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The Craft Sessions – Understory

October 14, 2017

There is no skirting around the issue here- it has been a VERY long time since I posted on this blog! I’ve also been busy making, designing, sewing, embroidering, raising kids, and, oh yes, busy with the day job – basically, living a life like many of you.

What’s in the works: a new website and new classes, the later of which I am calling The Craft Sessions. They are about learning new skills and techniques, making a particular project, but just as important, about connecting with others in the community- Because for centuries, women especially have come together to share their skills, exchange stories, forge friendships, and walk away a bit more refreshed and inspired than when they walked through the door.

So, join me and others at The TreeHouse, a beautiful new creative space (with great lighting!) in Downers Gove, Illinois, for the first Craft Sessions’ class – Understory, an embroidery class suitable for beginners and experienced stitchers.

In the class, here’s what we will learn:

  • How to prepare and mark your fabric – including using a running stitch to mark rule lines
  • Overview of the materials we will be working with – linen, thread, etc.
  • Design building blocks – a word about color and negative space as it relates to this project; this is especially important because the flowers themselves are stitched freehand (no markings to follow)
  • Stitches – including seed stitch, running stitch, and backstitches
  • Ideas for adding a few more details to make your project even more unique

Materials and supplies:

The Understory kit is included with the price of the class. It includes fabric, thread, and needles. Hoops will be available to purchase if you need one. You are welcome to borrow a hoop to use during the class.

Other supplies for you to bring to class –  an embroidery hoop if you have one; a favorite pair of scissors; your eyeglasses; and a notepad/pen for taking notes.


The TreeHouse in Downers Grove, Illinois, about 20 miles west of Chicago. Please note: This class in on the 2nd floor, which is accessible only via stairs. If you are interested in taking the class but stairs are an issue please email me at – I will keep you posted as to when the class is scheduled in a more accessible space. Parking is available on the street.

Class Dates:

This one session, two-hour class is being offered twice in the next few weeks:

  • Wednesday, October 18 – 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Registration closes at 6 am on October 18th.
  • Wednesday, November 1 – 9:30 – 11:30 am – Registration closes at 6 am on November 1st.

To register, click here.

 Any questions – email me at





Modern Flower Box

May 3, 2015

Modern Flower Box

Please join me for A Journey in Quiltmaking, a 6-week class that will meet on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 pm, beginning May 12th and running through June 16th.

The project, “Modern Flower Box,” measures 33.5″ x 14″ and can be used as a table runner or wall hanging. We will learn the basics of quilting making, start to finish; discuss design basics; and learn to flex our creative muscles through several exercises.

The pattern will be provided at the first class; you are welcome to use your own fabrics, or purchase a kit on the first day of class.

To register, please visit  See you there!

Come In From the Cold for a Journey in Quiltmaking

December 7, 2014

Modern Flower Box

If you are a beginning quilter or are looking to reconnect with your quilting past, I hope you will join me for A Journey in Quilt Making, a 6-week class I will be teaching at the beautiful historic Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Illinois beginning January 6th.

We start at the beginning covering the basics of quilt making but each 2-hour session will also include creative exercises to boost your quilt making skills and expand your creativity.

We will make “Modern Flower Box,” a quilt I designed specifically for this class with the intention that I wanted students to learn how to make a quilt from start to finish – it’s my hope that everyone will walk out of the last class holding their own finished “Modern Flower Box!”

Measuring approximately 33.5″ x 14″ when finished, it is suitable to use as a table runner or wall hanging. The pattern will be provided at the first class; you are welcome to use your own fabrics, or purchase a kit using the fabrics in the sample on the first day of class.

To register for the class, please visit See you there!

Fresh Start Day Retreat

August 29, 2014

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It has been awhile since my last post, but I have been busy – sending my oldest off to college, making quilts for clients, helping consulting clients take their businesses to the next level, and exploring new directions to combine my quilting background with my consulting work.

Here is one of the fruits of my labors that I am excited to announce: On September 12, 2014, Margret-Anne Cummings – a professional life coach, certified yoga instructor, and certified Creative Insight instructor – and I will be co-leaders of the Fresh Start Day Retreat on the beautiful grounds of the St. Francis Woods & Retreat Center (the Portiuncula Center) in Frankfort, Illinois.

As anyone who makes knows, at times we can get so lost in the flow of our work that hours go by before we realize how consumed we have been. At other times, it can be hard to tap into that flow – especially with all of the activities of summer. And that is the whole idea behind this retreat, to refocus and reconnect. While we won’t be making quilts (that’s another project in the works for January), we will be doing creative exercises aimed at getting your creativity flowing.

Please join us for an inspiring day in a beautiful setting!

For additional details and to register, click here.

Registration and early registration pricing has been extended till Monday, September 8th, at 2 pm!