News flash!

Thanks to reader support over the years, starting in 2007, both Quilting Arts Magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors will be going to a six-issue publication schedule. Here’s how the publishing schedules break down:

Quilting Arts MagazineFebruary/MarchApril/MayJune/JulyAugust/SeptemberOctober/November


Cloth Paper ScissorsJanuary/FebruaryMarch/AprilMay/JuneJuly/AugustSeptember/October


To say I’m excited about the new schedule is an understatement; it just means we can do so much more with both publications. With no quilt shows on the immediate horizon, we’ll be heavily focused on editorial so if you have a piece of artwork or a technique you want us to feature, do tell us about it. (Submission guidelines can be found on our Quilting Arts, LLC, website.)

In celebration of the new publishing schedule, the first FIVE people who answer the following question AND email me their address will get a FREE ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION or RENEWAL to either Quilting Arts Magazine or Cloth Paper Scissors. Please note: You must be the first five to answer the following question on the blog and email me your address at

Question: What was the single most beautiful, inspiring piece of artwork you saw within the last twelve months and where did you see it? Why did the piece have so much meaning for you? If you don’t remember the name or artist, please describe the piece and let us know where you saw it.
If you see that you’re not in the first five, I hope you’ll still share with us!

Now for some inspiration…

In September I mailed 30 people kind enough to read this blog a small package of embellishments, which included hand-dyed coffee filters, ribbons, papers, fabric, and other bits of ephemera. (To see the particulars of the challenge scroll down to the blog post entitled “In Thanks.”)

There were no rules how to use the package particulars and the results show how diverse and creative all of you are. I am so humbled by the talent!

Here are just a handful of some of the creations (I’ll be posting more later):

Sue Bleiweiss


Ginger Henkel


Joanna van Ritbergen


Karen Stiehl Osborn


Lisa Gallup


In other news, tomorrow (Saturday) I’ll be connecting with Bernie Berlin in New Hampshire to meet my new dog Sophie from Bernie’s rescue program, A Place To Bark. John and I are so excited to welcome Sophie to our family, and I hope to post some pictures on the blog soon to kick off Bernie’s mixed-media auction on eBay later in the month.


Have a beautiful weekend, everybody.