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The GUILTY party:

MEET my co-host . . .

Owner of

Fabricate, Quilting and Scrapbooking

in Bar Harbor, Maine


About Nessa . . .

Nessa is a memory artist, ranging across scrapbooking, small-scale handsewn quilting, decoupage, family history, and writing. She writes young-adult fiction, memoir essays, and poetry (her blog’s at She’s also written for various publications, including Mark Lipinski’s Christmas 365 and Mark Lipinski’s Fabric Trends. And she’s a pop culture maven who owns more than 5,000 vinyl LPs (K-Tels a specialty!) and collects 1960s/70s craft & design books, showbiz bios, Sears catalogs, and cookbooks. Nessa graduated from Bowdoin College dreaming of becoming a jazz deejay, but instead worked as a writer, designer, and editor for 22 years.

Nessa says, “Three years ago, after much soul-searching, I took a leap: I resigned from a longtime desk job to open a quilting and scrapbooking shop on Mount Desert Island, Maine with my business partner, Erin Early Ward. This decision was as exhilarating and terrifying as you think it was. Fabricate opened on August 15, 2008, and on that very first day (unbeknownst to us!) the Quilter Magazine’s Cruise for a Cure ship docked in our home port of Bar Harbor.  Nearly sixty customers (and lots of encouragement!) later, we knew we’d made the right choice.”

Fabricate enjoyed a surprise visit last July with Suzanne and Alex Labry, who came to Bar Harbor all the way from Texas. Nessa and her son Willis were thrilled when Suzy did a lovely write-up that appeared on the Quilts, Inc., website: .

Since their visit with Suzy, Fabricate has moved to a new building that Island visitors and locals alike can’t miss: it’s a dome, originally built as a bank in 1978 (Nessa’s fave era!) Following their muse and whimsy, Nessa and her business partner painted it a luscious plum purple. They maintain an active Facebook page at and their website can be found at

“As a shopowner,” Nessa summarizes, “I’m busier and dizzier than I’ve ever been (and I say that as a mom of 4 kids!). I meet thousands of crafters a year, and share stories with them about what inspires us. And I love that leap I took!”

Nessa’s shop, Fabricate . . . .

CLICK HERE to visit Fabricate’s website

Here are some examples of Nessa’s work . . .




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Aid for Artists & Crafters in Joplin

I recieved this email blast from CHA (Craft and Hobby Association).

Dear CHA Members,On May 22, 2011a tornado swept across Joplin, Missouri leaving a catastrophic wake of destruction. Schools, businesses, homes were destroyed and many were killed. Since then CHA has learned that even months after the tornado there is still a great need in the area. Several CHA members including Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker and Kristi Parker Van Doren have been coordinating craft supply drives to help the surviving residents return to some sort-of normalcy through crafting.Nikki Sivils rallied manufacturers and scrapbookers to help give Joplin crafters their hobby back and on Sunday, July 10, 2011 when she delivered 50 tubs filled with nearly $50,000 worth of scrapbook supplies to crafters who lost everything to the tornado. CHA Members including Bella Blvd, My Little Shoebox LLC, Meredith Corporation, Bazill Basic Paper, Elmer’s Products, Inc, Unity Stamp Co, Graphic 45, Helmar Adhesive, Creative Crafts Group LLC, Jillibean Soup, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Best Creation Inc, Maya Road, Graphic 45, Creating Keepsakes, ProvoCraft, Elle’s Studio, and Spellbinders all responded with generous donations.CHA also learned that member Kristi Parker Van Doren is coordinating an art auction/sale to benefit the City of Joplin where 100% of the proceeds will go to a fund managed by a non-profit organization called the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Monetary donations can be made directly to For more about supporting and donating art and craft projects for the auction please contact:Art for Joplin
c/o Kristi Parker Van Doren
3438 S Clifton Ave
Sprinfield, MO 65807
http://artforjoplin.blogspot.comWhile we applaud the selfless actions of our members there is still a great need. After contacting Joplin area authorities, CHA was informed that St. Mary’s Elementary school which housed pre-school through 5th grades was demolished and in desperate need of supplies and cash donations in order to prepare for the coming school year. The school that teaches 210 students, employs 12 teachers and six staff members was completely destroyed with very few items salvageable from the rubble.Any monetary or product donation would be greatly appreciated. The school has a wish list of products including school supplies, adhesives, plastic zipper bags, pom-poms, yarn, crayons, markers, paint, paper, and more that CHA can easily assist with. The list can be found by clicking HERE.Anyone interested in making a contribution to the school can do so by sending monetary or products donations to:St. Mary’s Elementary
Attn: Stephen Jones, Principal
(CHA Craft Donations)
c/o McAuley High School
930 Pearl
Joplin, MO 64801For additional questions about St. Mary’s, please contact:Renee Motazedi
Development Director
Joplin Area Catholic Schools
930 Pearl
Joplin, MO 64801
http://artforjoplin.blogspot.comThank you for your generosity and consideration.Victor Domine
Public Relations Manager, Craft & Hobby Association


