Pears Galore!

Size: 22 ½” x 29 ½”

Materials: Silk Dupioni fabric, fabric paint, beads

This quilt is painted with fabric paints, thread painted, quilted using rayon thread. Stamped using vintage wooden letterpress letters. The binding has been beaded.
Goals and such ... January 27, 2012

I can't believe that January is almost over.  Where did the days go?  It seems that it was only yesterday that we all got together to celebrate Christmas!  You've all heard about the time flies when you are having fun.  I wonder if it works the same when you are not having that much fun?

With February almost here, one of the tasks we have at work is to write down our goals for 2012.  This is a major issue, as at the end of the year you get rated on how well you did and whether you accomplished them or not. Of course there are ways to do that so you can keep track of progress and such.  These goals go hand in hand with the 2012 company plan and objective.  All the talk and meetings about goal setting made me think about my goals for this 2012 year and what I want to accomplish on the artistic side of my life.  At work it is somewhat simpler, as my goals are tied up to my boss', and my team's and I have goals of things to accomplish daily.  When it comes to my life, then it's not as simple.  I've learned that goals need to be "SMART", which means:

  • Specific
  • Measurable (quantity, quality, time)
  • Achievable
  • Results Focused (aligned, relevant)
  • Time Bound (have a completion date)

Once all that is said and done, I go back to what I want to accomplish, and more importantly, what I feel I NEED to accomplish (and it involves more than to say 1 new quilt, or clean my studio).  For quite a few years now, I've stopped writing New Year's resolutions, because at the end of the year it was frustrating to realize that the weight had stayed on, the fabric kept piling up, and the books remained unread.  Instead, now, because I am a somewhat list kind of girl, I keep a mental list.  More forgiving?  I am not sure.  But, my list went from having resolutions to having goals.  Hopefully attainable and most certainly measurable.

One of my goals for the beginning of 2012 was to set up my studio to teach at home.  That is well on its way to be a completed goal and effort.  The tables and chairs are up, ironing boards with irons, the design walls is ready to be hung, the books are on shelves and the supplies put away.  Even the coffee pot is waiting patiently for its time to brew.  So I am quite pleased about that one.  Almost one done, a few more to go.

Goal number 2 is to put together a list of classes to tempt students to make the trip home.  One of the advantages of offering classes in my studio is that I have all the supplies handy and ready, so I can offer a course that includes everything the students are going to need to finish the project.  The other side of that is that although the classes are going to be more expensive in some respects, you won't need to go out and spend a lot of money purchasing supplies that you are not sure you'd like to use again.  How many of us have gone out and spent hundreds of dollars purchasing supplies for a class, only to discover that the technique doesn't really suit us, and that we don't want to ever do it again?  And the supplies sit on shelves, and the paints dry up.  So, that's goal number 2:  classes will be offered in fabric dyeing; screen printing; texturing fabric with paintstiks, foiling, how to use Inktense pencils, machine quilting, feather quilting, New York Beauties, etc.

That list is coming up, so keep an eye out.  My biggest issue right now is with figuring out a way to take payment.  My concern is that people may not show up if they have to pay the day of the class, and I'll end up preparing 8-10 kits and 2 people will show up, which is a lot of time and expense spent.  So I'm troubleshooting that one right now.  Let me know if you have some experience with this or ideas to make it work simply.

In the meantime, I came across this today, which started me thinking about those goals of mine, and what they mean:


And if you ask me, I wholeheartedly agree with this.  It takes an awful amount of work to reach your goals.  But if they are your goals, all that work should be worthwhile.  And because my goals in this case are all about what I want and need to do, all the better.

I will leave you with this for now.  Almost time for me to go home.  I an going to finish a small silk sampler that I started last week, and then I'll post some photos.  I did complete part 1 of the machine quilting challenge I signed up for, so I need to photograph and post the photo.  I'll post one here too so you can see it.  I worked in on a piece of brown silk dupioni and quilted it with cherry red thread.  All I need is to bind the 12" x 12" sample.

That's all for today.  I hope it doesn't take me almost a month to blog again.  I'll keep you posted on studio progress and class list.  In the meantime, do keep quilting and send me a comment or two if you have any classes you'd like to see included in the list.  I require 4 people to run a class, so get your friends together and you can have a private lesson.

Keep quilting!



Best wishes for 2012 January 02, 2012

Welcome to the 2nd day of 2012.  I'd like to wish everyone a happy, and creative 2012.

Beginnings are all about hope, and the beginning of this year is no different.  We take stock of the previous year and in doing so, in my case, I give thanks for my children, my family and my friends and my quilting passion.  New Year is also about new resolutions, and although I am not much of a list maker, I keep a continuous list in my head of all the things I'd like to accomplish.

2011 was a very good year from an artistic point of view:  I travelled twice to Cleveland to tape segments for Quilting Arts TV with Series 900 coming up; I taped my first very own workshop DVD which is out and available for purchase; I had articles published in several publications, mainly Quilting Arts, Quilting Arts Gifts, and Quilt Scene, and had a fabulous trip to Brazil and Argentina where I had a chance to teach classes and make new friends.  All in all ... I can't complain.

