Archive for August, 2011

Magical Metal Altars at Create

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Thursday I taught Magical Metal Altars to a full class with 20 students. This is a new class, kind of a larger modified version of the popular Fiesta Ornaments. What fun this was! I gave the students a wide range of options to create their altar; from using a template with everything predesigned by me […]


Painting Fabric Class at the Create Retreat

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The Create retreat got off to a wonderful start on Wednesday. My first class had 8 students, it’s such a pleasure to have a class that small on occasion, teaching 25 (my usual number for festival) can be challenging, because I always like to give everyone individual attention along with the class demos. These gals […]


Lots of creating, not a lot I can show

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I have been working like crazy the last couple weeks prepping for a trip to Cleveland next monday for Quilting Arts TV. I’ve been playing with lots of fun products and techniques, but you’ll just have to watch for season 900 to find out what they’ll be. I still have one more segment to work […]


Wonderful work inspired by a few of my classes and techniques

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After taking my Heavy Metal Play Day class in St Paul last June Janet Hartje made this wonderful book to hold a variety of papers showcasing mixed media techniques. Check out Janets blog to read more about the book and see some of the other cool stuff she’s been creating! This week Marilyn Fischer, from Kentucky, shared this […]


And the winner is….

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Congratulations Andrea from Talking Horses Arts! Please send me your email, so I can enroll you in Color Theory and have Interweave contact you for the DVD download. Thank you everyone for the amazing feedback!It was so hard knowing only one person could win when there were so many wonderful comments, I wanted you all to […]


Final day of the Hot Summer Giveaway

Make sure you stop by Melanie Testa‘s blog today for a chance to win her wonderful book and a download of her DVD. These are all the other ArtSpark bloggers participating in the giveaway, so stop by and leave a comment if you haven’t already. Carla Sonhiem Diana Trout   Gloria Hansen  Tracie Lyn Huskamp  Jane LaFazio  […]


The Hot Summer Blog Giveaway Continues

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with a downloadable copy of my DVD Design, Paint & Stitch from Interweave and a free spot in my online Color Theory class! My DVD is about making painted whole cloth art quilts, it covers:  The design stage, how I use photo-editing software to manipulate and size the original design.  The painting stage, the tools needed for […]


Surviving the Runway Long Beach: The Fascinator

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Pokey’s latest theme for Surviving the Runway, at International Quilt Festival, was inspired by the hats worn for formal occasions in Britain, such as the royal wedding, called a fascinator. All the participants were given a flocked black fedora to fashion into a fascinating head piece. The Tim Gunn’s for the event were: Jane LaFazio, […]


Have you seen these great deals?

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It’s hard to even think about Christmas and the holidays right now, but you know it will be here before you know it. Get a head start on some projects with this great deal from Interweave. After all you can’t get much for under a buck these days. Download Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts 2010 for 10¢ ! Interweave also has $5 […]


A Spot of Tea in Long Beach

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My last class in Long Beach was Tea & Ephemera, where everyone works with drawing and painting on tea bags, collaging; printed abaca paper, decorative art papers, napkins and old garment patterns, bits of text from books and foreign newspapers and iron on ink jet transfers made with TAP. Then another layer of visual texture […]


Heavy Metal in Long Beach

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Heavy Metal Play Day is a day of fun and exploration; embossing and adding color to metal in a variety of ways, working with both aluminum and copper. It was another great workshop at International Quilt Festival. Tweet


Hot! End of Summer Giveaway

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Fiery Chicago summer sunset  My fabulously fiery friends are simply too hot to handle this summer! Be inspired and feed the fire of your creativity with some of the most creative publications and DVD workshops out there. Visit each blog on the scheduled day for that person (!!!) and leave comments for chances to win in this hottest of summer giveaways! […]


Tsukineko Inks at International Quilt Festival, Long Beach

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My first day teaching at festival, I had a full class with 24 students and a lot of wonderful work was produced using Tsukineko’s All Purpose Inks. We always start by using a dry brush method; dipping the fantastix tool in to the ink and working on white fabric and then progress to using paint […]


50% off Daler Rowney Acrylic Inks at Blick

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I just wanted to let you know that the Daler Rowney Inks I used on my last quilt are on sale at Blick.com for 50% off retail. Blick Art Materials: Save up to 60% on Select Items through August 17th! Tweet


Hanging The Space Between Exhibit

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Wednesday morning, Leslie, Jamie and I packed a van and a car full of quilts, suitcases and supplies for teaching and headed to Long Beach to check in to the hotel and hang The Space Between exhibitthey curated. We hung 40 quilts in record time, it probably helped that I’m so tall I could skip […]


A Trip to Hoffman Fabrics

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After my long weekend in northern California, I flew south to meet up with my gal pals Leslie Jenison and Jamie Fingal to hang out for a day and tour Hoffman Fabrics before heading to Long Beach for festival. The surf culture influence was all around from bolts of Hawaiian print fabric to the warehouse walls lined […]


Northern California will always be home to me

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I just got back to Chicago yesterday and am just getting to writing some blog posts, so please be patient for the Quilt Festival pics that will be coming in the next few days. Last friday I flew up to Sacramento to spend the weekend with my folks in Davis. Some of my favorite california […]