Archive for June, 2010

Upcoming classes- summer and fall

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It is hard to believe July is already here and that means International Quilt Festival Long Beach is only a few weeks away! This year I am teaching three classes, doing open studios and a Make it University workshop. If you are planning on going to festival this year it would be great to see […]


A trip to DeKalb, IL

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I have lived in Chicago almost 5 years and sadly I had not been more than 30 miles west of the city, until Thursday when I drove out to give a lecture and teach a workshop to the DeKalb Country Quilters guild. It was a challenging drive with one of the freeways under construction slowed […]


The calm after the storm

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We have had some crazy turbulent weather this week. Yesterday evening around 5 we had a front come through with powerful thunderstorms churning up tornadic activity in many parts of the Chicago area. It even set off the sirens for a short period downtown, which doesn’t happen too often, but also happened on friday. Luckily, […]


More Vintage Illusion- a mini tutorial

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In the last week or two I have seen a lot of these butterflies in my neighborhood.  This one landed on the side of our building and I love the way the orange matched perfectly with the brick. I snapped this photo with the camera on my phone and threw it into photoshop to crop […]


Check out Alma’s latest tutorial

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Alma Stollerhas just posted another tutorial making colorful paper flowers to incorporate into mixed media projects.


Tutorial Tsunami day 4 the wave hits shore

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A tutorial for printing on tea bags I have a large bowl that sits on my counter that I toss my tea bags in after I use them. When it gets to the point where it is overflowing, kind of like now, I tear each one open and dump out the tea. Then I flatten […]


Tsunami day 3

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Kelly, author of Stitch Alchemy, is riding the wave with her tutorial on spoon poetry, don’t you love those colors, Kelly is the queen of color! along with Tracie Lynn who also has a video tutorial making a beautiful nature inspired gift card with a painted fabric butterfly and miscellaneous scraps from around the house. […]


The Tsunami continues day 2

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Lyric has a great Turorial transforming shoes with painting. And Alisatransforms a tank top with bright colorful painted flowers. The wave continues to crest so stay tuned there’s more to come tomorrow…


Tutorial Tsunami

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Catch the wave this week as several mixed media and art quilt bloggers do a tutorial hop. Today starts with Melly Testamaking a dye printed cloth to headband Jane LaFaziowith a needle felting tutorial and Diana Troutwith a sumi smoosh mixed media tutorial Tomorrow (Thursday) the wave will hit Lyric Kinard and Alisa Burke, friday […]


Sneak Peak

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Here’s a little detail shot of a project I have been working on. Sorry, I can’t say more about it now, but hopefully you will get to see the whole thing in a few months.


Hand Eye Magazine article on divorce, 3 of Swords

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A couple months ago Dawn Goldsmith owner of the blog Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles asked me to share with her my experiences working through grief with my textile art for an article she was writing for Hand Eye magazine titled “Healing with thread and fabric”. She also interviewed my good friend Kathy York […]


A Date with Matisse

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Yesterday, Frieda Anderson, Laura Wasilowski, BJ Parady and I met with several other SAQA members from Appleton, Wisconsin and Bloomington, IL to see the Matisse exhibit at the Art Institute, here in downtown Chicago. What a fantastic exhibit, it really makes me want to paint on canvas and then maybe throw it under the needle […]


Take a class with Melly Testa, FREE!

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Melly Testa is giving away a free spot in her next online class with Joggles!!! Get the details here and sign up, this looks like fun!


Wanna Get Away?

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Well, I have some really exciting news! Frieda Anderson and I are going to be teaching on an 8 day cruise to the Mexican Riviera!!!! Just think, next February when you are really tired of shivering and bundling up in layers and layers of clothes to brave the bitter cold outside, you could escape; to […]


An interview with Stacy Hurt

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Take a few minutes to watch Bonnie McCaffrie’s podcast interview with my friend Stacy Hurt, showing many of her animal and fantasy themed quilts with lots of bling.


Pencil Case tutorial

My friend Melly Testa has a new tutorial up today for a stitched pencil case, check it out.