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studio shots part 3: welcome to the palace

So you’ve seen a video, side 1, and my ironing table idea hack.
Want to see the other half?

Coming up my stairs and looking to the right is another room full of light and space. My drafting table is my favorite thing in the world. An art professor that I was a Teaching Assistant for one summer (I don’t clearly recall how that happened – I wasn’t an art student, I was in the architecture program) pointed me to a pile of discarded desks outside and told me I could take one. I took it apart, refinished it, and used an old door as a table top for years. A few years ago I finally made a dedicated plywood top for it that fits both the table and my large cutting board. It originally had a light table top but that was gone when I got to it.

Most days I have a print-ready cover on it consisting of a big chunk of felt covered by duck cloth that can be washed. Last week I had white poster board on top and photography lights and photo stands working on getting some good shots for my upcoming Bead It Like You Mean It part 2 online course.

Another window, more fabric and stuff storage. I move my table around as needed and have learned (the hard way of course) to be very careful if it is close to those angled walls. Ouch!

This spot is still under construction. I have to keep the area by the wall clear so that the pull-down attic steps aren’t blocked. The ugly door on the left leads to a closet I had built – filling in the empty space above the stairs. It’s the only thing I thought was badly done in the renovation but I don’t have time to deal with it. I’ll make a quilt to cover it up!!! The closet holds my book/DVD/Packing materials inventory.
On the someday list is to paint the filing cabinets there bright red. On top of it is my thermofax machine and materials.

These shelving units from IKEA were much easier to install here than making custom built-ins. AC ductwork goes through this bench so it felt like lost space. Finished quilts are stored up top and really, this is most of my fabric collection. I think I have more garment sewing fabric than quilting cottons.

The one serious drawback is that I don’t yet have a big design wall. I’ve got two 4’x8′ insulation boards covered with flannel. I’m going to frame them. The only big wall I have is covered with a full wall mirror and I love the light it reflects into the room. I might end up covering most of it anyway. I need that wall. 

Or – I’ll frame up two or three of the insulation boards and put them on wheels so they can move around. I could then use them for backdrops for filming video. We’ll see.

studio shots part 2: welcome to the palace

Here are some overall photo views of my new studio space.

Coming up the stairs you see storage – it’s taken me six months to take a day to look through what was actually in most of these boxes. I didn’t actually get around to clearing them out and organizing them but at least I added a sticky note telling me what was in each one.

The purple sleeper sofa was here before. It’s from the 60’s and weighs about a thousand pounds. I recovered it years ago (it was hideous) when I helped a friend take it off her hands. I paid two seriously burley guys to get it up the stairs to the third floor years ago. They had to hold it straight up on end to get it around the corner entry of the stairs. I realized a little late that filling in the opening above the stairs (turned into a closet) precluded it ever leaving the attic again.

In the foreground you see my pressing/ironing station… the previous posts spotlights this in case you missed it. I spend lots of hours at my computer watching birds land in the tree right outside this window. It’s heaven. To the left you can see my trusty Bernina Record 930. It’s my primary machine these days and I love it. There is a yoga mat under the fluffy green rug that I pull out occasionally.

Next around is my HQ16 – one of the first made. No stitch regulator. Just me and the needle going up and down a million miles an hour. I built in the window seats as a reading nest. Underneath I’ve stored machine cases and a roller table with my wide format color printer and a stool with all my printing supplies dumped into it. My duct-tape-double, mounted in a plaster filled bucket stands guard and I haven’t put my clunky serger away yet. There is a yoga ball that needs a lot more inflating before I see if I can sit on it at my computer.

The closet holds my finished artwork, blank stretched canvases, rolls of fabric, and batting. It’s stuffed. But at least I know where everything is.

This is just half of my space. (Spoiled much!?)
Stay tuned for the other half next week.

Any questions? Feel free to ask them!

studio: ironing table ikea hack

In the category of “my favorite things” in my new studio is my ironing station. It’s the exact height I need and perfectly fits my requirements.

I’ve had these wire baskets in my old studio since, well, forever, and they have served me well. They are an IKEA product that still has several iterations available, this ALGOT style being the closest to what I have. Each of these frames is tied together with zip-ties and clips made just for that purpose so they are rock solid. I’ve just figured out that my hanging container works perfectly on the back corner of the shelves so I don’t even have to walk across the room to find my scissors or a pen.

I had originally intended to build this brilliant IKEA hack ironing table by Brooke over at the Custom Style Blog – the long roll storage she has is phenomenal. She has detailed instructions there as well as links for the Bump Cloth (insulation layer). I just bought my silver ironing board cover fabric at the local big-box place.

Because I had leftover plywood and supplies I was able to make tops for these baskets. If I ever feel like it I will prime and paint each one white. They are in three pieces because I didn’t want to buy another piece of plywood so I pieced these out of other scraps. Good enough. I’ll eventually  paint the wooden legs as well… and maybe screw them down so they don’t scoot. This is what happens when you work on a project for three months that was supposed to take two weeks. “Good enough for now” becomes “done because I just want it to be over.” One fabulous thing about having to unexpectedly gut the space was that I have plugs everywhere – and this on, especially for the iron, is on it’s own circuit. I don’t have to worry about blowouts!!!

The ironing surface is 54″ x 22″ – wide enough, and exactly the same height as the banister so I end up hanging whatever I’m working on over the long stair wall as I go. It works for me. Just last week I took a sharpie to the thing and marked off inches. I have ruler marks on the edge of my sewing table, my ironing surface, and my drafting table. The cloth is just stapled on to the underside of the board. If I end up doing what I did last time, eventually I’ll just staple another layer of the silver stuff over the top of this when it gets too gross.

That might not happen this time though as I’ve been really good at using my HOLY COW sized Goddess sheet for all fusing projects. Gotta say, it’s awesome! Hmmm… I just had an idea. two big hooks with a hefty dowel layed on them – screwed onto the bottom of the left side of the board would hold the roll of misty fuse perfectly! I’ll add it to my list. Along with a wall mount for the iron. I end up leaving it on the wall and just know some day it is going to go over the edge.

Studio Shots: welcome to the palace

Hello Friends, It’s been a while. Life has been overfull the past three years and I’ve neglected this space. I spent a while thinking about my intent for this blog over the weekend and this is what I’ve concluded.

1- I want to document my work on a platform that I own. That isn’t FB or IG.

2- I want to have a space where I don’t feel obligated to constantly speak to the injustices I see in the world. (I feel compelled to do so on FB where my largest audience is. I feel that if I don’t do something to stand up for immigrants, refugees, the poor, minorities, that I cannot face God when that time comes, or my children now.)

Those two things alone are enough. So we will start here.

A very quick tour (part one) of my new palace.


I’ll give you a lot more detail in coming blog posts.

Abstract-a-licious: Studio Class

by Deborah Young

by Deborah Young

Join me for a wonderful class here in my Cary, NC studio.


Wednesday March 13, 9:30 – 2:30
(5 hours, lunch provided)

Creating your own unique abstract design is much easier than you think! Each of these quilt tops were created in class by students just like you. Some of them had never created an original design before!

Cory Allender

Cory Allender

by Michele

by Michele

This hands-on studio class will be a unique opportunity to experience Lyric’s favorite design class in a small group setting with lots of individual attention.

Lyric will gently guide you through simple and concrete design exercises that will help  you create numerous ideas for an original abstract quilt.

by Yvonne

by Yvonne

After a delicious lunch Lyric will help you sort through your design ideas and choose one you love to turn into a small, fused, art-quilt top.

by Eileen Sherman

by Eileen Sherman

Really – YOU can do it! Designs will be doodled, eyes and minds will be opened, and fun will be had.

by June

by June

I’d love to see you there! Please visit THIS LINK on my website to view my other studio classes, and to Sign UP!  (click here to see a supply list, detailed description of the class, and more pictures in the student gallery.)

Studio Classes in Cary NC


Wednesday March 13, 9:30 – 2:30
(5 hours, lunch provided)

Creating your own unique abstract design is much easier than you think! This is one of Lyric’s favorite classes to teach and this will be a unique opportunity to experience it in a very small group setting with lots of indibividual attention.

She will gently guide you through concrete exercises designed to help  you create ideas for original abstract quilts. Doodles will be  scribbled, eyes and minds will be opened, fun will be had.

(click here to see a supply list, detailed description, and student gallery.)

Photos on Fabric

Saturday March 16, 9am – 12:00pm
$65 includes ALL materials

There are so many ways to apply photos to cloth! Come play with some computer technology, some super easy solvent transfer methods, and try out Transfer Art Papers. Students will learn to transfer photocopies onto fabric and will also  review bubble-jet-set and various ready-to-print products.

Lyric will provide everything you need to learn each technique. You will have the opportunity to send an image of your own (jpg via email) ahead of time to work with.

(click here for more information about the class, what supplies Lyric will provide you, and a student gallery.)

Playing with Paint

Wednesday April 17th 10:00 – 1:00
$65 includes ALL materials

Join Lyric for a day of playful exploration as you learn various methods of applying textile paints to cloth. Learn to carve stamps, print with found objects, use resists, and use thermofax screens. You’ll go home with a series of small sample cloths and a whole lot of new techniques for creating your own unique fabric!

Show up with nothing but your playful spirit – Lyric will provide all materials for you. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy.

(click here for more information about the class, what supplies Lyric will provide you, and a student gallery.)

Elements of Art Study Group

Part 1 Wednesday group, 10am – 1pm
March 27th, April 10th, may 1st, May 15th
FOUR WEEKS for only $160.00

Part 1 Saturday group, 9am- 12noon
March 30th, April 13th, May 11th, May 25th
FOUR WEEKS for only $160.00

Delightfully informal and intensely informative! Students will meet together four times during each session to delve deeply into what it takes to become an artist. Learn to see, understand, and interpret the visual world as artists do. It is a journey full of joy and wonder! Come prepared to learn, work, laugh, and grow.

During the Spring Basic Elements Session, basic drawing stechniques will be taught, observational skills will be developed, and hands-on design exercises will be explored. We will explore the basic elements of art, learning the basics of the visual alphabet, namely texture, shape, line, color and vlaue. (principles of art study group will be held in the fall)

Click here for detailed information, supply lists, and comments from former students.

Studio Class: Thermofax Screen Printing April 18

New Studio Class
Thermofax Screen Printing

Wednesday April 18th 
11am – 2pm
$65.00 includes lunch and ALL supplies, fabric, paint, and a large framed screen to take home.

Enjoy a few hours of creative playtime with Lyric as you learn the basics of what makes a good image for a thermofax screen. You’ll learn how to choose, how to edit, and how to send an image to a service provider or use your own machine.

After creating your own unique image, make a screen using Lyric’s thermofax machine and learn how to prepare it for printing by taping the frame to a screen or binding it with duct tape.
Learn how to use the screens with a squeegee or as a stencil, what kind of paints to use, what kinds of fabrics, how to discharge and layer imagery.

Are you ready to PLAY!?!
Sign up now – space will be limited to 8 students.

Fee includes ALL materials, you don’t need to bring a thing!

Wear old clothes or an apron.
Wednesday April 18th 

11am – 2pm

In the Studio… packing for a trip

New Hampshire are you ready?
Here I come!
Things get kind of crazy when I’m getting ready to teach. For every class there is a day (at least) of ordering, shipping, gathering, and packing supplies, printing hand-outs, figuring out inventory, and hoping against all hope that even though I’ve checked my lists ten times I’m not forgetting anything.

In The Studio


It’s a mad dash to the finish line here. (Hanging the solo show next Tuesday.) I’m simply blown away at how much art I can get done when I spend the whole day in the studio working. Of course, I’ve gotten a sitter for little guy, have left middle kids on their own to do (or refuse to do) homework, and the house is a wreck. I haven’t made a good dinner for a couple of weeks.
These are still in process. As are quite a number of other works. I must say I’ve quite enjoyed myself – madly playing in the studio.

Studio Class – Inspiration

Now THAT was fun. Last week a fantastic group of ladies drove up from the Charleston South Carolina area and spent two days playing here with me in the Studio… and dining room and sun room. We basically took over the downstairs living area. We ate chocolate, played with paint, ate more chocolate, screen printed…. you get the idea. I had so much fun that I totally forgot to take out my camera. Arggg! 
I did get inspired though – teaching a technique that I haven’t taught for a very long time. Hey – as long as all of the supplies are out I might as well play. Here is a length of cloth that I dyed with heat transfer dyes. You mix up the disperse dyes which look kind of yucky and boring, play with them like paint on paper. When you turn them over and heat press them onto a synthetic fabric magic happens!
I’ve got the house put back together (and the kids immediately took it back apart of course!) Most of the studio stuff is put back away. I love having it all cleaned up. It stays that way for a bit since the kids don’t play in here. For some reason it makes me really want to get busy with the art. As soon as my “to do” list is taken care of tomorrow I’m going to reward myself with some art time.
And now might I ask a little favor of you? If you’ve had a class from me would you mind posting a one or two sentence review here? I need to put together some new teaching brochures and would love to include some testimonials. I’d really, really appreciate it! Really.

Studio Classes

I have it good. I have a loving family who is supportive and patient and I get to work time with some of the most wonderful people in the world. I have a passion for creating artwork and a place in which to pursue that passion. 

The family – never complains about take-out dinners and is used to a pretty messy house. We’re slowly working on getting the kids to pick up their own stuff. I have an id that particular quest will not end until their stuff moves out along with them. And I just won’t talk about complaints about dinners I actually cook.

Those people I get to work with? Students! And the ideal students at that. They are there because they really want to be there. They are inquisitive, talented, and open to what they are taught.  Even if they don’t admit to being any of those three things – they are. I always learn so much from them as well.
The space I have to create art in is a blessing. I’m next to the main living area so that I can hear and see what is going on with the kids. I can look out the window and see them when they are playing outside. The space perfect for me to freely create whatever my brain can put together.
In a few weeks I get to combine the last two – students – studio! (The family will be gently kept elsewhere.) Students will have the opportunity to come to my home and my studio  in Cary, North Carolina, and lean, play, and create for two days. 
Thursday April 8th: Surface Design Sampler Platter
It’s truly a little taste of everything and one of the funnest classes I teach. We dip into techniques such as printing, stamp carving, stenciling, photo transfer, thermofax screen printing, and foiling! Oops! I almost forgot beadwork. Elizabeth and Ellen both took this class at the Virginia Quilt Celebration in 2008 – the fabric says it all!
Friday April 9th: The Forgotten Fabrics and Screen Printing
There are some wonderfully fun things you can do with synthetic fabrics (gasp!) Disperse dyes are completely different than Procion dyes, and totally fun to work with.
The screen printing we’ll do this day is very free, fast, and fun. We’ll use regular full sized screens in some very interesting and  improvisational ways.

There are still a few spots available. If you are interested in joining us please contact me at Lyric (at)

Open Studio Tour

Want to see something cool and scary? Quilting Arts magazine’s STUDIOS issue is hosting an Open Studio blog event.
That’s not the scary part. This is the scary part. October is the month where I teach a lot (schedule here) so I’m putting together kits and supplies. I bring a lot of stuff for my students. That includes books and DVD’s and lots of fun surface design goodies too. Last spring my studio was gorgeous in preparation for it’s spread in Studios Magazine.
Um – not right now. Want to see some real life Studio work in progress? Watch this at your own risk!
It’s always a ton of fun to see where someone else works isn’t it? You can see a whole bunch more studios starting October 3rd at http:/

Salsa in the Studio

I’ve spent this month working furiously toward another deadline – when am I not? I’m filming next week with Pokey for Quilting Arts TV season 4 as well as a Quilting Arts DVD Workshop.
As usual, I’m not getting enough sleep but better than usual – I’m being fairly productive in the studio. Of course the little ones are enjoying the free reign through the house. A new disaster awaits every time I exit my little enclave of art.

I hate the way my brain feels when I’m tired but I think I’ve found a cure. Nope – no caffeine for me. Music. Duh!!! you say. Well it’s been a long time since I’ve had music in the studio. This past year I’ve had to have no music while writing the book. I used to be a musician and find myself much to involved in the music when I listen so I had to have it quiet.
The upbeat music is like caffeine for my brain. Each day seems to have a theme. Classic 50’s Rock-N-Roll for a day, Big-Band Swing the next. Today it’s Latin. Right now it’s “Salsa Celtica.” Did you know your feet can dance while your hands draw? Next time I think it’s be Newgrass and Folk, then Celtic.

How I use sketchbooks in my textile art making practice

I had a request… yes. I take requests. One of you wanted to know how I use sketchbooks in my studio practice. So, yes.
I use sketchbooks in my art making practice, even though I work in textiles. I’m a visual person. I think I started in college… before then I was music, music, all the time. I kept stacks of journals but they didn’t have sketches in them.

I have an entire drawer full of old sketchbooks.

And a shelf full. And they are here and there all over my house too. I have two in my little tiny pocket of a purse right now. If however, you are looking for something pretty or fantastic in those pages, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Back in the day… when I first was learning they were nice and neat. In architecture school we had regular checks so they had to be. Architects are nothing if not orderly. At least in school. You want to know something funny? One of my fellow students once told me I should be an artist (after looking at our “deconstruction” models, not after looking at my sketchbooks. I was so offended. She was right.)I used to love nothing more than sketching buildings. They still give me a thrill but I’ve rarely had time over the years to sit in one place out and away and sketch. I hope to get back to that some day.

Then after undergraduate work, when the University across the country where we moved to told me they didn’t accept any of my transfer credits, I chose not to do graduate work. I stayed home and started my family, found quilting, and kept little sketchbooks with photos of the work I did. This is the “Apron Exhibit.” Anyone here remember the QuiltArt mail list from waaaay back when? This exhibit instigated one of the first art pieces I made and I loved learning all about things behind the scenes as I helped to send the exhibit traveling all over the country.

I took pics of everything I made and stuck it in a stack of little sketchbooks. It made me feel like I had actually accomplished something back in those early baby days.

I took sketchbooks with me when I traveled although I rarely sat still to sketch or paint. They usually end up as notes and journals with a few sketches from memory thrown in.

