Archive for June, 2011

Sign up for Create before it’s too late!

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Interweave’s Create Retreat is fast approaching and classes are filling up! The retreat is going to be located in Lisle, Illinois, which is a suburb southwest of Chicago. You can fly into Midway (a smaller airport) or O’Hare, it’s about the same distance from either. I will be teaching two classes: Painting Fabric for Whole Cloth Quilts and […]


A little fun in St Paul

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The last class I taught in St. Paul was Tea and Ephemera, I have to apologize for not having photos, but it was a long week with four full day classes and the day ended before I realized I hadn’t taken any photos. (I’ll have lots more photos next month when I teach in California) […]


St Paul Day 3: Metal Workshop

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free motion quilting designs were this students inspiration for the peice with the leaves My third class in St. Paul was Heavy Metal Play Day, I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to teach this class after planning it almost 2 years ago. The first half of the class we concentrated on working […]


Tsukineko All Purpose Inks in St. Paul

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My Tsukineko Inks class was a large one with 25 students. In this class I teach two different techniques for applying the inks to fabric.  In the first half of the class we use a dry brush method with the Fantastix applicators that are dipped into the ink. Using the Fantastix pen tools are kind […]


Day 1 in St. Paul, what a week!

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Last Tuesday, I drove 400 miles from Chicago, IL to St Paul, MN, the longest road trip I have driven by the way, to teach 4 classes at the Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference. It was a wonderful show put on by an all volunteer committee, very impressive! Nina, my daughter and class assistant, painting […]


Hitting the road to St. Paul

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I have been busy for the last week, packing supplies for teaching 4 classes at the Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference this week. I have never been to Minnesota before so I am looking forward to seeing a little more of the midwest. Now add to this pile 2 more suitcases for clothes for me and Nina […]


ATC’s for MIU

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The other day Pokey posted photos of ATC‘s (artist trading cards) on Facebook, that she made for MIU (Make It University).  I love her fly ATC and would love to make a trade with her for one, so I made a bunch for the Trading Post wall in Long Beach at International Quilt Festival. Leslie Jenisen, Me, […]


Have you always wanted to paint but don’t know where to start?

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Oh Deer, Look What’s Become of Me!   detail In August I am teaching one of my favorite classes Painting Imagery for Art Quilts at the Create Retreat in Lisle, Illinois, just outside Chicago. I love to teach this class not only because I love to paint, but also because I love seeing peoples amazement when […]


Triple Inspiration!

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Last month Jane La Fazio taught a lesson to her monthly art quilt class using teabags, similar to the work I have done collaging them on fabric.  One of her students, Susie Zolghardri, had also been reading Carla Sonheim’s book and did some cat drawings, using a pillow as the support below the drawings to get […]


Homemade Whoopie Pies!!!!

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It was pouring rain, nothing to do outside on a sunday afternoon, so Nina had the brilliant idea of trying to make whoopie pies. These are a treat that anyone growing up in New England would have fond memories of. It is like a chocolate cake sandwich with creamy filling. A box cake mix would […]