The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Craftsy has free classes too! has some really fantastic classes for 
sewists, quilters, and foodies.
Some are even free!

Here is one of my faves....

As I was scrolling thru the list to see what was new, I came across Quiltcon for Modern Quilters. I had no idea what it was all about but it was free so I thought I'd take a peak.

Wow. What a great class! If you don't already know them, you'll meet at least six people in the quilt world that each talk about what they do and how they do it. And, you get to see the winning quilts from the show. Fabulous!

I liked way too much to write about, but here are the highlights for me:

David Butler (Amy Butler's husband) gives away all (well, maybe just some) of his tips and tricks for shooting an ad campaign and how to make it your own. If you breath, then you know that Amy Butler has the most gorgeous designs and patterns and I personally think that her superb photography makes is all so much more appealing. David has an honest down to earth way of explaining what he does and shows photos to illustrate his point.

And not to be left out, Amy herself has a segment where she talks about her inspiration and her thought process. I was in awe of the places she's been and the beautiful photos she takes. Her thought process is interesting and just seeing where they live and work is sheer eye candy!

Have you ever heard of Jacquie Gehring? She is a hoot! She is also an emotional, sensitive, insightful, and introspective quilter who gives us a peak at her life and her journey to quilting. She comes from a family of 'makers', people that make things for utilitarian purpose as well as pleasure. She has a very sophisticated and stylized design aesthetic. Her message: Be true to yourself, make what feels right to you and honor the support you receive from others.

If you're a quilter you will be rejuvenated when you watch this class. Bonus lesson 10 will get you really geaked up just looking at quilts in a new way... maybe a more modern approach..

Awards yes, loved seeing the winning quilts. All I can say is wow....the colors, the ideas, the execution.... holy cow.... makes me want to run right over to my machine and start a new quilt (unfortunately, my UFOs put up a road block)!

I love this class! Craftsy offers the best from the best. So check them all out. There must be something that catches your eye.


  1. I've got this class but haven't watched it yet! I keep forgetting, or waiting for an evening of nothing to do but pick up my knitting and watch a program on quilting. I need to stop waiting and just hit "play"! lol!

    1. Just do it! It's really great! Let me know what you think after you've seen it.