I made fancy sketchbook covers.
You can find a tutorial HERE for how to make one yourself. 

I tried doing the pretty “art journal” thing for a year or so. I still love this page, but not one single other one really felt successful. I looooove pretty art journals. Maybe someday I’ll give it another try.

I used sketchbooks as well as the large newsprint pads when I was going to figure study groups, trying to learn to draw the amazingly complex human form. That’s another thing high on my list of things I want to do again.

For a number of years now sketchbooks have been visual journals… the messy kind that look like the clutter in my head. This was years ago working on building my business, dreaming. I still love ideas and dreaming and business.

These days I carry little tiny 3.5×4.5 dotted page sketchbooks (Blackwing is my current favorite) in my tiny purse. It barely fits. They have notes, journal stuff, kids draw in them, I work out furniture arrangements in them.

I carry a larger (but still thin) moleskine on flights and play around making celtic knots. They are like sudoku for artists. You can find a tutorial HERE for how to draft your own.

The smaller sketchbooks also actually get used for…. art making. I love making little thumbnails and doodling out a million ideas and possibilities.

It’s interesting how many variations of a circle and a line can capture my curiosity.

But my sketchbooks are still mostly note taking, and doodling, and doing something with  my hands so my brain can sit  still and listen while I’m in meetings.s

So – next request?

Reverse Resolutions for 2018

I call them “reverse resolutions.” You can call them whatever you want. Instead of making goals I might not be able to keep (although I AM making goals this year) I list all the great stuff from this past year and have the pleasure of checking them all off.

2018 in review


Y is for Yearning
currently traveling with the
Migrant’s Alphabet project


Accession: Something Added
currently traveling with
Best of Dinner@8 exhibit

Celtic Knot Quilts in need of names



Used a long arm machine for the first time
Learned Ukulele

Abbey Glassenberg’s Email Marketing class
Lauren Dahl’s Creating PDF Patterns class

Climbed 30′ up a tree (about halfway.)


Start Your Art card deck

A new SHOP for my website
New Online Courses:
Bead It Like You Mean It: pt 2 beyond the basics of beading on fabric
The Artist’s Toolbox: the Elements of art
Moved into a new studio where I can watch birds land on the branches right outside my window.



Santa Clara, CA
Ocean Isle, NC
Greenville, NY
Washington, D.C.
Dimmit, TX

Haymarket, VA
Omaha, NE

Ashville, NC
Cleveland, OH

Houston, TX



Days for Girls Project
Social Justice – immigrants rights
Committed to no 1 use plastics whenever possible



Far flung places

All grown up



A summer obsession

A little higher

A week away at band camp

Bashing things with sticks

What a lovely long list of wonderful things to check off. I feel so accomplished. Imagine me laughing uproariously! Seriously it’s all awesome but if I had written them down ahead of time there would be so many things that never got checked off. Why don’t you give it a try!

Share your own REVERSE RESOLUTIONS with me!

Most wonderful of all my friends, is that I feel I’m doing something worthwhile because of…. YOU!
I love my family, I love the world, I love meeting YOU!
I love sharing ART with YOU!
I love seeing you open your Artist’s Eyes so that you can


Start Your Art & IQF 2018

Two things again today.
Susan Brubaker Knapp made some “bad art”
with the Start Your Art cards!

Take a peek at her blog then comment there to enter her giveaway.

And here is another interview from the International Quilt Festival 2018. This time we talk to prize winner Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, winner of the Koala Studios Master Award for Innovative Artistry.


filming for quilting arts tv pt 4: on set

When I arrived at the little studio in Cleveland the first time several years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. Now I look forward to walking in and spending a few days with many amazing artists and technicians who also happen to be amazing people!

The studio, owned by the production company (not Quilting Arts) is very, very unassuming from the outside. It’s just a door in a long string of doors in a long bring building in an older light industrial part of town. It’s not huge and fancy. You walk right into the green room where tables are set up for guests to do prep work. Each of us has one or two tables and we are given giant cookie sheets to organize our stuff for each segment. There is a monitor on the wall (you can see it in the previous post) so that you can see what is happening on set.

Off to one side is an office. There the incredibly organized Katherine Lamancusa mans the phones and keeps everything organized with charts posted on walls. The lovely Jeanne Delpit from Bernina is there all week with the latest model machines and everything she needs to help us look like we know what we are doing. I practiced at the local shop and after I got to Cleveland so that I could do the bits I needed to smoothly. (I work at home on a great little workhorse Bernina 930 Record. Yes, the new machines are fantastic – but I tend to beat mine into the ground and love the simplicity of it’s function.

What amounts to two walk-in closets in the office have become the Make-Up room – where copious amounts of paint are applied to the face just so that you don’t look like walking death under all those lights. There are a LOT of lights on set. On the other side is a “dressing room.” It’s just a garment rack for the bazillion things Susan (the hostess) has to change into with a mirror and room for your things too. There is a list of things NOT to wear on camera – notice how you almost never see stripes? Pure black and white don’t really do well either. Often what you see as a white shirt is actually a very light blue. And you need to not clash with what Susan is wearing. Or with those walls.When it’s your turn on set people swoop in and help you make everything go smoothly and look wonderful. It’s a  big room with the same set the show has used for years. I wonder where they store it for the rest of the year? They raise or lower the table, cover it or not, hang stuff behind you or not… whatever it is you need. The sound guy threads wires up your shirt, clips a thingy onto your pants in back (I learned to wear things that something can be clipped to the hard way once! He had to clip the little box remote thing to my undies while I blushed.) The mike gets clipped to your neckline somewhere where rustling cloth or jewelry won’t make noises.There are at least three (maybe four – it was dark back behind the cameras) tech people making things work in the room with you during filming. Everybody has a job but it seemed like everybody was also willing to pitch in wherever needed to help you get set up. I really loved the way the celtic knot quilts looked on set!Before you start filming a team of folks goes through the plan with you. Kathie Still, the producer is on the right. She can listen to you walk through what you’ve got set up and knows so much about this gig that she can let you know right then if you need to cut something or stretch something out with a little chatter. Vivika from Quilting Arts is in the yellow. Camera/plug-thing-like-irons-in-so-they-actually-work-when-you-need-them guy is in the back. Left is (another curse my brain can’t remember her name moment) also from QA is on the right. She takes lots of photos for marketing, monitors the monitor, and makes sure we didn’t forget stuff.

It only takes a few minutes to get a general road map of what is going to happen then everyone disappears into the control room. You can see a picture of that on this previous post.  I bring printed lists for everyone of my steps. Mostly they are for me so I don’t forget anything. Except that I always forget to put on my favorite pair of earrings. I kind of obsess about what to wear and find the perfect artistic earrings to match, then get there and forget to change earrings. Ah well. Next the cameras roll, I talk as fast as I can, Susan has to keep track of what Im doing AND listen to instructions through that invisible earpiece, and whoosh – it’s all over! Well – except when they decide something needs to change. Then they do what they call a “live edit.” They scroll back the tape to a reasonable starting point, tell you where to put your hands and your things and what you were saying, and you get a “do-over.” I seem to try to pack so much into my time that there isn’t room for Susan to chat much so she just lets me go full steam ahead and says “yes, nice, great” until it’s time to put the brakes on. I admire her ability to work that magic and help her guests look great.

So – stay tuned! I filmed four segments, two for series 2300 which begins airing on National Public Television in January 2019, and two for series 2400 which stars in June or July. Look up your local PBS station to see if it will play in your area, take a peek, and let me know what you think.







filming for quilting arts tv pt 3: the process

Before arriving both the hosts, publishers, sponsors, and producers of the TV series have a boatload of work to do. The host and publisher work together and find a good group of guests to appear. They need to find varied and interesting artists who are also willing and able to share their work onscreen.Vivika DeNegre with F+W media, Me, Susan Brubaker Knapp, hostess of QATV.

Teams of staff members help schedule all the guests, trying to fit everyone for an entire season’s filming into just under four days of filming. They have to figure out which segments will work together in which episodes. The hostess films a ton of “intros and outros” as well as small segments to fill any time gaps. The guests fly into the studio location, with all their stuff and with the help of excellent staff, get to show off their thing for the cameras.

Suzan Engler’s husband, snapping a quick shot of her onscreen from the “green room.” Another staffer watches through each filming to make sure nothing gets missed. She also takes publicity and still shots for Instagram and Quilting Arts online presence.

The current system is to film three artists per day with each guest shooting two or three different segments. The guests arrive a day early to settle and set up so they have the opportunity to meet the current day’s guests and watch as they film.

I had the great pleasure of watching Suzan Engler film several segments on digitally printed quilts. I loooooooove her work!

The filming isn’t linear so Susan Brubaker Knapp, the current hostess of QATV, has a complicated chart and photos of what to wear for each segment and is changing tops and jewelry constantly all day long. 

Look at the superstars I got to hang out with for a day! Vivika, Susan, Jane Haworth, Luana Rubin of, and Joe Cunningham. There were a couple of other artists there including the Pixeladies (Deb and Kris) and Enid Weichselbaum.

Next post I’ll walk you through set-up and prep for my segments. Feel free to ask any questions you have and I’ll answer to the best of my ability.

artist spotlight: agneta gaines

Seen at the Hotshops Artist Studios in Omaha, NE.

Triticum Wheat
44″ x 49″
by Agneta Gaines

art furniture for my new music room

On a recent trip to Asheville, NC a friend and I were on our way back to the car, ready to head home, and I just couldn’t resist stopping in one last shop. 

Green Designs handcrafted wood furnishings. And of course, there in a back corner, was a piece calling my name. What used to be my studio is slowly becoming our music room. It needs hard furnishings for musicians to sit on and have freedom of movement. And so, my first piece of ART furniture!!!!

Sturdy enough to last through the abuse it will surely suffer. I never want to live in a house that can’t handle rowdy kids. Of course I blame lots of the scraped up floors and banged up furniture on the kids, but a lot of it is me. I’m clumsy. I’ll admit it. At some point the room will come together and I’ll show you more pictures.

For now I’ll just show off the only other project I’ve finishes in the room so far. I designed these patterns and had them printed at Spoonflower. It’s just peel and stick wallpaper. I cut chair rail molding and glued it together in frames, stuck them on top of the wallpaper with command velcro strips, and screwed the ukulele pegs into the wall.

The last two are kaleidoscope prints based on pictures of my french horn’s pipes.

start your art! 48 warm-up exercises to jumpstart your art card deck

Stuck? Blocked? Bored?


48 warm-up exercises to jumpstart your art. A card deck for when you find yourself stuck, blocked, bored, or uninspired. It’s time to play! Jumpstart your art with 15 minutes of “bad” art so you can spend the rest of your day getting to the good stuff.

Start Your Art is a deck of cards that uses the Elements of Art as a jumping point for 48 exercises to get you going in your studio. Each exercise is meant to be 15 minutes long but you can play as quickly or as slowly as you desire.

Physical Card Decks are being printed NOW!!!
Pre-orders available below.

Until then….


Play with a PDF file perfect for use on your smart phone or tablet.
You will be directed to a link where you can download the PDF file after payment.


Pull your smartphone out of your pocket and pull up a random exercise any time you feel the need to jumpstart your creative practice. Any medium, any place, any time.  Take 15 minutes to make “bad art” so that you can free up your creative juices and move on to the good stuff.

Play with your students!

Play on your own!

Play with a group!

Play with your children!

You have permission to throw your “bad art” away. Use scraps or use the good stuff in any medium you prefer. Make a mess! Nobody has to see it. Your playtime. Your rules!


Get yourself to your creative workspace. Stick within a size that is small enough to finish in 15 minutes, such as 5? x 7?. Pull out your stuff, then pick a card from the deck. Set a timer for 15 minutes (or more if you wish) and start playing. If you want to go easy on yourself, use the medium you are most comfortable with. If you want to push yourself into the wild unknown, use a medium new to you.


Physical Card Decks available now!



no such thing as doing it wrong

Most of all, there is this truth: No matter how great your teachers may be, and no matter how esteemed your academy’s reputation, eventually you will have to do the work by yourself. Eventually, the teachers won’t be there anymore.
Elizabeth Gilbert

This quote is absolutely perfect because it is exactly the point I try to get across to my students. The thing I seek most when I teach is to give my students the skills to figure stuff out when I’m NOT there.

The only two rules I have in any of my classes are these: “no masterpieces allowed,” and no “I can’t.” As soon as a student starts to worry about getting something wrong or making something exactly right, then she is inhibited, stalled, and working from a place of fear rather than from a place of creative exploration.

What is the worst that can happen if you make a mistake?
(Seriously – figure it out and write it down. Right now. It probably isn’t nearly as bad as you think.)
Sometimes the best way to learn something is by doing it wrong and looking at what you did.
Neil Gaiman
I’m a huge fan of making mistakes. Sometimes they are the most valuable part of the learning process but only if you stop and learn from the mess you just made. The process of analysis is key to progression when you are an artist.

Ask questions of yourself such as, “WHY do I love or hate this?” “WHAT about this is important to me?” and “HOW did this technique go awry and what can I do differently next time” Ask yourself, “Was this really a mistake or is it the next thing I need to add into my work?” You never know when feeling free enough to make bad art will lead to the best art you’ve made yet.

What is the question you need to ask yourself next time you make a mistake?

artist spotlight: robbi eklow

Robbi Eklow was my first friend during the two years our family lived in Chicago.  She picked me up straight off the airplane while my husband went out for some job stuff. As I recall, we went straight to a bead shop. She now lives in Omaha Nebraska and works at has a public studio in the HotShops. 

I absolutely adore my own new studio but I am an extrovert. I really need to be around people and have conversations in order to thrive. Someday I hope to have a public studio in addition to my home space. someday.

As you approach her studio Robbi’s work is immediately recognizable. Super bright colors, overlays, gears. 

After our teaching was done several other teachers came along for the tour.

Robbi is in the middle of moving her current studio up one floor to a larger space.

What would you do with the space? She and I had some wonderfully fun conversations about quilt hanging apparatus. The walls are brick but the very high ceilings have exposed wooden joists. 

What would you do with space like this?

the hand stitched surface by lynn krawczyk – blog hop

I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to showcase
Lynn Krawkzyk’s new book The Hand Stitched Surface.

Hand Stitched Surface by Lynn Krawczyk

Each illustrations is clear and beautifully rendered and Lynn’s examples are full of delightful whimsy. The projects are fabulous and include Stitched Buttons, Boho Collage Coasters, and a Technicolor Begonia Cushion among others.

hand-stitched-surface by Lynn Krawczyk

Reading this book and being inspired was the perfect reason to spend an afternoon with needle and embroidery thread. For me, there is nothing more playful and relaxing than choosing the perfect weight and color of thread to add little stitches to some small piece of textile work. That is it’s relaxing – until your fingers feel like they want to fall off as you struggle to pull the needle through several fused and quilted layers of cloth. Things can get a bit tough then.

No worries. I’ve got a little tip that will make it MUCH easier to pull even thick pearl cottons through canvas!
Take a peek and you’ll see what I’m talking about.


It’s as simple as that. Use a rubber finger to pull the needle instead of pliers (been there – not fun) or a thimble. Rubber fingers are available at office supply stores. Pretty nifty, eh?

rubber fingers are perfect for embroidery

And dear U.S. readers, you have a chance to win a copy of Lynn’s book by leaving a comment on this blog post! On On Tuesday July 17th I’ll choose a comment at random. I’ll post and contact the winner so keep an eye out.

Be sure to stop by each blog on the hop and leave comments because every one of us gets to choose a lucky winner!

Monday July 9 – Lisa Chin
Tuesday July 10 – Ana Sumner
Thursday July 12 – Libby Williamson
Friday July 13 – Allison Aller
Saturday July 14 – Lynn Krawczyk

I think this little guy is adorable.
I call him Little Clown with Dragonfly Wings
He is 5″ x 7″ (plus a little wing overlap)
He is available.

florabunda blog hop –

I am a great fan of geometry, gardening, purple and green. I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Melanie Testa’s new FlorAbunda line. I’ve seen the precision work that she uses to cut her layered printing tools – and then the absolute beauty of the organic quality that results. There is a mix of control and chaos that speaks to me. The mix of quiet tone on tones and the bolder floral prints makes it easy to blend these fabrics.

I’m also on something of a kick crusade to reduce all one-time-use plastic in our household. I’ve been taking my own bags to the store for several years now and have a number of recycled-plastic totes that are the PERFECT format for groceries. The thing is that they are also perfect for many other things so the bags that are supposed to live in the back of my van end up living in lots of other places instead of where I need them when I’m at the store. Time for a some new totes!

These fabrics are pretty enough for me to want to carry them around with me ALL THE TIME! Now, mind you, patterns and I don’t often get along so I sort of eyeballed the totes I had and guesstimated sizes. I think the hardest part of this project was choosing which of the gorgeous colors to put where. I figured things out by simply laying things on top of and next to each other.

Each piece you see here is sandwiched… a backside and frontside fused to a layer of stabilizer in the middle then stitched like a quilt to give the whole thing more body.

Fusible Web and I are best friends. In this case Misty-Fuse is adhered to the black fabric that I will make all my “binding” out of.

The hardest part of the actual sewing is inserting the sides and getting around the corners. If you sew the sides of each piece first, then trim the corners of the inside/side bit before you try to sew around that corner, it’s not so bad.

I securely sewed each piece together, then carefully fused black strips over the edges. Then I zig-zagged the edge of the binding. This tote is seriously going to last FOREVER!

And there you have it! Doesn’t that make it sound effortless? HAH! I won’t tell you about the twelve (yes, twelve) needles I broke sewing through all those layers. In all fairness, I think my trusty Bernina Record 930 is a little out of whack and I’ve been putting off a trip in to the shop. It only breaks needles when backing up.

I also won’t tell you that I really meant to make the bag wider than it is tall because that’s my favorite for groceries. I didn’t notice I had the pieces cut in the wrong orientation until I was completely finished with the tote. I’m chalking that one up to being so in love with the fabrics that I couldn’t pay attention to anything else. (ummmmm…. right.)

