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I am an art quilter and teacher, enjoying this time of my life, with all of its ups and downs! I hope you can relate; as I share my experiences with you.

Updated: 2014-03-18T20:43:08.204-07:00


Quilting Arts Colorplay article


(image) (this is my Demo at IQF Chicago )

I am ecstatic to announce my very first magazine article!!!

Quilting Arts magazine has published my "Colorplay" article in their October/November 2009 issue( on page 21).
I recently presented my Colorplay workshop in Madison at Quilt Expo, and I will presenting it in Houston at the IQF show in October. I found out today that this workshop in Houston is SOLD OUT! I will also be teaching my "Fiesta de Sol" workshop there (not sold out yet) and I will be doing a "Fast Fused Binding" Demo; and a "Fantasy Florals" Demo. This will be my very First Time at Houston! I am really looking forward to the experience! For more information go to
And/or look at my website schedule for dates and times.
This weekend I will be appearing at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois at the Country Quilters "Harvest of Time" quilt show. Then in November, I will be traveling to Crossville, Tennessee and presenting a workshop & lecture for the Cumberland County Piecemakers. I am planning to bring Mr Lullie along and do a little sightseeing while we are there. I really have enjoyed places like Knoxville, Tennessee, and Cullman Alabama, and I am especially looking forward to having some Biscuits & Sausage gravy again whenever possible...! Have to keep up my strength.

Knoxville here we come


(image) This is my quilt "Colorplay 8". It is one of the quilts which led to my Colorplay workshop, which I will be teaching at AQS Knoxville the week of July 21st. Students will create their own art quilt tops using my "spontaneous Explorations in color" methods. I bring the color wheels, and ALL of the pre-fused fabric for the backgrounds & the "strips & chips". The students will recieve a demo, several examples, and some guildelines; and we will PLAY! Hope to see you there [I will be teaching several other workshops also; including "Fiesta Floribunda" & Tangerine Tropicale"; still room in the classes; may have to sign up at the show]
(image) the closer I get to deadlines;the more I seem to find to do Besides get ready! website for AQs is
I think registration is closed soon, but I have room in my classes for Show sign ups; (May have to contact AQS or myself by email to confirm this)
I really want to get this blog updated; so here are some of my new quilts! Above is a smaller quilt from hand-dyed silk called "Solar Flare I"' Below is my "Paducah" quilt called "Rose Mandala I" - a detail, and full image...
I had a lot of fun using what I have learned from my Colorplay quilts + my curvy shapes...Looks like a series!

(image) This is "ROse Mandals I' full- it is about 45"x45'; cotton and silk

(image) I have given the blog a new look, and I am getting more computer savvy all the time; let's hope it's atrend.

I will also be teaching at Quilt Expo in Madison in September; ane IQF Houston(!!) My First time to go to Houston, I am very excited about that!

AQS Best machine quilting Award


(image) I am pleased to announce that my quilt "Fiesta Floribunda II" received an award at AQS Des Moines show; Best Machine Quilting!!
I was (still am?) on cloud nine; in the AQS magazine January issue, my quilt and I have our own Page; (the quilt is shown way bigger than my head; thank goodness) ;
I was able to go to Des Moines an d take my Mom and youngest sister with me (and Olivia!)
We had a very nice day; that was the first BIG quilt show they had seen. Quite overwhelming!
I hope to be blogging more on a regular basis; I am getting more confident on the computer nowadays.
Look for new update son my website after the first of the year; Lot's of "New Work" ; and several new Workshops, with patterns also;
HAVE A Lovely Holiday!!



I am busy dyeing new fabrics to sell on new website, Anne's Glorious Colors.
Check it out!

Colorplaying in a new way


(image) Whoo HOO!!
Idid it--twice! I was having a lot of trouble getting photos to go anywhere..but here are the images of my newest work. I am very excited about this new colorway; I want to now keep the series going in these colors. Last week, I went to "Mel's Dye studio" and we produced a whole (dye) lot of neutrals; (which I have a little trouble with). I learned lot's!

Summertime Fun


I am having a very productive summer; I finished two more quilts of my Colorplay series in June; the one in the photo is entiltled "Colorplay III". I am now working on a smaller quilt for that series; but in a new colorway; much more muted and neutral, sort of desert colors.
I was interviewed for the local newspaper Monday (for my AQS Nashville entry--"Fiesta Floribunda II") .
I have a busy week coming up--My 30th class reunion is in Cedar Rapids Iowa; we will share a few laughs and memories w/ old friends; and then next week; backto Iowa; Sarah will move into her apartment at U. Of I. in Iowa City on Aug. 2nd!
I will post this now; see if it works, and I Promise I will be more consistent in my blogging---at least once or twice a month!

Good-bye to 2005!


