Chautauqua, New York and Students Work

September 28th, 2014

This weekend I was invited to teach for Judy Fenton at the “Quilting Around Chautauqua” seminar.  www.quiltingaroundchautauqua.com . The event is held at the Chautauqua Institution www.ciweb.org  and I believe it was the eleventh anniversary. It is an absolutely beautiful area along the massive lake.

Day one I taught my Garden Medley workshop.  I had a great bunch of students.  Here they are packing up at the end of the workshop.

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The lecture venue was wonderful.  Joe snapped this picture as the attendees were making their way into the lecture hall.

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In the mornings it was a bit foggy as we walked around the area.  I am not a big fan of spiders but the webs with the dew are truly incredible.  There literally were thousands of webs…..

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We took the girls with us and the Athenaeum Hotel had some pet friendly rooms. This grand hotel had a massive lobby area with fifteen foot ceilings and some of the vendors were set up inside this area.  This impressive old building had a super large wrap around porch with many, many rocking chairs on which to pause, relax and lookout on the grounds and lake.  The hotel rooms themselves could use some updating but the building and views are incredible.

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There were around 800 quilts displayed throughout many buildings within this historical community and shuttle buses were busy taxing quilters from place to place because there is very limited parking.  The vendors were scattered around in different buildings and the day was great just to stroll around finding new treasures.  In the building below was a great display of the quilts from Merna Hilbert.

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Below are some photos we took as we walked around the Chautauqua Institute.  Some of the houses are privately owned and some are summer rentals.  This will give you a taste of the area.

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I’m giving this house the award for the best outside stairway ever.

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If you get a chance you should book a trip to next year’s event as you will love it!

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I just received this photo from Judy Wolff who took the Majestic Mosaic workshop this summer at the Creativity Center.  Thanks for sharing Judy.  Your block looks so good.

FYI…the full pattern for the Majestic Mosaic quilt is at the printers.  It should be ready to ship in the next 4 to 6 weeks.  Yippeeee!!

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This coming week I am off to Michigan…….

National Quilt Museum, Book Review and More

September 22nd, 2014

This weekend I had the great, good fortune of teaching at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.  If you have never visited the museum you should make plans to go and if you’ve been there you should make plans to go back.  http://www.quiltmuseum.org

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I had a great group of students.  Good looking group…don’t you think?

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The workshop space is fantastic.  Lots of light and plenty of table space.

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The museum offers different workshops throughout the year.  You really should check it out and treat yourself.  It’s great one-on-one time with your instructor for three days.

While visiting the National Quilt Museum, the staff was hanging a new exhibit “The Quilts of Pat Campbell.” This exhibit will run from September 19 through November 18. Pat had a great influence on many quilters.  I love her work and truly miss her.  The exhibit of her work is fun to see.

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The Charlottesville Area Quilters Guild asked for permission to use my “Midnight Floral Fantasy” pattern (now out of print) for their raffle quilt and of course I said yes.  The quilt is finished and they shared this photo.  They named it “Posies and Pineapples”.  I like the name change and the quilt looks amazing.  I hope you make lots of money ladies and gentlemen.  Thanks for sharing your photo.

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BOOK REVIEW

18693716On my flight to Kentucky I finished reading “One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes.  This is the third book of hers that I have read this year.  Kind of get the idea that I like her?  I won’t rate this as my favorite of her books but I did like it.  It held my interest.  Even though I sometimes think I know where a book is going I cannot stop reading in case I am wrong.  I was right on this one.  Jess and her two kids are on their own.  Her husband left them because he was having trouble adjusting.  Jess cleans houses and works part-time at a local pub trying desperately to make ends meet as her husband sends no support.  Her daughter is a math wiz and her stepson is always getting bullied.  I would recommend this if you like a nice romantic novel.

