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    Permalink 09:01:34 am, by dtirico Email , 128 words   English (US) latin1
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    On Saturday April 11th Pennsylvania Quilters sponsored the 3rd Annual Girl Scout Learn to Sew program at the St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Mountaintop, PA. Four quilt teachers including Sue McNichols, Helene Maszeroski, Doreen Kramer and myself taugh 24 girls how to make a 4 block pin cushion.  We also added button sewing to the projects and allowed the older girls (over 13) to use a sewing machine.  After the classes were completed and the girls had been awarded their badges we all agreed that this project is the most worthwhile event we participate in all year.  The girls love it ... and so do we! Many thanks to Shai Post for facilitating the use of the church and Maryann and Sue for cutting squares for kits!  What a team :)).




    Permalink 08:00:00 am, by dtirico Email , 122 words   English (US) latin1
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    Redwood City, CA - for immediate release: C&T Publishing, a California based publisher specializing in quilting and sewing books, has contracted with Deborah Gale Tirico to produce her first book.  The how-to manuscript covers 8 patterns including table rugs, pillows and smalls.  "I am very excited about the fact that the editors have agreed to include full sized, pull-out patterns" says Tirico, a designer and teacher "because it's all about the experience and fun, and full sized patterns make it easier." she explains.

    The working title is "Lucious Dimension in Wool Appliqué With Embroidery Embellishment: A Visual Guide" and the book is due out by October 2015.  For More information on this publication, or to pre-order your signed copy, email Deborah at



    Permalink 08:13:33 am, by dtirico Email , 124 words   English (US) latin1
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    I was fortunate enought to organize a class (with a ton of help from my friend Irene Anderson) with members of two EGA chapters, Red Rose and the Molly Pitcher Stitchers. The class will ultimately be taught at Blue Bonnet Studio Time in Austin Texas in February 2015. These talented ladies brought incredible energy to the task of piloting and I was overjoyed at the finishes. Their assistance in reviewing directions, making suggestions and following through was nothing short of amazing ... and everything an instructor is looking for.  Plus - I made a bunch of new friends who all have needles in their hands.  Woo hoo ladies! In order of appearance, Irene Anderson, Jo Day and Kathy Weigl - YAY!








    Permalink 12:32:13 pm, by dtirico Email , 215 words   English (US) latin1
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    Teaching at the South Central Region of the EGA, I had a great time and seemed to have lured a few new fans to the fun world of felted wool appliqué. When they say "Laissez les bons temps rouler", they mean business and for 2 days we were having a great time working with our pumpkins.  To my continued amazement the finishes are rolling in and I wil post them along with their makers' comments - Well done ladies!

    Ta da ... just in time for Fall ... Candy Jepson

    "All done! It looks great in my dining room. I only needed 27 pennies for my rug. It really looks so good. Thank you for guiding us through this project. I've already got a couple more lined up to do. I love working with the felt and the surface stitches."       Sharon Davis

    One Harvest Table Runner finished!  Thanks for a great class.  I now have a new skill. Susan Williams


    .. You're pleased???!!! This is the first seminar piece I have ever finished (first seminar 2007). I can't ever remember if I finished a workshop. I LOVED this class. You are a great teacher and I have already been taunting to others that they need to take a class from you. THANK YOU!!!  Bobbi Norris





    Permalink 11:05:53 am, by dtirico Email , 311 words   English (US) latin1
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    I was honored to once again be on the faculty of the Great Lakes Region seminar "A Grand Time for Stitching" in Grand Rapids Michigan. I was so pleased to be united with my friends in the region, teach a few classes and learn from my students.  It was an awesome exchange.

    The seminar was in the historic Amway Grand Plaza hotel where we were treated very well and enjoyed the drama and splendor of a bygone era. The gold leaf domed ceiling in the lobby and the richly appointed furniture reminded us of 18th century design. The Gerald R and Betty Ford Ballroom was absolutely captivating.

    But the students ... they were the best.  So much talent and ability ... my Jacobean class had a couple of really amazing over-achievers ... Marie and Beth.  The two of them took to the techniques quickly and reported that they worked all evening on their appliqué. I was amazed to see how much they accomplished by the end of day two.

    The Nutcracker students were very excited about getting their soldiers lined up with the placement guides and watching him come to life.  It was a fun time as I looked out into a sea of soldiers emerging before my eyes and my students busily pinning and basting their appliqué Nutcrackers.

    But one of the most rewarding aspects of this particular seminar for me was to visit the region exhibit and find that my students from Signature Chatelaine and Harvest Penny Rug were represented with their completed projects.  My students have encouraged me to change some of my designs, following their lead in improving the chatelaine pattern. Seeing their completed work, and how they made it their own was both impressive and satisfying for me.  This is the reason I teach; to have these exciting exchanges and to grow as a needleartist and a teacher.


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    About Deborah

    Deborah Tirico is an avid quilter, needle artist and instructor. A serious student, Deborah has taken classes in embroidery, piecework, appliqué hand and machine quilting. In 2006 she launched originals designs in felted wool appliqué with embroidery embellishments under the name Pemberley House. Her area of specialization is the creation of a sculptural look to felted wool appliqué by using needle tilting techniques and the layering and stuffing of wool pieces. Unlike the primitive felted wool embroidery popular today, Deborah’s designs feature matching and overdyed wool threads and embroidery embellishments which enhance and define the clarity of her subject.
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