I worked out enough kinks and liked the first tote so much that I made the second tote the next morning. Yup. Love it even more. The bag has straps just long enough to go over my shoulders but not drag on the ground if I’m carrying them by hand. If I were shorter I’d add double straps, short ones to use when carrying it by hand. You should see the crazy mom-thing I do, carrying four to six of these fully loaded bags out from the store or into the house. I call it my workout for the day. (See me rolling my eyes here?)

Anyway…. please do enjoy the rest of the blog hop by stopping by and seeing what the other artists have created.

June 7–Tiffany Hayes

June 8–Deborah Boschert

June 9–Sara Mika

June 10–Lyric Kinard

June 11–Kathy York

June 11–Teri Lucas

June 12Susan Brubaker Knapp 

June 12Leslie Tucker Jenison

June 13—Tiffany Hayes

June 13Jamie Fingal

June 14–Debby Brown

June 14–Heidi Kelly

June 15– David Gilleland

Be sure to participate in RJR Fabric’s giveaway over at their instagram account too!

florabunda! a blog hop

One of the really wonderful things about swimming in the pond I do (metaphorically speaking) is that I get to be friends with several fabric designers. When they have a new line coming out they have to provide samples for sales reps to show their work in action. The deadlines are usually impossible for one person alone to meet so the tribe steps in and shares the load…. or I should say we all PLAY together!


If you haven’t seen Melanie Testa’s latest line of fabric for RJR, you are in for a treat. I absolutely love her loose, organic designs. It makes me laugh just  bit because she works in such an incredibly precise and careful manner when she carves her printing blocks. She also always has purple and green, my favorite color combination.

Each day a different artist will be highlighted and RJR will be hosting a giveaway on it’s Instagram feed so be sure to follow them there.

Tiffany Hayes June 7
Deborah Boschert June 8
Sara Mika June 9
Lyric Kinard  June 10
Kathy York *  June 11
Teri Lucas June 11
Leslie Tucker Jenison * June 12
Heidi Kelly June 12
Jamie Fingal * June 13
Debby Brown https://www.debbybrownquilts.comJune 14
Susan Brubaker Knapp * June 14
Melanie Testa * June 16 @MelanieTestaArtist

Retreat Opportunity

As artists, we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them – to restock the trout pond, so to speak.
Julia Cameron

Wonder is not a Pollyanna stance, not a denial of reality; wonder is an acknowledgment of the power of the mind to transform.
Christina Baldwin

A retreat can work magic for an artist. You leave your usual surroundings for someplace that is simply – away. A place without your usual household chores staring and your pressing deadlines. You let someone else make the food and nurture you. You have only to walk from your bed to your workspace to begin your explorations. You share space with other artists who spark new questions and help you find new answers and you open yourself up to the magic.

You ask the questions. You do the work. You watch, and the universe provides an answer. Blisters might be involved, but they are forgotten when you find that treasure of inspiration. That flash of understanding, that new way of seeing changes the way you perceive your artwork. You find joy in your discovery and you bring that new vision home to your work as an artist. 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Become Yourself as an Artist
a retreat opportunity with Lyric

March 24-28, 2018
Play with Paint: A Design Intensive

Play With Paint is a three day design intensive, offering a perfect mix of surface design techniques and instruction in the elements and principles of composition. Hands on painting and printing techniques, plus some fun and funky foiling and photo transfer, are complemented by learning the basics of the visual language of art. 

Stay at the historic Greenville Arms in the beautiful Hudson Valley of the Catskill Mountains. Let someone else keep you warm, comfortable, and deliciously fed and reserve all of your creative energy for the the studio.

Thrive in the company of your fellow explorers as we encourage and inspire each other.

Creative free time is balanced with clear and structured exercises throughout the class. Students explore and learn to understand design principles with sketchbook studies and also create their own unique cloth for use in a compositional studies.

It’s the perfect combination of making a creative mess, discovering delightful new ideas, then opening new ways to create and see our artwork. The studio is available to your 24 hours a day so there will be time for as much intensive discovery as you have energy for.

Students will create a sample book of each surface design technique for future reference. Then, with good humored and gentle guidance students will work on their own small art quilt using the beautiful fabrics they have created. Learn the basics of the visual language so that you can read your composition and see where editing might create a clearer vision. This is going to be a WONDER-filled workshop!

Won’t you join me?

More Information Here
Workshop Enrollment Form

quilters at the beach: day 3

I only had half a day at the lovely Ocean Isle before I had to leave and go back to my full time job as mother to some really wonderful children. I had packed up the bin and the machines the night before and had some relaxing hand work to keep me busy.

The day began with some speedy catching up on work that needed to be ready for THAT DAY’S online lesson in my Bead It Like You Mean It class. It’s open for registration any time, affordable, and never closes. Go take a look.

The sun was out so we were all determined to take a beach walk that day. A serendipitous thing happened. The night before we were talking about sand dollars and wondered what they looked like alive, how they reproduced, and how they ate. I pulled up trusty Google and we watched a short video about them Sea Biscuits! I love them. 

Sure enough – our walk beach walk revealed not one, but TWO live Sand Dollars. How cool is that!? Plus one little baby sand dollar skeleton that I got to take home.

We learned they are Urchins. 

They can live on the shore and bury themselves in the sand. 

They eat by moving organisms into their central mouth with their thousands of legs.
And they spawn.

And what did I come home to? My sweet girl having her own sewing retreat in my studio. I think she’s amazing.


quilters at the beach: day two

Did I mention how much I live these women?

There is almost nothing more fun than staying up late and seeing all day with a bunch of quilters. At the beach.

This was a top I finished in 2015 while I was working as a “featured artist” at the Lake Norman Quilt Show. (A post about it here.) Then I sort of lost for a while. (Literally – I couldn’t find where I put it.) Fun dyed and screen printed work. With the recent studio move (I still need to show it off to you all!!!) I found it and added it to my work pile for day two of the beach trip.


I spent the morning in the laundry closet layering and fusing six small quilt tops (backing, misty fuse, wool batting, misty fuse, top) getting them ready for quilting. Took several breaks to wander out back and look at the Sound. North Carolina’s coast is a series of barrier islands. Really just rolling sand bars, some only a street and a dune wide, with wetlands between them and the coastline. The weather was sort of mysteriously foggy over the sound and the island. I thought it was stunningly beautiful.

Even the dead marsh grasses were fascinating. I loved watching the Heron out there – just perfectly still. Waiting for something to swim by.

The rest of the day was spent quilting and facing this piece.

Any suggestions for titles? Right now it is just XOX: III

I’m finding that this deep grape purple is really hard to photograph. It looks very wine red here. I’m OK if the title remains something simple. Since I’ve done at least two other quilts with this imagery I think it must be part of a series. It counts even if there are two or three years between each quilt?



watching vs. doing

DOING wins!!!

I love glass as an art form. My first stop in Seattle was the Chihully museum. I’ve watched glass workers every chance I’ve had, one of my favorites of all time was at the Blenko Glass Factory in Milton, West Virginia. There was something fascinating about a team of big bearded dudes in overalls without shirts doing a complicated choreographed dance and creating something delicate and stunningly beautiful.

On a lovely day in Utah when we were to meet my sister and her family from Portland we ended up at Thanksgiving Point and parked in front of Holdman Studios and Glass Art Institute. We wandered in for a peek. My two youngest weren’t entirely thrilled although they thought it was fairly interesting. Mostly they wanted to go back to the donut shop we had just passed. Thanks to a chatty sales clerk I learned that they offer classes. Being from out of town I didn’t really pay attention until she went on to describe them as a one-time project. You only have to wait a day for the glass to anneal and we happened to have a couple of free days later in the week. I signed all three of us up!!!

So here we are. Little guy sits and rolls the first gather on the pipe. The artist pulled the gather out of the crucible… that furnace was so white hot inside that you almost couldn’t see where the fire and the crucible and the glass began and ended.

Next step – rolling out your glob into more of a cylinder.

The artist gathers another layer of glass, you roll it out again, then roll it into little shards of the coloring agents.

This then goes into a furnace and you turn it while the shards melt into the gather.

I’m telling you – even when the fan is on- they open that furnace door and it’s instant burn time! The wooden paddle he is holding will rest on the pipe and shield her from the heat just enough that she stops squawking.

After another layer from the crucible is added, more rolling, more shaping, a second layer of coloring shards and melting, it’s time to flatten out the cylinder. You roll and press it with a steel paddle. It’s fascinating how quickly and suddenly as the glass flattens that you get a hard edge on the molten glass.

Now, with a little help, giant pliers pull the edge. It’s a pretty thick and heavy glob of glass and the edges cool quickly but you keep pulling. Imagine a two pound hunk of cooled taffy. The red color is just the HOT glass.. it will be blue when it cools.

After pulling out the edges, the kids used what looked like a giant pair of tweezers to dent the back of their dish. The glass was placed on that pile of white stuff behind me in the video – a tap on the rod broke it off and they paddled the bottom flat. My project was a flower vase. I think it’s fascinating that as the edges cool the rest of the glass is still molten.

It’s not something I was purchase if I saw it in a shop, but all of us are inordinately in love with the glass we made. Little guy uses his for everything, from potato chips to legos. Little girl carries hers around or just looks at it. Me too.

Like I said – DOING wins hands down. Our second trip through the gallery the kids were fascinated by every little detail, trying to imagine how you spun out such a heavy gather of glass into a two foot wide platter. All of us now noticed every little detail and appreciated colors and shapes in a way we hadn’t before.

I wonder what other art forms and skills I could gain a huge appreciate for by giving them a try?

avia’s wedding

Hello Friends… I’ve been missing in action for several months. Maybe longer. The keyword here might be action. I’ve thought about many a topic for blog posts and have quite a few in que but want most to share this one with you first. 

My second daughter, Avia, was married last week. She is my picky girl. Or more precisely – the girl who knows exactly what she wants and is patient enough to wait for it. When she was a toddler she would work diligently for an hour on a drawing then have a sudden meltdown because of a minuscule error that we couldn’t fathom. She still is a perfectionist – an excellent quality for a talented graphic designer. The meltdowns are a thing of the past… or at least very quietly internal instead of external.

When she told me she was engaged I worried only the tiniest bit and only because I worried that she had let her cool, analytical self make the decision without enough of her heart involved. That’s only because I only got to see them together for a very short couple of days. She wasn’t feeling well, it was super hot here in NC when they came to introduce themselves as a couple. It just wasn’t enough time to get to know them together. But I TRUST my grown daughters. They are intelligent young women who are balanced and have made wonderful decisions so far.

Funny story – when my oldest, Haven, got married she came home to North Carolina for a few weeks and we made her wedding dress together. I patterned, we cut and sewed, we both made really stupid mistakes. I also called Avia at that time and had a conversation about making dresses. We both agreed that it would never work for me to make her dress. She’s too picky and I’m not patient enough to make the perfect dress.

Or so we thought. Avia searched and found the perfect dress – in a photo of another bride. Fortunately the photo was taken by a photographer she knew. The enterprising young lass contacted the other bride and asked if she could rent the dress. An arrangement was made and the dress was shipped but it didn’t fit and couldn’t be altered. Sigh. Enter me and my big mouth as I sat talking to her on the phone. I happened to have a bunch of patterns out at the time as I was getting rid of most of them. She had continued her search but couldn’t find anything close because the dress was too simple. I said it really wouldn’t be that hard to make.

The pattern WAS simple. The fabrics we chose were another story altogether. I layered silk habit in between two layers of silk crepe de chine for each pattern piece. She didn’t want shiny and this sandwiched silk was perfect, but needed body and stability – and a little less transparency. I cut out, layered, and serged the edge of each piece. She wanted a floaty sheer layer on the top of the skirt and we chose silk gauze. Here’s a little hint for you. Use chiffon. NOT gauze. It’s beautifully light. It floats in the air – enough that it took forever to lay out each piece and weight it down so that I could even cut it out.

Krista and Scott Lewis – the very best in-laws anyone could wish for!

Enter a miracle. I took the pieces with me so that I could fit them on and Krista, my new son-in-law’s mother, happens also to be a sewer. She invited my two youngest children and I to stay with her and use her sewing studio to work on the dress. I thought it would take a day. It took almost four. And those four days settled my heart with serenity as I got to know Krista and Scott and as I watched Chase and Avia in their element. They were happy. They were delightful. They were a perfect match. And they also happen to live in an extremely beautiful place.

Krista’s hospitality (and her steamer and serger and sewing machine – as well as a willingness to  keep my two youngest occupied) got the job done. It took most of a day to hand roll and hem the silk gauze layer, and all of 40 minutes to hem two layers of the crepe. The machine simply couldn’t handle the gauze and we never could get the serger to work for it.

I think Avia was 95% satisfied – especially after I agreed to cut down the sleeves into cap sleeves after she tried it on and thought about it for a day or two. Everyone is entitled to change their minds and it was the only thing really doable at that point. Her beautiful smile made it all worth while.

You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get a photo of the finished product.

sale – the quilting arts book by patricia bolton

The Quilting Arts Book
techniques and inspiration for creating one-of-a-king quilts
by Patricia Bolton
145 pages

$7 + 4 domestic shipping

Short Story: I have a box of books to unload. It is a collection of articles from Quilting Arts Magazine. Chapter two is entirely my article series on basic design. The very same articles that led the indomitable and persistent Miss Bolton to call me several years in a row and tell me I must write a book. 

The book includes articles from many of my favorite quilters including:

Melanie Testa

Linda and Laura Kemshall

Natalya Aikens

So help a girl out here – I don’t want to carry this box three flights of stairs up to the new studio when it eventually gets finished. You can get the book new for $15 on Amazon but only $7 here.

$7 + 4 domestic shipping




Tutorial: Citra-Solv Photo Transfer

The work I do as a mother involves a lot of delayed gratification. When I escape to the studio and put on my artist’s hat it can be nice to see some instant results. Solvent photocopy transfer is one of my favorites. You need only a photocopy, fabric,  Citra-Solve®, and a few seconds of elbow grease and viola!The good people who produce this environmentally friendly cleaning product have included an ARTISTS’ PAGE on their website. I’m honored to have been included among other textile artists I admire such as Jane Davila and Jane Dunnewold.

I encourage you to take a peek over there – lots of interesting things being done. It makes me think that I have some experimenting to do. Dissolving pages from National Geographic magazine? Hmmm. Wonder how I can do that on fabric.

Want to join me in a little playtime? Here are the instructions for moving the ink from a photocopy onto paper or fabric. Wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area. The stuff is much more pleasant than the paint stripper I used to use but it IS still a solvent.



  • Citra-Solve®  (find where to buy it here)
  • Cotton ball
  • Metal spoon
  • Non-porous smooth surface
  • Masking tape
  • Fabric or paper of your choice
  • Photocopy

1. Find a copyright free black and white image. I love to use vintage family photos.
2. Make a photocopy of the photo, sizing it no larger than 5″ x 7″.
3. Cut away the background if it detracts from or competes with your image.
4. Draw in any lines that need emphasis or add in some fun scribbles. Maybe Grandma always wanted a tiara or your puppy looks great in polka dots! You can digitally manipulate the photo as well.
5. Make a final photocopy. (Note: Inkjet prints DO NOT work with this method.)
6. Tightly tape a piece of fabric or paper to your glass or non-porous surface.
7. Tape the photocopy face-down on your paper or fabric. Don’t let the tape cover the image.
8. Dampen the cotton with Citra-Solve® and squeeze it out. Rub it on the paper until you see the ink show through. It should be barely damp – too juicy and your image will bleed and blur.
9. With the back of the metal spoon, rub, rub, rub hard and like crazy in all directions. You are moving the ink from the paper to the fabric.
10. Pick up one corner of the paper and peek. Look for spots that haven’t transferred yet then put the paper back down and rub some more in that spot.
11. Toss the paper in the trash and let the solvent evaporate.
12. Feel free to play around with the image. Color it in with colored pencils, ink, paint or whatever you have on hand. Be creative! Have fun!

The only tricky part is finding a photocopier that works. If you are using Citra-Solve® (the other orange solvents I’ve tried have not worked) and you are rubbing and nothing is happening it is most likely the copy that is at fault. I test any copy I make right at the copy center. Dampen a cotton ball with the Citra-Solve® and stick it in a little zip-loc bag in your pocket. Make one photocopy then place it face down on another piece of paper on the counter, dampen with the Citra-Solve® then rub it a bit with the scissor handles on the counter, the back of your thumbnail, whatever you have there. If it’s going to work it will work right away. If not, no amount of rubbing will work. Find another copy center. Don’t leave the bag in your pocket too long. The solvent will eventually dissolve through the bag although it won’t really hurt your clothes. (Ask me how I know!)

If you’d like to see it instead of just read about it I demonstrate the technique along with a lot of other fun techniques in the Quilting Arts DVD Workshop “Surface Design Sampler Platter.”Here is a link to the first of several Tutorials on how to Photoshop your images.

Tutorial: Screen Printed Cat Pillow

Just for fun – over the next week or two I’ll repost some of your favorite tutorials – enjoy!


A couple of weeks ago one of my little ones walked in and said, “will you teach me to make a screen?” Now a very good mother would have done this long ago, especially since this little one has been asking to do this for months. Unfortunately I’m more of the “my studio is MY refuge” kind of mother and I don’t take time out as often as I should to let them into my space. I felt the need to take time for her this time. So glad I did.

She would like to share with you her process.
She things that if she can do it so can you!

General’s Carbon Sketch Pencil

Draw your picture with a carbon pencil and send it through a thermofax machine and thermal-mesh to make a screen. You can also email your image to a thermofax screen service and let someone else make the screen for you.

Lay out your cloth on a padded print surface (mine is a layer of felt under twill) and position your screen. It’s easier to handle a foam brush than a squeegee. Dip it in the paint. With one hand hold the frame, with the other press the brush across the screen. Notice how her finger is pressing the brush? You really need to squish the paint fairly hard to get the paint through to the fabric.

