I just got home after an absolutely inspiring workshop with Sue Spargo at Madeline Island School of the Arts. MISA is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. I flew out of Phoenix on Sunday, June 25th to Minneapolis, Minnesota. My wool appliqué buddy, Monica and her husband picked me up at the airport and we drove to the Duluth airport to pick up a rental car. Monica and I then drove to Bayfield, Wisconsin to catch the ferry to Madeline Island and Monica's husband, Glenn, began his week fly fishing vacation in northern Minnesota.
Madeline Island Ferry

The class project was the peacock. I spent a few weeks getting the background and peacock appliqué pieces prepared.
Peacock background Peacock placement

I had the wool appliqué pieces all whipped stitched on my background and I was ready to start embellishing. After 5 days of stitching, I have a good start on the peacock but have much more to stitch. The peacock block is approximately 21" x 21".
Peacock 1
Friday afternoon, Monica and I drove to La Pointe. Monica had a chance to look for agates on the shoreline, she was brave enough to wade in the cold waters of Lake Superior and found some beautiful agates and rocks.
Monica Lake Superior
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Magic Carpet

I just returned from a 3 day Magic Carpet class held at Quilting in the Desert. Ginny Goodbar taught liberated quilting techniques to construct strata which were then combined to create a "magic carpet". The finished top is then layered with batting and backing. The top will be quilted with couched threads, beads and decorative stitching. My magic carpet top is now ready to quilt, but I have a few other projects to complete before I can start embellishing my top. The top is 30 inches by 42 inches.
Magic Carpet top
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Quilting at the Lake

Back home after a great few days with quilting friends. We attended Quilting at the Lake in Lake Havasu City Arizona. I drove up on Friday with with a quilting buddy Perri. We then had a great lunch with Sandy and Joann who had just driven in from Henderson Nevada. After a wonderful lunch and visit to 2 great quilt stores we were back to the hotel to rest up for our quilting class on Saturday.

We had a little bit of rain on Saturday morning but that did not dampen the fun we had in class with Linda Hibbert, Silver Linings Originals, who designed an intricate paper pieced quilt for the class. Linda titled the quilt "Strolling at the Lake Havasu" which featured Gambel quail. It was a great class, learned some great paper piecing techniques.

This is Linda Hibbert's finished quilt
Strolling at the Lake Havasu quilt

I was able to finish 2 of the chicks on Saturday. Can't wait to to finish the third chick plus the other Gambel quail.
Quail chicks

After an intense day of class, our entire group when out for a wonderful dinner at Shugrue's
After dinner, we decided to take a group picture with the London Bridge as a background.

Group at Lake Havasu
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Fabric and Ties of My Life

I just returned from The Rocky Mountain Quilting Adventure held in Steamboat Springs Colorado. RMQA is sponsored by David Taylor and this year Sue Spargo was the guest teacher. The focus of Sue's class was to create a fabric journal quilt. For the last year, I have wanted to create a wool appliqué quilt which would incorporate silk fabric purchased in Japan by my parents in 1963 along with some Japanese silk ties. Other fabrics I wanted to included were some llama print cottons purchased in Peru in 1971 which were made into some ties for my Dad, fabric from a wool sport coat and ties belonging to my brother in law, John Protz. I also have velveteens that Lucie and I made skirts or dresses. The working title of my quilt is Fabric and Ties of My Life.
This is a picture of my quilt so far, I still have to add wool appliqué borders. The center section is about 20" by 23".
Fabrics and Ties of My Life

These are few the fabric and ties I have used and some that will be used in my quilt.

Madeline Island School for the Arts

I just returned from a fabulous week at Madeline Island School of the Arts in La Pointe, Wisconsin.
Five days with
Sue Spargo exploring Contemporary Folk Art: Small Embellishment Studies. Sue is absolutely inspiring and generously shares her knowledge of wool appliqué embellishment.

MISA group
I really got a good start on my Tree of Life, but there is still a lot of embellishing to complete. The tree, approximately 14" by 18", is appliquéd on silk Matka. My plan is to use my Dad's, John ( my brother-in-law) and Uncle Henry's silk ties, wool from John's sports coat, vintage silk which was purchased when my parents traveled to Japan in 1962 plus velvets from clothes sewn by Lucie and myself.

Tree of Life

My First Cruise

I am back from my first cruise. I went on a 7 day quilting cruise to Alaska on Holland America. On the "at sea days" I took wool appliqué classes with Sue Spargo. I started embellishing circles which I hope one day will be a pillow.
Circle pillow top

Trip to Buffalo

It was great to see my 2 cousins, Deb and Pam and visit all the places that I remembered from my childhood. My last trip to Buffalo New York was in 1995. Pam and I went on all day Frank Lloyd Wright tour. The tour began at historic Forest Lawn Cemetery and then we traveled by trolley to the Martin House Complex, built 1903-05.  We then toured the Fontana Boathouse, built in 2007, on the Black Rock Canal.  After lunch at the Buffalo Yacht Club we traveled to the Graycliff Estate built 1926-31. Graycliff is located in Derby NY.  The Blue Sky Mausoleum, built in 2004, in Forest Lawn was our last stop. On Saturday, Deb, Butch, Pam and I went on a Buffalo Harbor cruise.

Buffalo Light House taken while on the harbor cruise. Seeing the lighthouse brought back many happy memories of my Dad.

Buffalo Light House Buffalo Light House quilt

The wall hanging was made for my Dad's 88th birthday in May, 1998. I drew the nautical flags in Quilt Pro and paper pieced them. They are 3 inches finished. The lighthouse was also paper pieced with a pattern from Seagull Quilts. This wall hanging has special meaning as my Dad had made a set of nautical flags out of wood. The flags were hung at our summer home on Lake Erie and later in the rec room in our home in Eggertsville, N.Y. The quilt is 28” by 32”.
In Loving Memory of Bernard S. Stell 5/18/1910 - 5/21/2002
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