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Little Fabric Boxes

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Posted 5/11/15


We had our second annual fundraiser this year for the Idaho State University Department of Art, Art a la Carte. The whole department came together to hold open studios, a chili and cornbread dinner, and a silent art auction. Our fundraising this year will be used for student scholarships and visiting artists.  I had some art to donate, but I also wanted to include a small gift item, not just something to hang on the wall. I made these charming little fabric boxes from a wonderful pattern from Carol Fletcher. My version includes screenp rinting, stamping, collage, and machine quilting.

Carol Fletcher, designer of this Little Treasures quilt pattern, has had this pattern featured in Quilting Arts magazine issues. It is currently available as part of a free Quilting Arts e-book here. It is part of the Small Projects e-book project.

Thank you for sharing, Carol!



Appalachian Center for Craft Workshop Instructor Exhibition 2014

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Posted June 17, 2014

The Appalachian Center for Craft 2014 Workshop Instructor Exhibition is open! Stop by the beautiful campus near Smithville, Tennessee and have a bite in the cafe, take a hike, and see all of the amazing artwork. The exhibition runs through July 13, 2014.

For this exhibition, I created a new triptych: Botanique I, II and III. Each piece is mounted to a 12″x12″x1/2″ stretched canvas. I created these pieces this spring as an Idaho winter was slowly ending. I love the bright greens of spring!



Detail view. Stitching with variegated thread.




Botanique II. Created with quilts consisting of two layers of artist hand dyed batting, machine stitched between layers of black Kona cotton fabric.


Botanique III

Boutanique layout

Botanique I, II and III as a triptych. They can be displayed either vertically or horizontally.


Botanique I. Here you can see the edge detail of the painted canvas and the depth of the quilt pieces extending from the surface of the back quilt.


There are still spots in many workshops. For more information about the Appalachian Center for Craft workshops this summer:

Appalachian Center for Craft workshop July 14-19

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Posted May 26, 2014

Join me for a workshop this July at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. The workshop is Dye It, Resist It, Rust It!

Explore textiles and surface design in this exciting and dynamic experimental class. Students will learn how to add pattern
to cloth with resists, rust effects, textile paints and dye. Investigate many surface design avenues including: imagery transfer methods, hand created stamps and stencils, sun prints, and found objects used to alter the textile surface. Textiles created in this class can be used in a multitude of ways including art cloth, art quilts, fashion, sewing and book projects.

The facility is truly a beautiful retreat setting. I got to visit this last fall and take a tour of the studios and facilities. Just amazing!


We will have an incredible and messy week!

For more information, please contact me at or the Appalachian Center for Craft, Tennessee Tech University at (931) 372-3051.

The online catalog for all of their workshops and classes can be found here:



College of Western Idaho – Natural Plant Dye Workshop

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Posted 11/1/13

I visited the College of Western Idaho Art Club in Nampa, ID this month to provide a Natural Plant Dye Workshop. Here are some images of the excited and wonderful students. :)


We had some logwood sawdust to play with, which made some lovely shades of violet.


A local restaurant saved us some avocado pits so we could get that luscious pink.


Everyone went home with some samples and (hopefully) ideas.


Thank you to the wonderful professors and students at CWI for a really successful trip!


Textile Books

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Posted 1/12/13


I worked on a few books this weekend and thought I’d post some images. The book above has a quilted cover that uses a scrap of some great mixed media fabric I made several years ago in a workshop with Judy Coates Perez. She’s amazing. I layered some batiks on top and included some watercolor paper for the interior pages.


To make these 4 miniature books (4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″), I use some of my dyed batting and black and white cotton scraps for the covers. I used interfacing in the middle to increase the stability. For the book construction, I just used a stitch length of 5 and sewed right down the signature with my machine!

quiltedbook113c.jpg This last book is for my upcoming niece’s birthday. She’s still a kindergartener, so I hope I can post without her finding the images. :) She is such a great kid. I always go home finding little piece of art or secrets tucked in my bag somewhere. I thought I’d make her a sketchbook/journal with lots of hiding places.

quiltedbook113c3.jpg I had to include a little bit of skull fabric so she’d know it was made by me! My sister found this fun skull fabric for me. The signatures are stitched in with a medieval long stitch binding using some hand dyed perle cotton thread from Laura Wasilowski.

quiltedbook113c2.jpg This last image shows a detail of some of the pages. I sewed in some envelopes and library book pockets so that she will have more places to hide her treasures.

I will be teaching a textile bookmaking class for the 2013 Surface Design Association in San Antonio, Texas. Registration opens this week. See you there!

Upcoming classes at Long Beach and Houston Quilt Festivals

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Posted 05/07/12

I’ll  be teaching some fun new classes for Quilts, Inc. this year. I thought a sneak peek would be in order. These will be fun, action packed classes. I hope to see you there! Here are images and descriptions of the 3 classes that I am teaching for the International Quilt Festivals at Long Beach and Houston 2012. If you have any questions about the supply lists in the catalogs at , please feel free to email me.