We made a few prints then washed and dried the screen before turning it over and making some facing the other way. We also decided to do some splatter painting over the top of the kitties just for fun. Dip an old toothbrush into the paint and run your finger over it. It makes a really fun mess!

Cut out the kitties and hold them up to the light and make sure they are aligned. Pin the cats and sew a straight stitch around them, leaving a gap about two inches wide. Use pinking shears to trim about 1/4 inch around the outside of the seam.
Stuff your pillow through the gap. I always have left over bits of batting so she tore some of those up and used them.

Squish the batting back into the pillow and stick a pin into it so that it’s easier to sew.

Sew a straight stitch to close the gap.

Pose for a picture with your beautiful little creations. Carry them around and tell everyone you know that you made them yourself. Sleep with them every night.


Tutorial: Useful Knot and Mini Beaded Ornament

A little beading tutorial for you:
This short little video will clarify how to make the useful little know that keeps all those beads from flying off your fabric. And I show it to you with a little felt ball ornament – a fun extra.


You might also enjoy my online course:

open access course – get all lessons immediately

information and registration here

Have fun!

And here is the rundown of the ARTSPARK tutorials:
Jane LaFazio  Sketch & Stitch Gift Bags
Lyric Kinard Beaded Ornament
Tracie Lyn Huskamp Christmas Cardinal Ornament
 Traci Bunkers Moldable Foam Stamps 
Melanie Testa Zipper Tute Mania
Judy Coates Perez Folk Art Inspired Ornament

 Kelli Nina Perkins Whimsical Spool Garland

 Lisa Engelbrecht Experimental Lettering

Jill Berry Geo Papers and Projects
Gloria Hansen  Easy Resizing of a Digital Image

 Diana Trout Furoshiko


It’s that time of year again… getting ready for Houston!

More often than not October finds me in a mad scramble to get everything ready to teach at the International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas. It really is an amazing event – I call it the biggest slumber party in the world!img_9322

Every other day the dining table is covered with a different mess of supplies and sundries. It’s always best to provide kits for your classes in Houston with students flying in from all over the world. Literally. All. Over. The. World! I’ve had students from South Africa, Brazil, Australia, all over Europe, and even Turkey!img_9397

At the same time that I’m supposed to be getting ready the Professional Art Quilters Alliance – South has a retreat at the beach. I packed everything up and off I go… to watch the sun rise over the water.


Then make hundreds of bead kits. Just F.Y.I. I do believe that working on the floor instead of at my table is the best way to go from now on. I did not knock over one single bowl of beads this time to go bouncing across my studio and hide in every nook and cranny and embed their tiny little selves in the bottom of my bare feet. It was downright miraculous.


So I spent several 12 hour days making kits and then making samples. And looking at the waves and the sky. This western girl loves the lush trees of the Southeastern US but still heaves a sigh of relief every time she gets a view.


And food. And friends.
Because that’s what quilters do and who we are.

(and boy do I need a haircut!!!!)


Creative Collaborative Collage

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
John Cotton Dana

I’m brave enough to call myself an artist, but I wonder sometimes. I don’t sell much of my art and most of what money I do make comes from teachingTeaching (and all of the development, preparation, marketing, contract negotiations, traveling, etc. etc. etc.) takes up a LOT of time I could be spending in the studio making art.

So why do I teach?

I’ve thought about that quite a bit. One of the main reasons I teach is because I love my students. I learn as much from my students as they teach me. I learn from my students every time I am in the room with them.

As an instructor, it’s imperative to stimulate people to think…
ask questions… the right questions…  
Bonnie Mandoe

When I read this quote it clarifies the way I love to teach. I want to empower my students with the ability to continue what they have learned in class without my presence. I want to make myself unnecessary. I want them to be able to think and play and to  analyze and explore.

Creative Collaborative Collage

…is one of my favorite classes that helps my students to think on their own. It is heavy on PLAY and EXPLORE, a perfect romp through a few of the elements and principles of art. It is a chance to goof off with friends you know and friends you haven’t met yet! It is a safe environment to make a mess and take chances. We will make a stack of small and unique collaborative art postcards following my whimsical and wild directions for you to take home and share with friends. It’s really more of a party with fabric than a class.

I’ll be teaching it on Friday afternoon November the 4th in Houston at the International Quilt Festival. It is the perfect time to take a break from walking the floor, sit down, and play with fabric. (The supply list is ridiculously easy – simply throw a bunch of your scraps and maybe a solid fat quarter into a quart sized zip-baggie and grab a pair of scissors!) You know you want to come don’t you!

sign up now for
(class #577)

There are still spots available but don’t wait too long – classes fill fast!

If you have a friend that will be attending IQF this year, I’d LOVE IT if you could forward this note to them. It really is a class where “the more the merrier” applies!

Artist Spotlight: Deborah Boschert

I’d like to introduce you to a friend and favorite artist of mine.DeborahBoschertwebsite

Deborah Boschert is a mixed media/quilt artist from Texas who is one of those people that you can’t help but like. She is sweet – in the REAL sort of way where you just know that she thinks and feels things deeply and cares about people. I love following her real life adventures on Facebook.

websiteWaning-Cresent-Meditation1Waning Crescent Meditation by Deborah Boschert
60 x 24 inches

I also love the way she layers commercial and hand printed cloth, machine and hand stitching. Her color combinations are usually quiet with just enough spark and contrast to draw me in. There is something peaceful and intriguing about her work and you can tell there is a personal symbolism being used.

greenbowlwebsiteGreen Bowl by Deborah Boschert
40 x 40 inches

This sweet little piece is part of my own personal collection.
IMG_7548Horizon Embraced by Deborah Boshchert8 x 8 inches

You can read more about Deborah at her website.

And stay tuned! On the 23rd I’ll introduce you to her new book and have a copy to give away!

filming for The Quilt Show in denver, co


Last week I hopped a plane and several hours later walked into a gorgeous big beautiful sky and MY mountains over there in the distance. Denver isn’t quite the same as growing up in the Salt Lake Valley with the Rocky Mountains right there in your back yard. Denver feels like it is in Kansas and the mountains are waaaaaay over there. But they are beautiful all the same. And the dry air compared to the steamy sauna that passes for summer here in NC can’t be beat.

IMG_7450I had the serious honor (well – one can never be too serious when Alex and Ricky are in the room!) of being invited back to The Quilt Show; this time to their studio rather than out on location. For those of you who missed it the first time I filmed in Charleston and Asheville. I’ll stick in a links list at the bottom of this post… I had too much fun revisiting those travels and you might enjoy them as well.

IMG_7419This was my first time on set with a “LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE!!!” That was a hoot. Yes the audience is there – and it is alive and breathing. But they have to hold still and breathe quietly while actual filming is happening. And there are a bank of huge cameras between what is going on set and the people watching – so they actually only see what you are doing on the big screen TV’s that are on either side. I like to ham it up and play with people so I did a lot of pretending that I could see them.

IMG_7430It was funny that after the filming is all done, they turn the cameras around and film the audience having different responses to what happened previously on set. They would be directed to belly laugh or nod or chuckle or simply “look really attentively” at – something – usually something silly in Justin’s hand, like a marker.

IMG_7435What was just as fascinating to me was sitting in the control room for a few segments – watching various people do invisible jobs that make the show look great. There are sound and lighting engineers with ranks and ranks of buttons. A Camera engineer who watches the action and tries to keep up with which shot will best show what is going on. I’m told I move a little to quickly on camera and I tried, really I did, to slow down. Shelley, the producer watches closely to make sure everything makes sense and flows and a note taker writes as fast as she can so that they can shoot all the right pick-ups and put them in all the right places. It’s really cool to see what is going on behind the scenes to make those things all work out seamlessly as you watch the screen.

For those of you who wish to further procrastinate whatever it is you really should be doing right now….

Charleston, SC – The Angel Oak
Charleston, SC – Architecture
The Quilt Show – Magnolia Plantation History
The Quilt Show – behind the scenes at the Magnolia Plantation and Pt 2
The Quilt Show – on location at Magnolia Plantation
The Quilt Show – prep time and the art of slogging

work in progress: remains…

JPEG image-58EAACC43568-1More leftovers from the Mill Wheel series.
(hmmmm – maybe I’ll post those all together in a future post)

But it’s the last week of school so instead of working much in the studio I’m driving to and from schools, keeping a restless teenager out of trouble. Getting ready for trips. Wondering as always what I’m going to do with these kids all summer?

artist spotlight: dona barnett

FullSizeRender-11On my second afternoon of wandering through Asheville’s River Arts District I wandered through another old industrial building converted into a multitude of artists studios. In the main entry a collection of artist works were hung on the walls and one caught my eye. It featured a crow. Have you read Gifts of the Crow by Marzluff and Angell? It’s as much science as literature and tells about how truly intelligent these avians are. There is a crow family that nests somewhere near my house that I love to caw back and forth with. Oh – and I also just happened to be listening to a young adult novel by Tamora Pierce called Trickster’s Choice that features crows as well. She is one of my favorite authors and this set is the fourth series set in the same fictional land. All of them feature young women who choose unconventional paths against the odds. 

FullSizeRender-16Anyway – back to the art. Around the corner more crows caught my eye. This time the layered texture and imagery stopped me short and drew me in. So did the label… I love printmaking and artists who use this art form but wasn’t sure what a collograph was.FullSizeRender-15I wandered some more and in a tiny back corner by the window I was delighted to find Dona at work, carving out a block for a new logo. Flying Rhino Studios. I love it. An ungainly, very much NOT aerodynamic, prehistoric, tough-as-nails creature with wings. In flight. What a lovely metaphor for us – don’t pay attention to what others say you can or cannot achieve. Flight is available to anyone.FullSizeRender-13

I think I might have just developed a new love for these creatures. Rhinoceroses. (Yup – I looked it up.)


Isn’t he sweet? I also asked about collographs. Dona showed me a few of her collograph plates and explained the process. Things are adhered to a plate (grasses, rope, whatever you choose to make your texture with) and then sealed so they are waterproof. Ink is applied but then wiped off before printing with it so that it’s mostly outlines that are printed. There is something extraordinarily beautiful to me about Dona’s layers of texture and pattern. There is a juxtaposition of organic chaos and controlled drawing and pattern. It speaks to me.


The layered transparency of her imagery has a balance of order vs. chaos. It is a quiet kind of almost control.Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 3.57.16 PM

We also ended up talking for a while. Life. Children. Sorrows. Joys. The artwork, the discussion of its creation, making a deep personal connection with another soul – I feel enriched for the experience.


If you are in Asheville, NC I encourage you to treat yourself to time spent wandering the River Arts district. Absorb the art. Take time to stop and chat with the working artists. Tell them why you like their art and ask them questions. Dona is at 375 Depot St. in Trackside Studios… near the back and with a window.

If you can’t make it there take some time to peruse Dona Barnette’s website and enjoy her artwork. Tell her Lyric said hello!

a peek through my sketchbook

I thought I’d give you a little peek at my most recent sketchbook. If you’ve been following me here you know I’ve went off on a bit of a tangent. I got a little obsessed with drafting celtic knots. It’s a lovely way for me to meditate and I can do it wherever I am instead of needing to be in my studio.


You can view my quick video tutorial for drafting celtic knots

You can purchase the result of that tangent – a real live coloring book!!!


work in progress: screen printing mill wheels

The days I get to spend in the studio are few and far between… but they make me happy.IMG_8307

A morning spent on photoshop turns a photo into a screen for printing.
(You can see my tutorial for doing that here)IMG_8267

An afternoon spent going back and forth between discharge printing and (ack!) accounting while I waited for the stuff to dry so that I could print the in-between prints on the grid.FullSizeRender-1

I enjoy seeing the potential as each piece emerges – these are just two bits of the yardage I worked on.FullSizeRender-2

work in progress

The days I get to spend in the studio are few and far between… but they make me happy.IMG_8307


A morning spent on photoshop turns a photo into a screen for printing.
(You can see my tutorial for doing that here)IMG_8267

An afternoon spent going back and forth between discharge printing and (ack!) accounting while I waited for the stuff to dry so that I could print the in-between prints on the grid.FullSizeRender-1


a little bit of art

Sigh. The first week of school happened last week. I’m up at 5:30 every day and it’s amazing how much I’m getting done in those first several hours of the day. Back to my yoga classes, and back to…. the studio.


These sweet little 4×6 postcards should have been done three weeks ago and really it should only have taken me a day and a half to print the cloth and sew them up.


But I haven’t had a day and a half – or even a few hours – all summer long. Having the kids back in school is bliss.


These were made as a sweet “thank you” to the featured artists who shared their work with me for The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. Go take a peek at their art (and the work of other fine artists who participated in the exercise) in the Reality Warps on-line exhibition.

travels: paris, deroylle – a cabinet of curiosities

IMG_3784My daughter and extremely competent tour guide, Avia, had already been abroad in Morocco and Paris for a few weeks before I arrived. When one of her study-abroad group said “you have to stop by this shop – the best eclairs ever – and oh, by the way, there is a cabinet of curiosities shop nearby” – off we went! IMG_5665Avia just might be the world’s foremost expert on judging the quality of an eclair. She notices and has a reasoned opinion about every part of the pastry. She judged these as very good – but not the best she had tasted in Paris. The curiosity shop, however, was worth a trip to Paris on it’s own merits.

FAIR WARNING: This post contains images of dead and stuffed animals and taxidermy. And skeletons. And maybe bugs and other stuff.

According to their website: “With few exceptions, the stuffed animals in Deyrolle come from zoos, parks or reserves where they died of old age or sickness. The animals were not killed for being naturalized in Deyrolle. All protected species are sold accompanied by a CITES certificate (issued by the Washington Convention), which ensures traceability.”


Downstairs is a little shop with books and gardening supplies and a few interesting frames with mounted insects on the wall. Upstairs – is a garden of wonder that strikes the visitor full of awe. The employees/artisans worked their magic in an atmosphere of more hushed reverence than any cathedral we visited.
IMG_5659It wasn’t just the lifelike taxidermy, it was the whimsy and artistry of each arrangement. There was something unexpected around every corner. The people who do this aren’t trophy hunters. They are artists who appear to care a great deal for the natural world.

IMG_3795Taurus – with butterflies. Or Papillon if you want to be French.

IMG_3794Creatures in and out of their nice neat shelves.

IMG_3791-1Lobster anyone? The picture doesn’t do this justice. It was the biggest lobster we had ever seen.

IMG_3789Would you believe me if I told you I’d always wanted a bat skeleton – and bird and frog skeletons too. The history of Deyrolle is very interesting. Begun in 1831 by Jean-Baptiste Deyrolle, it has long been an institution devoted to education. They currently provide scientific wall charts to schools in 120 countries teaching everything from human anatomy to etymology.

IMG_3792Surprise! (um… I did warn you.) In 2008 much of the collection was destroyed by a devastating fire. Even then, art emerged. Artists and photographers documented the remains and effects and if I had room in my luggage I might have purchased the amazing book that resulted. A little creepy and beautiful at the same time.

IMG_3796Does anyone else have heart palpitations when they see cabinets with rows upon rows of drawers of all sizes? The dream studio that lives in my imagination is full of them. It is not full of chickens and elephants. But if it were tall enough it would have a little balcony with a wall to wall library and posters just like these.

Tomorrow I’ll share my photos from the etymology room.

The Deyrolle Website
replete with photos, history, mission, education
46, rue du Bac – 75007 Paris

picture me jumping about and dancing

Another show entered on a whim – because I had time and because these quilts were getting bored rolled up in my studio. Last week they did pretty well at the Machine Quilters Showcase in Cedar Rapids, IA.

1st Place Wall category

Bach_Suite_IBach Suite I: gigue
1st Place Art category

3rd Place Pictorial category


happy dance, happy dance, happy dance… all by myself.
c’mon. dance with me!

(what music are you playing in your head?)

Calls for Entry

This is a list of exhibition opportunities that focus on and feature
art quilts, wearable art, and art cloth.

To submit a show to be listed here, please use this Calls for Entry Form.

Art Quilt Shows are listed by:
Entry deadline; Title; URL; Show dates
r=receive by date; p=postmarked; o=online; i=international entries accepted

If you would like to help keep this list updated I would be eternally grateful.
Click here to read guidelines for how it is done then contact me.

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Please read each entry carefully – let me know if you see any mistakes here. (I’m the world’s worst proofreader!) 

