“The Skin We Are In” Online Quilt Art Show – Calling All Quilt Artists

The BadAss Quilters Society is calling all quilt artists for submissions

The background (excerpt):

The Skin We Are In exhibit was born out of the absolute incredulous frustration at the AQS Quilt show  people pulling not one but two works by the Art Quilter Kathy Nida due to a single complaint of one show guest who “thought they saw” a penis on one of the quilts that were part of the SAQA exhibit within the the AQS traveling quilt show. Get the full story here, right from the quilter herself!  There was no Penis.

When and what (excerpt):

Starting January the second (2nd) BadAss Quilters Society will open to submissions from quilt artists world wide whose work deals with the raw human form. Yes, that means if your work leads you to doing the naked human body in quilted form this is the show for you.  Currently this show will be curated as an standing online exhibit with the hopes of getting it picked up into an actual traveling quilt show ( how cool would that be?)

For details read the full article on the BadAss Quilters Society blog.

And here once more the link to the story behind I Was Not Wearing a Life Jacket, the “offensive” work by Kathy Nida, which had been touring with the People and Portraits exhibit since October 2013 before being pulled from the AOS Quilt Show.

“I Was Not Wearing a Life Jacket” – art quilt by Kathy Nida. Image courtesy of Kathy Nida

Even if you’re not interested in participating in the exhibition, Kathy Nida’s articles give wonderful insights into her creative process and techniques, with many images from her sketchbook and her quilts, and detailed how-to’s.

Please share to spread the word!!!


Free Colouring Book with 15 Printable Coloring Pages for Adults


I’m so excited!🙂

Some of my drawings have been featured in the latest free colouring book by Prime Publishing LLC – the publishing house behind FaveCrafts.com – and, to my great surprise, my Healing Hearts design even made it to the cover page.

15 Printable Free Colouring Pages for Adults
Free eBook with 15 Printable Colouring Pages for Adults

The editors have created a wonderful little eBook! On altogether 28 pages, they curated a beautiful collection of relaxing and uplifting designs in a variety of styles, topics and sizes.

And not just that: Editor Kaylee Pope has also included three articles with helpful tips and very interesting insights regarding the balancing effects of colouring (as if we needed an “excuse”😉 ):

  • How to Print These Coloring Book Pages
  • Coloring Therapy: Scribble Stress Away
  • Coloring Book Therapy: Fad or Fact?

You can download the complete Free Colouring Book with 15 Printable Coloring Pages for Adults, or the Healing Hearts design as a printable PDF sample page.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


Images courtesy of FaveCrafts.

So-easy-to-sew portable bed

…for surprise guests or sleep-overs or camping or…

On facebook, I just came across this portable bed made from pillows – it’s so quick and easy to sew you can whip it up in an hour!

“…sew 4 pillow cases together, insert the pillows and you have a bed for all purposes. It’s also easy to keep clean as the pillows just slip out and the covers can go in the wash!”


Sorry – the facebook embed code only renders as a link – no pics😦

Immediately my mind started spinning and came up with a more elaborate (and certainly more time consuming!) alternative for quilters:

Instead of sewing ready-made pillow covers together,

  • Lay out the pillows and measure to determine the overall size; adding an inch or two for each pillow to make the pillows slip in with ease.
  • As the top layer, sew a full-sized quilt top (according to the measurements you took) and quilt it.
  • For the bottom layer, cut a piece of sturdy fabric the same length as the top but 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) wider.
  • On the two short sides and a long one, sew the top together with a sturdy fabric  as the bottom layer.
  • Then sew across both layers to make compartments for the pillows.

May take a while to do, but you get a one-of-a-kind portable bed with all your love sewn in.🙂

If you’d like more detailed instructions for a quilted portable bed, please tell me in the comments. If there’s sufficient interest I’ll publish a pattern with a step-by-step tutorial.


Colouring Time = Me-time


As quilters you’re creative, so you may not be into colouring, doodles or tangles. But do you always feel like stitching something, or rather: Does it always relax you?

I love hand-stitching so much that I get withdrawal symptoms when I don’t do it for a while, but there are also often times when I feel to tired or too stressed for stitching…OK, I admit it, times when I’m a bit worried that my stitches won’t be as regular because I just can’t focus, for whatever reason.

That’s when I like to do some doodles or colouring in – to keep my hands busy and my mind still.

These thoughts (“What is it about colouring or tangles that makes it so relaxing?“) went through my head yesterday when I got my first assignment for the Mini Digital Product Mastermind Group.

This first task was to describe and find the so-called Ideal Customer and to identify one to three problems this customer has. As you can imagine, describing an Ideal Customer for colouring pages is not really possible, they come from so many different backgrounds and enjoy colouring for many different reasons.

But there was something that probably most of them have in common in some way: Colouring for relaxation.

This is mostly because colouring gives us a time-out, a mini-break, me-time. It’s a time period where we can switch off and recharge our energies.

So that’s what my next project is specifically designed for. As a sneak preview I’ll also give you the description I posted for the first assignment:

For people with demanding jobs/businesses or multiple duties, like working Mums or Dads, that is people who are so busy, rushing around and stressed during their daily activities that they forget (or think they haven’t got the time) to
– smile
– take care of themselves first
– take regular mini time-outs for a reboot and for recharging their energies.
Also includes people who are surrounded by negativity, stressed co-workers or clients/customers/patients.

How about you? Are there times when you get caught up in your daily life that you forget to take regular me-time? Are you perhaps so involved that you need to “go to the bathroom” as an excuse for a time-out?

Or, if you do take mini-breaks, how long are they and what do you do? How well can you switch off, how refreshed do you feel afterwards?

And in case you like colouring, doodling or tangles: What does it do for you, how does it make you feel?

I’d really love to know!

Maria ♥

Benefits of Colouring Pages for Adults
Benefits of Colouring Pages for Adults – http://worldofmagnifica.eu



Digital Product Mastermind Group


This is for you if you’re thinking of creating or marketing a digital product (eBook, PDF, pattern, music, video, tutorial or online course…) but don’t quite know how to get started.

Last summer I participated in the Small Product Lab (see my review of my lab experience), organised by Gumroad. What I learned about taking a product from idea to launch was ever so helpful, and the community was supportive, encouraging, uplifting…just amazing!

Now previous participants have got together and are organising the Digital Product Mastermind Group on facebook – start is in two days, 18th April 2016, so you can still join.

This time the challenge is how to develop a product idea and take it all the way to launch in two weeks.

Obviously the short time span allows only for the creation of a small product (unless you’ve got something all ready to go), but if you’ve been procrastinating with publishing or launching it, this event might just give you the kick you’ve been waiting for.😉

Maybe see you there?


Photo by Alex Markovich, Free images for poets