A Very Merry Holiday Sale at The Kathy Dunigan Academy of Applique™

Don’t be a Scrooge and miss out on gifting someone you love with a wonderful opportunity to attend TKDAA™ 2015! 

We would like to offer you:

  • Free TKDAA™ Tee shirt and 10% off the price of a Full Conference, sale December 17th - 31st!


  • Free TKDAA™ Tee shirt and 5% off the price of a Main Conference, sale December 17th-31st!

  • Free TKDAA™ Tee Shirt and Fat Quarter for joining any One Day Class, sale  December 17th-31st!

Christmas is here, and we can certainly help you with your last minute shopping. Think TEXAS and give YOURSELF a special gift and join us here in February 2015 for a wonderful gathering of "all things applique!"

Pick a bouquet of beautiful flowers and join Cynthia Williford for a Main Class #27 and let her exquisite work inspire you!

Alice Wilhoit will be delighted to have you choose a spot in her class and YOU will be delighted at all of the wonderful techniques and applique tricks that she will share with you! Choose Main Class #20!

For a chance to use some incredible and lush floral prints in ways you never thought of, join Cynthia Collier for her Broiderie Perse class. Cynthia is a gracious and exciting teacher with knowledge that you need to know! Grab a spot now before they are gone in Class #26!

More classes with space available are waiting for you!

Please don't forget to choose to attend Elly's trunk show on Friday February 6, 2015. What a night it will be!

And believe it or not, there are just a few spaces left in Elly's One Day Class, with full kit provided! A rare opportunity to take a day with Elly and just relax and stitch and learn! Choose #17 for fun!


Exciting news to share that one lucky person will be taking home this unique Bernina 215, JUST for joining us for a Main Conference! 
Maybe it will be you!!!

So Dear Friends of TKDAA™, we are wishing you joyful days through all the "hustle and bustle" of the busy holiday season.

Please contact us at quiltedpeach@gmail.com with questions and for more information and register today!

Kathy Dunigan and JoAnn Hudgins


November News 2014

Hi Everyone!

We are just dropping in with you for an update of TKDAA™ happenings.

The colder days are upon us now and our minds and hearts turn towards the holiday seasons. Ever grateful as Thanksgiving rolls around; a time to be near to those we love or to remember ever so lovingly. May your days be full of blessings and friends and family near.

On a “quilting note”, like many of you, we just returned from Houston’s wonderful QuiltFestival. What a spectacular show for their 40th anniversary! The quilts and vendors all took our breaths away; a true “not to be missed” show of all the latest quilts and quilt items we could desire. While there, we were busy handing out postcards to everyone we could meet up with, announcing TKDAA™. We were wearing our new logo Tee shirts, adorned with our TKDAA™ name. We now have them for sale for $22. (plus shipping; S-XXL). We hauled around bags full of fat quarters and handed them to most anyone that said hi to us and wanted to know about the academy. In the crowds there, while visiting Sharon Schamber’s booth, I even managed to “punch” someone, quite by accident, and boy was I red faced; I couldn’t give her a fat quarter fast enough! All ended in laughter so maybe we will see her at TKDAA™ one day!

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For now, email us your order at quiltedpeach@gmail.com


We want to offer you a fun way to tell the ones you love about giving TKDAA™ tuition as a gift for Christmas, Chanukkah, or Valentine's Day. Maybe just a gentle hint about wanting a place at TKDAA™ 2015. We are including in this email, a “coupon” that could be passed on and we hope that someone looking for a special gift may be able to use it. If you have NOT yet sent in your registration we encourage you to do so very soon, so as not to be forgotten in all of the holiday rush. Many classes have a spot still waiting for you and there are all kind of fun events for you to attend and to be among those that love the beautiful art of applique as you do.

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Here’s a WONDERFUL event that we are so excited to be hosting for you… 
QUEEN ELLY SIENKIEWICZ AND HER REGAL TRUNK SHOW; HONORING OF “OUR BELOVED ELLY”, TKDAA®’s First Honored Quilter, Feb 6, 2015. (ok, we admit we named it that as a way of telling Elly how much we adore her – she, though deserving of a royal title in the quilt world, would be a bit embarrassed). 
So this is a reminder not to miss this fabulous trunk show with Miss Elly, even if you are only able to attend for a day or two. We can help with your plans if you need guidance on your registration. Don't miss a visit with Miss Elly - come to her Trunk Show! BUT, if you cannot attend the event, there will be an autograph night or two after dinners, informally set with "Open Bar" and a more intimate chance to chat with Elly. Her wonderful new book will be available for sale purchase and personalizing.

