A few weeks ago I introduced a new quilt I’m working on. For now I’m calling “him” Oscar the Marabou stork. (Feel free to submit more formal title ideas in the comments below.) As I said previously, this piece will be part of an eleven-quilt show entitled “Specimens” that will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this… More In Progress: Marabou Stork 2
Telling My Story At the end of last year I was asked by Brenda Smoak (via referral from friend and fellow quilt teacher, Rose Hughes) to participate in her blog that highlights a different visual artist every week of the year. It’s called Artists Tell Their Stories. We are asked to “… choose one area of your life… More Two stories: One About My Fabric Life, One About My Family Life
“Polka Dodo,” a bird with an attitude, even though he’s extinct. At some point in their creation, my quilts take on a life and personality of their own—like children. This guy developed a haughtiness that defies you to ridicule him, who proudly struts his polka-dotted stuff on his own private stage. In last week’s blog,… More Quilt Stories: Polka Dodo
Big announcement! Guess what?! I’m having my own special exhibit in at the Houston International Quilt Festival from October 29 through November 6th!! This is very exciting for me (did you notice?) as this will be the first showing, the first (but not final) incarnation, of a collection of work I am calling “Specimens.” My hope… More In Progress: Marabou Stork for Special Exhibit at IQF
Of course, while I must admit that I have such a broad taste in color and design that my husband sometimes says it amounts to no taste at all (I prefer to describe my taste as “eclectic”), I do have some broad guidelines for how I select fabric. If I had to break it down, I might use the following criteria: color, pattern, scale, and quantity.
… More Choosing Fabric for Fabric Collage
When one thinks of quilting meccas, I guess Kalispell, Montana, isn’t the first place to spring to mind. However, I am one of a number of quilting teachers who return to this sleepy little western town each year. The attraction is the Quilt Gallery, owned and operated by Joan Hodgeboom, who runs a first-class fabric store and… More On the Road: Kalispell, MT 2016
A portrait of my son gave me the freedom to experiment with a new style of creating fabric collage quilts.… More Quilt Stories: “Samuelsaurus Rex”
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.… More 2016 Summertime Retreat/2017 Retreat Registration Open
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.… More Summertime Quilt Retreat: What’s It Like?
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… More Quilt Stories: Tickled Pink