On the Road: Melbourne, Australia

On the Road: Melbourne, Australia

April 23, 2016

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

On the Road: Schulenberg, TX

On the Road: Schulenberg, TX

April 15, 2016

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.

Quilt Stories: “Dixie Dingo Dreaming”

Quilt Stories: “Dixie Dingo Dreaming”

April 9, 2016

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

Making a Pattern for a Fabric Collage Quilt

Making a Pattern for a Fabric Collage Quilt

April 2, 2016

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.

On the Road: Empty Spools 2016, Part 2

On the Road: Empty Spools 2016, Part 2

March 12, 2016

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

On the Road: Empty Spools 2016, Part 1

On the Road: Empty Spools 2016, Part 1

March 5, 2016

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