Mojo Makes It So! August 15, 2012


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Author, Quilter, Teacher


About TERRI…

Terri Thayer is the author of seven mystery novels, including WILD GOOSE CHASEOLD MAID’S PUZZLEOCEAN WAVES, and the latest, MONKEY WRENCH, released May 8th. Terri made her first quilt in 1983, taking up the craft in earnest in 1988 after she was introduced to the rotary cutter. She has worked in quilt shops and has taught quilting. Terri loves speaking to quilt guilds and signing books at quilt shows. She is a member of several guilds and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (and the Quilter’s Alliance, thanks to Mark!) She’s lived in New York, Pennsylvania and now makes her home in Northern California.

About herself, Terri writes: “I am a quilter and a writer and I love to combine the two. My passion is writing about my quilting community. It’s a rich source of intrigue, pathos and comedy! Exploring what makes quilters tick is what I do best.

I find writing and quilting have many similarities. Both stem from a need to create. Both are messy, sometimes tedious and often frustrating. The end result is what it makes it all worthwhile.

Quilting–whether the end result is a work of art or just a work of heart–is always a good use of my time. Same is true of writing.”

“My quilting series follows the adventures of Dewey Pellicano, a Silicon Valley techie who inherits a quilt shop.  The latest is MONKEY WRENCH [see below]. The series, set in San Jose, CA began with WILD GOOSE CHASEOLD MAID’S PUZZLE and OCEAN WAVES follow.

In my Stamping Sister series, you will find FALSE IMPRESSIONSINKED UP and STAMPED OUT. These feature April Buchert, a rubber stamper who moves back to her small hometown in NE Pennsylvania, only to find trouble brewing.”

Here’s the skinny on her newest book!

In Terri’s newest book, Monkey Wrench, a Shop Hop goes horribly wrong and an innocent quilter is killed. Dewey’s mentor, Pearl, is being caught up in a prescription pill scam and her trusted assistant, Vangie, is suspected of killing her sketchy boyfriend.

Shop Hop drama—we’ve all been there! Terri does it justice!!

CLICK HERE for Terri’s website!

Terri has a BLOG, too!

Terri’s on FACEBOOK and TWITTER!

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Knitting Designer, Author, Tour Leader, Purveyor of Organic Products




On her Twitter page, Kristeen’s bio reads: “farm girl. author. mother. potion maker. wife. city chicken wrangler. organic gardener. flower lover. france is in my bones.”

Raised in a family of Seattle jazz musicians, and encouraged to develop her own creative style, knitwear designer Kristeen Griffin-Grimes learned one word early on – improvisation. Coming of age in the 1970’s, after university graduation and teaching in Mexico, she became a bona-fide “back-to-the-lander”, complete with a herd of goats and five acres. Knitting and crochet were not only an artistic diversion, they were a necessity – every piece of clothing the author and her family wore (even her husband’s jeans) was handcrafted.

Putting aside her needlework, Kristeen spent fourteen years as a professional musician and teacher in rural Wisconsin. It was her return to Washington State and subsequent retracing of ancestral roots in France that inspired her to begin her own design company, French Girl, which features knit and crochet patterns known for their inventive construction techniques, unique details and feminine styling.

Enthralled by the beauty of France, where the everyday is elevated to art, in 2006 Kristeen and her husband Philip founded French Girl Tours, leading small group excursions focused on knitting, cuisine and history in the Languedoc region. The tours have expanded to include a week-long immersion in the French countryside with visits to organic farmers and vintners, cooking classes, and a special Winemaker’s Dinner on-site at a working wine domaine. 

Kristeen’s new book is a charts-climbing hit!

Check out her divine designs & products…

CLICK HERE for Kristeen’s website!

CLICK HERE for Kristeen’s blog!

Find Kristeen’s book HERE!


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Author, Quilter, Teacher, Designer



About JENNIFER. . .

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as five collections of quilt patterns inspired by her novels. Her original quilt designs have been featured in Country WomanQuiltmakerQuiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volumes 3-5, and Quilt, and her short stories have appeared in Quiltmaker and Quilters Newsletter. She has taught writing at Penn State and Edgewood College and designs the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

Quilters follow Jennifer’s Elm Creek books with a passion!

Coming this fall:

And we love her designs, too!

Jennifer and I can’t wait to tell you about…

Join Denyse Schmidt, Jennifer Chiaverini, Mark Lipinski (that’s me!) and the Alliance for American Quilts (Quilt Alliance) in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology for an exciting day of inspiration, learning, prizes, samples, a silent auction and gorgeous quilts! The event is a benefit for the Quilt Alliance, documenting, preserving and sharing the history of quilts and their makers since 1993.

