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Changing Things Up

Posted by Ruth on 22 November 2014 | 0 Comments


carry all bagChanging things up? I love refreshing the way I present my classes either with new technology or by adding opinions and changes. I consider this to be developing myself and enhancing my teaching and design skills. I love to learn so this is my opportunity to learn and what is better than learning? Teaching what I know to my students in the best way I know how - thus developing myself so my students can also develop.

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Exciting News - On-Demand

Posted by Ruth on 11 November 2014 | 0 Comments


If you have been to visit the Academy of Quilting website in the past 24 hours you will see what I'm excited about - our new concept of on-demand classes. But that's not all, as an introduction to an alternative way in learning I'm offering four of my own classes at half price. Yes, you heard right, half price. I do have to say though, this is for a limited time only, yet you are not bound to the limitations of a scheduled class, you can begin whenever you like as you wish, now or in the new year or whenever.

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Electric Quilt

Posted by Ruth on 6 November 2014 | 0 Comments

shirley teacher Wrapped star2 quiltElectric Quilt is the industry’s best quilt design software, but that doesn’t mean it is hard to use.  Design your own quilts and blocks, audition fabrics, layouts and colors without even having to cut into your stash.  Print out patterns, and let EQ7 work out fabric yardage too.  EQ7 does all the hard work in the background while you get to have all the fun.  

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Win Our Brand New Pattern

Posted by Ruth on 2 November 2014 | 23 Comments

Nita's Star by Wendy JohnsonNote: this competition has now ended.

Anita Eaton's latest pattern is about to be released, but we thought it might be fun to have a little competition. You see, we would like you to decide on an appropriate name for this beautiful quilt and who ever comes up with the best suggestion will receive a free pattern once it is released next week.

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Pumpkin Bread

Posted by Ruth on 2 November 2014 | 0 Comments


spring to fall with pumpkinbread with coffee

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Spring to Fall - recipe

Posted by Ruth on 31 October 2014 | 0 Comments

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November I always consider the beginning of the "crazy" season, well that's how I look at it. Everyone is crazily trying to get their projects finished or in some cases, started and getting ready for our Christmas festivities. Although it is Spring in the southern hemisphere and fall in the northern, it reminds me of pumpkins - could be Halloween of course! Anyway, I must say that "pumpkin anything" is listed at the top of my favorites so I thought I'd share a couple of recipes.

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Printing on Fabric makes beautiful gifts

Posted by on 25 October 2014 | 3 Comments

My Printing on Fabric class begins this weekend so I thought I'd share with you one of the techniques I use printed fabric for - I have a sample exercise for you to try in class too, with step by step instructions for thread painting or you can use your own photo and I'll guide you.

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People in Places

Posted by Linda on 23 October 2014 | 1 Comments


People in Places class is starting up very soon, and all are welcome! To me, the best quilts are those that are the Impressionist quilts - the quilts that depict one crystallized moment in time - whatever the subject may be, whether it's your cat jumping at a canary, your son skipping rocks, or even your daughter in an outrageous hat shop with that gleam in her eye. Come play with us and learn to make people in places, working through a couple of small projects, then continuing on to creating your own photo in fabric. If you can trace, you can do this class!

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Journal Quilts

Posted by Ruth on 22 October 2014 | 1 Comments


Journal quilts are usually a series of small quilts derived around a topic or theme or life experience or exploration of anything at all. Lily Kerns has a class starting this week Journal Quilts that gets you started on your first journal quilts or helps you progress if you have already begun the journey. I asked Lily how she got started.

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Christmas in the Kitchen

Posted by Ruth on 20 October 2014 | 0 Comments


Over the weekend I was looking over all the Christmas patterns. There are more than I thought! I'm rather fond of poinsettias and realize I have a number of patterns that have poinsettias in them.

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