 4th everyone! Love our colors and country!
This is a story about my son who participated in Iron Man last weekend. Some of you asked where to find this to see what the television wrote. Meredith Viera's son was the interviewer. For those that take the time to watch this, it wasn't to be. The weather was cold and had huge winds. Out of 2500 people who competed 600 didn't make it. Many people gave up as the water was ice cold and choppy. Jason went in and swam with horrible leg cramps and he completed the swim but was ten minutes too late and could not go on. Now he is trying to decide when the next Iron man will be so he can try again. If you watched this, you heard Gabe say that Jason's family would be crying and boy were we but not at the running finish line. Jason kept apologizing to everyone and said he knew his Dad was disappointed. We all told him he WAS an iron man for what he had endured. Now we are waiting to see what will happen with this saga. This was a really bad year for our whole family as my daughter has also been going through a sad divorce for over a year and we are hoping that next year will be great and everything happy. Is that too much to ask? Maybe, but I have had enough drama for a long time. Though I do count my many blessings every single day.
Love the quilt above! and below this is how I feel about YOU!
This is the truth!