Mid August 2016

Hi Quilters,
I am just back from AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids. What a great show in a really wonderful city. I enjoyed the quilts, the people and some great entertainment. There is a very nice downtown with loads of places to eat. We were sitting at Kilwin’s having some ice cream  and captured these photos of the building Kilwin’s is in reflected into a glass building across the street.


The 4th quilt that Pam Levenhagen and I worked on together, Garden Fantasia, was entered in the contest. We earned an Honorable Mention in a category for machine quilted wall quilts with 50 other entries. I wish Pam could have been there with me to talk about her original artwork that was so fun to make into this unique quilt. 

Machine Quilting winner

This quilt began as a white piece of fabric before Pam’s talented hands used many layers of colored pencils and micron marker to create her imaginary garden.

Garden_FantasiaFull View of Garden Fantasia, 2015

IMG_0562(1)Getting ready to quilt. Notice the color intensity at this stage was far less than the final product. While working on a piece, we often pass the quilt back to one another, some coloring, some stitching, more coloring, more stitching…FullSizeRender(4)Stitching Detail.

FullSizeRenderStitching Detail.

Garden_ Fantasia_closeI hope to encourage Pam to offer a class in her technique.

I was very busy teaching all week in Grand Rapids and I completely forgot to take a photo at my special exhibit, Elegance in Stitches. 🙁 I know, isn’t that sad! If you were there and took a photo of me with the quilts, please send it!

My fall Machine Quilting seminars are just 2 months away and it is time to get serious about signing up. I spoke to many quilters in Michigan about what a gift it is to give yourself; three uninterrupted days to dedicated to learning to machine quilt. I am offering  a these classes in Madison, WI. To read the details, just scroll down to the next blog post and email me with questions and requests for registration forms.

3-day Skill Building Seminar, level one,
on Oct. 14-16, 2016

Getting Started with Machine Quilting Lecture
Sunday Oct.  16, 2016 at 3:30 pm.

a 1-day hands-on workshop,
The Great Outdoors on Monday Oct. 17 from 9:30 to 3:30

and open a shortened version of that class at night
The Great Outdoors at Night on Monday Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 8:30

And, a Reunion Weekend on Oct 22, 23 for those who took the level one class already,
I will send all past participants an email about the event.

So grab some friends and make a plan for a new machine quilting future!

I know I have been throwing out a few hints about the terrific new product that I am endorsing. The weightless Quilter is a rack that holds the weight of large quilts for you while you stitch. Flexible poles with clamps sway and mimic every movement of your hands. I demonstrated to raving crowds in Grand Rapids. Well, you won’t have to wait much longer, they are ready to be shipped Aug. 30th!

The Weightless Quilter

Watch a video and read the details at:

I will have it loaded in the SHOP of this website this week, with a $pecial price!!!

You will be able to order from me, pay with PayPal
(You can pay PayPal with your credit card
even if you don’t have an account set up with them),
and it will be shipped to your door!

Thanks, Joanie Zeier Poole