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Quilted Lizard Tales
Winter 2016

books, patterns and workshops
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Did you know that you can quilt in the snow? This is my “quilted” heart made with my snow shoes. In the background you can see some more of my designs in the snow. Lots of fun and great exercise too!
Thank you for your interest in my fiber art and workshops. During the Fall and early Winter I didn’t get much studio time in…I was on the road teaching workshops and also enjoyed a few family trips. I did manage to create a fabric collage for the Farmington River Quilt Project. I’ll share that process with you along with a few new things I tried in making a t-shirt quilt for someone very young at heart, my Dad!
What’s new?
Quilting in the Desert: Phoenix, Arizona
What a great way to start the year. A 5 day retreat in warm Arizona during the cold winter month of January. I taught a 2 day Happy Villages (fabric collage) workshop and a 3 day “Let’s Make Waves” workshop (aka Layered Waves or Wild Waves: my topstitching technique). 

I finally got to meet two of the three dudes of 3 Dudes Quilting in Phoenix, Ray and Jeff!

Here we are next to their awesome display of Accidental Landscape samples, books and fabric kits. 
And look at these poor guys who hang outside of their store on the bench waiting for their wives!
It was a real treat to teach the Happy Villages class as a 2 day workshop. Look at these great villages! All so unique.
The gals in the 3 day Wild Waves workshop really learned to go with the flow. Here are two of my workshop students:
Trudy with her Southwest waves that she will be modeling soon as a vest.
I can’t wait to see it finished!
Edna (all the way from Hawaii!!) with her gorgeous waves of blue and green. 
My husband joined me after the retreat and we traveled around southern Arizona and New Mexico. Here are two photos that will certainly inspire a new
Accidental Landscape.
This is not your typical quilt store! No need for the men to sit outside on the bench when their women folk are inside buying fabric here.
Farmington River Quilt Project
This project is the brainchild of Connecticut fiber artist, MaryPat Leger.
“It is made up of 25 quilt sections created by different quilt artists. Each quilt section is 24”W x 21”L, and although the tree line and sky change from section to section, the river runs smoothly uniting the sections into one continuous quilt. Along the quilt you can see the wildlife, deer, bear, eagles, herons, and ducks, that live by the river as well as the fishermen, kayakers, campers and tubers who come to the river to enjoy the peace, beauty and sometimes the wild ride it provides.”

The 50 foot long quilt will make its debut at the Winchester Center Congregational Church Quilt and Needle Art Show on April 23-24, 2016 and then travel to different shows. If you live within driving distance, please come for a visit!
All sections will be donated to the Farmington River Coordinating Committee in Barkhamsted, CT and will be used to promote their work in protecting the Farmington River.
Each artist was assigned a different “pool” section of the river. My section is called Greenwoods Pool. I based my fabric collage on a photo transfer of two fly fisherman who were laughing, talking and exchanging fish tales. They were especially fun to watch, because the one was teaching the other the fine points of fly fishing.  

Above are some photos of the collage process. The fabric strips and shapes are lightly glued to a cotton batting. Then I added a layer of tulle before quilting. Most of the fabrics used are my own handpainted cottons.
T-Shirt Quilt – what I learned!

Out of all of the quilts I have made for my family over the years, how come it’s always the t-shirt quilts that are the most cherished! I guess it’s all of those wonderful memories that we can literally wrap ourselves up in.
I’ve tried many different approaches over the years to stabilize the t-shirts. In this quilt I tried something new for me…. Heat & Bond Feather Lite, paper backed fusible and was very very happy with the results. The t-shirts remained stable to piece and once the paper was removed, they had a very soft hand, not stiff at all. 
Also, for the simple straight line quilting, I found the BSR (BERNINA Stitch Regulator) extremely helpful. This task would have been very difficult using the walking foot, because the heavy quilt (t-shirt quilts ARE heavy) would need to be constantly turned. Reducing the pressure on the presser foot from 50lbs to 20lbs also helped to work with the stretchiness at the quilting stage.
Teaching Calendars for 2016 - 2017
Here are my updated teaching calendars for this year and into next year.

