A Hot Cuppa Mojo! April 11, 2012


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Quilter, Artist, Author, Teacher



Sharon Garrick has been involved in the world of patchwork and quilting for nearly thirty years. Sharon trained as a commercial artist specialising in printing and package design but soon found that working with textiles gave her more freedom for colour and design.

As an active member of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles Sharon has been involved in organising many quilting exhibitions and patchwork events.  In recent years these have included the ‘Spirit of Sarum’ exhibition at the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum and ‘Project Alzheimer’s’ at Sarum College, both in Salisbury, Wiltshire.  Project Alzheimer’s was a weekend show of Journal quilts made and donated to raise funds for the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.  Such was the success of this event that Sharon was able to hand over £4000 to the society in memory of her late mother, Sheila.

Sharon is a published author writing for several patchwork magazines and she has also produced a booklet of quilting patterns from the Reserve collection of the Salisbury Museum using her drawing skills to recreate the motifs from the stored garments.  She has written all the articles and press releases for A Gift of Quilts and created and maintains the project web site.

As well as working with Jenny Rundle on A Gift of Quilts, Sharon is an experienced teacher with regular classes in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas.

A Gift of Quilts has been a tremendous undertaking to organise stitchers to make quilts for the Olympics.  It has enabled more than 10,000 people to become a part of The Games and be inspired by the Olympic spirit.

About herself, Sharon writes:

“I have been teaching patchwork and quilting for the past 29 years. As an army wife every time we moved I started  another patchwork group and another set of quilting friends emerged.  Patchwork is a wonderful way to make friends very quickly.

I have lived in Salisbury for the last 22 years and have really developed my classes in that time. I teach on a regular basis in Salisbury and across the south of England at specialist shops and local groups. I have also taught in Scotland and Spain. I like to feel that all my students enjoy their time with me in a non-pressured and non-critical class with a happy atmosphere.  The fact that they come back time and again and I am invited back to groups must mean that I have got it right!

I write a regular page in the Southern Star, the Quilters Guild Region 3 newsletter and have been a contributor to Popular Patchwork, Patchwork and Quilting and Popular Crafts magazines. As a member of the Quilters Guild for 27 years I have been an area representative, regional co-ordinator and organised traders at the guild AGMs.  I have organised a number of well-received quilting exhibitions in Salisbury over the last 22 years.

My class subjects cover a very wide range of techniques and I produce six new workshops each year for my Salisbury ladies. I do have a technique that I have made my own with my “Trad Jazz” quilts.  This is a variation on stained glass patchwork but you only use patterned fabrics for the entire thing. No black leading insight.  The designs are based on interlocking segments that can twist and turn to make new patterns. One of the patterns was published in Patchwork and Quilting May 2000.

I retired 18 months ago and have spent that time concentrating on our project for the Olympic Games taking place in London this year (2012). We have organised about 10,000 stitchers from all over the country and Brits living abroad to make and donate a quilt to be given to a country taking part in the Olympics, Paralympics and Special Olympics as a unique gift of friendship.  We asked for 500, assuming that there would be a drop out figure, and were delighted to receive 420 beautiful quilts. These have been on exhibition at the Stitch and Craft show (www.twistedthread.com) at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, London ,15-18 March this year.  It was the only time that the whole collection could be seen before they go to their recipient countries.”

CLICK HERE for A Gift of Quilts on the web!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Sharon’s work!

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Textile Artist, Crocheter, Historical Enthusiast, Rock-Hound


(in a WWI inspired hat!) 

About KAREN. . .

Karen C.K. Ballard has been interested in textile arts since early childhood when her great aunt taught her to crochet. Since then she has taken numerous classes in textile arts, beading, color theory, art, glass, textile history, and instructor training. She has been fortunate to learn from Chinese, German, and Cherokee instructors, as well as many notable/published bead and textile artists. Karen is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) and has been certified by CGOA as a Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques, as well as, recently having been appointed to review the portfolios of other, aspiring Masters. She has designed/created beaded crochet jewelry on commission from Caron International yarn company, created historically accurate textile items (including clothing, tents, and flags) for living history programs, designed/sewn theatrical costumes (in support of her husband’s community theater productions), and taught crochet classes (using her own designs and self-developed classroom materials). Additionally, she collects textiles and textile implements, often exhibiting them.  In conjuntion with one of those exhibits, Karen researched and delivered a presentation on the WWI and WWII Workbasket Campaigns.  She is also an avid rock-hound and is always seeking ways to combine rocks with her crochet and beadwork creations. She retired from a long computer career in 2005 and while remaking herself in a second career as a texile historian/designer she has been building a website, http://www.threadwinder.info .  Karen has published:

June 1982 – The Center for History of American Needlework Newsletter article “Readings on Hawaiian Quilt Books”.

Jan 2011 – present – a regular column in CGOA’s Chain Link Newsletter on crochet history and tools.

Jan 2011 – Paper & Advertising Collectors Marketplace article on sewing machine advertising with stichery samples.

May/June 2001 – PieceWork article (featured on cover) on “Flora Klickmann and her Needlework Books”, with her rewrite (in updated American {British crochet notation is different than that used by US and Canada}) and her chart of the 1913 Klickmann butterfly.

June 2011 CyberStitch article on collecting crochet hooks.

Sep/Oct 2011 PieceWork article “The Law of Crochet” explaining a satirical 1852 Punch magazine article, about a husband’s recourse if his wife spends too much time crocheting, with her design for a related “Crotchet [sic] Castle Antimacassar”.