This list focuses on exhibition opportunities that feature art quilts, wearable art, and art cloth. You can find lists of all media shows that also include textiles in many other places including: (list of quilt shows)


Dec 1, 2018 (Oberlin, OH)
The Artist as Quiltmaker XIX

Dec 7, 2018
American Quilters’ Society – Paducha, KY*
Mar 22 – April 2019 (ship+show)

Dec 7, 2018
AQS Quilt Week 2019 – (Puducah, KY)
ct. 3 – 6, 2018*ship to be recv’d by Mar 22, 2019

Dec 12, 2018 p (FL residents only)
World Quilt Show Florida (Tampa, FL)
Jan 18 – 20, 2019

Dec 15, 2018 r
An Exhibit You Must Resist! Batik (Zumbrota, MN)
Jan 2 – Feb 9, 2019

Dec 15, 2018
Women & Textiles Expo (Massachusetts)
Mar 22 – 23, 2019

Jan 22, 2019 (early application)
Fashion Art Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
Apr 22-27, 2019

Dec 31, 2018 (SAQA regional members)
The Natural World (Nebraska)
Mar 15, 2019 – traveling through Dec 2020

Dec 31, 2018 (FRCQ members)
Portfolio 2019 (publication)
Jan 31, 2019 posted online

any time through Dec 31, 2022
United We Quilt: Sewing Justice
online exhibition


Jan 3, 2019 r (mail in)
Animals: Dallas Quilt Show 2019* (Dallas, TX)
March 8-10, 2018

Jan 4, 2019 o
Traditional Midwest and Canadian Quilts (Chicago, IL)
Feb 8 – May, 2019

Jan 6, 2019 (Visions Members)
Card Trick (San Diego, CA)
Jan 19 – Apr 7, 2019

Jan 8, 2019 O
Fissures (Springfield, OR)
Feb 22 – April 1, 2019

Jn 10, 2019 o
Sacred Threads (Herndon VA)
July 11-28, 2019

Jan 11, 2019
A Celebration of Color (Chicago, IL)
Feb 15 – May, 2019

Jan 17, 2019 (SAQA Oceana)
Connections (Canberra, Australia)
Mar 31, 2019 through end of 2020

Jan 22, 2019 (late application)
Fashion Art Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
Apr 22-27, 2019

Jan 22, 2019 p & o *
Pride and Joy: Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival  (Hampton, VA)
Feb – Mar 3, 2019 (ship+show) 

Jan 27, 2017 o
Beauty in Pieces: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century (Chicago, IL)
Mar 3, 2017 – August 2018

Jan 31, 2019 (SAQA members)
Connecting our Natural Worlds (Tucson, AZ)
June 1, 2019 traveling through Dec 31, 2022

Jan 31, 2019 (Visions members)
Interpretations 2019: Rhapsody (sand Diego, CA)
Sep 27, 2019 – Jan 17, 2020

Jan 31, 2019
The Edge (SAQA Oregon)
Apr 1 – Aug 15, 2019

Jan 31, 2019 r (Canadian Citizens)
Quilt Canada 2019 (Ottowa, ON)
Jun 12 – 15, 2019



Feb 1, 2019
ARTQUILTS: dreams (Cary, NC)
Mar 19 – May 20, 2019

Feb 2019  on-line
Everett Quilt Show 2019, Everett Washington
April 26 & 27, 2019

Feb 1, 2019 (SAQA NM)
Out of the Blue (Santa Fe, NM)
Apr 22 – Aug 12, 2019

Feb 1, 2019
Mini & Micro Textile Art “Scythia” (Ivano-Frankis’k, Ukraine)
May 21 – June 4, 2019

Feb 1, 2019 r
MQX Quilt Festival New England (Manchester, NH)
Apr 10-13, 2019

Feb 1, 2019 online until limits are reached: non-juried
Vermont Quilt Festival Show: Color my World
June 26 – 29, 2019

Feb 5, 2019 o
AQC Challenge: Magic (Melbourne, Australia)
April 11-14, 2019

February 15p or 18o, 2019
Indiana Heritage Quilt Show
Mar 2 – 11, 2019 (ship + show)

Feb 15, 2019 Verona, Italy
Verona Tessile
Apr 10 – 28, 2019 (ship+show)

Feb 15, 2019 0 international entries accepted
Fantastic Fibers 2019 (Yeiser Art Center, Paducah KY)
Apr 10 – Jun 8, 2019 (ship+show)

Feb ?, 2019 *
Fiber Celebration 2019 (Fort Colins, CO)

Feb 26, 2019
2019 Small Expressions (Chamblee, GA)
July 12 – Sep 12, 2019 (ship+travel)

Feb 28, 2019 (all SAQA)
3D Expression (Grand Rapids, MI)
Apr 26, 2019 traveling through Jan 30, 2023

Feb 28, 2019 (SAQA latin america)
Information Overload: Escaping the 21st Century Maze
May 31, 2019 traveling through Nov 31, 2021

Feb 28, 2019 (SAQA CO, UT, WY)
Evolving Perceptions (Golden, CO)
Jun 15 – Oct 6, 2019

Feb 28, 2019 (SAQA KS, MO, OK, IN)
de.light/full (Kansas city, MO)
May 1, 2019 traveling through Nov 2020

?2019 online (Australia & New Zealand residents & OZQN members world-wide) 
Art Quilt Australia 2019

Feb 1, 2020 o (Ukraine)
13th Biennial of Textile Art “Scythia” (Ukraine)
May 28 – June 10, 2020

Many of the following listings have not yet been updated. Please read carefully as the information may be outdated or inaccurate. If you are involved with one of these shows (or just feel like helping out) it would be wonderful if you could fill out the information for these shows on  this Calls for Entry Form.


Mar 1, 2019 r
Celebrate Fiber (Albuquerque, NM)
May 30-31, 2019

Quilt Festival Chicago (Chicago, IL)
March 28 – 30, 2019

Mar 1, 2018
SAQA Journal Member Gallery

March 1, 2019 p
Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta 2019 Celebrate Fiber
May 1 – Jun 1, 2019 (ship+show)

Mar 1, 2018 (African American Quilters)
I’m NOT Every Woman, I’m a PHENOMENAL Woman! (North Charleston, SC)
May 2-6, 2018

March 9, 2018  
Fibre Bombing at Wayne Arts Centre (Art Quilt Elements 2018 in Wayne, PA)
March 17 April 28, 2018

Mar 15, 2018
In the American Tradition (IQF Houston)
May 11, 2018 through 2019 (ship+show)

Mar 15, 2018
Recall – Recapture – Remember (Espanola, NM)
Apr 18 – Aug 5, 2018

Mar 15, 2018
Form Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie (New Albany, IN)
May 25 – July 21, 2018

March 25, 2018
Illumination: Quilting Arts Readers Challenge
Apr 30, 2018 – through August 2018

Mar 26, 2018 p & 0 (NJ, NY, PA residents only)
Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey (Edison, NJ)
Apr 18 – 29, 2018 (ship+show)

Mar 28, 2018 – intention to enter deadline
World of Wearable Art (New Zealand)
Jun 18 ship, Sep 28 awards + travel or exhibit 2019

Mar 31, 2019 (all SAQA)
Upcycle! (IQF Houston, TX)
Jun 28, 2019 traveling through Dec 31, 2022

March 31, 2018
ARTextures Concours (France)

March 31, 2018   (open now) online
Everett Quilt Show 2018, Everett Washington
April 27 & 28, 2018

March, 2018 o
Quilt Expo en Beaujolais (France)
April 11 – 14, 2018

Mar, 2019 (Atlanta, GA)
Chattahoochee Biennial of Textiles

2018  online
Emerging Artist Showcase
Publication Spring 2018 Fibre Art Now magazine


Apr 1, 2018 
2018 NICHE Awards (Washington DC)
publication Jan 10, 2019

Apr 1, 2018
Fiber National 2018 Biennial (Lorton, VA)
May 25 – July 30, 2028 (ship+show)

April 2, 2018 o 
See My Voice (Sandusky, Delaware)
May 4  -July 6, 2018 (ship+show)

April 5, 2019
AQS Quilt Week 2018 – (Grand Rapids, MI)
July 2019* ship to be recv’d by July 19, 2019

Apr 5, 2018
Utah Quilting & Sewing Marketplace (Sandy, UT)
Apr 15 – May 1 – 5, 2018 (ship+show)

Apr 6, 2018 (ship quilt for donation)
Sewing Hope. Mending Lives.
Live Charity Auction May 5, 2018

April 6, 2018
The Art of Labor
July 1 – November 2018

April 8, 2018 (US or Canada) Online
Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition 2017 (Cleveland, Ohio)
2018      (shipping May 2018)

April 12, 2018
In Full bloom (houston, TX)
June 8 – Dec 2018 or travel (ship+show)

April 5, 2019
AQS Quilt Week Grand Rapids
July 19 – August, 2019 (ship+show)

April 16, 2018 (midnight) p or online
Minnesota Quilt Show & Conference (St. Cloud, MN)
MQ Quilt Show
June 1-16, 2018 (ship+show)

April 19, 2018 online
Hands All Around at the International Quilt Festival (Houston, TX)
Nov 2 – 5, 2017 (travelling?)

April 30, 2018    online
Hard Twist 13: Thread(Toronto, ON, Canada)
late August, 2018 – January, 2019

April 30, 2018 0
Quilt Odyssey
July 1 – 23, 2018 (ship+show)

Apr 30, 2018
World of Threads Festival (Oakville, ON, Canada)
Oct 13 – Nov 25, 2018

Apr 30, 2019 (SAQA Europe/Middle East)
Made in Europe 3 (Bristol, UK)
June 3, 2019 traveling through Dec 2020

Apr 1, 2019
2019 Interchange – threads connect (Johannesburg, South Africa)
May 27 – Aug 16 – 24, 2019 (ship+show)

April 1, 2019
Genesee Valley QuiltFest (Rochester, NY)
May 31 – June 2, 2019

April 2019 (OK Residents) Online
Fiber Works 2017 – Hardesty Arts Center (Tulsa, OK)


May 1, 2018 (SDA members)
Future Tense II (Missouri)
Nov 5-15, 2018

May 1, 2018 (SAQA MA/RI)
Stepping Inside the Outside (Falmouth, MA)
Aug 2018 – Jan 2020

May 3, 2018   online    (opens March 7)    
Landscape Quilts International Quilt Market & Festival (Houston, TX)
Nov. 8 – 11, 2018   (ship to arrive by June 29)

May 1, 2018 online
SAQA Juried Artist Membership deadline

entries open May 1- close July 31
Border Wall Quilt Project (traveling)
and early entries can be shipped in early june
Donate 8″ x 16″ brick shaped quilts for traveling exhibit

? 2018
Open European Quilt Championships 2018 (Netherlands)
Oct 18 – 24, 2018

May 3, 2018 o
Landscape Quilts (IQF Houston, TX)
June 29, 2018  – travel through January 2019

May 3, 2019
AQS Quilt Week Fall Paducah
Aug 16 – Sep, 2019 (ship+show)

May 4, 2018 online (Fine Art Quilt Masters category – Juried)
*June 2 for all other entries*
The Festival of Quilts 2017 (Birmingham, England)
Aug 9 – 12, 2018  (ship to arrive by July 28th)

May 7, 2018 p w/entry fee (non-juried, first 200 entrants only)
Smoky Mt. Quilters 38th Annual Quilt Show & Competition (Knoxville. TN)
June 8 – 16, 2018 (ship+show)

May 10, 2018 online
Tactile Architecture” (Houston, TX)
Nov, 20178 (ship to arrive before June 30th)

May 12, 2019 
The Mourning Project (wearable art)
May 12, 2019 traveling through Dec 31, 2021

May 15, 2018 online (wearable art)
ManneqART: sculpture on the human form (Laurel, MD)
Revealed on June 24, 2018 (ship to arrive by June 1 – kept until November)

May 15, 2018 (QBL participants only)
Quilting By the Lake (Auburn NY)
July 15-26, 2018

May 17, 2018
Primitive Quilts (IQF Houston,  TX)
July 6, 2018 traveling through September 2019

May 20, 2018 (OK residents only)
Fireworks (Oklahoma City, OK)
June 9 – Aug 12, 2018 (ship+show)

May 28, 2018 registration closes (St. Marie-Aux-Mines, Alsace, France)
In the course of the Seasons: 24rd European Patchwork
Sep 13-16, 2018

May 31, 2018
Quilts: A World of Beauty (Houston, TX)
Aug 22 – Dec 7, 2018 (ship+show)

May 31, 2018
Season After Season (Texas Quilt Museum)
Oct 5, 2018 – Jan 31, 2022

May 31, 2018 
Fibre Content 2018 (Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
Sep 6-16, 2018

May 31, 2019 (all SAQA)
Musica! (Natl Quilt Museum Paducah, KY)
Jan 31, 2020 traveling through Dec 31, 2022

May 1 – 31, 2019
Mosaic Patchwork(English Paper Pieced) – Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (Golden, CO)
Oct 21 – Jan 18, 2020

May 31, 2019
Eye Contact
no jury: mail finished work to be received by May 31, 2019

May 3, 2019
AQS Quilt Week 2018 – (Paducah, KY)
ug, 2019* ship to rec by Aug 16, 2019


June 1, 2019 (SAQA FL)
Perspectives (Tallahassee, FL)
Jul 6 – Aug 31, 2019
June 1, 2019 (SAQA NoCA/NoNV)
Stitching California (Ukiah, CA)
Jul 19, 2019 traveling through early 2020
June 1, 2018
AQS Quilt Week (Virginia Beach, VA)
Sep 7 – Oct 6, 2018

June 1, 2018
“It’s All Relative” gallery juried exhibition
Experience FiberArt Inc. – The Murmur Movement(Rochester, NY)
Oct 6 – 26, 2018

June 1, 2018 r (Larchmont, NY)
SPUN 2018 – An innovative all fiber exhibit
2018 (ship+show)
June 1, 2018 Registration of Interest open now(symposium registrants only)
Auckland Quilt Symposium 2019 (Auckland, NZ)
October 1- 6, 2019

June 1, 2018
SAQA 2018 Benefit Auction 12 x 12 quilts
donation *ship to be recv’d by June 1st

June 1, 2018*reside & work in USA – Q Center. St. Charles, IL
Uncommon Threads: Art-to-Wear Runway Show, boutique & luncheon
September 26 / October 21, 2018 (ship / show)

June 1, 2019
Boundaries, Front Range Contemporary Quilters (Lafayette, CO)
Aug 20 – Sep 22, 2018 (ship+show)

June 1, 2018 o
Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism (Rochester, NY)
Aug 2019 – October 2019

June 1, 2018 o
Threadworks – Blue Door Art Center (Yonkers, NY)
June 16, 2018 – July 14, 2018

June 1, 2018
The Festival of Quilts 2018 (Birmingham, England)
Aug 9 – 12, 2018  (ship to arrive by July 27th)

June 2, 2018 o
Canadian Quilters’ Association  (Vancouver, BC Canada)
May 31- June 2, 2018
June 4, 2018
Innovative Felting Work – Fiber Art Network (Fiber Art Now Magazine)
Summer Issue of Fiber Arts Now

June 5, 2018
Figures and Faces 2018 – Las Laguna Gallery (Laguna Beach, CA)
July 5 – July 27, 2018* ship to be recv’d btwn June 27 – 30, 2018

June 9, 2018 *join museum + entry fee
Interplay Fiber and Art Quilts (theme)
Contemporary Art Quilts 2018 (Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA)
Aug 11 – Sept 15, 2018

June 10, 2018(US only)
Intertwined – Healdsburg Center for the Arts (Healdsburg, CA)
July 21 – Sept 3, 2018 * ship to arrive btwn July 10-13th

June 10, 2018
Quilts = Art = Quilts (Auburn, NY)
Oct 1, 2018 – Jan 7, 2019 (ship+show)

June 13, 2018
Power of Women (IQF, Houston TX)
July 20, 2018 – Jan 2019 unless traveling, ship by Aug 17

June 15, 2018 (US only)
64 Arts National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts (Monmouth, IL)
Sept 11 – Oct 20, 2018* ship to arrive btwn Aug 1-25th

June 15, 2018 (US only)
Sanctuary” – 31st National Juried Exhibition, South Cobb Arts Alliance (Austell, GA)
Aug 14 – Sept 20, 2018 * ship to recv by July 26th

June 15, 2018
“Something Boro’d Something Blu”e – The Brush Art Gallery, (Lowell, MA)
Aug 2 – Sep 15, 2018 *ship to be rec’vd no later than July 21st

June 15, 2018
“10x10x10x Tieton 2018”– (Tieton, WA)
Aug 11 – Oct 7, 2018

June 15, 2018
“Black & White” – Core New Art Space (Denver, CO)
July 12 – 29, 2018* ship to arrive July 7th

June 22, 2018
Shine On, Hoffman Challenge year 30
Arrive by June 16, 2019 Travel through October 2019

June 24, 2018
“Real People 2018” – NW Area Arts Council(Crystal Lake, IL)
Aug 16 – Sept 29, 2018 *ship to be recv’d by Aug 11, 2018

June 30, 2018
Wisconsin Quilt Expo – Alliant Energy Center (Madison, WI)
September 6 – 8, 2018

June 30, 2018
RMQM Fabric Challenge – Rocky Mtn Quilt Museum (Golden, CO)
Oct 22, 2018 – Jan 19, 2019

June 30, 2018 (SAQA  NoCA/NoNV members)
Fibre Theatricks (Pleasanton, CA)
Aug 30 – Oct 27, 2018 (ship+show)

June, 2018 (online) 
FAN New Fibers 2016 (Ypsilanti, Michigan)
June 7, 2019
AQS Quilt Week Virginia Beach
Sep 6, –  2019
FIBER ART IX International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition
2018? (QA members)
Voices, the 11th annual Quilt Alliance Contest, Exhibition & Auction
2018 plus travel

June 7, 2019
AQS Quilt Week 2018 – (Virginia Beach, VA)
Sept 2018* ship to be recv’d by Sept 6, 2019



July 1, 2018
Prince Cherrywood Challenge (VA Beach + travel)
July 27, 2018 – through 2019

July 5, 2018 (Texas only)
Texas Guild’s Award Winning Traditional Quilts
Int’l Quilt Market & Festival (Houston, TX)
Nov 8 – 11, 2018 *ship to arrive by Aug 10th

July 9, 2018
“Green?” – Sebastopol Center for the Arts (Sebastopol, CA) 
Aug 3 – Sept 9, 2018

July 17, 2018 (U.S. online deadline)
International deadline was May 1st
World Quilt Show New England (Manchester, NH)
August 16-18, 2018

July 18, 2018 (SAQA regional) Pennsylvania
“Eye of the Needle” – Bottle Works: Arts on 3rd (Johnstown, PA)
Oct 18 – Nov 30, 2018

July 20, 2018 o
Quilts=Art=Quilts (Auburn, NY)
Oct 1, 2018 – Jan 9, 2019 (ship+show)

July 20, 2018 o
Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival (Telluride, CO)
July 5 – 29, 2018 (ship+show)

July 23, 2018
“Green” – Webster Arts (St. Louis, MO)
Sept 13 – Oct 31, 2018* ship to be recv’d by Sept 6th

July 25 2018
Jacksonville Quiltfest 2018 – Quilters Rule
September 20-22, 2018
July 28, 2018 o, r, i
Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Art Festival (Everett, WA)–fiber-arts-festival-2018.html
Sep 12 – Oct 22, 2018 (ship+show)


2019, o (Wayne, PA)
Art Quilt Elements 2020

Aug 2019
Emerging Artist Showcase
Fiber Art Now Publications Opportunity

Aug 1, 2018
Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design (Tequesta, FL)
Oct 8 – Nov 26, 2018 (ship+show)

