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Quilted Lizard Tales
Happy Villages, Accidental Landscapes, Wearable Waves, and NEW Wiggles & Waves!
Books, Patterns and Workshops
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It’s true that everywhere I look I see wiggles, lines and quilt patterns. Usually I’m looking at nature or architecture, but other artists' work catch my eye too. This is part of an art sculpture in the Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans. It made me very happy! I thought you would enjoy it too.
Wiggles & Waves: Free-Form Curves

My new book is now available! Some of you already own a copy.

Curves are easy when you topstitch them!

I gave an informal trunk show of all of the runners/quilts in the book at the Quilted Ewe in New Hartford, CT and recorded it for your easy viewing.

Here is the link to the trunk show of WIGGLES & WAVES at the Quilted Ewe.
Birthday Wiggle Quilts
In the YouTube trunk show my grandson Trevor’s quilt “Crazy Cosmos” still needed the binding to be hand sewn. I finished it in time for his 12th birthday and he was delighted.

His little sister River celebrated her 5th birthday in early January also, so I gave her the “Butterflies Aflutter” quilt on pages 12-14 in the Wiggles Chapter of Wiggles & Waves.
This is all we saw of both of them once the quilts were opened…..they literally wiggled undercover and stayed there!!!
Curved Bindings

Since my new book is all about free-form topstitched curves, the sides of the quilts can be curvy also. Here are a few hints to adding a binding to those gentle curves, without cutting the strips on the bias.
Here is the link to the new YouTube video on curved bindings.
Beach Treasures

I started the year with several workshops in the panhandle of Florida. The “Accidental Landscapes: Beaches” workshop has always been a popular workshop. It’s fun for me to teach, because each student creates something different AND more important, the landscape is usually quilted and even bound by the end of class, which makes the students extremely happy.
Here’s a fantastic Beach scene made by Cena Harmon this month in Florida, which includes her very own treasure chest!! So creative and just the right touch! This is the first treasure chest I have seen in my 16 years of teaching Beaches! Way to go Cena! Thanks for sharing!
Work in Progress

“Turning Over a New Leaf” is approximately 42” x  57”.  Two days ago I finally finished quilting 384 “Layered Leaves” and 49 “Twirls”. I finished quilting the borders yesterday and today I added the binding…..a curvy one, of course (very very gentle wiggles).

The leaves were never meant to be this tiny (1.5” finished) nor were they supposed to be squared…curvy lines and uneven leaf forms was the original plan like I presented them in the Wiggles & Waves book...but that's another whole story.

Here are the Layered Leaves unquilted and also during the quilting stage with my wonderful BERNINA 770QE.

I’m excited with the results and will show you photos of how it progressed in the upcoming Spring newsletter along with the full view instead of these teaser close-ups!
Fabrics for New Skirt and Jacket
Here is the color palette of my next project. As soon as I finish “Turning Over a New Leaf” I’m all set to start a new skirt. 
(a longer version of the Sweet Summertime skirt on my YouTube)

and a matching “Wild Woman” style Jacket (pages 54 -59 in the Wearable Waves book). I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
The wonderful colors of the beach during a cloudy sunset and a great shell pattern have me contemplating some more wiggles and curves.

Beach photo taken this month in Pensacola and the shell in Port St. Joe
More details to follow if and when this idea develops further.
Teaching Calendars for 2018 - 2019

2018 Calendar

There are many updates and NEW workshops for 2018, which are indicated by the *
I hope that one of the workshop dates and venues will work in your schedule so we can meet again or meet for the very first time.

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.
2018 Calendar
 * new or updated since FALL 2017 newsletter

AQS QuiltWeek, Daytona Beach, FL Feb. 28 – March 3  (Feb 28 a.m. Random Roses 3 hour workshop, Feb. 28/PM.Layered Logs 3 hour workshop, ALL STAR REVIEW, Feb. 28 Evening – Demo of Accidental Landscapes technique, March 1/ AM Let’s Make Waves 3 hour workshop, March 1, 1:00-2:00pm Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes Lecture, March 2 Happy Villages 6 hour workshop, March 3/ AM Mountain Views 3 hour workshop. 

All of my workshops are full at AQS Daytona Beach, EXCEPT the Random Roses 3 hour workshop, which still has a few spots. There’s still time to sign up, so please join me!!!

There's always extra room in a lecture, so you if you are interested you can join me for my "Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes" lecture too.

NOTE: The 2018 name of "Random Roses" in my new book is "Twirls". Same fun technique, just a different name.
2018 calendar continued.....

*Quilted Ewe (store), New Hartford, CT March 17 (Large Logs workshop)

*Colorado Quilting Council, Ft. Collins, March 24-25 (Wiggles & Waves lecture{2018 updated version of “Still Makin’Waves} and Happy Villages workshop)
*Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild Peconic, NY April 14 (Wiggles & Waves AM lecture{2018 updated version of “Still Makin’Waves} and 3 hour PM Color Twists & Leaves workshop)
Long Island Quilters Society, Freeport, NY April 15-16 (4/15 Accidental Landscape: Beaches workshop/4/16 am Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture)
*Warwick Valley Quilters’ Guild,  Warwick, NY April 24  (10:00amWiggles & Waves lecture{2018 updated version of “Still Makin’Waves}
Savannah Quilt Guild, Savannah, GA May 11/12 (Wiggles & Waves lecture{2018 updated version of “Still Makin’Waves} and Accidental Landscapes:Beaches workshop)
*Hunterdon County Quilters Guild,  Readington, NJ May 18 (AM oops! My Edges are Showing lecture TBD, 11-4:00pm Happy Villages 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 AMAccidental Landscapes: Beaches workshop)

*The Bolt Quilt Shop, Monroe, CT June 16 (Large Logs workshop)
*Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Junction, VT June 21-24 (all NEW WORKSHOPS…6/21 Wiggles & Waves workshop, 6/22 Color Twists & Leaves workshop, 6/23 No-Bake Cake workshop)
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 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture and Happy Villages workshop)
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)

2019 Calendar
Sun City Texas Quilt Guild, Georgetown, TX April 11 (am workshop and pm lecture TBD)
Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild, TX April 12-13 (4/12 6 hour workshopTBD, 4/13 AMlecture and 3 hour workshop TBD)
Material Girls Quilt Guild, Miamisburg, OH May 2-3 (lecture and workshop TBD)
Silver City Quilt Guild, Taunton, MA May 20-21 (lecture and workshop TBD)
Quilter’s Unlimited Show, Chantilly, VA May 31-June 2 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture and Accidental Landscapes:Mountain Views workshop and Quilted Waves Vest workshop)
Baltimore Heritage Quilt Guild, MD October 8-9 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture and Happy Villages workshop)
Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Lewes, DE November 4-5 (lecture and workshop TBD)
All the best to you until our creative paths cross in the future!
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