See Me on the Next Season of Quilting Arts TV!

QATV1400So while I was off taping my DVD in March, I also taped a few more episodes of Quilting Arts TV!  I’m going to be in episodes 1407 and 1411!  Susan is a fabulous hostess and I know you will love what this new season has in store for you.  You can get a preview of the season and also look up where it’s available in your area here:


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Quilting Arts TV and Me!

The new set for season 13 Once again, I was was asked to be part of the next season of Quilting Arts TV!  I had some great projects that I worked on in secret between all of my work travel for the comic book industry.
Cheryl and Catherine RedfordThis time, my friend Catherine Redford was also taping and she and I were able to travel together and do our tapings on the same day!
Projects on trays in the green roomWe got there and set up each segment onto trays, and then it was the LONG wait until it was our turn to tape.
Cheryl and Pokey on setI did four segments for the new season.    I was really excited to show something really new and I hope I lived up to the challenge!  I also did another dimensional sewing segment, which I hope you will all enjoy too!
More pics from the set


We met bunches of people who were taping also, including Julia Wood, Michelle May, Susan Brubaker Knapp, and Max Hamrick.  Exciting secret projects!Just like that, it was all over, and we packed up to go home.  But there’s more exciting stuff around the corner!  I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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ATCs made for Art For All 2009 and my thoughts on the trip

Throughout this post there are the cards I both painted and quilted for Art for All 2009.
What is Art for All? Well, it’s a gathering of online folks who trade and make ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) over at I’ve been a member for a long time, including being a member of the site it all grew out of,, which is now defunct.

So the idea is that we would all get together, meet, trade, learn techniques from each other, and otherwise generally make stuff and gab. My roommate, the awesome VintagePix, took bunches of photos you can see on her Flickr.
I thought the weekend was great. I had a good time meeting people I have been online buddies with for a while, and the classes were great. Were there some problems? A few, but nothing that “ruined it” for me. Scheduling changed often, which for someone like me is a problem (I like having one plan, and don’t like changing plans). The art room was acknowledged by all to be too small for all of us to work in. But really, those are minor things compared to how much fun we had.
I enjoyed seeing how people interacted as far as trading in person went, because it was so interesting. I don’t know if some folks were prepared for the honesty and “facial reaction” to your trading book as those things are hidden online. I also found it psychologically fascinating as to the value a person places on their art over another person’s. I found the reaction to fabric cards interesting as well, and it was remarked to me once that they did not seem like they took a long time to make (as what? compared to their cards, perhaps?). I believe this perception changed a bit when they saw me sewing them. It was also strange to be called by your online user name all the time! 🙂
I don’t know what I can do logistically to get my sewing machine to the next one if not held in Indianapolis, so we will have to see if I can even attend the next one, but I enjoyed this one a great deal and hope to do it again.

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This ‘n That

I’m glad to be back home, and there’s a lot to be done. My back finally feels better, so I have a “back”log of work to do. The house needs to be cleaned, laundry needs to be done, and the yard work is about to start.

My Fiber Art Divas group is going to have a show at the Naperville Art League in May, which I am very excited about! It means I can finally finish “The Road to Home”, the “big” quilt I am working on. With a goal in mind, maybe it will get finished.

I bought new slippers, which were desperately needed since if my feet are cold I am cold. I found them in the clearance section for $5! I’ve wondered how I can salvage the old slipper parts to make new ones or recycled ones, but it’s more work than it’s worth. It’s why I don’t make my own clothes.

My Yo Yo Flower class went really well, and I hope to teach it elsewhere if I can.

IQA Chicago is coming up and I’m getting excited. Should be a lot of fun!!!

I plan to finish up my March theme this weekend, and work on some ATCs. I am going to an ATC retreat in Indiana in June, so I have to get a bunch of stuff done before then to have “stock” to trade with.

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Bookshelves and an update from Philadelphia

Our new library bookshelves were installed while I was away in Vegas for work. They look quite nice!
The DH and I are visiting his dad in Philadelphia this weekend. Wednesday I fly to Baltimore and plan to visit my quilt friends there, so it will be a couple of weeks before I update with my weekly projects. I’m looking forward to some “non travel” time soon!

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