Aug 1, 2018
MQX Midwest Quilt Festival 2018 (Springfield, IL)
Sep 19 – 22, 2018

Aug 1, 2018
MQX 2018 – “Dotty for MQX Challeng”e (Springfield, IL)
Sep 19 – 22, 2018

Aug 3, 2018
Darn Good Yarn + Fiber Art Network (Fiber Art Now Magazine)
Fall Issue of Fiber Arts Now

Aug 10, 2018
NorthWest Quilting Expo (Portland, OR)
Sep 27 – 20, 2018*ship to be recv’d by Sept 6th

Aug 13, 2018
36th Asheville Quilt Show (Asheville, NC)
Sep 28 – 30, 2018

Aug 13, 2018
A Day in the Life – Pennsylvania Nat’l Quilt Extravaganza (Oaks, PA)
Sept 13 – 16, 2018*ship to be recv’d by Sept 6th

Aug 24, 2018 (do not have to be member of SDA)
Family Matters – Surface Design Association
Publication of Winter Journal, 2018 SDA Int’l Exhibition in Print (Dec 2018)


Aug 28, 2018
That’ll Be the Day – Pacific International Quilt Festival (Santa Clara, CA)
Oct 11 – 14, 2018

Aug 31, 2018
FibreArt International 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA)
May 10 – Aug 23, 2019

Aug 31, 2018
Art Quilts XXIII
Aug 31, 2018 o
Quilt + Resist: Art, Politics, Storytelling (Chicago, IL)
Oct 16 – Dec 22, 2018 (ship+show)
Aug 31, 2019 (all SAQA)
Opposites Attract (IQF Chicago, IL)
Dec 31, 2019 traveling through Dec 2023
Aug 2019 o or p (WI residents only)
Fourth Biennale(Wisconsin)


Sept 2, 2018
Excellence in Fibers IV (Fibre Art Now Magazine)
Excellence in Fibers Catalogue

Sept 3, 2018 (open now) Artworks to be part of a unique installation
“Power of Women” – Quilt Festival Houston
Sep 21, 2019 – January, 2019 (ship+show unless traveling)

Sept 5, 2018 (open now)
Quilt National 2019 The Dairy Barn Arts Centre (Athens, OH)
May 24 – Sept 2, 2019

Sep 7, 2018
All Things Possible In Fiber Art, 44th Annual Juried Fiber Art Exhibition, FASA (San Antonio, TX)
Nov 21, 2018 – Jan 26, 2019 (ship+show)

Sep 8, 2018 o (Sequim, WA)
Transformative Style – Originality, Revolution, & Repute
Sep 29 – Nov ?, 2018

Sep 14, 2018
Craft Forms 2018 Int’l Juried Exhib. Of Contemporary Fine Craft (Wayne, PA)
Nov 14, 2018 – Jan 26, 2019

Sept 15, 2018 o 
Wearable Art Market (Woodmere, OH)
Oct 14, 2018

Sep 16, 2018
Fiber II, A National Juried Show, Libertytown Arts Workship (Fredericksburg, VA)
Oct 5 – 28, 2018 *ship to arrive by Oct 1st

Sep 19, 2018
Framed with Fiber (Austin, TX)
Oct 5 – Nov 13, 2018 (ship+show)


Sep 30, 2018 o
We Are All Atlas (Australia)
Eco Fashion Week
runway event designer applications also accepted
Nov 3-11, 2018 Mossman QLD
Nov 14-22, 2018 Western Australia

Sep, 2019 Sebastpol, CA 
International Fiber Arts VIV (biannual)

Call opens in September o
Traditional Midwest and Canadian Quilts (Chicago, IL)
Spring 2019



Oct 2, 2020
The New Quilt (Windsor, NSW,  Australia)
Jan 15, 2021 – Apr 30, 2021

Oct 1, 2018 – Jan 10, 2019 online
Sacred Threads  (Herndon, VA)
July 11 – 28, 2019

Oct 2, 2018 r and o
Road 2 California, (Ontario, CA)
Nov 30, 2018 – Feb 1, 2019

Oct 15, 2018 o
All Things Possible in Fiber Art (San Antonio, TX)
Nov 15, 2018 – Jan 26, 2018 (ship+show)

Oct 15, 2018
Function: And exhibition of Contemporary Craft (Savahhah, GA)
Nov 5 – 26, 2018

Oct 19, 2018
AQS Quilt Week 2019 – (Daytona Beach, FL )
Feb2019 * ship to be recv’d by Feb 1, 2019

Oct 20, 2018
Craft hilton Head 2018 (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina)
Dec 2 – 29, 2018 (ship+show)

October 31, 2018 o (opens May 1 and early entries can be shipped)
Border Wall Quilt Project (traveling)
Donate 8″ x 16″ brick shaped quilts for traveling exhibit
Oct 31, 2018
Anthems – A LGBTQ Quilt Exhibit (IQF Chicago)
April 2019
Oct 31, 2018 (SAQA Global)
Forced to Flee (Melbourne, FL)
Feb 22, 2019 – May 31, 2022
February 2019


Nov 1, 2018
Focus: Fiber 2019 (Kent, Ohio)
Feb 1 – July 28, 2019 (ship+show)

Nov 2, 2018
AQS Quilt Week 2019 – (Lancaster, PA )
Feb/Mar, 2019 *ship to be recv’d by Feb 22, 2019

Nov 2, 2018 r, o
New Quilts From an Old Favorite: Oak Leaf & Reel
Dec 14, 2017 – Dec 31, 2021(traveling)

Nov. 30, 2018 Members Modern Quilt Guild
QuiltCon 2019 – (Nashville, TN)
Jan – Mar, 2019 (ship+show)

Nov 30, 2018 (SAQA Regional – Nebraska only)
“The Natural World “ Lauritzen Gardens Atrium (Omaha, NE)
April 2019 – Dec 2020* ship to arrive Nov 30th

Nov 30, 2018 (SAQA Regional)
Convergence in Cloth: Shifting Tides (San Jose, CA)
Mar 15, 2018 – Mid 2021

Call opens soon?
Sapphire Celebration: Celebrating 45 Years (IQF Houston, TX)
August 2019 through August 2022
Nov, 2019 registration to enter deadline
Biennale Internationale d’Art Textile 2020 (Beaujolais, France)
April, 2020


































ebook review: creative journeys by lisa walton

As my studio bookshelves have filled up I’ve turned more and more to ebooks on my iPad. One huge advantage to those is that I can read them late into the night without keeping Mr. Almost Perfect awake with the light on or the sound of turning pages. Not that those things keep him awake – he’s one of the lucky “zonk the minute the head hits the pillow” people of whom I am greatly jealous. But I digress.

61Yks-BHCCL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Lisa Walton is a friend of mine. An artist and teacher from Australia (one of my favorite accents to listen to!) We roomed together at the International Quilt Festival last year and she had just finished writing a book. We talked a lot about self publishing and guess what!?! She DID IT! I am so proud of her and hope, at some point, to follow in her footsteps. (Anyone got a cloning device for me so I could find the time to write another book?)IMG_6343

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Techniques
  • Fabric Painting
  • Stamping
  • Decorative Rubbings
  • Metallic Foils
  • Simple Screen Printing
  • Stencilling
  • Combining Different Fabric Types
  • Creative Stitchwork
  • Textural Quilting
  • Resources (including hotlinks)
  • About the Author

Lucky me – I got a review copy and the opportunity to tell you all about it! It is a surface design tome with a wide ranging variety of techniques – no projects. I like that about it. I’m not exactly a project girl. I’m happier with getting tools to use in my own work than following a pattern. That speaks more to my inability to follow directions than to whether it’s good to follow a pattern or not. I think there are plenty of people in the world who can be totally happy following patterns.IMG_6345

Now – if you are really into how beautiful a book looks (all the fancy boxes and colors and graphics on every page) then this might not be the book for you. It is simple, easy to read, just the facts Ma’am. Pages aren’t full of extraneous stuff – just clear instructions and pictures that I can double tap to enlarge. I LOVE that part. I also love that at $8.95 it’s an incredibly reasonable price.

Put it on your wish list – or just go ahead and buy it now 
on Amazon.

If you need a little more convincing – the following artists will be reviewing the book on these dates.

8th December – Sarah Ann Smith –
9th December – Lyric Kinard –
10th December – Erica Spinks –
11th December – Susan Brubaker Knapp –
12th December – Brenda Gael Smith –
13th December – Judy Coates Perez –
14th December – Shelley Stokes –

around the world blog hop: again :-)

I love the sound of deadlines – that whooshing noise as they fly right past! This was supposed to go up last week and I totally missed it. Ah well. Brace yourself. This post is messy.

Because I was invited several times and thought I might as well share the joy – here we are again! This time it was Emily Parson that invited me. Go check out her work! If you’re a knitter you will especially love her stuff.kinard_studio_disaster

So what am I working on right now? Mostly on my submissions for teaching next year at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I’ve got a few days left to make new samples and reformulate my class offerings because at IQF they ONLY want NEW classes. Just for Houston I’m renaming “Bead It Like You Mean It” to “Beaded Blooming Beauties” or “Beautiful Beaded Blooms” or “Blooming Beaded Beauties.” What’s your preference?


How does my work differ from others of its genre? I’m going to tell you a little bit about my teaching instead of my art. I teach mostly quilters. Quilters make stuff. When quilters take classes they usually make things. The teacher will bring a pattern and show people how to do it using her techniques. Nothing wrong with that at all. So this giant pile of unfinished tops, not put away tech equipment and art, and a bag full of chocolate christmas gifts is going to have to wait until I rework my class descriptions for IQF. IMG_6353

Why do I write/create teach what I do? I don’t have the attention span for making other people’s stuff and I REALLY want my students to focus on techniques that they can use to create their own original work. And when I really think about it – I want to teach my students how to use their eyes and creative minds in their own unique way. Here is another unfinished work, a quilt still in in box that I haven’t taken time to open, and stacks of paperwork I need to do. Also unfinished costumes for the elementary school play that need to get done. Like, tomorrow.

How does my writing/creating/teaching process work? Usually I scramble around trying to remember which deadlines are up next. Like sending in the high quality photo of this quilt for publication after being reminded that it was late. And then realizing it was one of the photos lost in a computer crash last month, taking an hour to set up and photograph again. Sigh. While the halloween costume parts are still waiting to either be put away again until next year or sewn up. Urg…. so much to do!!!

Now back to art – the next link in the blog hop will go out to  Sally Westcott of Hobart, Tasmania. I just checked in with her blog and FELL IN LOVE with her current bird paintings. AAHHHHH! She makes me hire a dumpster, shovel out my studio and just play with paint for a while.

things I’m grateful for


I’m grateful for music. Hand painted Koa Tenor Ukulele by Clark Hipolito.


I’m grateful for the miracle of airplanes and the beautiful view out the window.


I’m grateful for the view out my studio window.


I’m grateful for food to eat and cameras to play with.


I’m grateful for artists that turn the ordinary into the beautiful.

I'm grateful for these people!!!

I’m grateful for these people!!!

Around the World Blog Hop

So – welcome to all you wonderful quilters out there jumping around from blog to blog, adventuring all around the world via the blogoshpere. This is a fun little exercise – just a peek at what I do and why.
A big thanks to Mary J Puckett of who invited me onto this lovely little ride of a blog hop. By all means, please do go check her out.lyric_kinard_design_wall_art
IMG_52731. What am I working on? Well – after finishing up filming three new DVD workshops last month, I’ve sort of just been trying to catch up with my kids. And trying to remember how to breathe. And maybe sew something just for the fun of it. It feels like I never have time to do that any more so I am making time for it now.
But there is always something up on the design wall. I had pulled out several screen printed bits that were either left-overs or tests from other projects and also one in-process piece that was waiting for some hand dyed cloth. They all got the dyed cloth and are currently being ignored while I play around making a pirate vest for hubby’s Halloween costume. Nope. Didn’t get to it before Halloween, but I had pulled out the cloth and pattern and decided to work on it a bit now. He and I just wear the same costume every year – but it steadily gets a little better.
I’m also working out the final details of the Once in a Blue Moon Retreat that the wonderfully talented Susan Brubaker Knapp and I will be putting on the first week of next October. If you want more information please sign up for my newsletter where I will announce whatever amazing ideas we come up with!
IMG_84262. How does my work differ from others of its genre? That’s always a tricky question. I always kind of think pretty much everything has been done before. I’m sure there is someone out there that does work very similar to mine. I don’t worry about it and just do what interests me the most at the moment. Currently – that is screen printing cloth. Layers of imagery begin with white cloth, dyed, discharged, and printed. Lots of fun creating goes on in the process. Hunting through my photos, digitally editing them, sketching, making screens to print with, choosing scale and color – all fun stuff!
Kinard.L.Zen.det3. Why do I write/create what I do? Because the creative process keeps me alive and sane. I love to create order from chaos and beauty from a pile of nothingness. (At least I do in my studio – don’t look at my housekeeping!!!) Because it’s fun!
4. How does my creative process work? Well – it’s pretty haphazard if I don’t have a deadline coming up. If I do – I’m all about lists and getting the next thing done. Art has to fit into the spaces between my life as a mother and wife. I choose it that way. Those things are more important to me than anything else. But if I don’t have a deadline I am completely scattered. Whatever interests me and is in front of me at the moment gets done… or not. A few of those pieces on the design wall have been either up there or tucked away for a very long time. Years. I like to explore different imagery or styles which means often I’m jumping from one thing to the next. Through time, however, I keep coming back to some images that really interest me. This turns into de-facto series work… just stretched over a longer period of time than other artists work in. the XOX imagery has been something that keeps popping up. Usually as a playful and improvisational creation right after a serious and thoughtful and painstakingly detailed artwork.
I’d love it if you left me a quick comment letting me know what you think.
Next week please continue the hop and check out these two blogs:
Deborah Boschert is an art quilter that I love to follow. Her work has a delicacy and layered depth to it’s imagery that I find soooo appealing. That – and we both have kids in marching band right now. I always find it fun to peek in and know at least one other person in the world is probably going as crazy as I am.deborah-boschert-350x350
Roxane Lessa is one of my local quilt buddies – I have always really loved her large scale landscape and botanical pieces. She also teaches and coaches art quilters. (And I love her hair cut!)Roxane-Web-Images-007-200x300

For the love of libby lehman

The grandmother of all art quilters – Yvonne Porcella has a story about Libby. 
Head Trip_Yvonne_PorcellaHead Trip by Yvonne Porcella

When you are done here – go to her site. Yvonne too, is a wave-maker. I think her name and am filled with joy and love. She is the founder of the Studio Art Quilt Associates. 

yvonne porcella

“I’ve traveled with Libby and judged shows with her. She was the fastest to say ‘release’ during the viewing process. We all know Libby was a world traveler with a passport full of exotic destinations. On our way to teach in Calgary Canada at immigration, I watched the agent look at Libby and say- ” Libby, hello come right in”. My fondest memories of Libby were when we were on faculty in Houston. Libby would greet us – Do you need anything? I can bring it to you tomorrow, wine, art supplies, comfort food? Always Libby to the rescue. It me she is the Real Texas Star! Quilt is a modified center medallion with Log Cabin set.”

Yvonne P a mainIf you haven’t donated yet – Please do. Every dollar counts.
We are up to $2, 370.00 which means I will bid on and give away TWO quilts. My goal is $5k.


Thank You! A total of $70,324.00 was raised in this auction! $3,525.00 was your doing!

If you have donated could you share these posts? I hadn’t realized (because I simply miss details – all the time!) that my little “share” buttons were no longer showing up on my blog. They’ve probably been gone since the new website went up and I hadn’t even noticed. 🙂 Well… now they are up and you can just click to share. It helps. Every time someone shares on FB about four donations come in. Little by little we are getting there.

Click through and scroll down to read my other blog posts about this fundraiser and how it works. I’m going right now to order more archival ink for my fancy printer. I’m going to be spending a few days making prints and addressing envelopes for all of those who donated $25 or more. You all are SO generous! I keep thinking – her I am spending a week on this – but Libby has worked hard every day just to function. How blessed we are. 

New Work: Jamie Fingal’s New Fabric Line

Here is a Sneak Peek at
Heart & Soul SistersLyric_kinard_mug_rugs1

A new line of fabric for Hoffman by Jamie Fingal that will be coming soon to a fabric store near you. Or at least that’s the hope.Lyric_kinard_mug_rugs2

Jamie will be working a booth at Quilt Market showing off her latest line of fabric and demonstrating her design process. You really do have to pop over to her blog  to see some of the wonderful things she is doing with her fabric. Quilts, paper doll play time, and especially the SHOES!!!!Lyric_kinard_coffee_cup_cuffs6

Representatives from quilt shops come by and love it and order bolts and bolts and bolts for you to buy! Tell your shop that you really want them to carry Jamie Fingal’s new line!Lyric_kinard_mug_rugs4

I volunteered to make some quick and easy little projects from the samples to display in her booth. A set of fun little mug rugs and a couple of coffee cup cuffs.Lyric_kinard_mug_rugs5

And of course because it is Jamie, the rebel quilter, who’s work very often has zippers in odd places I chose to pull a few colorful zips out of the shoebox that has been taking up space in my studio for ages. Perfect use for them! (Thanks to Sue Bleiweiss for the idea!)Lyric_kinard_mug_rugs3

Now can I just share something for a minute? Let me tell you how quilting is good for my family. It’s good for my soul. I have a teenager. A very intelligent teenager that hates to do things that are hard – like major school projects. Said teenager hasn’t quite figured out that ignoring hard stuff doesn’t make it go away and we had, shall we say, a difficult time last night. Even though I was running very, very short on sleep I had to stay up late shepherding this recalcitrant teenager through an overdue assignment. If I didn’t have a project to work on while repeating the mantra “do the work, do the work, do the work” every two minutes I think one or the other of us might. not. have. survived. the. night…

yes my friends.

