Sunday, May 3, 2009

A new online community at

Have you heard the news? Quilting Arts magazine has created a wonderful online community for fiber artists on their website. It’s a place to learn, show off your art, and make friends with other art quilters. It’s very easy to sign up and use. To find out more, go to and click the JOIN button. There is also a link to the place where you can watch videos that show you how to use the site.

And here’s some more exciting news: The finalists for the 2010 Quilting Arts Calendar competition, including my two entries, are posted on the site! At the end of the month, Quilting Arts will select 13 of these pieces to include in the calendar. They are all really wonderful. You can see all the finalists, and rate the entries and comment on them, by clicking here. I’d love to see what you think of mine, so please comment! (I’m not supposed to post my entries before the calendar competition, which is why I’m not including the photos with this post. If you want to see them, you’ll need to go to the QA Community site.) I’ll see you there!

Funny cat photos

Max with “Harbinger’s Hope,” in progress.

A new Facebook friend, Pepper Cory, is running a funny series of posts on her blog she calls “Cats at Work.” Pepper is a fabulous quilter who has written books and articles on quilting, designed fabric, and owned a quilt shop. She has lived in North Carolina since 1996. Today, Pepper is featuring my crazy cat, Max. So I thought I’d share with you some of my best shots of him. There are a few shots of my other cats thrown in for good measure. We all need a good laugh these days. Enjoy.

Riding the wild vacuum cleaner.

Feeling wizardly.

Sleeping with the fishes (“Running Deep”).

I just wanted to look out the window!

Trouble, the scaredy-cat.

I used to be able to fit in this box, honest! Maybe I've been eating too many kibbles...

How nice of you to make me this comfy pillow.

Stretched out.

Deep asleep.

Max snuggling with Trouble.

Guarding the door.

Napping in a shady spot.

Hogging the bed.

Now this box fits me a bit better.

A perfectly shaped basket.

Okay, where are the fish?