Posts Tagged ‘Craft Napa’

Wanna jump start your creativity?

Check out this roster of great teachers! offering lots of great quilting and mixed media classes. I’m thrilled to be teaching again at this super fun retreat. Here’s what’s on my Craft Napa schedule: Paint and Printapalooza 2-days Thursday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm Make your own personal fabric line! Learn a variety of techniques for creating […]

What a great way to start 2018: part 2

At Craft Napa on Saturday, I taught a brand new class- Blooming Inspiration. This class is about learning to paint on fabric in layers using acrylic inks while creating simplified more graphic elements. We began by making several pieces of colorfully painted fabric, by applying acrylic inks in a few different ways. Then we worked out designs […]

What a great way to start 2018: part 1

It was so great starting my teaching year at Craft Napa. Hands down, it has to be my favorite venue to teach at. Napa is only an hour away from Sacramento, so it was easy for me, my daughter Indigo, and friend and fellow teacher Melanie Testa to pack up the car and head over to […]

Hot off the Press!

It’s been a while since I last checked in with you, since I’ve been really busy working on producing the catalog for the Threads of Resistance traveling exhibit with my daughter Indigo. We put in many hours designing, and producing the artwork, editing photos and sending it off to print, but now I’m happy to […]

From Yosemite to Craft Napa, surrounded by inspiration

Last Friday Phil and I drove to Los Angeles so he could perform at the Disney Cal Arts Redcat theater with a group called the Hub, that he’s been creating experimental digital music with since the 1980’s. We chose to drive down for the weekend so we could drive back and make a detour to […]

You win some and you lose some, it’s all about perspective

BUSHWHACK Bushwhack: to cut a path through dense vegetation.  Inspired by patterns in nature, I saw each block like plant cuttings scattered on the ground. 40’ x 40” You may remember when I posted some progress photos of this quilt several months ago. I started to make it for sheer pleasure, but as I was sewing […]

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 […]

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 […]

What I did on my Christmas vacation

Since I didn’t have any teaching gigs in December, it turned out to be a very productive month. I wrote an article for the upcoming March issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. I completed another big project that I’m not quite ready to reveal, I’ll tell you about that after Craft Napa. I used some of the thermofax screens […]

The Craft Napa bloghop winner has been announced!

The winner of the $500 gift certificate to 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 […]

Book your classes now at the very first Craft Napa retreat!

Don’t you think you should escape the winter blues this January and head for Napa to start the new year with a blast of creativity?!?!  I do! that’s why I‘m so excited to finally be able to tell you Pokey (founder of the Quilting Arts empire) Bolton’s kick off retreat for Crafting a Life- Craft Napa is now […]