Saturday, March 22, 2008


I have been meaning to start this blog for a very long time and I know I have so much to share with all of you. I feel like this is my most creative time of my life and I sometimes wish I did not have to sleep as my fingers just don't work as fast as my creative juices.

As I stand in my studio I am surrounded with wonderful colors to inspire me. Hundred's of yards of hand dyed wool, fun cotton fabrics, velvets, silks, ribbons, beads and textural threads.

It is like a treasure trove!

As well as designing I am also very passionate about teaching and sharing all that I have learnt over the years. I have just returned from a teaching trip at the Heritage Quilt Guild in South Holland, Illinois.

It was a wonderful class full of enthusiastic stitchers. We worked on blocks from my new quilt book, Flowerbed and had a great time embellishing and stitching. They had fun purchasing all the ribbons, threads and hand dyed wool I brought to share. Each block was unique and I can't wait to see the finished quilts.

On my way home I visited with Penny McMorris at Electric Quilt it was really good to see her again and catch up. If you are not familiar with the CD 'Folk-art Dreams' that I did with Electric Quilt you will need to seek it out. It has 190 blocks from 5 of my books and it is really fun to design with. And the other great advantage is it is a stand alone program. This is available at my website

I am now packing to leave for Chicago tomorrow to teach at the Prairie Star Quilt Guild.

On my return Aimee, Jason and I are off to New York City for springbreak to visit with Andrew who is at school there. We are planning to visit visit museums, shop and just have a great time together.