Monday, July 16, 2018

MQX MidWest coming up fast

Stevie and I went on a short vacation last week to visit
my sister.  Didn't do a lot, but was good to visit with her.  She moved
from Tennessee 40 years ago but I still miss her like it was yesterday.

Now I have to get to work.

Now on to things more important....
I am starting to prepare for my classes at
MQX quilt show which is in Sept at the Crown Plaza
in Springfield, IL.

One that I am excited about (well I'm excited about all of them) 
is my hands on longarm class
"Writing on the Wall"
We are going to make a small wall hanging, similar to this

learning how to mark and work with stencils and templates.
Some ruler work, (a ruler is not required to take the class) 
I will share my rulers for those that do not have one.
We are going to work on some grid work and background fill,
Don't know how to quilt these things?
Well that's what the class is for.
I will show you how to quilt all of this.
You can use one or more of these techniques on 
every quilt you make.
Don't have a longarm?
That's okay you can do the same thing by hand 
or on your domestic machine.

Please share with your blog friends, Facebook pals,
Twitter whatever you is your communication source.

Hope to see you there!

P.S. There are several nice hotel within walking distance to 
the Crown Plaza
that are less expensive and just as nice.  
Don't let that to keep you from coming.

Monday, July 2, 2018

I have been gone for so long I almost forgot how to blog.  
A lot has happened since last year, some good, 
some not so good.  I won't go into to everything but
a lot of doctors, lots of test, some surgeries, 
not all me, but my parents, sister, husband.
Overwhelming at times, but enough of that, let's get to the good stuff.

So excited to be teaching at MQX Quilt Show
again this year.  Check out their website
lots of new classes and a few offered last year.
I am teaching 5 classes this year. 

Want to know how to get those pretty motifs 
on your quilt top?
I have a class for that.

Want to know how to make those pretty motifs?
I have a class for that.

Want to learn how to quilt those motifs on a longarm?
Well, you are in luck, I have a  class for that too.

Never been to MQX?
It is one of the best shows.  Mary and Janet-Lee make
everyone feel welcome and just like old friends.
The quilts in the show are amazing, 
the classes are wonderful,
a lot of different vendors.
I have been to several quilt shows during the years, 
including AQS Paducah, and I rate this one right at the top.
Held at the Crown Plaza
 ( I always want to say Crown Royal, lol) 
Nice hotel, nice rooms but could be a little pricey if on a budget, but there several hotels within walking/driving distance.
For several years, I stayed in a place right down the road, stayed all day at the Plaza, and slept at a different place. 
Just as involved, just as fun but had a little more money for the show. Just saying.

Never entered a quilt in a show before, 
this one is a good place to start.
Also Janet-Lee is obsessed  
loves polka dots and there is a special challenge. 

I will share some work next time and I promise it 
won't be 11 months.  It will be very soon.
Thanks for sticking with me.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


  I know I have been a little MIA lately,
 but I have been very busy finishing up my quilt for the 
MQX Quilt Festival competition.
I have also been preparing for my classes that I will be teaching 
at MQX.
I am very excited about all of my classes but 
I am loving my hands on long arm class.
We are going to start with a 16.5 stencil
center and work out from there.
Just look at the beautiful trapunto look.
And, yes, you can do this.

You will add motifs and background fills and leave class with 
a wall hanging or pillow, whichever one you decide.

I will have rulers and stencils to use in class.
All you need to bring is thread snips,
 everything else you will need 
is supplied in the
class kit.

We will have fun deciding which designs you 
want to use. Believe me it will be easier than you think.
The class description states confident beginner but I think any one 
that can turn a machine on can quilt this wall hanging.

I will show you how to have more control of the machine
to achieve a beautiful work of art that you will be proud 
to hang on your wall, place on a table, or a pillow for your bed.

Sign up quick, the spots are filling up fast.
Visit the show website to sign up online or at the show.

Tell your friends and join me at the show.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Quilting Vintage

I love quilting vintage pieces.
This vintage top was rescued by a new customer of mine,
She takes vintage tops and makes patterns for them.
This Southern Bell was made long ago.

A rather large quilt, measuring 74 X 90.
I usually wait until the quilt "talks to me" but this Southern Bell was 
shy, so it took a while to come up with a quilting idea.
Those flowers at the top really through me off.

I knew pretty quick how I wanted to quilt
around the lady but there was a lot of wide open space.

Paige didn't want any quilting on her body or face, 
which I agreed.

I wanted to "frame" her by connecting the flowers surrounding her.

The rest is feathers and pebbles with a few circles thrown in
to tie into in the circles on her dress.

Just a few more

And the back.

and yes I went around each flower petal in the larger flowers.

This little lady is back home now.
Fun to quilt and Paige loved it.
Remember you can click on the pictures to see them larger.
All quilting is freehand on my LA.
I used 2 layers of batting and SoFine thread.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Here is my BIG News

Registration opens May 15th.
Show is September 27-30
in Springfield, IL

Mary Schilke and Janet-Lee Greer Santeusanio and their staff
have a wonderful show.  Quilts are amazing, variety of vendors and classes.
This show is not just for machine quilting.
Have you ever wanted to see or know how I quilt names and words on my quilts?
I have a class for that.

See the rose above?  Want to learn how to design and quilt it?
I have a class for that.

Check out all the classes at

I would love to meet you in one of my classes.
I am the very last teacher on the list, Diane Wingo, so
make sure you scroll all the way down.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A little late with this

When the Stars Come Out came home from IHQS with bling.

My friend Janet sent me these pictures from the show.

Thank you, IHQS.

Didn't fair as well at UQSM, came home naked but my online
friend sent a picture.

My Past Meets Present entry was also on exhibit 

Thanks you Kelly Cline for the exhibit and thanks to Lisa Callender for the pictures.

Another BIG, BIG, I mean BIG announcement
 in the next couple of days, 
check back soon.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

On vacation this week from my 8 to 5 job.
Tomorrow and Thursday I will drive to Paducah
for the AQS show.
(yes, I have to drive back and forth everyday 
because of mama duties)
But today I get to PLAY!!!