Gathering Threads



    My Quilts at the Quilts in Bloom Show

    Posted by on Jun 03 2016

    I had a lovely day with my mom, visiting the Hamilton Quilter’s Guild annual show, Quilts in Bloom, today.   I had two quilts in the show (Spring Bouquet and Oh, My Tangled Stars).  Both were quilted by Alison MacDonald, my long armer extraordinaire.  She’s a member of the guild, so she was able to […]

    Perfect Picture Smocking – A New SAGA Correspondence Course

    Posted by on Jan 08 2015

    Have you ever wanted to learn to picture smock?  Tried it and been unhappy with your results?  Well, I’m delighted to announce a cure for what ails you:  Perfect Picture Smocking is SAGA’s newest correspondence course, designed to help you master picture smocking, and I am SAGA’s newest teacher. This is a five-part correspondence course open […]

    SAGA 2014 Convention “Sewcation” in Orlando

    Posted by on May 01 2014

    Do you have May 1 circled on the calendar? If you love smocking, embroidery or heirloom clothing you definitely should have a big, red circle round the date because that’s when registration for the 2014 SAGA convention officially opens. Come to Sunny Florida, get away from it all and take a Sewcation! Pattern drafting, adding special […]

    A New Look for My Blog

    Posted by on Apr 29 2014

    So, just a quick post to tell you all that I’ve done a bit of renovating here on my blog. Nothing too drastic, but a few tweaks here and there, a new front page and a cleaner, hopefully easier to navigate layout.  When I started this blog five years ago (no, really, that’s how long […]

    Smocking Exhibit opens at Lacis March 8

    Posted by on Feb 19 2014

    If you are a lover of smocking, the needle arts, fashion, fabric manipulation or fashion history, don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the exhibit Smocking, Fabric Manipulation and Beyond, at the Lacis Museum in Berkeley, California. Gathered in one place, you will find amazing pieces that span the decades and demonstrate […]