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I'm Exhibiting and Teaching in Rome! 

Greetings to you all...

I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be teaching for 3 days, November 25, 26 and 27, 2016, at ART QUILT ROMA. I will also be part of fantastic group of artists exhibiting their work at L'ARTE MORBIDA. Everything is at the same location, which is in the center of Rome. 

I will be teaching three different classes:

Lines and Curves (All Levels)

Students will combine thick and thin lines with curved pieces and assemble the quilt top in rows. I will demonstrate construction techniques for sewing curved seams and discuss some of the challenges you may run into with spontaneous design and piecing.

Surprise Log Cabin (All Levels)

Students will use the various color families to assemble pieces that will be cut up and restructured. The result will not necessarily resemble a Log Cabin pattern, but this will be the method of construction. The blocks may vary in size or be uniform. The emphasis will be on scale and value.

Quiet With a Pop (Intermediate)

Using predominately neutral, quiet colors as the background, students will create a focal point with bold color and extend that color through the piece in a balanced manner. I will demonstrate construction techniques for sewing curved seams and discuss some of the challenges you may run into with spontaneous design and piecing.


I am now teaching one day classes that focus on one method of approaching the construction of your piece. In the past, when I teach 4 or 5-day classes, I give the students various options and they go in different directions. I will still continue to teach in this way, however I would like to give students a little more structure when I'm with them only one day. For this workshop, however, since I'll be teaching 3 days, it's a good opportunity to take all three classes and have more time with me so I may assist and support students as they explore this way of working.  

So... If any of my U.S. friends are feeling adventurous and spontaneous, this will be a lot of fun!

The website is in Italian of course, but if you have any interest, please feel free to contact me and I will give you more info. 



Exhibition and Workshop at the International Quilt Study Center

Last week I had the great pleasure of traveling to Lincoln Nebraska to see my work on display, give a talk and teach a workshop at International Quilt Study Center and Museum. I was incredibly impressed with the museum; the galleries were beautiful and each exhibit was designed perfectly. Everyone was so accommodating and friendly, and though my visit was a quick one, it was a special experience. 

The exhibition will be up until early Novemeber, 2016.

The building is much larger than I thought, with beautiful gardens and a wonderful flow. 

This is absolutely a major milestone for me. I'm so grateful to show my work in this gallery. 

The lighting, the wall color, everything was perfect and my creations were glowing. 


Lair of the Amethyst Deva, The Beach, Fantasyland and Maui. 

Mallemort, A View from Above and Untamed Symphony. 

A Garden in Motion and Nan's Whale. (All the work is pieced with the exception of Nan's Whale, which is painted on whole cloth with fiber reactive dye.)

This beautiful, open space was where I gave my talk and the workshop the next day.  

...with members of the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild.

My workshop was great, the students were open and eager to learn. The natural light was fantastic! 

I'm definitely a "sewing machine girl" but I have so much respect and admiration for those who do it by hand. This was the first time I had a student in one of my workshops that didn't use a machine and I was impressed with her speed! 

Currently, there are three others exhibits at the museum, and unfortunately I only have photos of two. The first one is "United in Memory - 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt." The quilt consists of 143 panels containing personalized blocks for each victim of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. I believe only 7 of the panels are displayed here. Needless to say, it was very moving...

The second was "Quilts from Southwest China" with gorgeous hand pieced and appliquéd quilts.


While I was in Nebraska, I thought I'd go all out with the food, but the proportion of the potato vs. the steak was too much! ...but very delicious. 


Exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center

I am very honored to announce the opening of my exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center, in the Pumphrey Family Gallery, in Lincoln NE.  
Expressions from a Place of Trust

I'll also be teaching a one day workshop: "Expressing Yourself: One Piece at a Time" Saturday, September 3, 2016, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. In addition, I'll be giving a talk Friday evening September 2, and admission is free.
Click here for more infoabout the workshop: Expressing Yourself: One Piece at a Time

The exhibit will be up until early November so I hope some of you will be able to see it.  


Carrefour European Patchwork Exhibition 2015

In September, I had the honor of exhibiting my work at the European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte Marie Aux Mines, France. The experience and the connections I made with people were very special and I'm grateful I had the opportunity to share my work. I met people from so many different countries and it's a joy for me to observe people gravitating to certain pieces and and sharing with me what they see... 

My partner Adrien was invaluable helping me set up and translating for me! 

I created many new works for the exhibit, and many of them were whole cloth painted with fiber reactive dyes.

"The Guardian" 

It was great to meet in person, many of my FB friends from all over the world.

Adrien speaking to French quilters about my process...

"Alien Territory" 3 panels whole cloth dye painted and free motion quilted.

"Earth Goddess" Whole cloth dye painted and free motion quilted.

"Untamed Symphony"

"Mallemort" Pieced and free motion quilted. This is the first piece I created when I came to France last year. 

"A Garden in Motion" Pieced and free motion quilted.

"Out of the Vortex" Whole cloth dye painted and free motion quilted.

"The Guardian" Whole cloth dye painted and free motion quilted. This is inspired by my American Indian ancestry. 

"Marie Magdeline de la Sainte Baume" Whole cloth dye painted and free motion quilted. 


"A Birds Eye", "Lair of the Amethyst Deva" and "The Beach." Pieced and free motion quilted. 



Student Work/Space in my Madeline Island Workshop

It's always so exciting for me to see what my students produce in class, and even more so when then send me photos of their quilts completed...

And Nancy has a ribbon! 





My next workshop is at the end of this month, August 31 to September 4, 2015, at the Madeline Island School of the Arts and there are still a few openings. This is the last class I have on the books for now, so if you've been thinking about taking my workshop, this is a beautiful venue. I taught here last year and this is a link to my blog post about my experience: Madeline Island Workshop 2014