Under the header photo above you will see several tabs. If you click on the one that says Workshops, Lectures you will come to a list of possible classes. Let me know if you have questions or suggestions!
A few of my previous engagements:
- National Quilting Association, Washington, D.C.
- AQS, Paducah, KY
- Houston Quilt Festival
- Mackinac island Quilters Retreat
- Flying Geese Quilt Show and Quilt Conference, Fort Worth, TX
- Quilt Conference, Carlinville, IL
- New Mexico Quilter’s Association, Albuquerque, NM
- Hands All Around Quilt Guild of Central Illinois
I’d love to come visit your group!
It's a Fischer and Grammy weekend…
four days of cozy snuggling and playing, and quilting during nap time.
What could be more fun?
Nothing I can think of…
As quilters, we often get stuck doing the same things with the same fabrics and colors, using the same methods we have always used. We have our own preferences for colors, and can’t possibly imagine creating a quilt out of THAT color! I’m amazed whenever I hear someone say, “I don’t applique!!!” When I ask them why, they’ll tell me something like, “Oh, I tried it once, and it was hard.” We are afraid to step out of our comfort zone! It’s scary! It makes our head hurt!
Performing brain surgery is hard, but somehow we have surgeons in the world who have put in the time and effort to master the skill. And that’s what it’s all about: putting in the time and effort. You know, the whole
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT thing.
But there’s a flaw in that logic. It’s not really Practice Makes Perfect. It’s more
Practice makes permanent, but not necessarily perfect.
I’m going to dust off my Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree for a minute and give you a mini lesson in learning theory.
In 1967, two educators named Fitts and Posner wrote about their theory of three progressive phases in learning a new skill. Their three progressive phases suggested that the learning process is sequential and orderly, and that we move through these phases as we learn. Here are their three stages to learning a new skill in black font. Along with each stage, I have inserted a translation of the skill into language quilters understand (red font). Stick with me here… you’ll get this.
- Cognitive phase – Identification and development of the component parts of the skill – involves formation of a mental picture of the skill. (Take the quilt class even if it scares you. Pay attention to the teacher, don’t argue with his or her methods, just soak them up. Do what you’re told and take good notes.)
- Associative phase – Linking the component parts into a smooth action – involves practicing the skill and using feedback to perfect the skill. (Take the quilt project that you started in the class home with you. Do not stick it in the back of the closet! You have too many other things back there anyway! Finish the darn project exactly the way you were shown. Do not put it aside to work on another project. Do not let it become a UFO (UnFinished Object). Show it to your quilt friends or guild. Put it on your blog if you have one. Let people know you completed the project!
- Autonomous phase – Developing the learned skill so that it becomes automatic – involves little or no conscious thought or attention while performing the skill. (Plan and begin your next quilting project using your newly learned skill. Yes, actually USE the new skill, understanding that practice makes permanent. The more time you spend on it, the easier it will become. Your goal here is to get to the point where you don’t have to think about it anymore, it just comes naturally. Think about it… at one time in your life, you were potty trained. When was the last time you had to be reminded HOW to go to the bathroom?)
Ok now, what skill haven’t you learned?
Crawl out of that deep rut you’re in.
Push yourself to learn something new!
Take a class.
Get going…Go… NOW!
Somebody asked me this week why I hadn’t posted any quilting updates. Here’s why.
I had to knit something. Anything. Just had to knit. I get chilly sometimes around the neck when we are out riding our motorcycle, so I’m knitting myself a cowl scarf. Simple, needs no counting, you just do it. Over and over. 33 stitches across in K, do it again in P, a million times over and eventually you’re done.
I didn’t fall off the face of the earth. Just had to scratch that itch and get it out of my system. I’m sure you understand.
I love scrappy quilts… any kind of scrappy quilt, and in any kind of color combination. However, this one is in MY colors…
Here’s a close up… it’s hand quilted, with a cotton batting.
Ocean Waves, below, is also a scrappy quilt… and hand quilted.
I’ve started a scrappy basket quilt, but haven’t touched it in a year or more. Maybe it’s time?
I need to think on that…
What scrappy quilts have you made?
Another update of the quilting progress on the Obama quilt:
Visit to Town by Susan Sweeten
Hannah Lou’s Hearts by Ruth Gregg
Trooper Green’s Badge by Caroline Van Maele
Melissa’s Cross by Elizabeth Brandt
Proof Through The Night by Nancee Marchinowski
Remembering Columbine H.S.by
Bear’s Paw by Linda Boyle
I think the hardest part of a project like this – one in which people from all around the world contribute blocks – is in the gathering of information. I still don’t have names for many of the blocks that were submitted, though we have determined the maker of each block.
Photos are being taken as I finish quilting each block, and while the block is still in my quilting hoop. At times, it’s difficult to photograph the block so it comes out square. All blocks ARE square in the quilt, but the photo sometimes skews the photo. It is especially difficult to photograph when there is a heavy weight on part of the quilt that will not move.
Official Quilt Inspector, Sleeping on Duty
I’ve been a little busy with little blocks! Check out these adorable little blocks from the Yes We Can, Jane quilt for President Obama!
Stay tuned for more updates!