Round Quick Star Quilt

March 18th, 2011

Jacque M- round star

Jacque M round star detail

From my student, Jacque M:

Hello Jan,

Took your class in 2008 at Asilomar.  Wanted to share the round [Quick Star Quilt] one with you. Made it for someone having chemo,  wanted it to feel like the ocean on the back and earth on the front.  Did not know where to stop on this one,  just though it needed to be round.  She loves it, hope it helps somehow. 

I often use the large diamond when I need a fast quilt for a gift. Thanks for that!  Jacque M

Wednesday Night Live!

March 2nd, 2011

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Join nine C&T Authors this evening (March 2, 2011) on the C&T Wednesday Night Live online digital lounge!  Click the photo to go to the C&T blogsite and learn more!

We will be discussing our upcoming workshops in the world-famous Empty Spools Seminars, held annually at Asilomar Conference Grounds in beautiful Pacific Grove, California.

If you are new to the online digital¬†format, it is a live, interactive online chat room ‚Äďwhen you log in, you will set a name for yourself, and you will see the presenters talking on their web cameras (one at a time). You may enter comments throughout the evening, and at the end, post your own web site or blog address for others to see and write down.

See you tonight online at 6pm Pacific Standard time! (link: World Clock Time zone converter to locate your local time)  Following the event, you may also watch the recorded event; I will post the link when I know it!

2010 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!

October 3rd, 2010

Early October РDon and I visited my sister Dana, and we attended the Balloon Fiesta! Here are some of the hundreds of photos I took on the first morning. We walked out on the field, down among the balloons in all stages of inflation. It was really exciting! Enjoy! 

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OK Go White Knuckles official YouTube video

September 27th, 2010

I love these videos! This band is SO creative! Enjoy!

This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg

Pinmoor Quilting aids

July 30th, 2010

I had the opportunity to visit with Loretta Ivison at the Long Beach Quilt show, and she has come up with a terrific tool! Please take a look at the Pinmoor pin cover quilt tools! They are colorful and simple to use, creating a fast method for pin-basting a quilt without injury to yourself, suffering from pin sticks and ‚Äď much worse ‚Äď pins in the carpet¬†causing severe injury to bare feet, children, babies, pets and husbands!

Thank you for your clever design, Loretta! Order your Pinmoor tools directly from the inventor by clicking here.

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Stone Mosaic workshop, Bristol England

April 9th, 2010

Christine Porter hosted a workshop from my new book, Quick Diamond Quilts. I flew from California to London, rode in a bus from London to Bristol. Following a few brief hours of sleep, we gathered with terrific quilters who sewed Stone Mosaic quilts.

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Truckin’ Quilters?!

March 30th, 2010

This is a great article on the Wall Street Journal: 

Quilting Trucker

Quick Star Design class – Asilomar

March 26th, 2010

We had a wonderful week together at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA. The Empty Spools Seminars hosts several sessions each year, and 8-10 quilt workshops each session. Please enjoy the quilts made during our workshop!

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Autograph Party!

March 24th, 2010


Date:    Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Where:  Quilter’s Paradise, 1451 Montiel Road, Suite 140, Escondido, CA 92026 

Time:    1-4 pm 

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Come visit with quilt designers whose work is featured in my new book Quick Diamond Quilts & Beyond! 

Quilt artists featured:

  • Betty Alofs¬†
  • Anna Mae Bach¬†
  • Kathy Butler¬†
  • BJ Coopes¬†
  • Frances Cunningham¬†
  • Jan Darnell¬†¬†
  • Carol Gilbert¬†¬†
  • Jacqueline Lacey
  • Lee Olson
  • Nancy Rowland¬†
  • Jane Sassaman¬†
  • Cindy Stearns¬†
  • Suzanne Taylor¬†
  • Patricia Votruba
  • Amy Wazny
  • Pat Wolfe
  • Julia Zgliniec¬†

Machine Quilters:

  • Faye Collingsworth
  • Sue Mezera¬†
  • Jill Miller¬†¬†
  • D‚ÄôAndrea Mitchell¬†
  • Carolyn Reynolds
  • Lois Russell¬†
  • Janet Sturdevant Stuart
  • Marita Wallace¬†

I look forward to seeing  you on Sunday for our Autograph Party!

Farewell, Jacqueline

March 11th, 2010

Jacqueline Lacey in her studio

We lost a dear friend this week. I met Jacqueline at Paradise Sewing Pfaff store in Poway, CA. She was the funniest person I had met in a long time! Jacqueline was creative in a free and exuberant way, sharing herself and her art with those who showed an interest. Jacqueline created and submitted projects for two of my books, Quick Star Quilts and Quick Diamond Quilts.

Jacqueline, Nancy O, Jan and Anna Mae

From Naomi: “Jacqueline had been in ill health the past couple of months. On¬†Thursday she was admitted to the ICU with pneumonia. Unfortunately,¬†her weakened body couldn’t fight the infection, and she passed away¬†on Friday, March 5, surrounded by her calligraphic and artistic¬†¬†family.

You are invited to share memories and celebrate Jacqueline’s life¬†with her sons, Steven and Gregory Lacey, and their families this¬†coming Saturday, March 13th, from 3-8 p.m. at 858 Summersong Court,¬† Encinitas CA 92024. Condolences may also be sent there. If you wish, please send or bring a tribute to Jacqueline for her¬†sons to have as a remembrance. It should be on 8 ¬Ĺ x 11 paper. You¬†can write or draw or glue (fabric?).”