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Quilted Lizard Tales

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Welcome to my Spring newsletter and thank you for signing up to receive it! 

 In the past few months I have had the pleasure to teach for guilds/stores in Massachusetts, New York, Florida and just this past week in Minnesota. 
It was GREAT to see some of you again and meet many for the first time. Here’s the happy group from the Accidental Landscapes: Beaches workshop held at the Red Barn Sewing and Yarn Center in Merrimac, MA this month.

The day wasn’t even quite over and look how far everyone got…..borders on and several quilted. For those of you who have taken a Beach class you will notice that we did a larger size.

In the photo you can tell it’s Spring in New England. The grass is just starting to get green and the trees have a long way to go with their leaves.

NEW BOOK coming in Fall 2017

Wiggles, Waves, Twists and Twirls (tentative title)

Here is a sneak peek at just a few samples of what I have been playing with lately. What I can share with you right now, is that there will be lots of waves, wiggles, twists, twirls, swirls, logs, leaves and Random Roses for all seasons, celebrations  and décor.

All curves, and angles too, will be topstitched using my layered topstitching technique (Layered Waves). The quilts will have curves in the blocks, in the borders and even on the outer edges! The best part is that everyone can sew a curve easily when it’s topstitched. If you have taken a workshop with me, you know this is true, right?!
The quilts in the book can be used as a table runner, wallhanging or combined to create a small quilt. More to come in the Summer newsletter!
SOLO EXHIBIT – “Quilts from the Garden”
My April exhibit at the Southbury Library, in Southbury, CT ended two days ago. I don’t often sell my quilts, but am happy to announce that two of my quilts have found new homes. 

An earlier collaged piece
“Jungle Flowers #2” (2002)  27” x 34”

Collaged with layer of tulle, hand painted fabrics, and beads (and a lucky lizard).

A more recent topstitched piece
“Sunshine & Shade Garden” (2015)  43” x 55”
Topstitch piecing, metallic foiling and raw edge collage.
QUILT ART 2018 Engagement Calendar:
A Collection of Prizewinning Quilts from Across the Country

Not only did I sell “Sunshine & Shade Garden” (2015) this week, but it is featured in this calendar as well.
2017 International Quilt Invitational Exhibit
Brigham City Museum of Art and History, Brigham City, Utah June 16 – August 31

If you live in Utah or nearby, please visit this exhibit.  Two of my quilts will be included. 
Turquoise Turtles & Friends 43” x 45” (2009) – Collage with layer of tulle, embellished with beads and couched yarns
 Altstadt 35” x 35” (2006) – Collage with layer of tulle, photo transfers, couched yarns.
Teaching Calendars for 2017 - 2018
Next week I will be teaching in Connecticut. Then my workshops will take me all over the country, as usual, which is lots of fun for me to visit new places, meet new quilting friends and share my techniques with you.

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
* new or updated since Winter 2017 newsletter

*Thames River Quilters, Gales Ferry, CT May 2 (3 Hour PM Beaches workshop: Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes EVE. lecture)
Village Quilters, Loudon, TN May 11-12 (5/12 AM:oops! My Edges are Showing lecture, 5/11:Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views 6 hour workshop 5/12PM: Random Roses 3 hour workshop)
Wiltwyck Quilter’s Guild, Lake Katrine, NY May 20 (Quilted Waves Vest 6 hour workshop)
Prairie Quilt Guild, Wichita, KS June 13-14 ( Still Makin’ Waves am/pm lectures and Happy Villages workshop)
Clamshell Quilt Guild, Waterford, CT June 22 (6/21 Still Makin’ Waves lecture, 6/22Random Rose workshop)
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 and 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 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes eve. lecture)
Needlechasers, Chevy Chase, MD Oct. 11-12 (10/11:Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes a.m.lecture, 10/12:Happy Villages 6 hour workshop)
Friendship Quilters, Linthicum, MD Oct 12 Evening (Still Makin’ Waves Lecture)
2018 Calendar
* new or updated since Winter 2017 newsletter

Quilting by the Bay (store), Panama City, FL Jan. 19-21 (Happy Villages, Accidental Landscape: Beaches, Layered Log Cabin workshops)
*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 TBD/EVE Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture)
*Quilters by the Sea, Portsmouth, RI June 7-8 (6/7EVE Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture 6/8 AMAccidental 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 (3 workshops 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)
All the best to you until our creative paths cross in the future!
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