Kissin’ Cousins: An Online Class Preview Part 3

Kissin’ Cousins: An Online Class Preview Part 3

September 23, 2017

In this post I continue with the third installment of the preview of my online course, currently in development. I’m using an in-progress quilt, Kissin’ Cousins, to demonstrate each of the steps in the process. As I said previously, the class will have six parts. They will closely resemble something like this: Getting Started: Choosing … Read More

Kissin’ Cousins: An Online Class Preview Part 2

Kissin’ Cousins: An Online Class Preview Part 2

September 16, 2017

I hope you read last week’s, “Kissin’ Cousins: An Online Class Preview Part 1.” If you haven’t, maybe you should click on the link and read it now. Go ahead I’ll wait till you get back. That post, and this week’s addition, both preview my online class, which I hope many of you are eager to … Read More

SPECIAL NOTICE: LA and San Diego Area Lectures This Week

SPECIAL NOTICE: LA and San Diego Area Lectures This Week

September 11, 2017

Last Minute Invite for My Friends in California I have three upcoming lectures at guilds in the Los Angeles and San Diego area this week. Maybe some of you would like to attend? I will have some of my quilts with me and will be making an hour-long slide-show presentation. Here are the particulars: Flying … Read More

Kissin’ Cousins: An Online Class Preview Part 1

Kissin’ Cousins: An Online Class Preview Part 1

September 9, 2017

Some of you have been waiting—oh so patiently—for an online fabric collage class ever since I announced my intent to produce one a while—okay, about a year—ago. While this process has been more challenging than I expected. We, my husband Tom and I, have been making progress. So in this blog post, and in the next few posts, I’ll give … Read More

2018 Maine Retreat Dates (And Other Things I Did on My Summer Vacation)

2018 Maine Retreat Dates (And Other Things I Did on My Summer Vacation)

September 2, 2017

It’s Labor Day weekend and even though we officially have 3 more weeks of summer to come, it feels like it’s time to wrap up the summer months and re-set for the upcoming fall— at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. I narrowed this post down to a few things that I’ve … Read More

Hang It Up: Making Your Art Quilt Art

Hang It Up: Making Your Art Quilt Art

August 26, 2017

Your quilt is done! Congratulations. Now it’s ready to prepare for display. This is not a trivial step. Originally, quilts were utilitarian—they were designed and constructed to be used. They were a craft. Today, the line between craft and art can get pretty blurry. Quilts are being recognized more and more as an art form. One way to make … Read More

Finishing: Put the Final Touch on Your Fabric Collage Quilt

Finishing: Put the Final Touch on Your Fabric Collage Quilt

August 19, 2017

Let’s say you’ve nearly finished your fabric collage quilt. For me, it’s my crazy spiral you’ve seen in recent posts. Pieced image: done. Details: done. To tulle or not to tulle: done. Quilting: done. Now what? How do you finish your fabric collage quilt? Here’s the basic steps of what I’m going to do: Press quilt flat Trim quilt … Read More

Free-Motion Quilting on Fabric Collage Quilts

Free-Motion Quilting on Fabric Collage Quilts

August 12, 2017

It’s confession time again. My secret is that when it comes to quilting my fabric collage pieces, I keep it simple–really simple. My quilting (meaning the stitching that happens after the collage piecing is complete), like my art in general, has evolved over the years. I started out doing thread drawing and shadow quilting. Then when … Read More

To Tulle or Not to Tulle

To Tulle or Not to Tulle

August 5, 2017

Ahh, a sweet summer breeze lifting the sheer curtains (I can hear Seals and Crofts now)…. Wait! Could I use a bit of those curtains in my collage?! I have, and I will again. In my post Using Sheer, Netting, and other Semi-Transparent Fabrics, I showed how I use those sorts of translucent fabrics—including tulle—to create form and add detail in fabric … Read More

Quilt Stories: Thread Drawing

Quilt Stories: Thread Drawing

July 29, 2017

Thirty-two years ago this week, while visiting Maine (and still living in Maryland), I met and had my first date with my (future) husband, Tom. I met him at his family’s lobster wharf in Harpswell, Maine, pictured above. After a year of long-distance romance, I took a summer job in Harpswell and a small apartment in town to … Read More