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Create Handmade Gifts with Candy Glendening

Candy Glendening just released a very cool e-book with Quilting Arts called Create Handmade Gifts for All and I’m very happy to be a part of the blog hop/giveaway to celebrate the release of this wonderful e-book!


I’ve been a fan of Candy’s style for a long time now.  Her hand dyed color palette,whimsical imagery combined with just the right amount of organic quilting and  give her projects a fresh,modern look that really appeals to me.

You’ll find a wide range of projects in this e-book including bags like the one featured on the cover along with accessories such as a headband,sketchbook cover and a table sleeve.   Get yourself organized with Home decor projects that include a mini memo board,hanging organizer baskets and nesting baskets and deck your home for the holidays with Candy’s Pine Tree Table runner,Jester Stockings,  Holly Napkin Rings and more.  You can see examples of all the projects that you’ll find in the ebook here.

At only $9.99 this ebook is an absolute steal and you’ll find it on the Interweave site here.   And since it’s a download there’s no waiting for it to show up in your mailbox –you download it to your computer a few moments after you purchase it and you’re ready to start sewing!

Have you ever received or given a handmade gift? Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a giveaway to receive a hard copy of last year’s Quilting Arts Gift Magazine or to be entered into a drawing for the grand prize:the messenger bag that Candy made that’s featured on the cover of the e-book!

The drawing will close Sunday,September 21 and I’ll announce 2 winners on Monday September 22nd. Candy will announce the Grand Prize winner the following Monday on her blog. Make sure your comment is connected to an email so I can contact you.

Don’t forget to visit the other blog hop stops listed below for more chances to win.

Good luck!

Fabric dyeing and fabric collage workshop

I’ll be teaching a two day fabric dyeing and coloring book fabric collage class at Quilters Way in Acton MA December 6 &7,2014.



Instructor:   Sue Bleiweiss
Format:      Two 5-hour sessions
Date:          Saturday + Sunday, Dec 6 + 7
Time:          10:00am-3:00pm

Join artist Sue Bleiweiss to learn her “coloring book fabric collage” technique—a fused style that includes black lines reminiscent of the coloring book pages we colored as children. Sue takes students through her process of creating an art quilt from start to finish,from hand dyeing the fabrics all the way through binding the quilt.

In this two day workshop,you’ll learn how to dye fabric the easy way. Even if you’ve never dyed fabric before you’ll finish with a pile of beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. You’ll spend the first day of the workshop dyeing your fabric using Procion dyes and learning how to create your own tone-on-tone fabrics using Jacquard Color Magnet. Color Magnet is a dye attractant that magically attracts more dye where it is applied,creating a unique,two-toned effect.

On the second day of the workshop,you’ll return with your pile of hand dyed fabrics and use them to create an art quilt. Students will have the option of creating a version of Sue’s Tutti Frutti Lane quilt or the smaller 3 Little Houses quilt. Both quilts are created using raw-edge,fusible appliqué combined with Sue’s easy quilt-as-you-go construction technique.


Click here to visit the Quilters Way website and register for the workshop.  Space is limited so don’t delay!


meet Donald

donald_full_web_wm “donald the dotted dragon”

40″x 49″

Hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

and a detail:


Created entirely on my BERNINA 750QE


tutti frutti tree top lane

I finished this quilt a few weeks ago but just got around to getting it photographed…

treetopwborderTutti Frutti Tree Tops

39″x 31″

hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

and a close up…

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and speaking of photographs I have started a series of posts about taking photographs of quilts on the SAQA MA/RI blog.  The first one is here.

class samples

I’ve been doing a lot of surface design on canvas fabric over the last couple of weeks and I’ve managed to generate several yards of fabric to work with…




I’ve been working on making up some sample journals in preparation for my class at San Diego Book Arts in October.  I haven’t been doing a lot of surface design the last year or so and I forgot how much fun it was to break out the paints and the silk screens and splash around in some paint.  I took a few of the painted surfaces and created a couple new sample journals:


I’ve packed the insides of these journals with hand painted pages,fabric pages with papers,folders and envelopes and pockets stitched to them.


They’re nice thick journals measuring about 9″x 6 x 4″


and they each have pockets on the two inside flaps as well.  You can get more information about the workshop at the SDBA on their website here.

Free needlebook project

My free needlebook project is now available on the BERNINA We All Sew blog here.


This needle book goes together pretty quickly and it’ll make a great holiday gift for all the sewers you know.  Click here to visit the We All Sew blog and learn how to make one.

Fabric Fusing Fun:Complete MistyFuse™ Kit!

Back by popular demand from Interweave is the Fabric fusing fun Complete Mistyfuse kit!

14QM22Click the link below to order the complete Mistyfuse Kit from Interweave!

Fabric Fusing Fun:Complete MistyFuse™ Kit

The kit includes…

Create Beautiful Fused Quilt Art!

