Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My 3oth anniversary in Business!

Dear Friends,
Since this marks my 30th anniversay in business, I'm offering 30% off specials each month to everyone on my email list. These specials are not listed on my webpage! If you're not currently on my email list, please email me to get on my list. My next special is going out this week!

Also, I'm the new Home Dec Expert for Sew News, so if you have a decorating question you'd like to have answered, please feel free to write and ask. All published questions will receive a free Decorating Diva How-to DVD!

Happy Decorating!

2011 International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City

I’m so excited to be at the Salt Lake City Quilt Market! I’m here in booth 840 working for the Hamil Group.

Sidebar: the Hamil group is a well know fabric company supplying fabrics for clothing manufacturers, as well producing great lines of cotton “quilters” weight cotton and home dec fabrics.

My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to design projects made from their fabrics, along with written instructions for all to enjoy. For more info and photos of Quilt Market, go to, and check "like" on my new page!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

More Boot Camp Videos

Lynn's testimonial on Boot camp!

Meg's take on Boot Camp

News from Boot Camp!

This is Elaine, a student from one of my recent Window Treatment Boot camps!

Linda G. from Boot Camp

Linda from fall 2010 boot camp

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day Four of Ski & Sew

On day four, Kathy and I went to Northstar, getting there bright and early. We were the only two who wanted to ski, while the rest wanted a girls' day of shopping in Truckee. The conditions were amazing, and the crowd was minimal until lunch time. By then we had had our fill and were ready to call it a day.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ski & Sew Day Three

Day three of Ski and Sew has been a sewing day. I worked on my article for SQE, Tammy worked on a silk gaments, Kathy worked on her blog and helped CJaye learn her new serger. Pat worked on a quilt and CJaye sewed her new knit tops. We enjoyed Pat's lasagne for lunch and will be savoring Kathy's Beef Stew and "Kathy Buns" for dinner, along with her special apple crisp!

Day Two of Ski & Sew

If day one was perfect, day two was even better. Tammy, after taking an eight year break, was skiing like a pro. Pat got a private lesson from Melvin, and by the end of the day, was swooshing. Kathy skied, looking like a European ski model, in her self-made custom fitted ski outfit, in purple iridescence.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ski & Sew Day one

Our first day on at Northstar was epic. . .beautiful 50+degree weather, lots of sunshine and good cover. We'd really like to see some new snow, but there's none in the upcoming forecast. Fortunately, there seems to be good coverage everywhere, and the nights are going to be cool enough to keep the snowpack. Kathy Ruddy commented that it was the first time she can remember skiing, when the breeze off the mountain was warm. We were treated to a Mexican themed dinner cooked by Tammy O'Connell. It's so much to be surrounded by so much sewing and teaching talant!

Ski & Sew Retreat

What happens when you put 5 sewing educators/ business women who also ski together for a week? It's our first annual Sew and Ski Retreat. We've been planning this for a year or so, since we were together on the beautiful slopes of Breckenridge. Keep posted for the daily posts of our times here at magestic Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. We think this might be a great event to offer to students next year, so if you ski and sew and would like to be put on our wait list, send me an email to