About

Jane Haworth

Sewing and crafting has always been in my blood and this only increased when I discovered quilting in the U.S. about 15 years ago.  My family and I moved from the UK nearly 20 years ago and we have really grown used to living in California.  We love to travel, hike and explore.

I started making art quilts after our first trip to Hawaii in 2003.  Have been teaching children and adults sewing and quilting skills for about 10 years. My quilts have been featured in Quilting Arts magazine and Quilters Newsletter and shown at IQF Houston, Paducah and Sisters, Oregon. Creativity is a big part of my life and I encourage my students to step out of their comfort zone, be creative and surprise themselves with what they can make.

Mary Boalt

mary-boaltMy mother taught me to sew as a young girl and, after receiving a sewing machine as a wedding gift, I have never stopped sewing.  My interest turned to wearable art about twenty five years ago. I enjoyed creating one-of-a-kind vests and jackets for boutiques in Northern California for ten years. I also taught classes including ribbon weaving, projects using soluble stabilizers and painting on Steam-a-Seam. Every kind of hand applied embellishment captures my attention and imagination.  Recently I have begun painting on canvas in a modern and abstract way using stencils, stamps, screen prints and whatever else I can get my hands on.  Like fabric embellishment, the possibilities with painting are endless.
Email:  squeakypieces@gmail.com
Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/maryboalt

Sandra Bruce

sb-716

I have combined my 30+ years as an illustrator and letterer with my passion for quilting, wearable art, and polymer clay. Being predominantly left-handed and right-brained makes for a different take on combining tools, mediums, and design to make something unique. I teach both quilt and polymer clay workshops, they are equally fun and expressive! See the links below for more information and photos.

Heidi Emmett

Emmet head shot

As a young girl it was simple Barbie clothes and fashion shows with blankets for gowns. As a teenager I began a 25-year career in all things fabric, with 16 years as the owner of a full-service fabric store. I have come full circle and feel blessed to be able to create clothing patterns, re-purposed garments, and accessories that are easy to sew and fun to wear. Piece them, quilt them, bead them, felt them—the possibilities are endless.I’m always working on my next pattern as well as projects for quilting and crafting magazines.

Christine Barnes 

Artistic Alchemy Teacher Emeritus

I love thinking about, working with, and teaching color! Degrees in design and journalism led to a career as a free-lance writer of decorating and remodeling books for Sunset. I wrote about color for the home then, but my real passion has always been color and design in quilts. Join me at Zephyr to learn all about color–and how it can help you to create quilts you love!

I’m the author of The Quilter’s Color Club (C&T) and articles for McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork & Quilting, American Quilter, and Modern Patchwork. I live in Grass Valley, CA, where I sew in a light-filled room, surrounded by fabrics I love.

Recent Posts

A Long Weekend at High Altitudes

by Sandra Bruce

A quick hello and a few pics from my latest jaunt coming up!

This is the time of year that the 4 of us in Artistic Alchemy start getting into gear for our Zephyr workshop in September. My class is full now, and I’m starting to grid the photos for my students who will be making wonderful Matrix creations. I have 2 international students, and 2 from the East Coast this year. I’m getting excited to meet the newbies and greet people from past years too! I believe there are a few spaces left, in Jane and Heidi’s classes, they are wonderful teachers with so much to share, so don’t hesitate to sign up with one of them.

I taught a couple of weeks ago in Monument, Colorado, south of Denver near Colorado Springs with the Palmer Divide Guild. I have not meet a more enthusiastic bunch in this small but talented group of ladies. Thanks to them for a wonderful time!

Afterwards I stayed the weekend to visit with a friend of over 40 years that I have not seen in a long time. Over the long weekend we went to a street fair, met with friends, and had a great trip to both the Denver Art Museum (fabulous) and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden. What a wonderful collection of quilts. They had a special exhibit of Hollis Chatelain’s work, which unfortunately we were not allowed to photograph. It was named “Stories of West Africa”, and contained amazing images from Africa with very intense quilting. In the main hall is a collection of quilts from artists all over the country, including 2 made by good friends of mine who have been influences and inspirations to me: Therese May and Wendy Hill. I photographed theirs and a couple other of my favorites in the exhibit.

First, Therese May’s “Basket”, 1981. As the information on the wall stated, (on the off-chance that you do not know,) Therese is recognized as a guiding light in the art quilting world and began making art quilts in 1965. I love how Therese focuses on transformational healing, exploration, and creativity in the art making process. Her work is magical. I consider myself to be very lucky to have been her neighbor many years ago and would probably not be a quilter today if not for her. She is one of my favorite people in the whole world. Her website: http://www.theresemay.com
Next, a quilt by Wendy Hill, “Falling Into Liquid”, 2003. I became friends with Wendy many years ago when we lived in the same town and she belonged to my quilt guild. She has written many books for C&T Publishing, one of them about thread texturing. She asked me to make a quilt to go in her book and I was just getting out of the traditional quilt mode….permission to play with my sewing machine… what a concept it was to me! We stay in touch even though we’re in different states now, and I’m always intrigued by what she is up to quilt-wise. I was taken by something she said in the verbiage next to her quilt: “With art quilts, form takes precedence over function, but quilts as blankets are also a kind of canvas. If there is a line between art and craft, it is a difference built out of debate, not something tangible. The important thing is to do the work, just keep doing the work, and let the perspective that comes with reflection and the passage of time make sense of it all.”

Here are a few others of my favorite from the exhibit:

“Abstraction/Diffraction”, 1994, by Judith Tomlinson Trager

“Reflections #3”, 1998, by Patty Hawkins

“Tallahassee Lassie II and lll”, 1991, by Marilyn Dillard

“Desert Storm”, 1993, by Terrie Hancock Mangat

For now, I hope you are staying cool, today is the first day of summer. Keep creating!

  1. Plan B 8 Replies
  2. Marcia Derse, Fabric Collection Fall 2018, What should I Do With It? 8 Replies
  3. Cleveland to Capitola 8 Replies
  4. Everyone loves their Pets 2 Replies
  5. Flyin’ On a Jet Plane to Portland, Oregon, for QUILT MARKET! 4 Replies
  6. It Was A Huge Success! 7 Replies
  7. My Process of Making Fabric Collage 8 Replies
  8. Sugar Pine Quilt Show 5 Replies
  9. What Are The Sew Sistas Sewing? 7 Replies