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Ann Wasserman’s New Book: Preserving Our Quilt Legacy

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

annAnn Wasserman has repaired and rehabilitated countless quilts over the last 30 years. She has vast experience and a curator’s attitude towards the work. And a great deal of common sense. Most quilters think that they know about repairing quilts. We also think we know about storing quilts. It’s not necessarily so. We know about stitching and color, but the skills to repair a  really damaged quilt are really different .Machine quilting isn’t any help here. Repair and conservation require a knowledge of fabric history, a skilled set of stitches and a sense of restraint. book cover Ann’s new book, Preserving Our Quilt Legacy provides all that.

There is a mountain of information about fabrics from different periods of time, bats, and nicely drawn stitch diagrams. But more than that, there’s a wealth of information about the difference between  restoration and conservation. She offers a very sensible set of guidelines for when to repair and when to simply preserve a quilt that respects the quilt as an historic document. And a huge base of information about storage, care, and sensible display. 

If you have a lovely old quilt in your life, this book is solid information for it’s care. For a collector of old quilts it would be an invaluable resource. For anyone doing restoration or conservation, a bible.

AnnsquiltAnn is also an established contemporary quilter. You’ll find her own work and her book for sale on her web site at

New Show, New Book, New Raccoon

Monday, September 30th, 2013

906 Cicada SongNext week I’m shipping a show off to Blanco TX

The studio is crammed with boxes and quilts and photo set ups and a racoon trap. Yes you heard me right. A raccoon trap.

I will have  a series of 35 works, large and small at the Uptown Blanco Quilt Show October 11-13th. It should be a grand display of a number of quilters work, but I’m proud that they’re featuring such a nice body of work display for me . If you’re near either Austin or San Jose, you’re near enough to get to Blanco

 Uptown Blanco Quilt Show3rd Annual Uptown Blanco Quilt Show

Uptown Blanco’s 3rd annual quilt show, “Colors of the Sky” hosted by the Uptown Blanco Textile Studio runs Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13. In addition to the 200 quilts on display, there will be special exhibits of quilts by internationally renowned quilters Louisa Smith and Ellen Anne Eddy. Ellen is our guest teacher and lecturer.

The Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment, Ltd. complex will be filled with quilts, wearable art, vendors and on display will be the patchwork smart car quilt that was created as a Breast Cancer Fundraising Campaign in Europe. The life size patchwork quilt completely covers a smart car and is made entirely of fabric donated and signed by over 20 celebrities including Russell Brand, Ryan Giggs, Sara Cox, Elizabeth Hurley, Rachel Stevens, Twiggy Lawson, Joanna Lumley, and Jane McDonald each selecting personal swatches of pink fabric from worn articles of clothing all used to create this special quilt.

Events Details:

This special exhibition showcases the vast wealth of quilts created in Blanco County and throughout the Texas Hill Country.

Event: Friday, October 11th
Reception: 5pm – 6:30pm
Show Hours: 12 noon – 7pm

Event: Saturday, October 12th
Show Hours: 10am – 5pm

Event: Sunday, October 13th
Show Hours: 12 noon – 4pm

Price: $5 entrance fee, children under 12 are free

Download 2013 Flyer ->
2013 Press Release ->

New Book !

9780982290156-many creatures front coverIn case you’re no where near or you’re wishing you could have a souvenir, I’ve made a small show catalog, Many Creatures under Many Skies, for sale at  the show and on my web site. You can pre order them on my site. It’s a grouping of some of the most exciting quilts I’ll be sending to the show in a cool little booklet.  You’ll find a preorder for it on my web site at



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raccoonLast night as I was finishing up the last three quilts there was a  series of odd bumps coming from the studio bathroom. My neighbor Mary and I were  there. She’d used the bathroom. I went in. And an odd churring noise coming from the closet. We spent this morning, the exterminator and myself, emptying the closet in search of racoons. No Luck. There’s a trap in the studio bathroom.  I’m going up to finish the last 2 quilts. I may choose to wear stomping boots.

It’s all to the glory of art.

