Back Home From Sailing Adventures!

Been having a great time on our sailboat, but because it is hurricane season, we parked the boat in a safe location and flew home for the summer.  That is a good thing since I have been having withdrawals from my longarm and other art supplies.

I took up photography while we were on the boat, so I wanted to show you a slideshow of few of my favorite images:

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Now I need a good way to organize and stow all the 1,000’s of images I took.  Luckily, my good friends, The Pixeladies, are having an eClass starting soon on organizing all your images using Photoshop Elements.  I am going to take it, and I hope you will join me in this class.  Stay tuned, I will tell you more in tomorrow’s post!

Hugs, Carla

Registration Opens For June Beg. Photoshop Elements Online Class!!

Click Here To Register For Class  (Note: Link has been disabled when registration ended)

Title: Beg. Photoshop Elements for Fiber Artists and Sewing Enthusiasts
Date: June 6-June 25, 2011 (Registration begins May 26, 2011)
Length: Approx. 3 weeks  (Students will have access for 6 months once the class ends)
Cost: $60 (by PayPal)

Please read the prerequisites, then click the  link above to pay for this class through PayPal.  Once you have registered, please allow 3 days for me to process your registration and provide more info about the class and how it all works.

• You must have Photoshop Elements  9 and the programs for viewing the videos and lessons installed on your computer.
• You must know how to open Photoshop Elements 9.
• You must know how to download, save, and find a file on you computer.
• You must have familiarity with Forum software to access the classroom.

The following information will provide further information about this online class:

Description:  Beginning Photoshop Elements (PSE) Online Class
Through online lessons, videos, and webinars (real-time online meetings), you will learn the tools that allow you to perform magic with Photoshop. We will focus on selection tools, their function, and how to use them. We will introduce you to the wonderful world of layers. Working with layers is much easier than getting out the seam ripper!  This is a wonderful introductory course in PSE for beginners.

Who should take this class:
Anyone who wants to learn and start using Photoshop Elements 9. This class teaches the basics of Photoshop Elements for quilters, art quilters, sewist, crafters and fiber artists who want to use their computer to design quilts, quilting patterns, and create their own fabric. Learn the skills you’ll need to take other online courses, too!

Materials List:
• We will be using Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. You can download a free trial version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 at
• To view the videos, you need a viewer (for example, QuickTime or Windows Media Player)
• To view the lessons, you need a PDF viewer (for example Foxit Reader or Adobe Reader

About Your Instructors:
The Pixeladies are quilt artists, teachers, pattern designers, and owners of Pixeladies, a fiber arts and custom fabric printing studio. Together they have more than 20 years experience teaching a variety of topics and have published in both web and print media, including peer-reviewed journals.

They are active in the American Sewing Guild (ASG), Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA), Northern CA Quilt Council, Surface Design Association, and River City Quilters’ Guild in Sacramento, CA. For more information, please visit their website at

“The Pixeladies, Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki, are two of the most creative, fun, and talented women I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with. Fiber Artists and Designers, the Pixeladies turn photos, images and texts into wonderful works of art. Their classes are fun, entertaining, and well organized. I am honored they agreed to offer Beginning Photoshop on I highly recommend any class the Pixeladies teach.” – Carla Barrett, Quilter, Teacher, Designer

Refund Policy:  This class is refundable for any reason prior to June 6, 2011, minus the small transaction fee that PayPal imposes.  Refunds are provided the first week of class on a case-by-case basis by contacting Carla, minus the small transaction fee that PayPal imposes.  After the first week of class, refunds will not be allowed.  This includes when the class is over.  Students are also provided access to the course materials for a period of 6 months once the class has ended.

Please do not hesitate to ask a question if I have overlooked an info.  Thank you, Carla Barrett

San Jose Quilt Museum

The Northern CA/NV Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA) quarterly meeting was held yesterday at the San Jose Quilt & Textiles Museum.  It was an inspiring and fun day for those in attendance.

I really enjoyed hearing our guest speaker, fellow SAQA member Joan Schulze, who discussed her inspiration and how she intertwines poetry with her fiber art.  She also gave us a walking tour of her works, reading poetry and discussing that the art represented what was going on in her life when she created the pieces.  She was very gracious to our group.

The Museum also gave our group a behind the scene tour.  I enjoyed seeing the next show being organized and put together.  I was amazed by how much work goes into a show.

I discovered an interesting artist, Meg Hannan, who does fiber millefiori jewerly pieces and sells them in the museum shop.  Of course, I couldn’t resist buying this pin:

The carpool drive to  San Jose and back was just as fun!  We had lively discussions about politics, art, and a million other topics!  Thanks to Jenny Lyon for driving.  Jenny is an amazing sit down machine quilter and fiber artist.  Her wearable art is simply amazing!

That is what is so wonderful about SAQA N. CA/NV… the other members do amazing work, plus they are so down to earth.  Everyone is so friendly and accepting.

This is the sort of day you drive home with your head full of designs and techniques.    You really want to just go into your studio and create!

How has your week been?  Hugs, Carla