Lockport, New York

September 14th, 2014

This weekend I had the privilege of working with the Kenan Quilters Guild in Lockport, New York http://www.kenanquiltersguild.org/  I have worked with this guild before and it remains one of my favorite guilds.  Donna took exceptionally good care of me while I was visiting the guild.  I was treated like a princess.

Since I had previously taught for this guild several members brought their finished projects to share.

Pam Labushesky brought her finished Garden Medley.

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Judy also brought her Garden Medley.

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And Judy brought her Folk Art Fantasy.

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Barb hid behind her finished Folk Art Fantasy.

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We had two great days of hand applique classes.

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After going out for great food each evening we finished out last evening at Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream.  It is a fabulous local ice cream shop.  If you are ever in the area make plans to stop.  It was an excellent finish to a great trip.

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I would welcome another invitation to go back to Lockport.

This coming week I will be at the National Quilt Museum.

Until next week…….

 

More From Quilt Odyssey 2014

September 5th, 2014

‘”When Flowers Bloom” was made by Linda T. Cooper from Virginia.  She won Judge’s Choice.  It’s hard to appreciate this quilt in a photograph.  The flowers are suspended inside the circles.  As the air moves, the flowers rotate.  Very interesting concept and very unique.  To find out more about Linda visit her website http://www.lindacooperquilts.com/

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“Breaking Wind” was made by Peggy Kragnes.  She won Best Innovative Quilt.

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“Tulip Serenade” was made by Barbara Clem from Illinois.  She won 3rd place in the Large Mixed Techniques category.

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“Exuberance” was made by Marilyn Badger.  She won 2nd place in the Mixed Techniques category.

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“Space Wonder” was made by Beth Nufer and Clem Buzik.  They won 2nd place in the Two Person Group category.  To find out more about Beth visit her website at http://www.bethnufer.com/

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“Dragon Dynasty 1″ was made by Nancy LeBow and group.  It won first place in the Group Quilt category.

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“Stars on Mars” was made by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchinson.  They won Best Artistry in Longarm.

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Until next week…..

Quilt Odyssey and Book Review

August 29th, 2014

Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA took place a couple of weeks ago. https://server7.pacecomputing.com/quiltodysseycom/www/ I’m finally getting around to blogging about some of the beautiful quilts that were hanging in the show.

The first photo is of my friend Nancy Simmons’ quilt called “My Retirement Compass”.  Nancy won the Best Traditional Quilt category.  I am so proud of her.

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The second photo is also a friend of mine, Kathy McNeil.  Kathy made “Jingle Bells” which won Judge’s Choice and Viewer’s Choice.  Way to go Kathy.

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Joanne Webb made “Heralds of Spring”.  She won first place in the large applique category.

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“Murdererskill Crossing” was made by Janet Atkins.  She won an honorable mention in the Large Applique category.

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Barbara Korengold made “Zeruah’s Legacy”.  She won third place in the large applique category.  I found this interesting site if you would like to find out more about Barbara’s work http://rjohnhowe.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/barbara-korengold-on-applique-quilts/

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The Best Machine Quilting award was given to Cindy Seitz-Krug for “A Splendid Display”.  To find out more about Cindy visit http://quintessentialquilting.com/about-cindy/about-cindy.html

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BOOK REVIEW

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While sewing this week, I listened to “Buried Prey” by John Sandford.  This is one of the Lucas Davenport series.  When the bodies of two young girls are found buried……Lucas knows exactly how long they have been buried.  It relates to a very early case he worked in Minneapolis as a young cop.  He was part of a massive effort to find two kidnapped girls…bodies were never found and the case was closed.  With the finding of the bodies, Lucas can now uncover the truth.

 

 

Until next week…..

Final Colorado Post…I think…. and Book Review

August 22nd, 2014

There were just so many good photos from the Colorado trip I needed to share some more.

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BOOK REVIEW

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I am a David Baldacci fan.  The two main characters, Will Robie and Jessica Reel, are skilled assassins working for the government.  Their paths have not crossed often.  Then Reel goes rogue turning her gun sights on their agency.  Robie is assigned the task of bringing Reel in…dead or alive.    It held my interest as I was preparing applique edges at the iron for hours.  It makes the applique preparation time seem to go faster and is a great distraction.