Raid My Fabric Stash: A New Etsy Store

Sunday, June 16th, 2013


The resurrected vacuum Cleaner

The resurrected vacuum Cleaner


New Etsy Store

New Etsy Store





I have just risen triumphant over my vacuum cleaner again.Those who know me know there is a ritual vacuum cleaning in my house once every seven years, if needed. It’s not quite that bad but close. I have to have a task I really don’t want to do do get around to vacuuming first. Say like cleaning out the basement cat pottie. Digging out the 85 rogue dock plants on the side yard.  Finding what really is in the refrigerator.

I got all the dogs into the yard to avoid attack mode on either side. And turned it on.

The noise was astonishing. The response, not so much. The little tornado inside simply didn’t step up. So I turned it on its head and went about a game called “What’s your mechanical perversion?” Usually that’s a one to five minute round  exercise.

Not this time. It didn’t take long to discover the cloth bedroom slipper stuck in the rotor. Pulled that  out. Fired it up. More non-action.

So we attacked with a screw driver to find the busted belt and there is was.  A trip off to the store and back, belt in my pocket. Got the belt on and still no action.

So as a final act, I took the broom handle out for a walk and jammed it up  the hose. All the way.

Out popped an odd and awful thing that I think once was a chunk of wood. It’s now sucking in a much more acceptable way.

ellen webThe point to all of this is that it ought to easier. Sometimes it simply isn’t. It isn’t like there’s a simple fix. There’s the round after round of hits and answers to those hits that in themselves should be small, but as a group, they’re devastating. And one fix alone won’t do it. 

I’ve just had this happen in a medical way as well. Two months ago I ended up briefly in the hospital for what looked like a heart attack. It turns out I have massive high blood pressure which can easily be medically controlled.  But, because of the medical systems in place, my only option to discover this was an emergency room visit and an overnight hospitalization. 

I’m healing and my meds are regularized. But the financial consequences are overwhelming.  I’m in the process of negotiating that, but in that economy it may still be career ending.  As a working person with a small amount of money, there is no chance of medical monetary aid. As a single self employed person there is no way to purchase meaningful insurance. I am uninsured and pretty sure that the hospital will demand what I have, even if it impoverishes me and takes my studio.

eddy class brochure_Page_01webSo, like the vacuum cleaner, I have a few simple tools. I am still able to teach and am delighted to continue that. It’s been my life. I hope it continues to be my life. If your guild, group or store would like me to teach, that would be wonderful. You’ll a find a complete list of classes on my site  and a full class catalog on  on




I have a mountain of fabric that I’ve collected over the years. I’m going to begin to destash, and I invite you to Raid My Fabric Stash, a new Etsy store started by my truly desperate self. And remind you that I have the mother of all stash of sheers, hand dyes, and other wonders. I invite you to raid my stash. We’ll have new offerings up every week. We’re starting with some fabric/fiber inspiration kits. More will be coming soon.

If you’ve ever wanted a quilt of mine, this is the time. Check the web site,  see if there’s a piece you would like and contact me directly. I can offer a 30-50% discount depending on the piece. Call me and we’ll make that happen. I’ll also list some pieces on the Etsy site just to see what happens. 

It really should be easier. But it’s not. I don’t like to ask for help. But I’m trying every way I can, to figure my answers out.

Bless you!



Once More with Feeling: A Series of Your Own and a New Pattern Book

Monday, March 11th, 2013



 I’ve spent about a month sharing my series with you. Now I’m going to ask you to share yours.

So, what’s stopping you? Whatever media you work in, be it doodling on envelop backs or marble carving, you can stretch into a series, just like stretching into new jamies. It’s not hard.

If you’re waiting for the golden day when you paint your masterpiece, you’ll wait forever. Here is here and now is now.  So take an idea, run with it, do it again and again, not in search of perfection but in search of new pathways,  ideas and passions. 

