Arabesque #4 – “Stone Eden”

I have made quilts that have taken years to make. The first quilt I ever made took two full years of regular work because it was completely handmade – hand pieced, hand quilted, the seam in the backing sewn by hand, and hand-bound. I’ve also had quilts that have taken years because I got started […]

Creative Play Newsletter – How to Be Inspired

Image by silviarita from Pixabay I have spent a lot of the past month talking about inspiration. As part of my trunk show lecture, which I delivered to several guilds this month, I talk about my first experience with receiving inspiration from some external, somewhat mystical source and how that changed the course of my […]

Disarming Exhibit Opens

Today we mark an anniversary. Twenty years ago, two teenagers went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School, killing 13 others before shooting themselves. When I began my Victims Quilt Project, I started with a memorial quilt for the victims of the Columbine shooting so it seemed right to open the exhibit to coincide […]

Creative Play Newsletter – The Second Mountain

Image by kimura2 from Pixabay Life works in mysterious ways. I had already planned a different topic for this newsletter, but I decided to postpone my mailing when I realized that you’d just heard from me. So, I postponed my writing too and that gave me time to read David Brooks’ piece in The New […]

“Disarming” Exhibit Opens April 20th

An exhibit of my Victims Quilt Project quilts, entitled “Disarming: Memorial Quilts for Mass Shooting Victims” will open April 20th at the Arlington Center for the Arts, located at 20 Academy Street in Arlington, Mass. Opening Reception: April 27th, 4 – 6 PM at ACA The exhibit will include all 14 memorial quilts for shootings […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Your Creativity Journey

I have been thinking a lot about my own creativity journey lately. Whenever I think about it, I imagine it as an epic journey, like Cheryl Strayed hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (see Wild). Though I am never going to actually hoist a huge pack to my back and set off into the wilderness, I […]

Creative Play Newsletter – What Do You Love?

There’s a lot of focus today on whom you love, but it’s a great day to also think about WHAT you love. Understanding what you love (and equally important, what you DON’T love) is a key part of unlocking your voice as an artist. Knowing what you love is also an important part of understanding […]

2018 Year in Review

Eleven finished quilts this year! It’s hard for me to believe that 20 years ago when I started quilting, it took two years for me to finish one quilt. Of course, that was before I had a sewing machine so adopting modern technology certainly helped. These quilts include several made as part of my Victims […]