Monday, November 23, 2015

Special Holiday Sale~Stencils & Handbooks!!!

If you are looking for the perfect "quilty" gift for yourself or for that special quilter in your life, take advantage of special pricing on my Ultimate Stencils, Ultimate Backgrounds and my Complete Collection of Handbooks!  The sale will run until 8 am PST Tuesday, December 1st.  These are gifts that never wear out, will constantly be used and provide nothing but inspiration!!!


The COMPLETE STENCIL COLLECTION includes both the round and square Ultimate Stencils which are used for creating your very own quilting designs.  A free handbook is available for download in the Ultimate Stencils section of my website as well as multiple YouTube Videos.

It also includes the 20-stencil set of Ultimate Backgrounds which includes six different designs in three sizes each...clamshells, triple lines, twisted grid, twisted clams, basket weave/bamboo and triangles/diamonds.  It also includes 1/2" and 3/4" grid.  A free 32-page downloadable handbook is available in the Ultimate Backgrounds section of my website as well as YouTube videos.

This set normally sells for $90 and is on sale for  $80.  I am offering FREE SHIPPING for domestic orders and $5.00 flat rate shipping for international orders.

Click HERE to purchase!


The COMPLETE COLLECTION OF HANDBOOKS includes ALL of my self-published books and comes with free yearly updates.  This collection includes the 2-book set of quilting designs; Needles and Threads, Thread Therapy, Heirloom Feathers, Heirloom Backgrounds, Beginning Machine Quilting, Pin & Straight Basting, Linen Wholecloth Quilts, Learning to Design-Pieced and Wholecloth and Handbook Supplements.

If you are buying this as a gift for someone, I would be very happy to send a certificate to you to let them know this has been purchased for them and will be happy to send the downloads after Christmas.

Please remember that these handbooks are being rewritten and updated at this very moment so new ebooks will be sent at the end of January.

This set normally sells for $100 which includes free updates.  I am offering this set for $60.

Click HERE to purchase!


If you are interested in purchasing just the ULTIMATE BACKGROUNDS stencil set, this is on sale for $70 with FREE domestic shipping and flat rate $5.00 shipping for international orders.

Click HERE to purchase!


If you are interested in purchasing just the ULTIMATE STENCILS,  these are on sale for $20 with FREE domestic shipping and flat rate $5.00 shipping for international orders.

Click HERE to purchase!

Thank you VERY much!!!  Have a fabulous Thanksgiving hliday with your family.  I'm definitely looking forward to spending lots of time with mine.

Hugs, Cindy :)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

'Tis the Season...For New Class Samples!

Every fall/winter I devote nearly three months worth of time creating new class samples and rewriting and updating my self-published handbooks.  It's always a huge and daunting task but by the end of January, when most of it is done, I'm very thankful for time well spent. 

I was very lucky to be the recipient of some beautiful donated  orphan blocks from three of my students/retreaters and it gave me just what I needed to create some really fun samples for my upcoming classes and workshops.  Since my brand new Ultimate Backgrounds have been born I've been desperate to create some good samples to demo techniques and I thought you would enjoy being in on the "being born" stage of things to come!

This is a close up shot of a block where I was able to use the baby size of the Basket Weave stencil to create a beautiful texture in the basket.  The baby size of the clam shells was used for the background.  Kimono silk thread was used for both.

Speaking of baby clams, these are going to be used in these pieced triangles to provide some great movement.  I love using repetitive lines in almost all of my quilts...These lines will be added in a bright orange silk  to provide both movement and texture.

This block shows how I divided up the center and corner sections into smaller squares and then  filled with the mama sized Twisted Clams background.  Triangles will be filled with free form feathers.

I am loving the diamonds/triangles background...This silk sampler will show several different ways of filling the space with repetitive lines and cathedral windows.

I am desperate for some samples using The Ultimate Stencil.  This  drawing is used on my easel demo...I thought it was way past time to put that drawing onto silk.  Basket Weave background has been added.  Can't wait to start on this one!!! 

I love the Twisted Grid stencil...loads of things to do with this one!  I am showing it here with alternating repetitive lines...

By removing every other vertical line I was able to create a beautiful twisted grid basket weave...

...and then, of course, there's always the favorite Cathedral Windows in a twisted grid.

I have a huge stack of samples just itching to get into the machine.  For those of you who get my handbook updates you will be seeing all of these and more in your new books next January-ish.  For those of you joining me in the classroom next year you'll get to see all of these up close and personal there.

By the's a perfect weather day here in Chico, California....cold and WET!!!  We are getting some long awaited, much needed moisture for our drought-stricken state.  Mmmmmmm....

Hugs, Cindy :)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New Craftsy Class!!!!

I was thrilled when I learned that Craftsy decided to create a new class which included five of their top free motion quilting instructors...Leah Day, Ann Peterson,  Christina Cameli, Angela Walters and myself! 

