Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop 2019 – I’m a mess.

First of all, you should go to this list of everyone else in the hop and see their amazing studios!! If you are like me, you love to see how other people set up their spaces.

I think I told you that I’ve been travelling a lot. Like, A LOT. This was hard on my poor studio as I had to prep for two TV shows and multiple teaching gigs. At one point I was looking for something and just pulled stuff out of boxes and left it laying there. I would open the studio door and shove stuff inside. Here’s where it was before I started cleaning…

On top of this hideous mess, my poor thread rack had finally weighed the plastic tub it sits on down enough where I could not open the top drawer.

Plus, the top of my ironing board was so stained that I needed a new cover, and I had found the perfect fabric while in New Mexico with an awesome quilt guild!

So the great clean up began. I had to address the thread rack issue since it was an expensive piece of equipment. So I went to IKEA and picked up a drawer unit I had my eye on.

Next up was to tackle the rest of the room and recover the ironing board.

The Ironing board fabric is a skull fabric that matches my sewing chair from Arrow Cabinets.

The rest was just grunt work, picking up my messes and putting away all the tools, fabrics, and junk I pulled out from various places.

You can see the floor! You can see the sewing table! The ironing board is cleaned off! I just have to put away the fabric, but it’s folded and ready to be put away. Also, I just plain have TOO MUCH STUFF, so be sure to follow me on Facebook so you can be part of some giveaways!

I want to take a moment and shout out all the blog hoppers on this year’s Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop for making it the best one yet! Be sure to go visit each of these blogs and give them some love!

The 5th Annual Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hoppers!

April 29 – Linda Bratten – http://lindabcreative.blogspot.com/
April 30 – Sandra Johnson – http://www.sandrajohnsondesigns.com
May 1 – Jennifer Schifano Thomas – http://www.Curlicuecreations.com
May 2 – Becca Fenstermaker – http://www.prettypiney.com
May 3 – Sue Griffiths – http://www.duckcreekmountainquilting.com
May 4 – Kate Starcher – http://katiemaequilts.com/blog
May 5 – Jo Westfoot – http://www.thecraftynomad.co.uk/blog
May 6 – Sam Hunter – http://www.huntersdesignstudio.com
May 7 – Simone Fisher – http://simonequilts.com/blogs/news
May 8 – Elisabeth DeMoo- http://www.brownbirddesignsquilts.com
May 9 – Sarah Myers –  http://www.quilted-diary.com/blog
May 10 – Amy Bradley – http://www.purplepineapplestudio.com
May 11 – Kathy Nutley – http://www.QuiltingsByKathy.com
May 12 – Carla Henton – http://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/
May 13 – Sherry Shish – http://www.poweredbyquilting.com
May 14 – Kate Colleran – http://www.seamslikeadream.com/blog
May 15 – Pamela Boatright – https://www.pamelaquilts.com/
May 16 – Cathy McKillip – http://wishuponaquilt.com/blog
May 17 – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com

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The QATV Blog Hop Stop – Plus a Giveaway!

What a great idea it was to introduce everyone from this season of Quilting Arts TV by doing a blog hop!  I’ve been on the show a few fair number of times, and I have even had people tell me they recognize me by my hair, which is pretty neat!

Here’s a few behind the scenes photos of the show and set…

Make up! I do my own hair for the show, but I had it colored the week before by my very talented stylist Cara.

Selfie time!  I’m known to post these fun selfies on Instagram all the time.  IMG_2711

Susan and I taped an episode about using Sharpie markers for tie dye effects on fabric!

We also taped one about using shaving cream to make marbled prints on your fabric with acrylic inks.

