Workshops

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 […]


Did you know Colorado means “colored red” in Spanish?

The name was applied to the Colorado river (because of the red sandstone soil of the region) and came into use for the entire territory after the discovery of gold in the Pike’s Peak region. In 1861 congress chose Colorado as the name for the Territory. Source State Symbols USA After being home one day from San […]


Slo times with Acrylic Inks

As I prepare to drive to Redding this morning I wanted to pull together the last of my post about my trip to San Luis Obispo to teach 10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks. I’ve been facebook friends with Janet Mease for a number of years, so it was really fun to meet her face to […]


Just when you think you’re up for a bit of down time, life happens

Wow, it has been an action packed 3 weeks since I last checked in. I had two teaching trips and then made an unplanned trip to San Diego right after I got back from Denver, because my step dad David collapsed and hit his head at the Del Mar race track on his way to collect on […]


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 […]


Tsukineko inks in the foothills

I had a great time teaching in Auburn, California last week. Auburn was an old gold mining town, an hour northeast of Sacramento, up in the foothills of the Sierra. It’s a lovely town built on rolling hills dotted with Redwood trees overlooking the valley below, with a nice little historic Old Town. I gave a lecture Monday evening and […]


Tea and Ephemera in Grass Valley

I taught a Tea and Ephemera workshop in in beautiful Grass Valley the second week of June. Grass Valley is a little over an hour drive east of Sacramento up to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Grass Valley is an old gold mining town established in the 1800’s with a lot of historic charm and now is […]


A spot of tea in Diablo Valley

My next teaching trip came up fast on the heels of Folsom, and I drove to the the Bay area to Diablo Valley to teach Tea and Ephemera. This class is an introduction to a variety of mixed-media techniques that can all be applied to fabric, that initially grew out of my experimenting with drawing and […]


I have so much to catch up on!

I’ll try to get caught up over the next week or so, but it’s going to take several posts to get there. When I got back from Madison, WI, after close to 2 months on the road, I got together with a couple girlfriends for a fun day of wine tasting in Lodi, just south of […]


A short detour to Madison to share my love of painting with acrylic inks

When my old friend Pat Kroth found out that I was going to be in Omaha she asked if I could make a detour to Madison, Wisconsin and do an acrylic ink workshop with her  group the Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists. How could I refuse? I just wish it didn’t have to be such a short visit, I […]


6 days of art making with a Smiling Turtle in Omaha

What a lot of trips I have to catch up on, the last 2 months have been a whirlwind. Now I’m home for a bit and will try to catch up on a few before I fly to Denver on Friday for my college roommates wedding/art school besties reunion.   Back in April I flew to Omaha to […]


Sign up now for Craft Napa!

I’m so excited to tell you registration is now open for Craft Napa and classes are filling fast. Many of the teachers from last year are returning along with a few new ones. What a fantastic line up, you can’t go wrong taking classes with any of these gals: Melissa Averionos, Sue Bleiweiss, Carrie Bloomston, Jamie Fingal, Leslie Jenison, Lyric […]


My Fabulous Trip to Florida: Part two

  I have so many wonderful memories of my time at the Focus on Fiber Florida retreat held at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. I felt so spoiled when I saw the little cabin that was my home away from home during my time at the retreat.   This was my […]


My Fabulous trip to Florida: Part one

As I sit here contemplating what I might have forgotten to pack for my trip to Omaha, I reflect on what a wonderful time I had in Florida and because I have so many photos I want to share, I’m going to break this blog post up into two parts. The first post will cover […]


The very first Craft Napa retreat was a tremendous success!

My car was packed to the gills when I drove away from my house for Craft Napa with my daughter Indigo, who was working as staff photographer for the event. We stopped on the way to pick up my recently retired mom (78 years old) who was signed up for a watercolor class with Jane […]


The Craft Napa bloghop winner has been announced!

The winner of the $500 gift certificate to eQuilter.com is Janet Avery from Jenny Lyon’s blog post! Congratulations, Janet!  There are only 3 days! left to register for workshops and events at CRAFT NAPA! There’s just a few spots left in my 2 day acrylic inks workshop too and so I’d like to share some of the […]


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 […]


Better late than never, right? My week teaching at International Quilt Festival

I’ve been so busy the last couple weeks but things are finally slowing down enough to share about my time at festival. Teaching at International Quilt Festival is always a whirlwind of a week with lots of hard work and lots of good fun. I love catching up with so many friends all in one place. My week at festival started […]


What a treat to teach at a place that felt so much like home

I recently taught acrylic inks to the Pacific Piecemakers guild in Gualala, CA. It was close to a 4 hour drive from Sacramento, through Napa, and Sonoma counties to the southern edge of Mendocino county (115 miles north of San Francisco). The actual mileage is not that far but the 48 mile drive along Highway 1 […]