Here’s some ways to start working in a series

  • Take an image or an idea you’re passionate about.
  • Do it over and over again.
  • Change the angle.
  • Change the size.
  • Do it in primary colors.
  • Do it in black and white.
  • Do it in every color in the rainbow.
  • Do it in a color you really hate.
  • Do it upside down.
  • Get really close to your image.
  • Make your image really far away.
  • Do three of them in your piece.
  • Do five.
  • Make just pieces of your image.
  • Create your image. Cut it up and put it back together.
  • Do it in colors you don’t think go together. Make them go together.
  • Pick a complementary pair of colors on the color wheel that you love. Move it over two spots. Use those colors.
  • Draw it with really thick lines and no detail.
  • Draw it with tiny lines and immense detail.
  • Segment the image parts and color them differently.
  • Segment the image parts and color them so they shade progressively.
  • Put sheer layers  over your image to put it in sunlight, water, or mist.
  • Try it in a brand new media
  • Try it in a media you tried before but didn’t work then.
  • Cut it instead of draw it
  • Draw it instead of cut it

I hope you’re getting the punchline. Draw, put, try, create, take, do, change: these are all action words. Do something to it. Do something different to it. The world is wide.

eddypatternsforembroiderybookcwYou all gave me the best ideas for a pattern book. It went places I hadn’t thought of and I am very grateful.
This is not the pattern book I want to do that includes color clues and stitching advice. It is just an assist, to act as a springboard, if you wish.  If you’d like a free copy,  you can get your copy  of Patterns for Embroidery, at 

I’d also like to show you off. Would you like me to post your work on the Lunatic Fringe thread? Send me a series of 4 pieces of your work (any media) and a picture of yourself with a paragraph long art statement. Tell me how you’ve explored your series. I’ll  post the ones I find most exciting on my site and link them to your web presence. If you gave me book advice please go to scribd for your free ebook. And thank you!

Send your images and statement to

I can’t wait to see what you’ve done and what you’ll do!

Once More with Feeling: Patterns

Monday, March 4th, 2013

774 Fall Flight

774 Fall Flight detail 2I’ll confess this. I really didn’t want to do patterns. I fought it tooth and nail.

Why? Because I believe something truly magical happens when you try to draw. 

Three things I know:

  • Everything worth doing is worth doing badly. If you ever want to do anything well, you need to be willing to do it over and over again. Badly at first. You need to be willing to weather that through.
  • There’s no can’t like won’t. You really can’t do anything that you won’t do. Get over the won’t and then you really can. Particularly if you drop the need to be perfect. 
  • You’re always better than you think. Once people get over the won’t thing and the perfection thing, usually their learning curve is pleasantly steep. But even if it isn’t, if you’re willing to try you can really, really, do anything.

I also thought it was lazy art. Then I ended up in a gallery with a show of Degas pastel tracings.


I’m not Degas’ biggest fan, but he’s my idea of a completely respectable artist. He did brave explorations of art that was highly unacceptable in it’s time.  And created an amazing body of work.

At one point he started tracing over his pictures and coloring them in different ways with pastels. I believe it was a color study. But no one can deny the beauty of them. He took the same image, over and over, to see where it might go.

With that being said, I’ve begun several years ago to bring patterns into class. And in the process, I’ve started using them myself, partially because it was part of demo and partially because it gives you a way to rework things in different ways. Again, another definition of series.

What changed my mind? Well you pick your battles. If I have a lady in class, I’ve already made her work upside down and put weird thread in her machine. It’s sometimes time to cut  a person some slack.

But it also speeds up the process. I will teach stick drawing for animals in class, but I only do it on request or when I’m doing master classes. Most people just want to go boogie on their machine. Sensibly enough. So I’ve consistently handed out a series of patterns from quilts of my own.

So what happens when you rework an image? All the other good series that happen

  • You get to ask, what if?
  • You remove some decisions so you can focus on others.
  • You speedline your work.

Frog 3So with all that in mind I’m in the process of preparing a pattern book for students. You are the people I do this for.  So would you be willing to let me know what you think?

  • Are you interested in a book of patterns drawn from my quilts?
  • What animals would you like to see in it? 
  • Would you be willing to honor my request to use it strictly for classroom or personal use? (Not for contest or sales)
  • Would you want a disk to go with it of jpgs?
  • Would some other format work better for you?
  • Would you want a smaller number of patterns with full color insides or a larger black and white book?
  • Do you want advice and help in coloring and shading?
  • Do you want information about stitching or do you just want patterns?
  • Is there something else that would make this book more useful or desirable to you?

