It’s Krampusnacht! Gruß vom Krampus!

krampusIt’s not often you have the right quilt for a pretty obscure holiday, but I love my little Cartoony version of the Krampus.  Not familiar with who the Krampus is? According to Wikipedia, in folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”, who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts.  So Krampus was this obscure thing for a long time, and I knew of him from vintage Christmas post cards from Germany.   Now the Krampus is everywhere, including comic books, movies, and bad tv references.   Dec 5th is the night that Krampus appears in the streets! So Gruß vom Krampus (Greetings from Krampus)!

teaching1copy copyWant to make a Krampus like this one?  I’ll be teaching Cartooning for Quilters in Napa CA at Craft Napa in January 2018.  You can create all sorts of creatures, animals, people and more.  Click here to find out more. 


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Cincinnati International Quilt Festival

I feel like I’m late posting my update from the Cincinnati show, but the past few weeks have been just insane with how busy they have been.  The comic book event I attended downtown in Chicago butted right up against the trip to the quilt show, but it was worth the harried and frazzled nerves for the fun that I had!

The view I left to get to Cincinnati before the Welcome party started! A 5 hour drive later, we were in Cincinnati!  

First order of business, visit with my quilt, Road To Home, which is on the second to last stop on it’s tour. 

Well before the Welcome party was underway, with a great band called After Midnight.  We danced like crazy!! And someone said to me “Are you Muppin?” which always makes my day. (Thanks, Bob! It was great to meet you too!)

Catherine and I getting ready to get our party on.  Judy Coates Perez was also hanging out with us!  See pictures of us on her blog too!

After-party beers and chocolate caramel desserts in the hotel bar, where we got to see folks there for the National Tattoo Association Convention!  They were fun, we got invited to a party, but I was way too tired…  (ha ha)

 Just some of the loot I got by spending just a couple hours on the show floor. What do you not see here?  A table that I bought for my studio!  Yes, a super fancy table is coming in 6 weeks!

I was so happy to see my friend Pokey in her new role with the International Quilt Festival as Chief Creative Officer!  Congrats, Pokey!!  

You have to see the modern quilts done by the Modern Quilt Guild of Cincinnati…  So awesome!  We could not stay for their party, but their display was so inspiring.  Click on their member blogs on their sidebar and check out the exhibit pics.

After this photo, Catherine and I hoofed it back with our loot to the hotel and drove the 5 hours back to Chicagoland.  It rained and it’s a long drive, but worth it!  I met an awesome quilter on line for Starbucks who has a blog called 52 Quilts in 52 weeks!  Sounds like me and my little weekly quilts, right?  Check her blog out!

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My Make It University Class

I’m more than a little overdue to talk about how my awesome class that I taught at Make It University in Houston went.  I was riding that post-Houston “high” and then time just got away from me.  
That said, you can’t really take pictures and stuff while you are teaching, so I am going to rely on my fab friends to fill in…
It’s hard to believe it went by in an hour.  I feel like it was the fastest and slowest hour ever…  But it was so worth it.  I learned just as much as they did, I think!

The class filled up so fast! Pic by Catherine Redford
It was hard to make sure everyone heard your instructions, the microphone helped. Pic by Catherine Redford
You don’t realize how hectic it can be helping 23 people with the project! Pic by Catherine Redford
Making sure everyone’s project lit up was also important! We had 2 dud LEDs in the group.  OOPS! I had it covered with extras, which means “Be prepared!”  Pic by Judy Perez
A quick second to say hi.  It was a lot of fun. Pic by Judy Perez
That’s Lindsey from QA/Interweave, who gave everyone in my class a free magazine!  How cool was that?  Pic by Catherine Redford
You also forget how big a crowd 23 people can be! Pic by Becky Glasby
Yup, a guy took my class!  He was super nice and emailed me after the show to say he had fun. Pic by Becky Glasby
It was important to me to make sure I helped everyone, and tried very hard to make it around to each person as much as I could.  Pic by Becky Glasby
My student’s work!  So cool! Pic by Catherine Redford
This student was from Australia and clipped that little koala onto my shirt as a thank you! I had a great time teaching and hope to do it again! pic by Catherine Redford
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Quilting Arts TV

The cat’s out of the bag, I will be taping a couple of segments for Quilting Arts TV Series 800 while on location in Cincinnati!  

I’m over the moon, of course, and I’m having a blast making my projects for the show. 

Much of this is serendipitous as a result of my fabulous Houston trip, after which I didn’t think things could get much better!  

Thanks so mcuh to all of you who encourage me along the way, I truly appreciate it!

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I’m in the latest QUILTING ARTS!!!!

This was the HARDEST secret (that really ended up not being that secret) I have ever had to keep!!  Especially since subscribers got their issues a few days ago and have been emailing me, and messaging me on Facebook, and even commenting here!
My article was picked up for the 10th anniversary issue of Quilting Arts!  
I’m so excited, I can barely stand it!
It’s available from quilt shops, all the major bookstores, and Quilting Art’s website.  Please go out and get a copy!  
There’s a few cool giveaways I’m planning this month, so get ready, because it’s gonna be an awesome time here!  There’s not enough exclamation points for me to express how cool this is for me! !!!  
This is literally a dream come true.  It’s also one of my major art goals achieved.  Remember way back when when I said I had a dream about this?  I didn’t tell you that the dream resulted in me NOT getting into the magazine.  I was so upset about the dream, and I knew that I would never know how it would really turn out unless I actually submitted the article.  I know many of you replied to my “should I or shouldn’t I” blog post, and I thank you for spurring me on!  
Please let me know what you think of the article, and I will be back with lots of giveaways and fun stuff!  No, really!  Check back often!!!

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