December   News

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An early Merry Christmas my friend! I hope this finds you well and enthusiastically preparing for the holiday season. The design wall has been busy again this month. Completed quilt tops, new class samples, and a free Christmas ribbon rose just for you. Here's what's happening...
On the Design Wall

This is one of the blocks in an upcoming applique class I will be teaching at Cinnamin's Quilt Shoppe

My inspiration was Mom's tile design I shared with you last month. In this class we will make a beautiful spring table runner. It's a fun way to learn hand needleturn appliqué or to finetune you needle art skills.

The three-session class will begin February 8, 2020. Full class information and registration details will be available in January. Stay turned!


Here are the borders I added to the Leaves & Flowers Sampler Quilt  I shared with you last month. 

Sometimes a block just doesn't feel "done". I couldn't help myself and will add a few butterflies around the basket arrangement too.

This little gem is off to the quilter for the addition of her needle artistry! I can hardly wait to see what she adds to the design! 

I'm looking foward to sharing the end result with you in the new year! Wait until you see the surprise binding!

Academy of Applique

It's not too late! Registration is still underway for the  2020 Academy of Applique in Williamsburg, Virginia!

All the available classes are listed in the  catalog of classes.

Both of my class are refreshed blocks from my book, The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery The  Grape Wreath & Chalice and t he Floral Urn (pictured here) feature lessons in hand embroidery, ribbon work, beading and  stump work techniques, all beautiful additions to any of your applique projects.  

Be sure to sign up soon! My classes are almost full! Please feel free to email me with any questions about either class.  I would love the opportunity to stitch with you!   You can register for classes here .

In The Classroom

NEW! Embroidery Sampler Book
2nd Saturday of each month, September  2019 through January 2020, 10:30 am - 12:30pm
Cinnamon's  Quilt Shoppe

I have had numerous requests for an embroidery class that would not involve another UFO project. I think this one may fit the bill!

You'll learn lots of stitches and techniques . Two options will be offered for turning the samples into pages for a small embroidery sample book. A great reference tool for your other projects!


Hawaiian Applique
2nd Saturday of each month, November 2019 through January 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cinnamon's  Quilt Shoppe

This class offers two preparation methods for needle turn appliqué, the traditional Hawaiian style and perfect placement applique. 

You will also learn how to stitch smooth curves and pointy points.

A great beginner class and a class for experienced appliqués who would like to hone their skills.

For Your Library

Christmas Quilts, Christmas Memories is a littlle treasure. If you love Christmas, red and green quilts, vintage style quilts, and the stories behind them, you will love Christmas Quilts, Christmas Memories. 

This 6" x 6" book holds "57 gorgeous Christmas quilts, plus poignant, funny, and celebratory Christmas stories as told by quilt world personalities, family and friends." 

It may be small in stature, but is packed full of beautiful quilts and wonderful stories. A nice read for the holiday season.
Stitching Companions






From our house to yours, Sammy, Josie, Doogan and Sophia pray all your Christmas wishes come true.

Merry Christmas!
In Closing



A little Christmas gift just for you! Here is a free ribbon rose design!  This rose was used on the wreaths in the  Christmas Joy table runner found in Applique & Embroidery Fundamentals.  

I've also used this rose for a beautiful Christmas ornament and a gift topper for a special Christmas present. Simply add additional ribbon and ruched petals at the end to make your rose grow larger.

Wishing you a blessed and very Merry Christmas!

Until next month,
Stay stitching,

  

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