What a productive, colorful and super-quilty winter this has been! Here in Minnesota we’re still weeks away from the end of one of the snowiest winters on record and, while some people have been bemoaning all of the snow, I’ve found that it’s made me want to do nothing more than stay inside and quilt like a maniac. I cleaned my studio (miracle!), finished some long-term UFOs, and finally put the binding on my new favorite quilt ‘The Last Shadow’ which was made for my upcoming ‘Bordering on Lunacy’ DVD (which will be released later this spring). This quilt was inspired by the movie ‘Avatar’ and features loads of faux trapunto, fabric that looks like dragon skin, and a really cool border treatment. There’s nothing like a good dose of Cabin Fever to get your creative mind working overtime!
In order to make room on the shelves for the new DVD, we’re having a sale on both ‘Machine Quilting for Beginners’ and ‘Twirly Whirly Feathers.’ The sale will run through midnight Central Time on Sunday March 6 and you won’t need a code or a password, as the prices on the web site will already reflect the sale price. My lack of shelf space is your gain!
In the midst of this Wintery Quiltapalooza, I found a whiz bang new notion that you might be interested in. It’s called the Spiral Eye Needle and, in my opinion anyway, it’s the slickest thing since rotary cutters. The eye of the needle has a side opening with a unique ‘spiral’ thread path which helps keep the thread from slipping back out of the eye. This cool tool eliminates the need for long thread tails, since even the shortest little tails can now be easily popped into that side opening and buried within the quilt. This needle has transformed me from a dedicated little-teeny-stitches-in-a-row start and stopper to a died in the wool thread tail burier. If you’re interested in checking out this new product,here is a link to their web site (I have found that the Size 6 needle works best for me, but your mileage may vary. )
Can you believe that the spring show circuit is almost upon us? How time flies. I’ll be teaching my ‘Lions and Tigers and Templates’ and my ‘It’s More Than Just Edge to Edge’ classes as well as my brand new ‘I Wish I’d Known Then All the Stuff I Know Now’ class at MQX East in April, HMQS in early May and MQS in mid-May. In addition to teaching at MQS I am deeply honored to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the Audacious Auction, which raises funds for the IMQA Foundation Grant Program. For over 10 years, the Grant Program has provided financial assistance with educational expenses for needy quilters and is truly a worthy cause. While grant disbursements are generally awarded to cover the cost of classes taken at MQS, there have been some rather spectacular exceptions to this rule, including financial aid for a quilter’s trip to help an abused women’s shelter in Nairobi. I would love it if you would consider donating a quilted item for auction and I would love it even more if you would attend the auction and bid on one of the many available items, including quilts made by some of the biggest names in the industry. If you’d like more information please click this link.
Jodie Davis asked me to return for a second appearance on season two of her popular ‘Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show’ on QNNtv.com and I hardly waited for the question to be out of her mouth before I said “Yes!” Jodie is a total pro to work with, as is the rest of the crew, and we had a blast filming my segment on Superbowl Sunday. Unfortunately, however, Dan the Camera Man was a Green Bay Packers fan and I am Vikings fan so the shoot was plagued by controversy and at one point I was forced to wear a giant cheesehead hat. Being of strong Viking stock I managed to survive the ordeal. It came as a considerable relief to me that my plane was in the air and far away when the Packers won the game. You will be able to view my episode later this summer. I sincerely hope they edit out the part with the cheesehead.