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.

The Finish Line: Completed Student Work Vol. 4

The Finish Line: Completed Student Work Vol. 4

January 14, 2017

Time for another round of “The Finish Line.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with this series, no, this isn’t a History Channel program about about Scandinavians during WWII. That would be “The Finnish Line.” (I, Susan, would just like to note that that little pun was written by Tom. One of the things you need to … Read More

Using Sheer, Netting, and other Semi-Transparent Fabrics

Using Sheer, Netting, and other Semi-Transparent Fabrics

January 7, 2017

It isn’t always clear to those who haven’t seen my work in person how much netting, tulle and other semi-transparent fabric I use in my quilts. For simplicity’s sake I’m going to call them all sheers (even though sheer is a type of fabric itself). I use these fabrics near the end—or final draft—of my piecing to add … Read More

Online Course Survey Follow Up

Online Course Survey Follow Up

January 6, 2017

Wow! What a response to last week’s post about my intention to produce an online fabric collage course. I received over 140 comments, by far the most of any of my posts. It was so positive and overwhelming I felt I needed to respond with this special edition of my blog. Don’t worry, your regularly-scheduled post, … Read More

A New Year, A New Challenge: And You Can Help

A New Year, A New Challenge: And You Can Help

December 31, 2016

Help! On the eve of a new year, one does tend to look to the past and future at the same time. I realized that as far as this blog is concerned, I already offered a nice yearly wrap-up in my one-year anniversary post a couple months ago—no need to do more yet. But looking … Read More

The Season of Light: A Maker’s Project

The Season of Light: A Maker’s Project

December 24, 2016

I grew up crafty. When I moved to Maine I was cunning (as in, “ain’t you cunnin’.” Insert forced smile here.) Now I’m a maker. I make things—art quilts mostly—but I sometimes deviate and dabble in other media. And when the holiday season hits, hard-wired memories from my teen years helping with our family’s seasonal “Craft Cellar” return and out comes … Read More