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 an … 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

An Eye for an Eye

An Eye for an Eye

May 21, 2016

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

On the Road: Lyons, Colorado

On the Road: Lyons, Colorado

April 30, 2016

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