Archive for May, 2010

A day at the Antique Market

This weekend my kids and I walked over to the Chicago Antique Market to have a look around. There are always so many things I see that I would love to have including this old tool box. The top three tiers open up for drill bits, but I could see filling those with colored pencils […]

A Jane LaFazio DVD Give a way

Go over to Lyric Kinards blog and leave a comment for a chance to win Jane LaFazio’s dvd titled The Small Art Quilt.

I have 2 New Workshops at Create!

It looks like  Create is really taking off and classes are filling up. My workshop Tea and Ephemera filled last week and as a result of its popularity, another Tea & Ephemera class has been added on Thursday night! Tea & Ephemera Your mixed media cup will runneth over when you join me Thursday evening […]

I am featured on the Dinner at Eight blog today

I have been  interviewed for the Dinner at Eight Artists blog, coinciding with the Beneath the Surface Exhibit that will be opening at IQF Long Beach July 23-25. My 3 of Swords quilt will be part of this traveling exhibit.

Purse pattern by Melly Testa

Melly Testa designed this cool purse and you can make one too, download the pattern here.

Next Color Theory Class starts June 7th

9 week online course $60next class begins June 7, 2010 Did you know the color choices you make can transform an average piece of artwork into something spectacular? Be surprised and delighted by the effects and illusions you can create by understanding the mysteries of color. In this hands-on experiential class you’ll learn key color […]

Wellington, New Zealand

I am finally getting to my last few pictures of my journey across the north island of New Zealand. The day had low clouds obscuring the mountains with patches of drizzly rain. I went through several towns that looked like this with just a few older buildings on each side of the street. It felt […]

Mixed Media Painted Fabric with the Rose City Quilters

The Rose City Quilters of Palmerston North booked me to come to New Zealand to give a lecture at their Quilt show, judge their quilt challenge (yikes, that was out of my comfort zone, not that giving a lecture is but at least I have done that a few times) and give a workshop. These […]

Palmerston North, New Zealand

Erilyn, my host in Palmerston north lives on 3 1/2 acres with her own mini farm with a fruit orchard, flock of sheep and a clutch of “chooks”. One of the first things I wanted to do the next morning was to meet Erilyn’s sheep. What a beautiful face. This is my friend Casper, who […]

An artist Interview with Kelli

My dear friend Kelli Nina Perkins, author of Stitch Alchemy, interviewed me on her blog this week. Take a look.

The Road to Palmerston North

The Rose City Quilt Guild of Palmerston North was responsible for booking and bringing me to New Zealand to give a lecture and workshop for their Quilt show. So I was very excited to start our drive south to meet the people who made all this happen. One of the first stops Erilyn and I […]


Another excursion I took was about a 20 minute drive over rolling green hills dotted with cows, sheep and deer from Rotorua.  Wai-mangu is a lushly forested gorge and is the worlds youngest geothermal environment, the only one created during written history.  If you click on the photo below you can read about how this […]


I am actually back home now, from my fantastic trip to New Zealand. I loved every minute, it was soooo good for my soul! I was so well cared for by my hosts, I had warm and friendly students in every class. The air was so clean and fresh, the water so soft, I could […]