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All the Words

I have a very low need to say words. In fact, I would say that I have only so many words that I CAN say in a given day. Sometimes I run out. And then talking to me is like talking to a wall—apologies to everyone who has to deal with me when I’m in this state!

Thankfully, I do seem to be able to access reserve pools of words when there is a real need. For example, going to Quilt Market and Quilt Con, where there is a lot of talking and listening to do (on top of all the looking and touching!)

I went to QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena, California last week. What a fantastic event! I had a wonderful time. My schedule was pretty packed!

As faculty, I was teaching a full day class on Intermediate Improv and an evening class called The Joy of the Design Wall. I also gave a lecture on “Dyeing Modern Quilts” and moderated two panels, one on “What I Stash and How” and the other on “Copyright and Your Work.” (See my teaching page for class descriptions.)


in class

Because my own teaching schedule was so jam-packed, I didn’t have to opportunity to take any classes, but I was able to go on a special tour of Molly Upton’s quilts (led by the curator of the exhibit), see Gwen Marston’s keynote address (love her!) and I really enjoyed the panel on diversity in the quilting world (you can hear it here).

show time


I also squeezed in some meetings with sponsors, did an interview with Alex Anderson for her internet show, The Quilt Show.  Add to that the fact that I had visits from family and friends in the area and you’ll see that I should have been out of words very quickly! But I wasn’t, they just kept coming, perhaps too many of them at times. Oh well, what can you do?

cousin at aurifil

My little cousin playing games in the vendor hall. Photo and game courtesy of Aurifil.

If you want to hear some of my words, check out this week’s episode of the Crafty Planner podcast, where Sandi and I (still a bit slap-happy for all the over-stimulation that is QuiltCon) talk about my creative journey and my Mighty Lucky challenge!

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Here’s a link to the episode:   or subscribe via iTunes.

The podcast is timed to the release of my month as trainer for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. My challenge is all about using color in an individual way. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen glimpses of my color-palette-making process.



In the challenge, I spell out my whole process. It’s multi-step. It lets you go with your gut, but gives lots of prompts for figuring out what your gut wants! I had a tremendous amount of fun putting words to my process and am so happy this bit of writing is out in the world now.

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club is all about issuing design challenges and pushing quilters a little out of their comfort zone in order to foster growth.   The trainers are amazing and I’m so lucky to be included in this group!
You can join at any time.  Buy just my month for $5; or the whole year $50. (link to description and sales)


I have ONE year-long membership to give away!  To enter, leave a comment below.  For a second chance to win, leave a comment on today’s Instagram photo.  Enter by 5pm EST on Wednesday 3/2 for a chance to win.    A winner has been chosen.  Congrats, Xo!

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. I love improv quilts, though I employ a method of loose structure. I love learning more about the process and pushing myself out of my safe zones.

  2. It’s interesting to hear how you go from ideas to the quilt, with challenges it helps one spread their wings.

  3. Would love to win a year long subscription. I took two of your classes at Quilt Con and fully enjoyed learning about your process of both choosing colors and using your design wall. Thank you for helping make my Quilt Con experience so wonderful.

  4. Sometimes I think that having no words would be better than filling too much space with excess words. I tend to get lots of looks as if they don’t understand me no matter how many words I use. 🙂

  5. I’d love to try the mighty lucky club. Sometimes I need a strong push out of my comfort zone.

  6. I greatly enjoyed your interview on the Crafty Planner podcast — it’s obvious that you and Sandi have great rapport. You found plenty of words and certainly kept me entertained, so thank you!

  7. Thanks, I just listened to your podcast and it was interesting. Thanks for a chance to win such a great prize!

  8. I always enjoy the way your quilts are put together color wise so this would be super amazing! The whole concept of a year long class with 12 different topics is also great.

  9. One of my creative goals for 2016 is to push myself in some new ways. Think differently to create differently. Interesting club!

  10. It’s always so interesting to push outside of our comfort zone. Never know where we’ll end up! This sounds like a great club!

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