I am looking for volunteers, local to Cincinnati, with sewing machine experience, to help activate this participatory, patchwork improv installation at Wave Pool Gallery, Sep 14 - Oct 26.
Digger and I are going west this summer on a six-week patchwork improv tour. Catch us at Madison, Oakland, Bend & Fargo!
It’s my first spring in my Cincinnati home and wanted to post a few pics. I’m finally settling in a bit more. This house has a simple and spacious old world feel. It’s mostly populated with furniture I’ve picked up at the local thrift store. I love the green bedroom so much the lush green trees throw a glow into the space. I’m enjoying having my own yard and garden to tend — more than expected.
In mid-June the magnolias are in full scented bloom, the nasturtiums are my happy plants because they seem to be doing so well, and the first strawberries are making an appearance! Birds chirp in the morning and throughout the day and thousands of fireflies sparkle at dusk into the night. Wish I could capture their magic in a pic, but some things can only be experienced...
The limits and desires I’ve spun over a lifetime have manifested a 1904 three-story, red brick, row house, on a quiet dead end street in one of Cincinnati’s earliest suburbs. This version surprises me! Is this the dream I’ve been working towards?
In 1929, “A Room of One’s Own” was Virginia Woolf’s call for women to be educated and to claim space for their voices, their visions and their power as creators, citizens and leaders. Virginia was a contemporary of my grandmother’s era. Today I have SIX rooms of my own plus a kitchen and two bathrooms!
I'm honored to be teaching and speaking at Quiltcon East, in beautifully gothic Savannah Georgia in 2017, with an amazing line-up of new and familiar faces.
Living in harmony with others, especially in a diverse, high density city with huge disparities in wealth, like the San Francisco Bay area, can be disturbing, shocking, and even more cathartic than I ever imagined.
If you are near the Seattle area don't miss this 2-day improv quilting workshop with curves.
A trifecta of purification, SIMULTANEOUS transformation by fire, water, and air! What's percolating in your creative life this month?
When stuck in the YES BUTS the way I step outside my dissatisfied judgmental mind is to invoke my sense of curiosity and begin saying YES AND...
How I inset my Juki TL-98E home sewing machine into a table and lined it with old rotary cutting mats.
These old hand stitching tools remind me that life is too short to be on the computer all the time.
What an amazing year of meeting quilt makers where they live.
These three quilts were made from the clothing of Jerrod Allen Nickelson, one for each of his three children. With the help of their mother, each child chose specific items that best carried their memory of and relationship to him. What satisfied me most about the process and the outcome is how each quilt evolved uniquely by simply responding to the clothes they picked. The quilts are machine pieced, and hand quilted.
Since 2002 I have been working with people through collaboration, consultation and commission to make improvised quilts from the clothing and materials of everyday life. This practice developed into an active, hands-on, therapeutic process for working through life transitions and bereavement, that I call Passage Quilting. For more information see the Passage Quilting Blog Archive, and Passage Quilting tutorial.
All it takes is a little imagination to translate these stacked pallets into a score, a flexible pattern, using ruler-free strip piecing techniques.
I discovered how much fun it was to hang out with the good folks at Adobe Books and sew with whoever showed up.
Heather Jones isn't afraid of working big and being surrounded by large spaces! Her quilts and book unclutter the mind and restore the soul.
Brilliant limited edition trading cards on a topic and cast of characters who have long been under the radar in popular culture, female spies!
MERCY resonates in my heart as I own the harshness with which I judge myself and others in countless minute ways every day.