Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom. A section of my second quilt, when I was a newbie at quilt making. Armed with a redwork pattern of kittens in a variety of poses and a few yards of calico, I set to work. Twelve embroidered blocks...
14 Mar 2014
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Happy New Year! I hope all of you got a chance during the holidays to spend some time with family and friends. I did, and I loved it. In the coming year, I hope to spend more time focused on the things I am most passionate about, and my family and my creative pursuits top the list. Maybe I'll even...
I just returned from the International Quilt Market trade show in Houston, and my head is buzzing with ideas. There was so much to see: so many colorful booths filled with the latest fabrics, embellishments, and tools for quilt making . Stitch Editor Amber Eden (left) and I make like mummies at International...
31 Oct 2012
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I have a long history of finding, buying, hoarding, and using Japanese fabric. I can't bear to part with even the tiniest scrap. I am always looking to incorporate a piece in my patchwork projects. A small sampling of my Japanese fabric stash. When I lived in California, I often shopped at a wonderful...
I have four children. The oldest is college-age and the youngest is still in grade school. So I have seen a lot of teachers in action and I've observed that the ones who are most effective are usually the ones who can explain concepts simply without talking down to their students. Cynthia starts...
Do you have hours of uninterrupted studio time? Me neither. I would say that unless you work full time in a dedicated studio, finding time to create is one of hardest things about being an artist. For most people, especially women, art has to get made in between "real jobs," kids, pets, and...