Sounds like fun, right?  I can’t wait for you to try these methods in your fiber art.

sharpieTo that end, I’m giving away a 24 pack of Sharpie Markers so you can try this at home!  And you can also use them for your journaling, drawing, and other stuff too.  Here are the rules:

1.  Please only enter one time.  Multiple entries will be disqualified. (Comments are moderated, so you won’t see your entry online right away)
2. International entries are welcome!
3. You must leave me a way to contact you, so please leave your valid email address when leaving a comment.
4. The drawing will be open until Tuesday July 29th at 5:00 PM CST.
5. The winner will be chosen randomly the evening of July 29th.  Check back to see if you are the winner!  GOOD LUCK

Now, leave a comment, and go visit these other fine folks in the blog hop!!
July 18: Vivika DeNegre 
July 19: Luana Rubin /Linda Friedman 
July 20: Sarah Ann Smith /Karen Gloeggler
July 21: Carrie Bloomston/ Catherine Redford that’s me!!
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

***COMMENTS ARE CLOSED*** Check back for the winner shortly!

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Announcing the Blog Hop for my DVD!

I admit that I don’t like to watch myself on TV. I’ve acted in productions throughout high school and college, and have lots of public speaking experience through my day job in the comic book industry. But when I’m recorded, I just can’t bring myself to watch it. I am my own worst critic. I see everything that’s wrong with my own work, and a recording of me speaking is no different.
We had a little fun when I sat down to watch my DVD. I thought it would be neat to record myself, watching myself. Then my dear husband edited it down to just the “good parts”. If you want a little laugh, take a look here:

I’m happy to announce my blog hop for my DVD starts TODAY! WAHOO!

First up is Susan Brubaker Knapp. I’m a huge fan of her work. Her painted surface quilts and gorgeous stitching are a real treat. I think what I like best about Susan is that she’s one of those folks who shares her knowledge with others. When I met her finally on the set of Quilting Arts this past March, she was just the person I expected her to be: kind, helpful, interesting, and extremely talented! Please check out her blog over at http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/ and take look at her artwork. While you are there, comment on her blog post to win some cool prizes!

Each day of the hop, I’ll post here, but here’s the list so you can follow along. Check them all out, they are all super fabulous folks who I’m proud to call my friends!

June 9 – Susan Brubaker Knapp – http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
June 10 – Maddie Kertay – http://www.badassquilterssociety.com/
June 11 – Faith Jones – http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/
June 12 – Lynn Krawczyk – http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/blog/
June 13 – Julie Creus – http://www.latodera.com/blog
June 16 – Catherine Redford – http://catherineredford.com/
June 17 – Megan Dougherty – http://thebitchystitcher.com/
June 18 – Pokey Bolton – http://pokeysponderings.com/
June 19 – Jamie Fingal – http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
June 20 – Cheryl Sleboda – http://muppin.com/wordpress/index.php/blog/

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BLOG HOP PARTY! (and giveaway!!)



Welcome to my little corner of the world for a giveaway!  So what am I thankful for?  EVERYTHING!  I can’t believe how far my quilting career has come. I’m also super thankful to Michele at the Quilting Gallery for the opportunity for this awesome giveaway!!

If you are new to my blog, welcome!  Please poke around my website, check out my art, sign up for my newsletter, like me on Facebook, etc to follow along on my adventures.

RDxI’m going to be giving away a DELUXE LED SEWING KIT so that you too can put lights into your quilts or sewing project!  This kit includes:

1 sewable Battery Holder
1 CR2032 20 mm battery
3 yards of conductive thread
2 LEDs (you get to pick red or yellow)
Directions on how to sew your circuit
Muppin.com lapel pin
Bonus outline design for a mini Zombie quiltlet!

To win, here’s the rules:

1.  Please only enter one time.  Multiple entries will be disqualified. (Comments are moderated, so you won’t see your entry online right away)
2. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to residents of the USA.
3. You must leave me a way to contact you, so please leave your valid email address when leaving a comment.
4. The drawing will be open until Nov 26th at 5:00 PM CST.
5. The winner will be chosen randomly the evening of Nov 26th.  Check back to see if you are the winner!


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How I Started Sewing/Quilting Blog Hop

This is the third stop on a 10-stop blog hop exploring how quilters and sewists got started quilting and sewing. The complete list of blogs with links is at the end of this post.

