Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crafting Therapy

I was in need of some crafting therapy today, so I whipped up this wonderful “Thread Ready Pincushion” by Indygo Junction (IJ856). I’ve had the pattern for several years. It was very easy to construct, and the instructions were clear and concise. It is stuffed with polyester fiber-fill, and a piece of cording around the perimeter of the pincushion section in the center holds the spools of thread in place.  

The pattern comes with templates for several sizes; this is the smallest one. (The pattern tells you what size and type of thread spools fit in the different size pincushions.) I think it will be nice for appliqué or hand quilting on the go.

I used my hand-dyed fabrics and finished it with varigated perle cotton and an antique glass button.

North Carolina Quilt Symposium 2015

Mark your calendars! The 2015 North Carolina Quilt Symposium will be held May 28-31, in Flat Rock, NC, at the Bonclarken Conference Center. Flat Rock is just outside Hendersonville. The catalog and registration form should be online at the guild website,, by Jan. 5, 2015. 

If you would like a hard copy of the brochure, send $10 to Joanne Shafer, 1468 Mt Olivet Road, Zirconia, NC 28790. Registration begins Jan. 20, 2015. Earlier postmarks will not be accepted.

This is not just open to North Carolina quilters; the event typically gets attendees from all across the country, and even some international students.

I’ll be teaching a 1-1/2 day class on wholecloth painting where students will work from their original photos; my 1-day Wholecloth Painting: Botanicals class; and I’ll be giving my “Thread Sketch it!” Lecture. You can read more about my classes and lectures on my website here.

Here are all the people who will be teaching classes at North Carolina Quilt Symposium:

Wendy Butler Berns
Georgia Bonesteel
Karen Combs
Susan Edmonson
Susan Brubaker Knapp
Mary Ellen Kranz
Mickey Lawler
Heidi Lund
Nancy Mahoney
Nancy McNally
Marti Michell
Stacy Michell
Sue Nickels
Patsy Thompson
Barbara Vlack
Laura Wasilowski
Cindy Williams