Let us give you a little preview of some of the fun tales that Elly will regale us with…

Too Old for Teddy Bears? Never!” 
Elly tells me her earliest quilt was a large bed-size appliquéd scene of "Wyman House, Princeton University" where her father was Dean of the Graduate School. She made it for her parents' 25th Anniversary, about 1964 and it will be in her trunk show. Eight years or so later came two pairs of "Character Quilts," something she designed and made for her two of her nieces and her middle child. Each quilt began with a patchwork print covering a sturdy previously owned blanket. A round pillow form filled the head; arms emerged from right and left sides, legs from the bottom. The children loved them. First came "Warm Wanda" and "Cozy Cora" —Toussle-haired red-heads with rosey cheeks and wide smiles. Then came her Teddy Bear Quilt for son Alex ... (she tells me she will try to bring this one, too, to share with us). And when Elly's father died at 57 after a 30 year-bout with illness, her mother ruefully suggested, I'd like a Character Quilt of my own — a Prince who would wrap his arms around me. From printed patchwork to Baltimore Revival ... don't miss this “once in a lifetime” visit with Elly ! We are so thrilled to have her with us for this new academy!

We want to announce again that all Main Conference attendees will be registered for the Bernina machine giveaway at the Gala Farewell dinner. We are thrilled to have a chance to give away such a fantastic product, made possible by Bernina and The Texas Quiltworks Bernina store of Rockwall, Texas! This machine will have a one of a kind front “skin” on it from TKDAA™, with photos coming soon.

Don’t forget to order your Tee shirts with the logo before the holiday season. We can ship right away or hold for you at the check in desk Feb 3-7, 2015, when the event rolls around. $22. S-XXL, shipping $3. for domestic, tbd for international orders. Order in November and receive a special fat quarter and get your name in a drawing for a free One Day class in 2016! 
Be working on your Challenge block or any item design, using denim somewhere in the design. Denim? While we wouldn’t normally expect to see it in our block designs, we do this now for a Texas first celebration challenge. Someone is going to win the $500. EllySienkiewiczApplique Scholarship”for 2016 tuition, SO VERY GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY MERCY AND JIM SAVAGE! Thank you so much, Mercy and Jim! 
And “The Elly” goes to…………..

So until we meet again, may you find time for your quilting joys and time to be with family and friends you love.


-Kathy and JoAnn

A Message from Elly...

Hello One and All,

We want to give you news of Elly Sienkiewicz and her now closed Williamsburg Appliqué Academy®, TESAA®. Here is an update that she wishes for us to share with you, to clarify that her beloved event is now, indeed, closed…

Elly says, “I decided to end The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy® in Williamsburg, VA — and to retire from full-time teaching to finish four promised books. It was a good decision as I'm blessed with a large multi-generation family deserving more attention, a home of 43 years stuffed with ... stuff to empty out, and a desire to publish two volumes on Baltimore Albums, I. the revival, and ll. what now discern about the antique Baltimore’s historic intentions. Finally, I intend to bring back my Baltimore block and border patterns with advanced lessons sharing Baltimore Revivalist genius.” 

She continues with, “TESSA® In March, 2014, I closed "TESAA" tm, the Appliqué Academy® (a registered trademark) and my website, EllySienkiewicz.com. EllySienkiewicz.com appears to have been quickly snapped up on the web by a gambling site! I suppose imitation implies flattery ...  :-) I, myself, am now EllySienkiewicz.net though it is hard to find.

And finally, Elly states, “Though firmly retired from my beloved traveling to teach, I have been honored to be invited to participate in an emeritus capacity at "The Kathy Dunigan Academy of Applique" in Dallas, Texas in February 2015 with a host of teacher friends I'm privileged to join. I'll be presenting (with the help of my husband) a trunk show of my quilts, and a purse class I never got to teach - along with the hand-embellished grandchildren’s fleece jackets it inspired. Kathy has asked me back in 2016 to  lead a three day independent  Friendship Study Circle for those who would bring a project they've begun, their questions on techniques, setting and border questions, inscriptions, Album History — anything they'd like to ask—, plus a finished piece to share — and I will do the same — bring something in progress, something finished. Folks have said I should record my family stories — I do enjoy visiting in this way ... so we've named this independent study course "Stitching and Stories with Elly." I secretly hope I'm invited back as long as people find this Friendship Circle informative and enjoyable. I do hope to make new friends and see some familiar faces of whom I do miss.”


Please consider joining Elly for her One Day Class in 2015 and be sure to get a spot at her wondrous Regal Trunkshow that we have scheduled during the 5 day TKDAA™ 2015.

Happy Fall to Y’all!

Kathy and JoAnn

Free Bernina Sewing Machine Giveaway!


Yes, you heard right! TKDAA™ is putting every one of your names that are signed up to take the Main Conference classes, into a drawing for Feb 7, 2015, at the Gala Farewell Dinner!

We are SO Excited that Bernina USA is a main Sponsor and Vendor, with Texas Quiltworks of Rockwall, Texas!

More details on machine to be given will follow.


For all of you TKDAA™ registrants and soon to be registrants, we wanted to let you know that we are giving you a beautiful free fat quarter every time you refer someone to register with us, for Feb 2015.

So if you have registered already or will soon, please let us know the name of the person responsible. And also if you referred someone, please let us know so that we can keep track.

Please email us at: quiltedpeach@gmail.com

Write in subject line: I WANT MY FREE FAT QUARTER

We want to reward you for helping us to make this a fabulous new event in Rockwall, Texas!!!


Keep up the great work!

Kathy Dunigan and JoAnn Hudgins