Archive for December, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Abby doesn’t look too happy, because she would rather have some of the warm cranberry bread we are eating, instead of posing for this silly photo. Don’t you think she looks a bit like a Dr. Suess character in her christmas sweater Nina made her? Have a fabulous holiday! 


A rare solstice lunar eclipse!

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Wheel of Time, detail, 1999 Judy Coates Perez Tomorrow, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. For the ancient Celts it was a significant holy day because it meant that the sun would begin it’s return, bringing longer days and potential warmth. Because of this, the solstice represents new beginnings […]


Check out Creative Time and Space

Rice Freeman-Zachery does a review of her wonderful book and talks about a project she is starting on her blog to help you be ready to be more creative in 2011.


Felted Wool Ornaments

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With the holidays here, I thought it would be a good time to repost my tutorial on making felted wool ornaments. To make the ornaments shown in the 2008 issue of Quilting Arts Gifts, you need to make felted wool balls. Warning: once you start making these, it may be really hard to stop. To […]


Lucky winners of Cindy’s patterns

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Here are the lucky recipients of Cindy’s patterns   Congratulations, Jan and Hilda! Please email me with your address and I will pop the patterns in the mail to you.


Quilting Arts TV – Series 700

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The next season of QATV to hit the air waves is series 700, here’s the episode line up so you can set the DVR to catch your favorite guests and projects or you can pre-order the DVD now. Series 700 Episodes 1–13 Episode 701: An elegant portrait finish for small quilts with Jean Wells • […]


I want to introduce you to Cindy Shake

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from Anchorage, Alaska. Cindy is an artist and designer currently working in metal sculpture and fiber art design. Cindy and I became blog friends a year or two ago after she revealed herself to be another lover of squid, while she was working on these gorgeous wall sculptures combining her metal and clay work. Don’t […]


Laura models my tree skirt

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Today was the PAQA (Professional Art Quilters Association) meeting where art quilters from all over the midwest meet to share info on exhibition opportunities, classes, accomplishments and their latest work. During our show and tell portion of the meeting Laura Wasilowski, ever the comedienne, modeled the Christmas tree skirt I designed for this years Quilting […]


Try your hand at the first Rit Creative Challenge!

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1. Share Your CreativityThe first Rit Creative Challenge is themed around UPCYCLING, which is defined as: Laying hands on potential throwaways andbreathing new life, quality and value into the result. All you need to do is upload a do-it-yourself upcycling project to the community — a project that showcases some creative way you transformed a […]


One of a Kind show 2010

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Yesterday, Nina and I went to the One of a Kind show at the merchandise mart in downtown Chicago with this dynamic duo. I feel so bad about not taking many photos, I snapped this one of Frieda and Laura in the elevator of my building on our way out. There were lots of beautiful […]


House contruction complete

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These are the finished stitched panels, before I stitched them into a house form. I decided my house would be a bird house and sewed and stuffed a bird to paint and put inside. I can’t show a finished photo of the whole house until the project gets submitted, but here’s a little detail.