Mixing It Up with Landscapes – Gallery Show

Not too long ago, I taught a class at the Cotton Patch in Lafayette called “Mixing It Up with Landscapes.” It was a fun class of enthusiastic students interested in learning new mixed media techniques. This is a little more complicated design challenge than the pattern version of the class, and the students were working on larger pieces. As a result, not all the quilts got completed during the class, although many were close to being done. Here are some of those that have been completed. Hope you enjoy them!

Susie Sockol's Quilt

Susie Sockol’s Quilt


Susan Lane's Quilt

Susan Lane’s Quilt


Karen Swift's Quilt

Karen Swift’s Quilt

Workshop at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles – Mixing It Up

Shear Delight No 2 - reducedI will be teaching “Mixing It Up” in October at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The Museum is planning to expand their educational activities and is starting with my workshop. I am thrilled to be able to teach this class in the Yvonne Porcella Room of the Museum. This is my 2-day workshop that focuses on mixed media work with art quilting.

In the class, we make 12” square art quilts focusing on pattern design using fabric, papers, and paint. This class provides a wonderful atmosphere for creativity and experimentation. A sewing machine that can do free-motion stitching is required.

The class is on Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 2014, from 12:00am – 4:00pm. The fees are $95 for Museum members and $115 for non-members, plus a $25 class supply fee due at registration. A student supply list is available at the time of registration. To register, go to the Museum website at http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/calendar_october2014.html.

The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is located at 520 South First Street, San Jose, California. Hope you can join us for this fun class.

Mixing It Up with Art Quilts at the Firehouse Arts Center

Autumn Song No. 4I am doing another workshop at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton, California. The workshop is called “Mixing It Up with Art Quilts.” It will be my 2-day workshop focusing on mixed media work with art quilting. In the class, we make 12” square art quilts focusing on pattern design using fabric, papers, and paint. This class provides a wonderful atmosphere for creativity and experimentation. A sewing machine that can do free-motion stitching is required.

The class is on Saturday-Sunday, November 8-9, 2014, from 10:00am – 4:00pm. The fees are $95 for residents of Pleasanton and $105 for non-residents with a $15 class supply fee due at registration. A student supply list is available at the time of registration. To register, contact the City of Pleasanton Community Services Department or online at http://www.pleasantonfun.com and use the barcode of #58672.

The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, California.

First Day Quilting!

Jeremiah SewingWhat a fun day I had with my youngest grandkids! We had our first quilting day, and Jeremiah (almost 9 years old) and Emma (6 years old) did a fantastic job. I had bought an old featherweight Singer sewing machine, and their Mom, Katie, had one, too. So we used these two machines. They were perfect for little guys to use, simple and easy to operate. Jeremiah was able to thread it, put thread on the bobbin, and trouble shoot simple problems. Both children were able to sew without any problems.

Jeremiah's First QuiltOur project was very simple. I put together a backing/batting combination that was held together with Misty Fuse and put together a little bag of fabric scraps. Using Elmer’s Purple Vanishing glue, the kids cut out fabric shapes and glued them onto the batting. I told them to totally cover all the batting, which Jeremiah did. Emma decided she wanted hers to be a certain shape, which was also fine. Then they quilted their pieces, added stitching around the edges, and trimmed them. They are so proud of their finished pieces.

Emma's First Quilt

Landscape Impressions with a Twist Workshop

Nancy Ryan and I just finished teaching a 3-day workshop at the Cotton Patch in Lafayette. The workshop is called Landscape Impressions with a Twist. The goal of the class is to teach the student how to make a landscape with an applique in it, using small pieces of fabric. We had such talented students. I wanted to show you the results of the class, even though these quilts are not quite finished yet. Some of them still have some pins in them to hold them together. Others are in the process of being quilted, and some are ready to be bound. This is truly “eye candy.” Enjoy!

Sue McCann

Sue McCann

Leticia Chung

Leticia Chung

Sandy Allen

Sandy Allen

Karen Reiter

Karen Reiter

Susan Rasmussen

Susan Rasmussen

Lynne Douglas

Lynne Douglas

Freddy Moran

Freddy Moran

Mixing It Up on the Monterey Peninsula

Recently, I was privileged to teach a 2-day workshop at the Monterey Peninsula Quilt Guild in Pacific Grove. We had a wonderful time, and most everyone completed her piece. I don’t have a final photo from everyone, so if you haven’t sent me your finished images, please do so, and I will add it to our gallery here. These are mixed media art quilts mounted on gallery wrapped canvas. I hope everyone gets inspired by these creative works of art! Enjoy!

