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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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 […]

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. […]

A Valentines treat to bake for your sweetheart


Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes x 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, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, […]

My day off in Sydney

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Now that the hustle and bustle of hosting Thanksgiving at my home in Sacramento with my kids, parents, boyfriend and ex! is over and a success to boot (Thanksgiving video composed by Indigo), I want to get back to sharing my Australia trip. While I was teaching in Sydney, I had one day free to […]

Happy St. Nicolas Day!


The mingling scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice fill the air as warm Speculatius (Saint Nicolas Cookies) bake in the oven. The tradition is that children put out their shoes the night before and Saint Nicolas puts cookies in them for morning. We could never go quite that far because our little four legged friends […]

Field trip to International Quilt Festival Long Beach

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When I heard it was going to be the last year for festival in Long Beach I knew I needed to make the 400 mile drive south to experience it for the last time in this California location. My daughter Indigo and I hit the road at 8:30 am and made it to the outskirts of Los […]

International Quilt Festival, Houston enrollment starts Monday!

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Check out the class catalog, it’s that time already! I have a really full schedule again this year with 6 classes and a lecture. and Enrollment starts July 15th. Monday, October 28 Color Theory #123 Do you find yourself choosing the same ‘tried and true’ color combinations over and over? Do you want to learn how to mix exactly the color […]

Sorry about that temporary weirdness!

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I’m so sorry if you stopped by my blog today and found some creepy parasitic activity or subscribe and got a few strange foreign language blog posts sent to you this morning. My website was hacked over night 🙁 , but it has all been put to right and my web host is investigating how […]

And the winner is…


Lucky number 34 is Congratulations Linda for winning a spot in Lesley Riley’s Tap class!   There’s still a chance to win a spot in Lesley’s class on these blogs June 27 – Karen Watson — The Graphics Fairy June 29 – Theresa Wells Stifel – Stifel & Capra June 30 – Lynn Krawczyk – Fiber Artysta July […]

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 […]

Tsukineko Inks at Road


This is Gina, who was our one woman entertainment committee in the Tsukineko inks class, she has a fantastic sense of humor and kept us laughing all day, and she’s not only funny, she’s very talented too with a winning quilt in the show.     In this class we always start the day by […]