I learned a long time ago that I am not making books for me. They are always for you, fellow artists. So it helps to know, what would help. If you respond ( and leave your email), I’ll send you 6 patterns as a thank you.

You can either leave your comments on the page or email me at

or you can call at 219-921-0885.








Once More with Feeling: The Bad Bugs

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
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Floral Arrangement 25

You know the feeling. You find it in the sink or the bathroom and you have to run  and get the bug identification book because you can’t imagine what that beetle is.

Well, none of us look our best sitting in the tub. I have a  Egyptian sort of attitude about beetles because of my father. He loved archaeology and regularly read me Gods, Graves and Scholars as my bedtime book. He read what pleased him. My mother kept trying to insist on things like the Little Grey Squirrel. I may have been only 3 but I knew full well the plot line on the Little Grey Squirrel just couldn’t keep up with the discovering of lost cities and tombs.  And beetles.

This did not extend to The Beatles. That’s a taste I acquired much later. If they’d come in iridescent purple and green, that might have been different. And if the Egyptians had drawn them with wings…..


163 Growing between the CracksLady  bugs are, of course, beetles, but if you dress up in black and red you[‘re already a buggy fashion statement that even Margaret would have considered stylish.






I’m talking about the beetles that are almost ornaments. They were often done as art deco pins.

They’re elegance is undeniable.

beetle bookSo I’ve gone in search of beetles. There’s a book called An Inordinant  Fondness for Beetles. It will give you the most amazing bug images you’ll ever see.

Here are some of my favorite beetles and bugs.

Sapsuckers. How could you not? They’re pink! And they look exactly like the blooms on the  branch. They are just too much fun.

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Fallen Petals Rise


Brave Little Bugs

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Bugs in Bloom

And the Beetles that attend the garden. I so love these. Their shiny crunchy carapaces just please me.





Then there are the beetles that are too wild for words.

Beetles in Blossoms

Beetles in Blossoms


Light Japanese Lunch

Light Japanese Lunch

I have a love hate thing with Japanese Beetles. The hate thing is completely understandable. They eat everything in sight, but they specialize in roses.

The love thing… They’re iridescent purple green brown. How do you beat that? I’m completely torn. Usually I let them alone.

And how can you be sillier than rhinoceros beetles?

Stag party

Stag party


You’ll find An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles at

You’ll find fabulous beetles all over your garden. Look for them there.





Once More with Feeling: Herons, and other Dinosaurs

Friday, January 18th, 2013




I Love dinosaurs. I do. Sorry about that. I never outgrew it. I was taken to the Field Museum in Chicago where they had the grand dioramas of dino life and had to be restrained from climbing in.

fantasiaThat’s still true too. Fantasia had a fabulous bit in it where they swam, lunged along, ate and died.  I’ve made them as stuffed animals and quilted them from time to time.

hot blooded dinosaursBut one book took me to another place entirely.  Hot Blooded Dinosaurs came out it 1977. It was a rage book for a while and then you didn’t see it. I’d borrowed it from a friend.

No more dragging your butt along allosauruses. These were quick moving, wild predators that deserved to rule the planet for a good long time. It was mind blowing. Jurrasic Park was such an amazing movie because no one said it, but that was the whole point. These were not cold blooded creatures. The dinosaurs weren’t jumped up lizards. They were real, tooth and claw. I, for one, was thinking of the dragging tails in the dioramas and saying, “Nope. You’re wrong. They’re  HOT blooded.”

Crocodiles, sharks, turtles and dragonflies are a slam dunk as modern dinosaurs. The fossils are quite clear. They were here then. They’re still here now. But birds.The premise is that birds ‘are direct descendants. And if you’ve seen a heron hunt or look at the skeleton, it’s pretty evident. 

ladyblue (1)So when I quilt herons, I’m playing with my plastic dinosaurs. Again. No apologies. They’re too cool not to. Of course sometimes they’re people I know.


book (1)It was no surprise when the editors insisted on Lady Blue as the cover for Thread Magic. Maybe they liked dinosaurs too.