This special bundle is packed with everything you need to create fused quilt art! With 3 great DVDs and a pack of MistyFuse® and a pack of Big Goddess Sheets,this kit is bound to be a favorite!

Quilting Arts Workshop:Rebel Quilting

Quilting Arts Workshop:Rebel Quilting

with Jamie Fingal

Join award-winning art quilter Jamie Fingal to learn her approach to making a quilt with unconventional materials…the rebel way!

Jamie incorporates many different kinds of fabrics into her artwork,and on this DVD she demonstrates just how successfully they can be fused and used in fun and imaginative ways.

You will appreciate Jamie’s planned and thoughtful approach,in combination with her freeing and unexpected methods—the rebel quilter way.



Quilting Arts Workshop:Coloring Book Fabric Collage

with Sue Bleiweiss

Join artist Sue Bleiweiss to learn her “coloring book fabric collage” technique—a fused style that includes black lines reminiscent of the coloring book pages we colored as children.

Sue takes viewers through her process of creating an art quilt from start to finish,from hand dyeing the fabrics through designing,fusing,free-motion quilting,and binding.

Quilting Arts Workshop:Improvisational Fused Quilt Art

Quilting Arts Workshop:Improvisational

Fused Quilt Arts

with Frieda Anderson and Laura Wasilowski

Join well-known art quilters Frieda Anderson and Laura Wasilowski to learn their amazingly easy method of creating art quilts using fusible web.

 After providing an overview of tools and construction methods,you’ll be on your way to creating one-of-a-kind improvisational fused art quilts with step-by-step guidance from each teacher. Plus,learn how to stitch your quilts by machine,add hand embroidery,and finish your quilt with a flourish. Before you know it,you’ll discover that being a fuser is an absolute blast.



Mistyfuse® White 20 x 2.5 yards

Mistyfuse® is great for all types of fabric,from velvets and cottons to delicate tulles and organzas.  Each package comes with simple instructions for easy fusing with no waste. Mistyfuse® White is perfect for fusing all colors,weights and types of fabric.


Big Goddess Sheets 17 3/4 x 24 inch

The Goddess Sheet is a transparent,reusable,non-stick pressing sheet perfect for fusing your design together.
Its verstility lets you use it as an ironing board protector,craft sheet,painting pallette and for kids crafts.

tutti frutti main street II

I’ve been working on this new quilt for a while now and I finally put the finishing touches on it last week.

mainstreetwborder“tutti frutti main street II”

34″x 72″

hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

All of the fabrics are my own hand dyed cotton with the exception of the brown and the gray.  Those I bought from Cherrywood fabrics.   Here’s a few detail shots:

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main street2_details_6

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padded Iphone pouch

My first free project (and yes,there will be more!)  as a BERNINA ambassador is now available on the BERNINA WeAllSew blog here!


I created this iPhone pouch so that I wouldn’t have to carry my iPhone in my hand or my pockets when I’m out for my daily walk. Clip it to your hand bag and you’ll have easy access to your phone while you’re out running errands – you can tuck your “to do” list in one of the outside pockets of the pouch.    Click here for all the directions!


Meadowlark blog hop!

When Melanie Testa asked me if I wanted to be part of her sample team and to make something with her newly released line of fabric called “Meadowlark”produced in partnership with Windham Fabrics for her booth at Spring Quilt Market,I said most definitely yes!

Meadowlark Blog Hop Image

It’s an absolutely gorgeous line of fabric featuring some really wonderful imagery and color combinations.  You can see the complete collection on Melly’s blog here (but if you click over make sure you come back cause I’ve got a pretty sweet giveaway below!).

I have totally fallen in love with the dot prints in her line,especially the seafoam and purple one:


I just adore this print and color combination so I asked her to send me some of it along with some of the coordinating purple and I turned it into this:


The fabric is a dream to sew with and one of my very lucky blog readers is going to have the chance to win a fat pack of the entire collection!  Yup,you read that right,a fat pack of each fabric in the line –that’s 26 10″pieces!  All you have to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment on this blog post between now and Sunday June 8th.  I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner and announce it here on my blog on Monday June 9th.  Good luck!

The winner of the fat pack giveaway is Barbara Corbitt!

There’s a lot more stops and chances to win a fat pack stack on the blog hop.  Here’s the complete schedule:

Melanie Testa  –June 2
Vivien Zepf –June 2
Chrissie D –June 3
Sue Bleiweiss –June 4
Leslie Tucker Jenison –June 5
Jamie Fingal –June 6
Lyric Kinard –June 7
Jen Eskridge –June 8
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun –June 8
Stephanie Forsyth –June 9
Victoria Findlay Wolfe –June 10
Teri Lucas - June 11
Scott Hansen –June 12
Helen Eckard –June 12

 Have fun hopping!