Saturday, July 9, 2016

Red Windows Open House!

Join us for the Annual Red Windows Open House! If you'll be in Utah at the end of August, come check out my studio and see my quilts displayed around my home. I was doing an open house every year but when I got sick I had to take a break for a couple of years. I'm starting it up again this year and I'm very excited!

Come and check out the new things from Jillily Studio and spend the day with other quilters. There will be demos, giveaways and prizes, treats and fun! 

Jillily Studio
15083 Bugle Ridge Drive
Herriman, Utah 84096

August 26th, 2016
10 AM - 4 PM


Also stay tuned for new Red Windows Workshops where you can come to my studio in small groups to learn quilting tips and tricks!

















Friday, July 8, 2016

Featured on The Quilt Show!

Get your subscription to the online quilt video database, The Quilt Show to watch me demonstrate Applique The Jillily Way, my bias tape technique, a mini trunk show, and stitching tips!

                                       My show will post 
on July 17th, 2016, but as one of my customers, you will be able to watch the episode for FREE from July 24-31, 2016. Just click on the button on the left!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Big News!!

I've got some big news! 

As many of you know, I have been a fabric designer for Henry Glass for about 8 years now. I've enjoyed my time with them and the people that I got to know while working there, but it was time for a change. I'm happy to announce that I will now be designing fabric for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of Riley Blake Designs. I am very excited about working with Penny Rose and looking forward to exciting projects in the future! Great things are happening!



My newest fabric line, "Meadow Sweets" will be available in stores this fall. Salesmen have started showing it to your local shops, so be sure to ask for it!

I wanted to thank everyone at Henry Glass for the time I was able to spend there and for the continuing support. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Quilt Retreat 2016 - Colcha Fiesta!!

All of us with the mariachi band!! (Missing a few ladies who came later)
We had our 19th annual family Quilt Retreat last weekend. Every year me and my sisters get together with our daughters and daughter-in-laws for a weekend to quilt. We had a great turnout this year (about 32 quilters) and had such a fun time! The theme this year was Colcha Fiesta (Quilt Party)!

For the registration packet, we had mini piñatas stuffed with candy, mustaches, pencils, and the itinerary. There were festive cookies as they came in, and a special surprise -- a real live mariachi band!! We wanted the band to be playing to greet our family as they arrived, but most people were early (!) so we just had the band come and entertain us while we set up our sewing machines. It was the perfectly way to get the party started!

The Mariachi Band
Since my sister Margaret and I were in charge this year, the project we worked on was my Star Dance quilt pattern. We did an optional block exchange, so anyone who wanted to participate could bring their pre-cut squares to retreat and we cut the white background for them. We spent a few days sewing and then we had our exchange the last day. Everyone did their own thing, so we had table runners, wall hangings, and full-size quilts--all different and unique.  Not everyone participated in the exchange; some just brought their own fabric, some worked on their own projects and some just came to chat.




The first night of our retreat, we always have a trunk show where anyone can show off what they've worked on throughout the year. It's always fun to see what people have to share! We also taught mini classes throughout the retreat; a hexi class, carseat cover, backpack class, and a fun how-to-make-delicious-churros class!

Students in the hexi class
We played a few games throughout retreat, mostly so that everyone could get up and stretch and not be sitting at their machines for 3 days. We had a giant piñata filled with quilt notions and little spools of thread that had a number for the block exchange on it. Everyone had a fun time whacking it and getting their goodies when it broke open!


Before the exchange on Saturday, we were lucky enough to be able to go a quilt shop early before it opened and get focus fabric/inspiration for what colors we wanted to pick up at the exchange.  This was a fun treat! Thanks Thimbles and Threads!





The Block Exchange. So many beautiful colors!!


Because we've been doing this retreat for 19 years now, everyone is good at creating their own unique spin on our focus quilt. These are a few of the quilts that were created during retreat:

The original Star Dance quilt


And every once in a while we'll go out to eat at retreat. It's always fun to get out (to a place that can accommodate us!)





Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I love my BERNINA!



Hello quilters!  I thought I would give you a BERNINA update.  As you know, I am a BERNINA Ambassador and I love singing it's praises.  This is just a shout out to BERNINA to thank them for producing such a great product.
I'm A Bernina Ambassador

I have been sewing on my B 750 Quilter's Edition for a while now, and I just love it.  Sometimes I forget how wonderful it is unless I have to use a different machine, and then I realize just how great it is.



I recently taught at an event where the machines were provided by another manufacturer.  I won't say who, but I will say that I noticed a huge difference in quality and performance.  I actually could not believe the difference the machine made!   I have sewn on lots of different machines over the years as I have been teaching and helping quilters on their machines, and I always notice the difference in the quality and stitch.

I missed so many features-- hover feature, automatic presser foot drop, needle down setting, dual feed, computer memory, ease of stitch change, personalizing the computer screen to my settings, etc, etc.  And of course, the trouble-free stitching.

BERNINA is known for high-quality precision machines.  I have been sewing on a BERNINA for as long as I can remember--over 35 years.  (Ha ha!  I can remember being a youngster. WINK)  I have had 4 machines--and they all still work great.  Over the years as I have upgraded, I kept my old machines to travel with or to have a spare to share, etc.  I can always count on the beautiful stitching, perfect timing, and great results.

Do you have a BERNINA?   What is your favorite feature?





Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Aurifil Cruise

One of my New Year's resolutions was to write more often on my blog.  So far, so good.  NOT

I guess that is just the way resolutions go.  There has been so much happening around here, I am not sure where to start!  I recently got home from my cruise with the Aurifil quilters.  What a great time we had!  I have to tell you all about it.

First of all, I was so blessed to be joined by by my sweet husband on this trip.  I do a lot of traveling and rarely have him with me, so this was a really fun trip.  While we quilted, he did his own thing, and then we were able to have some time together, too when we were in port.





The ship was amazing!  The largest cruise ship in the world,  Allure of the Seas.  There was plenty to do on board, and lots of wonderful entertainment.



















We sailed from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.

While we were at sea, we quilted.







I taught three workshops--Ahoy, Weekender, and Argyle Avenue.  I had lots of quilters and we learned a lot.  Many of the quilters even spent time in our classrooms in the evenings working on their projects after class.  It was so fun to meet new quilters and have a new experience!





















There were three other teachers, all of us are Aurifil Master Designers, so it was a good crew.   I was joined by Carolyn Freidlander, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, and Tula Pink.  They are all fabulous teachers, so our group was really in for a treat.

I think I was too busy having a good time, so my photos are not the best.  But here we are all together.  I admire these women so much.  They are great ambassadors for Aurifil and wonderful teachers.  I was honored to be with them and delighted to get to know them better.  I know the quilters who took their classes enjoyed it so much and heard lots of positive comments about them.  If you get a chance to meet them or be in a class taught by one of these ladies, be sure to take it!

When we were in port, we played.


Fun ATV rides, beautiful beaches,
















gorgeous forests, and lots of ocean views.



I think I am just now getting back to my normal routine and out of "vacation mode."  What a great experience this was!

Have you been on a quilting cruise?  What did you like about it?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ahoy Again in FabShop News!

Look what was published in the December edition of FabShop News! 
My "Ahoy Again!" quilt, which is a remake of the original "Ahoy!" quilt I made for a grandson years ago. This version has lighter blues and is a bit bigger than the original. I'm actually teaching this class on the World of Quilts Carribbean cruise right now and I'm not missing the snowstorms that we're having in Utah...

 

You can purchase the pattern or kit on my website.