Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Leopard Skirt - 6 Different Ways!

With the change in the weather, I have felt a change in myself!  I have been a crazy quilter for 22 years and have loved every minute of it.  Through my crazy quilt journeys, I have met many amazing people and have a lot of fun stories go along with my experiences.  Along the way, I had the opportunity to write two books.  That was a dream come true for me!

For a year or so, I have felt myself drawn to a new topic.  Not new to me, but new to my blog.  I have always loved fashion and clothing.  It seems to me that crazy quilting and fashion have many things in common and it would be no surprise to anyone who knows me that I love both!  They both involve creativity, color and fabrics to name a few of the similarities.

As I have thought about my options over the last year, I have decided to incorporate some fashion into my blog.  Does that mean that I am done being a crazy quilter or finished writing books?  Absolutely not!  I may still have a few books in me in the next few years, but I would like to explore some other things I love.

So I guess what I am saying is, you may see both of my creative loves on the blog: fashion and needlework and we will see where it goes from there!

 The other day, I was shopping at the Loft and I found this great leopard skirt.  I have wanted a leopard skirt for a long time but just never found one I loved.  Well I found it and quickly scooped it up!  I wore it to church Sunday and then I decided that I would try to make as many outfits with it from things that I had in my closet.

The items I used, are pictured above: my leopard skirt that I love, a basic black sweater, a basic black tee that has been updated with a tie front, both a denim shirt as well as a denim jacket.  Last but not least is my favorite black booties, a new necklace from Accessory Concierge and leopard earrings.

First I tried the leopard skirt on with a denim shirt and I loved it, so I changed into my basic black sweater and tucked it in.  Both were a winner as far as I was concerned!

I then tried layering the basic black sweater with my denim shirt for those colder days this winter.  Then I switched it up and paired the denim jacket with the basic black sweater.  I felt like I had scored with the first 4 outfits!

 I tried the front tie tee with it and then for colder days, I paired it with the denim jacket, for two more outfit choices!  If you will notice, in all the outfits I used the same accessories and they worked in every one of them.

Links to help with your outfits!

 Leopard Skirt

Holt Necklace

Leopard Earrings

Talk to you soon with more fun outfits!


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fall Classes at City Arts!

 I am happy to say that I will be teaching again at City Arts this fall with five fun classes!

Silk Ribbon Garden
In this class you will learn many silk ribbon stitches while making a silk ribbon flower garden with sunflowers, irises and more.  The class is September 15th from 9:30-3:30 with and hour for lunch.  The cost of the class is $60.00  plus a $40.00 kit. fee.

Beginning Tatting

Learn the old art of tatting using a needle. The technique is much easier than with a shuttle and you won't be able to tell the difference! The price of the workshop includes a needle and a ball of thread.
The class is September 22nd from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. The cost of the class is $45.00.

 Hoop Embroidery

In this class you will learn several embroidery stitches as well as some silk ribbon embroidery mixed in, all done in a hoop.  The class is September 29th from 10-3 with an hour for lunch.  The cost of the class is $50.00 with a kit fee of $35.00.

 Beginning Quilting

Learn how to make a traditional Trip Around the World quilt using a quick strip piecing method. You will be emailed a supply list once you've enrolled. Please bring your own sewing machine to the class.  The class is October 6th from 9:30-3:30 with an hour for lunch.  The cost of the class is $60.00.

Beginning Crazy Quilting

You will learn many crazy quilt stitches that will be embroidered on a crazy quilt block that is already made for you!  The class is October 27th from 9:30 to 3:30 with an hour for lunch.  The cost of the class is $60.00 plus a $15.00 kit fee.

If you are interested in any of these classes, you may email me at pinkbunny@valeriebothell.com.

Hope to see you this fall!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Stitching Templates!

I have been selling stitching templates that I designed for the last couple of months and I have had requests to show you a few ways to use them.  I thought I would do my first tutorial with the Feather Stitch Template.  First you line up your dots on the seam as pictured above.

Using a purple air erase pen, I mark the dots that are on the template.

Here's what the seam should look like after you have it marked.  I use a purple air erase pen because it disappears with the humidity in the air and I don't have to get my project wet to get rid of the marks.

