Archive for May, 2011

Rained Out at the Chicago Antiques Market

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Nina and I went to the Chicago Antiques market down the street this weekend. Shortly after we got there it started raining and didn’t really stop for the next 36 hours. We did manage to get a couple photos outdoors before we had to make a run for the inside part of the venue. I […]


The Chicago School of Fusing, Girls of May Birthday Bash

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Earlier this week we met for the annual May birthday party for Laura, Frieda, Emily and Anne. Laura Wasilowski greeted us to her humble abode in Elgin. Anne Fahl and Trish Williams listen attentively to Jane Sassaman while Frieda Anderson takes notes and Emily Parson knits. It looks like such serious business, but this is […]


I have an article on sewing metal in Volume 3 of the emag In Stitches

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Interweave’s newest issue of In Stitches is now available for download. It’s a great new magazine format that has written articles, videos and slideshows. Check out this great table of contents. Along with my article, there is a slide show of high res photos of many of the ways I have combined metal with textiles […]


Between the Spaces Curator Interview

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Check out this wonderful interview in the International Quilt Festival spring newsletter with Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison, about their new exhibit Between the Spaces that premieres at Long Beach Quilt Festival this July. Leslie Tucker Jenison and Jamie Fingal at International Quilt Festival Tweet


Asheville, North Carolina

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Before giving my lecture and workshop I had a day to run around exploring Asheville and meeting up with friends. My friend Carol Sloan drove up from South Carolina. Carol and I met online when she took my very first Color Theory class and then a year later we met in person when she drove to […]


An Artist Village

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Welcome to my stop on the Artist Village blog tour. My house is one of the little ones in the center circle of the village. Symbolically the bird, who spreads its wings and flies, has spoken to me over the last couple years, so I decided to make a bird house. The house incorporates floral/plant imagery […]


Teaching in North Carolina

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Friday, I flew to North Carolina to teach a Tsukineko Inks workshop on Saturday, to a group of wonderful textile artists. Karen Newman Fridy, my host and organizer for this leg of the trip, have talked about doing a class since we met on a trip I took to Winston-Salem 2 years ago. It was fun coming back […]


When was the last time you gave yourself three full days for relaxation and creativity?

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I know I don’t do it enough. It’s been a rough couple years, I think we should treat ourselves to more time for artistic exploration and creativity, it’s good for the soul! Join me this July 19-21, that’s just 2 months from now! for a 3 day painting retreat, Art Quilts: Painting & Surface Techniques at Idyllwild […]


When was the last time you gave yourself three full days for relaxation and creativity?

I know I don’t do it enough. It’s been a rough couple years, I think we should treat ourselves to more time for artistic exploration and creativity, it’s good for the soul! Join me this July 19-21, that’s just 2 months from now! for a 3 day painting retreat, Art Quilts: Painting & Surface Techniques at Idyllwild […]


Paper and Paint

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My daughter Nina gave me a lovely sketch/scrap book made with banana fiber pages. I love the speckled natural color of the paper. I really want to spend more time drawing, I used to be really good about keeping sketchbooks. Funny how once kids came into the picture, that sort of slipped away. I want to get […]


The last week of April

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Last week was an interesting one, so I thought I would share a few images from it. On wednesday President Obama was next door at Harpo studios. Several news vans were outside with cameras set up to document the arrival. I watched the motorcade drive up and into the studio garage, there were at least […]


Show your stuff!

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Are your inspired by the projects in Quilting Arts magazine? If you like trying out new ideas and techniques, Muppin from the Quilting Arts Forum has a new challenge for you. The artwork can be any size and any technique that you have seen in the magazine over the last 10 years, but your work should be something […]


An Artist Village Blog Tour

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Last year my friend, Kathy York, had a brilliant idea to organize a project to create an artist village with three dimensional stitched houses. She was inspired by the houses I made several years ago, that were published in Cloth Paper Scissors. Kathy just happened to have this beautiful green quilt that works perfectly as the […]