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March 20, 2014

Oh Happy Spring!

OH HAPPY DAY! Spring has arrived and I am happier than ever, even if there is still snow on the ground. I feel I got away with murder this winter. I have been on the road lecturing and teaching a lot since the first of January. A total of 9 guilds and national quilt shows kept me busy, brought my face into the sunshine and when I came home, even the 3+ feet of snow didn't bother me. It did feel like a game of Russian roulette each and every time I was at the airport with possible snow storms or a blizzard to disrupt my flight, but I got lucky each time.

I was also  humbled and grateful to have amazing students in my workshops which were sold out. I have made some nice friends all over the country!

"Color Me Beautiful" workshop in Phoenix, AZ
Quilt Guild of Greater Houston, Houston TX
Out on a Limb Workshop

Golden Needles, Conroe, TX
"Whimsey" workshop

Pelham Quilters Guild, Pelham NY
Color Me Beautiful workshop
Phoenix, AZ
Little Bird workshop
Phoenix, AZ
Little Helpers workshop
 Doing the All Star review at the AQS show in Phoenix
Quilting Sisters Retreat Cruise to the western Caribbean

And what am I doing now? Making workshop kits. 270 of them for my classes through April and May.
Some of the things that brighten me to no end are when my students are so excited to send me pictures of their workshop quilts. I get tickled. It's like the grand kids came home for a bit!

So, for the next couple months, if you are in the area....come take a workshop with me or say "HI"!
Best places to see a good photo of the classes is on my website under "classes"
Are you coming to the NQA show? I have some awesomeness happening there in my classes!

31: All Star Quilt Guild
Jacksonville, FL

Workshop: Morning Glories

April 2014

12: Friendship Quilters Guild 

Hagerstown, MD

May 2014

7-9: Charlotte Quilters Guild
Charlotte, NC

Lecture: TBA
Workshop: Heart's Desire
Workshop: Color Me Beautiful
12-13: Candlelight Quilt Guild
Baldwinville, NY

Lecture: TBA
Workshop: Dragonfly Star
14-15: Plank Road Quilt Guild
Cicero, NY
16-18: Quilt Market
Pittsburgh, PA

Come say "HI" to me at The Warm Co. booth
23-25: NQA (National Quilting Association)
Columbus, OH

May 23 Fri  (1/2 Day Evening) Out on a Limb
May 23 Fri  (1/2 Day Afternoon) Little Helpers
May 24 Sat (Full Day) Color Me Beautiful
May 25 Sun (1/2 Day Morning) Dragonfly Star

Till the next something you have never may just surprise yourself!
 If you are interested in booking me for a lecture/workshop....write me an email

January 9, 2014

Every year I pick a word to focus on and the word "Balance" seems to be perfect for me. 2013 was a whirlwind of non stop activity and this year will be double fold. 
Ahhh! Such is the life of a traveling quilt lecturer and instructor.! 
I like to be busy, it makes life interesting and keeps me out of trouble! 

This is the year I will start to become more mindful of what I am eating. Extra weight on those hips does not make for easy lugging and heaving of all those suitcases at the airport. 
This is also the year I need to balance my work schedule. Working 13 hours days and not sleeping well because the brain is in super drive only brings on those dark under eye circles.

So what have I started to do about this? I am scheduling "me" time in my day. I forget about "me" a lot and am that energizer bunny that doesn't stop. I eat at my desk, or work station or wherever i am working, creating or sewing. That has stopped. I actually sit down now. At a table.

I am taking one thing at a time until it becomes a healthy habit. 

 I have been working away on creating new classes for "Painted Applique".

 Keep your eyes peeled here for an update on what will be happening with these pumpkins in an upcoming 2 day workshop . Sherry Rogers-Harrison and myself will be teaming up teaching a 2 day workshop for MQX this year. In a very soon future blog post, you will get to see these beautiful pumpkins set into a quilt.
  In a few weeks I'll be leaving for Phoenix, AZ to teach for the AQS Quilt show there. In the All Star Review, I'll be demoing how to do Painted Applique with this cute Fishy quilt.
 Little Bird workshop has "Sold Out" at the AQS show. Good News? You can always suggest me to your guild for this workshop!

I have been very busy making kits for upcoming classes!
End of February take me off to Belize, Mexico, and Honduras where I'll be teaching on a cruise. Good Night Moon is going to be so much fun for these ladies to be working on. I'll be sure to show class pics!

Your Color Fix for Today

We've had some below zero day and nights here and my little Zoie is fashioning her new coat from her Grandma and Grandpa's gift for Christmas. Love the quilted bones in the coat design!

Come join me on my professional facebook page where I post more of my creative side! Hope to see you there and please click the "LIKE" button! You too can join in on the contest I have there!

January 2, 2014

Happy 2014 everyone! 
Where did 2013 go? 
As for me, 2013 was a whirlwind of excitement for me.
 I got to travel, teach and lecture for some amazing quilt guilds and quilt shows, sharing what I love doing most, teaching applique by hand and machine in the same class and unveiling my new technique, "Painted Applique". 
Painted Applique is painting in big sections first and then appliqueing it to the background. Instead of appliqueing many petals of a flower one at a time, you paint the head of the flower and applique the entire flower down.This technique is being well received and those that thought they never could paint are finding out that they truly can!
BEST PART:For every pattern, there is a photographic tutorial on how to do Painted Applique AND Applique with fabric!!!

At the end of this blog post is a contest for you to participate in if you like!!!!
Right before Christmas, my 4th book "Painted Applique; a new approach" was released by AQS and it was a perfect end to a busy 2013. The richness in colors in the photography is to die for. I couldn't be any happier with the quality this book has to offer. 
Here's a peek of some of the 20+ projects:
Quilted by Lisa Sipes
Quilted by Sherry Rogers-Harrison
Just a few peaks of what's inside!

Quilted by Lisa Sipes

And here is what you'll see for every project, one in fabric applique and the other in painted applique.
Quilted by Pamela Dransfeldt

Pam, who quilted the above quilts for the book liked this patterns so much that she asked me permission to have it tatted on her legv

Quilted by Linda M. Poole
Quilted by Karen McTavish
So there ya have it...a little taste of what you can find!

Where to get an autographed copy of "Painted Applique; a new approach"?
On my website!!!

 Woven Hearts
my water color painting
Turned into embroidery

I have been enjoying turning my water color paintings into embroidery designs as well as Painted Applique, Wholecloth Painted quilts and Applique patterns as well.
Painted whole cloth
Applique (for hand or machine)

Painted whole cloth
Here is the place you can find the pattern for Woven Hearts...just scroll till you see it!
Visit quiltessa's Craftsy Pattern Store » for that contest!!!!!
Are you a Facebook fan on my professional Facebook where I post a lot of my creative side?

If you're not, you need to be there and click the "LIKE" button!

...and here is the contest rules to win a 12 pack tin of InkTense pencils

More blogging to come my friends with more eye candy to show very, very soon!!!

Thanks for visiting and I truly hope you leave a comment here!

Till next time...Linda

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