You’ll find Thread Magic on my web site . It’s a print on demand version. All of the text and pictures are there, but the print suffers from less glossy paper.


Hot Blooded Dinosaurs is on I just ordered myself a copy.


Also on Amazon you’ll find Fantasia, perhaps the most influential art cartoon every made. Thank you, Mr. Disney.



Thread Magic Summer School: Pop Quiz and Contest

Saturday, July 21st, 2012


Me and my altar ego

I had a fabulous teacher in high School English named Ms. Driscoll. She was odd, brilliant and the perhaps the best teacher I ever had. She terrorized generations of students into good grammar, excellent literary criticism and strong writing. I owe her a great deal. When she gave a test, we would ask her if it was hard. She always said,” Do you know the answers? It’s not at all hard if you know the answers.” So today, when I put up this test, if you’ve been reading this blog, you already know the answers. But that’s what a good test does. It doesn’t judge you or place you. It tells you what you know. That’s always useful.

The Quiz is on Goodreads on my author page. Why bother with the quiz? It helps you refine your own knowlege.

And I’m giving away free books.

  • Take your quiz. Post your results on facebook on the Thread Magic Studio Page  Tomorrow I’ll pick three names out of the hat for your choice of these books. Choose between

Dragonfly Sky ISBN978-0-9822901-2-5 Dragonfly Sky This delightful dragonfly project  focuses on bobbin work with thick and thin threads, angelina fiber, on soft edge appliqué. It has an inspirational gallery section, a full set of instructions, patterns, sources and  tips.



Lady Bug’s Garden ISBN 97809822901-3-2Ladybug’s Garden A step by step project book that covers free motion zigzag appliqué, soft edge, hard edge, and  cut away appliqué. Pattern, tips and sources included.



Dye Day WorkbooISB97809822901-8-7  Ellen Anne Eddy’s Dye Day Workbook: A whirlwind class in color theory, has color charts throughout for both Dharma and Pro Chem, gives Ellen’s particular recipes for her famous light source fabric and step by step instruction for both dyeing fabric and hand-dyed threads.]



Easy Machine Binding Techniques

ISBN 97809822901-1-8 Ellen Anne Eddy’s Quick and Easy Machine Binding Techniques Easy and fun binding techniques without a hand stitch in them. Cut continuous bias with a rotary cutter. Use the quick Flip and Fold bias method to whiz through applying bias. Make beautiful corded edges instantly without stitching by hand. Ellen Anne Eddy, Author of Thread Magic, offers you a collection of simple speedy skills for finishing your masterpieces.


Originally I said we would pick the first three people who posted their correct quiz. But that’s not fair to those of us who aren’t fast. I’ll take all the correct answers and pick three names out of the hat for the book of their choice.

While you’re at Goodreads you can

How fun is that?
We’ll pick winners tomorrow
Check out my list of art source books

Books in Action

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

It’s lovely when you get to see a book you’ve written  go into  action. Books are made to be working tools. 

Morna McEver Golletz just wrote a review of Thread Magic Garden on her blog for the
International Association of  Professional Quilters.

She says “At first glance, it’s clear that Ellen is a teacher. Using simple step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn basic skills that build upon each other, for example, special stitch techniques, building edge-to-edge color and progressive shading. Then she offers more than 20 floral studies to understand the shapes of the flowers. She notes that you cannot create a flower through fabric without first seeing and studying a real one, so she includes close-up photographs for this purpose. She also includes a good discussion on color theory. If you are interested in learning or expanding your skills at machine embroidery, you’ll enjoy this book and appreciate Ellen’s attention to detail.” Thanks, Morna!

I just taught a class at Mountain Laurel Quilters in Clarkesville, GA based on  the book. We did the abstracted florals class. These women are master gardeners. They took me up and down the mountain to see their gardens, which were spectacular.  I’ll post on that later. What a dynamic group of women!

I ended up demoing on hostas and lady slippers, in honor of their forest and clearing gardens, that absolutely make my heart sing. What a lovely trip!

