A month away to my first show of 2022!

I’ll be teaching at the International Sewing Arts Festival, a new show by the folks who do Road to California Quilt Show. The show takes place in Ontario California on January 13-15, 2022.

I’m teaching:

Fantasy Shield For Cosplay – Learn EVA Foam Basics

Intro To E-Textiles: Light Up Your Sewing Projects!

Heirloom Handwork For Historic Reenactment Or Cosplay

Magic Fabric Manipulation By Machine

Cosplay Faux Fur Ears And Tail

Some of these classes are NEW and never before seen, and none of them have been done in California before! Be sure to sign up today!

Not only that, but I will have an exhibit of my cosplays at the show! I’m sew excited!!

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Crossing a HUGE project off my list.

Remember when I said I had made a huge list of Quilt Shops and we were doing this virtual wholesale show?

Well, we have been crazily, madly, fervently working to get this giant mailing out to each of them. Yes, in the mail!

Shops are super busy and I know that they sometimes don’t look at their emails. But I am hopeful that this mailer will get their attention and get them to sign up!

This project wore us OUT. This was so physical. It’s hard to explain. But trust me, this was a full body workout each day for a week!

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Back to a big comic convention!

It’s hard to believe that almost 2 years have gone by since Charlie and I went to a comic convention together. But we did go to C2E2, usually held in February, now held in Dec. I have a feeling the show runners needed to get a convention “on the books” for the year, and put it just 2 weeks away from Christmas.

I had super mixed feelings about going. What if I regret not setting up a booth for our Sew Much Cosplay business? What about seeing comic friends and feeling sad nostalgia about my comics career? What if it’s super crowded and I feel claustrophobic? In the end, I was super glad I went! Charlie and I had a great time. It wasn’t as crowded, I did see friends I was thrilled to see, and damn I miss cons. I wish I would have cosplayed, but in the end, we went casual, as fans, and had a good time.

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Do you have dreams of a place you once visited?

I used to work in the theatre. Like for real, a paying job in the theatre industry! This , of course, was WELL before my career in the comic book industry, which started in 1997.

I used to work for a children’s theatre company called Soupstone Productions. I was a little bit of everything to this company, and one of my jobs during the show was to run the lights.

Did I mention this was an old movie and vaudeville theatre built in 1919? It even had a Wurlitzer organ. But it’s lighting system has not changed since then and the old light board was hand cranked! I loved working here.

Charlie and I went to see a Christmas movie at the theatre and it brought back all the memories. I still remember climbing up in the rafters to that dome and adjusting those lights. And running the spotlight from the projection booth. And the basement dressing rooms. I still have dreams of this place and the shows there. (and this Christmas song makes me CRY every time…)

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Do you sleep under the quilts you make?

I rarely make a bed quilt. I mean it. It’s SUPER RARE. It’s not that I don’t have the ability. It’s just that my inclination for quilts is for art quilts. For the wall.

That’s why when I went on my retreat with Amy, I was super STOKED to be able to sleep under a quilt I made. The Skull Flake quilt is just at a twin size, so I was able to take it with me and sleep under it. My friend tells me that sleeping under your own quilt is good luck. I hope that it works!

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