It’s a Mojo New Year! January 2, 2013

FLIP THE CALENDAR AND START ANEW!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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Art Director, Designer, Bon Vivant

JEFF TURNER 

(the One and ONLY Mr. Electric!)

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About JEFF…

Among Mr. Electric’s recent designing endeavors, he’s provided the fresh, fun art behind my new fabric line for Andover Fabrics, I CAN FLY!

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS from 4 QUILTERS!

#1:

Machine Quilter, Lecturer, Teacher, MQX Co-Founder

JANET-LEE SANTEUSANIO

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About JANET-LEE…

Janet-Lee Santeusanio has been a machine quilter since 1999. Her machine quilting has won many awards and has been published in numerous quilting magazines. She also owns and manages a highly successful, machine quilting discussion group of almost 3000 members. Janet-Lee lives in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire with her husband and two children. Her previous work experience has been in sales and marketing with experience in the medical and computer industries.

Machine Quilters Exposition, LLC (MQX) is an annual machine quilting show and conference founded by Janet-Lee and fellow machine-quilter, Mary Schilke. MQX embraces all machine quilters, regardless of the size or model of machine used to complete the quilting process. What started out as a get-together for longarm quilters in New England rapidly morphed into the largest machine quilting show in the United States. Well known for its friendliness, attention to detail and dedication to their vendors, students and teachers, MQX is looking forward to its next show in April 2013 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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CLICK HERE for Janet-Lee’s website!

#2:

Quilter, Appliqué-r, Podcaster, Author, Teacher

ANNIE SMITH

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About ANNIE…

Annie Smith began sewing at the age of 8 and was a quilter by the time her first child was born. A native Californian, Annie lives with her husband and two of their three children, who all quilt and contribute to her podcast and to her quilting obsession.

Annie lectures and teaches quilting internationally. In 2005, she began “Quilting Stash, the First Podcast for Quilters” where she talks about all things related to quilting and interviews her quilting heroes. Annie dreams about quilts at night, in-color, and thinks she will never have the time to make all of the quilts she dreams about. Annie’s technical expertise takes many forms, although fabric selection and fine machine appliqué are her specialties. Annie develops a quick rapport with the audience and immediately immerses herself in tales every quilter can relate to and provides valuable insight along the way.

Annie’s lecture style is light-hearted, full of laughter and warmth. Every audience member will relate to the things of which Annie speaks. In her lectures and workshops, Annie crosses boundaries of age and experience and displays the love she has for this craft as few others can.

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CLICK HERE for Annie’s website!

#3:

Quilter, Author, Designer

LIZA PRIOR LUCY

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About LIZA…

Liza Prior Lucy is a quilt, needlepoint, and knitting designer with many years’ experience. For some years she ran her own business selling knitting yarns and hand-painted needlepoint. Her work includes numerous high-profile commissions such as a needlepoint chair presented to newborn Prince William by President and Mrs. Reagan. Liza has worked with Kaffe Fassett since 1985. Their first book was Glorious Patchwork. Together they have written five patchwork books; the most recent is Shots and Stripes. Liza works closely with Kaffe developing fabrics for Rowan, Kaffe Fassett Collective and Rowan’s annual patchwork books. Liza lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania and has an online quilt shop, GloriousColor.com.

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CLICK HERE for Liza’s website!

#4

Novelist, Quilter, Teacher

MARIE BOSTWICK

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About MARIE…

On the path to becoming a novelist, Marie Bostwick worked in the bean fields of Oregon, sang and danced in musical productions, acted in TV commercials, taught religion to deaf children, ran an event-planning business, worked as the scheduler for a U.S. Senator and directed women’s ministries for a large church. Marie was born and raised in the Northwest. Since marrying the love of her life twenty-four years ago, she has never known a moment’s boredom. Marie and her family have moved a score of times, living in eight U.S. states and two Mexican cities, and collecting a vast, cherished array of friends and experiences. Marie now lives with her husband and three handsome sons in Connecticut where she writes, reads, quilts, and is privileged to serve the women of her local church.

In her compelling, beautifully crafted latest novel, TIES THAT BIND, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and new—and the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to be.

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CLICK HERE for Marie’s website!

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MEET

Art Quilter, Lecturer, Author 

MARTHA SIELMAN

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About MARTHA…

Martha Sielman has been Executive Director of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) since 2004. Her career in art quilts began in 1988, when she learned to quilt, and has included more than 20 years of work as a professional artist, author, lecturer, curator, juror, and arts administrator.  She is the author of Masters: Art Quilts (Lark Books 2008), Masters: Art Quilts, Volume 2 (Lark Books 2011), and Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World (Lark Books 2012).

