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I’m so excited!!!

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   VISIT AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST & BEST QUILT EVENT!   COME TO THE AUSTRALASIAN QUILT CONVENTION AND SEE QUILTS from Botswana, Belgium, Korea, New Zealand, UK, USA, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and from every state in Australia – the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria & Western Australia. Australasian Quilt […]


Join me on a Hawaiian Island Quilt Cruise for a Cause

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This October come with me for a painting and surface design adventure on an island hopping Quilt n’ Cruise to Hawaii. A really wonderful aspect of this cruise, is that a portion of the proceeds go to funding breast cancer research. Beyond contributing to such a wonderful cause, what could be more inspiring than a cruise […]


Tsukineko Inks at Road

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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 […]


Tea and Ephemera and Heavy Metal at Road to CA

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So what is ephemera? Well, here is the definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary EPHEMERA 1: something of no lasting significance  2: ephemera plural : paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles   Tea & Ephemera is a class that’s all about expanding ones view of […]


Join me on an Acrylic Ink Adventure at Idyllwild Arts Summer Camp!

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Oh my gosh I am so excited to tell you I’ll be teaching Acrylic Ink Adventure, a 3 day retreat, at Idylwild Arts, June 30-July 2 in Southern California and registration is open now! This has got to be one of my favorite locations to teach. I love the environment, it’s so beautiful and relaxing, it’s totally […]


Painting Imagery on Fabric at Road to California

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I had a great time teaching last week. The first class I taught was painting, this is my favorite class to teach, because primarily I teach people who dont have any formal art training basic techniques to successfully paint on cotton fabric, which is a lot harder than painting on canvas. It was wonderful to see […]


Finishing Festival with Some Flash

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My last class at festival was Heavy Metal Play Day which focuses on learning a variety of ways to emboss and color metal. We worked on aluminum and copper with the creative metal tool kit from from Walnut Hollow. So many fun samples!


A Fiesta of Ornaments

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Teaching my class on how to make Fiesta Ornaments is always so much fun because you get a little taste of everything. We paint, do a little quilting and decorative stitching, sew metal and do some beautiful decorative embossing, and at the end of the day students go home with a beautiful ornament and the […]


Painting Imagery With Textile Paints

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The  next class I taught at festival was painting with textile paints. In this class we use Pebeo Setacolor textile paints and cotton fabric. In this class students learn to paint  backgrounds, use freezer paper masks, paint gradations,  paint lines, dots and details, and glaze paint to create more visual depth, among many other things.


2 Great Tsukineko Inks Classes at Festival

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I’m long over due posting about my week teaching at International Quilt Festival in Houston (I’ve been focused on trying to find a place to live) but I’d like to start off by saying I had a fantastic time in Houston and my students produced incredible work. I taught two classes on painting with Tsukineko […]


I am so excited about this!

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Join me for an Acrylic Ink Adventure at Quilt Camp in La Grange, Texas next June 7-9, 2013!!! organized by the wonderful folks at Quilts Inc. Spend a weekend filled with surface design exploration! Begin with creating colorful textured backgrounds, explore mark making with different kinds of stamps, draw with inks using quill type calligraphy and ruling pens. Paint imagery opaquely […]


A Spot of Tea in Springfield, Missouri

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I had a lovely time in Springfield with the Ozark Piecemakers at their annual guild show. My trip began with seeing a fabulous textile exhibit at the new Springfield Branson airport including the humorous work of Pam RuBert and beautiful organza work of Rosemary Claus-Gray, if you live in that part of the country I […]


Aloha! Grab your grass skirt and let’s paint all the way to Hawaii!

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This is so exciting, I want to invite you to come along with me for a surface design painting adventure on an island hopping Quilt n’ Cruise to Hawaii. Linda Poole, Joan Shay and Lisa Erlandson will also be teaching on the cruise. The ship leaves port from San Francisco October 4th. The next 4 days at […]


A Sea of Colorful Fabric Using 10 Techniques with Acrylic Inks

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This was the scene on the floor before we broke for lunch on Saturday. Luckily we had a really big room. I spread out a 9′ x 12′ tarp and then added another 6 feet to it an hour later. These were our base fabrics created using the first 5 techniques.  After lunch we used […]


Charting a Course in Color

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I teach color theory very much like you would learn it in art school, because I think the way to really understand color is by mixing paint and seeing what happens when you physically add one color to another. As an educator I believe experiential learning like this creates the deepest level of learning for most people. In the […]


Alternatively Bound and Stitched in Long Beach

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There are always a few things I learn teaching a new class, like if I’ve forgotten to put something on the supply list or how long will it take students to go through each part of the class within the 6 hour time frame. With sewing machine based classes at conventions, it always takes a little extra time […]


Emboss some metal at Road to California next January

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I am excited to be teaching at Road to California for the first time next January. Registration started Sunday and I can’t believe 3 of my 4 classes are already filled! My Heavy Metal Play Day class on Sunday still has room in it though, if you’d like to change things up a bit and try something […]


Wow, it’s already time to sign up for classes at IQF Houston!

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International Quilt Festival info here.For all of you Tsukineko ink enthusiasts, due to popular demand, I am teaching two classes again this fall!  Tuesday, Oct 30Tsukineko All Purpose Inks (6 hours) The benefit to taking my class is, I teach two different methods for working with the inks. One uses the Fantastix tool with a […]


New Class! Alternatively Bound and Stitched

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I’m really excited to tell you about my new class, Alternatively Bound and Stitched, that I will be teaching in Long Beach at International Quilt Festival, Thursday, July 26th. The focus of this class is not only learning 3 alternative binding techniques that work great with art quilts but also developing strategies for free-motion quilting designs, making a […]


Does color intimidate you?

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Do you find yourself choosing the same ‘tried and true’ color combinations over and over? Do you want to consistently dye bright saturated colors and muted colors when you want to? Can you recognize the difference between warm and cool colors and understand why you would choose one over the other to mix exactly the […]


Get Inked in Long Beach!

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Wow! It’s four weeks until International Quilt Festival, Long Beach. Would you like to immerse yourself in color by learning how to paint fabric with acrylic inks? Saturday I’m teaching a fun new class 10 Techniques with Acrylic Inks. Spend a day filled with fun and relaxed exploration, beginning with creating colorful textured backgrounds exploring […]


Are you going to Festival in Long Beach?

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I can’t believe it’s nearly June! Time is flying by and in just a little more than a month Quilt Festival will be upon us. Here’s the line up of classes I’ll be teaching. Thursday, July 26 Alternatively Bound & Stitched NEW Expand your free motion quilting repertoire with some creative free motion stitching exploration. Then bind […]


10 Techniques with Acrylic Inks

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We had a great time with the acrylic inks class, this was the first official time through it so there is always so much to learn, for all of us. I’m glad it was a small class, I can see where timing will have to be adjusted for a big class, as well as needing […]


Embossing Metal at Shake Rag Alley

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It was so nice to teach a few small classes for a change, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the energy and excitement of large classes (25 students) at festival, but day after day on your feet circling the room on those carpet covered concrete convention floors can get tiring.  At Shake Rag things were […]