Houston Quilt Festival Teaching Schedule


I have the honor of being selected as an instructor this year (2017) at the Houston International Quilt Festival. This is one of the largest gatherings of industry professionals and quilting fans in the world. I’ve had the privilege of teaching at the show for a few years now, and every year brings new excitement and learning opportunities.

The classes I will be teaching are:

Wednesday, November 1:

Dyeing is Easy! (All day)

This is an all day class where I’ll teach you the foundations of dyeing cotton and silk. The morning will be a lecture presentation, and the afternoon will be interactive demonstrations. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to dye fabric for your own designs, this will be a great way to start.

Thursday, November 2:
Making Molds for Resin Buttons and Charms, (2-5pm)

(Pictures coming soon)

In this class, I will teach you how to make a simple mold to produce your very own resin buttons and charms. Learn about all the tools you’ll need, and how to adapt found objects to fit your embellishment needs. It’s a simple process that yields great results. You’ll leave with a functioning mold and resin samples.

Friday, November 3:
Friday Sampler—Embellished Art Ornaments, (10:00am-noon)


The Sampler is a great opportunity to learn techniques from several instructors at once. You can float from demonstration to demonstration at your leisure. I will be demonstrating how I make embellished art ornaments. They are great ways to test techniques, use up scraps or decorate for a holiday.

 Friday, November 3:
Lecture—”Wearable Art—My Journey So Far…” , (4-5pm)


Someone is actually handing me a microphone…
In this lecture/presentation, I’ll talk about the ups and downs of designing and making my wearable art. I find the process to be the most intriguing part of the journey, and that part is often forgotten when observing someone’s work. Join me as I pull back the curtain on my triumphs, troubles and techniques.

I will be adding lots of pictures to my gallery with class demos and samples as it gets closer to festival. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.

Todd Time and other details

OH BOY! Where has the time gone? OK, here are a few updates.

I have had a whirlwind ribbon collection get foisted upon me from various wearable art shows.

From Machine Quilter’s Expo, I received a 2nd place, a third place and a teacher’s choice ribbon. Considering this was my first time at this show, I was very surprised. I want to thank all who organize this show. I didn’t get to attend, but from all accounts, it was a blast!

From Pacific International Quilt Festival I got a second place and an honorable mention. This was also a surprise because I had no idea where the judging was going to go on my pieces.

I have won a ribbon at the Houston International Quilt Festival, but I don’t know exactly which one. I’ll find out on Tuesday, October 28th. I’ll also be teaching and taking classes at this show. It’s going to be a very busy week!

I will be using a lot of my existing garments for class examples, so I didn’t really make a lot of new samples this time around. I did make this table runner thought:


It’s a basic Dresden made up of scrap, hand-dyed fabrics.

I plan on taking dozens of pictures during the week at HQF, so I’ll do a photo round up after the dust settles.

On a personal note, I kinda bought something I have always wanted…

I rarely, if ever, buy pieces from a designer archive. It’s not that I don’t want to, but it’s not that easy to find exactly what I want, at a price that seems reasonable. I trawl Ebay as often as I can to seek out the pieces that I think I can afford or really, really want, and this time, all my designer stalking paid off!

I am the proud owner of a Todd Oldham jacket! This particular jacket is from the Spring 1994 “Dreams” collection. It was worn on the runway by Debbie Deitering (not my exact jacket, but I can pretend).

My jacket comes in at 7:55!

It’s Oldham’s “comb print” on silk faille. It’s a terribly simple cut, but the way it works on the body is genius. The buttons are little clusters of mechanical hex-nuts.

It does need a trip to the dry cleaners, but for being from 1994 and a white fabric, it’s in remarkably fantastic condition.

Todd Oldham is one of my favorite designers because he was one of the first designers I ever paid attention to. He no longer produces clothes at a designer level, so his pieces are harder and harder to find. He made a lot of sensible clothes, but I am only interested in his printed pieces – they were the crux of his signature look and to me, are more desirable.

OK, as soon as I have more goodies, I’ll let you all know, but it will probably be after the Quilt Fest.

Chapeaux Galore!

Well, I think we can all agree on one thing: I suck at photography.

Also, to my friend Kevin, sorry for the Pier I head.

OK, without further ado, here are your 2013 example hats for my fascinator class at Houston Quilt Fest.
Any of these hats are completely doable after taking his class; I’ll be teaching all of these techniques. Although, the fabric choices and trims that are going to be provided in class will be different.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.

Hat 1:

This is a silk/rayon velvet base with hand dyed, hand embroidered shisha and confetti veiling. it is secured to the head with a raised wire and headband.

Hat 2:

This is a devore, silk velvet base with tulle and netting poofs, feather clusters, flat,silk dupioni bow, wired jewel and plain veiling. It is secured to the head with barbed elastic.

Hat 3:

Wool suiting base with purchased flower, hat pins and horsehair crin. It is secured to the head with barbed elastic.

Hat 4:

Hand painted silk base with silk organza poof, raised, shaped still feathers, wired jewel and confetti veiling. It is secured to the head with a loose headband.

Hat 5:

Wedding hat with frayed, self fabric gathers, wired jewel and plain veiling. It is secured to the head with a raised, wired headband.

Hat 6:

Hand dyed silk taffeta base with fabric “feathers” and fabric flower. It is secured to the head with barbed elastic.

Thanks for looking!





I know it’s been a while since I updated, but I’ve been working. I PROMISE.

I’m doing a photoshoot this weekend to get better pictures of my hat examples – WHICH I HAVE FINISHED!! WOOHOO!!

(…and by “photoshoot” I mean it will be me, some foam core and a Pier 1 head)

I’m now going to be working on the instructions for my classes.


New York fashion week has started and well, this look from Honor just about sums it up.



Do you have anything to add Wednesday?

WednesdayLooks like yet another snooze fest in New York this season.
I’ll do my usual good/bad post after we all take a nap and AFTER I post better pics of the hats.


Updates and such

I know I’ve been lax in posting, but to those of you who are hanging around for more sewing nonsense…

So many things have been swirling around my world lately, I haven’t been able to update this blog as much as I want. In the last month and a half, we’ve had a death in the family, I finished and submitted my garment for the International Quilt Fest and started my examples for my fall classes at the quilt fest.  I’ve also taken on a couple of hush hush projects just to add to the confusion.

Once I get my acceptance/refusal notice from the jury at IQA, I’ll post pictures of my finished garment, but here is a sneak preview.

color preview

I’ve started my examples for my classes this fall. On the roster are hats, embroidery and beading. Here is a pic of the pillow I just finished for my Shiny Embellishments class.


It has shisha mirror work and some basic hand embroidery.

I’ll be starting on hats for the hat class soon and then do some fun stuff for the Mixed Media Miscellany event I’ll be participating in.

I should be updating more often as I have set a schedule for things to get accomplished.

Here is a picture of the pile of supplies I am currently organizing for my various classes and examples.


The tub is loaded down with goodies and still, not everything has come in.

Why am I starting in June for a class at the end of October? Because quilt week will be here faster than you can possibly imagine! Even starting now, I’ll be stuffing envelopes and supplies the night before! LOL

OK, back in a little while.