I am so excited about my one woman show at the Morris Graves Museum in Eureka, California. It is a fantastic building, it was formerly the library that my mom took us to when we were kids. Now it is a beautiful art museum. I had a show here 18 years ago and I am so happy to be back showing my latest works and a few oldies- but- goodies. I hope if you are in the area in the next few months so you can stop by and see everything. Opening is Saturday the 3rd of December!
My online classes will start again in January. Color and Composition will start on the 23rd of January and the Working in a Series class will begin on the 26th.
My Zoom class Jumpstarting Your Creativity will start on the 19th and will run for four months on the third Thursday of the month.
I hope you can join me for one of these classes!
My new fabric line with Free Spirit fabrics is shipping in December so I am very excited about that. Please ask for it at your local quilt shops “Cool Breeze”.
I hope that everyone has wonderful holidays filled with family and friends and much joy.
It is the start of a brand new year and I can’t tell yet if it will be a repeat of the last two years or if things are starting to change. I will be doing some teaching so that makes me happy. The first good thing that happened in 2022 is that my new line of fabric with Free Spirit got shipped!! I am having so much fun playing with the fabrics. Here are a few quilts that I made with “DANCE MOVES”. The larger quilt is made from a pattern for the squared quilt by Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio. A fun pattern with fun fabrics!! The little still life quilts are made from lesson 4 of my Jumpstarting Your Creativity Zoom class. More about that class below.
For two weeks I will be at Asilomar teaching my From Watercolor to Quilt class the 27th of February to the 4th of March Empty Spools Seminar. Then home for for two weeks then back to teach Jumpstarting Your Creativity from the 20th to 25th of March at Asilomar Empty Spools Seminar. Then a quick turnaround of just 5 days, then to teach at my Alegre Retreat in Gateway Colorado. In May I will be teaching Working in a Series for MISA, Madeline Island School of the Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This class is a great class for exploring your own direction through two or three quilts. I have lots of ideas to move you from your original inspiration to the next in your series and on. Lots of fun and we can play with any technique, composition and color. So wide open but with structure to help keep you focused.
So join me for some fun in person in the classroom. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or interests.
Virtual Zoom-Based Class Jumpstarting Your Creativity Starting February 26, 4 PM Pacific Time 4 Sessions: February 26, March 26, April 23, May 28 If you aren’t comfortable doing in-person classes I have a new Jumpstarting Your Creativity class starting February 26th at 4 PM Pacific Time. This is an informative and fun class that you can do from the comfort of your own workspace! Click here to sign up!
Learn the basics of good design and explore exercises to unleash the creative process. Bring out your inner artist and learn to apply the principles to making art quilts.
There are four different lessons, one each month. We will work in a 12-inch square format. These exercises can then be the inspiration for a larger piece. Composition with line and shape will be explored as well as addressing negative space, soft and hard edges, abstraction of realistic inspirations, grid work, still life, etc. I will be demonstrating my ideas for you to watch, then you can try out my ideas or some of your own on your own after the Zoom meeting.
The two other online classes that I do, Color and Composition (an 8-lesson workshop) and Working in a Series (a 6-piece series workshop) will be starting up again in June. Let me know if you want to be put on the list for a reminder when those classes will be ready for registration.
I hope everyone is coping with this crazy world we all live in and that soon we will all be comfortable meeting again for quilting events. I know that this pandemic has offered me really intense time in my studio and I am thankful for that, not much else, but thankful for that. Keep creating.
I have just had the most wonderful Thanksgiving week with family and friends. Used the leftovers to make a turkey Shepherds pie, it was delicious and I will be eating that for a few days to come. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and now we have some creative time before the Christmas madness starts!!! Enjoy!! We just finished our 2021 Alegre Retreat after 2020 had to be canceled and 2021 had to be postponed to November. It was really fun and we all enjoyed the resort in November, usually it is in April! The weather stayed nice for us and the camaraderie was extraordinary. We are now taking signups for Alegre Retreat 2022!! April 3 to 8.
A series is a group of works that continues an idea from one piece to the next. It is a way to create unified pieces that give an individual voice to your work and to get deeper into your work through technique, design and color. A total of 6 pieces will be made in 18 weeks.
4 Sessions: February 26, March 26, April 23, May 28 This is my one and only Zoom class. I demonstrate four different ideas for coming up with your own original artwork: composition with line, abstracting reality in two steps, grid work, and distorting the still life. Great demos and explorations of others’ work. All classes are recorded and available for review until the end of the year. Limit of 100 participants. Class timing was chosen to make it easier for those in Australia and New Zealand and other time zones to join in.
Here is a recent review: “YOU are a Wonder Woman! I DO love your teaching. Today’s class was content rich, quickly paced which works best for me, intriguing assignments, great use of the Zoom format and perfect opportunity for Q and A. I really am intrigued with how you combine Painting and Fabric Art. The photos from other classes at the end were GREAT. Thanks for keeping the videos up for all 4 months. EXCELLENT class in every way. I can’t wait to get started on the assignments. Thanks very much for doing this.”
I will be teaching Working in a Series at MISA, Santa Fe May 9th-May 13th, 2022
I will be teaching at the Empty Spools Seminars in Pacific Grove, California. Session 1 will be held February 27th to March 4th for Jumpstarting your Creativity, and Session 3 will be held March 20th to 25th for Watercolor to Quilt class.
Here are some of the best images from the 2021 Alegre Retreat
Dolores my otter is back in her spot in my living room. She looks beautiful with her quilt made from my first two lines of fabrics created for me by Lisa Ellis. Stunning corner if I do say so myself.
Plein Air Painting in the redwoods and my four pieces on the gallery wall at the opening
My niece got married and we were all gifted saris to wear to the wedding.
My newest quilt based on the grid work series that I am working on, inspired from a watercolor painting, Rede-Portuguese. My dog was keeping me company while I stitched up the back!
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone! Neighborhood decorations are already going up and this yard is one of my favorites!