Community Organizer


Kristi is coordinating an art auction/sale to benefit the city of Joplin where 100% of the proceeds will go to a fund managed by a nonprofit organization called the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Monetary donations can be made directly to

About Joplin Relief Auction . . .

The auction is being set for October 14th and 15th on line. The auction site should go up no later than October 10th to view all items with starting bids. We are hoping to raise a lot of money for this town so destroyed by a Tornado on May 22nd of 2011. Cash donations can be done on line to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

CLICK HERE to donate directly to the fund at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

CLICK HERE to visit Kristi’s Art for Joplin blog.

CLICK HERE to visit Kristi’s Creative Cafe blog!

A little about Kristi:

What mediums do you prefer to work in?

Paint, ink, glitter, leafing, polymer clay, pencils, watercolors, PanPastels and many more

Who are your favorite artists and why do they inspire you?
One of my favorites is Pam Carriker. She does fabulous painting but can also do altered art and mixed media. I also love Lisa Pevelka. Her work in polymer clay is fantastic. There are so many great artists it is hard to narrow it down.
What gives you inspiration?
Anything and everything. I love to look at nature for colors and shape. My family inspires me. The work of other talented artists is amazing and gives me goals and aspirations to move towards.


A short video of Kristi demonstrating product at the Winter CHA show!

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Get Quilty!

No, really — GET QUILTY!


the adorable

Quilty and PBS’ Love of Quilting host,


Slam Poet

Performance Artist


About Mary . . .

“Mary Fons likes to think of herself as the latest character in a prominent quilt mafia family.

A professional writer and performer based in Chicago, Mary also happens to be the daughter of famed quilt educator and author Marianne Fons, who taught Mary almost everything she knows about quilting. Mary currently co-hosts nationally-airing “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting” on PBS with her mom, giving a voice to “junior varsity” quilters everywhere. Mary’s thoughts on quiltmaking can be found in her column “The Bee: Notes From a New American Quilter” published bi-monthly in Quilter’s Home magazine.

Mary has performed professionally on stages from NY to Los Angeles since 2001 as a solo artist, slam poet, and Neo-Futurist. She holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Iowa, is a founding member of Chicago’s Gift Theater Company and in 2010 was a Driehaus Foundation grant recipient. As a freelance writer, her work has been published widely online and in print since 2005.

Mary is proud to be the creator and host of Quilty, a little show born from a big desire to ignite new passion for the American quilt. You should make one.

CLICK HERE to visit Mary’s Blog!

Take a look at Mary’s work:

CLICK HERE to visit Mary’s Quilty website, Hey Quilty!

Haven’t see Mary’s show, QUILTY?


A short video of Mary’s QUILTY!

About The First On-Demand Network for Quilters

Special interest groups dream of a channel devoted exclusively to their passion.  For quilters this dream is a reality.

