Monday, January 25, 2010


Create a wonderful sampler of traditional embroidery stitches that are embellished with beads. After learning a few basic embroidery stitches we will then set about embellishing them with beads and buttons. Use the sampler you have created as a reference guide for embellishing quilts, wearable art and even home d├ęcor.

This class is scheduled for April 11th, Sunday, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The cost is $30.00. Kits are available for an additional charge, just let us know when you register for the class if you would like a kit.

Send class fee to The Creative Hand Studio, 9918 162nd St Ct E #5, Puyallup, WA 98375 (this is class location)

Contact Debi at if you have any questions or would like further information about this class.


Learn the basics of paper piecing with Trina.  Her tips and techniques will make paper piecing easy. The "cupcake" block will make a great potholder (kits available) or the center for a table topper.  If you can't stop at just one, make more and design your own quilt.  Kits will be available for the potholder, just let us know when you sign up for the class that you would like one.

This class is scheduled for March 13th, Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  The cost of this class is $25.00, this does not include the kit.

If you have any questions or would like further information about this class contact Trina at

Send class fee to The Creative Hand Studio, 9918 162nd St Ct E #5, Puyallup, WA 98375. (This is class location).


This is a detail of "A Thin Green Line", the beading was done by hand. The full picture of the quilt below is a truer representation of colors.

"A Thin Green Line" consists of hand-dyed and shibori discharged fabrics and beading. Quilting on this piece was done by machine. All fabrics were created by me. (By clicking on the image you can get a larger view of the quilt.)


Well, this first one may not be so new....... My sister Mary and I challenged ourselves with a piece of fabric picked up in Sacramento, California in November 2008. The one element that needed to be in the piece was curves. The challenge fabric is the multi-colored one. I took my work in progress to Tucson in March of 2009. I only had about an inch left to quilt but took it anyway to show Mary (who lives in Tucson).
Needless to say the piece has been hanging on my design wall for almost a year with only about an inch of quilting left...... I finally finished that last bit yesterday. There is no binding as I am debating on continuing with this quilt or calling it done. I am thinking about washing it and doing a little surface design after the washing (see previous works). Haven't made up my mind but thought I'd show "A Sister's Challenge".

Friday, January 15, 2010


The CQA exhibition "BEYOND CONVENTION" is currently on display at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle (800 Convention Place). The exhibition runs January 16th through April 5th. I have two quilts in this exhibition. (pictures below)

BLOCKS (Full View)

BLOCKS (Detail View)

DOTS (Full View)

DOTS (Detail View)

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Yes, finally. Debi's surgery went well but recuperation took longer than expected. We will beginning a new series of classes in February. Look for some old favorites and some new exciting ones. Here is a schedule of events. Full descriptions and pictures (except of course the Mystery Class) will be posted shortly.

Finish It Up Friday, Feb 5th, 6pm-10pm, $10
Fine Tune Your Skills, Feb 7th Sunday, 1pm-3pm $20, Binding

Finish It Up Friday, March 5th, 6pm-10pm, $10
Learn How to Paper Piece, March 13th Saturday, 1pm-4pm $25
A Scrappy Mystery, March 27th Saturday, 11am-5pm, $55

Finish It Up Friday, April 9th, 6pm-10pm, $10
Beaded Embroidery, April 11th Sunday, 1pm-5pm, $30