Archive for August, 2012

Aloha! Grab your grass skirt and let’s paint all the way to Hawaii!

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This is so exciting, I want to invite you to come along with me for a surface design painting adventure on an island hopping Quilt n’ Cruise to Hawaii. Linda Poole, Joan Shay and Lisa Erlandson will also be teaching on the cruise. The ship leaves port from San Francisco October 4th. The next 4 days at […]


How Long Does It Take To Bind A Quilt?

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Evidently for me, a traditional quilt binding can take 9 years, lol. I don’t make many utilitarian quilts and I’ve never liked sewing traditional quilt bindings, but I made this ‘modern’ quilt for the bedroom we renovated in our house in Austin Texas almost 10 years ago! Front               […]


Gimme Shelter

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The symbolism of home and shelter is very significant to me right now. I am on the cusp of a major life transition, and home, as I am sure I will have some form of shelter as I go through this, is a bit ambiguous right now. My marriage of more than 20 years came […]


Prepping fabric

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I have so much on my plate that I have very little creative time right now, but I did pull out paint and fabric to prepare for my next teaching gig in Springfield MO for the Ozark Quilters show next month. It was a really nice break from paperwork, computer time and purging. You can see the […]


A Sea of Colorful Fabric Using 10 Techniques with Acrylic Inks

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This was the scene on the floor before we broke for lunch on Saturday. Luckily we had a really big room. I spread out a 9′ x 12′ tarp and then added another 6 feet to it an hour later. These were our base fabrics created using the first 5 techniques.  After lunch we used […]


But Where Are All The Martians?

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Well, it’s very exciting that the Mars rover Curiosity has landed with newer high tech equipment ready to beam us back some new pics of the Martian landscape, but my guess is it’s still going to look a bit stark. I made this quilt after the first rover landed on Mars in 2004 and all […]


Charting a Course in Color

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I teach color theory very much like you would learn it in art school, because I think the way to really understand color is by mixing paint and seeing what happens when you physically add one color to another. As an educator I believe experiential learning like this creates the deepest level of learning for most people. In the […]


Alternatively Bound and Stitched in Long Beach

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There are always a few things I learn teaching a new class, like if I’ve forgotten to put something on the supply list or how long will it take students to go through each part of the class within the 6 hour time frame. With sewing machine based classes at conventions, it always takes a little extra time […]


International Quilt Festival Long Beach Pre-show Set Up

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It was so nice to be back in Southern California for another Quilt Festival. This is the lovely view from our hotel window at the Hyatt. Here’s what the convention center looks like the day before festival opens. It is amazing how it all comes together in a relatively short period of time. That’s a […]