Wednesday, February 4, 2015


All this cold weather - perfect for hunkering down and 
making stuff. I have boxes & boxes of fabric that I have dyed, stamped, printed, painted, you name it, I have probably tried most surface design techniques. So now what ? I really need to make stuff. I will never use it all up because, of course, I keep making more fabric. 

Here is some painted canvas that I've had in my stash for years. I really need to get over the "not wanting to cut it up" stage. 

 I did manage to cut up a few pieces to make these little zippered pouches. 

 There are lots of tutorials everywhere. I wanted to do those little tabs on the ends of the zippers for a nice finished look.My first 2 tries did not come out well at all - puckery and messy. 

For the 3rd one I did not topstitch along the fabric next to the zipper and it came out nice and neat.


  TAH DAH !!

Monday, October 21, 2013


I had such a good time doing a presentation for the  Plymouth County Cranberry Quilters in Massachusetts last week. What a fun group. (Thanks to Phyllis for inviting me.)  

I wanted to bring along a few new things I was working on.
 Canvas printed with handmade stamps & found objects.


 Mobile made from leaf prints
 Wallhanging (strip pieced using hand dyed fabrics & machine quilted)

Sunday, October 20, 2013


I did my
 "Tons of  Time-Tested, Tried & True, Terrific Textile Design Tips & Techniques for the Timid, Trepidatious & Truly Terrified"
workshop a few weeks ago with the Northern Lights Quilt Guild
in Lebanon,NH.
As always I learned as much from them as they learned from me. That's how it is when you get a group of creative people together and you explore all the things you can do using some basic supplies and simple, easy techniques.
Here's a sampling of some of the cool fabrics they created.
Click on image to see larger view 

This was a really fun day!!!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


A beautiful spring day in Portsmouth, NH.
I grew up on Long Island Sound and I really miss the beach - so we headed to the coast yesterday for some ocean breeze and the smell of salt air.
 A perfect day for my birthday!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Hanover, NH
What a great time I had, vending my hand dyed fabrics, this past weekend.
My guild really puts on one hell of a quilt show. The creative energy from this group is contagious.
I always come home jazzed up to try new things.

Here's my booth - there's only so much you can do under the basketball hoop
 at the end of the school gym!



Monday, August 13, 2012


Another great class 
We put the TEXT into TEXTiles
Stamping - Stenciling - Printing
A wonderful exchange of ideas & techniques

Aren't these fabric postcards cool ?

( I really must stop & take more pics -
 I got caught up in things & just barely got this shot as we were packing up )


This week's class will be FABRIC PAINTING
I can't wait to see what the participants will come up with.
I must say particpants NOT students because we all learn so much from each other
 - I always leave with lots of new things to try.  
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Sunday, July 29, 2012


Look at the cool stuff that the women in my stamping & printing class did !!!
I was so excited with the way they just picked up on the techniques
 & then just let their creativity fly.

These techniques & tools are so simple that everyone can unleash all kinds
 of new ideas and ways to use their creations.

 I was having so much fun that I forgot to take pictures until the end
 and some of the pieces were already packed away & out the door.
They were all so unique & gorgeous.

What I loved was how we all kept discovering new ways to play
 with all the crazy found objects.  

Leslie brought these great lunch bags to print on - aren't they wonderful?

Everyone seemed to gravitate toward their own personal color palettes
 - very interesting how the same techniques produced such uniquely different art.

And, as always, I get as many new ideas from everyone else as I hope I give to them.
 It's all about sharing & bouncing things off of each other.
 Creative energy at it's best.

Thanks girls - I had a BLAST.

P.S. Don't forget to check out the exhibit at the Newport Library Arts Center (
 The Written Word show opened on Friday - the pieces are so interesting. I'm thrilled to have a piece in the exhibit.
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