In addition to running shows created for traditional television such asFons & Porter’s Love of QuiltingQuilt in a Day with Eleanor Burns, etc, produces made for programming such as Quilt Out Loud with hosts Jodie Davis and Mark LipinskiQuilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show, Quilty with Mary Fons! is all on-demand, all the time, you may watch on your schedule and have the capability to fast forward, rewind, pause, and watch over and over (similar to DVR or TiVo). has a library of over 1,000 quilting videos on-demand, bringing you the most comprehensive quilting library available.

There are two options for enjoying
1. Join for $24 a year


Join Quilters Club of America for $39.95 and in addition to a membership to and twelve episodes of Quilt Out Loud, you get a subscription to Easy Quilts magazine, a FREE tips DVD from Fons & Porter, discounts from Jo-Ann Stores, Fons & Porter, Connecting Threads, Keepsake Quilting, and much more! Simply click here and start receiving all the benefits today, including access to!  You will need to enter the discount code QN-XJ3YP to receive the discounted price.

CLICK HERE to become a part of Quilter’s Club of America (with ME!!!)

CLICK HERE to follow Mary on Facebook

CLICK HERE to follow Mary on Twitter! I did, cupcakes! See you there.




Watch Jodie Davis and her co-host (ME!)  on OUR show, QUILT OUT LOUD!

Our entire first season is now available on video!



CLICK HERE to buy your copy of the 1st Season of Quilt Out Loud from the Video section of Mark Lipinski’s store

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& TONS of Patchwork Celebrites

And WATCH ME, Mark Lipinski, interview Jay McCarroll

for the Alliance for American Quilts’

CLICK HERE to get your tickets for THIS EVENT AND MORE!

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Chick Lit 101




About Cathy  . . .

Cathy Yardley is the author of over seventeen novels and the non-fiction book Will Write For Shoes.  She’s also the blogger behind Rock Your Writing, a website that promotes the belief that fiction authors can sell a lot without selling out.

Cathy is the author of :

Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel

CLICK HERE to order Cathy’s book…

Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel!

CLICK HERE to visit Cathy’s website!

CLICK HERE to visit Cathy’s, ROCK YOUR WRITING on Facebook

CLICK HERE to follow Cathy on Twitter!  Tweet away, cupcakes!

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The Crafty Chronicle!


Artist and

Scrapbooking Product Designer


A little about Donna. . .

Donna fell in love with both art and her husband in high school. A lot has changed in her life in the last 20+ years but these two constants remain. What most people don’t know about Donna is that a large part of her career was spent in the corporate world where she was very successful… but not happy. She was in a serious car accident in 2005 that put her on disability for almost a year. During that time she made some serious life choices and decided to pursue her childhood dream of being an artist. Now, Donna is living her dream. She spends more time in her studio  “playing” every day than she did in the office while in the corporate world… which is actually saying a lot.

Donna’s playful nature comes across in many of her products and in her classes because she believes that art can and should be fun. She is known for blending contrasting elements to create what she calls her “Girlie Grunge” look. Her style is especially appealing to mixed media artists, however her love of flowers and all things sparkly appeals to crafters of all types and styles.

Several years ago Donna created a “dream” list of companies that she wanted to design for. Now she has her “Distrezz-it-All” tool with Zutter Innovative Products, dies with Spellbinders Paper Arts, Smooch Spritz and Fairy Dust glitter with Clearsnap, Inc., and paper, embellishments and stamps with GCD Studios.  Each of these companies has a “Compatible” product which works with a product from one of the other companies.

Donna teaches her “Girlie Grunge” techniques in stores, at events and online. She even has a FREE bi-weekly webshow called Tuesday Tutorials where she shows techniques, chats with viewers and gives away prizes. You can check it out here:

Here are examples of Donna’s Girly Grunge Notebooks!

CLICK HERE to visit Donna’s website!

CLICK HERE to visit Donna’s blog!

CLICK HERE to visit Donna’s Etsy Store!


Donna Salazar caught on video!

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. . .  then you haven’t really sewn!

Why not start off with the BASICS ?



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