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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski!
3 pm -5 pm EST 2 pm – 4 pm CST 1 pm – 3 pm MST 12 pm – 2 pm PST
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5 ARTISTS ANSWER:
Have You Ever Felt That Your Personal Expectations Have Limited Your Creativity?
Longarm Quilter, Pattern Designer
Donna Laing is a quiltmaker who is passionate about her craft. She enjoys both traditional and contemporary quilting, and has an abiding interest in antique quilts. She has been quilting for over 40 years, and has made hundreds of quilts. She is the owner of North Star Quality Quilting, a professional longarm quilting service operated from her home in Bucks County, PA.
Her quilting for Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy has appeared in their books and also in QUILT LIFE and QUILT magazines. Some of her personal quilts have been purchased by dealers and by private collectors. Her work, “Reconstruction” was awarded first prize in a national quilt competition sponsored by P&B Textiles and Quilter’s Newsletter magazine. This quilt was exhibited at the Allentown Art Museum. Several other quilts that Donna has quilted have received awards. Liza Lucy’s Cartwheel quilt received Roberta Horton’s teacher ribbon at the 2009 PA Quilt Extravaganza. Fran Vanderveer’s quilt ribboned at the Northeast Quilts Unlimited Show in Old Forge NY in 2010. At the 2007 Keystone Quilters Show , the NQA-certified judge awarded three ribbons to quilts that Donna quilted. Sandy Stiegler’s whimsical “Where’s the Beef” bed quilt won the Best in Show for Machine Quilting rosette and also a second place red ribbon. Helen Marie Marshall’s handsome “Ezekiel’s Wheel” bed quilt took the white third place ribbon at the same show.
Donna is a member of both the Newtown Quilters Guild and the NorthEast Pennsylvania Longarm Guild. She is also active in the online quilting community. She designs quilt patterns and and shares many of her designs with her cyber-sisters by leading online sew-ins. Donna teaches quiltmaking and other needle arts in private classes and workshops. She loves sharing her passion for quilts and for quilting with her clients, her students and her friends.
Donna continues to take quilting classes for pleasure and for professional development. She received certificates for continuing education in machine quilting from the Machine Quilters’ Expo and has attended Quilt Odyssey each year for the last 12 years. She volunteers with Project Linus, a national organization that provides to seriously ill and traumatized children with quilts handmade with love. For four years, Donna was the coordinator for the Philadelphia chapter. She leads a drive each year to provide quilts for 100 grieving children at Camp Erin, a camp funded by the Moyer Foundation. The 100 campers who will attend Camp Erin each spring will need quilts, so Donna is always busy rallying her quilting friends! She enjoys making and delivering quilts to the children.
CLICK HERE for Donna’s website!
Quilter, Crafter, Designer
Liz blogs HERE!
“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
and “The Frog Prince”.
About her project pictured above, Pam says, “The final dimensions are 4″x6″..and the challenge for me was to piece on a miniature scale. It also has raw edge appliqué for the 4 girls. The other quilt was made from scraps of this quilt..and since I had the tiny bed and the frog button, I made it into the Frog Prince quilt.”
Pam’s on FACEBOOK, CHANGE.ORG, and GOODREADS!
ELIZABETH QUINCY NIX
Elizabeth’s on FACEBOOK!
Poet, Writer, Teacher, Collage Artist
SUSAN GOLDSMITH WOOLDRIDGE
Susan presents writing and creativity workshops around the U.S. She’s in her seventh year of a series to foster creative expression among people of all ages and backgrounds in rural California libraries sponsored by Poets and Writers organization and the California Center for the Book.
Susan helps people begin to begin to play with language and imagery. She encourages everyone to begin a collage journal and some of her workshops now include collage with found objects. Her workshops have been featured in Poets and Writers magazine.
Susan’s home base is a co-housing village in Chico, California, at the edge of Bidwell Park (or Sherwood Forest)–where Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood was filmed.
We’re talking about Susan’s spirited guide to poetry and self-expression…
And don’t miss Susan’s other works!
CLICK HERE for Susan’s website!
Buy Susan’s poemcrazy HERE!
Susan is on FACEBOOK!
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Author, Teacher, Poet, Musician, Performance Artist
ANNIE RACHELE LANZILLOTTO
About ANNIE. . .
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is the author of L IS FOR LION: AN ITALIAN BRONX BUTCH FREEDOM MEMOIR (SUNY Press 2013), and the book of poetry SCHISTSONG (Bordighera Press 2013). She is the songwriter and vocalist of the albums BLUE PILL (Annie Lanzillotto Band / StreetCry Productions) a rock and blues collaboration with Adeel Salman, ELEVEN RECITATIONS, (StreetCry), and CARRY MY COFFEE, (StreetCry), a duet with cellist Lori Goldston. Lanzillotto was born and raised in the Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx, and in Yonkers, New York, of Barese heritage. She received a B.A. with honors in medical anthropology from Brown University and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poem Triple Bypass won the Italian American Writers Association Paolucci Award in Poetry, and was published in the 2002 anthology, THE MILK OF ALMONDS: ITALIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS ON FOOD AND CULTURE, edited by Edvige Giunta and Louise DeSalvo. Her poems Manhattan Schist, and My Grandmother’s Hands both won Rose and John Petracca Awards second place fromPhiladelphia Poets. Lanzillotto made her acting debut in 1993 with her solo show, CONFESSIONS OF A BRONX TOMBOY: My Throwing Arm, This Useless Expertise at Under One Roof Theater and Manhattan Class Company in New York City. Lanzillotto received fellowships and performance commissions from New York Foundation For The Arts, Dancing In The Streets, Dixon Place, Franklin Furnace, The Rockefeller Foundation. Her shows include: Pocketing Garlic (Franklin Furnace), How to Wake Up a Marine in a Foxhole (The Kitchen), a’Schapett, at The Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx. (Dancing In The Streets, Rockefeller MAP Fund), The Flat Earth: Wheredddafhuck Did New York Go?(Dixon Place). Lanzillotto teaches master classes in solo performance for the Acting Apprentice Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and guest lectures in Theatre Outreach at Sarah Lawrence College.
Annie and I are discussing her vibrant new book!
CLICK HERE for Annie’s website!
Buy Annie’s book HERE!
Check out Annie’s music HERE!
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Novelist, Quilter, Teacher
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.
But as diverse and enriching as these experiences were, it was a conversation with a stranger that pointed Marie toward her true calling.
With her third book, ON WINGS OF THE MORNING, going into its fourth printing, Marie stopped to tell the story of a day in 1994. Then the mother to three active young sons, Marie went on a much-needed vacation to a resort with some girlfriends. While there, she decided to attend a writer’s workshop, “not from any desire to become a writer,” she said, “but as a way to avoid playing tennis with my friends. I’m hopelessly unathletic.” At the end of the week the instructor approached her, and thinking she was a professional writer, asked what she’d published.
“I just laughed. I told him that I was a mom, and the only thing I wrote was grocery lists.” The instructor insisted that whether Marie knew it or not, she was a writer. Marie thanked him for the compliment, saying she wasn’t a writer, just someone who hadn’t fired her imaginary friends when she grew up. “Then he leaned toward me and said, ‘Well, what do you think writers are?’ That got my attention. I think I realized then that he was onto something, that my secret identity had finally been unmasked.”
The signs were there from an early age. A voracious reader by the age of three, Marie said one of her first literary endeavors was a screenplay she wrote for “Camelot” before she was old enough to attend public school. The musical was a favorite of Marie’s, and, not having seen the movie, she wrote her own story to go with the music she’d heard on her grandmother’s record player. In high school, Marie wrote short stories and “a lot of sad, self-absorbed teenage poetry,” which earned her the school English award.
Marie’s eclectic reading provides endless inspiration for her stories. Her first two books, FIELDS OF GOLD and RIVER’S EDGE, are set in the years surrounding World War II. Though she received frequent letters from readers asking for a sequel to FIELDS OF GOLD, Marie wasn’t sure if she should write another book set in that period. Then she picked up a book about the Women Air Force Service Pilots, the WASP, who flew thousands of non-combat missions during World War II, and knew she had to write about them.
As Marie learned about the history of the WASP, the story of Georgia June Carter, the heroine of ON WINGS OF THE MORNING, became clear in her mind. Library Journal published a Q & A with Marie and a review of the November 2008 book. The same month her first contemporary story, “A High Kicking Christmas,” appeared in COMFORT AND JOY, a Christmas anthology with Fern Michaels.
Born in Eugene, Oregon, the youngest of four sisters experienced a life of comfort in her early years, then financial hardships after her parents’ divorce. But childhood summers spent working in the fields taught her industry and the dignity of good, hard work. They also provided the insight into the hearts and minds of small communities, the settings for her novels.
Marie dedicated four years to writing FIELDS OF GOLD. Published in 2005 by Kensington Books, FIELDS OF GOLD was a finalist for the prestigious Oklahoma Book Award and for RT BOOKclub magazine’s Best Historical Saga Award. RIVER’S EDGE won the Golden Quill Award, was a finalist for a National Readers’ Choice Award and was an alternate selection of the Literary Guild.
Marie enjoys volunteering to help others. When she was twenty-five, she became the first president of a new chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Georgia. Living in Colorado in her early thirties, she managed Promise Keepers seminars designed to train ministers to better understand the needs of men in their congregations. Then, in Mexico, she was the volunteer director of development for Manos de Ayuda (Helping Hands), a medical mission to the poor.
“It feels like the rest of my life and experiences were the lessons that I had to master so I could do this thing I was truly meant to do,” Marie said, adding, “I can’t imagine being anything but a writer.”
Today Marie lives in Connecticut with Brad, her husband, and their one son still in high school. When not writing or volunteering for her church, she enjoys quilting, watching movies and sipping tea on the front porch with her friends and spending time with her family.
Marie’s literary output is amazing!
Marie’s got a brand-new book to tell us about!
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