Quilting saves lives!

behind the scenes: the schedule

Two weeks ahead: Make lots and lots of step-outs and samples. Write and re-write outlines and make lists.kinard_beaded_face

Saturday: Clear off design wall and accumulated detritus in studio corners. Rearrange everything on shelves in case they end up in the sight lines of the filming.

Monday: Move lots of furniture. Pick my producer, the fabulous and talented Bonnie McCaffery from the airport. Set up equipment in the studio. Sound and lighting tests. Choose backdrops for first video. Homework with kids when they come home. Make dinner. Take Bonnie to grocery store then hotel. Feel guilty for forgetting little guy’s hockey game. Stay up late gathering and organizing materials for first shoot.bonnie_lyric_lyric_art_studios4

Tuesday: Get up early and dither about what to wear. Iron all the options. Sound and mike check. Make-up. Shoot video. Make lunch. Shoot video. Short break. Shoot add/promo. Homework with kids, pick up kid from band practice, make dinner. Take Bonnie back to hotel. Stay up late gathering and organizing materials for second shoot.

Wednesday: Repeat – without the dithering about what to wear this time. Spent the whole day trying to shoot in between neighbors mowers and leaf blowing noise. Made great time so set up for third video which involves moving more furniture. Body aches so we catch an evening yoga class. Stay up late gathering supplies for last video.bonnie_lyric_lyric_art_studios1

Thursday: Repeat. Wrap by early afternoon. Feet hurt. Tired. Happy!bonnie_lyric_lyric_art_studios2

Friday: Very early flight out. Come home and catch up on some email. Realize I am brain dead and take a nap. Spend afternoon trying to film a couple of quick tutorials while my equipment is still set up. Madly rush to get everything cleared out and put back together before company arrives in the evening.

I think all that I’m going to put on my upcoming schedule now is SLEEP!

Behind the scenes: filming a DVD

Monday morning was all about clearing space. I haven’t seen this much of my studio floor in ages and ages!

The afternoon was all about filling it up again. The fabulously talented Bonnie McCaffery is here with lots of equipment and skill – making it work!


This is only a tiny part of the mess I made today. Just a fraction!

filming3But OH did we shoot some GREAT film today!
One down, two to go.


behind the scenes – getting ready to film

350x500.Bead-ItSomething wonderful and big is happening her in Lyric Art studios this month. In several weeks my wonderful and talented producer, Bonnie McCaffery will be here to film a couple of DVD’s. She did an amazing job with my DVD, Bead It Like You Mean It so I didn’t hesitate to bring her in when I was ready to film another.

I’ve been thinking of doing one for several years and have a number of outlines hashed out but life is always very, very busy here. It seems that with my business the only thing that forces me to get things done is a deadline – so I just called up, set a date, and viola! Deadline to be met.

Now I just need to choose which topics I’m going to cover. I’ll have time to film two DVD workshops and have three ideas. Perhaps you can give me some feedback?

I’m sure I’m going to film a Thermofax Screen Printing DVD. All the how-to of finding or creating a design, making a thermofax screen, what kinds of paints to use, print set-up, design possibilities and so on. It will be jam packed with lots and lots and lots of information.

IMG_8436I’m also thinking of filming a DVD workshop on various methods of mounting and framing textile art. I would include matting and framing, wrapping the quilt around stretcher bars, and also mounting the textile art on painted canvases. What do you think? Is there actually any interest in this? Is anyone even interested in framing or mounting their quilt art?

bead it 4x6The third option is a follow-on to the Bead-It DVD.  I would show some bead embroidery techniques, edge treatments, and a different way to create a beaded bezel.

What do you think? Granted, I sort of think that a lot of things I teach are only interesting to a very small number of people. I’m pretty much OK with that. When I self publish I’m not really worried about how fast the publication actually sells. It won’t go out of print until I’m ready to be done with it.

I would really love your feedback!



Quilting Arts Holiday Magazine Blog Hop


Many of the contributors to the QA Holiday magazine are participating in a celebratory blog hop. Visit each blog on the day specified and join in the fun! 
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Friday, September 12, Vivika Hansen DeNegre,

Saturday, September 13, Lyric Kinard,

Sunday, September 14, Claude Larson,

Monday, September 15, Linda McLaughlin, and Kathy Kerstetter,

Tuesday, September 16, Lori Miller,

Wednesday, September 17, Melanie Testa,, and Liz Kettle,

Thursday, September 18, Susan Brubaker Knapp,

Friday, September 19, Lisa Chin,

Saturday, September 20, Sarah Ann Smith,

Sunday, September 21, Catherine Redford,

new work: haiku

I have had the great good pleasure over the past several years of being juried into the D@8 special exhibits curated by the talented and beautiful Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jennison. This year’s exhibit, which will premier at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX at the end of October is titled: REFLECTIONS. Lovely, don’t you think? Open enough that it can be interpreted in many different ways.


IMG_2375IMG_2384The theme is announced a year in advance of the deadline so there is plenty of time to think about ideas. I’m usually pushing things up to the very last minute but this year I actually had an idea early on. Over Christmas my oldest daughters were home and consented to a just-for-fun photo session in my studio. As soon as I saw this picture of Haven I knew it would be perfect for the theme.

I’m pretty sure I have a DaVinci sketch of a maiden in a similar pose. Very REFLECTIVE don’t you think?

Digital processing is often an important part of my process, and this time I played with the image and came up with numerous variations and possibilities. My two favorite options were opposites in a way. One deepened the contrast and gave me a feel of a Rembrandt painting with it’s face shining in the darkness. The other was a mere sketch. I actually couldn’t choose between the two so I had them both printed up, 60″ tall by Spoonflower onto cotton cloth.

If you haven’t discovered Spoonflower yet you are in for a treat! You can print your photos up to 60″ wide if you are looking for something whole cloth or you can create fun and funky patterned cloth (like this music themed cloth I created)

Well as soon as I had the two options full sized up on my wall I knew my choice needed to be the sketch. Mostly because I had no idea how to turn the beautiful painterly work into a quilt. Faces, especially large scale portraits, are very difficult to add quilting lines too. My personal opinion is that if you follow the facial contours the quilting lines look like wrinkles. Threadpainting solves that problem but I’m not interested in that technique and don’t think it would work on such a large scale.

I used the printed sketch as a guideline and suggestion rather than as a pattern and painted over the whole cloth. I added in more dark and played here and there with seeing how much detail I could leave out and how much needed to be added in. My brush slipped and she now has a mole beside her nose. No worries.

Once the painting was done I felt I needed words. With the editing help of Facebook friends I worked out a simple haiku expressive of my feelings about this daughter as she was at the time preparing for her marriage. 

rings ripple outward
whispers in waters mirror
futures reflection

The bottom left corner was blank and unbalances so I added the writing in. I got it crooked and it still felt too blank so I printed a hint of texture over the top. Now of course, I’m not so sure I like the writing there at all but it’s too late – the piece is off on it’s own now. Once the writing was done it suggested the theme for quilting lines of overlapping concentric circles. That part I really, really like.


HAIKU by Lyric Montgomery Kinard 24″ x 60″ cloth, acrylic, thread

I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts. What do you think of words in art? What do you think about portraiture in textiles? Do you use digital processing as part of your creative process? What do you think of the composition? And yes, I do actually love constructive criticism. I think about it, learn what I can, and don’t take any of it personally.

There is an interview with me over on the D@8 blog if you’d care to check it out. While you are there go ahead and read through some of the other participating artist interviews. I’m so honored to be in such good company for this exhibit.

quilting arts TV blog hop

Welcome to the Quilting Arts TV Blog Hop! We are celebrating the start of series 1400 with a little bit of fun from most of the guests for the season. I hope you’ve had the chance to stop by lots of the other blogs to see what everyone is up to.


This wasn’t my first time filming for the show so it was much more relaxed, knowing what to expect before I got there. The exciting part was to come in at the end of a long week of filming and watch the shows new hostess, my friend Susan Brubaker Knapp, just soaring. It’s an incredibly difficult job and she was a natural at it! (Yes, I miss Pokey, but she has other exciting things up her sleeve my friends – just you wait!!!) Don’t you love how Susan and I could be sisters? We kind of feel like we are… oh and here is some great news. We will be teaching a retreat together again next year! If you want to know more as information becomes available sign up for my newsletter. (There is a sign-up box up there on the right.)


IMG_8492Another wonderfully fun thing is to walk into the studio and see FRIENDS! Sarah Ann Smith and Jane Sassaman filmed on the same day I did.

They film the entire season (plus a few episodes for series 15) in one week. That’s a lot of people in and out of the studio. That’s also a LOT of wardrobe changes for the hostess. They film according to when the guests can get there, not linearly, so Susan actually has a chart with pictures and notes (make sure you have the right jewelry with the right blouse) and she has to run and change between most segments. 


Do I look a little shell shocked here? Who knows what I was doing…. probably listening to the producer, or talking. My hands are never still when I’m talking. If you want a little peek at what I’ll be showing look for Episode 1402, Groovy Gifts. I’ll be constructing a sweet little sketchbook cover. What you don’t see in this picture is that I had a stack of “step-outs.” Those are the same project repeated in various stages of completion so that you can do that magic oven thing. You know where they put the ingredients in the pan in the oven and immediately pull out the finished product?


It’s a good thing I really like the project as I have about 8 of the finished covers now.
(you know you do!)
I’m going to give away one of the finished sketchbooks to one of YOU!

You need to leave a comment HERE telling me what and who you want to see on QATV.

I’ll pick a winner on Saturday morning – so please make sure to leave me a way to contact you.

Lyric_Art_SketchbooksAnd in case you just can’t wait
I’ve listed three of the other finished sketchbooks in my Etsy shop
available for you to purchase. 

And make sure to check out the following links for the blog hop!

July 18: Vivika DeNegre at

July 19: Luana Rubin ( Friedman (

July 20: Sarah Ann Smith ( Gloeggler (

July 21: Carrie Bloomston ( Cath
erine Redford (

July 22: Sue Reno ( Rebekah Meier (

July 23: Lyric Kinard ( / Margie Ullery (

July 24: Cheryl Sleboda ( / Jane Sassaman ( Julie Creus (

July 25: Susan Brubaker Knapp (

You can buy the DVD set here if you just can’t wait for every episode to air!

work in progress: direction

When hubby travels I tend to stay up waaaay too late.
But I manage to get in LOTS of creative studio time.IMG_8095This piece started with a silly selfie using the Paper Camera App.

direction_lyric_kinard2Playing around with markers. Figuring out where to draw the lines.

direction_lyric_kinard3Don’t know why I chose to enlarge the pattern by hand… drawing a grid.direction_lyric_kinard4And I wasn’t paying attention (late at night, remember) and reversed it.
No worries.

meadowlark blog hop and giveaway

Welcome to a wonderful blog hop celebrating Melanie Testa’s first line of fabric for Windham


IMG_9147I already wrote about the sweet little table runner I made as part of Melanie’s sample team. She needed to fill a booth quickly with projects made from her line of fabric. How lucky are we to be able to play with her fabric!? I also put together a little set of nesting boxes in which she could hold things for display.

IMG_9226Here is the littlest.
The boxes were made using Pellon Peltex – a super stiff fusible craft interfacing.

IMG_9231And here is the biggest – using a leftover bit from the table runner.

IMG_9230This one has a bit of fancy on the inside too.

IMG_9228All four sitting so sweetly snug together.

Windham_booth_3And here is a picture of the crazy abundance of beauty that was just one small bit of Melly’s booth at the Quilt Market trade show!
(The picture is Melly’s – go check out her Market videos – in a minute!)

IMG_3157Off they all went for display and as is the usual in my schedule, off I went to another teaching gig. Only THIS time I did something that I haven’t done in years. Started a project for the trip the night before I left.  I’ll write all about that next week when I announce the winner of the following giveaway. Believe me – it’s a funny story! Here is a peek at the project and yes, I couldn’t help myself. I had to “play photos” first and run it through a couple of apps to make it all funky looking. I’ll post big clear pictures next Monday June 15th.

One of you lucky blog readers is going to have the chance to win a fat pack of the entire collection – that’s 26 10″ pieces! 

All you have to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment on this blog post between now and Thursday, June 12th.  I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner and announce it here on my blog on Friday June 13th.  Good luck!

(update – Denise Spillane is our winner. Congratulations!!!)


There’s a lot more stops and chances to win a fat pack stack on the blog hop.  You can stop by and leave a comment on each blog and have that many more chances to win.

Melanie Testa  –June 2
Vivien Zepf –June 2
Chrissie D –June 3
Sue Bleiweiss –June 4
Leslie Tucker Jenison –June 5
Jamie Fingal –June 6
Lyric Kinard –June 7
Jen Eskridge –June 8
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun –June 8
Stephanie Forsyth –June 9
Victoria Findlay Wolfe –June 10
Teri Lucas – June 11
Scott Hansen –June 12
Helen Eckard –June 12

In fact, when the blog hop is over, the blog with the most comments will also be able to draw an extra name to win a copy of Melanie’s book, Dreaming from the Journal Page. (It’s one of my favorites!) And if you love what you see – stop by your local quilt shop and ask them to order Windham Fabric’s Meadowlark line!


new work – melanie testa’s fabric line

Sometimes dreams come true.
Sometimes it takes a lot of hard work!

Melanie Testa has dreamed for years of having her own line of fabric and now she’s done it. She has worked like crazy for the past year and made it happen. Spring Quilt Market just happened. Manufacturers and designers come together and show off  their stuff to the quilt shops and Melly needed a whole booth full of stuff made out of her fabric to display.


Well – what are friends for!?
Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to play with this gorgeous stuff? This is a simple fused table runner, satin stitched over the raw edges with a layer of batting in between.

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog hop and giveaway featuring projects made with Melly’s fabric.

Melly Testa – June 2 
Vivien Zepf – June 2 
Chrissie D – June 3 
Sue Bleiweiss – June 4  
Leslie Tucker Jenison – June 5 
Jamie Fingal – June 6 
Lyric Kinard – June 7 
Jen Eskridge – June 8 
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun – June 8 (guest post)
Stephanie Forsyth – June 9 
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – June 10 
Teri Lucas – June 11 
Scott Hansen – June 12 
Helen Eckard – June 12 (guest post)

just for fun – a sneak peak at quilt market….

I got to play with something fun a few weeks ago. Shhhh! It’s a secret.

Take a look at Melanie Testa’s video and see if you can guess which two projects I made to help Melanie Testa fill a booth with fabulous things made from her new line of fabric!

Stay tuned, in a few weeks we are going to have a wonderful blog hop and giveaway! You won’t want to miss it.

Melly Testa – June 2 
Vivien Zepf – June 2 
Chrissie D – June 3 
Sue Bleiweiss – June 4  
Leslie Tucker Jenison – June 5 
Jamie Fingal – June 6 
Lyric Kinard – June 7 
Jen Eskridge – June 8 
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun – June 8 (guest post)
Stephanie Forsyth – June 9 
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – June 10 
Teri Lucas – June 11 
Scott Hansen – June 12 
Helen Eckard – June 12 (guest post)

Meadowlark Blog Hop Image

Book Review and Giveaway – Intentional Printing

Lynn Krawczyk is a fellow screen printing enthusiast and shop owner and a wonderfully talented and generous human being. You can see the artist spotlight I wrote up on her here. I was thrilled to see that she had a book out and snapped it up right away. There are a number of surface design books out there. I think I own almost all of them. I love seeing other artists work and getting a little glimpse into their techniques and especially their decision making process. Read through to the end to find out how you can enter to win a copy of this fabulous book.

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Intentional Printing
By Lynn Krawczyk
Interweave / F+W Media; $26.99


Intentional Printing is a delightful combination of techniques, projects, and (my favorite part) process! Lynn guides you through some interesting questions then cheers you on with lovely encouraging words. In fact, I think she and I sing much the same song. If you’ve ever had a class with me you know exactly what I am talking about. Here are a few choice gems from some of the first pages:

“It’s amazing how we so often cling to a way of doing things that we don’t like simply because that’s how we were taught to do it. … Your art making is your time. Do it the way you want to.”

“It’s OK to make mistakes. In fact, it’s more than okay – it’s necessary. You won’t learn about yourself or your art until you screw things up. Mistakes are the ultimate teacher in everything.”

IMG_9085Now, I don’t usually do projects. I even dislike teaching them. I’d much rather teach techniques so that you have a tool to stick in your own back pocket, ready to pull out when you are ready to bring your own ideas to fruition. But – since I like to print fabric and one of the projects in this book was something I’ve been wanting to put together for a while now anyway, I decided to go for it. Nothing ever really gets done in my studio without a deadline so I gave myself half a day to play and just DO IT!



My house is always full of children and their stuff so I don’t bother truly “decorating” rooms. We spend too much time “living” in rooms to worry about how they look. My dining room, however, is a place that makes me happy. We invite people over (usually whichever family is new in church that week) for dinner at least once or twice a month and this room gets used on a regular basis. I’ve been wanting to make a large table runner type something with that insulated stuff in the middle (whatever they put inside hot pads) so that I can put hot pots right on the table.  It’s a pain to have to pass the hot pot and the trivet along with it when we serve around the table. So here we go.

photo 1First up – Drawing on Fabric. I used the syringe to get the paint into my squeeze bottle. I used Prochem’s textile paint, knowing that since it was transparent it wasn’t going to show up much on the brown kona cotton background after it dried. I’m going for visual texture rather than crisp readability. And it’s been a long time since I’ve drawn with a squeeze bottle. Urg. It took a while of practice to get into the flow of things. Literally. My paint flow was all over the place.  My bottle was hard to squeeze (maybe I need to use the squeeze bottles Lynn recommends eh?) but eventually it got easier.

photo 2Next up – Thermofax Screen Printing. I used opaque paint this time, going for more bold prints. My dishes are all mismatched black, red, or white. My table is both honey and deep walnut brown and my hand dyed napkins are a very deep teal and navy so those are the colors I’m going to put together.

