Thursday, February 12, 2009

Quilters Club of America offering my “December’s Diet” pattern to members

I’m pleased to announce that I am collaborating with the Quilters Club of America and providing my block-of-the-month pattern called “December’s Diet” exclusively to QCA members.

Quilters Club of America is designed to help quilters learn new skills and enjoy quilting more. The benefits to joining include discounts and freebies, including:

– Lots of downloadable patterns from designers like me

– Discounts at places like Jo-Ann Fabrics, Keepsake Quilting and Connecting Threads

– On-demand episodes of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting TV show via the internet

– Membership to, which offers many well-known quilting shows on demand via the internet

– Subscription to Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts quarterly magazine

The cost to join is $39.95.

“Art at the Garden” begins this weekend

My quilt is featured in some of the advertisements for the exhibit!

I was at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden this morning to help members of the Charlotte Quilters Guild hang an exhibition called “The Art of Quilting.” It will run Feb. 14 through March 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Some of us will be demonstrating techniques and talking to visitors on Saturday, Feb. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Wren Rooms of the Visitor Pavilion:

Nancy Cook – Create your own fabric using inks and PaintStiks
K. Grace Howes – Easy art quilts
Susan Dunne-Lederhaas – Embroidery as embellishment
Susan Brubaker Knapp – Free motion quilting and thread painting
Elizabeth Miller – Hand quilting

My friend Michele Sheets did a great job organizing this exhibit, which we hope will pique visitors’s interest in quilting. The quilts include very traditional pieced quilts as well as contemporary art quilts.

Michele’s daughter, Natalie, had fun playing with my quilted butterfly while we set up “The Art of Quilting” exhibition. She is a smart little cutie-pie, and never stops talking.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a spectacular garden located just west of Charlotte at the North Carolina/South Carolina state line in Belmont.

Michele (far left) works out details with the DSBG staff
in the gorgeous entrance to DSBG's Robert Lee Stowe Visitor Pavillion

The entrance to DSBG.

The Orchid Conservatory is spectacular inside and out.

Part of the “Art at the Garden” exhibition.

Nancy G. Cook’s Pelton’s Rose Gentian awaits hanging.

Guild members and other helpers position and hang the quilts.

If you are in the area, come and see me on Saturday!