If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, please contact the guild or organization to get prices and registration information. If you need help contacting one of the venues, just let me know and I would be happy to give you the name of my contact person.

2016 Calendar
Quilting in the Desert, Phoenix AZ Jan 25-29 (2 day Happy Villages/3 day Wild Waves!)

Peace River Quilt Guild Retreat and Guild meeting, Haines City & Punta Gorda, FL Feb. 22-27 (2/23Accidental Landscapes: Beaches workshop (retreat), 2/24 Happy Villages workshop (retreat), 2/26Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture 2/27Happy Villages workshop (guild).

Calico Geese Quilt Guild, Liberty, NY April 16 (Happy Villages workshop)

*Highland Lakes Quilt Club (formerly Marble Falls Quilt Club), Marble Falls, TX April 20 -21 (Still Makin’ Waves 4/20AM lecture, 4/20 PM -3 hour Accidental Landscapes:Mountain Views workshop, 4/21 6 hour Happy Villages workshop)

Towpath Quilt Guild, Fayetteville, NY May 10 (oops!My Edges are Showing Amlecture/Random Roses 3 hour PM workshop)

Schine Memorial Gallery, Gloversville, NY May 11 (AM 3 hour Random Roses workshop, PM 3 hour Happy Villages)

Hearthside Quilters, Harwinton, CT May 14 (Random
Roses workshop)

Sew Inspired (quilt store), Simsbury, CT May 21 10:00am-5:00pm (Quilted Waves Vest workshop !!!NEW WORKSHOP for 2016!!!)

North Carolina Quilt Symposium, Raleigh, NC June 2 – 5 (6 hr Random Roses, 3 hr. Happy Villages, 3 hr. Accidental Landscapes: Seascapesworkshops/ oops!My Edges are Showing lecture)

*Otis Country Quilters Guild, Otis, MA June 11 (Random Roses workshop)

Pieces & Patches Quilt Guild, Jackson, MI July 25 (Happy Villages workshop,  Accidental Landscapes & Happy Villages lecture)

Green Country Quilters Guild, Tulsa, OK – Retreat at Camp Egan Aug. 18 – 21 (8/18 Eve. oops! My Edges are Showing lecture, 8/19 AMHappy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture, , 8/19 Beaches 3 hour workshop, 8/20 Happy Villages 6 hour workshop 8/21 Mountain Views 3 hour workshop)

*Southford Falls Quilt Guild, Middlebury, CT October 7 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture)

*Kaw Valley Quilters’ Guild, Lawrence, KS Oct. 17-19 (Accidental Landscapes & Happy Villages lectures 10/17 Eve and 10/18 AM meeting, 10/19 Scrappy Layered Log Cabin workshop)

Quilt Guild of the Southern Crescent, Fayetteville, GA Nov. 4-5 (Happy Villages workshop,  Accidental Landscapes & Happy Villages lecture)
*NEW or UPDATED since FALL 2015 Newsletter
2017 Calendar (so far…)
New Mexico Quilter’s Association, Albuquerque Jan 22-23 ((Lecture and workshop TBD)

Gold Coast Quilter’s Guild, March 21-22 Boca Raton, FL (Lecture and workshop TBD)

Women of the West (WOW) Medina, MN April 24 (workshop + evening lecture TBD)

Village Quilters, Knoxville, TN May 11-12 (oops! My Edges are Showing lecture, 5/11Happy Villages 6 hour, 5/12 3 hour workshop TBD)

Prairie Quilt Guild, Wichita, KS June 13-14 (am/pm lecture TBD and workshop)

Clamshell Quilt Guild, Waterford, CT June 22 (6/21 Still Makin’ Waves lecture, 6/22Random Rose workshop)

Faithful Circle Quilters, Columbia, MD Oct 6-8 RETREAT, Oct. 9 Eve. meeting (workshops and lectureTBD)

Milltown Quilters, Columbia, MD Oct. 9 (oops! My Edges are Showing! AM lecture/ 3 hour PM Happy Villages workshop)

Needlechasers, Chevy Chase, MD Oct. 11-12 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture/Happy Villages 6 hour workshop on 11/12)

All the best to you until our creative paths cross in the future!

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