International Quilt Market, Houston, Texas

30 10 2011

Today is my third day at Market. I have a FABULOUS time trying new techniques (I took two classes; one on surface design and the other on additional ways to use rubbing plates from Cedar Canyon (with foils, gel pads, etc). SOOOO awesome! I also attended the schoolhouse sessions on Friday and the sample spree. My brain is on explosion mode with all the information and ideas I have gathered and I still get to have another day here!

Tomorrow, I am looking forward to teaching my business blogging class. I hope that all the participants are going to receive information that will help them make the jump into the blogging world less scary and less intimidating.



23 02 2011

So much has happened since my last post! Prior to the Christmas holidays I had so many orders for dog bandanas, bag tags, and mini bags that I was VERY busy. We left for the holidays and spent time at Disney World (Very Mickey Christmas…too much fun), visiting with friends and family in Tampa and Ft. Myers, a Key West adventure, and then back to the Texas Hill Country for New Year’s Eve. Immediately after the holidays, my husband had hip replacement surgery and life as I knew changed pretty dramatically. My husband is now finally starting to show some marked improvement (he had some set backs although he was in excellent shape prior to surgery) so God is good and now I am getting back to work.

Last week, I had the pleasure of doing a baby quilt for a customer and she has brought me another quilt to do for her which is also a great pleasure. I also received a nice order for dog bandanas from our awesome breeder, Sharon Beck ( and as an added bonus, I was able to sell all of my embroidered lollipop covers for Valentine’s Day. Again, God is good!

I have been working on my first ever personal art quilt which has turned out to be a total pleasure and tomorrow evening I get to teach my business blogging class through local community education. Also, additional big news: My proprosal to teach at Quilting With Machines has been accepted, and, God Willing, I will teach my classes in Huron, Ohio during the dates of Oct. 5-8.

Quilts and Folks

20 02 2010

Today I would like to share a quilt that I recently completed, a new product and brag on my community ed students.  I also want to tell you about Over the Top Quilting.

First, I would like to brag on Doug, a student in my class. He has just uploaded his first posts, along with several images, and I have to say, I am impressed. I can hardly wait to see the other students’ work…they are really an exceptional group of individuals.

Secondly, I HAVE to tell you about a quilt that I finished this week that was actually for ME! I never have the opportunity to do quilts for me so this was a real treat. The pattern is by the lovely ladies at Las Colchas, a quilt shop located in a historic home near downtown San Antonio. It is basically a bunkhouse with a twist…I think when you see the pictures, you will understand what I mean. with the 6.5 inch “logs” , it is a quick quilt to make and, with cool fabric, a joy to piece. I chose to use a new pantograph to quilt this quilt.  I am pointing it out because I think it would be great for tailored quilts,  quilts for the men in your life or for baby quilts. It is called Dutch and has a lovely open look to it. Oh, and I don’t want to forget Swirl Meanderings, the panto that I used on the image of the red, white and blue quilt…I think it is perfect for a man’s quilt or baby quilt, too. BTW, the beautiful quilt was made by Liz of Texas as a QOV…it is beautifully pieced.

I am adding a new product to my “stock”. You will notice that I now have embroidered greeting cards that are very affordable; I will have the price list on my pricing page. The designs that I have currently are birthday (2), thank you, congratulations, new baby, anniversary and many more. The designs are from

Finally, I have to mention a fun class that I attended in Austin with the two sisters who own Over the Top quilting. Susan Rubino and her sister, Chris, are adorable and VERY talented. If you live in the Austin area and are looking for longarmers, look no further than these two ladies who not only do custom and edge to edge, but also do a fantastic job with art quilts.

Yippee Skippee!

14 02 2010

Yipee Skippee!

