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May 25, 2019
Improv Triangles—Perfectly Pointless from Tales of a Stitcher

Over the years, I have made several quilts using the flying geese unit. I think the obsession started in Nancy Crow’s Workshop called Sets and Variables.

We were to select a motif to work with. I wanted to work with the flying geese unit. I started three compositions. None of which were the assignment–this was a problem. Still my love of triangles persisted.

The neutral triangle units in the upper right photo eventually became Birch Woods Glimmer.

Birch Wood Glimmer

While writing Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line and Shape, I had the opportunity to go even further down the ...

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March 31, 2019
Use Your Words (Carefully) from Tales of a Stitcher

Most of you know that I am a founding member of Cloth in Common a small international group of artists. Every two months, we get an unusual prompt from one of our members. We then create an individual response to the prompt by creating an original artwork.

Cloth in Common

Every Tuesday during this two month period one of us will write a blog post for the Cloth in Common website. These posts are our written responses to the prompt—what we are thinking about, what materials, or visuals ideas we are exploring.

This time the prompt was Dis-Unity. The journey I took ...

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December 15, 2018
Jökulhlaup from Tales of a Stitcher

This is the story behind my latest quilt for Cloth Common, the small art quilt group I belong to.  Water was the prompt for the most recent two month period. 

According to Wikipedia, “A jökulhlaup (Icelandic pronunciation:  [ˈːkʏl̥øip]) (literally “glacial run”) is a type of glacial outburst flood.It is an Icelandic term that has been adopted in glaciological terminology in many languages. It originally referred to the well-known subglacial outburst floods from Vatnajökull, Iceland, which are triggered by geothermal heating and occasionally by a volcanic subglacial eruption, but it is now used to ...

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June 3, 2018
Break Up from Tales of a Stitcher

In the Alaska, we can be well into May and still have patches of snow and ice. We were out in McCarthy, Alaska last weekend, and this is what the swimming hole looked like on Sunday May 27th.

From late March to the end of May life looks like this.

Last year, I wrote a blog post called Walking towards Winter’s End with lots of fun photos of what Break Up season looks like. 

I love this season. Everyone’s lawns look like junkyards, You spend your days adding an subtracting layers of clothing, and the daylight just keeps ...

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March 18, 2018
LUCY from Tales of a Stitcher

I married a Dead Head. I knew this going into the marriage, but I didn’t really know what it meant.

We spent our younger pre-kid years going to music festivals also known as “Following the Dead”. While seeing the Dead was the preferred experience, we attended all sorts of live music festivals in the midwest.

Eventually we migrated north, had children, and settled into adulthood, but my husband is still a Dead Head. This means he is the guy with tie dye t-shirt and Birkenstocks on. 


As I am piecing quilts, my husband often makes suggestions about what I ...

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March 11, 2018
HOT SEAT! from Tales of a Stitcher

Last summer, I decided to accept an invitation to join an international art quilt group. I wrote about the group in this blog post  The group is called Cloth in Common. Every two months, one of the members shares an unusual prompt. We then take turns writing blog posts about our personal responses to this prompt.  Eight weeks later, we reveal our compositions.

Cloth in Common Members

Our first prompt was SOUND, and I created  Truth Confessions: Cacophony/Euphony. You can read more about that quilt here.

True Confessions

Our third prompt was LYRICALLY SPEAKING, and I composed LUCY.

LUCY for Web

Our second prompt was TOUCH, and I ...

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February 10, 2018
How I Quilt—Supplies, Techniques, and Reasons from Tales of a Stitcher

Since I have written Improv Patchwork–Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape, I have received a dozen or so emails asking me all manner of questions about my quilting.

Today, to the best of my ability, I will try and answer those questions.

I use Warm & White by the Warm Company. I like it because, even though I heavily quilt my work, with Warm & White the final result is still thin and flexible. 

I use Aurifil 28wt. in my bobbin and I use Aurifil 40wt in my needle. I do this because I want to thread on my backside ...

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February 3, 2018
Memento from Tales of a Stitcher

For the past three weeks, I have been head down at my sewing machine in an all out attempt to making five small pieces of quilted goodness.

Last fall, the Alaska State Council on the Arts asked me if I would be interested in making half of the awards for the 2018 Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards.

The Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards is an annual partnership between the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and the Office of the Governor to recognize and honor noteworthy contributions to ...

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September 7, 2017
How to Build a Quilt from Tales of a Stitcher

There is a point in every workshop I teach where someone asks, “But how do I stitch it together?”

In response to that question, I have begun to emphasis construction up front. I even wrote a blog post hi-lighting this concept. It is a pretty good read, but the jest of it is in this paragraph.

“Construction is an issue that must be contemplated at EVERY step of the way. It is one thing to have a vision, it is something else entirely to build it. Adjustments and adaptions will be made, and the sooner you embrace flexibility, the further ...

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