Archive for July, 2010

International Quilt Festival Long Beach: Day 2 Fiesta Ornaments

Friday evening I taught Fiesta Ornaments. In this class everyone gets to paint, do a little quilting, and sew and emboss metal. I always have students tell me how thrilled they are to walk out the door with a finished object!

International Quilt Festival Long Beach: Day 2 Open Studios

Friday morning started with a couple hours in Open Studios at Make it University. My daughter Nina participated in Open Studios for the first time. She displayed one of her Asian ball jointed dolls and the clothes and wigs she designs and makes for them, as well as her sculpted hearts and skulls and a portfolio of […]

International Quilt Festival Long Beach: Day 1

It was really great being back in Southern California, such a nice break from Chicago’s humidity and I love catching up with so many friends here. My first class at festival was Mixed Media Painted Fabric, we had a cavernous room to spread out and work in. I really enjoy this class because, each person uses the […]

Dinner with good friends and star sightings

I had dinner last night with several of my architect buddies (from my previous life as a graphic designer working in Architecture) at the W in Hollywood. Jimmy Kimmel walked in with Guillermo and was nice enough to sit down for a photo with us. (You made it onto the blog Mark!) I havent been […]

A little travel knitting

I am leaving Wednesday for Long Beach to teach at International Quilt Festival. I always like to have a small scale knitting project along for those times when I am passing the hours at the airport and flying. I came across this free pattern for arm warmers on, it looked like just the right balance […]

Make it University Long Beach, not to be missed!

Classes are by lottery, so be there 30 minutes ahead, $10/each cash Friday:12–1pm – Fly Your Own Colors – Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison
1:30–2:30pm- Recycling Remix – Alisa Burke3–4pm – Embossed Metal Origami Pop Up Book – Judy Coates Perez Saturday:11:45-12:45- Fantastic Fabric Flowers –  Alisa Burke1:15– 2:15pm – Mixed Media Box to […]

Remember this?

Last February I told you I was working on a project I couldn’t talk about, well, now I can! I was dyeing silk for an article for Vogue Patterns Magazine. This is the August/September issue. I dyed rayon/silk velvet with a variety of hand dye techniques using Rit dye to make a scarf using 6 […]

I’m featured in an artist spotlight

Lyric Kinard, author of Art + Quilt, Design Principles and Creativity Exercises has featured me on her blog. She is also doing a dvd giveaway, so stop by for a visit and leave a note for a chance to win.

An Urban Naturescape

I have lived just west of downtown Chicago almost 5 years now and I am always amazed by the things I see. While walking my dog this butterfly flew right into my hands then fluttered out and landed on me, staying there for several minutes. My neighborhood is an industrial area of old brick factory […]

An Ornamental Fiesta

Try your hand embossing and sewing metal, painting fabric and quilting. This is a fun class loaded with techniques. Inspired by Mexican tin folk art, these fun and festive ornaments incorporate painting with textile paints, quilting, embossing and sewing metal. an ornament can even have doors. Here are some examples of the beautiful ornaments made by students in […]

Painting for an upcoming project

I am working fast and furious to prepare for a big project in a couple months, here is a little snippet of what I have been painting this weekend. Now if you haven’t caught Rice Freeman-Zachery’s latest podcast with my dear friend Melly Testa, you should mosey on over and give it a listen.