When my sister Cory was born (1983, I was 10), my mom made a crib bunting set for the baby’s room, and I used the patterns for an accompanying mobile and made some stuffed ornaments out of the fabric.

My very first machine sewing project was a tote bag and a chef’s cap in my 6th grade art class, by Mrs. Fisher at Burr Oak Elementary School in Calumet Park IL. In 8th grade, where I transferred to Central Park Middle School halfway through the year and in Home Ec our project was to make a pair of hideous Bermuda shorts (it was 1987).  I sewed SUPER FAST, and I had already learned how to sew in 6th grade. I was done before anyone else, and the poor teacher had nothing to give me to do for the next 2 weeks, so she gave me little embroidery kits to do for extra credit. Sadly, these projects are also lost to time, but that’s not so bad considering the Bermuda shorts. At this point, my grandmother gave me a sewing machine for Christmas, and I used it to start a costuming side business and I thought that theatre was going to be my college major.

One of the quilts finished at my in-laws.

One of the quilts finished at my in-laws. Me with awful hair.

In 1996, I moved to Baltimore to move in with a guy I met on that thing called “the internet”. We were going to get married, but I moved to the area without any family ties or employment. Everyday, I walked to stores, banks, businesses, etc to look for a job, but each day I walked back home and sat in a clean apartment with nothing to do but watch Rikki Lake. So, I asked to be driven to a JoAnn’s so I could find a hobby project to keep my hands busy, and I came upon the Jo-Anns Block of the month kits. Add Grandma’s sewing machine and the rest was history, but sadly this quilt is not finished yet. I’m still quilting it.

Those sewing skills came in handy as I made my wedding dress and my husband’s wedding clothes for our Halloween/Rennaisance wedding. I found out that quilting was something my husband’s family did, and I was heavily encouraged to keep quilting by my mother in law and grandmother in law. We had a couple of quilt bees at their house with tops made by me, on quilt rails that were handed down from great great grandmothers. I was/am thrilled to be part of their history.

My first quilt.

My first quilt.

My first finished quilt project is this Ugly Fabric Challenge from the Baltimore Heritage Quilt Guild which I had joined just a few months prior to get out and meet people in Baltimore. This hideous thing was also my first attempt at machine quilting. That echo quilting in the center nearly broke Grandma’s old machine to do. It didn’t have feed dogs that dropped or anything. This quilt is my cats’ favorite, and it’s laid out each day on the kitchen table for them to nap on.

The ladies of the Baltimore Heritage Quilter’s Guild inspired me to become an art quilter, and art quilters like Cathy Kleeman, Martha Gilbert, Amy Selmanoff, Joan Levin, and countless others became who I wanted to emulate. I made lots of art pieces, and Journal quilting was popular. In 2007, my last year in Baltimore, I started my weekly quilt series, and well, my whole art career started at that point. You know the rest! My latest quilt, Geschwindigkeit (Speed), is currently at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA and will be going to Houston.


Follow along on the Blog Hop to the next stop or to the stops already posted!  Be sure to leave comments!
Aug 1. Cyndi Zacheis Souder – http://moonlightingquilts.wordpress.com/
Aug 2. Becky Glasby – http://bumblebzs.blogspot.com/
Aug 3. Cheryl Sleboda – http://muppin.com/wordpress/index.php/blog/
Aug 4. Barb Forrister – http://www.barbforrister.com/category/blog
Aug 5. Jackie White – http://jabotquilt.blogspot.com/
Aug 6. Tracy Mooney – http://www.3littlebrds.com/
Aug 7. Lisa Chin – http://somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com
Aug 8. Laura Krasinski – http://laurakrasinskisartontherun.blogspot.com/
Aug 9. Catherine Redford – http://catherineredford.com/blog/
Aug 10. Sylvia Lewis – http://bunchberrystudio.blogspot.com/

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