Archive for April, 2010

On to Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu

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When I finished up in Auckland I took a bus to Rotorua, an area known for its geothermal pools. This area is quite a tourist destination, and for good reason it is fascinating, but now that it is fall and being off season it’s pretty quiet. My hotel, The Princes Gate originally built in the […]


Auckland workshops

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This is a group shot of my first class with the Auckland Patchworkers and Quilt Guild teaching Tsukineko Inks. We had a great day with our class just down the road from Glens at a boating club. The following day we moved to another part of Auckland to have the painted whole cloth fabric class. […]


Day one in New Zealand

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What an amazing introduction to New Zealand I had with my host Glen at her lovely home on the beach in Milford, a suburb of Auckland. This is the view from her balcony. Just a little bleary eyed but happy to be on the ground again after 17 hours of travel. Glen and I took […]


Surviving the Runway 60′s style Chicago

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Here’s our lovely host Pokey dawning a daisy chain to get the festivities started. As you know this event always has music that makes you wanna dance, Mellyand I have to join in with all the other participants and get our groove on too. The Winners Peace, Love and Happiness was had by all!


MIU Workshop

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Here I am trying not to tower over petite Pokey. In the afternoon I taught an MIU workshop embossing and coloring metal, that we used to make book covers for an expanding pages book using a basic origami fold for its construction. It was a lot of fun, its a great little introduction to working […]


International Quilt Festival Chicago

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I want to start off by saying my daughter Nina was the acting photographer during festival. She took loads of wonderful photos, you will see many of them here and on the Quilting Arts site. I am leaving for New Zealand today and have been trying to throw together a couple blog posts about festival […]


Melly stamp love!

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I really have no business doing this right now, but I have been so busy doing business type stuff like planning for upcoming teaching gigs, making travel plans, packing, making a project for a friends book, writing up new workshops, filling out teaching proposals, dealing with contracts, insurance, writing an article and making the project […]


Are you going to Quilt Festival in Chicago this week?

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I am going on friday and saturday and will mostly be in the Make it University area making art with my friends. I will be doing Open Studios on friday 2:30 – 4:30 and again on Saturday 12:30 – 2:30. On Saturday at 3:00, I will be leading an MIU workshop making an embossed metal […]


Remember the edge crocheted pillow cases your grandmother used to make…

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Isn’t this a fantastic modern take on those lovely linens of yesteryear. I love this pillow, Cassie at You Go Girl, has created a fantastic tutorial on how to make this perfect scallop crochet edging. She also has a tutorial on making the pillow case too. I want to make one of these pillow cases, […]


International Quilt Festival Long Beach

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Online enrollment has just started for International Quilt Festival Long Beach. I am so excited to be teaching 3 classes this year! This will be my first time teaching on the west coast. Long Beach is a really fun show, it has great energy, maybe it is all that sunshine that makes people so enthusiastic. […]


Cloth Paper Scissors Create Retreat

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I am so excited to share the news that I will be teaching two classes at Create! August 25-29 in Rosemont, IL (that’s where O’hare airport is for all of you who will be flying) Mixed Media Apron 6 hours, Saturday August 28 Using textile paints, gel medium and decorative printed images create a fun […]


Happy Easter

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Quilts in the Middle East

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Don’t miss watching this! Bonnie McCaffrey just posted her newest podcast from her trip to the Dubai International Quilt show. There is a huge interest in art quilts there, this is a fascinating look at the work being done there.