I have some plans for 2012.  The most important one is to finish the classroom downstairs, so I can teach at home.  With that in mind, I'd been doing quite a bit of planning, and are right now putting the last few touches on a list of classes, some of which will be on surface design, low water immersion dyeing, screen printing, New York Beauties, Machine Quilting and Fabric Painting. So, with that in mind, keep an eye out as I'll post the list of classes and dates in the next few weeks.

I hope that 2012 will prove to be a great year for everyone.  I encourage you to try a new technique, a new pattern; read a new book, buy a piece of fabric you'd never thought you'd buy and incorporate it into your next project.  Expand your horizons, and let your dreams fly.

Keep in touch, as I appreciate your comments.  In the meantime, keep quilting.


Quilting Arts TV Series 900 December 15, 2011

Good morning all,

The tinsel is out, the tree is getting decorated, ornaments everywhere, Santa Clauses, Snowmen and Christmas quilts all around ... the cookies are getting baked, and menus organized.  And of course, lists are being made and checked twice, presents are being wrapped and set aside in time for Christmas Day.  So, with that in mind, I thought I'd let you know that the new Quilting Arts TV Series 900 DVD is ready for preorder.  I believe it will be released during the first days of the New Year.  I was so thrilled to see that I am on one of the photos with Pokey Bolton, and that one of my pillows graces the cover too.  So go to the Quilting Arts website here: and preorder your copy now.

Drop off a comment or two and let me know how you are getting ready for the holidays.  Are you quilting, baking, making gifts?  Going away or staying home?

As seen in Quilting Arts Daily December 05, 2011

Jumpstart Quilting Designs with an Easy Sketchbook Exercise

11-30-2011 by Quilting Daily
quilting designs color scheme
Ana's sketchbook collage of color schemes for quilting designs.

pokey boltonI usually have a variety of quilting designs kicking around in my head at any given time. But often, when I finally get around to actually designing a quilt, I draw a blank. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by fabric and surface design choices. Other times, I just don't know where to start.

That's when I turn to my sketchbook. There I have usually put some doodles, color swatches, or even notes to myself that remind me of ideas I've had in the past and that give me a place to start from.

Ana Buzzalino, a textile artist with a strong sense of color and an eye for modern quilting designs, has an easy system for jumpstarting her creativity through her sketchbook. Today, I'm going to share her quilt design inspiration technique with you, adapted from her article in the December/January 2012 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.

You'll need:

  • A sketchbook
  • Old magazines, brochures, postcards, photos
  • File folders
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or liquid glue
  • Paint chips
  • Fabric stash
quilting designs color scheme
Fabric swatches for a green color scheme based on Ana's collected images and
paint chips.

1. Gather your papers and scissors and start cutting out images that appeal to you. Sort them by color and put them in folders, by color.

2. Once you have several images in a particular color palette, take out your folder, sketchbook, and glue. Make a pleasing arrangement of the images on a page or a spread of the sketchbook and glue them down.

3. With sketchbook in hand, go to the paint section of your local hardware store and select paint chips that closely match the color scheme you've chosen. Paste these in another page of your sketchbook. This allows you to see how colors in the same family can vary in lightness, darkness and tone.

4. By now, working with this color scheme should be giving you a good idea of what fabrics to look for and which ones will work together in a quilt design or in quilt motifs. Pull out your fabrics that are in that scheme and decide which ones will go into your quilt. As you pull the fabrics, cut about a 2" square and glue it into yet another page of your sketchbook. Now, when you go shopping for more fabric or for thread in that color scheme, you will know exactly what colors you need.

This exercise is so much fun and an easy way to start keeping a sketchbook if you don't already.

Of course, color scheme is just one aspect of quilting design. To learn more tips, check out Ana's new Quilting Arts WorkshopTM video, "Machine Stitching and Painting Quilts: From Start to Finish." And you can also get advice, tips, and resources from our new Quilting Designs page on the Quilting Daily community.

You can find the complete article in the new issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, December 2011 / January 2012.


There's a new magazine in town November 22, 2011

Good morning,

October marked the date of the premier issue of a new magazine called "Fiber Art Now".  The following is from their website:   Each issue will include four or five feature articles that seek to inspire, connect and inform fiber artists, enthusiasts, educators, learners and collectors of the fiber arts.  We are a worldwide community and will keep that in mind with each issue.  You will also find:

  • Photo Essays
  • Artist Profiles
  • News & Notes
  • Gallery & Exhibition News
  • Calls for Entry
  • Classifieds
  • and more!

And the best part? When you read something interesting, you can come to to ask the author questions, write a comment, or see what others are saying about the topic.

You can subscribe to the print copy or a download.  Four issues a year.  It looks very interesting.  Especially now that Fiberarts magazine is no longer being published.  Go, take a look and let me know what you think.



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