Craftsy has taken some of the best parts of previously released classes from each of these instructors and put them all together into ONE class.  What a great idea!  Leah Day will show you how to achieve elegant results with stippling, swirls and paisleys; Christina Cameli reveals simple steps for combining your favorite designs into new motifs;  Ann Petersen reveals how to quilt across a large project with continuous roses, stars and hearts; Angela Walters shows you how to tackle open spaces and reveals how to quilt motifs of any size and I finish it up with instruction on working with templates and how to apply the four elements of design.

Click HERE for a 50% discount of this class!

Hugs, Cindy :)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

"Life is Fragile...Handle with Prayer"

I decided a few days ago one of my favorite four-letter words is "DONE".  I've been working on this small piece off and on all year long and I can finally say my favorite word.  Whew.

I've been inspired by some of the reversible quilts I've seen at the shows and decided I wanted to do one on one side and white on the other. 
I used Superior Threads' 50 wt. Tire Silk for the main motifs and  Kimono Silk for all the micro echoing and clams. 

I cannot even begin to tell you how many thousands of threads were buried!!!  Great work to do in an airport or airplane.

This started out to be a "reversible" quilt but it talked loudly to me and said that the black/white side needed to be the front and I would just have a beautiful "white" back.  I LOVE the contrasting white silk threads on the heavy linen black fabric.

The back of the quilt, the white side, is beautiful too but a bit harder to photograph....

Here's a great shot showing the front/back of the same area...

Those that know my quilts understand that each of them has a story.  During the process of quilting this piece my husband, Kent, became very ill and was hospitalized for a week... this makes you realize just how fragile life is and how quickly it can change.
 Thus the name...  "Life is Fragile...Handle with Prayer".

I had a pretty embroidered edging that was cut from another linen.  I placed this on a piece of black silk and machine quilted the name of the piece and my signature below.

I'm leaving for Cape Cod and Annapolis early Monday morning and am planning on getting the binding and finishing touches DONE during my flights.  I have another beautiful quilt already started and will be sharing that with you soon!

Hugs, Cindy :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Material Girls!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of teaching for a private group of 17 women in Ukiah, California, known as The Material Girls. 

One of their members owns a large 300+ acre vineyard and turned an old warehouse into a HUGE quilting studio/classroom .  On the other side of the "studio" is a large guest home that overlooks the vineyard.  I know, I is rough sometimes.  This is the view from the dining room of the guest home where I stayed for three days.  Somebody has to do it, right????   :)

At first I thought this was a "store" of sorts...fabric for sale.  Nope...this is her stash!  Meticulously organized and categorized.

This is the sewing room part of the building...there is yet another room for the lectures. 
And then there were these amazing stained glass windows in the doors at the end of the sewing area.  Beautiful!!!

This is what I REALLY wanted to share with you...on the first night I gave a small lecture on The Ultimate Stencils and had a small exercise in designing.  I instructed everyone to draw a simple eight pointed star using the stencils so they could learn how to use the angled lines and circles to create a perfect star every time.  What I didn't expect is everyone coming up with a different star!  I was amazed.  Here are just a few of the designs that were created using these stencils...

This was part of a sampler created using beautiful hand dyed fabrics...

This is another sampler in the works...this space used the triangles/diamonds from The Ultimate Backgrounds.  I LOVE how she filled the spaces with cathedral windows and a swirl.  The twisted grid was used for the upper right circle, triple lines for the background and baby clams for the bottom right hand corner. 

This is a photo of a piece just getting started...she  used the diamonds/triangles background stencil for this narrow strip.  Great idea for filling in a long narrow space. 

I want to thank this special group of ladies for such an amazing weekend of inspiration!

Hugs, Cindy :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Featuring Sue Jennings!!!!

I received this beautiful photo and story in my emails yesterday and just KNEW I had to share Sue with all of you...isn't this just beautiful!!!!  Sue visits us from Kent, England and says she took up patchwork only three years ago.  Her New Year's resolution this year was to get to grips with FMQ with the aim of machine quilting a wholecloth by the end of the year.  I think she succeeded, don't you???  Here's her story and more photos below.   Thank you Sue!  Gorgeous work!!!

"The tablecloth was a very inexpensive buy as it had a hole in the centre.  I thought the embroidered butterflies were pretty, so wanted to make something useful from it. 

I mended the hole and then covered it with strategically placed lace butterflies.  I drew some flowers on the quilt using a Frixion pen (using simple shapes that I hoped would look good when quilted) and used your Ultimate Stencils for the shape of the centre medallion. 

I used your Ultimate Backgrounds for the clam shells around the medallion and the 3/4" grid.

Once I had quilted the daylights out of it, I used your triple line background stencil for the outside border.  I think it gives an elegant look to the outside edge of the quilt.

I quilted this on my little, old Bernina 1008.  I think she deserves a rest for a couple of days!  I am still very new to FMQ but am having fun! "

 Regards, Sue 

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 :)