Tuesday, April 14, 2015


My quilting retreat year FINALLY got underway last weekend with our first retreat of the year in McCloud.  If you are a blog stalker you already know how special this retreat is.  Thirty of us gather four times a year in the small town of McCloud, California and we quilt for four days.  Life doesn't get much better!

Most of my retreaters bring enough stuff to keep them busy for weeks.  This is ONE retreater's haul...she always gets the prize for the largest load!

 There were some beautiful quilts being created all week long.  This particular one stole my heart.

There were several quilters that brought UFO's that had been sitting around for quite awhile.  This is one of those that turned out spectacular.  She used a Zentangle Paradox design on her pieced triangle background...LOVE how this turned out! 

One of the cool things about retreats is how everyone helps each other...I love watching the "team effort" in action as designs are being created.

I had my New and Improved Ultimate Stencil design book out for everyone to use...I thought you might enjoy seeing how a design was adapted and created on this beautiful linen.  Can't wait to see this one finished!

I did manage to squeeze in a few moments here and there to work on my current project.  It turned out to be a lot more tedious and time consuming than I anticipated and progress was slow.  I'm excited about this one and hoping it will turn out well.

I did manage to squeeze in some time for mischief though....

As we always say..."What happens in McCloud...STAYS in McCloud!!!".  

Hugs, Cindy :)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

New/Improved Master Grid Sheets

Pardon the blog post to get the word out but this is the fastest and easiest way I know of to send a shout out to everyone.

When I originally created my Master Grids for The Ultimate Stencil, they were drafted with the intention for the user to use this as a "sketch pad" of sorts.  The lines were further apart to make it easier to draw.  Designs could then be adapted from there using the stencils.

I received an email from a student letting me know she felt it was more difficult for her to design this way...she felt the amount of lines on the Master Grids should be the same as they were on the stencil.
It was a "duh" moment for me...of course they should be.

I just finished redrafting the grids so they exactly match the stencils.  The lines are closer together and it may make it a bit more difficult to draw things out but I think in the long run it will make things much easier.

I'm not able to link documents to this blog, so if you're interested in downloading the newly drafted Master Grids they are on the home page of my website.  I have them in washout/darker.

Thank you Bonnie for your feedback!  I'm always listening so if there are more improvements to be made PLEASE let me know!

Hugs, Cindy :)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Stencils, Workshops and Retreats!

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I just updated the FREE handbook on my website for The Ultimate Stencils.  As I tell everyone in class, the grids are new to me in stencil form.  I'm used to having them as guides on my drafting table, so I'm learning lots of new things and new ways to use them. 

The handbook has been rewritten to include instruction on enlarging, adding extra angles and how to do curved crosshatching.  New artwork has been added as well.  I will be revising it once again later this summer to include instruction on drafting borders and wholecloth quilts.   Please go to the front page of my website and download the handbook from there. 

For those of you who have purchased my 2-book set of designs, you will be receiving new designs and updates by the end of the summer.  I have so much new stuff I want to send you the updates twice instead of the usual January updates so this will give you something to look forward to! 

On another more somber note, I wanted to let everyone know that I have made the decision to no longer offer my extended workshops in Rancho Cordova.  This was a VERY difficult decision for me to make and I'm still down in the dumps about it.

I've been hit hard for the past year, and especially over the past few months, with last minute cancellations by my students.  When cancellations are received on short notice they are nearly impossible to fill.  My overhead remains the same whether they are there or not and this puts me in the red.  I try to keep my workshops as affordable as possible by keeping my rates low, but this has bit me in the end as I have less profit to cover the overhead.

Soooo....on that end if there are private groups that would love to have the extended workshops PLEASE let me know!!!  I will be offering my Designs Workshop at the Cotton Patch in Lafayette, CA in May and also doing the same workshop for a private group later this year.  I don't want to give these up so this may be a better way of offering these.  Thank you for understanding.

I still hold my extra-special retreats in McCloud, CA and Auburn, CA six times per year.  Just like the workshops, I receive last minute cancellations and would love to have those filled.

Even if a retreat is showing "full", and you are interested in attending, please let me know and I will put you on the wait list.  More often than not I may contact you to see if you would like to attend.

Thank you!   Big Hugs, Cindy :)

Friday, March 20, 2015

International Quilting Weekend at TQS!!!

It's International Quilting Weekend and TQS is celebrating  with prizes and free shows! 

CLICK HERE to be taken to the website and sign up for some great prizes and you can login to watch free shows for the weekend, Series 1-15.  There are some fabulous programs, great teachers and no end to the great information you'll receive.

