People, Places & Inspiration

Is Thermofax printing a mystery to you?

Update: And the Winner of the Thermofax 101 DVD is lucky #7 Cathy Ortelle! Thanks Cathy and Congratulations!!! 🙂 and thank you to all the others who left a comment about what they are most interested in learning. Glad to see lots of interest in painting, surface design and mixed media techniques.   Well, my […]

It’s all about Crafting a Life!

Last week, my daughter Indigo and I drove out to Napa to visit my friend, and founder of the Quilting Arts empire, Pokey Bolton, to help her with her new business venture. Pokey is building a fantastic creative arts and lifestyle retreat facility in the heart of Napa called ‘Crafting a Life, LLC, which she plans […]

How I spent my summer un-vacation

I can’t believe summer is basically over and fall is quickly approaching (at least in some parts of the country) the only way you’d know it here is that the mornings and evenings are getting significantly cooler. Although I haven’t had too many teaching trips the last couple months, I have been very busy in […]

Oh Canada! Your quilters put on a great show

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 […]

Colorful Australia

I flew out of San Francisco last Tuesday night and landed in Sydney at 6:30 Thursday morning. It’s always strange to lose a whole day when traveling, I’m usually confused about what day it is for almost a week. Cecile Whatman, of Unique Stitching, picked me up at the airport and we scooted off to […]

My first trip to the big apple

After two days in Stonington, Phil and I took the train to New York City. Phil has been working with The Laura Pawel Modern Dance company for the last 30 years, performing live solo original compositions for several evening performances each year. We were so lucky to be able to stay with the Pawels in […]

Visiting the home of my ancestors and boyfriend

After my flight from Dallas to Austin, I got back on a normal size plane, flew to New England and met up with my boyfriend from California to spend two days in his home town of Stonington, Connecticut. Stonington is the town Phil lived in when he was a boy, his older brother lives there […]

My Ultimate Challenge: flying to Dallas

After a fabulous week in Austin, I spent the weekend in Dallas with my good friends Vickie Hallmark and Julie Upshaw, who were members of my art quilt group when I lived in Austin. Since we only had two days to get together and Dallas is a 4 hour drive from Austin, Vickie suggested her […]

My daughters Hannibal artwork is going viral!

I’m a proud mom. My daughter Indigo created a beautiful digital painting inspired by her favorite tv show Hannibal. She posted it on her Tumblr blog and within half an hour NBC had posted it on their show’s Tumbler blog. It’s very exciting to see her work getting so much notice. I’m off to Austin, Texas […]

Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair

I ended my five week trip to Australia by teaching pop up classes in the Unique Stitching booth and demoing various techniques as a guest artist at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair.  my exhibit and work space as guest artist   This is fellow guest artist Loani Prior, the queen of exotic knitted tea cozies. Her booth was […]

Beautiful Brisbane and its many bridges

On my day off in Brisbane my wonderful host, Janet, from the Queensland Quilt Guild took me out for a day in the city. We took the train downtown, stopped to get a much needed massage, then had lunch at a lovely tea shop where I stocked up on a few wonderful teas. Then we […]

A trip to the Gold Coast

  Cecile and I took a day trip south of Brisbane to visit the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast A common beach side plant known as Pigs Eye in Australia and Ice Plant in California. Next we drove up to Tamborine mountain and stopped for a delicious lunch at the MT Brewery    Then we […]

Mountains and beaches on the Sunshine Coast

After leaving Peachester, Cecile and I drove through several small towns nestled up in the hills of the sunshine coast, stopping for a fantastic lunch, I had a delicious arugula (rocket) and lettuce salad with artisan blue cheese, walnuts and figs with a balsamic dressing. YUM! The rolling green hills we drove through were lovely, […]

Floral Inspiration in Glass House Country

Peachester is located near the Glass Mountains, you can see them in the distance of this photo. The country side has lovely green rolling hills dotted with cows.  x Alwin was my host for my overnight stay in the Peachester area. Alwyn and her husband have a beautiful 2 acre property with gorgeous flower and […]

On to Brisbane to Meet the Queensland Quilters

My first day in Brisbane began with a visit to the Queensland Quilt Guild to give two lectures. What made the day even more fun was to have my good friend Sue Dennis show up at the meeting and offer to take me out to see the sights between lectures.   Sue took me to Mt Coot, the […]

Charters Towers final resting spots

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know I really like visiting graveyards, like these ones in Vermont and Maine as well as this quilt. Charters Towers has two historic cemeteries. Sadly many of the graves are in very bad shape and there are piles of broken decorative rusty fence parts just laying around. […]

Road trip to historic gold mining town Charters Towers

Before leaving Townsville, Cecile and I drove 85 miles inland to Charters Towers, past croc infested waters on long stretches of road littered with a significant amount of kangaroo and wallaby road kill (which I didn’t photograph) past fields and cow pastures strewn with large termite mounds before we arrived at the 140 year old […]

STATE of the ART quilt 13

I was so lucky to have a great view of this exhibit from my booth at the Townsville Stitches and Craft Show and then to meet several of the artists while on my trip in Brisbane. It was really a fantastic exhibit, here are a few of the wonderful quilts that were on view. x […]

Townsville Stitches and Craft Show

Cecile and I drove 215 miles from Cairns to Townsville to set up for the Stitches and Craft show. There were signs for Emu’s and Koala’s every now and then. Much of the drive looked like this with small towns every so often and a lot of land in between. Australia also has a thing for […]

Our trip to Kuranda village

On our second day in Cairns, Cecile and I took the skyrail up the mountain over the rainforest to the village of Kuranda. The skyrail makes several stops on the way for short walks through the rainforest where I saw magnificent trees with roots growing above ground with multicolored bark and stunning vistas. A bird […]

50 Shades of Blue & Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

  I have to say this had to be one of those peak moments in life where I felt like I needed to pinch myself to be sure I was wasn’t dreaming.           Cecile and I boarded this boat with about 200 tourists, the majority from China, for a two hour […]

Our two day holiday in Cairns

After my classes in Sydney were over, Cecile and I boarded a plane to Cairns for two days of R and R before driving to Townsville to set up for the Stitches and Craft Show. Cairns, as you can see on the map, is on the northeast coast of Australia and was one of the […]

My day off in Sydney

Now that the hustle and bustle of hosting Thanksgiving at my home in Sacramento with my kids, parents, boyfriend and ex! is over and a success to boot (Thanksgiving video composed by Indigo), I want to get back to sharing my Australia trip. While I was teaching in Sydney, I had one day free to […]

My blog’s been stuck at a stop light

It’s been about a month since I’ve had the time as well as access to wifi to write a blog post. While traveling I often had a bit of one or the other and rarely both together. I came home from Australia, after 27 hours of travel, on October 21st and had 5 days to […]