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The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.
Frida Kahlo

Every journey begins with
a single step

Sometimes when we start a journey, the mountain seems overwhelmingly tall. The path is so steep, there are so many skills to learn, it's such a long climb!

It can be daunting. What we often don't take into account is that AS YOU CLIMB you build the skills you need to make the ascent! Once you make that first step you are on your way (and already lapping the people still sitting on their couch!)
When we begin a new piece of art, the vision in our head might be clear, but the techniques needed to create it might be fuzzy. Sometimes we let the fear of failing keep us from starting at all. 

Let me tell you a little story.

The work you see above was crystal clear in my head for SIX YEARS! But I had no way to create the fabric I saw in my mind's eye. I had to wait for inkjet printing on fabric to be invented before I could print photos of my ancestors seen in the border and in the faces.

I didn't know how I would finish. But I knew many of the other techniques so I simply started. I drafted patterns. I started painting and stitching the tree and leaves. I started learning photoshop so I could create the collages I needed.

The skills I gained while I was working without a clear path to the finished work helped me find the materials, techniques, and skills I needed to finish. Those skills also helped me expand my work into new, previously unexplored areas.

What is the first step towards
YOUR next dream?
Take it!

 "Courage wasn't a matter of taking the whole mountain in a single massive leap. Courage was taking it one step at a time, doing what was necessary now, preparing for the next step, and refusing to worry about whether some step in the future would be the one that would break him."

- Timothy Zahn, 'Star Wars'.

I know you can do this!

Join Lyric for one of these Adventures!

The Academy for Virtual Teaching Masterclass

If you have ever wondered how to create a sustainable business doing what you love, I invite you to join the Academy for Virtual Teaching!
Registration for the February 7, 2022 Masterclass, is open
Tell me more!
Registration includes:
  • Lifetime Academy membership, a supportive group of colleagues who continually lift and support each other.
  • In depth instruction on every part of a virtual teachign business (equipment, video editing, marketing, administration, etc)
  • The opportunity to build your first on-demand course on our shared platform with no further financial outlays. Begin earning BEFORE you invest in other platforms and services.

Thu 2/24, 9am-4pm

If you’ve looked with secret longing to the world of art quilts but don’t know where to start, Abstract-A-Licious is the class for you. We will work through through concrete exercises designed to help you create ideas for original abstract quilts.
Register now for Lyric's Workshops
This will be the first time in almost two years that I've been able to teach this class! Let's all be fully vaccinated and wear your masks so we can do this safely. 

It's going to be SO MUCH FUN!

A week that could change your art practice forever!

Sun, August 21 to Sat, August 27, 2022
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
Sign Up before space is gone

Calls for Entry

The following calls for entry focus on shows that feature art quilts and textiles. You can find further dates at
Listings include entry deadline, Name of show, URL, exhibit/shipping dates


Feb 1, 2022
14th Annual International Biennial of Contemporary textile and Fiber Art "Scythia" (Ivano-Frankivs'k, Ukraine)
Scythia Textile
June 1-15, 2022

Feb 1, 2022
Fiesta 2022 (Albuquerque, NM)
April 14-16, 2022 

Feb 2, 2022
Mixed Media Handweavers Guild
July 28 - 31, 2022

Feb 5, 2022 (SAQA SoCAL, SNV)

Forever Changed (Roseville, CA)
April 1, 2022 - May 28, 2022

February 7, 2022
Send Us Some Flowers Indiana Heritage Quilt Show(Bloomington, IN)
Mar 3 - 5, 2022 (ship + show)

Feb 9, 2022
Yardage Exhibit, Handweavers Guild
July 28 - 31, 2022

February 10, 2022 (SAQA NCA, NNV)
Prism Play: A Full Spectrum of Art Quilts
Quilts returned Dec 2026 or by arrangement

February 10, 2022
Quilt Visions 2022(San Diego, CA)
Quilt Visions 2022 | SAQA - Studio Art Quilt Associates
Sept 21, 2022- Jan 13, 2023

Feb 23, 2022
Wearable Art, Handweavers Guild
July 28 - 31, 2022


March 10, 2022
Genesee Valley QuiltFest (Rochester, NY)
May 5-22, 2022 (ship+show)

March 15, 2022
Small Expressions (Knoxville, Tn)
July 13, 2022 - June 2023 traveling 

March 31, 2022 (FRCQ members)
Truth (Colorado)
Apr-May 2022 (online)

March 31, 2022 (SAQA CO, WY, UT)
Wild!(Brigham, UT)
June 25, 2022 - Sept 15, 2022 possible travel after



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