Posts Tagged ‘Fiesta Ornaments’

Fiesta Ornaments just in time for the holidays

I taught my last workshop of the year at Meissners Sewing in Sacramento this weekend and it was so fun to teach my holiday inspired project of Fiesta Ornaments. I began teaching this as a workshop after I wrote an article for the first issue of Quilting Arts Gifts Magazine in 2007. Since that article […]

Gone to Carolina

The first class I taught in Charlotte was Tsukineko inks. Wonderful students and wonderful work! . After class my host Debbie Langsam (right) and I drove to Moorseville to have dinner with my friend Karen Newman Fridy (left), who I first met about 7 years ago when my ex was working in Winston-Salem. We had […]

A Fiesta of Ornaments

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 […]

Asheville, North Carolina

Before giving my lecture and workshop I had a day to run around exploring Asheville and meeting up with friends. My friend Carol Sloan drove up from South Carolina. Carol and I met online when she took my very first Color Theory class and then a year later we met in person when she drove to […]

Festive times in Ann Arbor

The Fiesta Ornaments class is always fun, since there are a variety of different materials and techniques involved. The first half of the class we spend leisurely painting and during the second half we break out the tools. The little fabric paintings are combined with heavy weight interfacing and colorful hand dyed fabric, then quilted […]

An Ornamental Fiesta

At Create I got to teach one of my favorite classes making Fiesta ornaments. I saw several mother daughter teams at Create, what a fabulous time they always seemed to have together. You know why this woman has such a huge grin? She had never painted before, aren’t her ornaments fantastic? I love having teachers […]

International Quilt Festival Long Beach: Day 2 Fiesta Ornaments

Friday evening I taught Fiesta Ornaments. In this class everyone gets to paint, do a little quilting, and sew and emboss metal. I always have students tell me how thrilled they are to walk out the door with a finished object!

An Ornamental Fiesta

Try your hand embossing and sewing metal, painting fabric and quilting. This is a fun class loaded with techniques. Inspired by Mexican tin folk art, these fun and festive ornaments incorporate painting with textile paints, quilting, embossing and sewing metal. an ornament can even have doors. Here are some examples of the beautiful ornaments made by students in […]

I have 2 New Workshops at Create!

It looks like  Create is really taking off and classes are filling up. My workshop Tea and Ephemera filled last week and as a result of its popularity, another Tea & Ephemera class has been added on Thursday night! Tea & Ephemera Your mixed media cup will runneth over when you join me Thursday evening […]


I had a great time in Dallas this last weekend, sorry it has taken me a while to get to writing a blog post about it, but the last several days have been pretty hard. I have felt so scattered lately, I was really happy I managed to remember to bring everything I needed to […]

Riverwalk Quilters Guild

This week I gave a lecture and taught a workshop making Fiesta Ornaments at the Riverwalk Quilters Guild. The weather was lousy but the spirits were high. A wonderful adventurous group willing to move out of their comfort zone painting and sewing metal.Beautiful ornaments were made by all.

Sewing Metal

I know some people might be afraid to sew metal on their sewing machine, so to dispel any fears I thought I would make a short video demonstrating how I sew metal on my Fiesta Ornaments. If you double click on the vidcast, it will bring you to the youtube site where you can click […]

The last Fiesta Ornaments

Things have been busy. My sister Deb has been visiting since the quilt show and you know how you have to got to all those places you don’t normally go except when someone from out of town is with you…I have also been working on two interviews, shuffling kids to activities, shipping quilts to the […]

More Fiesta Ornaments

Finished Fiesta Ornaments

During open studios I sewed the metal on several ornaments, I have been slowly finishing the rest up.This is the ornament I made for the Quilting Arts TV segment. So there will be a pattern and directions on the website when ever the episode is released.These are 3 1/2 inches square. I will post the […]

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

The wind is howling up to 60 mph winds and it is 15 degrees. That means a wind chill varying from -8 to 4 above zero F. brrrrrrrr….

Deb’s Fiesta Ornaments

My sister Deb wanted to make a Fiesta Ornament before she went home, so she pulled out my designs and sat down and began to paint. Deb is an altered art/mixed media artist, she uses paint in her art a lot but not the way I do. She started several designs and was unhappy with […]

Fiesta of Ornaments

Now that you have all rushed out to pick up your copies of Quilting Arts gifts, I can show you all the ornaments that I made that did not fit in the magazine. These were so fun to make. I made 19 while I was designing them to be used with the article, I kept […]

Sneak peak

I have not had a chance to start sewing skirts. I have been side tracked by a project for Quilting Arts magazine to come out later in the year. I won’t tell you exactly what I am doing, but it does involve some painting and quilting and… Here’s a little teaser.