On the Road: Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI

On the Road: Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI

May 20, 2017

This was my second trip to Mackinac Island, MI, to teach at the Grand Hotel’s Annual Needle Art Seminar, and I’m happy to report that this time the ferry didn’t have to dodge icebergs on the trip to the island. Three years ago there was still some ice on Lake Huron. This year the weather was cool … Read More

Quilt Stories: Not-So-Goldfish

Quilt Stories: Not-So-Goldfish

May 13, 2017

To create my fabric collage quilts, I work in two similar but distinct ways. Most often, I will hunt for and cut out fabric shapes from larger pieces. This is the method I teach in class. Every once in a while, however, I take the bushels of leftover scraps (stored in vintage suitcases) that I … Read More

Copyright and Copywrong: Finding an Image for Fabric Collage

Copyright and Copywrong: Finding an Image for Fabric Collage

May 6, 2017

We need to have a conversation. It might not always be a comfortable one, but I think it’s important. Before each class I teach I send out a student letter that includes the following: If you use someone else’s photo or artwork as a design source then you should get permission from that photographer or … Read More

The Finish Line: Completed Student Work Volume 6

The Finish Line: Completed Student Work Volume 6

April 29, 2017

I enjoy sharing my teaching travels and showing off the work of my students—they make me so proud! It’s now catching on for past students to send me photos of their finished quilts—the stage I never get to see in class. Since last August I’ve been combining the classroom images with those finished versions to create “The Finish … Read More

On the Road: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts 2017

On the Road: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts 2017

April 22, 2017

In my previous post I introduced you to the first half of my two-week sojourn in the land of all-things-cheese, Wisconsin. After a wonderful week at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville, it was time for a second week at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg. So I hopped in my silver Ford rental, Sonic … Read More

On the Road: Woodland Ridge Retreat 2017

On the Road: Woodland Ridge Retreat 2017

April 15, 2017

I break my teaching into two seasons, Winter/Spring and Fall. Between those seasons lie the Holidays (November-December) and the Summer (July-August) when I either don’t teach at all or only teach occasionally. I’m about half-way through my Winter/Spring teaching engagements, having just returned from two weeks in Wisconsin. While in the Land of All Things Cheese, I was … Read More

The Finish Line: The Belgian Connection

The Finish Line: The Belgian Connection

April 8, 2017

In 2012 I received an email from a quilter named Ria Mille who was interested in attending my Maine summer quilt retreat. This wasn’t an unusual occurrence. What caught my eye, besides her charming command of the English language, was the fact that she was from Belgium. She asked lots of questions about the class, including what … Read More

Quilt Stories: (Re)Introducing “Crocodylus Smylus”

Quilt Stories: (Re)Introducing “Crocodylus Smylus”

April 1, 2017

I figured it was about time to introduce “Stevie”, my my 20 foot saltwater crocodile, to those who might not have seen her the first time around. And reintroduce her to those for whom it’s been a long time since they saw her. Here’s a brand new video I created especially for this purpose: A year … Read More