Sunday, April 3, 2011

Jan's Book!

As you've heard me talk about before, my instructor for our Jo's Little Women Club is Jan Vaine.  Jan's book, The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery, Embellishment and Applique has been released!  Jan's book can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble web sites (I can't get links to work in this new blogger with my Mac - ugh!).  Jan came to our quilt shop for a book signing.  
She also brought the quilts that were photographed for the book.  I don't know why I didn't get a picture of this entire quilt because it's certainly the star of the show.  Her father even used the instructions in the book and made a square that's included in the quilt.  Isn't that so fantastic?
A closeup of a center block of another quilt.

As you can tell, Jan is an extremely talented quilter.  I have learned so very much from her and feel very fortunate to have her as my instructor.
The same day we had our Jo's Little Women Club meeting.  Judy brought two of her finished projects.  I love her use of the cheddar color in this one.
This is just the top but it's so cute!  I haven't even started this one.
The last two weeks have been extremely busy.  I've had two business trips which required late Friday night travel and Sunday travel.  Weekend time is very sacred to me and I cannot say that I enjoyed business travel at that time.  I came back to two consecutive days of 8 hour training as a student.  It required me to give a presentation to my peers on Friday which I prepared for until  very late Thursday.  I did well so it was worth the extra time.  Needless to say,  I'm looking forward to a couple of quiet weeks!  I spent a little time in my sewing room today and hope to end the day with some stitching and some knitting.  I hope your weekend has been full of stitches too!

24 comments:

Terrie - The Stitch Store said...

Thanks for you post and the pics. I hope you have a wonderful stitchy, sewy, knitty day. As for me, I'm cross stitching. Acutally, frogging on my Nora Corbett Orchid Fairy.

Beth said...

WOW! That bouquet in the vase is AMAZING! What a talent!

Theresa said...

Wow!!! Those are some impressive designs!!!!!!

Katherine said...

WOW! You're right, she's fabulous! It's not nice when we don't get our stitchy time, is it?

Annie said...

Those are gorgeous quilts. What a treat to have her as your instructor.

Seems to be the season for distractions from our needles. Hope we all get in some good stitching time soon.

Margaret said...

Wow, your instructor has made some gorgeous quilts! Is that ribbon that she used? So cool! Such a bummer about your being so busy recently. It sounds like you definitely deserve a break!

Barb said...

What wonderful blocks...

Littlebit said...

Oh, that would be SO out of my league! Beautiful quilt, and that is so neat about her dad doing a block.
I've missed your posts, Jackie..no more traveling. LoL!
I hope you get plenty of "me" time and can relax and catch up with your needlework.

Deb said...

You are so fortunate to have an instructor like that. I'm sure that you learn so much from you. Now that I see those little quilts I wish that I had gotten on board with them.

Hope you can catch up now on all your crafts now that the traveling is over. I hate having to use of weekend time for work! UGH!

Pat said...

That is one very talented lady...her quilt blocks are beautiful. It must be a thrill to learn from her!

Lori said...

Beautiful quilts!

Carol said...

How lucky you are to have Jan as your instructor--her work is just amazing!

Hope your week slows down, Jackie--I haven't had any stitching time in a week, myself, and am really going into withdrawal :)

Le blog de marylin and poussy said...

Absolument merveilleux !
c'est splendide
marylin FRANCE

Carolyn NC said...

Lovely blocks - sounds like a great book!

Dee said...

The embellishments on Jan's quilt are beautiful. She's very talented indeed! Congrats to her on the publishing of her book.

Glad you got a little stitchy time this weekend.

Mylene said...

Such beautiful quilts, she is sure a very talented lady.

krayolakris said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful quilt pics, Jackie. Hope you get your well-deserved quiet time. Guess the hectic work schedules make us prize it even more, eh?

Sally said...

Wow those quilts are beautiful!

We Six Nasons said...

The hand applique work by Jan is beautiful, I love the flowers in the vase. Very three dimensional. You are very blessed to have her as a teacher. Hope you get some sewing time in!

Melanie said...

Oh my goodness, what beautiful work!! I'm in awe.

woolwoman said...

wish I had seen that Jan was doing a book signing at calico - I would have loved to see these beautiful quilts in person - she does exquisite work. I have had a taste of too much travel for work and it can be very daunting - I hope you can find balance in your life and some "me" time. Melody

Suzanne said...

Wow, what amazing quilts! Thank you for sharing them with us.

I hope that you get lots more sewing time in in the next few weeks.

Siobhan said...

Gorgeous quilts! It must have been so inspiring to see all of them in person. Thanks for sharing!

Katie :o) said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Makes me wish I was patient enough for applique :o)