At long last, my computer glitches are resolved, the wonderful rush of business during the holidays is lonag ago complete, my husband’s relapse with Meniere’s is back under control and I can finally get back to visiting with all of you. I have several things to share with you, so I will just “bullet” each one to expedite all the things I want to say :

  • First, please take a look at the Machine Quilters Expo website! This fabulous machine quilting conference will begin April 12 and will provide not only fabulous quilts but also wonderful classes, including mine, LOL! The conference is held in Providence, RI and has a long history of providing wonderful learning opportunities for all levels of experitise and machines. I will be teaching Blog Cabin Blocks, a course on business blogging as well as Putting the You in YouTube. This course will discuss how to create YouTube videos to promote your business.
  • I have added THREE really cute items to my embroidery business. You will see pictures of these on the site today. They include a quilted and monogrammed bag tag, doggie bandanas and an adorable portable tea or sweetner caddie to keep with you in your purse or tote. The patterns were designed by DigiStitches and are really darling.
  • I added pictures of one of the art quilts that I completed for a customer during the holidays. I am so proud of how this worked out…it is so much fun to create designs “from the front” of the machine. Also, the precious puppy modeling is my dog niece, Mattie, of Asheville, NC. Attie is modeling a doggie bandana in a cowboy novelty print which slides over her dog collar. Very spiffy! These can be monogrammed, of course!
  • Another item that I am showing is an order that I did for Veronyka’s, a lovely salon here in San Antonio. Please notice that one of the items is basically plastic and it embroidered beautifully.
  • If you live in the San Antonio area, I will be teaching a business blogging course for the North East Independent School District Community Education beginning on Feb. 17 for three class sessions. If you have your own business or just want to learn the basics of blogging, please join us by registering for the class on the NEISD website, clicking on Community Education.
  • The baby quilt is my tip for today…simply take a cute panel, add borders, and, if you have monogramming or lettering on your machine, add some cute embellishments. In this case, I added “mommy’s girl” and  a “k” on the pajamas hanging on the close line. I also added some free motion designs, including a dragon fly. Fast, Easy and Fun…all the elements you need for a gift!
  • A picture of the personalized quilt labels that I will do for your quilt is part of the blog today, too.

I think that I have shared all my news. Hope that the New Year has been kind so far and that you are well. I continue to be thankful for all of my blessings, especially in light of the recent horrific earthquake in Haiti and all those who have suffered job lose as our economy struggles to improve.

Blogging with Community Education

1 10 2009

Along with quilting and embroidery, I LOVE to teach. Last night I had the opportunity to teach a business blogging class through the North East ISD Community Education program. What a fantastic and interesting group of folks were in the class! Authors,a Golf Instructor, Travel Enthusiasts, a Home Improvement business owner and a professional photographer were part of the class and made for great questions and a great time for me. Next week, we will meet again and I am truly looking forward to visiting with them again.

Meanwhile, back at the studio, I have turned the lovely kingsized embroidered quilt so I can to the last borders so I am excited to be finishing it. I also have a cute embroidery order for a baby gift so I will upload photos of that when it is completed. It’s great to have so many varied projects to work on…that is the great thing about having both services available.

Welcome to ChiliQuiltes!

8 04 2008
Chili Dog Carmickle

Chili Dog Carmickle

ChiliQuiltes: n. small business devoted to web and blog consulting to fiber artists, quilt shops, longarm quilters; an edge to edge quilting service in the San Antonio area, professional embroidery monogramming, as well as providing a quilting sample service to local quilt shops. Business owner is an educator, librarian, instructional technologist, webmaster, quilter and furkid mom.

I have been asked how I decided on the name of my business.  As a resident of San Antonio, Texas, I have the opportunity to have the absolute BEST MEXICAN food in the world! My husband and I love to have breakfast at a Mexican restaurant and one of our favorite dishes is chiliquiles (it is delicious…a wonderful combination of tortillas and eggs and sauces). Sooo…I decided to play on that name and change the ending to “quiltes”. I also wanted to have the name of my sweet poodle, Chili, in the business. She passed away on June 9, 2008; I always want her to be a part of my business as she was always at my side acting as “my assistant” on all of my quilts.