Friday, November 19, 2010

Thetford Academy Craft Fair

This is where I will be on Saturday November 20th
From the Valley News Calendar:
Craft Bazaar in Thetford: featuring 50 crafters: Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., horse-drawn rides with Earl Silloway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; lunch available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., gymnasium attached to Anderson Hall, Thetford Academy, 304 Academy Road. Every 30 minutes door prizes drawn, tickets $1. Sponsored by Thetford Academy Alumni Association. 802-333-9491 or

I will be selling framed fabric collages, potpourri squares, funky coffee cuffs, quilts, and my art dolls!
Stop by for a chat.  It's a quaint low profile crafts fair and its a lot of fun!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Back into the studio today

O.K. I'm back in the studio today.  My daughters play is over and the sinus cold I have been struggling with is starting to abate.
New craft shows are coming up and I have tight deadlines help to make me creative!
Gotta get out the supplies and just play.  Here I go!
"Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring."  ~ Terri Guillemets

Friday, November 12, 2010

Procion Dyed and Monoprinted Scarf
on view at the Lyme Library
WOW Group show    Nov. 1 - Dec. 29th

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to's about learning to dance 
in the rain"  ~ Anonymous

My friend Chris Maute sent this quote out today to all her friends and I just had to post it here.  It applies!  I've been learning to dance in the rain for awhile now.  I still don't quite have the hang of it, but I'm getting used to it.  Being soggy and vulnerable, while trying to appear glamorous and sure of oneself, that's the tricky part.

  • Take one step at a time and breathe.  
  • Be sure to notice things around you.  
  • Take advantage of the serendipity that life offers you.
  • Know that fear will always be there but you are safe anyway.
  • Life is constant change.  Stay open to it and you can grow old and create incredible art gracefully!
  • Yee Haw!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Writing a book

I am currently in the process of writing a book about the techniques I use to make my art quilts.  This is quite a challenge for me.

My book is called, "Art Quilts: Methods to the Madness".

It will cover Reverse Applique, Creative Zig zag, Satin stitch and couching, how and when to use fusible web and stabilizers, how to attach non-cotton materials and a brief overview of using metallic threads in the bobbin, (bobbin drawing!)  These are all the methods I use to make my quilts.
Look for it next year at this time, available through Amazon, and of course, myself!

I have entered the SAQA, No Holds Barred exhibit, too.  I hope I get in!

"Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not that one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.”  ~ Andre Malraux

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November 3rd

I am currently participating in a group Art quilt show at the Lyme Library.  We hung it on Monday November 1st.  It is awesome!  The "Meet the Artists" reception is planned for December 8th, from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.  If you can stop by to see the show, it's bright, colorful, sophisticated, amazing and just plain worth the trip to see!  It's up until December 30th!

Artists participating in the show:
Joanne Shapp, Sue Geno, Nellie Pennington, Margaret Sheehan, Michelle Goldsmith, Jann Block, Dana Burrell, Judi Simon Boutin

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and materials assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now." - Goethe