Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My, how time goes by so fast! While I've been busy keeping the house neat and tidy for showings, getting the kids off to school and planning next years classes, summer has slipped away and fall has snuck up on me! I'm not complaining really....I love fall. Fall is without a doubt my favorite time of year! I was just hoping to be moved and settled in by fall....

So, I guess all my quilty friends are wondering what I'm teaching at shows next year. Well, I have come up with a couple of new classes to tickle your fancy! Here is a list of them:

I've Got A Longarm (and I'm not afraid to use it)
(Beginner Longarm class)
Hands on class will cover all the basic info about machine quilting on a frame ~ regardless of what frame or machine you have. This is a great class for beginners and for those who are considering the purchase of a machine/frame system. We’ll cover the differences in frames, oiling and maintenance of the machine, timing, tension and adjustments, threads, batting, needles. Mindy will demonstrate how to properly load a quilt on the frame and how to keep it straight on the frame throughout the quilting process and how to finish it off.

Longarmed & Fabulous
(Advanced Longarm Class)
This class is for confident beginners who are ready to move on from pantographs and edge to edge designs and begin custom quilting. In this class you will learn how to stabilize the quilt, master stitch-in-the-ditch and ¼” outline, conquer continuous curve, learn how and when to turn a quilt, and sashay through setting in motifs using the following tools and methods: chalk, markers, paper stencils and templates. We’ll also tickle your fancy with some faux trapunto and background fillers. When you leave this jam-packed class, you’ll have a good grasp of the skills needed to begin custom quilting for yourself and your customers!

(Drawing class OR hands-on workshop in studio)
Do you love templates? You couldn’t resist buying them, but got home and didn’t know what to do with them? Let Mindy guide you through using acrylic templates to enhance your quilting skills. Circles, ovals, hearts and many more will create numerous designs. Master your templates! This drawing class will simulate using your machine hopping foot around the template and will teach you how to plan your designs to be stitched on your quilts.

(Drawing class, OR hands-on workshop in studio)
This DYNAMITE drawing class is an advanced version of TNT which will include more detailed and intricate border and block designs. Learn now to make your designs turn the corner and learn flexible designs for borders, sashings, blocks, setting triangles so you can quilt these spaces without worrying about resizing your designs. Discover how to use registration lines, circles, hearts, swags and many more templates to create fantastic border and block designs!

Bodacious Borders
(Drawing Class)
Do borders have you bogged down? Can’t keep ‘em in line? Tired of the same old border designs? Then this is the class for you! Using free motion quilting, templates and stencils, we’ll learn at least 20 border designs. We’ll use mark and no-mark methods and registration lines. We’ll learn how to keep the borders straight, how to deal with fullness in the borders, how to choose the best design for the quilt, and how and when to turn the quilt.

Not Gonna Take It Lying Down
Stretch your imagination and use your creativity! Let’s explore some projects that are not ever going to keep you warm at night. First, we’ll learn how to load multiple small projects on the frame at once. Then, how about some projects that are not even quilts?! We’ll be using threads, yarns, fibers, stabilizers, and other unexpected items to make unique, surprisingly simple projects for gifts or for yourself. This class is loads of fun! Feel free to bring your camera so you can capture all of these great ideas step by step.

Bunny Quilting
(Lecture/Demo OR Drawing Class)
Tired of stopping and starting over and over again? Let’s just keep going and going and going….
Using traditional quilt blocks, we’ll learn to choose quilting designs for them that are easy to accomplish, free motion, continuous line designs and fill the blocks well. These designs will use little or no marking and will make every quilt unique and beautiful! These are great for sampler quilts too. Bring a pad of tracing paper to put over the block designs (your handout) so you can reuse them.

Swags Galore
(Drawing Class)
In this drawing class we will use acrylic templates and free motion quilting to make gorgeous swag designs.
Do you drool over gorgeous swag designs but can’t figure out how to make them? In this class we’ll use acrylic circles, ovals, and swag tools to accomplish just that! We’ll embellish them with freemotion quilting too. We’ll learn when one tool is more appropriate than another, how to make our designs turn the corners, and some ways to make them fit your space perfectly with no math! This class will enable you to create your own designs to make your quilts totally unique and stunning.

So, most of these will be taught at MQX, and I've also submitted them to AQS and Mancuso, so hopefully I'll be teaching more next year.

I'm also going to teach a one hour hands-on workshop at MQX on altered fabric. I'm having tons of fun coming up with ideas for that one! I've also just set up a new Yahoo! group called AlteredFabric today. So, if you're interested and want to learn, or have ideas to share, please join me there!

Also, I'm encouraged that the house has been shown more often lately. So we're keeping our fingers crossed here that we'll have a sale soon!

