Creative Play Newsletter – Finding Surprises

A dear friend of mine sent me a calendar this year that has inspirational quotes on it. This month, there’s a quote from Leo Buscaglia that says “Boredom arises from routine. Joy, wonder, rapture, arise from surprise.”  Dr. Love clearly never lived through a global pandemic; boredom is part of our daily life. But, he […]

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Sign Up Now for Global Quilt Connection on 9/9!

Is your guild looking for ways to keep your membership connected and engaged while adhering to social distancing guidelines?   Global Quilt Connection’s virtual meet the teachers events are an opportunity for your guild program chairs to meet teachers from all over the globe who are offering live virtual online workshops and lecture programs.  Global Quilt […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Let it All Go

Over the last few months in this newsletter, I have been writing about how to overcome your COVID block and how to use your sheltering-in-place time to craft a vision and strategy for your creative work. But, it’s still hard to focus and to create right now, isn’t it? There’s so much uncertainty and life […]

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Marbling Mom Camp

Six weeks ago when it looked like there would be no camp this summer, I started planning art activities and buying supplies for “Mom Camp” to keep my eight year old busy. I placed a big order with Dharma Trading Company that included a marbling kit because, yes, it was something I always wanted to […]

Mark Your Calendars for Global Quilt Connection!

I have just signed up to present at one of three virtual Meet the Teachers events being hosted by Sue Bleiweiss and Lyric Kinard. In order to help out quilt guild program chairs desperately seeking presenters who are fluent in Zoom (to which I can relate since I am also the program chair for the […]

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George Floyd, Eric Garner, and countless other Black people whose final moments went unrecorded, gasped out “I can’t breathe” as they died at the hands of police. The horror of that idea is only made worse by the knowledge that it is all too common, that the lives of Black Americans are not safe, and […]

Creative Play Newsletter – COVID Block

I have heard from so many fellow artists that they are having trouble creating right now. And, it’s no wonder since every single one of us is under stress unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. At the same time, many of us feel like we should be producing a lot of work because we have […]

Quilting Through Corona – Week #$%&^%$^

Do you feel like the world is going to Hell too? It was already catastrophic that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic that has claimed more than 100,000 American lives. It was already catastrophic that because of institutionalized racism COVID-19 is disproportionately killing Black and Brown Americans. And even in the midst of […]

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Quilting Through Corona – Week 9

When I started this blog series about the changes in my quilting practice because of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, I didn’t realize that it would last more than a month, much less more than two. I’m sure many of us were blindsided by the length of this quarantine time. I also didn’t foresee what a […]