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Celtic spirals, circles and swirls a machine quilting workshop by Diane Loomis

 I am working on the class sample for my new machine quilting workshop “Celtic Spirals, Circles, and Swirls”.   This is one of the four mini-workshops I will be teaching at A Quilters’ Sampler™, in  Nashua, NH on May 10 and 11.

I’m am offering four different machine quilting workshops at A Quilters Sampler™.  Each of these mini-workshops is an introduction to a different set of free motion quilting techniques — for your home sewing machine, of course!

Trapunto by Machine

Class sample for Trapunto Machine quilting class by Diane Loomis

Celtic Spirals, Circles, and Swirls

(NEW Workshop!!)Celtic spirals, circles, and swirls machine quilting workshop

Elegant Quilted Backgrounds: Classic Designs for Your Quilt

Elegant quilted background patterns for your quilt

Fabulous Free Motion Fills

Fabulous Free Motion Fills class sample

You can register for more than one workshop – I’ll be teaching different techniques in each class, and you’ll have a more time to machine quilt!  I am not scheduling any more workshops this spring, so if you have asked about taking a class from me, I encourage you to sign up for one of my machine quilting workshops at A Quilters’ Sampler™.

The Eastcoast Quilters’ Alliance 3, LLC, the same folks who bring us The Quilters’ Gathering™ to New England every November, are sponsoring this quilting event.   A Quilters’ Sampler™ offers three-hour mini-classes, luncheon lectures, May Market for shopping, and a ticket to one of the local quilt guild shows or Museum exhibits.  Check it out – there is still time to register for classes!

A Quilters Sampler 2012 quilt classes and events

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The Farmington Valley Quilter’s Guild invited me to visit their guild, so I drove down to the lovely town of Simsbury, Connecticut last week.  I found quilting designs everywhere!  This is part of the front door of the Simsbury 1820 House where I stayed.

The guild meets in Eno Memorial Hall in Simsbury, which has architectural design inspiration everywhere – in the floors, walls, halls, and ceiling.  Next time I am in the area I am going to revisit Eno Hall and take some photos.

The Guild members were warm and welcoming, and during their meeting I enjoyed the ‘show and tell’ quilts shared by their diverse and talented members.  I gave a trunk show with lots of my quilts and quilt tops, and talked about my love of machine quilting on my home sewing machine.

Phyllis's workshop sampler

I taught my ‘Fabulous Free Motion Fills‘ machine quilting workshop the next day to a great group of quilters from the Guild.   We had a full and very fun day, talking about all types of background fill designs and answering lots of questions about machine quilting on a home sewing machine.

I discovered that many students from the workshop kept on quilting after class was over… and finished their samplers.   Wow!  Their work is beautiful, isn’t it!

Judy's workshop sampler

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The first weekend in March I spent a wonderful weekend away quilting in Henniker, New Hampshire.   A few of my friends (well, there are 5 of us) discovered the Henniker House Bed & Breakfast last year.

Henniker House B&B

The B&B has five guest rooms as well as a beautiful open great room overlooking the Contookook River.  Innkeeper Kate  generously let us spread out our sewing machines, fabric, and the rest of our quilting stuff – and leave it there! – all weekend.  Add home-cooked breakfasts every morning and a great quilt store – Quilted Threads – conveniently located right next door, and it made the perfect setting for serious quilting and ‘away’ time.   Last year we stayed for the  weekend, and this year we decided a longer 3 day weekend was in order.

What a treat!  Despite the snow, the weather cooperated so we took a break from quilting to walk  along the river and check out the nearby trails.

We brought twice as many projects as we could work on.  We cut, measured, pieced different types of blocks including two sets with curved seams, hand applique’d, and knitted.  We used the floors in the larger rooms as design walls.

 

I put together kits for upcoming workshops and did some machine quilting.   I came so-close to finishing the top of one of my multi-year quilt projects – I think I will call it my ‘ten year quilt’ when I finally finish it.  I completed the  first block in 2003 (wow! it seems like yesterday…)

 

 

And – what quilting retreat would be complete without a pair of feline sewing supervisors?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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