workshops

My trip back to the third coast

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I flew to Chicago to give 2 lectures and teach a day and a half Tea & Ephemera workshop for the Prairie Star quilt guild in St. Charles, Illinois. Before heading out to the burbs, I reunited with a group of good friends that regularly met for dinner at my old loft. Our group initially started meeting for artist play dates, and a potluck […]


Oh Canada! Your quilters put on a great show

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Jan Krentz and I welcome you to the city of Niagara Falls This was my first trip to the Toronto area of Canada, I’ve been to the east and west sides of Canada, but that was many years ago, back when the border was less daunting. I had a relatively easy crossing, but after talking […]


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 […]


My bags are packed and I’m almost ready to go…

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I’m off to Australia for two weeks to teach 2 painting classes with Cecile Whatman of Unique Stitching and teach 3 workshops and demo techniques at The Creative Textile Show  2-4 May in Canberra. With Cecile, I’ll be teaching one of my favorite two day classes 10 Techniques with Acrylic Inks, 26-27 April. These are a few finished pieces I made from […]


My week in Austin

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What an amazing trip I had to Austin, Connecticut and New York, then unfortunately immediately on my return I got the flu, but I’m happily on my way to wellness again and ready to start sharing my adventures with you. The weekend I arrived in Austin, I taught two classes with the Austin Area Quilt […]


Join me for a week of ultimate creative exploration at Arrowmont this fall

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I think it’s a tremendous honor to be asked to teach at a venue with such a long history of teaching fine craft. The original settlement school, that became Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, was founded in 1912, in the Great Smoky Mountains. For years, I’ve heard  wonderful things about Arrowmont from other artists. I […]


Highlights of the Brisbane Quilt and Craft Fair

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What a great show! It was really wonderful to be at the Brisbane Quilt and Craft Fair the week following teaching in the Sunshine Coast and the 2 day workshop for the Queensland Quilters, because it felt like a steady stream of friends kept stopping by to say hi. Sue Duffy and Brenda Wood were […]


Come Paint with Me in Canberra! 26 April – 4 May

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I’m so excited! Cecile Whatman of Unique Stitching is bringing me back to Canberra to teach several classes in the mixed media classroom at The Creative Textiles Show  2-4 May. And since she’s bringing me all that way and I have a couple free days in my schedule, she has arranged an opportunity for me […]


2 Days of Acrylic Inks with the Queensland Quilters

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What a great time I had with the Queensland Quilters! We spent two days immersed in acrylic ink, creating some really amazing work. x One of my students Donna, is an amazing poet, after painting two beetles she proceeded to write an incredibly humorous poem to go with it, and then she did a reading […]


Teaching Tsukineko inks in Peachester, Australia

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This is the very talented and lovely Bernadine Hine, a well known Aussie art quilter and she is the one I have to thank for the opportunity to teach in the town of Peachester (population 452) up in the mountains an hours drive north of Brisbane. This 125 year old town hall was the location of […]


Getting manic about the metal and having fun embossing it too

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One of the great perks about teaching on the road is that I get to travel to some really cool places and meet wonderful people along the way. When I was in Brisbane I gave a couple lectures to the Queensland Quilters guild and met the lovely woman on the right Anne Andrews at the […]


Painting with Tsukineko Inks at Festival

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Another great day was had in the ever popular Tsukineko inks class. It was a full class with 25 students who produced a lot of really beautiful work. Painting classes can be a challenge because there are a variety of skill levels and comfort zones in the same room. The biggest hurdle is to help […]


It was a day filled with amazing paintings

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Each morning I get a horoscope in my email. I generally take these with a grain of salt and just think of it as a fun way to start the day, but this one was just the thing to read before my painting class. I think ‘I‘ turned out to be the ‘right‘ person, because […]


Another International Quilt Festival has come and gone

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It has taken me about a week and a half to recover from the last month and a half of travels and teaching, so I’ve been a bit slow to get back to blogging since I got home. I  have quite a few photos from my time in Houston, so I’m going to write several […]


The road to Sydney and 2 classes at Kim Bradley’s Creations

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After the retreat in Canberra, I went to Sydney. It was a beautiful 3 hour drive. Cecile and I stopped half way for lunch in the historic town of Berrima, where most of the buildings are built from sandstone. Spring was in the air and the wisteria and fruit trees were filled with blossoms. We […]


Fantastic 3 day Unique Stitching retreat in Canberra

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3 tired but happy teachers: Sue Dennis, Cecile Whatman and Me What a great retreat Cecile organized, and on very short notice too, I think she pulled off organizing and booking it in 3 months and it was a huge success! I was still transitioning to a time zone 7 hours different from my own […]


Hey Aussies, I’ll be coming to a city near you soon!

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I want to tell you about a big trip that’s in the works down under, and I’ll be leaving in just a few weeks. This has all come together in a very short amount of time, organized by my friend Cecile of Unique Stitching. Cecile hosted my trip to Melbourne to teach at the Australasian […]


Two fantastic retreats coming up in Wisconsin and Australia!

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Hey midwest peeps! Next month, I’m teaching two classes at Shake Rag Ally School of Arts and Crafts in beautiful Mineral Point, Wisconsin.         August 24th- Painting Imagery on Fabric While working with textile paints, students learn techniques for creating smooth gradations of color, glazing paint to create more visual depth, covering […]


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 […]


Acrylic Ink Adventure Camp in La Grange, Texas

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Just in case you had any thoughts that us traveling teachers live a carefree  jet setting life, I can quickly dispel any of those ideas. I woke up at 3:15 Friday morning to make an early flight to Houston. Since it was so early and I was hightailing it to the airport, I figured I’d […]


The Australasian Quilt Convention

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This is the Royal Exhibition Building, the home of the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. It was built in 1880 with a brick structure and wood interior, it has two floors and is in the shape of a cross. There’s no heat or airconditioning, and since fall was well underway it was a bit cool […]


Channel Inspiration, Creativity and Exploration this summer on an Acrylic Ink Quilting Adventure

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I find my best work comes when I have uninterrupted time to delve deep into the process and explore ideas and techniques. Opportunities to focus on our art making can be so rare, but it’s incredibly important to make time for it in our over scheduled hectic lives. I’d like to invite you to take […]