1) Quilted Sketchbook – This class is a hybrid: you get both book arts and quilting. Design a book full of creative possibilities enclosed in your own unique quilted cover. Learn how to use book arts techniques and a medieval binding stitch to wrap it up. These books make great journals or sketchbooks, and are excellent gifts for special people in your life. This is a full day class, we will design and quilt the cover in the morning and then comeback to use the book binding techniques to stitch in the pages in the afternoon.


2) Stamps, Stencils and Image Inspiration – This is an exciting mixed media class for art quilters. Alter your textile surfaces with simple techniques, handmade tools, textile paints and found objects. Explore creative exercises to generate your own unique imagery for mixed media compositions. This is a half day class full of great techniques.


3) Fused Fabric Postcards -  Discover techniques for unique mailable gifts and art quilts. Explore journal quilting to chronicle experiences and investigate larger quilt ideas. Delve into inspiration tools to create imaginative compositions. This is a half day class full of fusing fun.

I look forward to seeing you at the quilt festivals this year for some quilting fun!

Surface Design Association Conference

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Posted 6/23/11

I had a lovely time at the Surface Design Association Conference this month! I traveled to the lovely city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I saw so many lovely images and met lots of interesting artists.  As the SDA Creative Promise Award for Student Excellence Graduate Recipient for 2010, I also have a lovely spread in the current issue of the Surface Design Journal.


My work is still on display through August in the fair city of St. Paul in the Currents show at the Larson Gallery on the University of Minnesota Campus. I was pleased to be able to see the Surface Design Association Student Show in person.  Envy was awarded Second Place in this show!



I thought I’d share a few links of the lovely things you will want to purchase or investigate that I garnered during the conference. Enjoy!

Books and Resources:

India Flint, Natural Plant Dyes and Techniques
Book: Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles

Chunghie Lee, Korean Wrapping Bundles
New Book: Bojagi and Beyond
Order through

Carolyn Kallenborn, Woven Lives DVD about Oaxacan Weaving Traditions.

Natalie Alabama Chanin, USA Cottage Hand Sewn Sustainable Clothing
Books: Alabama Stitch Book

Alabama Studio Style

Cave Paper: Handmade Papers by Amanda Degener and Bridget O’Malley

Spoonflower, Custom Printed Fabrics

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Book Arts Residencies/Fellowships

LFN Textiles: Artist’s Ribbons by Laura Foster Nicholson

Jiyoung Chung: Joomchi, traditional Korean Papermaking process
Book: Joomchi and Beyond

It takes a village

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Posted 5/10/11


A lovely group of fiber artists, led and curated by the fabulous Kathy York, have created a group fiber exhibit: “It takes a village”. I hope you get to see it in person soon at a venue near you! We were each invited to make a unique house for the village. I was truly delighted to make something really fun and whimsical!  As I searched for an idea, I knew I had found it when I decided to make a tree house.


My tree house is nestled into two trees, structurally created with Peltex interfacing. I used my own hand dyed fabrics, as well as some commercial batiks that I over painted to get them to the color and surface texture that I wanted. The tree leaves were created with my dyed cotton batting and commercial black and white print fabrics, backed with interfacing.

Any house of mine needs a skull banner to be inhabitable. However, my favorite part is the rope ladder! I hope you enjoy your studio tour of our village.

Check out all of the contributing artists and their lovely work. Join us for the rest of our blog tour!

Susan Else (website) May 2

Frances Holliday Alford May 3

Pamela Allen (website) May 4

Frieda Anderson May 5

Lisa Call May 6

Jane Davila May 9

Naomi Adams May 10

Jamie Fingal May 11

Barb Forrister May 12

Vickie Hallmark May 13

Connie Hudson May 16

Leslie Jenison May 17

Sherri McCauley May 18

Judy Perez May 19

Melanie Testa May 20

Laura Wasilowski May 23

Kathy York May 24


Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Posted 2/1/11


Fluvial, 2010, 32″ x 48″ x 2″

I just thought I’d post some recent sculptural fiber work that I have created. I’ll be working on getting all of my new work on the regular part of my website soon!

This piece was created as I was thinking about water, rivers and different views of landscapes. This piece references an aerial view of a meandering river. The lovely turquoise color that you see is my hand dyed cotton batting, which is exposed to your view when I cut up my quilts and reassemble them into these quilted collages.

Fluvial was exhibited at the Waterways: Rivers on the Edge exhibition in 2010, where it received a juror’s award.

Maybe this will help keep your thoughts warm thinking of lovely summer river adventures during these days of winter!


Quilter’s Guild of Dallas workshop

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Posted 10/15/10


We had a great time at my Surface Design Exploration workshop last Saturday for the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas! We painted, stamped, transferred, carved and glued all day. We made a lot of white fabric a lot more interesting! Just sharing a few photos of our great group of students.


I full expect to see fabric created in this workshop as ACEO’s, Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts, or Mini quilts for the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas auction!


I’ll leave you with a tiny self portrait of myself as Dr. Horrible, ala Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long-blog. It is almost Halloween, you know.


My sister of Puking Pastilles, has a free Dr. Horrible embroidery pattern sheet! I transferred her “goggles” image onto my digital print of a self portrait in fuschia. I used the CitraSOLV transfer technique that we did in class last Saturday. Super easy and fun! Even long distance we can collaborate.