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Blessing in the wind: making prayer flags at quilt festival

I’ve been really looking forward to sharing the photos from the Prayer Flags class with you, not only because it is such an optimal time to make them with all the turmoil over the election among other things, but because the flags my students made came out amazing!!!   We began by creating colored fabric using acrylic […]


Tea for 23

At Festival on Wednesday I taught Tea & Ephemera, this is a fun class with momentary periods of creative frenzy. Here everyone is printing thermo-fax images on their fabric. This is followed by drawing on tea bags, collaging them along with a variety of other printed and textured papers onto fabric, painting and coloring the tea […]


It’s been a productive week! Finishing the red vase

This week, in between packing up supplies for teaching at International Quilt Festival, this is about half of what I’ve had to pull together for all my classes, 4 other boxes have been shipped, . and finishing a cable sweater I’ve had in the works for 2 years, did I ever mention how much I […]


Blue vase painted with acrylic inks

Back in April I taught an acrylic inks workshop at the Focus on Fiber Florida retreat in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and I had the opportunity to extend my stay by 3 days to paint and spend time on my own work. I made the sketch on the left as an idea for overpainting a […]


It’s pumpkin time!

Fall is in the air! The weathers turning, it’s cool outside and we actually got some sprinkles of rain today in drought stricken Northern California. I love autumn, it’s my favorite time of year and I love having the symbols of fall, like pumpkins and gourds, decorating my house. A few years ago ,I began making […]


And the winner is…

Congratulations Barbara Grandon! You are lucky number 13 🙂 and the winner of Deborah Boschert‘s new book Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch!  


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

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 […]


10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks in San Luis Obispo, CA and a New Quilt for Yvonne

On August 12-13, I’ll be teaching a 2-day acrylic inks workshop in San Luis Obispo at SLO Creative Studio. I’m really excited about this not only because it’s a beautiful area of California and I get to visit an old high school friend, but also because it’s my favorite class to teach! There really is nothing better than […]


Sometimes you just have to go with flow

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 […]


Spring is off to a very busy start

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 […]


What I did on my Christmas vacation

Since I didn’t have any teaching gigs in December, it turned out to be a very productive month. I wrote an article for the upcoming March issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. I completed another big project that I’m not quite ready to reveal, I’ll tell you about that after Craft Napa. I used some of the thermofax screens […]


Have you ever thought of printing a photo on a tea bag?

well, as odd as it may seem I have, and here’s why; tea bags are a light weight, strong paper with a lovely tea stained patina that gives them a vintage distressed look. Best of all, teabag paper is so thin, that when adhered to fabric, the tea bag blends right into the surface and has a ‘workable’ surface […]


Creative Journeys Blog Hop

I want to let you know about the new ebook Creative Journeys by Australian art quilter Lisa Walton. Lisa’s book is an introduction to a range of mixed media and surface design techniques for textiles with simple steps and photos for each. The techniques demonstrated are; using an assortment of Fabric Paints in a variety of different surface […]


Welcome to my stop on the Around the World blog hop

I want to thank my dear friend Frieda Anderson for inviting me to participate in this artists blog tour. Frieda and I first became friends when I moved to Chicago in 2005 and she and Laura Wasilowski took me under their wings, introduced me to other textile artists in the midwest and signed me on as ‘adjunct […]


Time to start making felted wool ornaments!

How did the year go by so fast that the holidays are already upon us? Well, I know for me, this time of year always gets me in the mood for making things. Whether it’s baking, stitching or simply cutting snowflakes, so I thought it would be a good time to repost my tutorial for making […]


Exploring new directions with a variety of media

Recently I used acrylic inks to bring new life to a couple ‘finished’ pieces that, to put it simply, felt unfinished. I really love the way they look after adding a larger, more colorful, image. Each piece now has a dominant focal point painted with acrylic inks on top of a subtle, mainly monochromatic, background that was created with a variety […]


My road trip to Fresno, CA… 3 days after returning from Australia

I used to look at the crazy schedules of my friends who also teach and wondered how they coped with big trips back to back, but now that I find myself occasionally in the same boat, the answer is; you just do it. When you love making art, teaching and need to pay the bills, there really isn’t […]


The Creative Textiles show in Canberra

I’ve been so busy since I came back from Australia. 3 days after I came home I was on the road to central California to give a lecture and teach a workshop and for the last week I’ve been catching up with my kids, dealing with an on going health problem of my daughter, spending some time […]


A blast of creativity and fun in my workshops with Unique Stitching

The last 3 weeks have been a whirlwind. I taught 2 classes with Unique Stitching, 3 classes at the Creative textiles show in Canberra, flew home from Australia on May 5th then drove to Fresno on May 8th, where I gave a lecture and taught a painting class. I’m just now catching my breath and able to […]


Colorful Australia

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 […]


New product review: Golden 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 […]


My first trip to the big apple

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 […]


My daughters Hannibal artwork is going viral!

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 […]


Start a Heart Felt Conversation with a Loved One

Reposting a fun little Valentine project from a couple years ago   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 as a template for cutting them out. […]