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So Your Hobby is Quilting????

This past weekend, I was working as a Superior Threadology Educator in the Superior Threads booth at the AQS Des Moines show.  It was a wonderful time and I so enjoyed meeting and talking with so many people in the booth.  I also had to give a 20 minute lecture on thread.  This was a little daunting to me, but the audience was very receptive and helped out with some great questions.

One thing that kept me laughing all weekend was my experience on my way out to Des Moines.  I left BWI airport (Baltimore) and had a connecting flight in Chicago.  After my group was called to board I got in line with my quilted tote bag with a “quilt themed saying” luggage tag on it.  I hear the gentleman behind me say…..”It’s great to see what your hobby is just from your luggage tag”.  Inside, I was laughing hysterically, as I was thinking….”Buddy, this is no hobby….this is my passion and my job”.  I guess to him, I was just one of those “quilt ladies”!!  LOL!!!  But then again….who knew that a hobby would turn into this awesome career!!!

I have met so many wonderful people in this industry, both teachers and students!!  I have never been much of a traveler until now, and I still sometimes wonder about all the travel, but when I receive a message like this one below, it makes it all worth while and reassures me that I am doing the right thing!!

Here is the message I received from a student (Gregg):  “I was in one of your classes at the Fall show, Jane. Your class and your workbooks have given me the confidence to take on quilting the UFOs I have sitting around. I’ve practiced in the workbooks every day and keep them by my home machine while quilting  as a reference. I so appreciate the advice and encouragement from you. And if anyone reading this is considering a class with Jane – just do it! You’ll be glad you did.”

It just makes my heart happy to know that I helped someone learn free motion quilting!!!

Anyway, I can’t close this post without showing a wonderful Halloween Quilt that I had the pleasure of quilting for Tina.  Here are a few photos:

Happy Quilting everyone!!!

 

To see where I will be teaching next, check out my Events page.

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Summer Quilting

I am having a hard time believing that Summer 2017 seems to be coming to an end very quickly!!

I am busy getting ready for teaching at the Fall Paducah Show, which is only a couple of weeks away (OMG!!!!), but I thought I would at least do a short post and show you some of the lovely quilts that I had the opportunity to quilt this Summer.

This quilt was done by Pat Hersl.  I love this quilt.  My applique ruler really helps get your stitching close for quilting around applique!

This next quilt was made by Janet.  She did a beautiful job with this and the colors are just amazing and so summery!!!

This quilt was made by Ellen and was the Mystery Quilt from Peggy’s Sewing Center.  It now resides on my Mom’s bed and she loves it!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This mini that I quilted is taken from Helen Godden’s Quilt-A-Doodle-Do book!!  Isn’t it adorable!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a cute little project.  I deconstructed silk flowers, and rearranged them on a fabric sandwich, then placed organza overtop and quilted away!!  It was a lot of fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This anchor quilt was designed by Pat’s husband and appliqued and pieced by Pat.  Then I had the pleasure of quilting it!  Great job, Pat & Ron!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This anchor quilt was made by Ellen for a family member.  The pattern was from Tula Pink and is a free pattern on her website.  It is absolutely stunning!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathy’s flannel and wool quilt was a pleasure to quilt.  This is called My Crazy Life from Lisa Bongean.  Congrats to Cathy as she won “Reserved Grand Champion” and a “First Place” at the Queen Anne County Fair for this quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d also like to congratulate some recent winners…..Rhonda (Best of Show at Diamond State Quilt Show), Ellen (Second Place at Maryland State Fair), Mary (First Place at Maryland State Fair), Rhonda (Best of Show at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show), Ellen (two First Places at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show).  CONGRATS TO ALL!!!!  WELL DESERVED, LADIES!!

If you are coming to Paducah, make sure to stop me and say hello!!!  I am teaching six classes and presenting one lecture.  Three of my classes are sold out, with the other three having only a few spots left, so come and join me!!  For more info, click here.

I will also be at the AQS Des Moines Show the beginning of October, but I will be working in the Superior Threads booth, so make sure you stop in and see all the glorious thread that they have and say hello!!!

I’d also like to ask that you all keep the people in Texas who have suffered greatly from the recent hurricane, in your thoughts and prayers!!

Happy Quilting!!!

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It’s Been Awhile…..

It’s been awhile since I last posted here.  My intentions are always so good that I will take the time to write a quick post and get it out to all of you.  But if you are like me, my days are over with before I can get everything done that I had intended to do.

First, let me tell you that my trip to Germany was absolutely amazing!!   It was a little intimidating travelling by myself, but with the help of my interpreter, it was very successful!  How fun to teach at a quilt show in Germany, but what I discovered is that we are all quilters and loving what we are doing and love learning new things!!

Here are some pics from my classes that I taught!!

Here are some pictures of Karlsruhe, Germany

Here’s the crew of people that went out to dinner each night!!  What a great group!!  A special thank you to Birgit and Patricia (1st picture below) for all the help and encouragement they gave me on this trip!!

 

Since Germany, I have been to Utah to teach at Handi Quilter Academy!!  What a blast that was for both the teachers and the students.  If you ever have the opportunity to attend Academy, it is a wonderful experience of learning and friendship!!

 

Here are some of the educators having fun with the photo booth!!

 

All of the Educators for 2017 Handi Quilter Academy!!  I am so fortunate to call them friends!!!

Besides all of this, I have recently been blessed with a new grandson!!

My next venture is to teach at Mid Appalachian Quilters Conference at Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmittsburg, MD.  This is three all day classes, and should be a lot of fun!!

I am also excited that I am teaching classes at AQS Fall Paducah this September!!  To see more about the show, or the instructors.  One of my classes has already sold out, so please don’t wait too long to sign up.  Here is a list of my classes.

Have a great and happy Fourth of July weekend!!!

Happy Quilting!!

 

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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to…………

Sorry it’s been awhile since I have written.  I got back from MQX and dove right in to getting ready for my next adventure.  A little bit about that in a moment, but first I will share about MQX.

MQX was a great experience!!  Not only is it a wonderful show, but the students are all so excited to learn.  I had such a fun time teaching and getting to share with other quilters.  I taught several classes, and while I forgot to take pictures in some of the classes, here is a sampling of what some of my students did.

This was a Beginner’s Free Motion Class in the Handi Quilter Avante room.

I can’t tell you how proud I was of these students!!  Some of them had never even touched a longarm before, and they all did such a great job!!!

There was a drawing class….where I taught about thinking “outside the box” and letting fabric influence your quilting.  The students in this class were great!!  They all were willing to give it a try and I think they did a splendid job!!  I’m hoping to get some pictures of some finished projects once they get them quilted!!

In this next class (Ordinary to Heirloom) we practiced micro-quilting and then worked on a pre-printed whole cloth project.  These quilters knocked it out of the park with this class.

So for my next adventure…………..

On Tuesday, I am off to Germany to teach for Handi Quilter at the Nadelwelt Karlsruhe Quilt Show.  How fun is that!!!  I am nervous and excited all at the same time.  I can’t wait to make new quilt friends in Germany and I will be sure to share my trip with all of you when I return.

I will be posting pictures on Facebook and Instagram throughout my time there, so be sure to follow me, and share my experiences!!

Happy Quilting!!

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