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I’ve had a busy winter and spring, visiting many quilt guilds, shops and shows.  Thank you for inviting me to teach and lecture for you.  I truly appreciate it and it was a blast to be with you!

A special thank you to

  • Friendship Quilters in Athens, Alabama
  • All the students who were in my classes at the AQS Quiltweek in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Island Quilters in Foley, Alabama
  • Hall Country Quilt Guild in Flowery Branch, Georgia
  • Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Cumming, Georgia
  • Batting Brigard Quilt Guild in Florence, Alabama
  • New Mexico Quilter’s Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Patchers at the Lake in Muskegon, Michigan
  • Somewhere Sewing in Millersburg, Ohio
  • Lone Star Quilt Shop in Mt. Hope, Ohio



Some recent travels:  Fairhope, Alabama  (We spent a few days there, celebrating our anniversary in March)



A few images to my visit to New Mexico (lovely visit with the New Mexico Quilter’s Association!)


A beautiful morning at the AQS Quilt Week in Daytona



My 2017 schedule for the rest of the year is listed below. (My complete schedule for the next few years is located on my webpage, here. )  If you live in these areas and want to attend a class, be sure to contact the email listed with each listing. The program person will be glad to give you class information.

If I’m not coming to your area, you can always join my in my Craftsy class, we’d love to have you! Here’s a link to the class, with a 50% discount!


Program chairs – My 2017 is full.  I have a little room left in 2018 and am now booking 2019.  I’d love to come to your guild!   If you would like me to visit your guild, please complete the online contact form .  I will send you a complete information packet and we can look at open dates.


August 2017

1-3: Music City Quilt Guild
Nashville, Tennessee

Lecture – Transparency

Workshop – Color and Texture for Quilters

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Workshop – Christmas Cube

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Workshop – IceCrystals

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Contact: Susie Cole     Email: 



August 19-26: Alaska Quilting Cruise
Sailing from Seattle to Alaska


One of my favorite quilting destinations is Alaska. Amazing scenery and did I mention there is a quilt shop in EVERY port!?!   

I’m looking forward to returning to Alaska again in 2017.  

Join us for a special seven day cruise round trip from Seattle aboard Holland America’s wonderful Vista Class ship: the ms Eurodam.  


For more details, visit Quilts Seminars at Sea.



September 2017


13: Evergreen Quilt Guild
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Lecture – Transparency

Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Contact:  Tracy Reeb        Email: 




14-15: Darting Needles Quilt Guild
Appleton, Wisconsin

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion


Workshops – 

Patchwork Illusions

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 Ice Crystals

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Contact:  Carrie Cook      Email:




21-23: Capital Area Quilt Guild
East Lansing, Michigan

Lecture –  Quilts of Illusion

Workshops – 

Celtic Illusions

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Chip Out of Every Block

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Contact: Julia Oliver       Email:  



 26-27: West Michigan Quilt Guild
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lecture – Quilts of Illusion


Workshop – Patchwork Illusions

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Workshop – Crystal Star

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Contact:  Brenda Bremer      Email:

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October 2017


27-30: Quilt Market
Houston, Texas


Trade Show for Shop Owners

Information available here.



31-2: Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas



Patchwork Illusions

Ice Crystals

Chip Out of Every Block


More details available by clicking here.

Class registration is open soon!



The International Quilt Festival is always exciting and inspiring. While viewing the Show, I photographed some of my favorite quilts.


Christmas Chickadee by David Taylor

The detail on this quilt was incredible.

Christmas Chickadee

There were over 400 pine needles and the light bulb alone had 5 different red fabrics.

Christmas Chickadee



This quilt was so realistic that I wanted to step right through the doorway!

Through Ancient Portals


CIRCLES DU SOLIEL by Shelia Finzer

Created with hand dyed fabrics and inspired by “doodles”, this quilt is beautiful.

Circles du by Shelia Finzer



Dramatic jewel tones radiate from the center of this beautiful quilt.

Crystal Revelation by Susan Nelson


SHOO FLY by Patricia Nordmark

A tradition Shoo Fly block with an amazing illusion of depth!

Shoo Fly



Gloria married her love of digital design with her love of quiltmaking in this amazing quilt.

Blushing Triangles 4 by Gloria Hansen


One of the most moving exhibits was BAND OF HANDS. This exhibit of touchable quilts made in wartime Iraq features outlines of Soldier’s hands. Catherine Robers began the “band of hands” quilt project to honor the unit service members and to help her stay connected with her Solider son. Quilters across the nation donated batik fabric squares. Ms. Roberts asked the Soldiers to make imprint of their hands using the fabric and a paint color of their choice. Along with their hand prints, Soldiers penned their names. Many even wrote comments about their experiences in Iraq. A black ribbon notes Soldiers killed in battle.

Band of Hands

While I was looking at the exhibit, a group of Marines approached the quilt exhibit. They were shown the quilts and it was very moving to see them looking at the “Band of Hands” quilts.

Band of Hands






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