Stitches pile up, life and CraftNAPA: an update

It has been more than 2 weeks since returning from the magical event called Craft NAPA. I feel blessed to have participated. I stood among friends, watched their connection to one another, ate chocolate covered strawberries and drank deep cups of coffee while also teaching and meeting new friends. This is the view from Pokey’sContinue reading “Stitches pile up, life and CraftNAPA: an update”

Confessions of an alleged quilter

(Helen is a quest contributor to the Meadowlark Blog Hop giveaway. The art piece that Helen made using trapunto features one of the 6 Common Birds in Decline seen in the Meadowlark bird print, the Greater Scaup. She will tell you about the making of the quilt below. I can tell you, Helen is aContinue reading “Confessions of an alleged quilter”

Jacqui Holmes Calhoun on Meadowlark

Before Market, Windham Fabrics sent me two yards of each fabric in my line, Meadowlark. They asked if I might have a sewing bee in order to make samples. I agreed and after a call to Dale and Cathy, set up two consecutive Tuesdays at The City Quilter. Then I contacted the two guilds I amContinue reading “Jacqui Holmes Calhoun on Meadowlark”

Meadowlark Blog Hop

  I am organizing a blog hop fabric giveaway to celebrate the release of my first line of fabrics! Please stay tuned for your chance to win!!! The ‘hop’ kicks off, here, at MelanieTesta.com on June 2.     Melly – June 2 Vivien Zepf – June 2 Chrissie D – June 3 Sue Bleiweiss – June 4  LeslieContinue reading “Meadowlark Blog Hop”

Of friends, jelly roll quilting and embracing long unused skills.

This last year I have been in deep and total immersion into multicolor printing using Procion MX dyes. I have printed about 50 yards of cloth, believe it or not. And when you print that much cloth, it goes to say that you should also try to use as much cloth! At the same time,Continue reading “Of friends, jelly roll quilting and embracing long unused skills.”

Love and Happiness, filling the well.

My creative efforts are paying off in more than just the physical manifestation of cloth piling up and asking to be pieced. Making stuff calms and centers me. It helps me to remain true to myself, and it gives back in numerous and often, immeasurable ways. Having been diagnosed with cancer, going to doctors appointments,Continue reading “Love and Happiness, filling the well.”

Print, print, steam!

Today is a day for steaming, soaking and washing finished work. I will print as I am doing this. I have the windows open, the high will be 77 degrees today and printing in warmth is a good thing. What you see here is 4.5 yards of cloth (layered, three deep in newsprint). I loveContinue reading “Print, print, steam!”