March News

It's March! Hope you have been coping with our capricious weather. Hopefully, the adage about March is true. In like a lion, out like a lamb. Here's what's happening ...  

Adventures  in Williamsburg

I'm home after a lovely week at the Academy of Applique in Historic Williamsburg. It was such a delight seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The conference was well organized, relaxing and informative. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great retreat experience!

At the conference, I took a class in broderie perse taught by needle artist Judy Serverson (pictured left, with me), who lives in Concord, Massacusetts. 

After taking Judy's class, I've found that broderie perse is my new stitching passion! Broderie perse ("Persian embroidery," in French) is a form of needleturn applique from the Victorian period. It uses printed fabric to create scenes on background blocks. Judy's completed quilts are stunning.  

Here's the beginning of one of my blocks, a work in progress. I'll share more on social media as I move forward! 

Adventures in Amelia Island 

I'm so looking forward to our Tea & Stitches getaway, April 12-15 in Amelia Island. The rooms are filled, but we still have space for one day student. Meanwhile, I've been stitching non-stop on the retreat projects. My newest quilt is a tea-themed quilt with appliqued, embellished blocks. The retreat project is a complementary tea cozy. I'll share photos on social media.  

Still Time to Register

I really enjoy our Woodland Whimsy block of the month classes! We've already had our first class, but it's not too late to catch up. Classes meet the second Saturday of the month at 10am at Cinnamon's Quilt Shoppe, and require a one-year commitment. The next class is March 10. If you're interested, please email me or call Cinnamon's.

For Your Quilting Library

Given my new enthusiasm for broderie perse, I thought you might be interested too. This month's book is Flowers in Applique by my Academy instructor, Judy Severson. The book introduces a new and beautifully simple technique that allows even beginners to create glorious floral quilts. More experienced needle artists can easily combine Judy's techniques with patchwork, other applique, and even embroidery for more sophisticated effects. There are very few books on this technique and topic. This is a great book!

Stitching Companions

Recently, when husband Joe and I worked on spring planting, our beloved wheaten Doogan reminded me of an important life lesson ... Take time to stop and smell the flowers. It made me pause in the middle of a busy day, to appreciate the beautiful weather and reflect on all I have to be thankful for. What an unexpected gift.

In Closing

Wishing you a warn and happy March. Til next month, stay stitching!


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