Improvisational Design and a Winner!

I’m not one to plan ahead. Which best explains how I create artwork. Planning or visualizing a completed piece of artwork and then making it just isn’t in my nature. I am an improviser.

How do you create improvisational art? Well, if your join my new online class, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes, I’ll show you my methods from free cutting, to collage building, to auditioning backgrounds.

Improvising is a playful approach to art making and really fun and relaxing. It’s also the best way to make original artwork. Click here to join me!

And the Winner Is!

And speaking of fun things to do, check out my friend, Christen Brown’s new book, Hand Embroidery Dictionary.

She has graciously give an ebook version of the book to a lucky winner who recently visited this blog.

The winner of the ebook is…. Ellen L. Congratulations Ellen!

An Embroidery Give-Away

One of the embroidery techniques used in my new online class, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes, is repetition of a stitch. Like the cross-stitches, straight stitches, and blanket stitches in the fields above, repeating a stitch builds pattern across the surface of fabric.

And I’m happy to report that Christen Brown, author of the Hand Embroidery Dictionary, agrees with me! Here’s a page from Christen’s new book. It shows how she uses my hand-dyed threads to make netted and laced stitches for patterning on fabric.


Her new book, Hand Embroidery Dictionary, shows diagrams on how to make over 500 embroidery stitches. Detailed illustrations show colorful variations and suggest how you might use the stitches in your artwork.

Win Christen’s New Book!

Would you like to win an eBook version of Christen Brown’s Hand Embroidery Dictionary?

Leave a comment below and you may be the lucky winner.

The giveaway for the free eBook, Hand Embroidery Dictionary, will close on Saturday, Sept. 26 at midnight. Winner of the eBook prize will be notified by email within one week of the giveaway closing. 

Learn Stitches Step-by-Step

Ever have a quilt that is rather um…..blah? Why not add hand embroidery to it? Hand embroidery transforms your design. It will bring your quilt to life!

And that’s what I like about my new online class, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes. It allows me to show you step-by-step how to add hand embroidery to a quilt. I discuss thread colors and sizes, needles, and stitch choices as I complete a design.

Each embroidery stitch is demonstrated several times. And if you need more stitch instructions you can always refer to my Hand Embroidery Stitch Library.It comes free with the class.

A Blog Tour with Giveaways!

One more thing.

My friend, Christen Brown, is giving a blog tour of her new book, Hand Embroidery Dictionary. And an ebook is given away at each stop on the tour. (Look for my give-away on September 23.)

If you’d like a jump start on entering the give-away of this great book visit these blogs below.

Tour Dates September 20-24, 2021 

Monday September 20: C&T Publishing: https://www.ctpub.com 
Tuesday September 21: Jo Avery: https://joavery.co.uk
Wednesday September 22: Elizabeth DeCroos: https://www.epidastudio.com/blog/   
Wednesday September 22: Alish Henderson: https://www.instagram.com/mrxstitch/
Thursday September 23: Laura Wasilowski, https://artfabrik.com
Friday September 24: Christen Brown, https://christenbrown.com/blog/