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 which is a 2 day class for creating hand-printed fabric. We had a great time making lots of gorgeous fabric samples.


On Sunday I taught Painting Imagery with Textile Paints in my host Judy’s lovely courtyard.

Because it was a 3 day weekend, it was much cheaper for me to fly out on Tuesday instead of Monday, so I asked if the guild would be interested in having me stay an extra day to save some money (since I was staying with a guild member) and give me a day to see the sights.

Often when I teach, I fly into a place, see the airport, the locations of the lecture and classes and then fly back home, so it was really nice to spend a day to go to the beach and see that gorgeous blue green water.


There were a couple guys on the beach fishing and I asked if I could see what they caught, boy was I surprised when they pulled out a fish with a giant mouth with rows of spikes inside and another with a set of very human looking teeth! 

The fish with the teeth is called a sheepshead fish. It uses its teeth to crush crustaceans and scrape barnacles off of rocks to eat. Stuff like that fascinates me to no end!


Passing the time on planes

On this trip, I spent 12 hours; waiting to board the plane, flying and sitting on a layover in Baltimore. To try and pass the time more creatively, I often draw on my ipad while listening to audiobooks. One app that I really enjoy using is Sketches.

On the way over I painted this bird

I use my finger tip to draw and paint. I find if you need a bit precision, enlarge the image, then draw in the detail and then shrink back the image back down to full size and continue painting.

On the way back, I painted this one

To see a bit of the process, here are 4 steps that brought me to this finished point. This took about 5 or 6 hours and pretty much drained the battery of my ipad.


Interview with Clara Nartey

This week I’m featured on Clara Nartey’s creativity and marketing blog. I share my experiences, and the pros and cons of making a living as a traveling teacher, as well as teaching at different venues. So if you’ve ever considered teaching and wanted to know a little more about it, I’m very frank with my answers and share the good stuff along with what can make things difficult.


This morning I’m hitting the road with my friend Martha Wolfe to drive down south to go to Quilt Con. I had such a great time at this show 2 years ago when it was in Pasadena. The quilts are graphic and modern with a beautiful sense of design and color. I’m not teaching, I’m just going for fun and to see friends and beautiful quilts!

Keep creating, Judy

I’d love to spark your creativity at one of these upcoming events:

May 4-6 Nadelweldt, Karlsruhe, Germany
Exhibition and workshops

June 1-2 Meissners, Sacramento Blooming Inspiration

August 14-18, 2018 Woodland Ridge Retreat, WI
5 – day Paint and Print-a-palooza retreat

October 19-21 Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY
Tea and Ephemera and Blessings in the wind: mixed-media prayer flags

October 27 Meissners, Sacramento Fiesta Ornaments

IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.


2 Responses to “My teaching trip to Naples, Florida”

  1. Joan Stacy says:

    I enjoyed your visit with us at Naples Quilters Guild. I was especially pleased with your idea of using Misty Fuse to “baste” quilts. I ordered a roll the next day and cant wait to try this. I think it will be a great improvement to my work. Thank you very much.

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