Okay, so it was the first time I’d been introduced to a cheering crowd accompanied by Elton John’s classic anthem “Crocodile Rock.” I guess that’s when I knew that quilters Down Under do it a little differently. As I walked onto stage opening night at the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC), I was encouraged to put my boogie shoes to good … Read More
Thanks to mother-daughter team, Deborah Walters and Kim Buchmann, who have been running Quilting Adventures for five years, for inviting me to be their teacher for a short week at Jordan Ranch in the foothills of the Texas hill country.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m a “serious” artist. I mean, I don’t really worry about it, but it crosses my mind. Anyway, do I really want or need to be a “serious” artist? And what is “serious” art anyway? I suppose it’s art with a purpose, with an important message, or with a revolutionary way of viewing the world. … Read More
So you want to make a fabric collage quilt. Great! After choosing an image to work from, the next step in creating a fabric collage quilt is making a simple pattern. This is a critical step, one that even beginning students sense has an enormous influence on the success of their finished product.
I got a small taste of life on set last week when I was invited to tape two segments for Quilting Arts TV. Thanks to the crew at KS Productions, Stevie the croc quilt and I were both ready for our closeups.
Spring is coming on. This fact recently set off a string of associations that led me to recall fondly a quilt I made in 1996.
Another year at Empty Spools is over for me. The second session ended just two days ago. Now I’m home, having traveled about as far across the continental United States as it is possible to travel: Pacific Grove, CA to Harpswell, ME. Pacific coast back to Atlantic coast. In last week’s blog I covered the first session, so here’s the … Read More
Where I teach varies from year to year. For many seasons now, however, there has been one consistent venue. Sometime between February and April I’ve been in Pacific Grove, California to teach at Empty Spools. I don’t know what I can say that hasn’t already been said about Empty Spools, or Asilomar as it is often simply called, after the … Read More
Bugs make excellent subjects for fabric collage. Maybe that’s why I made so many of them over the years and why they are such a favorite with my students.
On the road again… A visit to Florida introduces me to quilt guilds in St. Augustine and Naples. The student work is, as usual, inspiring. I even had a little time for sightseeing.