My teaching trip to Naples, Florida

I just got back from teaching at the Naples Quilters Guild. This guild goes up on the high list of wonderful places to teach, and credit goes to great programs organizers like Judy and Linda that make the job a whole lot easier, and a lot more fun. My first class was Paint and Printapalooza […]

What a great way to start 2018: part 2

At Craft Napa on Saturday, I taught a brand new class- Blooming Inspiration. This class is about learning to paint on fabric in layers using acrylic inks while creating simplified more graphic elements. We began by making several pieces of colorfully painted fabric, by applying acrylic inks in a few different ways. Then we worked out designs […]

What a great way to start 2018: part 1

It was so great starting my teaching year at Craft Napa. Hands down, it has to be my favorite venue to teach at. Napa is only an hour away from Sacramento, so it was easy for me, my daughter Indigo, and friend and fellow teacher Melanie Testa to pack up the car and head over to […]

Blessings in the wind, making mixed-media prayer flags in Fresno

This was the first time I’ve ever taught for a guild twice in the same year! How cool is that? Debbie Girt (on bottom left of photo) took my Painting Imagery with Textile Paints workshop in February when I was there last and brought her finished Seahorses wall hanging to show and tell. Didn’t it […]

My big adventure down under began with teaching at Quilt Symposium, Christchurch

I’m back from a month away and am finally getting back on top of things. I have so much to share from my trip to Christchurch; teaching at Symposium, then traveling through New Zealand for 2 weeks, teaching another class north of Auckland, and then flying to Australia to visit friends in Adelaide and Melbourne […]

A trip to Denver and the Arapahoe Quilters

Last week, I flew out to Denver to teach a workshop with the Arapahoe County Quilters, but left a day early to get in a visit with my good friend and old art school roomie Tracy DuCharme who lives on a ranch south of Denver with a pack of llamas, a flock of chickens and […]

10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks workshop in Sacramento

As much as I love traveling to fun places to teach, there’s nothing better than teaching close to home! This weekend I taught a 2 day class at Meissner’s Sewing in Sacramento. This is my second time teaching at Meissner’s, it’s such a great place for workshops. They have a nice big classroom with a […]

Hot off the Press!

It’s been a while since I last checked in with you, since I’ve been really busy working on producing the catalog for the Threads of Resistance traveling exhibit with my daughter Indigo. We put in many hours designing, and producing the artwork, editing photos and sending it off to print, but now I’m happy to […]

A trip to teach in Marin and a Threads of Resistance update

I just taught a workshop over the weekend at the Marin Needle Arts guild in San Rafael, CA which happens to be the town my friend Cara Gulati lives. Cara kindly offered to let me stay over to avoid a 2 hour early commute from Sacramento and the opportunity to hang out. Cara and I met […]

SLO Creating

Do you feel like life is moving too fast? I know I do. I propose we all do some slow-creating, kind of like pro-creating, or giving birth to artful things on a slow, but regular, basis. A true labor love. A way of being. This weekend, I was able to do some   SLO-creating in San Luis […]

Unique and beautiful hand painted and printed fabric

What a treat it was to be able to teach a 3-day version of my Paint & Print-a-palooza workshop locally at Meissner’s Sewing in Sacramento. This was my second time teaching the class. The first time was at Craft Napa as a 1-day class. 3 days was great! It gave students enough time to take the […]

Painting with the Fresno fiber arts guild

This last weekend I drove down to Fresno to give a lecture and teach my workshop Painting Imagery with Textile Paints with the Fresno FiberArts guild. What a lovely time I had, this is one creative group of gals! They are knitters, weavers, beaders, sewists, felters, art quilters and all around textile artists. We had a great workshop, as […]

10+ techniques with acrylic inks in Mobile, Alabama

What a great week I had in Mobile. I have never spent any time in Alabama aside from driving through it on a road trip when I was 13 so it was fun to see this part of the country. The 3 day acrylic inks workshop was booked by a group of art quilters that […]

Making prayer flags at Craft Napa

This has been a very hard week with trumps assault on our civil liberties. It has been stressful, anger inducing, frustrating, painful, and scary. I feel traumatized, as each day the news got worse and worse. But as I write this post I feel renewed. My heart and spirit is lifted with each photo that I edit. […]

Paint & Print-a-palooza at Craft Napa

I was so excited to teach my new Paint & Print-a-palooza class at Craft Napa. It is a take off of my 10+ Techniques with acrylic inks class with a focus on creating colorful patterned fabrics that can be used for piecing, appliqué or any way that you enjoy working with unique and original textiles. This is a […]

Painting torches and my first day at Craft Napa 2017

What a week it’s been! After coming home from Craft Napa, the first thing I had to do before sorting unpacking supplies and writing a series of blog posts about our marvelous adventure teaching at this fabulous retreat again, was get my roof fixed in the studio and get the ceiling repair scheduled. And being the political minded […]

What’s coming up for 2017

I’m off to teach at Craft Napa today, but I wanted you to know about a couple special workshop opportunities I have on the calendar this year. Sacramento, California Meissner’s Sewing, in Sacramento and I have just set dates for a trunk show on March 3rd at 10 am with my lecture: It’s All in the Process, […]

From Yosemite to Craft Napa, surrounded by inspiration

Last Friday Phil and I drove to Los Angeles so he could perform at the Disney Cal Arts Redcat theater with a group called the Hub, that he’s been creating experimental digital music with since the 1980’s. We chose to drive down for the weekend so we could drive back and make a detour to […]

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 […]

The long and winding road

I’m long over due in sharing about my time at Quilt Festival in Houston, but I’ve been having a hard time writing about something that was so fun and happy when I feel like I’ve been hit with a ton of bricks. I’ve run through dozens of first paragraphs in my head over the last week trying […]

International Quilt Festival is coming…

and there’s just 2 days left for online registration (October 7), but that doesn’t mean you still can’t sign up for classes when you get there. I’m teaching 3 classes this year, one of them twice, and it’s very likely I won’t be teaching at festival next year since I’m scheduled to teach in New […]

Quilting in the Garden

Last week I taught a workshop in Livermore, California in conjunction with a show called Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery. In this workshop we used textile paints to paint floral imagery on fabric. We covered painting backgrounds, smooth gradations, glazing, painting fine details, how to avoid paint bleeding, and many other things. It’s kind […]

Tsukineko inks in Redding, California

Last week I drove 150 miles north of Sacramento to teach Tsukineko Inks in Redding, CA. It was wonderful to see so many art quilters in this area. As I teach in California, I’m starting to notice that it appears to me that there are more traditional quilters in the urban areas and art quilters in […]