Upcoming Classes in 2017

February 17th, 2017



I receive a fair number of emails asking me about when I am teaching classes.  I used to keep a list on my web site, but then I never updated it, so it wasn’t very valuable.  Below is a list of what has been set up thus far for 2017:


February 25, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

The Quilt Patch, Tecumseh, MI


March 25, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Beginnings Quilt Shop, Hendersonville, NC


April 8, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Rutherfordton Quilt Guild, Rutherfordton, NC


April 21, 2017 – “Yes, There is Life After Stippling”

April 22, 2017 – Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Sew It Fabulous Quilt Shop, Boerne, TX


May 2, 2017 – Lecture/Trunk Show

May 3, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Bloomington Indiana Quilt Guild, Bloomington, IN


May 6, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Wyandotte, MI

Sew What Quilt Shop 724-281-7344


May 13, 2017 – “Ruler Work 102: Beautiful Ruler Work Borders”

Beginnings Quilt Shop, Hendersonville, NC


June 5, 2017 – Ruler Work 101 – “Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

June 6, 2017 – 6-hour class TBD

Ann Arbor, MI

Leaubu Sewing Center

June 8, 2017 – Lecture/Trunk Show

June 9, 2017 –“Butterfly Wall Hanging”

June 10, 2017 – “Autumn Leaves Wall Hanging”

Indianapolis Quilt Guild, Indianapolis, IN


October 9, 2017 – Ruler Work 101 – “Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

October 10, 2017 –Ruler Work 102 – “Creating Beautiful Arc Borders Using Ruler Work”

Sun Bonnet Sue Quilt Guild, Sequim, WA


 October 10, 2017 – Lecture/Trunk show: “ThreadPower!”

October 11, 2017 – Lecture/Trunk Show: “Ruler Work for Sit Down Quilters”

October 11, 2017 – “Ruler Work 102: Beautiful Ruler Work Borders”

October 12, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Quilters Anonymous, Shoreline, WA


November 9, 2017 – Lecture/Trunk Show – “Ruler Work for Sit-Down Quilters”

November 10, 2017 – TBD (at least 1 workshop will be Intro to Ruler Work)

November 11, 2018 – TBD

Great Lakes Heritage Quilt Guild, Bloomfield Hills, MI

 If you’d like to see a list of available classes and descriptions of what is covered in that class, you can find that list by clicking here.  If you’d like me to teach a class at your local quilt shop or quilt guild but don’t see one listed that you’d like, I’m happy to fashion one around your needs.  I really love to teach and get other quilters jazzed up about what they can do with their machines, so I’m hoping to hear from you!




No Words

December 23rd, 2016



     Rest in Peace, Ernie Bode, Sr.  We lost a very good guy this week.


November 29th, 2016



You can’t be a quilter in 2016 and NOT know who the fabulous Leah Day is!  The Free Motion Quilting Project is the brainchild that sprang from her creative mind and the Free Motion Quilting Project has taught thousands of quilters all over the world how to free motion quilt.  Leah is a an incredible teacher who has worked tirelessly to publish free instructional YouTube quilting videos and countless tutorials on her blog.  I can’t tell you how much time/energy/focus and just plain hard work it takes to put together this kind of info in an easy to understand and concise fashion, yet Leah has done it all for many years.  Imagine my surprise when Leah contacted me about doing a Podcast with her!  Of course, I jumped at the chance and it will go live on her site Wednesday, November 30.  You can find it by clicking here. We talk about machine embroidery applique and a bit about free motion quilting and I promise it will be fun and educational.  You can listen to her podcast or read transcripts of any of her podcasts.  (See what I mean when I say she makes learning easy and accessible?!)  If you haven’t listened to any of her podcasts yet, I can personally recommend her podcast with her husband, Josh, that detailed the “behind the scenes” aspect of their family business. I listened to it during a layover at the airport last week and it was fascinating. You can find that podcast by clicking here.  Join us for a quilty-gabfest, won’t you?




Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23rd, 2016
Fall’s splendor is vanishing quickly but we have a rich spot of color in our backyard for a couple more days.  Thanks so much for being a reader of my blog and an internet friend.  I hope you spend the Thanksgiving holiday among friends and family and still find  a few splashes of fall color along your way over these next few days.  I so appreciate that you’ve found your way here to my little corner of the world!

Nikki’s Latest Photos

July 16th, 2016
Nikki has finished her incredible blue wall hanging; here’s a shot of it after she’d trimmed the edges to square it up:
Holy-you-know-what!!  Isn’t this incredible?  Here are a few close-ups:
…and here is another:
…and another:
I am blown away by her skills and it really makes me feel great that she feels like I inspired her to do this.  All I can say is WOW and way to go, Nik!!!!