Monday, April 14, 2014

The Classroom has Been Busy

We had another full day class this week with Pat Speth teaching her Shaded Four Patch Workshop here at our shop.  We had a great group of ladies come learn some new tips and techniques, and sew all day. 

Pat has a great blog where she shares blocks and units made using 5 inch squares ~ definitely worth checking out!  I'll be cutting a lot of my scraps into 5 inch squares now :) 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lots of Fun & Information at the Pat Sloan Workshop!

Everyone had a blast yesterday as we hosted Pat Sloan at the shop to teach her day long workshop called The Magic of Easy Machine Applique!  I've known Pat for about ten years now and have followed her career, so it was so exciting to have her come and bring her quilts for all of us to see in person and teach at my shop :)

The project we did was based on Pat's Little Blue Bird pattern ~ This is my version made up in purples (I have two kits still available for this version of the quilt Here).  But the workshop was so much more than just working on the project.  Everyone learned lots of tips on how to do fusible machine applique from beginning to end. 

 ...There was lots of stitching and visiting, and maybe even a little chocolate eating :)

 ...And demos.  Pat had some really good information that she shared on fusibles, thread and techniques on stitching.

 ...And of course my favorite part ~ fabric selection and playing with the different fabrics colors and textures.

Pat has been very supportive of me and my little quilting adventure all along the way, so it was so special to have her come and be the teacher of our first day long workshop here at Spring Water Designs.  I know we'll have to have her back again one day!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

PS ~ If you missed this fun day, we have just a few spaces left in our next day long workshop with Pat Speth, author of the Nickel Quilts books coming up this Friday, April 11th.  You can Click Here to read more about the class and to register.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Crafty Readers at the Howard County Library

This past Wednesday, I spent the evening at the Howard County Library meeting some nice crafters and doing a little stitching.  I was invited to attend the Crafty Readers meeting at the Central Branch Library.  They asked me to bring a few things and tell the group about my new shop here in Columbia.

The group is open to everyone and the monthly meetings are Free!  Some months there are speakers lined up, and there is always stitching/knitting/crocheting/scrapbooking... going on.

The wonderful librarians who sponsor the group had a wide assortment of books layed out of interest to crafters that we could check out...Even Fiction books.

There was also a door prize drawing and I won one of the books they were giving away ~ Sweet!

For more information on the Crafty Readers meetings you can contact Cristina Lozare at the Howard County Central Branch Library, or just drop in on the next meeting on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It Was A Quilty Kind of Weekend...

Our classroom looked like this on Friday as Starlyn and I worked all week to pack up and go vend at the Southern Comforter's Guild Quilt Show, "The Best Little Quilt Show in Maryland".

This was our little satellite home away from home all weekend.  Heather and I worked the show booth, while Starlyn worked the shop on Saturday.  This is the first time I've had a shop to keep open while vending at a show ~ it went pretty well, but I'll be a little more organized next show!

The show had a great mix of vendors, and of course show quilts!  My wonderful friends had award winning quilts in the show :) Here is Starlyn and her stunning Dresden Plate quilt that she made and Mary quilted.

This is Mary with one of her quilts that won awards! Mary was also the guild's quilt show chair this year, and on top of being busy running the show she did a Demo with me too!

 This is my cute little mini quilt that I had entered, "Dew on the Sweet Peas".

And this is my other entry, "Empty Purses, Full Stash".  I pieced this at our last quilt retreat from a Pat Sloan sponsored block swap that I had participated in several years ago...

...and finally got it quilted and bound this week. (I know, nothing like waiting until the last minute, right!)

And this is our Spring Water Designs team at the booth.  I love these guys!  It was lots of work, but fun people, fun times, and fabric made it a great weekend :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Monday, March 17, 2014

This past week we had our first Jo Morton Club project reveal, and it was really fun to see the different ways everyone chose to make their little "Watson" quilts.  Here are some of the photos I snapped (Unfortunately some photos were just too blurry to even include ~ I'll have to remember to bring the nice camera on Club days).

 Then there were the other projects that people shared ~ simply amazing projects, large and small...

That's what I love most about the Jo Morton Club meetings ~ it's like going to a quilt show :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn