Creative Mojo Rides Again! September 5, 2012


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski!

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Art Director, Designer, Mr. Electric Himself



Did you know…

Mr. Electric attended the Gregg Accordion School in San Diego for two years?

Yes indeedy, cupcakes, Mr. E plays a mean “Lady of Spain”!

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Art Quilter, Author, Teacher, Restorer, Appraiser


About MARY…

Mary says, “I am an American Quilt Society certified appraiser and an award winning quilter. I grew up in a family of quilters and have been teaching since 1987.  I currently lecture and conduct workshops that focus on quilt history and the preservation of antique textiles. In addition, I am the owner of Pieced of Olde, a small business that specializes in restoration and repair of antique textiles. My husband Ralph and I currently live outside of Washington, DC.

I am an active member of the Professional Appraisers Association for Quilters Textiles (PAAQT), the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG), American Quilters Society, Cabin Branch Quilters, Quilters Unlimited, Mason Dixon QPN, the Virginia Quilt Consortium, the Quilt Professionals Network, MMS, and several quilt dating groups in my area.

I love all things old and cherished; a deep faith, family relationships, good friends, old papers, vintage textiles. I get my energy by taking pieces and scraps from yesterday and making them into new works of art. Each compilation quilt honors those who came before us and celebrates all that we are able to do and be today.

I am truly blessed to be able to work with other quilters and historians in my appraisal practice. I am allowed to play with the vintage quilts and investigate the family stories. I am constantly amazed by the wondrous things my fellow quilters are making today. I am honored to see people’s eyes light up at my lectures and in my workshops. And yes, I also get to quilt!

I am truly blessed.”

Mary’s works embrace and embody the past…


Mary and I are discussing an exciting opportunity for quilters:

Dare to Dance Quilts!

Mary says, “I am thrilled to announce an exciting three-part opportunity for Art Quilters! Come play with me as I present a publishing opportunity and a traveling exhibit. Submissions deadline is February 15, 2013.” Entrants will submit a 18 x 30 art quilt interpreting the theme Dare to Dance: An Artist’s Interpretation of Joy…

CLICK HERE to learn more about Dare to Dance!

CLICK HERE for Mary’s website…so much info about her projects!



Author, Quilter/Designer, Textile Historian



About EDIE…

Edie McGinnis began her career at The Kansas City Star in 1987 and during that time she has become a devoted advocate for reviving The Star’s tradition of publishing quilt blocks.  She is now part of the Star Books staff.

She has written eleven books for The Kansas City Star, including the best-selling Feedsacks!  In addition, she writes a column for The Star’s quilt Web site, The Star has also published single patterns of two quilts Edie has designed.

Edie lectures on The Kansas City Star quilt patterns, their history, and the designers who worked at The Star from 1928-1961 when the patterns were originally published.  She has been quilting for about 30 years and is a member of The American Quilting Society and The Quilters Guild of Greater Kansas City.

Edie’s written so many terrific books….

Today we’re talking about her latest!

Oh those scrappy quilts with stories to tell and mysteries to solve.  Look closely.  See this bit of plaid in purple?  Here it is again in green … and yellow … and red!  One can’t help but wonder where those bits and pieces came from.

Edie McGinnis explores the origins of these delightful scraps: likely from one of the nation’s Garment Districts.  During the heyday of the Kansas City garment district, it was said that one in every seven women in the country wore a coat or suit made there.  You’ll learn about the locale and the players: immigrant workers who toiled the factories, designers whose splashy lives became the daily news, and the museum there today.  AND where all those scraps went!

You’ll also find easy-to-follow directions to make eight spectacular scrap quilts – some from old designs, some new – and a handful of fun projects.  Best of all: a portion of the proceeds from this book will go to support Kansas City’s Garment District Museum.

Great cause! Super patterns! What’s not to love?

CLICK HERE for Edie’s blog at!

Find Edie’s book HERE!

Edie’s on FACEBOOK!

Kansas City Star’s on TWITTER!

