Friday, December 03, 2010

Birds in January

I know you are all mighty busy right now. It's the holiday season and it's all fun, fun, fun for the next few weeks. And then it's going to be January. Remember January? The first part is usually pretty good. New year, new habits, housecleaning, mental housecleaning, all that. Toward the middle of the month the weather is usually pretty crummy and you start feeling antsy and a little trapped. By the end of the month things may be getting a little desperate—as in "get me out of this house!"

Such a deal I have for you.

Come and take my first-ever, all day, bird-making workshop! Thursday, January 27.

It will be held in conjunction with the "Stitches in Bloom" quilt show at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. You can find all the information here.

The Oregon Garden is about 35 minutes south of Portland. If you want, you can stay at the beautiful new hotel right at the garden. You can tour the Gordon House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Oregon, also right there at the garden. You can see the extensive gardens, though admittedly not at their peak in the middle of January, still beautiful in their structure and planning. It is quite a marvelous place! You can enjoy a beautiful quilt show And—you can hang out with me for a day and we will have fun with fabric and wire and such.

I will also be doing a lecture/demo about my fusing techniques on Saturday, as part of the quilt show.

The Stitches in Bloom show is only a few years old, but has developed a reputation for wonderful quilts in a beautiful setting. Last year our High Fiber Diet "Line Dance" show was a special exhibit. This year our "Birds Eye View" show will be there. This year's featured artist is Marsha McCloskey, maker of those incredible feathered star quilts, fabric designer extraordinaire and one of the nicest people ever! She will be doing a 1-day workshop as well. This is the first year that the show has incorporated workshop days, and I don't think a lot of people know about them, so I am hoping the word will get out.

I am really looking forward to this! I hope some of you will come. Bring your friends. And besides, what better way to beat the January doldrums?


  1. January? Heck we have had way too much snow for almost 2 weeks and have yet to see 35 degrees! I'd love to take a class with you, but given this weather, I don't think I'll be traveling down the gorge to Portland. Maybe I could get choppered out! Have a great weekend.

  2. Anonymous1:22 PM

    I love your birds and would love to take your class... but not in January (for the afore-mentioned reason of too much snow). I seem to remember that you at one time a while back published the pattern and directions for making your birds? Was it on your blog or in a magazine? Or am I mistaken and thinking of someone else's birds?

  3. The bird pattern was published about a year ago in the Quilting Arts special Quilt Scene issue. It is also posted on the Quilting Arts TV web site. Free download!

  4. Would so love to have the luxury to come your way and take your class, but alas I am completly across the country in New York.

  5. Anonymous9:08 PM

    oh Gosh I wish I could take your class.. I am the proud owner of one of your birds via ETSY, simply spendid bird, I absolutely love it. Your mag article, pattern and instructions are great and one of my goals for next year is to attempt to make a partner for my current birdy. Thank you so much for sharing.. Happy Holidays

  6. The fabric choice for the bottom bird is fantastic. Bright and bold.

  7. Love the garden and the Frank Lloyd Wright house. Haven't made it to the new hotel yet. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a winter day, in a room full of fabric and like minded souls, with a beautiful landscape outside the window. Rain or shine it would be heaven. But alas, alter-ego yearend duties will demand attention for this January art starved soul.

  8. I've already blown my travel etc. budget on a 2-day class at the coast & a retreat this winter... But I have begun dropping lead-weight hints for family members who are wondering what to get me for Christmas!

    I have love-love-loved your birds from the first time I saw one posted on your blog. They appeal to my sense of whimsy - and everyone should increase their whimsy quotient as often as possible!

  9. Anonymous6:05 PM

    Oh, dear. I love your birds so much but I am from Canada so I guess the class is out of the picture for me. These are so adorable. I'm from a small town in Saskatchewan and have followed your site so I almost feel I know you.

    Is it possible to buy a pattern from you?

  10. OH Wow! love your designs! esp these beautiful birds!!!