This month I give a rundown of my Summertime Quilt Retreat and announce that registration is open for all five of my 2017 Maine quilt retreats.
What’s it like to take one of my classes? In this week’s post, my husband Tom interviews a student at my Summertime Quilt Retreat, following her progress through the four days of class.
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 an … Read More
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
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
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
Imagine you’re in one of my five-day classes. You’ve chosen an ambitious project: a fabric collage portrait of an important person in your life. But this is day two of the class. You’ve learned some stuff: You can use glue with fabric. You’re beginning to understand how value determines form. You’ve chosen a great photo to work … Read More
For me, spring in Harpswell, Maine, marks the beginning of retreat season. Mother’s Day I hosted a group of new and returning students at the iconic Harpswell Inn.
“You use glue? Really?” I get asked about it a lot and the questions usually fall into one of three categories: why adhesive at all, why not fusible, and how do you do it?
By the time I arrived in Denver, Colorado, I had already been traveling for fifteen days. I’d taught for eight of those days and had forty students with forty projects. I’d slept in five different beds. It was getting hard to remember where I was when I awoke in the morning. Lying there with my eyes not yet … Read More