Essential Edge Live 2016

This is day number four after attending the Essential Edge Live Retreat, whose motto is “BE BOLD OR ITALIC never regular | Dream It. Plan It. Live It.”  My goals for attending this retreat were two-fold: 1) to gain clarity and insights into ways to increase sales; and 2) to network with other creatives to…

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…

Paulus’s Just Dance Movie Trailer

7th Session Closes Out The Summer With A Teaching From Paulus Berensohn “Just Dance” Dance Intertribal | Drum Yellow Hammer | Old School CD, “Intertribal” (4.19)

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…

Walking Out Transformation

  Moments in life are full of unexpected changes. The older I get the less I understand about people and circumstances. I do know a few truths, one of which requires me to stay in the moment in order to walk out my purpose. Mat Randolph described four traps set for all of us in…

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…

Free Writing, Drawing, Indigo Dyeing & Stitching: Marks 4 Healing

A Healing Balm To Comfort Grief:  Free Writing, Drawing, Indigo Dyeing & Stitching As an acknowledgment to my momma’s Crossing Over one month today, I’m sharing my Free Write Blog post. To honor promises that I made to my momma, Doris Lee Jones, her mother, Minnie Eva Woodard and my grandmother caregiver, Mattie (Yat) Burnette…

A New Year With Penland On My Mind

The blessing of a new year is the privilege to roll the dial back to 001. Being at one signifies a new day, a brand new start, having another opportunity to get living life right. My reward to myself is a continuous 28-day pledge to draw, make color and journal the process. I’m a teaching…

Loving A Child

Some children are born under difficult circumstances. From the time we slide out of our mother’s, life is complicated. Children need love! At some point as responsible adult human beings, we are blessed with the opportunity to love, nurture, support and empower a child. Today, I celebrate my bundle of joy that came to me,…