And here is where leaving things to the last minute does me in. That much paint in the scribble writing is going to take overnight to dry and I didn’t start this project far enough in advance. Remember what Lynn said, we learn best from our mistakes. This isn’t a mistake – it’s a learning opportunity that reminds me that paint needs time to dry. (And that deadlines sneak up on a person!)

I’d love it if you came back to visit my blog over the next few days to see things move along. I plan to finish this up tomorrow. In the mean time, please check out the other blogs in the hop and see what wonderful things these talented artists are doing with Lynn’s techniques and projects. Each has a giveaway as well so be sure to leave comments on each blog!

To win a copy of Lynn’s book leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite “mistake” and what you learned from it.

congratulations to WENDY (comment #74 chosen through a random number generator at who is the lucky winner of Lynn’s book!

But don’t be sad my international friends. Here’s the deal. I am going to give away my review copy as well (since I bought the ebook as soon as it came out!) and will give you the chance to win that one if you are willing to chip in on shipping. I’ll post that giveaway when I finish the table runner. Deal?

new work – hope


Sometimes things take a very long time here in my studio.  I had to look it up. My first post about this really large canvas was back in May of 2012 and I had already had it laying around for months. 

June of 2013 I finally took the next step.  The blasted thing is 4′ square which doesn’t seem that big unless it is taking up half your design wall. I’ve gotta say that textiles/quilts have a huge advantage in the “taking up studio space” storage department.


It gets moved back behind the drafting table but then it is covering up you storage shelving. I worked on it quickly for a few days and then was stuck again. Or bored with it. By now mostly lived against the wall in the dining room but had to be moved whenever we had guests.


So I finally decided it needed to GO! Which means it needed to be finished. It will live on my bedroom wall and replace a large scale O’Keefe print (Jack in the Pulpit IV) that  I’ve loved for 30 years but am ready to let go. 


I don’t think the work is show quality (there are a lot of messes – and no I’m not pointing them out to you!) If I did this again I’m pretty sure I could make it amazing. I learned a LOT playing around with unfamiliar media. And I love it enough to live with it being the first thing I see every morning (right after hubby’s handsome face.)






Sometimes it feels so good to just get something FINISHED!
The title comes from this quote

Ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ,
having a perfect brightness of hope,
and a love of God and of all men.

2 Nephi: 20

showing your work – at a fine craft show

I thought it would be worthwhile to hear Roxane Lessa’s experience. She was juried into the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild and has had a booth at their Thanksgiving weekend show for several years. and now in her own words…

First off, let me say that I’m not an expert at selling my art work. Not even close. That being said, I did sell 4 large expensive pieces and many smaller works at these fine craft shows. I got into doing the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Show at the Piedmont Craftsmen show because of the generosity of one of my favorite artists and friends, Marina Bosetti. You see, she had the booth set up (walls, lights, etc.), and you need a picture of your booth display to apply to the show. She offered her set up so I could take the pics. And so, I got into both guilds.

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Unfortunately it was 2007, and the economy was just about to tank. But I decided to forge ahead. I invested in some booth walls,lights and flooring, packed up all my art work and learned how to set it all up. ProPanels makes the best hard walls that are fairly easy to set up. If you want to do lots of shows, they are worth every penny.

What did I learn?

How to speak about my work without being bashful.
How to set my retail prices.
How to find a credit card merchant (now I just use Square).
How to get my resale license and charge tax.
How to look busy and not bother people while they are “just looking”. How to set up an attractive booth.
How to take care of yourself during a long show.
How to sell your own work without lowering your prices, creating value.

And, most importantly, I learned what people responded to and liked, and in some cases, liked enough to fork over their credit cards. All of that interaction also helped me get teaching gigs at guilds.Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 11.42.39 AM

Was it worth it? I’d say yes, because of everything I’ve learned. There really is no substitute for interacting with your buying public. And it forced me to focus on producing a larger body of work to get ready. Was it labor/time intensive? Yes, very.

Was it worth it financially?

I think before 2008, artists could make a much better income from doing shows like this. Now, with the rise of online sales, I have the feeling that the amount of time and effort involved doing shows like this is better spent elsewhere. For me, I think it was a wash financially, but I still have the contacts with people I have met or sold to. And I still have everything I have learned in the process. So I think I came out ahead. I also met some very hard working and amazing artists, who are still my friends today.

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Finally, if you want to do fine craft shows, do your research. Ask artists who have attended the show who work in your media if they have had good success. Don’t just ask one, ask as many as you can. Don’t rely on the show promoters- they get your money in booth fees whether you sell a lot or not. After all, you are investing a lot in time, energy and money to do these shows! 

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As luck would have it, you can see my booth and me at the Vintage View Quilt show in Raleigh, NC in less than 2 weeks, ack! Here’s the info: Visit us at…

Vintage View Quilt Show 2014
March 14-16, 2014
Kerr Scott Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, North Carolina
Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $5
Over 450 Judged Quilts, 50 Vintage Quilts,
Demonstrations, Vendors, Prizes, Special Events

If you would like to learn more about the business of selling your art, I am participating in a webinar with 2 other fiber artists on March 25th. It will be hosted by SAQA, Studio Art Quilters Assoc.. You can go to their website for details. SAQA is also a terrific organization to belong to if you are interested in learning more about our fabulous medium- fiber!

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions. For more info go to

showing your work – photographing your art

Remember when I said that  one of the most frustrating things for a juror when looking through a pool of entries, is trying see past poor photography. Having unprofessional photography simply makes your work look bad. Hiring a professional photographer is expensive and I believe YOU can figure it out. The minimum equipment you need is a tripod and great lighting.

The fabulous Sarah Ann Smith recently posted a really wonderful tutorial on photographing your artwork that I think is really useful. She links to several other great articles, all of which I have used. (Reposted with her permission.)

I just read a fabulous article on photographing your artwork here, at  I highly recommend it!   I was thrilled that they link toHolly Knott’s instruction page for textile artists and art quilters, and they also had embedded a very useful YouTube video put up by the folks at Saatchi Online (see the video at the bottom of this post).  Those posts inspired me to share with you how I do my own photography.
2014.02.28.PhotoQuilts004-2I’ve become adept at photography through self-education and practice, and you can too.  My photographs have been used in my book (AQS even gave me a photography credit!), in Quilting Artsmagazine (which has some of the best photography out there),Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine, and a number of Lark Books including 500 Art Quilts, so I think I’ve reached proficiency–at least with the best of my shots.  Here’s a little of what I do in hopes that it will help you!

Set-up and level:  In the photo above, I’ve shown how I set things up in my studio.  I am very fortunate to have a LARGE (vast!) design wall, which I had built and installed when we moved into this house three (!!!) years ago.  I can pin my quilts to the wall and photograph them easily.  If you don’t have a design wall, you can create a temporary set-up easily and inexpensively:  purchase either foam core or rigid foam insulation.  Place the foam core or insulation flat (or as flat as you can get) against the wall (poster tacking putty may be helpful).   If you have to tilt the board, make sure the camera lens is parallel to the surface (see the Saatchi video, at the bottom of this post).


Hotshoe bubble level and first screen on my camera. The hotshoe (if your camera has one) is where one attaches a separate flash mechanism. On my camera, it is on top of the built-in flash. These small bubble levels are inexpensive, about $15. Mine will show you level whether the camera is positioned in landscape or portrait orientation.

I purchased a small “gizzie,”  a bubble level that fits into the camera hotshoe (the place where one attaches a separate flash) of my camera so that I can be sure that the camera is perfectly parallel to the vertical wall and also level, because my basement floors definitely are not perfectly level.  I purchased my camera level fromB&H Photo Video, a vast emporium (a real store and online) for all things photo and video; they have really expert sales people who can help you with expensive decisions (like a DSLR!) and great prices.  They are a Jewish business, so they close for the Sabbath (Friday to Saturday evenings) and holy days, so check on the website for special closings.  Otherwise, they are there.  Type “Camera level” into the search box on the site to find their current offerings.  If my eyes are telling me one thing and the hotshoe level is saying another, I often use a small “torpedo” level to double check.  When I turn the camera to vertical on the tripod, because the barrel of the lens has ridges, I make certain the front of the lens is level (see photos below).

With this particular lens, I notice that the lower right corner isn’t sharp no matter what the focal length, so when I want ALL the quilt to be super-sharp, I allow extra room around the edges.

With this particular lens, I notice that the lower right corner isn’t sharp no matter what the focal length, so when I want ALL the quilt to be super-sharp, I allow extra room around the edges.

 If you want to get REALLY obsessive (guilty!) you can make sure your quilt is exactly vertical using a small bubble level from the hardware store:

Making sure the sides of the quilt are vertical (or that the top is horizontal)

Making sure the sides of the quilt are vertical (or that the top is horizontal)


If you have the option, turn on a grid in the viewfinder. This will help you see if the now-truly-vertical sides of your quilt are parallel to the grid on the screen or at an angle. If they are at an angle, you can adjust the camera so everything is squared up correctly.

If you have the option, turn on a grid in the viewfinder. This will help you see if the now-truly-vertical sides of your quilt are parallel to the grid on the screen or at an angle. If they are at an angle, you can adjust the camera so everything is squared up correctly.

To obsess a bit more, you want to make sure that once the QUILT is vertical/level, that your camera LENS is also vertical/level.  The floors in my basement studio (painted that grass green!) are anything but flat and level.  So I triple check with not only the hotshoe bubble level, but I use the small red torpedo level (seen in the photo at the side of my quilt and below) to check if the camera LENS is vertical.  If the lens tips up or down, you will get distortion called keystoning, where a true rectangle appears wider at the top or at the bottom.

Using the bubble level on the top of the lens is a challenge because of the grip and changes in the surface.

Using the bubble level on the top of the lens is a challenge because of the grip and changes in the surface.


Instead you can use the hotshoe bubble level to make sure the front of the lens is in fact truly vertical (assuming of course that your wall is truly vertical!)

Instead you can use the hotshoe bubble level to make sure the front of the lens is in fact truly vertical (assuming of course that your wall is truly vertical!)

2014.02.28.PhotoQuilts011Distortion:  Through trial, error, and observation, I have learned that when I use my Nikon DSLR with the extra long zoom lens, the lower right of the lens has some distortion:  it just isn’t sharp in that lower right corner.  So when I set up and take photographs, I know that I need to have my tripod far enough away that I can avoid having a corner of the quilt in the not-so-sharp zone.  Next on my agenda:  take out the shorter zoom lens that came with the camera and see how that does.

A focal length on your zoom of about 50 is optimal. If your camera doesn’t tell you the focal length, just don’t do way zoomed in or really wide-angle.

A focal length on your zoom of about 50 is optimal. If your camera doesn’t tell you the focal length, just don’t do way zoomed in or really wide-angle.

Focal length:  I’ve also read that the optimal focal length for still photography like this is 50 mm (well, the digital equivalent of what 50mm was on old film cameras).  You definitely don’t want to go wide-angle because you will get distortion:  a square quilt will bulge out like a fish eye, the sides will appear to push out in the middle.  When I set up the tripod, I set the camera to 50mm, then I move the tripod so that the quilt fills the viewfinder (while avoiding that odd spot with my particular lens) but still allows me room to crop the photo in Photoshop Elements.

Center focus on center of quilt. Note hotshoe bubble level. Notice that the tripod is about ten feet back from the design wall and the quilt of Pigwidgeon dancing for supper nearly fills the screen, but avoids that lower-right area.

Center focus on center of quilt. Note hotshoe bubble level. Notice that the tripod is about ten feet back from the design wall and the quilt of Pigwidgeon dancing for supper nearly fills the screen, but avoids that lower-right area.

Tripod:  I cannot overstate how important it is to have a perfectly still camera.  As you push the button, your hand introduces shake to the camera.  My first tripod was purchased used for $27.  Yep, that inexpensive.   And photos from that set-up made it into books!  I eventually replaced with an “enthusiast” level tripod, but which still didn’t cost more than $150.  Since this is my business, it was a business deduction (and honestly, the only time I’ve ever used it for anything other than work is to film Eli at a few wrestling meets–I can videotape from the tripod and take still pics sitting on the floor!) and well worth it.  My tripod head has a built in bubble level on it, too, but I rely on the level on the camera to make sure the camera isn’t tilted on a level tripod.  If you don’t have a tripod, find a ladder, chair or other stable surface and put your camera on that.  Use the self-timer, press the button, then let the camera trigger the shot; this avoids wiggling from your hands pushing the button.

At the enthusiast level, tripods and heads are sold separately.   Some photography books urge you to buy a tilt-pan head, which swivels on a ball head.  I have found for photographing a quilt, I prefer the heads that allow you to level horizontally, then vertically, using two separate knobs.  I know that once I get horizontal level if I have to adjust for vertical, I would knock it out of level.  By having the head have two separate knobs, I can adjust in one direction, get it right and lock it in, then adjust for the other direction of level.

Tulip bulbs in inexpensive shop light reflectors. The bulbs cost about $35 each, so I store them carefully! But they are the most expensive part of your lighting set up and are still far less expensive than hiring someone to shoot your quilts! Unless you drop them, they last a long time.

Tulip bulbs in inexpensive shop light reflectors. The bulbs cost about $35 each, so I store them carefully! But they are the most expensive part of your lighting set up and are still far less expensive than hiring someone to shoot your quilts! Unless you drop them, they last a long time.

Lighting is CRITICAL!   I followed the information on Holly Knott’s website (paragraph and links below) to purchase the tulip bulbs that give even light when correctly positioned.  I screw them into inexpensive shop fixtures from the big-box hardware stores (about $9 each).

If you use only one light, or have it too close to the quilt as in this photo, you will get a “hot spot” or uneven lighting. Notice how bright the right side of the quilt is compared to the other three sides. This inconsistent lighting does not show your quilt at its best!

If you use only one light, or have it too close to the quilt as in this photo, you will get a “hot spot” or uneven lighting. Notice how bright the right side of the quilt is compared to the other three sides. This inconsistent lighting does not show your quilt at its best!

Instead, follow the info on Holly’s site and move the quilt stands (made from a 2×4 and four basic shelf brackets each, construction details on Holly’s site) back from the quilt to get good, even lighting.  Play with the White Balance on your camera to adjust for the type and color of light in your studio combined with the tulip bulbs.  If I recall, they recommend NOT having the overheads on, but I find that my studio is so dark that I really need my daylight-bulb overhead lights on to get a good shot.  Experiment to see what settings and lighting give you the sharpest, most color-correct photo.

Light stands and tripod set up at a good distance from the quilt.

Light stands and tripod set up at a good distance from the quilt.

Holly Knott’s Shoot That Quilt:  For fabulous instruction on how to “Shoot That Quilt,”  visit Holly Knott’s very helpful site, here.  She collaborated with a professional photographer, and I can say unequivocally that her information–especially on lighting–has made a key difference in improving the quality of my photos.  In particular, take a good long look at the “Gallery of Wrongs” which shows common errors and how to avoid them.

And watch this video prepared by Saatchi Online, a mongo huge online art gallery.  It is very well done, with a lot of good information.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this post!  Now go make art, then photograph it well! 


Work in Progress: The Gift

 This is up on my design wall.
I’m having ideas for quilting it – not sure when it will get done.


The pattern on has been on my wall for over a year and just needed a particularly insomniatic night with Mr. Almost Perfect out of town. I can never make myself go to bed when he’s not here. (I miss him.) 
IMG_7912I’m trying to be better this year about not wasting so much of my time and getting more work done. Audio books have been a big help there. I get so caught up in the story that I can’t wait to get back into the studio.

What do you do to help you get into your creative place and get things done? Or is it just me that loses interest in a project before I actually start cutting out cloth if it involves a pattern? Apparently I really like the design phase but have a problem actually getting started. Or getting finished for that matter.

artist spotlight – lisa walton


I’d love to introduce you to Lisa Walton, wonderful artist and quilter from down under in Australia. I had the great good pleasure of rooming with her last October in Houston at the International Quilt Festival. She is delightful – and so is her artwork!

Lyric: How did you come to be an artist?

Lisa: I’ve always dabbled but the realities of life took priority for many years. My neighbour introduced me to the joys of patchwork but I couldn’t follow rules or copy other peoples designs. Once I was given my first pack of hand dyed fabric I was hooked. When I started to dye my own, the possibilities opened up. I started to design my own quilts and this just kept taking up more and more of my brain space.


When my children started living their own lives and obligations like mortgages and school fees faded away, my pressures and restrictions lessened too. My creative endeavours led to teaching which I love as well as the friendships of like minded souls. Of course the total support of my husband played an enormous role and eventually I was able to leave the hated day job to just create, teach and exhibit my work. One day my husband was filling out passport forms for me (he loves forms) and when it came to my occupation , he wrote ARTIST! That simple action settled it for me and now I say it with pride and conviction.

party_time_full_600_jpgLyric: Why textiles as a medium?
Lisa: I love the flexibility of textiles, the colours, textures and the interesting problems working in them creates. I prefer the process rather than the end result and rarely repeat anything.

Lisa will be teaching at the Quilters Studio in Newbury Park California ( in April. Take a look at Lisa’s Website to explore more of the lovelies she creates… and if you are down under yourself – she has a fabulous shop full of all kinds of supplies for your own textile art, beading, and surface design explorations.

I have a wonderful copy of Lisa’s book, Beautiful Building Block Quilts to give away.


If you are a traditional quilter and want to take your first steps towards creating your own designs this is a wonderful book for you. You can choose to learn by following her patterns exactly or you can read her guidelines for branching out on your own. She guides you through creating your own geometric block patterns and also includes a few very clear and easy to understand pages about color choices.   You can purchase it here if  you want a new copy. This one is signed to me and somehow has a few chocolate stains here and there on a page or two. Chocolate and quilt books naturally go together right? I should be more careful. You should also check out the other cool stuff Lisa has in her on-line shop… remembering that she is in Australia. Also – friend her on FaceBook so that you can easily keep up with what she is doing.

Leave me a comment and tell me something. Oh – I don’t know – anything. What is the first thing you would visit if you got to go to Australia? Or – if you’ve already been there – what should I see first? I’ll pick a winner in one week.

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