Recap of my visit with the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild

The fine ladies of the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild invited me to speak and teach at their guild in early February.  They wanted to learn about eTextiles, and I was so happy to oblige!

The lecture, “Intro to eTextiles” was a big hit!  Check out the packed room of members!

packedroomI also was able to set up my flashy, blinky, and lit up artwork, as well as sell some kits.


The two day class started with 6 inches of snow in the Chicago area overnight, and I woke up thinking that maybe they would cancel the class.  When I got to the parking lot, it was plowed and waiting for students!  Nineteen of the 21 students showed up!  That’s AMAZING!  These were dedicated needleworkers, and they wanted to learn, which is what I hoped I gave them!

We made eTextile books on the first day, and light up voodoo/squeeze dolls the second.  We had such a good time.  Look at the amazing work they made!

Student Work

More Student Work

Even More Student Worktoothdecay

That was some really fantastic work by my students and I am proud to share it with you.  As always, if you want me to teach or lecture to your guild, I’d be excited to book a date.

For booking details, click here.

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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 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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International Quilt Festival – Chicago – June 20th- 23rd!

Hey everyone!  I’ll be in lots of places at the Chicago Quilt Festival in Rosemont IL, so come on out and see me, will ya? I’m making samples and kits like crazy, including all new, never before seen fabric manipulations for the Heirloom Sewing demos I’ll be doing.  Dimensional Experiments

Don’t forget that Schwerkraft, my Modern Log Cabin quilt, will be in the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit at the show!  Check out my crazy schedule and I hope you will stop by and see me.

Thursday (Preview Night)
7pm -9pm Open Studios: Cartooning For Quilters

10 am to 12 Noon – Open Studios: Heirloom Dimensional Sewing
2 pm to 4pm- Open Studios: Light Up Your Quilts!
7pm – Rosemont Hilton (Across the street from the Convention center) – Modern Meet Up!!

12 Noon to 2 pm- Open Studios: Cartooning for Quilters
3 pm to 4pm – Create on the Spot! – Light Up Artist Trading Cards! ($10 Make n Take)
4 pm to 6pm – Open Studios: Heirloom Dimensional Sewing

10:45 am to 11:45 am – Create on the Spot! – Light Up Artist Trading Cards! ($10 Make n Take)
12 Noon to 2 pm – Open Studios: Light Up Your Quilts!

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This is my most recent e-textile piece, called Dunkelheit.  The name means “darkness” in German.  This piece is sound reactive, using a Schemer board from aniomagic.  It was easy to program, and I love the effect it makes in the piece.
This is the companion piece to “Shattered” which was rendered in cream colored fabric.  
I hope to get the video on this piece done just after the new year so you can see it.  It’s really a great effect.

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