You’ll find the International of Professional Quilters on their web site at They put together a very useful publication called Professional Quilter that serves the needs of the quilt community that sells, shows, teaches, writes and quilts professionally.

Got Books? Join me on Goodreads!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

“Some men, some men, cannot pass a book shop.( Lady make your mind up, and wait your time away). ” Dorothy Parker Chant for Small Hours

How many toes does the frog have?

I’m a book junkie. I come from a long line of book junkies.  On the day I was born, my father gave me a red rose and the library who knew everything about my family gave me a library card. I’ve lived most of my life in the company of books.

So it’s common for me to talk to anyone and everyone about what I’m reading. In this new electronic world, I mean that in every sense. Much of what I read now is on Audible, books on mp3, my best book love, although I’ve got a kindle that belies the 4-6 books I used to regularly travel with for a week long tour. Sounds extreme? It was infinitely better than stopping at a book store.  So now I travel with my mp3 player in my bra ( yes, that too!) and my Kindle in my bag.

But those are my tales library. They’re company, entertainment, comfort and light and I can’t be without. 

I have another library that I use for research. It’s not all research books. It’s largely children’s books but it includes nature books, art books and all kinds of odd and wonderful visual stimulation.

In the days when I made students draw  I always brought a collection of those books. Not to be copied  but as research.



I have no interest or desire to debate copyright issues. That’s a lawyer’s place. I’m not a lawyer because I don’t want to be one. But all art is in some way derivative. If you want to make something recognisable, you’ll need to look at it at some point. For those people who are also fabulous photographers, it’s great to take pictures. I often search for visual stimulation, not to copy but to research. How many toes does that frog have? I don’t know without asking.

I used to give out a handout of a list of some of my favorite books for research. I brought them to class. I took students off to book shops.  All that stopped when I started giving people patterns. It also was impossible to keep up with books in and out of print. And way to expensive to ship them back and forth

 But I miss sharing books. I miss sharing books as if I couldn’t share cookies and tea.

Two things have changed.  Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Alibris make it possible to find very out of print books, easily.  And services like Goodreads makes it possible to list and rate them for people. So I’ve decided to use Goodreads not only as my list of reading books I’m in love with. But also my research books I’ve loved.

This is just a beginning. If I’ve talked about a book you might want to read, this is a good place to look. If you’re looking for  some of the source books I used to bring into class, here’s the hand out on this.

Book handout

You’ll also find some of my listed books on a shelf that says design. That means that’s a book I turn to for it’s imagery. So you can find it for yourself. 

I’ll also add more books in and tell you which ones I love for their beauty, their information and their illustrations. Not so you  can copy. But so you and I can all feed our eyes. I’d also love knowing what books you’re turning to as eye candy.

You’ll find my account on Goodreads. You’ll also find my blog posted there as well.

You can find many unfindable books at Amazon, Alibris and Barnes and Nobles, as well as many other book stores. I would say, go to them all! I intend to.

The Quilt and Sewing Expo

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

I’ll be at the Quilters Haven/ Handi Quilters booth (Booth 722) in Schamburg, IL on Friday. at the Schamburg Quilting and Sewing Expo. I’ll be playing with the HQ Sweet Sixteen and signing copies of my new book, Thread Magic Garden.

I’ll be working with some special thick threads and showing how you can do bobbin work on long/mid arm machines.  This zentangle inspired flower is part of a sampler series I’ve been working on.

I’ll also have copies of Thread Magic Garden, Thread Magic, and other smaller Thread Magic press books available for sale. Come and play with us. I promise to let you touch the quilts.

The Expo is open from 10:00am – 6:00pm, same hours tomorrow and Saturday: 10:00am – 5:30pm. Schaumburg Convention Center1551 North Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg, IL 60173.

New Reviews

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Thread Magic Garden is getting some neat new reviews!

People are starting to talk about Thread Magic Garden. Here’s what they’ve had to say.




