Succulent Love complete

bkgrd quilting 2

A couple months ago I posted about painting a new piece called Succulent Love, and in the mean time, I’ve had a couple teaching gigs and a vacation trip and have been working on preparations for teaching at International Quilt Festival at the end of October. I don’t think people realize how much prep is involved teaching at conventions, […]

Succulent Love

agave photo detail

I have always loved succulents and cacti. Years ago when I lived in Los Angeles, I had a pretty big collection, but I had to give them away when I moved across country. Now that I’m back in California and in a drought, I’ve given up my thirsty garden and have been accumulating succulents again. […]

The Value of Contrast and Taking Risks


Before I start talking about painting, I want to say a big Thank you!  to everyone who ordered my book! If you’d like to order a copy of my book, click on the photo, use promocode 15MAY for 15% off, during check out. And I’d like to mention a new teaching event I have scheduled next April. […]

Bee-lieving in productivity and abundance


Spring is all around us here with trees blossoming everywhere you look, I can’t help but feel inspired and after teaching in Visalia and before preparing for my next teaching gig in Amador county with a group of Northern California art quilters, I had a strong desire to paint. I knew I wanted my work […]

DIY Pressing Board: portable ironing boards or padded printing boards for thermofax


Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been gathering supplies and preparing fabric for my upcoming classes. For my Tea & Ephemera class I make faux tea stained fabric for my students to use as a base for their collage and mixed media techniques. This begins with tearing fabric to size, mixing a bucket of watery golden […]

Discovering the hidden perks of a truckload of dung

truckload detail

Update: I was very excited to learn my quilt ‘8 of Cups’ won a blue ribbon for Best Use of Color at Pacific International Quilt Festival while I was at Arrowmont!     Believe it or not, ‘Discovering the Hidden Perks of a Truckload of Dung’ is the title of the quilt I just sent off to […]

New product review: Golden High Flow Acrylics

high flow acrylics

Recently I bought some Golden High Flow acrylics to experiment with. These are not the same as Golden’s Fluid Acrylics which are slightly thicker in consistency. The high flow acrylics are like Liquitex and the FW Daler Rowney acrylic inks I have become so fond of painting with. The number one reason I bought the […]

Win a spot in Lesley Riley’s Mastering the Art of Transfers TAP class!

bird painting printed on TAp and transferred to canvas and Black & White image transferred to tea bag

UPDATE! The winner is Linda McGlaughlin. Thanks to everybody who participated here. Check out the blog list below for other chances to win. My good friend, artist and author, Lesley Riley has a new online class at CraftArtEdu. This is an online video class that you can watch on your computer anytime you want, indefinitely. In the […]

Growing pains


I think it’s important to keep growing, learning, honing skills and expanding ones repertoire. The hard part is how all encompassing it can sometimes feel. I’ve been very busy with several projects that unfortunately I can’t really talk about. One is an art quilt entry for an exhibition, and the rest are projects and prep […]

Making Felted Wool Eggs

felted eggs

Since Easter is right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to repost this tutorial on making felted eggs. These are really fun to make and stitch, enjoy! While I was poking around on  Pinterest I saw quite a few pretty dyed eggs and thought it might be fun to make some […]

An Artist Date at the Museum


A few months ago I moved to Sacramento and one of the first outings I made was to the Crocker Art Museum. Right now there is a fantastic exhibit of Norman Rockwell paintings and I have already seen the exhibit twice in less than a week. Wow! We think of Norman Rockwell’s paintings portraying the […]

Getting back into creative mode


Now that I’m pretty much settled in, the holidays are over and life is returning to its new normal, it’s time to get back to work. Recently, my good friend Lesley Riley, asked me to submit a piece for a new book she’s doing on quotes, if you’d like to participate check out her call […]

Printing some last minute wrapping paper for the holiday


When I left Chicago, I ruthlessly tossed a lot of things, one of which was my stash of miscellaneous gift wrapping paper. Now that the holiday is imminent, I made some new gift wrap using the beautiful carved wooden stamps I got from Colouricious, acrylic inks and kraft paper. One of the most crucial tips I […]

Make a faced binding


Quite often I think bindings can visually distract from an art quilt. Of course there are times when the binding integrates visually to the overall design of a quilt and is a necessary design element. But for my quilts I find a frame of color around the outside edge of the quilt to be distracting. […]

Prepping fabric


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 […]

Tea bags revisited


My life is a in a bit of chaos right now and I havent been able to work on anything art related for a couple weeks, so I’m reposting a couple of older blog posts about using tea bags and paper on fabric to make mixed media art quilts. Drawing on a tea bag. 1. After […]

Would you like to buy a thermofax screen designed by me?

Lynn Krawczykof Fibra Artysta, you may also know her as the thermofax queen, invited a few of her fellow creative friends to design a thermofax screen to sell in her Etsy Shop. The screen I designed goes on sale today and with a nod to Cinco de Mayo, I present you with Florabunda. The image on […]

Off to Cincinnati for International Quilt Festival


So I wish I could say I’ve been doing all sorts of creative things the last couple weeks but unfortunately I can’t. It’s been mostly teaching type stuff; signing and sending contracts, negotiating future teaching engagements (a few downunder, yipee!) preparing handouts and samples for new classes, accumulating supplies for my teaching gigs and packing. […]

DIY Ombre Jean Skirt


I’ve had this jean skirt for a couple years and have hardly ever worn it, the first reason is the length was not flattering being right at the knee, as you can see here in this photo from quilt festival with my friend  Jane LaFazio and one of my students, Nasreen. It makes my long […]

Hectic days, an old artquilt gets a face lift and spring fever.


I’ve had so much going on the last couple weeks it’s been hard to sit down and write. Between my recent travels, I sold two quilts to a friend/collector who’s moving to England and sent my daughter Indigo off on a last minute month long trip to help her get set up in her new […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Embossed aluminum colored with markers.  

Conversation Hearts


As valentines Day is coming up I thought I would repost this simple little Valentine project from last year. Wanting to share a little Valentine’s Day love, I decided to sew up some conversation hearts for the special people in my life. I stamped endearments on wool felt and cut a paper heart to use […]

Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes


Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes Zucchini Chocolate Cake 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda            1/2 tsp salt 3 cups shredded zucchini 1 cup semisweet chocolate baking chips 1 cup salad oil 4 large eggs In a large bowl, mix flour, […]

Making 8 of Cups

8 of Cups

The 8 of Cups came about after getting my heart broken by a guy I was dating. I began by drawing an anatomical heart from an old medical illustration engraving, extending the arteries into curving vines to represent new growth and life. I feel like when I create imagery that is painful but transformative, it […]