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Designer, Teacher, Author, Business Owner



About DENYSE. . .

Denise says, “I grew up in central Massachusetts in an area of old textile mill towns. Both my parents made things: my mom sewed a lot of her own clothes as well as clothes for four kids, and my dad made furniture. They were both very skilled—nothing ever looked homemade—and while they took pride in their work, they never considered themselves craftspeople or artists. They had careers (my dad was an engineer, my mom an educator with two masters degrees), but having grown up during the depression, they, like others of their generation, did not spend money if they could help it! When you needed something, you made it yourself.

I started making things when I was little, and never stopped. I studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design, and had more than a few different careers over the years. I finally patched together my many eclectic experiences when I created my business ten years ago.”

Denyse’s designs burst with color…homey and modern all at once:

Denyse and I can’t wait to dish about…

Join Denyse Schmidt, Jennifer Chiaverini, Mark Lipinski (c’est moi!) 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 quiltastic, friends!

CLICK HERE for Denyse’s website!

CLICK HERE for Quilters Take Manhattan!

Denyse’s fabric lines are HERE!

Denyse is on FACEBOOK!

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Designer, Knitter, Crocheter, Author, Teacher


About NICKY…

Nicky Epstein is a world renowned knitwear designer, teacher and author of over 20 bestselling books. Her knitting and crochet books range from highly original resource books, to historical books, to travel books, to Barbie Doll books, to amazingly creative design fashion/pattern books. Her books are “must haves” in the libraries of designers and knitters alike, and she has won the National Independent Book Publisher’s Award for Best Craft Book Of The Year…three times!

Her innovative, fashionable, whimsical and award-winning designs have appeared in every major knitwear magazine, in museums and on television, and she has taught classes to knitters around the world and hosted many Vogue Knitting Tours overseas as well as others.

She has also designed her own beautiful line of silk scarves, buttons and clasps.

She loves to share her expertise and enthusiasm for knitting, with countless fans, who appreciate her imaginative techniques along with her seemingly unending creative designs.

She lives in New York City but travels extensively, bringing her knitting along.

Nicky’s book covers reveal her breathtaking range…

Nicky’s new book is simply sumptuous!

Our universe is filled with circles: the earth, the moon, the sun, sewing and knitting circles, and of course circles of friends. In Nicky Epstein’s latest book, KNITTING IN CIRCLES: 100 Circular Patterns for Sweaters, Bags, Hats, Afghans, and More (Potter Craft, $29.99), Nicky boldly challenges how knitters think about making and using circular shapes to create stunning one-of-a-kind projects.

Nicky offers knitters more than 100 patterns for circles and circular shapes that can be used in 20 attention-grabbing projects for sweaters, dresses, bags, hats, afghans, and more. Each chapter focuses on a specific technique, from basics to ornate, colorwork to cables. Nicky then shows readers how to mix, match, and easily combine the patterns, using the cut-and-paste design templates, to create garments and accessories that are unique and individual.


Check out this behind-the-scenes glimpse of a Knitting in Circles photo shoot!

CLICK HERE for Nicky’s website!

Nicky blogs HERE!

Find Nicky’s new book HERE!

Nicky has a super page at Vogue Knitting!



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4 Comments on “Creative Mojo Rides Again! September 5, 2012”

  1. Arlette
    September 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM #

    Can Jeff play his accordian on the show?! Fun!!


  2. Paule-Marie
    September 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM #

    my hubby played accordian in Guido Canevari’s accordian band when he was young. Has Jeff been to the accordian festival in Cotati, CA?


  3. Robin in DE
    September 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM #

    I hope this means you’re feeling better! ❤


  4. September 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM #

    Yay, Mr. Electric!!

    I was just rereading Mary Kerr’s article in Quilter’s Home about what quilt appraisers have to deal with sometimes. Hope you get her to tell some good stories. 🙂

    I have some of Nicky Epstein’s books on edgings. They’re gorgeous.

    Looks like a fun show!


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