Ann Fahl, Author of Coloring With Thread Says “Whether you are interested in thread work or not, this book is a visual delight. C & T ‘s book designer did a great job of including large detail shots through the book. It makes me drool!”  Check out the rest of her review at her blog at



Tina Rathbone at Artelicious  said”Just when I thought I could take a break from holidays I’ve found a new cause for celebration: C&T Publishing has just published a brand-new book by Ellen Anne Eddy: Thread Magic Garden. She’s got some really kind things to say about the book and you’ll find them on her blog.

Both Tina and Ann have known me for a long time. I love both of their work and  they’ve always been supportive of mine. I don’t think they’d say anything they didn’t feel.  But when your friends tell you they like your book, it’s hard to sort out how much of that is kindness and how much of that is real.

But I don’t know Maggie Szafranski at all. Her review is at    She said “The best thing is that she breaks down how to create different kinds of flowers, and shows not only the finished product, but also what it would look like before you add the stitching.”

This is the lovely zinnia she did working from the book! Isn’t it great?

Thanks Ann, Tina and Maggie! I’m so glad you liked the book.

So what’s your Thread Magic Garden look like? With all this snow coming in, it’s great to have a garden in the studio

My First Report Card: Thread Magic Garden Reviews

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Comes a day in every proud parent’s life when you get your first report card. Your kid comes in the door, runs into your arms and says, “Mom, my teacher said to give you this.” And you hold your breath. At that age they don’t know to hide it from you if  it isn’t going to meet expectations.

I’ve always argued that art is not your child. A book isn’t either. They don’t ever hug you and they rarely are a reason for you to visit the police station at 3 AM. So that’s the good and the bad of it. They are, however, your creation, and they have a life of their own. They will go places you can’t and do things you can’t. They will, with luck and grace, live past you. And they do get report cards. They’re called reviews

So I’ve been watching the reviews come in in fear and trepidation. Does my child speak when spoken to? Run with Scissors? Follow Directions? Tie her shoes?

Maybe not.

But this is what people have been saying on Amazon.

Share your thoughts with other customers:
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, January 23, 2012
This review is from: Thread Magic Garden: Create Enchanted Quilts with Thread Painting & Pattern-Free Appliqué (Paperback)

An astonishing book for we learners from this extravagantly talented artist, Ellen Eddy. She is as down-to-earth as can be, and her directions are clear to quilters everywhere. This is an incredible follow-through to Thread Magic. I admire the quality of this book. The pictures are good and instructions superb from this witty and brilliant woman. I am taking this to my quilting club so we can invite Ellen to come to town to give us her famous lessons.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent how-to-book, January 20, 2012
Margaret L West (Tinley Park, IL United States) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Thread Magic Garden: Create Enchanted Quilts with Thread Painting & Pattern-Free Appliqué (Paperback)

One look at Ellen’s artistry with thread and fabric and the first thought is–I could never do that! Ellen’s book fixes that! The directions are clear and concise, a unique art form made simple. The photography is wonderful, the pictures of Ellen’s work inspire all from the novice to the expert. Do not pass up this book if you yearn to do more with a sewing machine than just sew straight stitches. Ellen makes this an achievable art form!

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a picnic!, January 18, 2012
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Take a picnic basket full of threads and fun fabric, and let Ellen lead you into her garden. Meet all the flowers and creatures that live there and take them home with the fantastic directions that Ellen has shared. What wonderful talents and simple tricks she gives to help us on our journey.

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The  second batch of Thread Magic Garden books arrived yesterday and are back in stock. You can order yours today!

Thread Magic Garden is Here!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Have you ever had something you really had to wait for? Christmas? Your birthday? The end of the school year? A baby?

A book is like that. After a mad dash of deadlines and info and rewrites and editorial decisions, you come to this maddening place where you just sit and wait. And Wait.  AND WAIT.

Yesterday, two big boxes brought the wait to and end. Today I sent out most of the first preorders. It’s here!

So I’m going to give you  another look of some pages you haven’t seen.



Like every proud mom, I’m prejudiced. But it’s got an intuitive method for making 25 kinds of applique flowers, crusted with embroidery, and 50 new quilts in print. Would you have waited for that?

You’ll find Thread Magic Garden for sale on my site at Ask me and I’ll sign your copy.

Did you miss the first Thread Magic? We have that too.  Order yours today!

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