Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Needl' Love

My guild meets the first Monday of the month and the first Thursday evening of the month. Yesterday we were lucky enough to host Renee Nanneman of the Needl' Love company. For those of you who aren't familiar with Renee, she publishes quilt books called Threads. They are theme oriented such as Acorn Threads, French Market Threads, you get the picture. These wonderful books contain not only quilt patterns but wool projects, pillows, cross stitch, pincushions etc. You see why they appeal to me.

Anyway, not only is Renee a design genius, she is a wonderful person and outstanding teacher. She taught a workshop yesterday on wool. The design is a basket of hydrangeas, you make into a pillow.

You can see here the beginning of the hyndrangeas. It was nice to be a "student" and just sew and listen and not have to work. After the morning workshop Renee gave a lecture and a trunk show of many of her quilts. She also designs gorgeous fabric for Andover and she had some of her latest designs with her for a sneak peak.

Be sure to check out her brand new book Cottage Garden. (The woman in pink is my good friend Ann, I should have used her pictures. She had better shots than I did.)


  1. I have the worse time trying to get blogs to download sometimes. Finally got to visit you again! You were so lucky to have her come! I'm just plain envious. That texture magic stuff is also freaking amazing....I'm seeing it all over blogland..cool!

  2. Ohhh.. lucky you... she is one of my favourite designers... everything looks gorgeous... will be fun to see your hydrangeas!! :o)

  3. I can't wait to see your pillow. I heard there were some tiny pieces on the hydrangea...

  4. I love Renee's work and have every book...wish I had more time to make every project.

    Thanks for the great post.


  5. Oh my heck, I LOVE, LOVE Need'l Love books, they are so beautiful to look at, and I am crazy about their wool projects! How fun you got to see her things in real life!

  6. I have several Need'l Love books and they are all beautiful- you are so lucky to have met and worked with Renee!

  7. OH, I love and have many of her books. How great that she came to your guild.


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