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The gypsy caravan has been detained

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Our buyers hit a snag and we are pursuing all possibilities for getting the sale completed before the contract expires. I would hate to start this process all over again and live in boxes indefinitely. In the mean time, I’m getting racks put on my car this morning, trying to keep up with phone calls, […]


Things are getting crazy

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I havent completely dropped off the face of the earth, I am in the midst of a packing frenzy. We got approval on our short sale last week and have an ambiguous closing date of any time between the first and middle of October. So now my ex and I are going through more than 20 years […]


And the winner is…

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Peggie is lucky number 87, the winner of Patchwork Sassaman Style! Congratulations Peggie!


Patchwork Sassaman Style Blog Hop Giveaway!

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I am so thrilled to be able to help my friend Jane Sassaman promote her new book Patchwork Sassaman Style. This is such a great book! it even gets me itching to make a few traditionally constructed quilts to snuggle under. I love the way Jane has used her beautifully designed fabrics to illustrate how a […]


Coming soon! Extraordinary blog tour- Patchwork Sassaman Style

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My good friend and designer extraordinaire Jane Sassaman has a beautiful new book! and a bunch of us are helping her celebrate. During the month of July visit these blogs and leave a comment on the post about Janes book for a chance to win a copy of your own. (US only please) July 2 […]


Chicago School of Fusing May Birthday Bash

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Jane Sassaman and Laura Wasilowski So if you were unaware, the majority of the Chicago School of Fusing were all born in May. So this means once a year we have to get together for a party to celebrate and it includes many of the top stars of the art quilting world who live in […]


Happy Cinco De Mayo! May Tutorial Blog Hop Continues

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April 30 – Tracie Lynn Huskamp A Stenciled &Stitched Special Occasion Greeting Card May 1 - Traci Bunkers Gelatin Plate Printing on Fabric May 2 - Lisa Engelbrecht Script Lettering/Tattoo style using Sakura Calligrapher Pens May 3 – Judy Coates Perez How Can You Resist Such a Simple Technique? May 4 - Melanie Testa A Thimble Purse Pattern […]


May Day, May Day – Let the Creating Begin!

April 30 – Tracie Lynn Huskamp A Stenciled &Stitched Special Occasion Greeting Card May 1 – Traci Bunkers Gelatin Plate Printing on Fabric May 2 – Lisa Engelbrecht Script Lettering/Tattoo style using Sakura Calligrapher Pens May 3 – Judy Coates Perez How Can You Resist Such a Simple Technique? May 4 – Melanie TestaA Thimble […]


I got such a special delivery today!

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a surprise package from Havel’s Sewing! Havel’s makes some of the best scissors on the planet. I first tried a pair of these on the set of Quilting Arts TV, they are a sponsor of the show and supply scissors to use on set. The package came with a nice note saying they’re a gift […]


Check this out

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Frieda Anderson has a cute Woven Heart Baskets tutorial today. Tweet


International Quilt Festival Houston classes!

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It’s so exciting, I just got my schedule in the mail for this falls classes at festival, holy cow am I going to be busy! For all you Tsukineko ink enthusiasts I am teaching two classes again this year! So you’ll have twice the opportunity to get in. I even got booked for a luncheon […]


The last day of the heARTfest blog hop

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out Tracie Lynn Huskamp, Valentines Message Pillows Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1Diana Trout‘s, Woven Heart Valentines CardJudy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart CakesLyric Kinard‘s,  Lovin’ my Thermofax ScreensKelli Nina Perkins, Heart shaped felted […]


And the lucky winner is…

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I know everyone wanted to win some of Lynn‘s  beautiful Spoonflower  fabric, but alas there can only be one winner here and that lucky winner is Deb from WoolenSails!  Woo Hoo! Deb looks like you’ll be getting some Bluebirds on a Wire! Tweet


heARTfest blog hop day 7

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Melly’s blog is temporarily out of commission so she is guest blogging over at Lyric’s blog. Check out Melanie Testa‘s, Vintage Inspired Valentine card Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1Diana Trout‘s, Woven Heart Valentines CardJudy Coates […]


heARTfest blog hop Day 6

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out Kelli Nina Perkins, Heart shaped felted soap Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1Diana Trout‘s, Woven Heart Valentines CardJudy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart CakesLyric Kinard‘s,  Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens Melanie Testa, Tuesday, Jan 31 […]


heARTfest Blog Hop Day 4

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out Lyric Kinard‘s,  Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1Diana Trout‘s, Woven Heart Valentines CardJudy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes Kelli Nina Perkins, Monday, Jan 30 Heart shaped felted […]


heArtfest Blog Hop Day 3

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out Diana Trout‘s, Woven Heart Valentines Card Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1Lyric Kinard, Saturday, Jan 28 Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens Judy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes Kelli Nina Perkins, Monday, Jan 30 Heart […]


heARTfest Blog Hop Day 2

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1 Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Diana Trout, Friday, Jan 27, Woven Heart Valentines Card Lyric Kinard, Saturday, Jan 28 Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens Judy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes Kelli Nina Perkins, Monday, Jan […]


Off the Print Table fabric blog hop

My friend Lynn Krawczyk has been making fabric and you could be the lucky winner of a fat quarter of it! Just leave a comment over the next 5 days and on Tuesday I’ll randomly pick a winner. Here’s what Lynn has to say: “I never feel more connected to my art then when I […]


heARTfest Blog Hop Day 1

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out  Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Thursday, Jan 26 Diana Trout, Friday, Jan 27, Woven Heart Valentines Card Lyric Kinard, Saturday, Jan 28 Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens Judy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes Kelli Nina Perkins, Monday, Jan 30 Heart shaped […]


Have you ever been challenged by monofilament?

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Monofilament is clear thread, similar to a light weight fishing line that is a perfect solution when you need to add stitching but don’t want the thread to be prominent. I personally love MonoPoly by Superior, it’s a strong, matte, polyester thread that comes in clear for light to medium colors of fabric and smoke to […]


Happy New Year!

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Indigo and I took in the new year at a tavern in the neighborhood that hosted a wig themed new years party. What fun we had! One thing I’ll really miss about living in Chicago is being able to go out for a night of fun and walk home or just hop in a cab. […]


Merry Christmas!

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May your holiday be blessed with good food on the table and loved ones around you. I raise a toast to you good friend, that your life be filled with peace, love and happiness. I am so grateful for all the wonderful friends I have met teaching and online from around the world, my life is […]


Are you going to International Quilt Festival Cincinnati?

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This will be my first time teaching at IQA‘s newest location. I’ve never been to Cincinnati and am looking forward to spending a long weekend there this spring. Hopefully I’ll still be in Chicago then and can make a road trip out of it instead of fly (so I can bring more stuff, lol). If […]