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This week I am readying for a series of spring workshops. A few minutes ago, I picked up a stack of foundations from the printer and will pack those up into kits.
The carton of batting I ordered also arrived today - my favourite Legacy wool batting (it's Polly's favourite too - I can't believe she isn't buried down in this box!)
During class, I like to have lots of samples of the project at varying stages of completion to show students. Often when I am between projects - or suffering from Quilter's Block - I take some scraps, choose a colour family, and sew a block of a project I know I will teach at some point. Usually by the time the block is finished, I have my mojo back and am ready to tackle a new design. The block is set aside, and added to the next time there is a lull. Today I was delighted to find an entire Maritime Beauty, in spring yellows and greens, waiting to be sewn together. What a treat!
It's ready now to be basted. I will begin the quilting, but leave a bit to finish up in class. That way the piece will be ready to demonstrate applying the bias binding and turning the inside corners.
It's warm and springlike here today so these colours were perfect for my mood. I am off to find a bright yellow print to use for binding.
I'm a quilt and pattern designer, award winning quilt maker, author and teacher. Since 1989, I have published well over 600 quilting patterns in magazines such as McCall's Quilting, Quilter's Newsletter, Quilt World, The Canadian Quilter and Quilter's Connection. I have contributed designs to 16 different books and co-authored Canadian Heritage Quilting with Diane Shink. My latest book, Quilting Beauties Come In All Shapes and Sizes, was published by AQS in 2015. Since 2018, I have been an Island Batik Ambassador. I am a dealer for Aurifil thread, and enjoy teaching workshops as time permits.