Stitch Together 2016!

I had the most wonderful time at the Detroit News on Wednesday, October 5th for the third “Stitch Together” !  Jocelyn Brown, who writes the “Handmade” column  was our gracious hostess for the afternoon–what a BLAST!  Sixteen knitters and crocheters from the Detroit area got to share projects, ideas, refreshments and fun!   Everyone brought beautiful, gorgeous items that they had made–WOW!  I shared my pattern for an easy knit cap and making “stuff” from recycled/upcycled papers.  easyknitcap  Of course, I was in heaven–and we were sitting in the Stevie Wonder room!   HANDMADE

Jane is Hosting a Contest!

I am happy to have one of my designs published in the Autumn, 2016, issue of “The Coloring Studio” on page 47!  This magazine always contains numerous delightful coloring pages, as well as pertinent articles for coloring enthusiasts.  In this particular issue there is helpful article on “How to Organize your Coloring Tools” which I sorely need.  Other than page 47, my second favorite coloring page is on page 91, with a whimsical floral playground by Kristen Robinson.  Let me know if you also have personal picks in this issue! Coloring Studio

To celebrate my good fortune I am hosting a giveaway for one FREE copy of the Autumn, 2016, issue!  To enter:  1. Send an email message to, with “CS Autumn” in the subject line and your name in the message area. 2. One entry per person and this contest is open to U.S. residents only.   3. One name will be selected at random—the winner must provide a mailing address to receive prize.  4.  The winner will also receive a surprise gift from me.  5. Entry deadline is Monday, October 17, 2016, at 11:59PM.

Thank you for participating!  JaneColoringStudio47COloringStudio

This is a Very Long Post!

From June 6-10, 2016, I attended a workshop, Abstract Quilts in Solids, taught by Gwen Marston (Gwen Marston). The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) partially funded my participation with a Professional Development Minigrant of $900.00.  Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) was the setting of the workshop, located in Wisconsin on Lake Superior.  My art goals for the workshop included the potential for incorporating ideas from my mixed media collage into sewn fabric constructions.  Plus, I had attended a one-day quilt workshop with Gwen in 2014 and loved her teaching style.

The trek to Madeline Island meant driving myself to Marquette, Michigan, on the 4th, continuing on to Madeline Island on the 5th.  MISA hosted a wine and cheese reception in the late Sunday afternoon to meet fellow students and the two resident instructors.  I shared a comfortable suite with one of the writing workshop students, who was delightful.  Classes were held, 9AM-4PM, Monday-Thursday, while we finished up about 3pm on Friday. Then I drove to Marquette and stayed overnight before returning to Lansing on Saturday afternoon.

Gwen graciously shared her extensive knowledge of quilt construction and history, piecing techniques, and Beaver Island human interest stories. Each morning she would demonstrate concepts and processes; such as spikes, stars, inserts, triangles, bindings, log cabins, making bias tape.        She encouraged us (thirteen students) to use solid colors in order to emphasize the fundamental shapes and colors involved.  She provided an extensive collection of her own samples and quilts to illustrate and expand on the instructions. She stressed experimentation, freedom of expression, individual exploration and enjoying your work.  Her liberated style of quiltmaking embraced a lack of patterns and perfection.  I benefited greatly from creating various small fabric pieces as examples of Gwen’s teachings.  The workshop oozed with creativity, inspiration and joy!

I am incredibly lucky to have participated in Gwen’s workshop—2016 is her final year of teaching before retirement.  This most special experience will provide creative fodder for a long time.   MISA is a gorgeous environment with friendly, helpful staff and beautiful accomodations. I appreciate the gift of the Professional Development Minigrant enabling learning so much at Abstract Quilts in Solids!acdc

Tangled Landscapes

Please check out my Zentangle-inspired drawings on display this month!  I have ten drawings hanging in the Arts Council of Greater Lansing office in Old Town Lansing (1208 Turner Street Lansing MI 48906, 517.372.4636).  Facebook Page The exhibit ends August 31st and can be seen 9AM-5PM, Monday-Friday.  The opening reception is tonight, August 4th, 5-7PM.  Please stop by and let me know what you think!  Retread Art  NOTE:  The wonderful matting and framing was done by Absolute Gallery in Old Town Lansing.