 Using the dots as a guide, you start doing your feather stitch.  The nice thing about using the template, is that you don't have to worry about getting your stitches even on your own!  You just quickly stitch on your seam and it is done perfectly and quickly!

The three pictures above, show the progression down the seam as you stitch using the dots you marked.

Finished seam!

You can buy all three as a set for $20.00 or the Feather Stitch template is available for $7.00.  You can email me at pinkbunny@valeriebothell.com if you are interested!

Talk to you soon,


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

City Arts Classes for Summer!

This summer I will be taking it a little bit slower so I can have time to make some new samples for classes!

Saturday, June 9th I will be teaching a Silk Ribbon Corsage.  I love making these and they are fun to wear on jackets and hats.  They also make great gifts!  The class is from 1-3 pm, it is $35.00 and all supplies are included.

 Saturday, July 21st, I will be teaching Beginning Needle Tatting.  It is much easier than shuttle tatting and lots of fun!  The class is from 1-3:30, it is $35.00 and all supplies are included.

Saturday August 11, I will teaching Beginning Quilting from 9:30 to 3:30.  You will be learning to make a Trip Around the World quilt using a strip piecing method.  The class is $50.00 and a supply list will be sent to you after enrollment.

If you are interested in any of these classes, you may email me at pinkbunny@valeriebothell.com.

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Come join me on March 5th!

I will be a guest on Pat Sloan's podcast on Monday March 5th!  I am the first guest and showtime is 3:00 pm central.  Here is the link if you want to listen in:


Talk you you later!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Spring City Arts Classes!

I will be teaching some more classes this spring at City Arts!  I had so much fun teaching this winter that I decided to keep going.  The first class for the spring session will be an embroidered basket of flowers.

You will learn how to piece long crazy quilt borders in this class and then move on to learn a lot of different embroidery stitches.  Price for this class is $100 and includes a kit to make the project.  Class will run for 4 weeks beginning March 24-April 21.  There will be no class on April 7th for this class.

The second class for spring will be a silk ribbon embroidered monogram.

In this class you will learn many basic silk ribbon embroidery stitches while making you own monogram.  Price for this class is $85 and includes a kit to make the project.  Class will run for two weeks beginning April 28.

If you are interested in either of these classes, you may email me at pinkbunny@valeriebothell.com.

Talk to you later,

Monday, November 27, 2017

City Arts Classes!

I am so pleased to announce that I will be teaching at City Arts in my own home town of Wichita, Kansas!  I remember going to City Arts with all of my children on field trips and it is such a fun place to be.  I taught crazy quilting from my home for 17+ years and I have taken break from that the last few years.  I have missed teaching locally and I am ready to get back into it!

I will be teaching two different classes this spring, so I'll list the class descriptions here on my blog with dates and prices.  If you are interested in enrolling either of the classes, you may email at valbothell@gmail.com or you may call me at 316-722-9578.

Crazy Quilt Heart Class

This is a sweet wall hanging that I made for the dedication page of my new book, Joyful Daily Stitching Seam by Seam.  In this class you will learn basic crazy quilt piecing and beginning embroidery stitches as well some silk ribbon embroidery stitches.  This is a great class because you will everything you need to know to start crazy quilting!  The price of the class is $90.00 and there is also a $45.00 kit fee for a total of $135.00.  The class meets on Saturdays from 1-3 pm starting January 20 and running through February 10, for a total 4 two hour classes.  You may have it done just in time for Valentine's day!

Crazy Quilting with Wool

This is a project I made for my first book, Quilting...Just a Little Bit Crazy.  It is a fun wool project where you will learn how to piece thick felted wool pieces into a crazy quilt style.  You will also learn crazy quilt embroidery stitches.  The price for this class is $90.00 and after enrolling you will receive a class supply list so you will know what to bring to class with you.  The class meets on Saturdays from 1-3 pm February 17 through March 10th for a total of 4 two hour classes.  This is one of my favorite classes, wool is so fun to embroider on!

If you are interested in purchasing either of the books I have written, I can sell you an signed copy!  They are listed on the right side bar if you would prefer to buy on on Amazon.

Have a great day!