Random Musings on Art and LIfe


Ya Gotta Love Red Hots (Thread)

January 8, 2015

I did a ton of stitching over the holidays. With my deadline in sight, I have a serious case of Git-er-Done fever. My backside would be happier if I could stitch while I’m standing up, but that’s one skill I have yet to master. The only downside to all of this stitching, other than a…

Slow Stitching Adds Life To Painted Fabric

October 30, 2014

If you have been with me for a while, you know that I’m working on a major project. Yes, this baby will be a Show Quilt. It is the first big art quilt that I have tackled in about 10 years. It’s a big undertaking, but I’m loving it! The first big steps in this…

Create A Thread Tracking System

October 23, 2014

After last week’s column on Choosing a Thread Palette from a bunch of autumn colored flowers, reader Bret Adams asked a really good question, “How do you keep track of your threads so that you know what you need to buy when you are shopping with vendors?” Bret noted that it is much too easy…

Pick A Palette From Fall Flowers

October 16, 2014

When Jack surprised me with a beautiful bunch of fall-colored flowers last week, I knew I wanted to capture the colors for a future stitching project. I took some photos, of course, but those are much too easily “out of sight — out of mind.” As the flowers started looking a little bit droopy, I…

From Kaleidoscope Fabric To Beautiful Bag

July 3, 2014

In last week’s tutorial, I told you about my process for creating overlapping rubbings from the new Kaleidoscope plates. (Click here to read that article if you missed it.) This week, I am happy to show you my beautiful new handbag. I love making handbags from fabric I create. They are one-of-a-kind bags that do…

Overlapping Rubbings Tutorial

June 26, 2014

by Shelly Stokes, Founder and Creative Mentor The new Kaleidoscope Rubbing Plates received warm welcome at the Minnesota Quilt Show and the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. Many thanks if you were one of the select group of people who snapped one up at the shows or placed your order during our promotion. I know…

Inspired By Color At Quilt Market

October 31, 2013

by Shelly Stokes, Founder and Creative Mentor I have just returned from a whirlwind trip to Quilt Market in Houston, TX. I have worked every market for the past 8 years, and it was time for a break. It was a delightful trip in more ways than my tired little brain can count right now.…

You Want Me To Stop For Sticks? You Betcha!

August 21, 2013

Would you stop on the way to your destination to look at a bunch of sticks? If you’re traveling along I-94 in Central Minnesota, I sure hope so! Just off the freeway near St. John’s University, there is an amazing outdoor art installation. Think of it as fiber art on steroids! Better yet, think about…

Quilt, Then Paint

November 8, 2012

While I was teaching my Build A Better Background Class in Houston, someone asked about adding Paintstik color to a quilt after it has been quilted. Can it be done? Oh yes – and here are some beautiful samples to inspire you. Sue Kelly joined me for the trek to Cleveland to film some segments…