Monday, April 23, 2012


I thought they called this place HOTLANTA.

Just arrived in Georgia this morning -whew it's cold & windy. Of course I left all my warm clothes in NH.  Murphy's Law for traveling -no matter what you pack, the stuff you wish you packed is not in your suitcase.

 Already hit a great quilt shop today
 Intown Quilters in Decatur -
Lots of eye candy. Beautiful fun,fresh fabrics & patterns, especially if you like the Modern Quilting trend, which I love.
( Noticed that they also have Phyliss Anderson's templates there!)

 Tomorrow night I'm looking forward to presenting a lecture/demo for the
Spirited Quilters Guild in Duluth,GA

Here is a very nice promo for my program:
 Nancy Graham is a New Hampshire fiber artisan.  She has been quilting for over twenty years.  She is from a very crafty family – "they were always doing some kind of project".  She has done almost every form of crafting from sewing clothes, leather work, and tie dyeing to quilting.  There is nothing that she cannot make, but fiber arts have become her main focus.  She dyes and stamps fabric and machine quilts her projects.  One of her batik works has been displayed at the
New England Quilt Museum in Lowell , MA . 
Her lecture will provide the guild with several of her printing and stamping techniques and secrets.  Her style involves using found objects and making stamps from recycled materials.  This may provide guild members some ideas for ‘green’ projects. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Soo Nipi Quilters

We had a wonderful guild program this week presented by Phyliss Anderson.

Phyliss has just written a new book, due out in June, titled  Sweet'N Sassy Templates Diamond Quilts.

Along with her new templates, she has created a foolproof method for creating diamond patterns with ease & accuracy. Although I'm not a traditional quilter I can't wait to try her templates with some hand dyes and bright wild fabrics.

This is the antique quilt that inspired her to design a way to simplify this pattern.

Her trunk show was wonderful and abundant - however I was assisting in holding the quilts and  just didn't get many pictures. The quilts were gorgeous.

Catch more here

Friday, April 20, 2012


Art dolls made from fabric that I've dyed and stamped.
The stamps are handmade, super simple AND FUN. This doll pattern was in Quilting Arts Magazine Issue #8  Winter 2002

I've been dinkin' around with paper clay and air dry clay and these cool face molds. Very easy - just glued onto the dolls. The clay & molds can be found in most craft stores (ie. Michaels or JoAnn's ) usually with the Fimo clay stuff.
*** The face on the 3rd doll is pewter from Artchix