April/May 2011 PieceWork article “Patriotic Knitting Bags and Tools of the World Wars”. Photo credit: Joe Coca

Jan – March 2011 collaborated with Melanie Gall on her WWI knitting music CD, Knitting All the Day.  She provided some of the sheet music, a short vintage pattern, and information about the WWI knitting campaign.

Future articles are planned for Interweave’s annual Crochet Traditions, and PieceWork, and Karen is collaborating with her son, Paul Allan Ballard, the illustrator (http://www.nekokaiju.com/ ), on her first book. Paul primarily does science fiction illustrations and has done work for Lucas Films.

Karen says,I attribute much of my success at writing articles about textile history to my association with the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA).”

Karen’s works are sweet nostalgic niceties!

CLICK HERE to check out Karen’s website!

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Hand-Stitcher, Writer, Multi-Craft Artist, Inspirer 


About RICË…

Ricë Freeman-Zachery writes and makes stuff in Midland, Texas. Her passion is hand-stitching, and her Purpose in Life is to inspire creativity in other people through her blog, Notes from the Voodoo Cafe, and her podcasts, Notes from The Voodoo Lounge on iTunes. A former college English teacher, Ricë has created a career of writing about the creative process, writing artist profiles for a number of national magazines and publishing five books. Her three most recent recent are about creativity:  Living the Creative Life, Creative Time and Space and Destination Creativity, all from North Light Books. She helps edit CreateMixedMedia.com, North Light’s online home for all things mixed media, where she also has a blog, The Creative Life.

Ricë has exhibited, sold and taught her artwear, dolls, books and jewelry in shops and galleries from New Orleans to Taos to Seattle. She lives with her photographer and husband, The Ever-Gorgeous Earl, who collaborated with her on Destination Creativity: The Life-Altering Journey of The Art Retreat as they logged 19,600 miles covering art retreats across the US.

Ricë inspires by doing, in so many art forms!

We’ll be talking about her amazing art-travelogue:

Ricë is a links goddess! Check her out:

CLICK HERE for her website!

CLICK HERE to keep up with her blog!

LISTEN IN ON her podcasts!

WATCH Ricë’s Talk for Authors at Google, at the Google offices in Santa Monica!

Ricë has her own YOUTUBE channel!

VIEW her needle-felting video, which has been watched more than 280,000 times!

And DO NOT MISS the groovy-cool book trailer video she made for Destination Creativity!

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Scrapbooker, Designer, Teacher, TV Host


About JULIE…

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer has been making art for as long as she can remember and loves the process of creating. “I believe that mistakes are creative opportunities and hold fast to the notion that enjoyment of the process is just as important as the finished product! I like to think outside of the box — experimenting with paper, paint, and fabric — always trying to find a way to push my supplies further and see all the possibilities.”

Julie has been published in many magazines including Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Quilt Scene, Creating Keepsakes, Better Homes & Gardens’ Scrapbooks Etc., Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital, scrapbooking m.m. (Sweden), Scrapbooking & Beyond, Simple Scrapbooks, Histories de Pages (France), Scrap Art Zine (Germany), books by Leisure Arts, F&W Publications, and Quarry (upcoming), as well as multiple e-zines.  Julie currently authors the “Adventures in Arting” column in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

Julie is the co-host of Scrapbook Soup TV (PBS) and has appeared on Quilting Arts TV (PBS), Crafting at the Spotted Canary (PBS), and previously hosted the “Artist to Artist” segment on Scrapbook Memories TV (PBS).  Julie’s hour-long instructional DVD “Collage Fast & Furious” was released in July 2010 by Interweave.  Her DVD “All About Faces” was released in January 2012 and she has an hour-long instructional DVD, which will be released later this year by Interweave.

Julie has a line of stencils for The Crafter’s Workshop, and rubber stamps with EcoGreen Crafts as well as Impression Obsession.

Julie and her husband live in a tiny apartment with a big art studio in the middle of New York City.

Julie’s artworks sizzle with inspiration!

And she’s featured in the current issue of CPS…which we’ll be chatting about!

CLICK HERE for Julie’s art adventures, blog-style!

CLICK HERE for Julie’s website!

Julie’s on FACEBOOK and TWITTER!


And, when your Mojo listening’s done…

Get your small-quilt thinking caps on (look, mine is fur-lined!!) and make a resolution with me to enter the NEW Alliance for American Quilts contest (the prizes are amazing – and your small quilt isn’t due until JUNE!!!)

The 2012 theme is “Home Is Where the Quilt Is,” celebrating the form and the meaning of Home. All techniques and materials are encouraged. Entries must be 3 layers–top, filling and backing and must conform to our contest guidelines–click here to download the “Home” entry form (3 pages).

THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO QUILTERS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE (yes, you too, Australia, Canada, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Poland — anywhere and everywhere there are quilters!)

CLICK HERE to read more about this awesome opportunity to let your craftwork shine! DO IT DO IT DO IT WITH ME, cupcake!!! And thanks! xoxom


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3 Comments on “A Hot Cuppa Mojo! April 11, 2012”

  1. April 11, 2012 at 8:17 PM #

    Missed the show today due to jury duty :(, but I’m looking forward to the podcast!


  2. April 13, 2012 at 1:10 AM #

    Finally had a chance to listen to the show. You sounded great, despite being so sick. I hope you’re feeling better, Head Cupcake!


  3. S. Mellows
    April 17, 2012 at 9:44 AM #

    Thank you for the great show Mark. I follow both Julie and Rice’s blogs so it was fun to here the interviews. Very interesting!


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