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A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick


Amping Up the Travel and Stitching

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It's been a whirlwind of traveling, vending, lecturing and workshops the last couple of months and I'm finally able to sit down at the computer long enough to share it with you! In September I attending the AQS Chattanooga show to vend and teach. The show quilts were spectacular again this year and I particularly loved the display of Lion King Challenge quilts made from Cherrywood fabrics. Lion King Challenge

I had the privilege to teach Free-Motion Quilting to an incredible group of ladies and gentleman and it was such a pleasure to be able to teach in a classroom where my favorite BERNINA sewing machines were provided.


Chattanooga Free-Motion


Free-Motion Fun

The last week of September found me on my annual trip to the beach with my Mom and four sisters. Sorry no photo of us "hot babes" on the beach! This is a trip we have been doing for a number of years and I think this was our tenth trip together. Since we are spread far and wide, it is a great opportunity to get together and "catch up". There is definitely a lot of laughter and fun during our time together.

After I returned home I had a few days to prepare for a workshop and a lecture in Little Rock for the Arkansas Quilter's Guild. Just look at what these wonderful ladies accomplished!


Arkansas Quilter's Guild


Gorgeous Gourds



I traveled on to Benton, AR the following day to teach another Machine Appliqué class to the Saline County Quilt Guild and found myself among another fantastic group of ladies, so eager to learn. Not only did they learn some great techniques to make their machine appliqué easier, on the second day of the workshops we experimented with wire, bleach pens, and all kinds of fun stitches to create texture on future projects with my Amped Up Appliqué class.

A Spot of Tea

Frog Days of Summer

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Amped Up Applique


All in all, it has been a wonderful few weeks. There is just something to be said about doing what you love and teaching it to others. Nothing better than experiencing the thrill of accomplishment along with an eager student! I hope you are able to spend some quality time with your new creations soon!


Lovin' Laramie

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QuiltEssentials, Laramie, WYWhat great fun we had in Laramie, Wyoming at QuiltEssentials! Janice Pope and I traveled to Laramie to stay with our friend, Mary, and to teach a few classes. We were welcomed by a great group of ladies and had such fun. My free-motion quilting class was a joy, as always. It's so great to see students realize what fun they can have with some new quilting designs.

During the class, Sherry Reynolds came by the shop to show one of her quilts. It was absolutely stunning! Sherry, an engineer in her former life, has only been quilting for about 5-6 years but has certainly mastered it in this short time. Keep an eye out for her, we're sure to see her work often!

We attended a great Wearable Art exhibit at the University of Wyoming's Art Museum. What inspiration to make me want to come home and make a new coat or jacket of my own!

This is called Bella Pavone by Alice Kay Arnett. Gorgeous pintucking!

And the Mirror Smiled Back by Sara Varca. Gotta love that wild lining!

A Clash of Unity by Jennifer Schneider. This gray and yellow is so "in" right now!

Meditation by Teresa Nealon. A wonderful classic style.

Those Who Sew in Tears Will Reap in Joy by Treva Sprout Ahrenholtz. This beautiful dress was started many years ago by Treva simply to make something creative and beautiful. Her description stated that she came back to it time and again as she was dealing with sadness in her life. She didn't realize that someday she would have a real purpose for it and eventually was able to wear it herself as a wedding gown.