About her books, Martha says, “Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural Worldis the first of a 5-book series looking at different genres of art quilts. The concept arose out of my personal frustration with Masters: Art Quilts, Volumes 1 and 2 - the art quilt books I had previously written for Lark. Though the ‘Masters’ books are beautiful, I wanted to share more about the artists: what made them tick, their stories, their unique approaches to making art. I was very excited about the journal-type approach Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) had used in the catalog (designed by SAQA Art Director & SDA member Deidre Adams) for the 12 Voices exhibition. So I began a conversation with my editor at Lark to see if they would be interested in a book that still featured plenty of glorious artwork – but which also included substantive text. After a series of discussions, we developed the format for the Art Quilt Portfolio series and chose The Natural World as the first volume. This first title focuses on close-ups of nature. People and Portraits (due out in April 2013) will be the second in the series.

“The gallery sections showcase work of about 70 artists interspersed with 20 in-depth interviews. These featured artist sections include 5-6 pieces by each maker so that the reader gets a sense of their range and style. The interviews focus on how each one got involved with fiber media, their creative process and what they hope to convey through their work. The combination of so many wonderful images of art quilts and in-depth interviews means that there’s plenty to delight both the casual browser and the serious reader in search of more information.”

Sielman has written articles about art quilts for The Crafts Report and SAQA Journal, and has appeared on the HGTV show Simply Quilts. She was curator for the exhibit Masters Art Quilts: 1, which travelled to the International Quilt Festivals in Houston, Chicago, and Long Beach, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky and the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts; and she served as a juror for “Pushing the Limits: New Expressions in Hooked Art” and “Niche Awards 2008.”

Sielman lives in Storrs, Connecticut, with her husband, five children and two cats.

Martha’s books showcase dazzling works!

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Martha’s own pieces are equally dazzling…

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CLICK HERE for Martha’s website!

Studio Art Quilt Associates has a website HERE!

SAQA is on FACEBOOK!

Find Martha’s books HERE!

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MEET

Author, Editor, Creative Seamstress, Sock Whisperer

BRENNA MALONEY

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About BRENNA. . .

Brenna Maloney, a Washington mother of two, is the author of three sock-project books, including the newest, Sock It To Me (Stash Books, 2012). She turned to sewing with stretchy socks five years ago to offset job stress. Replicating a favorite sock bunny that her mother had made her when she was a girl, Maloney then turned to crafting snakes, mice, sea creatures—and, more recently, evil clowns and snowman assassins.

Some of her biggest fans are preteens, who propose new project ideas and ask for help. “I work with [the kids] and bring them in on it,” says Brenna, now an editor at National Geographic Explorer magazine. For children who know how to use a sewing machine or would like to learn, Brenna suggests starting with a snake, turtle, or starfish; the snake project is posted at her website, www.brennamaloney.com.

“Think about the sock and how it’s shaped. Turn it and twist it,” Brenna says. She uses a sock pattern plus stuffing and embellishments to turn it into a creature.

Brenna says, “There are certain types of socks that I like to use for certain things. As in, ‘Oh, that’s a Hamster sock.’ Or, ‘I need that one for Squirrel.’ But I look for socks everywhere—garage sales, convenience stores, gas stations—pretty shameless, really. I recently came out of a store with a bag of socks. My husband took a look at me, shook his head sadly and said: ‘And you aren’t even going to WEAR them, are you?’ Alas, no.”

Brenna’s creatures are total lovies!

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Her books are beguiling inspirers…

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CLICK HERE for Brenna’s website!

Brenna blogs HERE!

Find Brenna’s craft books HERE!

You can get Brenna’s notecards HERE!

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MEET

Yoga Teacher, Author, Holistic Educator

BRIAN LEAF

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About BRIAN…

Brian Leaf, MA, is director of The New Leaf Learning Center, a holistic tutoring center in Massachusetts. In his work helping students manage ADD and overcome standardized-test and math phobias, Brian draws upon twenty-one years of intensive study, practice, and teaching of yoga, meditation, and holistic health. He is certified by The New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine and holds licenses or certifications as a Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, Energyworker, and Holistic Educator. He also incorporates Bach Flower Essences, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Shiatsu, and Tai Chi into his work.

Brian is the author of eleven books, including Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, Name That Movie!, and McGraw-Hill’s Top 50 Skills for a Top Score. His books have been featured on The CW, MTV.com, Fox News, and Kripalu.org.

Brian lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

Brian’s newest book is hilarious, thoughtful, and truly insightful!

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CLICK HERE for Brian’s website!

Get Brian’s book HERE!

Brian’s on TWITTER and FACEBOOK!

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One Comment on “It’s a Mojo New Year! January 2, 2013”

  1. Marilyn Weiss
    January 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM #

    Sorry, Mr. Electric. I’m with the Head Cupcake on this one–you should have gone to the movie, sat in the back with your iPad and designed your fabric…and who knows, you might have even enjoyed the movie.

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