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AQS Grand Rapids QuiltWeek

It was a great week at the AQS Quiltweek in Grand Rapids Michigan! I taught a few workshops, and one that I will never teach again and I'll explain later. 

Twenty of my works were on exhibit, but I didn't get to spend time there, meeting and talking to people like I usually do. However, at the end of each workshop, I took the students there so I could explain my process. This was more helpful as they had hands on experience and were able to better understand how I work. 

Here are a couple of video interviews from the exhibit: 

My workshops are definitely not "project" classes, where you will leave with a finished piece. It's a beginning, and the first step for many, into a new way of approaching how you construct an art quilt.

Before I only taught one class (Expressing Your True Self: One Piece at a Time) because it allowed students to go in any direction they wanted. I also preferred to teach in a 4-5 day retreat style format. Now I have opened to teaching one and two day classes on occassion, but I find it difficult to stay within the bounds of the theme. The class I mentioned before, that I think I will discontinue is SURPRISE LOG CABIN. The reason for this is that students will start creating something and I see what it can be, and I don't like to try to fit it within the boundaries of a theme. 

Many teachers teach many different techniques and classes, and that is applicable to what they have to offer and how they teach. But for me, I like to be free, and I like my students to be free too! The other classes I have are not as challenging, as far as keeping on track, but I've taught this one two times and each time the same result. 

Anyway, that's the end of my little rant and I'm spending the day doing much needed updating on my site. 

Here are some photos from the two day workshop I taught, "Creating from a Nucleus." I had a great group! They were cool, really enthusiastic and all went in different directions, which I love. This was the case for all three workshops. Many got further than I can in two days! 



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And for those of you that follow my blog, you know I like to end with sharing a decadent indulgence! Ruth's Chris... ooooh la la! Only in the USA...  lol


Workshops and Exhibit at AQS QuiltWEEK in Grand Rapids

Please click here for more info. This is my only teaching engagement in the U.S. this year. I hope to see some of you in one of my classes!  

There will also be an exhibition of my work. Please click here to see a listing of all the exhibits at the show.




Solo Exhibition in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Palette Contemporary Art and Craft is hosting “Improv,” a contemporary art-quilt solo exhibition of my work in Albuquerque New Mexico through March 2, 2017. 

Click here for an article written by a local critic about the show. It's always bizarre and enjoyable for me to read what another sees in my work! Goodness knows I'm not one for intellectualizing my art, but I'm grateful for the kind and insightful review.

I hope some of you will be able to visit the gallery and see my work. 

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through March 2, 2017

WHERE: Palette Contemporary Art and Craft, Suite 22, Mossman Center, 7400 Montgomery NE




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.