Creative Mojo Strikes Again!

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So much information!

Some laughs!

Interesting guests!


February 26, 2014

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 Quilt Designers and Authors



About Carol and Bobbi…

Carol Gilham Jones lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her sweetheart, Charles, and their dogs, Sumo and Grace. Bobbi Finley Lives in San Jose, California, with Her Cat, Thomas, near her son and  daughter-in-law, Todd and Kimberly.  Bobbi and Carol have the good fortune of meeting at a San Francisco Bay Area quilting retreat in 1990. The friendship the grew out of they are meeting soon included working together on quilts, despite their geographic distance. After collaborating on many quilt projects over the years, they wrote their first book together, Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form, which was published by C&T Publishing in 2010. And now, reinventing again, they offer this book, their latest collaboration

Bobbi is pleased to have one of her quilts in the collection of the American Museum of Folk Art in New York and feels fortunate that her quilts, have been recognized in books and exhibits. Her love for exploring the history of quilts and their makers have led her to actively participate in the American Quilt Study Group, serving as a board member and former coordinator of this study quilt exhibits.

Carol’s quilts have twice appeared on the cover of the magazine Quilters Newsletter and in many other publications, including Judy Warren Blaydon’s Collage+Cloth = Quilt, published by C & T publishing in 2010. In 2004 and 2005, a quilt Carol made with Bobbi and Georgann Eglinski travel throughout Japan in the exhibition Japanese Imagery in 100 Quilts, which featured the work of 75 artists from Japan and 25 from other countries.

On today’s Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with these two talented women about their reinventing 18 classic quilts from that International Quilt Study Center & Museum and their book, Fresh Perspectives, published by C&T Publishing.

You’ll love these contemporary interpretations of antique quilts from the International Quilt Study Center. Bobbi Finley and Carol Gillham Jones pored through the museum’s collection to find inspiration quilts for their latest project designs, ranging from simply functional to delightfully pictorial. These projects show off a remarkable array of styles, settings, and colorways—each adaptation uniquely mirrors the essential qualities of each quilt. Celebrate our rich quilt heritage by making these projects using various techniques like appliqué or improvisational piecing with traditional blocks. Plus you’ll learn how to approach designing an artistic spin on your own antique treasures.


Here is a sampling of just some of the quilt projects from Carol and Bobbi’s book:

One quilt went from this . . .


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The Bobbi & Carol Dynamic Duo  has  another sensational book . . .


Visit Carol Gilham Jones’ blog by CLICKING HERE

Visit Bobbi Finley’s blog by CLICKING HERE


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Editor, Writer, Mixed-Media Master


About Cate…

Cate says, “A lifelong writer and editor, I’ve been with Cloth Paper Scissors since its debut in 2004. I’m editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios and Online Editor for Quilting Daily.


My book, Mixed-Media Self-Portraits, Inspiration & Techniques (Interweave), was published in 2008 and I dabble in an ever-widening variety of art media, primarily fabric collage and embroidery.  I live with my husband, two teenage daughters, and various pets in an antique home in central Massachusetts. I brake for vintage fabrics and linens, and the occasional roadside table and chair.”

On today’s Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski,  Cate and I chat about the nagging self doubt that creative people and artists are plagued by and how to stop doubt in its tracks!

Of course you’ve seen the wondrous mags Cate mentioned…right?


And definitely don’t miss Cate’s books…



CLICK HERE for Cate’s blog posts!

CLICK HERE to read Quilting Daily online!

Cloth Paper Scissors is on FACEBOOK!

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Beading Designer, Author, Crafter



Chasing Amy…

Amy grew up in rural Minnesota and began a life of crafting with a box of leftover fabric scraps, wallpaper samples, ribbon, buttons, and unwanted notions. She entered her teens with a passion for drawing, her college years with a passion for sewing, and her early thirties with a passion for beading. Today, she loves to experiment with all media–learning to paint, solder jewelry, and more. She loves to brainstorm ideas for more creative projects and books.

