Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Meyers Street Studios...Finally Open!!!

I recently posted that my oldest daughter, Jenny, and I had secured shared studio space right next door to my youngest daughter's bakery.  We have been working our tails off for the past two weeks getting the walls cleaned up and painted and getting everything in order and I thought you would enjoy seeing the process!

A complete paint job was in order as the walls were SOOOO bad.  Seems like there were hundreds of holes to fill.  I painted the "big stuff" and left the important details on the ladders and the trim to Jenny.

Remember Miter?  The dog who ate my quilt???  Well he's still around but much older.  He kept the couch warm while supervising.

One very important part of any quilting studio are good design walls.  Thank goodness for my cabinet maker husband, Kent.  Since this is "shared" studio space these design walls need to be removed when I don't have students as this doubles as Jenny's photo studio.  Kent attached a heavy angled molding to the walls to hang the boards on.

These are the boards before they were wrapped.  This is 3/4" foam insulation sheeting from Home Depot.  They are 4' x 4'.  He attached the mate to the angled molding to the top of each board and then added two more boards to keep it stable.

My good friend, Beth, and I spent a couple hours wrapping each board in Warm and Natural batting and then each board hangs on the molding on the walls.

This allows me to add as many walls as I want and once class is over the boards are easily taken down and stored in the back room.

The other REALLY cool thing Kent did for me was to build six of these rolling cabinets.  They are elevated to a good working height, oversized top  holds a large cutting matt and it's just the right size for basting a quilt.  Open storage underneath allows me to store my supplies  and extra machines and keep everything neat.

These cabinets can be rolled together and the wheels locked in place to create any size workspace for basting or marking.  Beth and Kathy rolled two of these cabinets together to create a nice long table to baste this quilt.  LOVE these cabinets!!!

I had a little Sew Day on Sunday to test the space out and see how it all worked and it was wonderful.  I am really looking forward to many, many more classes and workshops here!


When I'm not teaching here the room is all cleared out and Jenny can setup her back drops and has the whole space as her studio.  It just doesn't get much better!

Jenny and I are both looking forward to spending many hours here doing what we do best....

Hugs, Cindy :)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Featuring Susan Stewart!

I received an email from a student telling me about this fabulous blog post by Susan Stewart and her work with this beautiful hankie and doily.  Susan is also a Craftsy instructor with a class on "The Machine Embroidery Inspired Quilt".  Check it out!!! 

So rather than duplicate a lot of information here, please check out Susan's beautiful blog post by clicking HERE.   

You need to read past this post and read about the journey she put herself on taking different classes each day to learn new techniques.  Very inspiring!  Thank you Susan!

Hugs, Cindy :)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Featuring Sue Jennings!

I received an email this morning letting me know about the beautiful work of Sue Jennings and her work on vintage linens.  Of course I had to immediately check out her blog and asked if I could feature her work because I know you would LOVE it!  One of the really cool parts of this quilt is she used The Ultimate Stencils to draft our her middle medallion and used the Ultimate Backgrounds for her filler work.

Thank you, Sue, for your beautiful work and allowing me to share you with the world.  I have copied her blog post below...

Hugs, Cindy :)

"I am quilting my second old tablecloth.  I learned an awful lot from quilting the first one.  There are challenges not always faced with something I have pieced myself.  It is usually square for a start!

 This tablecloth is posing some new head scratching.  There are lace inserts and lace at the corners of the tablecloth.  Solution:  I've backed the tablecloth with pink cotton so the wadding doesn't poke through.  The tablecloth has a slightly scalloped edge.  I am hoping that the pink cotton will give me a straight edge.

I don't want to quilt the lace, so plan to use small pearls to anchor the lace.  All of the above solutions have been gleaned from Cindy Needham.  I had a set of her background filler stencils arrive last week and so far I've used the Ultimate Circle centre template for the medallion motif, the medium clam shells for the medallion surround, the half inch grid for the gridwork in the centre and corners of the tablecloth.

It is all going very well.  I added some wool wadding behind the motifs for a trapunto effect.  The wadding layer is polyester.   I used my Westalee ruler foot extensively for all straight lines and medallion curves.  It's a godsend!

I'm having the best time!  Happy quilting all!"

Sue Jennings

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ultimate Backgrounds in Action!!!