Quilt 5
Quilt 4
Quilt 3
Quilt 2
Quilt 1
Pam's Quilt
Nora's Quilt
Margaret's Quilt
Carole's Quilt
Day of the Dead
Gail Abeloe's Quilt
Helen's Quilt
Barbara's Quilt

Teaching at Empty Spools Seminars 2015

As a result of being Featured Artists at Empty Spools Seminars in May 2013, Nancy Ryan and I have been asked to teach our fabric impressions technique in 2015 at Empty Spools Seminars. The workshops take place at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. We couldn’t be more honored and delighted. We are teaching in Session II from Friday, February 27, 2015 – Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Mountain MeadowThis is an outstanding organization providing excellent workshops at a beautiful ocean-side State Park. If you have never had the privilege of participating in one of these events, you should consider taking one of the workshops. You get instruction from 3-6 hours each day depending on the day, plus you can work later if you want. There are teacher presentations in the evening meetings with a participant show/share/tell to inspire everyone. One night each session, we have a walk-around to see what everyone is doing in the classes. It is so exciting and inspiring to see the quality of the work being done. To top it all off, you get 3 excellent, healthy meals a day, and you don’t have to make your bed!

Here is one of my quilts made in this technique called Mountain Meadow. I hope you will be able to come and join us in this delightful setting. Check the Empty Spools website at
www.emptyspoolsseminars.com for registration information on all of the workshops.

Workshops at The Cotton Patch

Nancy and me - workshop teachersLast weekend, my friend Nancy Ryan and I co-taught a quilting workshop called Landscape Impressions. The 11 women in the class had varying levels of experience, but all were able to produce a great start on their quilts and get them pinned and/or partially quilted. It was a fun weekend for everyone. When I get some images from the students on their finished work, I will publish these images on my blog. We will be teaching another class in June called Landscape Impressions with a Twist that will include some applique work in the quilts along with the impressionistic technique that we use. Here’s Nancy (left) and me in our classroom at The Cotton Patch in Lafayette.

I will also be teaching the second in my series of mixed media workshops in the beginning of July. That class is called Mixing It Up with Landscapes. I am including the use of mixed media (fabric, paper, paint, embellishments) in the landscape format. Lots of fun things to learn! I will update my calendar as the teaching schedule gets confirmed.

Inspirations from My Students

Last weekend I taught a class at Cotton Patch in Layfayette, California, called Mixing It Up. In this workshop, I taught mixed media techniques in fabric, paper, paint, and embellishments. My students were wonderful, talented fiber artists and produced some very creative work. I was totally inspired by their efforts. Everyone pushed themselves beyond their normal processes to learn something new. I would like to share a gallery of their work with the readers of this blog. I hope you are inspired by their work to try some new techniques of your own.

Adriane Dedic

Adriane Dedic


Aileyn Ecob

Aileyn Ecob


Diane Burnley

Diane Burnley


Beverlee Taylor

Beverlee Taylor


Dolores Roseveare

Dolores Roseveare


Jan Maxwell

Jan Maxwell


Jean Jurgenson

Jean Jurgenson


Pam Jensen

Pam Jensen


Sue McCann

Sue McCann


Susan Sockol

Susan Sockol


Tish Chung

Tish Chung


Valerie Yeaton

Valerie Yeaton

Landscape Impressions at the Cotton Patch

Dogwood ForestIn the second class at the Cotton Patch, I will be teaching with Nancy Ryan. The class is called Landscape Impressions. This is a 2-day class where we will be making small 18” x 24” art quilts of landscapes from the personal photographs of the students. We will be cutting small pieces of fabric, which are then scattered over the background/batting/backing to make an impressionistic landscape. This technique works best with batiks and solids.

This class is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, 10:00am – 4:00pm. Cotton Patch is located at 1025 Brown Avenue, Lafayette, California 94549. Their telephone is 925-284-1177 to reserve a space in the class. All skill levels can be successful with this technique. I hope some of you can join us for one of these two classes.