People & Places

A Wine Tasting Tour in the Yarra Valley

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What a finale to my amazing trip. I had never gone wine tasting before and it was so fun to go with Cecile who was very knowledgable about wine and was able to fill me in on extra info about the history of wine making in this Pinot region of Australia. Our day started at […]


A trip to McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park

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The day before setting up for AQC, Cecile and I took a trip out to the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Melbourne and has a wonderful indoor gallery space, great restaurant and lovely  grounds. The grounds for the sculpture garden were beautiful from a formal park like setting […]


A glimpse of Australia’s Fauna

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After the convention, Cecile and her husband Glen took me, Susan Brubaker Knapp and Susan’s Kiwi friend Allison Greene for a day out at the Healesville Animal Sanctuary , about an hours drive from Melbourne in the Yarra valley to see some of Australia’s native species. The day started out quite chilly and drizzly, I was […]


A bit of Australian Flora

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I was fascinated by many of the plants I saw in SoutheasternAustralia, from interestingly shaped seed pods and husks, to vibrantly colored and textured tree barks. This is Golden Wattle, Australia’s floral emblem. I think these little purple flowers were so interesting, they looked like half flowers, missing the other side. I love how these […]


These boots were made for walkin…

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I’m a barefoot kinda gal, but when I have to put something on my feet these boots are it. They’ve been my walking shoes for the last several years taking me all over the place. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic on the beautiful old glass block sidewalk drainage covers that are all over downtown […]


Melbourne’s Street Art

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One of the amazing things about Melbourne is the abundance of fantastic street art. These photos are from the Laneways in downtown Melbourne, where painting buildings seems to be not only tolerated, but almost encouraged. The images below are from Gertrude and Brunswick Streets in Fitzroy near the Royal Exhibition Building. I like to think […]


A taste of Melbourne

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If you know me at all, you probably realize that this tea shop T2 was pretty close to nirvana for me. Everything was so beautiful, from the tea pots and saucers (that I wanted every one of) to the amazing endless selection of teas. I also drank lots of excellent coffee, good coffee is a […]


Melbourne, my newest favorite place

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I flew into Melbourne 5 days before teaching at the Australasian Quilt Convention so I could have time to see the sights and also acclamate to the time change. Luckily I had friends to stay with that knew all the kinds of places I’d like to see. The first place we went after leaving the […]


Back from my Aussie Adventure

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What an amazing trip I’ve had down under! I truly loved every minute, from the wonderful people I met, to the fun places I went and the incredible food I ate. On my return, my suitcase was 10 pounds lighter from class supplies but my body is now 10 pounds heavier! I feel so inspired […]


Flying with Paint and other adventures on Quilting Arts TV

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Last week I flew to Cleveland, Ohio to film 4 segments for Quilting Arts TV. I left spring behind in my lovely green back yard to find winter in Cleveland, not exactly what I was looking forward too, lol. Just to let you in on some of the trials of this jet setting artist life; I […]


To Dye for Treasures at the Antique Faire

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Recently my daughter Indigo and I had so much fun at the Sacramento Antique Faire, where fell in love with this box that originally stored tins of dye. I wish I could have bought it, but at $160 it was out of my non essentials budget. Printed on the inside of the door was this […]


A nice start to my week in Southern California

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I’m catching up from my trip to Ontario to teach at Road to California, and getting used to a brand new computer, so I’m a bit behind on writing a post about my classes. Last Tuesday, I drove to Los Angeles (389 miles), to stay with my old art school room mate and talented graphic designer Amy McFarland […]


Road to California- the conference

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A few months ago I had a blog post with the same name except then I was driving across country to move, this time I’m going to drive (going south) across the state to teach at the Road to California conference. I can’t tell you how nice it will be to drive with all my supplies […]


What a year it’s been!

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There have been highs and lows, endings and new beginnings, lot’s of laughter and a few tears, metaphorical journeys and actual ones. It was a challenging year for me and I won’t deny I’m happy to see it drawing to an end, but despite the difficult times there were also many wonderful ones. Here are a […]


The Road to California

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48 hours after I returned to Chicago from teaching in Houston (on election night), we moved out, closed on the sale of our loft, and were on the road driving west. It was cold, dark and raining, but it was such a wonderful feeling to finally close the chapter on a long period of ambiguity, not […]


Houston here we come!

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Woo hoo, let the fun times begin! I love going to International Quilt Festival, Houston, this is my 15th straight year! My first trip was in 1997, the year I moved to Austin, I didn’t know a soul, but I felt inspired and knew I’d be back the next year. ‘Houston’ became an annual slumber party with […]


Sacramento Living

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I don’t usually think about chickens when I think of Sacramento, but my girlfriend Joanie has a veritable miniature farm in her beautiful back yard. Everything in her yard grows so beautifully, I have no hopes of ever attaining this kind of thing. I’m much better at painting plants than tending them, but I can […]


Northern California Farmers Market Love

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I have been staying with my parents in Davis and a friend in Sacramento, really getting a feel for the area, since this is where I’ll be moving in the fall. Can you tell I am in love with the farmers markets? I love the amazing variety of fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables available in […]


Texture and color in the city

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To change things up a bit I’m posting images from a photo safari I took with my daughter Indigo to an area just west of my neighborhood in Chicago, underneath the Metra train tracks. I like how this graffiti artist worked with the structure of the staggered block wall. I am particularly entranced by the […]


It’s all about me today (lol)

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I’ve been featured on the Dinner@8 blog for the upcoming Rituals exhibit. Tweet


The Road to Mineral Point

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I’ve been slow to get a blogpost written because it took me a couple days to deal with some computer issues. Basically my computer kept telling me my startup disk was full and before I could upload any photos from my trip I needed to clear some space on my hard drive, but now that […]


A day out with my sister

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Over the weekend my sister Deb came to visit me from Maine for Thanksgiving. With finances being so tight we haven’t seen each other in 2 years, but a month ago we were able to find a flight on JetBlue for $80 roundtrip from Boston to Chicago to split, so this holiday has even more […]


Saturday: Make it U, friends, Surviving the Runway and Pokey’s Surprise Birthday Party

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Saturday I taught a Make it University workshop using DeColorourant, a product used to discharge color from fabric using an iron. I have an article on DeColorourant in Quilting Arts magazine after the new year. Hanging with Friends Melly, Rice and I ran into Jamie and Leslie on their way to open studios and had […]


Friday: Lecture, Interview, Reception, Dinner

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On friday my day began with giving a power point lecture called Making an Award Winning Artquilt (and everything that can go wrong in the process). It’s an information packed lecture showing a series of quilts from start to finish, how I pull together a concept with imagery to create a design, products that I prefer and […]