Sunday, September 13, 2015


Arranging workshops
has become a really fun part of my life.
I love gathering like minded creative spirits
and sharing some good laughs and camaraderie
while basking in the energy
of these great teachers.

Last weekend,
Sujata Shah,
a most beautiful, sweet, calm, and creative soul...

 the author of the 
totally fun and right up my alley -

My Book

spent a lovely Saturday guiding us through her
Organised Chaos pattern.

In class,
I used my regular 
saturated, bright, and bold palette.

After class,
I had no mojo to keep going.

It was perplexing...

after five weeks of travel and no sewing
I was starting to think 
I might not enjoy quilting any more.


(while driving in the car)
it popped into my cute brain
that perhaps
a gentler, grayer, and lower volume palette
was what was needed.

Sujata said these blocks 
are like potato chips...
very addicting.
I agree (!)
and am envisioning 
a huge cozy quilt for 
our impending Godzilla El Nino winter!

I think the desire for this palette
has come from the many recent hours spent
staring at Jen Kingwell's fabulous quilts in her book -

Here's a beginning of one of her patterns
that I am hoping to finish before
she arrives in November!

Our last stop in Europe
had been on my bucket list for years...
Mont St. Michel.

Simply magical...


  1. I love your soft, cozy palette for these blocks! It was a great workshop, thanks to Sujata, you and all of the participants. Very cool geometric flowers too.

  2. Glad your "light bulb idea" set you back on your quilting journey--I love your quilts. Sometimes, everything we do seems Blah-ey (wd??--I feel that way right now for some reason!!) and we need a change of course...I am waiting for my "ah-ha" moment while incorporating those strips I won from you into my Scrappy Trips. Interesting that I would not have even thought of any of them for purchase--but NOW, I love how they blend and extend my own strips!! Thanks again--hugs, Julierose

  3. Stephanie, It was a pleasure being with you all. I love your take on the Kaleidoscope. I think it is fun to change it up a bit. Your trip to Europe has clearly influenced your color choices.. You do have the best job of organizing the workshops! I also read the posts on Freedy and Jen Kingwell's visit. Quilters in your area are lucky to have you doing what you do so well!