In Progress: Marabou Stork for Special Exhibit at IQF

In Progress: Marabou Stork for Special Exhibit at IQF

July 30, 2016

Big announcement! Guess what?! I’m having my own special exhibit in at the Houston International Quilt Festival from October 29 through November 6th!! This is very exciting for me (did you notice?) as this will be the first showing, the first (but not final) incarnation, of a collection of work I am calling “Specimens.” My hope … Read More

Choosing Fabric for Fabric Collage

Choosing Fabric for Fabric Collage

July 23, 2016

Of course, while I must admit that I have such a broad taste in color and design that my husband sometimes says it amounts to no taste at all (I prefer to describe my taste as “eclectic”), I do have some broad guidelines for how I select fabric. If I had to break it down, I might use the following criteria: color, pattern, scale, and quantity.

On the Road: Kalispell, MT 2016

On the Road: Kalispell, MT 2016

July 16, 2016

When one thinks of quilting meccas, I guess Kalispell, Montana, isn’t the first place to spring to mind. However, I am one of a number of quilting teachers who return to this sleepy little western town each year. The attraction is the Quilt Gallery, owned and operated by Joan Hodgeboom, who runs a first-class fabric store and … Read More

Quilt Stories: Tickled Pink

Quilt Stories: Tickled Pink

June 18, 2016

  Before I was the crocodile quilt lady, I was known by some as the pink rhino quilt lady. Between teaching, home life, and other commitments, I have averaged one big piece per year for about a decade—so certain quilts have defined entire portions of my career. “Tickled Pink” qualifies as one such quilt. It continues to have … Read More

On the Road: Quilters Unlimited, Northern VA

On the Road: Quilters Unlimited, Northern VA

June 11, 2016

I had a homecoming of sorts this past week when I taught at the Quilters Unlimited show just south of Washington, D.C.. I grew up in Wheaton, MD, just north of D.C., so I feel pretty comfortable in the area. In fact, when someone asks me where I’m from, even after 30 years in Maine, I … Read More

The Point of Pets

The Point of Pets

June 4, 2016

Animal lover. If I were to sign up for online dating (don’t worry, dear!), those two words might come first in my profile. Non-animal-lovers need not respond. If you are bothered by cat hair, have never kissed your dog on the lips, or haven’t waited for the bird droppings to dry before scraping them off your sweater, we won’t … Read More

On the Road: Prairie Star Quilters, IL

On the Road: Prairie Star Quilters, IL

May 28, 2016

My visit this week to Prairie Star Quilters, just outside Chicago, was short but sweet. For two days we concentrated on fish, bugs, and butterflies. I like it when a class limits the subject matter this way. I found early on when I started making these small collage quilts that fish, bugs, and butterflies allowed … Read More