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WELCOME and thank you for signing up to receive my quarterly newsletter, which includes new quilts, ideas and my updated teaching calendar for 2017-2018.
In keeping with the 4th of July celebrations this week, I worked on some patriotic waves for my new book “Wiggles & Waves.”

The book is all about curves….topstitched curves that is, which are so very easy and fun to make. If all goes according to plan "Wiggles & Waves" will be available in November 2017.

A Village for all Seasons (2017)
45” x 61”
Do you remember seeing the step by step photos of this Happy Village quilt in the Winter 2017 newsletter? Well, it is finished now. I had a lot of fun gradating the seasons into each other and changing the trees to reflect the time of year.
Here’s a close-up of my first ever tire swing in a Happy Village! 
*To view previous newsletters, go to my website homepage: and click on the envelope icon, which will take you to a list of the earlier newsletters

Winter 2017: The collage process of creating “A Village for All Seasons”
Spring 2017: Sneak peak at some of the new book projects
Inspirational Designs on a recent trip to Germany & Italy

We had a wonderful vacation with family and friends in Germany and Italy in June. As usual my eyes concentrated on designs in architecture. Spirals always catch my attention.

Look closely to see the spiral type circle pattern in the old glass windows (Regensburg, Germany).
I am working (or rather “playing”) so fast and furious on projects for the new book, that I don’t have room in my studio for all of the quilts that need basting, SO…..the basement has now officially become the BASTE-MENT!
Here’s a chance for you to see some of the small quilts in the new book.

There’s “Just Ducky,” which features scalloped waves, and “Bright Animals,” which features Laurel Burch animals in Large Layered Logs and in the back is “Lots of Leaves,” which of course features my new Layered Leaves!
To speed up the safety pin basting process and to be kind to my fingers, I have been using my favorite gadget: “Kwik Klip”™ by Paula Jean Creations.

Many of you have been using this tool for years. If this is new to you, get one! Your fingers will thank you for the ease of snapping and unsnapping the safety pins AND it costs under $10, available at stores and online.
My most recent workshop was nearby in Connecticut with the Clamshell Quilt Guild. As you can see we made Random Roses. I loved the leaf-art backdrop for our flowers and group photo – perfect!
Check out the Student Gallery
on my website to see what students have made in workshops and on their own.

You all inspire ME!
Thank you for sharing!
Teaching Calendars for 2017 – 2018

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.

2017 Calendar
Mid-Appalachian Quilters, Inc Annual Educational Seminar, Emmitsburg, MD July 14-16 (7/14 Accidental Landscape: Beaches, 7/15 Happy Villages, 7/16 Random Rose Runner)

North Louisiana Quilters Guild, Monroe, LA July 27-29 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture, Happy Villages workshop, Accidental Landscapes: Beaches workshop)

Cypress Creek Quilters Guild, Tampa, FL Sept. 11-12 (eve. Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture and Accidental Landscapes: Beaches workshop)

Farmington Valley Quilters, Simsbury, CT Sept. 20-21 (9/20eve. lecture Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes, 9/21 Happy Villages workshop)

Faithful Circle Quilters, Columbia, MD Oct 7-9: 10/7 Scrappy Layered Log Cabin workshop, 10/8 Happy Villages, 10/9 Eve. Still Makin’ Waves lecture.

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

Four County Quilters Guild, Mt. Airy, MD Oct. 10 (eve. Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture)
Needlechasers, Chevy Chase, MD Oct. 11-12 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture/Happy Villages 6 hour workshop on 11/12)

Friendship Quilters, Linthicum, MD Oct 12 Evening (Still Makin’ Waves Lecture)
2018 Calendar
* new or updated since Spring 2017 newsletter

Quilting by the Bay (store), Panama City, FL Jan. 19-21 (1/19 Scrappy Layered Log Cabin, 1/20 Happy Villages, / 1/21 Accidental Landscapes: Beaches)

*Pensacola Quilters Guild, Pensacola, FL Jan.22-25 (2 lectures, 2 workshops TBD)

AQS QuiltWeek, Daytona Beach, FL Feb. 28 – March 3 (Happy Villages:6hour workshop/Beaches:6hour workshop /Mountain Views:3hour workshop /Random Roses:3hour workshop /Layered Logs:3 hour workshop /Let’s Make Waves:3hour workshop /oops! My Edges are Showing Lecture and Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes Lecture)

Colorado Quilting Council, location TBD March 24-25 (lecture and workshop TBD)

Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild Peconic, NY April 13-14 (lecture and workshop TBD)

Long Island Quilters Society, Freeport, NY April 15-16 (4/15 Accidental Landscape: Beaches workshop/4/16 am Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture)

Savannah Quilt Guild, Savannah, GA May 11/12 (Still Makin’ Waves lecture and Accidental Landscapes: Beaches workshop)
*Courthouse Quilters, Frenchtown, NJ May 20 (PM Accidental Landscape: Mountain Views/EVE Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture)

Quilters by the Sea, Portsmouth, RI June 7-8 (6/7EVE Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture 6/8 AM Accidental Landscapes: Beaches workshop)

Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Junction, VT June 21-24 (workshops TBD)

Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters, MI July 17 (lecture and workshop TBD)

Maine Quilts, Augusta, ME July 26-28 (3workshops TBD)

Belknap Mill Quilters Guild, Gilford, NH Sept. 12-13 (lecture and workshop TBD)

Coastal Carolina Quilters, Surfside Beach, SC Sept. 17/18 (lecture and workshop TBD)

Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild, Roswell, GA Oct. 4-5 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture and Happy Villages workshop)

*Village Squares Quilters, Scarsdale, NY Nov. 13 (Lecture at noon TBD)
All the best to you until our creative paths cross in the future!
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