Archive for November, 2011

Felted Wool Ornament time!!!

I know it’s barely Thanksgiving, but it’s time to start making felted wool ornaments! They make great hostess gifts for holiday parties and are perfect for ornament exchanges. Warning: once you start making these, it may be really hard to stop.   Decorating felted wool balls with felt cutouts and embroidery floss makes for the perfect portable […]

8 of Cups progress

I am finally getting some time to work on my latest piece. I decided I want the quilting to have less loft and dimension and instead have more stitched illustrative details, so I am using wool felt instead of batting. Luckily I had a big piece of yellow felt that a friend gave me during […]

A day out with my sister

Over the weekend my sister Deb came to visit me from Maine for Thanksgiving. With finances being so tight we haven’t seen each other in 2 years, but a month ago we were able to find a flight on JetBlue for $80 roundtrip from Boston to Chicago to split, so this holiday has even more […]

Cool Japanese style fabric gift wrap tutorial

Check out Diana Trout’s Furoshiko gift wrap tutorial. Tweet

Need help resizing jpgs?

Check out Gloria Hansens great video tutorial on resizing a digital image. Tweet

Chart a Course Making Gorgeous Decorative Paper

Check out Jill Berry’s Geo Papers tutorial, making abstract design papers that reference maps, to use for a multitude of projects. Tweet

Experimental Letters!

Check out Lisa Engelbrecht’s tutorial on Experimental Letters. I love the retro look these initial letters have. Very fun, I’m going to have to try making some of these. Tweet

Kelli’s posted a new sparkly holiday tutorial

Make a Whimsical Spool Garland that you can repurpose after the holidays. Plus, sign up to win a copy of the Quilting Arts Workshop dvd “Stitch Imagery: From Photo to Fabric Fun,” a leather bound journal, fantastic paper packs and more! Hop on over for another day of ArtSpark. Tweet

Folk Art Inspired Ornament

What you’re going to need 4″ square Walnut Hollow aluminum and cardboard from packageembossing toolribbon for hangingred paintpaint brushdecorative craft scissorspaper scissorshole punchE-6000 glue or similar adhesiveAdirondack alcohol inks and blending solution (optional) Click on the heart image to open a full size jpg on another web page. Drag image onto your desktop and print […]

Repurposing at its best!

Check out Melly’s Zipper pouch tutorial. Check back here tomorrow for my Folkart Inspired Ornament tutorial. Tweet

Check out this cool stamp tutorial

Hop over to Traci Bunkers tutorial for some fun and easy stamping ideas.Tweet

Saturday: Make it U, friends, Surviving the Runway and Pokey’s Surprise Birthday Party

Saturday I taught a Make it University workshop using DeColorourant, a product used to discharge color from fabric using an iron. I have an article on DeColorourant in Quilting Arts magazine after the new year. Hanging with Friends Melly, Rice and I ran into Jamie and Leslie on their way to open studios and had […]

Friday: Lecture, Interview, Reception, Dinner

On friday my day began with giving a power point lecture called Making an Award Winning Artquilt (and everything that can go wrong in the process). It’s an information packed lecture showing a series of quilts from start to finish, how I pull together a concept with imagery to create a design, products that I prefer and […]

Thursday: Tsukineko Inks Again and Dinner at 8

On thursday, I taught a second Tsukineko inks class at festival and the good news is if you were trying to get in and didn’t, I had such a big waiting list, I have been invited to come back and teach it again in Houston next year. Dinner at 8 Sue Dennis, Rachel, Sue Bleiweiss, […]

Wednesday: Tea, Preview Night and Dinner with Friends

On wednesday I taught Tea & Ephemera which is really a class about trying out lots of different techniques on one piece of colored fabric. It’s all very spontaneous, playing with various papers, printed paper imagery, drawing on tea bags, using printed abaca paper to emulate tea bags, stamping patterns and texture and using shiva […]

Spark Some Holiday Spirit with Festive Merry Making Tutorials, Starting Tomorrow!

November 9:: Jane LaFazio Sketch & Stitch Gift Bags    November 10: Lyric Kinard Glitter, Glisten, Glimmer: Beaded Snowflake Ornament November 11: Tracie Lyn Huskamp Christmas Cardinal Ornament November 13: Traci Bunkers Moldable Foam Stamps  November 14: Melanie Testa Zipper Pouch November 15: Judy Coates Perez Folk Art Inspired Ornament  November 16: Kelli Nina Perkins Whimsical Spool Garland   November. 17: Lisa Engelbrecht Experimental Lettering November 18: Jill Berry Geo Papers and Projects November 19: Gloria Hansen Resizing […]

Tuesday: Tsukineko All Purpose Inks

 All my classes at festival were full with 25 students and such a treat to teach, so much incredible work was produced. This is the work of the youngest student I have ever had in any of my classes at festival, beautiful! huh? She’s 17, from England and a total delight. I was so lucky […]

Back home from International Quilt Festival

My first night in Houston I met up with a few of my favorite witches Susan Bruebaker Knapp and Robbi Eklow. Our coven gathered in the bar at the Hilton and then went to dinner over at The Grove. It was a special night since it was the start of my week at festival and […]