Dreaming Big

Last Thursday and Friday, I attended an intensive small business retreat for creatives called Essential Edge Live in Raleigh.  This blog now becomes my journal describing my process to dream big, plan effectively and become a successful small business artist.

Walking Away

Today begins a new journey in my creative hands adventures, because today I walked away from being an Auction Volunteer at Penland School of Crafts.  I love Penland with all my heart.  I am who I am as an artist because of my experiences and associations with Penland.  But as of today, I’m no longer…

My Reflections On The Process of Improvisational Quilting

My analysis of the process is to think music. Listen to the electric Blues guitar of Jimi Hendricks perform Hear My Train A Comin’. (Web Link) Problems to Solve. Fabric puckers. Because we are cutting against the grain and bias of the fabric, puckering happens. Be flexible and open to trying experimental solutions. Make it…

Drawing & Researching a Design for a Modern Quilt

Freewriting + Geometric Quilt Designs + Memoir = Modern Quilt Today, I acknowledge and accept the reality of no longer having a mother, father, two grandmothers, one grandfather, two great-grand fathers and one great-grand mother. I was blessed to have had their love, support, teachings, stories, wisdom, songs, jokes, secrets about cooking, instructions about life,…

Freewriting + Geometric Quilt Patterns + Memoir

Freewriting About Designing Geometric Quilt Patterns That Relate To Memoir How can historical geometric quilt patterns tell a story about me and my life? Where do I begin? What’s the connection? I’ll begin with what I remember about quilting with Mama, Yat and Mama Mary. I remember them cutting squares and triangles from old clothes…

From Wait List to a Summer Class @ Penland

Everyone who knows me as a creative hands person, knows that I owe by loyalty to Penland School of Crafts. I love Penland the way some women love a man. I love Penland because it’s the place on Earth that consistently provides me with an opportunity to transform my life and my creative hands. A…

Crying The Blues Away

After crying for twenty hours because I’m going to be an orphan soon, I surrender all. I’m at the end of my bloodline because I’m dirt and river water. I’m Toisnoit Skaru:re to Contentnea Creek, a Gatekeepers off-spring that hid in plain sight for 300 years. I’m this black earth where people from Fort Neyuheru:ke…

Thanksgiving Day::Reflections

Thanksgiving Day 11.26.2015 The World is at war! Instigators are trying to bring about Armageddon. Locally, people seem angry and resentful. The land is saturated with exploitation. The world treats the land like it treats cultural others. And yet, God guides me to and from Toisnot/Contentnea to Chowanook beside Lake Vann to share learning with…

Going Backwards

Blogger isn’t working, so for Thanksgiving Break, I’m migrating all of my online journal entries to WordPress.  This site will now be the portal for my teaching.