Independent Study with Michael James

I recently returned from a 7 day independent study workshop with textile artist Michael James at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS) in Columbus, Ohio. There were about 20 students in the class–everyone with a different plan for the week based on their own studio practice. It was fascinating seeing the work other students were…

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Look Back at 2020

What a year!  I’m sure most of us won’t be sorry to see the last of 2020. While the year didn’t go as any of us planned, there were certainly some bright spots for me among the gloom–the dread, disappointments, frustrations, and sadness. In the featured photo collage are some of my favorite images from…

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Cut Up That Quilt Top

Sometimes it just doesn’t work. I love creating improvisationally without a pattern or templates, but I’m the first to admit that the process isn’t foolproof. That composition just doesn’t hang together right, or the colors don’t mesh like you thought they would, or the lines and shapes just aren’t interesting. It happens to everyone. So…

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A Look Back at 2019

2019 was a big year for me. I gave lectures and taught classes all over the country, including my first international classes in Toronto in April; my Artful Improv book sold out of its first printing; I got work into several prestigious shows; and I signed a contract to teach at the National Quilting Museum…

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Revisiting an Old Favorite

The last few weeks have been a challenge for a lot of different reasons. So I decided to take a little time to do something just for myself. I was straightening up the studio a few months ago and came across this Amish style Double 9 Patch quilt that I made probably 20 years ago.…

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A Look Back at 2018

It’s been quite a year! Maybe the most exciting thing was having my Confetti quilt juried in to the Fine Art Quilt Masters Exhibit at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England in August. It was my first international exhibit and I got to go to the show with two quilting friends–so much fun! I…

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I’m a Poster Girl!

I’m so excited to announce that my work has been chosen as the feature art for the poster and T-shirt for the Downtown Art Festival in Gainesville, FL this December! (Note: updated with a better image of the poster.) I got the call from the show director earlier this year, but I wanted to wait…

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Two Weeks at the Crow Barn

It felt really strange to wake up at home this past Saturday and not have to jump up and get ready by 7 AM to start sewing for the day! I’m just back from two intense, exhausting, exhilarating two weeks studying at the Crow Barn in Ohio with Nancy Crow. I was doing “remedial improv”…

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Anatomy of an Improv Quilt

Right before the Baltimore Craft Show last weekend, I had a brainstorm for a new quilt. This frequently happens when I’m in deadline mode before a show for some reason–maybe that’s just when my creativity ramps up? The result was Jumping for Joy, which you see in the featured image above. I thought it would…

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