On the Road: Empty Spools 2017, Session 2

March 18, 2017

I arrived back home to Maine from this teaching trip just in time for a good old Nor’Easter (that’s a blizzard for you non-New England folks). A foot or more—hard to tell with all that gale force wind—of snow fell. The following video shows why I enjoy spending time in Pacific Grove, California teaching for Empty Spools Seminars … Read More

On the Road: Empty Spools 2017, Session 1

On the Road: Empty Spools 2017, Session 1

March 11, 2017

UPDATE Here’s a walkaround video of my first classroom at Empty Spools 2017. When making my teaching schedule each year, I make sure a keep two weeks open in the winter or early spring for Empty Spools Seminars. It’s a great time to leave the cold weather of Maine for the more temperate climes of … Read More

Marilyn and Joel Davidson: Collaborators in Life and Art

Marilyn and Joel Davidson: Collaborators in Life and Art

March 4, 2017

Over the course of a year I teach many students. Some of them return for follow up classes. And there are those I could count on a hand or two that have become perennial attendees. At that point they have probably become friends as well. Marilyn Davidson is one of those people, along with her husband … Read More

Sign Up to Fill Openings for May Retreat! CLASS FULL

February 25, 2017

Sign Up Now for Last Minute Openings at My Spring Maine Retreat SORRY CLASS IS NOW FULL! Susan Carlson Spring Quilt Retreat Dates: May 15-19, 2017 Place: Hyatt Old Port-Portland, Portland, Maine I’ve had a flurry of openings for my upcoming class in Portland in a couple of months, so I am now looking to … Read More

The Finish Line: Completed Student Work Volume 5

The Finish Line: Completed Student Work Volume 5

February 25, 2017

This edition of “The Finish Line”—completed versions of student work along with in-progress shots from class—has a little more rhyme and reason to it than usual. Recently I received finished photos from a class I’d taught just a few weeks ago, so I’ll begin with those and work backward with some from last year, ending with quilts … Read More

Making a Pattern for Fabric Collage Update

Making a Pattern for Fabric Collage Update

February 18, 2017

As promised, I’m selecting some of the most popular posts from my blog and updating them with video—something that elaborates on or shows more detail in the fabric collage technique. Starting with the most popular posts—the ones that have been viewed, shared, and commented on the most—this is now the second installment of the “Update Series.” … Read More

Quilt Story: “Peace, Love, Tie-Dye, Save the Whales”

Quilt Story: “Peace, Love, Tie-Dye, Save the Whales”

February 11, 2017

It’s time for another Quilt Story. For those who haven’t been following the blog for long, this is a series of posts where I talk about the quilts I have made—their origins, what I learned from them and what you might learn, why they’re special to me. Click here to see other Quilt Stories. Since we’re leading up … Read More

On the Road: MISA at Tanque Verde, Tucson, AZ

On the Road: MISA at Tanque Verde, Tucson, AZ

February 4, 2017

When cold weather strikes, MISA moves to warmer climes, following the snow birds to the Southwest. They call the retreat MISA-West, gathering just outside of Tucson, AZ, at the Tanque Verde Ranch Resort. That’s where I spent the third week of January, teaching fabric collage to a group of 19 students.

Take a Flattering Picture of Your Quilt with the Camera in Your Pocket

Take a Flattering Picture of Your Quilt with the Camera in Your Pocket

January 28, 2017

Of course, the very best way to get a great picture of your quilt is to have it professionally photographed. But many of us don’t need really need that. Still, it’s nice to have the best possible snapshot if for nothing more than being able to show it off on your Facebook page or from the screen of your smartphone. (And for submitting your images for the next installment of my “Finish Line” series. Hint, hint.)

Why Glue? Updated with Video

Why Glue? Updated with Video

January 21, 2017

One of our plans, as we delved into video, was to re-visit and update some of my more popular, technique-oriented posts with short videos. It would also let me update the post itself with any further information that I may have forgotten to include the first time around, or that was inspired by the comments section for the post.