Summer in Maine

Summer in Maine

July 22, 2017

Summer in Maine is brief. Despite what the calendar says, summer pretty much starts on July 4 and is over on Labor Day. Because of its brevity, I schedule my teaching so I can be home during this fleeting season. Last month’s visit to Kalispell, MT (here and here) wraps up my teaching until September when I travel to … Read More

On the Road: Kalispell, MT 2017 Part 2

On the Road: Kalispell, MT 2017 Part 2

July 15, 2017

Between my two weeks of teaching fabric collage classes at the Quilt Gallery in Kalispell, Montana, I had a two day “weekend” to catch up on a little sleep and do some sightseeing. I used the time to soak up MT sunshine and sniff the canola (also referred to as rapeseed), which had begun to … Read More

On the Road: Kalispell, MT 2017 Part 1

On the Road: Kalispell, MT 2017 Part 1

July 8, 2017

A trip to Kalispell, Montana has been an annual tradition for several years now. Joan Hodgeboom first invited me to teach at her shop, the Quilt Gallery, way back in—I believe—2013 (you’d think I’d have better records). I do know I was there that year since I came home with a very small, unanticipated, squirmy and adorable souvenir—our … Read More

Eye for an Eye: Updated with Video

Eye for an Eye: Updated with Video

July 1, 2017

My original post pretty thoroughly explained my method for creating eyes and other highly detailed features. However, there’s always room for improvement, and sometimes there’s no substitute for actually seeing something done. So, this week I’ve updated my “Eye for an Eye” post with a video of the whole process. In both the text below and in … Read More

On the Road: June 2017 Harpswell Retreat

On the Road: June 2017 Harpswell Retreat

June 24, 2017

So the weather teased us all week long during my June 2017 Maine Quilt Retreat. It started out much hotter than normal, up in the 90s for the first couple of days, which was quite a surprise to students coming from the hotter areas of the country expecting relief from the heat. Then it switched … Read More

Quilt Stories: “Dixie Dingo Dreaming” Updated with Video

Quilt Stories: “Dixie Dingo Dreaming” Updated with Video

June 17, 2017

“Dixie Dingo Dreaming,” the quilt of my dearly departed dog, Pippin, remains one of my favorites. Recently I have had a few students using Australian Aboriginal print fabrics like those in “Dixie Dingo Dreaming,” and lots of students doing portraits of their pets, both of which bring this quilt to mind. It occurs to me that … Read More

Copyright and Copywrong: A Follow Up

Copyright and Copywrong: A Follow Up

June 10, 2017

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post called “Copyright and Copywrong: Finding an Image for Fabric Collage.” It was primarily about how we all need to be more careful about using images we find—so easily—on the internet. It received much more attention than I had expected or dared hope. I think it’s safe to say that … Read More

FYI: 2017 Retreat Openings, 2018 Retreat Dates, Online Course Update

FYI: 2017 Retreat Openings, 2018 Retreat Dates, Online Course Update

June 3, 2017

There’s a lot of work to my business that goes on behind the scenes, so to speak. At least you don’t often hear about here in the blog. (An exception was when I asked for feedback about a possible online course—see below.) Yet, you may be aware of promises I have made and may be wondering whether I … Read More

It’s Coming!

It’s Coming!

June 3, 2017

For those of you who are expecting the Susan Carlson fabric collage blog to peruse with your coffee, rest assured the blog is on it’s way. There will be a slight delay, until 12:00 noon Eastern Time, 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. I hope this doesn’t mess up your Saturday morning routine. Enjoy your coffee and maybe read … Read More

On the Road: Maine Quilt Retreat May 2017

On the Road: Maine Quilt Retreat May 2017

May 27, 2017

The greater Portland area is not only the largest metropolis in Maine (Pop: 500,000), the city is also where I hold some of my Maine Quilt Retreats. As home to more than a third of Mainers, the area is its culinary, artistic, and cultural center, which makes it nice to visit even if you aren’t coming to one of … Read More