Getting Over a Creative Slump

I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump since I got back from Houston last November. And it’s a shame, because I had a break from traveling and had hoped to get quite a bit of work done. But life happened–there were the holidays, and family, and well–it didn’t get done. But I feel…

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Curves, Solids and Prints Experiment

I’ve been experimenting with curved block compositions and combining solid and print fabrics in the same quilt top for the last week. It’s something I’ve thought about before, but I was inspired by a last minute tweak to a class I taught in Arizona last week. You can read about the class here. Many of…

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The Design Wall is Full

Do you like to work on one project at a time or several? I almost always have multiple projects in process on the design wall in my studio. Next to my sewing machine, the design wall is probably one of the most essential tools in my studio. My design wall is full right now with…

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Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival opens this weekend!

Today is setup day for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston, VA. The car is packed and ready to go when the venue opens this morning. And the sun is shining! The show opens tomorrow, Saturday May 21 and runs through Sunday, May 22. Hours are 10-6 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday. There will…

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My Improv Workshop Was a Blast!

My “Building Blocks of Improvisational Quilting” workshop this past weekend was a blast! I was fortunate to have six enthusiastic, motivated students, and thrilled that each one finished a top entirely of her own design. The class went for two days over the weekend. The first day we talked about color and improvisational design, and…

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Yellow or Orange?

  I was in my studio last week working on some new compositions, and I need some advice. Do you like the yellow and gray design or the orange and gray one? These are likely to turn into pillows, but I think the idea might be interesting enough for a series of wall hangings. What…

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Some Positive News . . .

On a more positive note than my last two posts, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been accepted to the Washington Craft Show in Washington, DC this fall–October 31-November 2, 2014. I’ve applied to this show several times in the past, but it’s very competitve and this is the first year I’ve been accepted. It’s…

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New Small Works Inspired by a Scarf

I’m working on some new small pieces to exhibit at the Craftboston Spring show coming up the weekend after next, April 4-6. These are just the quilt tops–I’ll add stitching to them for texture and mount them on painted black canvas for the show so they’ll be 8″x 8″ square. I really like the colors–they…

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“Rock Houses” in Process

I’ve spent most of this week working on Rock Houses, at left,  to make a photography deadline. It’s always a strong motivator when I have an appointment with Greg Staley, who does all my professional photography (unlike the snapshot on this page!). I’ll replace this poor photo with his as soon as it’s available. (UPDATE:…

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