This event will include a live Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.) oral history interview with Denyse Schmidt (left), iconic quiltmaker, teacher and entrepreneur whose stunning couture and custom quilts (since 1996) and “work” quilts (since 2003) reinterpret traditional patterns with a modern sensibility. Quilts from Denyse’s new book, “Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration” will be exhibited at the event and Denyse will do a Q&A after her interview as well as a book signing.

Jennifer Chiaverini will be presenting her lecture “The Giving Quilt and Other Stories” and sharing a special preview of her forthcoming novel, “The Giving Quilt” (October 2012), the 20th volume in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. Jennifer will read from the book and satisfy readers’ curiosity in a lively question-and-answer session.

Selected house-shaped quilts from the Alliance’s “Home Is Where the Quilt Is” contest will also be displayed at FIT and the rest will be exhibited at The City Quilter (133 West 25th Street.). And new this year: Even those who can’t make the trip to the Big Apple can enjoy this event and support our cause. Portions of the event will be recorded for distribution via exclusive online video to all those who purchase a “Home Ticket,” which will also include a Quilters Take Manhattan To-Go Pack with goodies provided by sponsors, our event program and the option to purchase a signed copy of Denyse’s new book.

It’s unmissable, cupcakes!

CLICK HERE for Jennifer’s website!

CLICK HERE for Quilters Take Manhattan!

Jennifer’s fabric lines are HERE!

Jennifer’s on FACEBOOK & TWITTER!

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Author, Meditator, Coach, Teacher


About JEFF…

Jeff writes, “My name is Jeff Cannon.  Like each of you, there are many sides to the person I am today.  I am an author, a coach and a teacher.  I am a meditator who enjoys the freedom of the woods and the open sea.  I am also a man who enjoys exploring the science and metaphysics that lie behind who and what we are.

I am an entrepreneur who loves the work that I do and the people that I work with, and I was gifted with a series of brain tumors that forced me to rethink my life and find out what makes us who we are.

The result is a new life based on my own Simple Truth.

Today I love my work, I am passionate about my time, and I have the balance I have always wanted.  No, the sun doesn’t always shine, and no, the world doesn’t always move in my direction.  What what has changed is how I respond to the ups and downs of the world around me.

I can get lost in the feeling of the winds and the waves.  I can get equally lost in my work.    The balance that I have found did not come easy, but it’s something that I enjoy sharing with those around me.

I spent much of my life in the business world, so I know what the pressures of the modern world can do to someone.  I know that giving up yourself to fit in isn’t the answer.  I also know that running away is not the solution to the issues we all face.  It’s why I do what I do, and why I created the business I am in.

My approach to living has helped hundreds of people reduce their stress and minimize distractions that detour your life.  It is why my life is now dedicated to teaching what I learned to those around me.”

Jeff’s new book reveals what he has learned…


Jeff and I are discussing his latest essay:

Baby Stepping Your Way to a New Life (click to read it!)

CLICK HERE for Jeff’s website!

Jeff blogs HERE!




Painter, Author, Teacher



Sharon Finmark is the author of 600 Watercolor Mixes and the new 500 Acrylic Mixes, among other books. She trained at St. Martin’s College of Art and currently teaches drawing, painting, and the history of color in contemporary art at the City Lit College in London. She writes for The Artist magazine and has published several books. She lives in England.

On her website, Sharon says, “I was appointed Artist-in-Residence for BBC Radio’s 4’s Today programme in 2001 and previously have worked backstage at the National Theatre and with The Royal Shakespeare Company, sketching actors such as Robert Lindsay, Ian Holm and Barbara Flyn. My sketch of Robert Lindsay was shortlisted for the prestigious Garrick Milne Prize.”

Sharon’s works strongly convey mood and place…

Sharon’s new book is an acrylic painter’s must-have!

Color is fundamental to painting and the ability to mix and reproduce specific hues is a key skill. Color theory can be dull and complicated; but in 500 Acrylic Mixes experienced artist and teacher Sharon Finmark demonstrates color mixing with acrylic paints in a practical and easy-to-follow way. A variety of color-mixing techniques are covered, including palette mixing, impasto, and overlaying.

In addition to being an extensive visual sourcebook to more than 500 acrylic paint color mixes, paintings are featured throughout, each of which is accompanied by a breakdown of the colors, mixes, and techniques used to achieve a specific effect.

Whether you’re a longtime student of the studio or simply searching for a few perfect hues, 500 Acrylic Mixes will show you how to create color palettes you’ll love!

Sharon’s also authored…

CLICK HERE for Sharon’s website!

Find Sharon’s book HERE!

Sharon’s on FACEBOOK!


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