Create 23 cute and clever bugs and little crawly critters out of beads, wire, and other craft materials with Amy’s new book,  Bead Bugs! Each project is shown in step-by-step photos with clear instructions that anyone can follow. Variations of each project encourage the crafter to imagine all kinds of ways to make the bugs unique. Bead bugs and critters can be used in various ways—as ornaments, put on display, made into jewelry, made into mobiles, displayed in a terrarium, or framed in shadow boxes.

On today’s Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with Amy Kopperude about her new book, Bead Bugs: Cute, Creepy, and Quirky Projects to Make with Beads, Wire, and Fun Found Objects.

Here are just a few projects from Amy Kopperude’s book, BEAD BUGS: 

Stick Insect Hat Pin


Honey Bee Tea Infuser


Picnic Ant Magnets


Fly Tie Tack


Scorpion Sand Garden

Bead Bugs

Take a look at Amy’s half-way point in her 365 Spider Project:

Visit Amy Kopperude’s AMAZING Etsy store by CLICKING HERE

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Quilt Designer, Author, Entrepreneur



About Janna …

USAUS LLC has been created by husband and wife team, Paul and Janna. Paul, an Australian, was an aircraft maintenance engineer  and Janna, an American, is the author of Courtship Quilts; Inspired by the Victorian Language of Flowers, published by Martingale & Co 2005 and a quilt designer.The USAUS trademark was a blend of their two countries. The western side of the U.S and the eastern side of Australia. Hence, the U.S. and AUS.Now based in Loveland Colorado, USAUS LLC manufacture, distribute and sell their own patent pending products which are new and innovative, made of the highest quality materials by the old fashioned standard of making products which are built tough enough to last from one generation to the next!

bloc loc

Because USAUS are the manufacturers, distributors and retail sales, mark ups are low, and the savings are passed on to you, the customer.  When we get better deals on supply, those savings are passed on directly to you, the customer. For this reason, prices will fluctuate from time to time. Most of USAUS’s products are not available in stores.

USAUS ‘s products are:

Pin n Press TM    the ultimate pinning and pressing station.

Hang in a Round TM    can easily store  36 or more rulers and templates without losing any of their valuable work area. We are always developing new models and strive to excel!

Slide n Hide TMwill pamper the Quilter with a huge drawer under the table to hold the largest of rulers and cutting mats safely out of sight. Slide n Hide is available in two sizes, the Petite and the Xtreme.

Bloc_Loc TM  will take the Quilter to a whole new level of accuracy when squaring up half square triangles and Flying Geese. No more “ruler rock” using Bloc_Loc, guaranteed !

Navigator TM will give the novice and experienced longarm quilter alike,  greater control of their longarm when doing intricate free hand quilting.

USAUS prides itself on bringing new and innovative products to the quilting market that serve the specialized needs of quilters everywhere, but, we only release a new product after it has been thoroughly tested and refined by Quilters.

USAUS is proud to be publishing quilt books that take all the math and guesswork out of quilting so that quilters can spend their precious time creating. Border Bling! will be the first title to be released around the end of 2010 (Janna has promised!) by USAUS Publications and it features easy, strip-pieced borders (with no math guaranteed). It will be printed in USA.

All of the products made by USAUS must adhere to our five production principles:

  • Made in USA, with good old-fashioned durability
  • Must be innovative, fulfilling quilters needs
  • Must be simple and easy to use
  • Must be tested extensively by Quilters to ensure quality
  • Must in some way bring  bliss to quilters


Why does Janna love Niagara Spray Starch and how does she use it?   Listen in!

Take a look at the Bloc Loc ruler in action!

To check out Janna’s website CLICK HERE

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And when your MOJO listening’s done. . .

If you’ve never used Auriful Thread. . .

. . .  then you haven’t really sewn!

Why not start off with my BASICS ?


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2 Comments on “Creative Mojo Strikes Again!”

  1. February 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM #

    Well, I’m glad to see there’s a podcast available because when I tried to listen to the live show all I got was the theme song and then silence. 😦 Looking forward to listening to it this weekend.


  2. March 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM #

    Great show, Mark!

    I totally agree with you about needing better pattern writers. We also need pattern testers! So many of the mistakes/sloppy pattern writing I encounter would have been caught and fixed if the patterns were tested before publication. And it’s not just quilt patterns; I’m working on a Swedish weaving project and a cross stitch project that obviously were not tested.


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