National Quilt Museum, Colorado and Book Review

August 15th, 2014

On September 18-20, I will be teaching a three day workshop at the National Quilt Museum.  I am teaching Fiesta Mexico Block Six, from my pattern “Fiesta Mexico”.  Come join me.  To find out more go to http://quiltmuseum.org/Buckley.html

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I have so many great photos from the Colorado trip. I wanted to share some more with you.  Enjoy!

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BOOK REVIEW

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I think I am a little behind on the Janet Evanovich….. Stephanie Plum series.  I think there is one more in the series after this one.  I need to get my act together and get caught up!  Do you ever have a day when you just want to listen/read something that you don’t really need to think about but will make you laugh?  Well, that’s the mood I was in today.  So, I decided to listen to “Takedown Twenty” and I actually laughed out loud several times while I was sewing and listening.  All I am going to say is….giraffe poop!

 

Colorado

August 8th, 2014

Here are some photos I took while in Colorado.  There is so much beauty.  It takes your breath away.

 

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We stopped at this fantastic quilt shop.

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Best door knob ever!

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I still have more from Colorado to share with you next week.  There was a lot to see and do in the short time we were there.

Until next week……

More from Quilt Colorado

August 1st, 2014

“Sew Silly City” was made by Barbara Rowe and The Sew Silly Sisters.  This quilt won second place in the Group Quilt Category.

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“Gazania Mania” was made by Colleen Harvey.  Colleen won first place in the Pieced Small category.

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“Birthday Star” was made by Debra Geissler.

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Debra won Best Long/Mid Arm Quilting, Free Motion.  For more information on Debra visit http://www.debrageissler.com/index.php

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“Vintage Memories” was made by Jan Hutchison.  Jan won second place in the Two Person Large category.

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Sharon Schlotzhauer made “Almost Squared Away”.

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She won first place in the Modern Quilt category.  To find out more about Sharon visit her website http://www.sharonlschlotzhauer.com/

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Mary Ramsey took my Fiesta Mexico-Block Nine workshop and sent me this photo.  It is her first ever hand applique project.  I am very impressed.  I wish I had started off this good with my hand applique.

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See you next week…..

 

Quilt Colorado

July 25th, 2014

Before I even started teaching Pat Edsall came walking into my classroom to share her finished “Around the Garden” quilt.  Pat used my pattern but made a few changes.  She did a lot more embroidery where I did some painting.  Great job Pat.  Love it!!!!  That was a lot of work…this I know.

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Here are some quilts from Quilt Colorado.  There were a lot of great quilts.  Just so you know…the backdrops at the show were blue.  So, you will see blue around the outside of many of the quilts….it’s just the backdrop.

“Sunlit Circles” was made by Ann Peterson.  She won the Best Home Machine Quilting award and first place in the Pieced Large category.  If you Google Ann Petersen quilter you’ll find lots more information on Ann.

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Ellen Palmer made “Palmer Lake Cabin”.    Ellen won second place in the Modern Quilt category.

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Phoenix of Rising Hope” was made by Joan Musick.  To find more about Joan visit her website http://www.joanmusick.com

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Teresa Rives made “Hosanna in the Highest”.

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“Military Career Quilt” was made by Busaba McDermott.  I think it is the best memory quilt I have ever seen.

The quilt was at an add spot to take a photo so I did my best. The photo transfers were amazing.

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It was made for a retirement for a brave Navy Seal Team member. Thank you so much to a true American hero for your service!

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“Second Encounter” was made by Shirley Gisi.  She won first place in Mixed Media/Art Innovative and she also won Best Use of Color.  If you would like to find out more about Shirley Google her name and you find out lots more.

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Next week I’ll have more quilts to share from the show  See you next week.