The Work

You never know the potential of something you thought was going nowhere…

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When teaching classes, I make a lot of samples, some go well, some not so good. While in Brisbane, I made several samples for creating textured backgrounds. These all went outside to dry on plastic through out the day. Later in the afternoon, someone brought in one of my painted pieces that I had forgotten […]


Inspired by Seed Pods, Gum Leaves and Banksia

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This is another sample from one of my acrylic ink workshops in Australia. The pods, leaves and flowers were stamped on top of a colorful textured background, reminiscent of dappled light and leafy trees, using hand carved rubber stamps. I carved the leaf stamp on both sides, so I could get the leaves to hang […]


Inspired by Gum Leaves

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While teaching in Australia I had several opportunities  to teach classes and give demos using acrylic inks that resulted in a series painted fabrics that were inspired by the leaves, flowers and pods I saw.   Gum Leaves finished size 11 1/2″ x 13 1/2″   Gum nuts, leaves and pods finished size 8″ x […]


Home is where the heart is

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I’ve been crazy busy the last few weeks getting ready for my trip to Australia and unfortunately didn’t have time to do a new tutorial for the sketchbook challenge blog, but in keeping with The Houses and Hideaways theme I thought I’d post of a few pics of some of the houses I’ve made. I’ve […]


An Exquisite Moment: Fear of Flying

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I am very honored my art quilt ‘Fear of Flying’ was accepted into the exhibit ‘An Exquisite Moment’ curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison premiering at International Quilt Festival in Long Beach August 2-4, and will travel to each International Quilt Festival venue over the next year. My artist statement about this piece is […]


More CSA Artbox’s in the works

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The Artbox CSA has been such a cool project, that the group decided to invite a couple amazingly talented friends to join us this time around; Tracie Lyn Huskamp and Kelli Nina Perkins!  We are going to offer 3 new artbox options: a six piece full box and 2 different four piece half boxes just in time for the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


I’m leaving in on a jet plane…

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I’m on my way to Sacramento to spend a few days with my parents and check out neighborhoods for potential places to live. Then I’m flying to Southern California to spend a day with my gal pals Leslie Jenison and Jamie Fingal and teach at International Quilt Festival, Long Beach. By the way I still […]


Start your fiber art collection now with a CSA ArtBox!

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You’ve heard of buying a CSA farm box of veggies from a local grower and having it delivered to your door right? Well, ArtBox, CSA is a smilar concept that a group of well known and loved textile artists are trying out. We have created a beautiful collection of unique artwork to be delivered and ready to hang in your home […]


Just a few days left…

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I wanted to give you the heads up that there are just a few days left to buy this limited edition thermofax screen Florabunda, sale ends May 31st. The image on the screen is approximately 9″ x 6″ and sells for $13. This image was printed with textile paint on tan colored hand dyed fabric. This […]


Introducing the Painted Threads ebook!

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I recently updated my Painted Threads portfolio book with two newer quilts and while I was at it I created an ebook version that can be viewed on an ipad. If you’d like to see a preview of the entire book you can see it here. I don’t have an ipad…yet, so I bought a […]


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 […]


Summer long artquilt exhibit at the National Quilt Museum, Opening Today!

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I am very excited to announce that 5 of my quilts will be in an exhibit at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY with the Chicago School of Fusing gals; Laura Wasilowski, Frieda Anderson, Melody Johnson, Emily Parson, Anne Lulle and Jane Sassaman opening July 15 and running through October 4, also exhibiting with us is […]


ATC’s for MIU

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The other day Pokey posted photos of ATC‘s (artist trading cards) on Facebook, that she made for MIU (Make It University).  I love her fly ATC and would love to make a trade with her for one, so I made a bunch for the Trading Post wall in Long Beach at International Quilt Festival. Leslie Jenisen, Me, […]


A quilt of love and healing for Melly

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The day Melly Testa told a small group of us that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, we started a massive email exchange brainstorming and designing a quilt that she could wrap herself in while going through chemo. We wanted a way to show Melly how much we loved her and no matter how […]


Tomorrow is ONE!

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Bluebird Virginia Spiegal is lending her fund raising expertise once again to the American Cancer Society with a one day mixed media fiber art auction Wednesday February 16th. This year the auction means so much more for many of us fiber art lovers, with our dear friend Melly Testa battling the big C herself. Please […]


Time for healing and support

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I know my blog posts have been a little sporadic lately, I don’t know about you, but it feels like there is a lot going on in my life right now. One of the things I have been preoccupied with is my friend Melly Testas health, I would love for all of you to keep […]


One Cause, One Wednesday, One Hundred Collages

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Virginia Spiegal is lending her fund raising expertise once again to the American Cancer Society with a one day mixed media fiber art auction on Wednesday February 16th. I am donating two 5″ x 7″ collages to the auction Bluebird Garden Visitors The goal – Raise $8,000 for the American Cancer Society in just one […]


A rare solstice lunar eclipse!

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Wheel of Time, detail, 1999 Judy Coates Perez Tomorrow, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. For the ancient Celts it was a significant holy day because it meant that the sun would begin it’s return, bringing longer days and potential warmth. Because of this, the solstice represents new beginnings […]


My other love… pottery

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In my conversation with Lesley I mentioned that I used to do pottery when I lived in Austin. I love working in ceramics, making the basic form and then carving the surface. Much like when I make an art quilt, I paint the fabric and then quilt the surface. I love that extra layer of […]


Lark Prize Bonanza!

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While I have been buried in a pile of paper work this week, I received a wonderful distraction, a big box filled with books from Lark Publishing for my prize from the “Quilt it” contest. This is great there are several books in here that have been on my wish list for some time, so […]