Wednesday, July 25, 2012


We had three sewing machines all running at the same time yesterday. Granddaughters Skye (left) and Tamara (right) are in town. Check out the place mats they made. Tamara is enthralled with the animals in SPX Fabrics' Plains of Africa collection. The placemat she is holding has lions, and the placemat she made with the zebras is above Skye's head. And she quilted - free motion - around the animals. Meanwhile, Skye pieced the Friendship Braid for her quilt, using pieces cut with the ruler designed by her granddad. Not to be outdone by her sister, she stitched in the ditch along all of the sewing lines. As you can tell from the picture on the right, these placemats were finished - by the girls - by bringing the back to the front for a one-inch border with mitered corners. Grandma and granddad slept well last night.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Stop by and see Cyndi Cassidy's Ride for Kids quilt. It is hanging in the classroom and will be there through Friday, 4 May. Cyndi created this king size (100" x 108") raffle quilt for the June 3, 2012, Albuquerque Ride For Kids™, and all proceeds benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. We have raffle tickets at the front desk ($3, two for $5), and the drawing will be on 2 June. When I asked Cyndi if she had thought of a name for her quilt, she thought for a moment and then suggested, "Freedom." "Freedom" from the disease that this project seeks to eradicate, the "freedom" that one feels as one takes to the open road on one's bike, and perhaps the "freedom" that comes when one realizes that "I wanted to make this quilt, and I have done it." When you have a chance to see this quilt, note how Cyndi has creatively used the overall print of the motorcycles.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


You can tell that our students were having entirely too much fun in their Fabric Painting class. It was a great day for heliography ("sun painting"); earlier in the day, you may have seen several treated pieces of fabric lying on the sidewalk in front of the shop, "soaking up" the sun. And it was a great day for showing off some of the other techniques which the students explored; many thanks to Linda Nystrom for sharing this picture.