Friday, April 26, 2019

Florida Fun!

I had a wonderful time last night with the Ladies of the Lakes Quilt Guild in Lakeland, Florida. Such a productive group as there was a huge number of Show'n'tell projects to view during the meeting. Beautiful work and a lot of charity projects were shown...which really was special for me to see.

Then, they were so gracious during my lecture (and even snickered at my jokes).

Thank you ladies (and guys) for a wonderful time! Now, today and tomorrow a few will be working on a block with me in our one-on-one class events.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

NEW CLASS - Shabby Chic Purse Open for Registration

ICQC-107, Shabby Chic Purse is Open for Registration 15-17 April 2019

Purse, front view

You must have finished the BCQC-101 Course to registration for this class (present students need to be at least on Task #10 of BCQC).

Purse, Back View

This class will be done similar to all others, in that we will begin after registration the class on a private blog, which you will need to get/accept an invitation to.

The class differs in that it is shorter (only 7 tasks)...and you can have a finished item of use when done rather than a block or learning a techniques. It is also possible to just create the crazy quilt block portion of the project if you do not desire to have a purse...then you only need to finish the first 5 tasks.

You will have the option to add inside and outside pockets and adjust the shoulder strap length. The color of fabrics, trims, etc. is you choice...but I will give you a Shabby Chic palette of color as well, in case you desire to stay true to this style.

This purse will use silks, satins, and cottons. You'll need lace trims for sure; and some other trims if you desire. You'll also need at least 2 lace motifs about the size of, if you don't have any...I recommend you consider shopping on Etsy. I'm sure that Nickilee of Raviolee Dreams can hook you up...

If you would like to register, please send me an email (to: and provide me your NAME, STATE/COUNTRY, and email you want handouts for tasks sent too. If your "blog" email for class is different...just let me know that as well. Since you have already taken the BCQC-101'll understand what I mean by that.

Also, just a note while I have your attention. I'm doing Regional Courses again (finally finding time with my books at a slower pace). So, have created a website...if you belong to a Quilt Guild, I'd appreciate you sharing the link address with your Guild President or Guild Program Director. It is at

Thanks, hope to see you in class!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Winner, Winner!

We have a winner for Christen Brown's newest book: Beaded Embroidery Stitching

There were 33 comments...but, some were anonymous without any way to make contact...and some were repeats because the person might not have realized that their first comment did "take" just needed me to moderate.

So, after scrubbing the listing...we had 28 valid comments. Using the Random Generator...the winner was #18.
and, drumroll please...Lucky #18 was:

So, Magpie's Mumblings...just email be at to let me know you are ready for your free pdf book download! Congrats!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Beading Lovers Unite!

Wow, I'm in beading glory at the moment...just looking at all of the gorgeous photos in Christen Brown's newest book: Beaded Embroidery Stitching

Tons of eye candy for me to enjoy...and several Gallery items or projects that are so inspiring I just want to get up and bead something...but can't put the book down long enough!
The beaded bracelets are especially catching my attention. But, I also want to do one of the beaded tassels. Decisions, decisions! All of the general and project instructions are clearly written with great how-to photos...even a novice bead enthusiast would love this book!
So, my best advice is to RUN not walk to the nearest quilt shop for this book. Or, just sit at order online at C&T Publications or on Amazon...don't wait!  Congrats Christen on another super book..this one is sure to be a favorite! I know it will be on my bookshelves for years to come!

To celebrate the launch of Christen's wonderful book...some stitching pals are having a Beaded Embroidery Stitching Blog Tour and Give-Away. If you leave a comment to my post about the book (see below), you could win a free E-book download of Christen's wonderful book!

Same goes for the other you can click on each link below...and leave a comment. That will increase your chances to win the E-book download!. I'll draw a name from those leaving me comments tomorrow afternoon and post the winner on the blog! Then, you'll need to email me so that I can get the book to you...instructions about that tomorrow.

Here are the other blogging buddies excited about Beaded Embroidery Stitching as much as me!

April 8 - C& T Publishing
April 9 - Allie Aller
April 10 - Me ;)
April 11 - Laura Wasilowski
April 12 - Judy Gula
April 13 - Brian Haggard
April 14 - Christen Brown

If you can't wait to see if you might win a drawing...just hop on over to C&T and order the print version of this book...seriously, you will not be sorry to have done so!

Friday, April 5, 2019

BCQC-102 is Open for Registration

The BCQC-2 module is 
5-7 April 2019
ATTENTION: You must have completed the BCQC-1 Module first, before registering for this BCQC-2 course.
The BCQC-2 has three major objectives:
* COLOR — Learning all about Color Selection
* PIECING —Techniques for successful Flip’n’Sew pieced blocks
* EMBELLISHING — Promote individual creativity while reinforcing the
    techniques learned in the BCQC-1 module

The Color portion of the module is extensive. It will cover the first 6 tasks:
· Planning for Color
· Impact of Color Choices
· Color Mixing
- Reading a Color Wheel
- Color Play
· Fast Color Selection Techniques

The Piecing portion of this course will focus on using cotton fabrics and the flip’n’sew method of piecing a block. It will not include a pattern, but does recommend using strips of fabric rather than patch pieces of fabric. So, yardage (1/4 or even 1/8 yardage widths is fine) for this method. We will be using cotton (but you can substitute sturdy silk if you have yardage on hand). This section includes the next two tasks:

· Fabric Selection
- Flip’n’Sew Method (pitfalls and solutions)

The Embellishing portion of this course will include:
· Lace/Trims
· Seam Embroidery
· Silk Ribbon Ideas
· Finishing with Beads, Baubles, and Charms

In total there are 11-tasks for this course. Just as in the BCQC-1 each new task will be emailed to you after you have posted the prior task. 

This is the "follow-on" class to the BCQC-1, which you should have completed first. It builds on the techniques learned in the initial basic course and gives you experience in selecting COLORs for your fabrics/embellishments that will work together nicely. [Note: If you are presently enrolled in the BCQC-1, and are at least on Task #10, you can still sign up for the I know you'll have time to finish the BCQC-1 shortly.]

The reason for even offering the BCQC-2 is so that folks (especially true beginners) that want to attempt a block for themselves...with little "influence" from me...but still have a teacher available to answer questions CAN WORK A NEW BLOCK. I'll walk you through the various "layers" of embellishments and offer advice on how to balance the work as we progress through these. Before we even begin, the first few tasks will introduce the "world of color selection" to you...helping you to feel a bit more at ease when combining colors in fabrics and/or embellishments.

To register:
Email me your: name, state/country information, and the email you want me to use for the course

Please NOTE: The class will begin on the 8th. So, after you register, you will get a welcome email...but the class blog will not be available to students until the 8th of April. On that day, watch your Email Inbox for the Blogger/Google email INVITATION to join the course's blogsite. Remember to bookmark the class blog site when you arrive there, just as you did for the BCQC-101 course.