I just returned from an extended teaching engagement in Texas where I had the pleasure of speaking/teaching for the Bear Creek Quilt Guild, the Denton Quilt Guild and then finished with a 5-day workshop for Quilting Adventures.  

The workshop was geared towards learning to design and focused on wholecloth quilting where the students had the freedom to create their own designs.  Of course I had my brand new Ultimate Backgrounds with me for playtime in the sandbox.  I was not only blown away by the beautiful work the students created but I was really watching to see how they would use the background stencils.

The above quilt was created by Ann Moore who has taken three workshops from me now.  She worked ALL week on this one piece and I was fascinated with the "modern approach" she took for using a multitude of the backgrounds.  The above picture shows how the triangle stencil was used...

This photo shows the triple lines and the clam shells....

...and this one is showing the twisted grid.  Fabulous work Ann!!!!!

I love to bring Cherrywood panels for students to play with.  It's a little less intimidating to work on a smaller project.  This student drafted her medallion design using the round Ultimate Stencil and also used the papa twisted grid, the baby clams, papa diamonds and baby twisted clam backgrounds. 

This student used the "mama" sized triangles for her background and filled with cathedral windows.

This student used the mama triangles and filled with repetitive lines in a hexagon design, triple lines for a triple-line grid and the 1/2" grid filled with cathedral windows.

I made up a whole stack of thick vinyl sheets and traced the circle and square Ultimate Stencils with Sharpie marker directly to the vinyl.  Students were encouraged to use a dry erase marker (on the OTHER unmarked side) to draft out their designs.  This was very popular in the workshop and many students found it much, much easier to draft out their designs on the marked vinyl rather than the paper master grids. 

This medallion was also drafted on the vinyl sheet, the design drawn on the Cherrywood panel using the circle Ultimate Stencil, and the quilting has begun.

Fabulous, fabulous time in Texas...thank you to everyone who took such amazing care of me and all my students who put up with me!!!

I also wanted to give a shout out that for those that took advantage of the "pre-sale" on the Ultimate Backgrounds, your orders are all assembled, packed and have been shipped in three separate trips to the post office.  You will be receiving them VERY soon!!! 

I LOVE getting show and tell in my emails so if you have done something wonderful with either the new Ultimate Backgrounds or the Ultimate Stencils, please send a photo my way so I can add it to either a future blog post or to my Pinterest page that has been dedicated to these stencils.

Hugs, Cindy :)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Featuring Ramona Resurreccion!!!

I received a lovely email from Ramona Resurreccion from Australia and a picture of her gorgeous prize winning linen wholecloth quilt.

I had the pleasure of teaching in Adelaide four years ago and it was my very first international that makes it extra special.   Ramona won "Excellence in Long Arm Quilting" in the small quilt category which is a major award at the Quilt Showcase.  Congratulations Ramona!!!  Here's her story below...

Hugs, Cindy :)

"I purchased the linen from a vintage store in Melbourne about two years ago and had to bleach the stain off.  I now have several vintage linens waiting to be quilted.

This was quilted with a mustard coloured cotton background on my longarm quilting machine then embellished it with pearl beads including around the edge of the scallop binding.

I got my sister to attend your class in Adelaide as your class clashed with the other one I had. "

Cheers, Ramona Resurreccion, Melbourne

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ultimate Backgrounds YouTube Videos/Pinterest

Boy... since sending out my blog post and newsletter about my new Ultimate Backgrounds, life has been NUTS here in Chico!  Love all the positive response to my "new baby" :)

As always I believe in as much instruction and education as I can possibly send your way so I have been spending many long hours getting YouTube videos posted for each of the backgrounds.   Since I have filmed for both Craftsy and The Quilt Show, I know what "professional" studios look like.  I have to laugh at the little makeshift  studio here in my sewing room!
But you know... it gets the job done and it's the best I can do from here!

Soooo...if you're interested in seeing how the stencils actually work, and what cool things you can do with them, visit The Ultimate Backgrounds section of my website to check out the videos. 

During the filming process I noticed how the samples I was teaching with didn't show the details very well so I created a special page on my Pinterest board dedicated to these samples. (You can access my Pinterest page from the front page of my website).    I've taken a picture of each and every one of them and posted them to this page.  This will allow you to really see what I've done.