Must run now. I've just been informed by the children that they have no jeans that fit. Since fall is here and it's getting chilly, I suppose they need long pants now, so I must take them shopping. And so, I guess that's a good excuse to go out to dinner, too!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

So someone pointed out to me that I hadn't put up a "before" pic so you could really see what a drastic improvement we had made in the kitchen. So, here is the "before" pic. This was made a couple of years ago. The original wallpaper is there, along with a sample piece I had taped on the wall. I was "auditioning" it. After a while, Lars decided that it was good enough and he bought 3 rolls of it. I threw them out when we moved. He had painted the cabinets green a few years earlier when I was away at a quilt show. That particular weekend, he killed the stovetop and replaced it, and then decided to paint the cabinets also. In this picture with me, are my friends Dot and Cathie V. from VA.

So, in the "after" pic, you can see that we kept the stovetop since it was still in good shape (and the oven and dishwasher), we replaced the counter top and put up the tile backsplash, replaced the rangehood, and removed the wallpaper and painted the soffitt and cabinets, and replaced all the hardware. So, as my friend Tom says, break out the crayons and color me done. Done with the kitchen anyway.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Every girl needs a pink room!

So, since we're trying to sell the house, the realtor suggested I "neutralize" a couple of rooms. One of these rooms was Naomi's bedroom. Naomi's room was painted pink and brown. 3 walls pink, one wall brown. Her bed is also painted bright pink. As you've probably guessed by now, Naomi loves pink. We also chose the brown because Naomi loves horses, and horses are usually brown. I love the simplistic way kids think.
So, anyway, the room had to be painted, so I've posted a couple of before and after photos here. It took 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint to cover it all. Naomi hates it, of course.

This old house....

My new (old) kitchen!

Wonder why I've been quiet lately? Been busy "making over" my house!

I thought I'd post some pictures of our kitchen renovation. It was the most work, and the most rewarding project we've done!

The first pic is the kitchen cabinets, freshly painted white, and the counter top has been removed. The backsplash is still there and the countertop was the same material.

The next picture shows the new countertop, and the beautiful new sink. The last one shows the new tile backsplash going in.
All in all, it was a lot of work, but made such a HUGE difference. We're very pleased with the results, and actually looking forward to doing some more projects with tile in the future!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sum Sum Summertime

Been cleaning up the yard lately and enjoying watching everything in full bloom! I've added some pics here of the girls, helping me plant some flowers near the front door, and the blueberry bush (we're enjoying fresh blueberries in our yogurt and pudding, and on waffles....), and my lillies, and my rose bush in bloom. Hope you enjoy these!

Going to a show!

See, I promised to do better, and here I am again, already!!
Today's post is not quilting-related, but I had to share. We went to a concert with friends last night. We went to see .38 Special and Styx. This is quite amusing to me because I saw both of those bands in the mid 80's, so here I am nearly 20-something years later, listening to the same music! So, we took the boat across the bay, parked it at a restaurant that we were really looking forward to eating at, and planned to leave the boat there while we went to dinner and the concert. Turns out, everyone else had the same idea! The restaurant was absolutely packed. So we wandered on over to the concert, just down the road, and ate at the food stands there.

The concert was wonderful! Except for the 4 people who were 2 rows ahead of us and refused to sit for the entire show. I have a lot of wonderful pictures of their backsides, but I won't share those with you. I will add a couple of pics from the show here, though. So, of course, by the time the show was over, it was dark and we had to take the boat back across. I had not been out for a couple of years, and I had completely forgotten how much I LOVE being on the water at night. No sunburn, no skeeters, no jet skiiers ~ just calm peaceful water and the company of good friends. That was my favorite part of the whole event!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Alright, alright, alright, quit naggin'! I KNOW I haven't posted anything here for a long time....but I do appreciate that you all keep coming back, just in case!'s the scoop.....we moved back to MD, I had to get it together to teach MQX shortly afterward, and since then I've been up to my neck in boxes and painting rooms and now the kids are out of school for summer (whose bright idea was that anyway??) so I can't get anything done. Planted some flowers out front and as soon as I can find the camera I'll post some pictures of those. Got a beautiful shot of the magnolia blossoms.
So, we got a few machine sales from MQX, and now we're in the middle of delivering and setting up those. Got one done last week, and will do 2 more this weekend, and then we'll be all caught up. So I have several used machines and frames, if anyone out there is interested!
And we spent a couple of weekends up in PA. Kids had a blast on Uncle Justin's new go-kart and are begging for one of their own now.
Must close now and pack tools and stuff for tomorrow's machine delivery. I promise to look for the camera so I can post those new pics and I promise I will try to post here more often. 2 months is definitely too long!

Until next time.....