People, Places & Inspiration

Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch

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If you don’t know Deborah Boschert,  and her wonderful work already, I’d love to introduce you to my friend and her new book. Deborah and I have known each other for at least 10 years. This is us in the green room of Quilting Arts TV, 4 years (and 20 pounds) ago. I was thrilled to receive an […]


Just when you think you’re up for a bit of down time, life happens

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Wow, it has been an action packed 3 weeks since I last checked in. I had two teaching trips and then made an unplanned trip to San Diego right after I got back from Denver, because my step dad David collapsed and hit his head at the Del Mar race track on his way to collect on […]


Sometimes you just have to go with flow

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I have to admit that my heavy teaching schedule so far this year has wiped me out and I’m spending most of my time catching up with home life and not being all that creative in the studio. This is a very normal pattern for me that happens when life is too busy. I try […]


My Big Chill weekend in Colorado

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The weekend after teaching in Diablo Valley Phil and I flew to Denver to have a reunion of sorts with my dearest friends my old art school roommates. Our roommate Tracy got married and we flew from far and wide to converge for the long weekend and celebrate Tracy’s marriage and the fact that we were […]


Back from NYC and on my way to Florida

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Phil and I had a fantastic week in New York City. We saw friends, went to museums, ate wonderful food, enjoyed music played by friends and had a great time at the dance performances each night. I loved the Odd Fellows and Masons exhibit at the American Folk Art museum. I’ve always been drawn to symbolic imagery […]


Spring is off to a very busy start

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and it’s not going to slow down any time soon. I’m a little slow to post this month due to all the prep work I’ve been doing for my crazy teaching schedule this April and May. I’ve also been finishing a quilt for an exhibit, gathering supplies, shipping supplies, burning CD’s, and preparing stacks of handouts, but I’ve had […]


Making grape jam with Martha

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and I don’t mean Martha Stewart, I mean the very talented Martha Wolfe! If by chance you don’t know Martha’s work you need to check it out! Martha makes art quilts but she’s also studied printmaking and has a background in academia in the field of Marine Biology. Martha’s work is very graphic in nature, […]


The Inspiring beauty of Colorado

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After having such a great trip to Colorado; spending time with my old college room mate Tracy DuCharme, having two fun acrylic ink painting workshops and seeing so much natural beauty, I came back really wanting to paint. I decided to ignore the computer as much as possible for a solid week and a half and focus […]


Is Thermofax printing a mystery to you?

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Update: And the Winner of the Thermofax 101 DVD is lucky #7 Cathy Ortelle! Thanks Cathy and Congratulations!!! 🙂 and thank you to all the others who left a comment about what they are most interested in learning. Glad to see lots of interest in painting, surface design and mixed media techniques.   Well, my […]


It’s all about Crafting a Life!

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Last week, my daughter Indigo and I drove out to Napa to visit my friend, and founder of the Quilting Arts empire, Pokey Bolton, to help her with her new business venture. Pokey is building a fantastic creative arts and lifestyle retreat facility in the heart of Napa called ‘Crafting a Life, LLC, which she plans […]


How I spent my summer un-vacation

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I can’t believe summer is basically over and fall is quickly approaching (at least in some parts of the country) the only way you’d know it here is that the mornings and evenings are getting significantly cooler. Although I haven’t had too many teaching trips the last couple months, I have been very busy in […]


Oh Canada! Your quilters put on a great show

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Jan Krentz and I welcome you to the city of Niagara Falls This was my first trip to the Toronto area of Canada, I’ve been to the east and west sides of Canada, but that was many years ago, back when the border was less daunting. I had a relatively easy crossing, but after talking […]


Colorful Australia

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I flew out of San Francisco last Tuesday night and landed in Sydney at 6:30 Thursday morning. It’s always strange to lose a whole day when traveling, I’m usually confused about what day it is for almost a week. Cecile Whatman, of Unique Stitching, picked me up at the airport and we scooted off to […]


My first trip to the big apple

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After two days in Stonington, Phil and I took the train to New York City. Phil has been working with The Laura Pawel Modern Dance company for the last 30 years, performing live solo original compositions for several evening performances each year. We were so lucky to be able to stay with the Pawels in […]


Visiting the home of my ancestors and boyfriend

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After my flight from Dallas to Austin, I got back on a normal size plane, flew to New England and met up with my boyfriend from California to spend two days in his home town of Stonington, Connecticut. Stonington is the town Phil lived in when he was a boy, his older brother lives there […]


My Ultimate Challenge: flying to Dallas

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After a fabulous week in Austin, I spent the weekend in Dallas with my good friends Vickie Hallmark and Julie Upshaw, who were members of my art quilt group when I lived in Austin. Since we only had two days to get together and Dallas is a 4 hour drive from Austin, Vickie suggested her […]


My daughters Hannibal artwork is going viral!

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I’m a proud mom. My daughter Indigo created a beautiful digital painting inspired by her favorite tv show Hannibal. She posted it on her Tumblr blog and within half an hour NBC had posted it on their show’s Tumbler blog. It’s very exciting to see her work getting so much notice. I’m off to Austin, Texas […]


Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair

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I ended my five week trip to Australia by teaching pop up classes in the Unique Stitching booth and demoing various techniques as a guest artist at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair.  my exhibit and work space as guest artist   This is fellow guest artist Loani Prior, the queen of exotic knitted tea cozies. Her booth was […]


Beautiful Brisbane and its many bridges

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On my day off in Brisbane my wonderful host, Janet, from the Queensland Quilt Guild took me out for a day in the city. We took the train downtown, stopped to get a much needed massage, then had lunch at a lovely tea shop where I stocked up on a few wonderful teas. Then we […]


A trip to the Gold Coast

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  Cecile and I took a day trip south of Brisbane to visit the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast A common beach side plant known as Pigs Eye in Australia and Ice Plant in California. Next we drove up to Tamborine mountain and stopped for a delicious lunch at the MT Brewery    Then we […]


Mountains and beaches on the Sunshine Coast

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After leaving Peachester, Cecile and I drove through several small towns nestled up in the hills of the sunshine coast, stopping for a fantastic lunch, I had a delicious arugula (rocket) and lettuce salad with artisan blue cheese, walnuts and figs with a balsamic dressing. YUM! The rolling green hills we drove through were lovely, […]


Floral Inspiration in Glass House Country

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Peachester is located near the Glass Mountains, you can see them in the distance of this photo. The country side has lovely green rolling hills dotted with cows.  x Alwin was my host for my overnight stay in the Peachester area. Alwyn and her husband have a beautiful 2 acre property with gorgeous flower and […]


On to Brisbane to Meet the Queensland Quilters

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My first day in Brisbane began with a visit to the Queensland Quilt Guild to give two lectures. What made the day even more fun was to have my good friend Sue Dennis show up at the meeting and offer to take me out to see the sights between lectures.   Sue took me to Mt Coot, the […]


Charters Towers final resting spots

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If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know I really like visiting graveyards, like these ones in Vermont and Maine as well as this quilt. Charters Towers has two historic cemeteries. Sadly many of the graves are in very bad shape and there are piles of broken decorative rusty fence parts just laying around. […]