Good Morning! I have been up and busy already today...I made french toast, called my friend Terri, and invited her to walk w/ my dog and I around the lake (exersize=more fun w/ friends); then I went online and entered "Quilt Visionsl" for the FIRST time; and now on to my next project. This Christmas break has gone too fast, as usual. As you can see, I am making an attempt to be consistent about my blogging.
But first; I will have a little "Day Spa" at home, and then I will feel more like facing this dreary day. I am still knitting on my "ribbon Poncho" that I put on hold last year--I got so frustrated with the twisting of the (beautiful**%$##) ribbbon. I have finally hit upon a solution, though, accidentally; I had wound the ribbon onto a flat cardboard (about 9X11) and then, I found that only helps if the cardboard is kept lying FLAT. I can unroll the cardboard in advance of knitting the row, and in this way there is almost no twisting. But, it is rather time consuming; but worth it when it will be finished and all shiny and cool! (I don't think I will be planning anymore knitted ribbon projects for awhile!)
I hope I haven't lost all of my readers when I neglected to update all fall! I am still quite frustrated by the Photo addition portion of it all; I cannot seem to get the photos from the folders to the blog!
Maybe if I sat down and read my Picasa directions it would help?
I really enjoy reading other peoples' blogs more than my own--you all seem to have much more interesting lives than my little familia!
I guess that is the same reason that I don't write or email much! (Not to mention-my typing stinks!) Here's hoping I will have lot's of interesting news in 2006!
Happy New Year to ALL!!



This is the Chicago School of Fusing plus two who other famous quilters

(image) At the top of the group is Judy Coates Perez and me, then sitting is Jane Sassaman, Melody Johnson, Frieda Anderson, Laura Wasilowski and Emily Parson.

Merry Christmas from the Chicago School of Fusing


I consider myself extremely fortunate to have lunch with, and appear in this photo with the esteemed ( highly regarded) awesomely talented members of the "Chicago School of Fusing".
These (super) women have influenced my quilting and helped me turn it into "ART", for which I will be forever grateful! And, they photograph wonderfully!!!

Christmas Break cont'd


It has been an interesting and restful Christmas Break so far; w/ lot's of eating, drinking, visiting (locally), and shopping...We have stayed here at home, for R&R, (plus Sarah has a job, and very busy and grown-up;). We had a quiet Christmas w/ friends and family, and are enjoying time to catch up...Joe is busy working, (out in the cold) and Angie spends a lot of time reading and relaxing (remember those days?).
This week, I even got some "clutter busted" and Removed, no less, from the depths of our basement. (It is so much easier to just move items "to the basement" than to actually make decisions and get rid of them!) Lot's more to go; but at least I can see my sewing area, and get excited about quilting again!
Today was my friend Melody Johnson's birthday, which we celebrated in grand style by letting her feed and entertain us--both of which she performed beautifully! I am still full from the great meal, and basking in the after- effects of friendly laughter.
This week, I have been knitting a little; I learned to take apart and recycle a wool sweater, and I figured out how to make the beautiful ribbon stop twisting while I am knitting with it!!! Now, maybe I can finish the fancy ribbon poncho that I have been working on for a year (wow)!
(More later---Hopefully w/ photos.)

Christmas Break


I am going to ry posting on my blog again--I have been extremely remiss at keeping up w/it; plus there is some kinf=d of problem w/ my cookies?1
Here Goes--

More fabric fun


Here are some more photos of my hand-dyed fabric; some before and after;

This is the quilt that reminds me of the Paula Nadelstern fabric;(image)
this fabric is in progress; see the first image above.(image) That's all for now...I still have lot's to do before next week!

Back to School


This is a small quilt I am working on that was created from the scraps of the (previously posted) large quilt.(image) This is a fabric by Paula Nadelstern that I found at QBU Prairie shop in Batavia when I was teaching there last Saturday--I love it; and it reminds me a little of my older quilts; see below;
A kimono commission that I have finally completed; I think it turned out nicely, and I am inspired to someday try a similar design on a jacket, maybe on a very dark background.(image) (Front of the kmono; made entirely from my own hand-dyed cottons...this summer I have been successful w/ my fabric dyeing; finally feel that I can plan the process, and achieve pretty much the desired results, w/ the surprises from the colors mingling at the edges as an added bonus!
This quilt reminds me of the above fabric; maybe we have similar inspiration?(image)
Well; It's back to school next week already !
Summer has flown by too fast, as always. I have just finished several days of dyeing fabric, with a day trip to Chicago thrown in on Wednesday...My daughters and I and a friend went to the Museum of Science and Industry to see the "Body Worlds" exhibit--very educational; and a little disturbing! Real human cadavers, preserved through a special Plastination process...all of the body's systems were shown and explained...being a very visual learner, it really helped me to understand the our inner workings!
I am going to try and post some photos now--if I am succesful, I will write more later!
The photos ended up on top of my posting--I hope this works, now! More later.

My first blog posting


Hi Everyone; This is my first blog posting!I am so excited; I am working on a new art quilt...I have completed the top, and it is the Largest art quilt that I have ever attempted(65"X82").

I really liked the fabric (my own hand-dyed), and didn't want to cut it up too much...I think it has the look of a painting. I am a little tired, and overwhelmed with the next big step--attaching the backing, and then the machine quilting! I am also going to dye some fabric; I'm getting lot's done; one step at a time! To learn more about my quilting; go to my website at We were recently in Iowa visiting my family, and here is a beautiful photo of my daughter Sarah, and my (new) niece Olivia:

(image) I will post more pictures of my quilt in progress--I have a few (!) other things I am working on, also.