Hugs, Cindy :)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

YouTube Instructional Videos

Yesterday I posted that I added another instructional video for The Ultimate Stencil on how to do curved crosshatching.  I just finished posting about how to easily bury your thread ends...a great tip that was shared by GiGi Kandler in my designs workshop last year. 

Go to the home page of my website, click on the YouTube button and it will take you to my videos.  I am planning on adding several more way to keep track of these is to subscribe to my YouTube channel and all of the new instruction will be sent to you automatically.

Hugs, Cindy :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Curved Crosshatching-Using The Ultimate Stencil

I'm finally home for just a bit this week and I've made many promises to students that I would make up a YouTube video on how to do the curved crosshatching using The Ultimate Stencil.  I just posted this to The Ultimate Stencil will be the last one on the bottom.  Keeping my fingers crossed it's working! 

Hugs, Cindy :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Episode #1606-The Quilt Show!

Last November, about a week before Thanksgiving, and in the middle of a snow storm, I flew to Denver to film my second show with The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky.  Wow...  I had a wonderful time!  The filming took place in the Comcast studios and I think everyone felt like royalty!

In the show I have a great demo on using The Ultimate Stencils, using basic fillers to turn ordinary designs into something special and have great tips on how to audition threads.

Members of The Quilt Show have access to hundreds and hundreds of shows with great information and demo's.  If you aren't already a member please join!  

The studio was gorgeous and had lots of space to hang quilts.

I also loved the huge island work area for filming and demo...

Notice the "nun"in the picture????   This was the producer Shelly who surprised me in "honor" of The Nun's Quilt!

And here she is again getting us prepped to get the show started.  I want to thank Gregory Case for taking all the photos for us and for Alex and Ricky for such a special invitation to film another episode with them.  Looking forward to seeing you on The Quilt Show!

Hugs, Cindy :)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

"Cindyrella's" Visit to the Palace

During my visit to Dubai, I was  honored to have been invited to speak and share my quilts at a family Royal Palace for a princess in Abu Dhabi.  I am not at liberty to share the name or photos of the princess but I am very excited to share photos that were taken by the royal photographer of our amazing evening. 

About 50 guests arrived for the evening and everyone was SO excited to be there.  You just can't imagine the beauty of the palace...the artwork...the staff...everything.

Once the guests arrived we all went into what I call "the sitting room".  There was a more proper name for it but it slips my mind at the moment.  The room was lined with these gorgeous red couches on either side and this is where the trunk show began.

I started my program talking about how I got started, but as always, had to show my first linen wholecloth quilt...this is the one that Miter ate.   Probably not the most proper thing to be talking about in a palace but it was definitely a way to loosen things up a bit! 

There was a huge desk at the end of the "sitting room" and I was able to display a few of my smaller more intensely quilted pieces here.  The special one of this group was "Cinderella" which I am still putting the finishing touches on.  She actually made it to the palace :)

My quilts were displayed in small "booths" with the name of the quilt and special lighting for each.  Wow.  Very cool!  The manager of the palace asked that the group walk thru the palace to each quilt for the trunk show rather than just sit there.  She felt it would be a more personable and a casual way to conduct the trunk show and she was right...loved it!

Afterwards we were invited to have loads of photos taken which also included the Princess but those can't be published.  She was truly a Princess...gracious and beautiful.  sigh....

Loved the fabulous glass doors at the front of the palace...this picture just doesn't do them justice...

And so the story goes...Cindyrella had to leave the palace and get back to "reality".  This is an experience I shall never forget...magical...amazing...very, very special. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Part Two~My Classes

The first evening I was in Doha I presented my trunk show and one of my guests arrived with a bag full of of PVC parts that would eventually become quilt racks.  I laughed until I cried watching this process.
Even the men tried to help...LOL here.  They DID eventually become quilt racks but what a very fun way to start the evening!

The next day was my Feathers/Backgrounds workshop in the beautiful "star lace" building.  I would give anything to have a classroom like this all the time!  Fabulous room and light.

After my engagement in Doha I flew back to Dubai where we promptly drove to Abu Dhabi for my engagement at the royal family palace.  We weren't allowed to take pictures there but a "royal photographer" did and I should be receiving those hopefully very soon.  As soon as I do you can be assured I will have a VERY special post about that engagement.

I finished my trip with a two-day workshop in Dubai where we focused on learning to design, thread education and feathers/backgrounds.

Many of my students were sketching as well as quilting and many were using the Ultimate Stencils for their designs.

Loved the work that was created!!!

This is a  photo of my students in Dubai...what a fabulous group.  Many of these ladies accompanied me to the palace for that engagement and were as blown away as I was over the whole experience.

As soon as the photos are released I will post the story on "Cinderella's" visit to the palace.

Big Hugs, Cindy :)