As I said before, the first shipment of stencils will arrive on my doorstep this coming Friday.  I already have the envelopes stickered and ready to go and will have the first 100 orders out on Monday.  I am expecting the next shipment of stencils no later than the end of this month.  Your envelopes are also ready to roll so as soon as they arrive I will have them out to you.  Each of you will get a confirmation via email when your stencils are shipped.

Thank you!!!!  Hugs, Cindy :)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Premier Pre-Sale of "Ultimate Backgrounds" Stencils!!!


I've had many people comment that my mind NEVER's always going, always creating and always re-inventing itself.  They're absolutely right.

I was teaching in Naples, Florida this past June and happened to have some Baby Clams stencils with me and offered them for sale...they were gone immediately with  orders for more. It dawned on me that having some beautiful backgrounds in stencil form was probably a good idea!

Many of the heirloom background designs I teach require a grid to be marked first and then the background design drafted from that.  I've done it that way for years and never considered doing it any other way...until now.   Many of my students  struggle with the drafting part.  It takes a LOT of time to mark the grids and then remark with the background design.  This leaves lots of extra marking pen on the quilt too.

I have come up with a 20 stencil set of my favorite backgrounds that could satisfy all of your heirloom background needs.

Diagonal gridwork is always important, so I have one sheet of 1/2" and one sheet of 3/4".  By skipping lines you can create an unlimited number of different sized grids.

I have  included SIX different designs in THREE different sizes...Papa, Mama and Baby.  These different sizes will accommodate any space that needs to be filled.







Because we each learn in a different way, i.e., tactile, spoken, written, I've covered at least two of those.  I've written a 32 page handbook that is FREE to you.  It includes instructions and illustrations for each of these backgrounds along with at least 2 fillers for each one.  CLICK HERE to download or visit the front page of my website to download.

I will be creating YouTube videos of each of these designs so you have both visual and spoken instructions for these backgrounds.  I hope to have these videos completed in the next few days.   These will also be available on my website.

This set of 20 stencils, if each design was sold separately, would retail for $98.  In working with my long time friends at Quilting Creations I am able to sell this set for $75.

I am offering a pre-sale of The Ultimate Backgrounds for $70 and this will run from August 9-23rd.  I will be receiving my first 100 sets of stencils by Friday the 14th.  The remaining sets will be on my doorstep by August 31st.  If you would like to take advantage of this pre-sale, CLICK HERE.

Please keep in mind that your set of stencils may not be shipped until September 1st! 

If you have been interested in The Ultimate Stencil and haven't yet purchased it, I would be happy to ship it in the same envelope with the Ultimate Background stencils.  

After August 23rd the Ultimate Backgrounds will sell for $75.  I am VERY excited about these designs and know you will be too!  Please check out my new Pinterest page dedicated to these backgrounds  (this will be up within the week).  I will be adding  photos and drawings as well as my students' work when I receive those special show-and-tell emails.

Thank you!  Hugs, Cindy :)

Monday, July 6, 2015


In a previous post I shared the trials and tribulations of trying to get this quilt has quite a history of drama and trauma and has been in my "bone pile" for quite awhile.  I finally had the right inspiration to get her done.

The middle centerpiece is made up of a Battenburg hankie topped with a crocheted lace square topped with a tatted circle topped with an ivory rose.   I had two separate bad choices for a center quilting design and it took this many pieces, layered on top of each other, to cover it all up.  I'm very pleased with how it turned out! 

I'm always teaching my students how to add designs under and over each other.  I wanted to have a circle medallion to frame in the center and only had a bit of space in which to do that.  I added a rope cable in the four corners which gives impression that it goes all the way around...and it goes "underneath" everything to provide depth and dimension.

I added a micro echoing to fill in the entire background...Diane Gaudynski inspired.

All the leaves were quilted with Nun's Quilt style feathers.

The back is the most special of all...I have a "thing" for my angels and this beautiful piece of lace has been hanging out in my stash for awhile waiting for the perfect quilt.  She was attached to some linen and this has become my hanging sleeve...

...and this is my signature linen.  A beautiful piece of organza.

This piece is dedicated to Joan and Harold Needham...Kent's parents, who passed on two years apart this week.  They are our very special angels that watch over us constantly...that's the reason for the angel at the top.  They watched over us constantly this past week while Kent was very ill in the hospital and we are thankful for their presence in our lives.

Hugs, Cindy :)