Show and tell, Birds in Toyland…

Val Ursulak sent me this photo of her Birds in Toyland quilt… isn’t it cute!!! Val finished her quilt in record time so that she could have it up for this Christmas. I love everything about this quilt—thank you, Val, for sharing it with us.

Birds in Toyland made by Val Ursulak

The pattern for Birds in Toyland is included in the class that I teach online at Creative Spark. The book with the pattern will be available Spring 2022.

Show and tell…

I taught two virtual classes to the Austin Area Quilt Guild last weekend. Jennifer Padden is the first to send me a photo of her finished Bullseye block. Isn’t it fantastic?! I don’t remember seeing this block made up in reproduction fabrics before and I do love it :-). Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing!

My video Bullseye class on Creative Spark is open to anyone—you don’t have to be in a guild to take it. It’s an excellent class if I do say so myself :-).

The ebook with the pattern and instructions is free with class. Click here for more information.

Take My Bullseye Class on Creative Spark!

My online Bullseye class covers foundation paper piecing and curved piecing, specifically set-in circles, as you sew a 20″ x 20″ block. This block looks complicated but it is easier than it looks—especially when I walk you through each step!

The online class is available to take NOW. You get to work in your own space, with all of your fabric and supplies nearby. It’s the best way to take a class! There is a discussion option in each lesson so that you can email questions to me and I will answer in a timely fashion. The ebook is included in the class.

But wait! There’s a LIVE Class Option!!!

I am happy to offer the combination of my online Bullseye class together with a 6-hour real-time meeting on Zoom! We get to be together and you don’t have to pack up your sewing machine and supplies and work in a classroom. You are still in your own space, working without distractions.

The 6-hour Live Class begins at 12noon EST, 11:00 CST, 9:00 PST.

We will begin class together on Zoom with a visit and I will share important information to help you enjoy a great day of sewing. You will watch the video lessons and sew at your own pace outside of the Zoom meeting. We will come back together on Zoom at prearranged times during class to visit, ask questions, and share ideas.

Additionally, you can call or text me at any time during class between Zoom meetings and I will be there to answer your questions in real time.

And lastly, there’s one more thing about taking the Live class… it keeps you from procrastinating. Please do join me on November 21 and lets make a Bullseye!

Click here to find the Bullseye Class on Creative Spark.

Come hand quilt with me…

In Daytona, in February! AQS has added a hand quilting class to my roster and I would love to see you there.

If you’ve never hand quilted, this is an excellent class in which to learn the hand quilting stitch that is tricky until you know how it works. Once you can do it, hand quilting becomes a very relaxing way to pass time.

Click here for more information on the class.

Daytona in February…

Call me crazy but isn’t the idea of quilting in Florida in February irresistible! I will definitely be there and I do hope you can join me! On Wednesday 2/26, the very first day of Daytona Quilt Week, I’m teaching a block from my Hexie Quilt Garden book. In this hand applique class I show you how to needleturn applique a pretty circle. I promise you that it is way easier than you think it will be. And see the points on the leaves? I show you how to sew those as well. Click here for more info.

For those of you who like fast and fun 3-hour classes, on the last day of the show I’m teaching a no-sew class on color. It’s a low-stress class where you learn practical concepts about color. Students always leave this class with big grins and a feeling of color confidence. Click here to find out more about the Color Class.

Click here to see all the classes I am teaching at Daytona Quilt Week. I hope to see you there!

Sign-ups have begun!


Registration for next year’s Empty Spools Seminars has begun and I would love to see your smiling face in my class! I’ll be teaching a colorful independent study.

‘Independent’ means that you can work on any project you like. It can be one of my patterns or someone else’s design. It can be any style from traditional to modern to art, pieced or appliqued, by hand or machine.

‘Colorful’ means that I’ll share lots of information about color for an hour on set-up day. The next morning we will spend some no-sew time playing with color before you jump into your project. This is a simple, yet powerful, exercise that my students always love. What you learn will help you make fabric choices during the rest of the class.

If you’ve never been to an Empty Spools class, it is definitely time to treat yourself!

Click here for more information.