Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Podcast 002: Tree of Life

CLICK HERE to listen to Podcast 002. Right click on the link and save it to your hard drive, or better yet, so you don't miss future podcasts, subscribe using one of the links to the right.

Total length of this podcast: 26 minutes

You can download the MP3 audio file (which can be played in iTunes or other multimedia players) and skip to whatever segment interests you -- check the minute marker for each segment.


OK, so after listening to this podcast I realized a couple of things: I need to remember to use my pop filter, and I need to talk more to flesh out a couple of segments, especially the descriptions of the various projects. I just don't want to blab on about stuff that might bore you to tears... Hey, I'm still learning! Please bear with me!

Today's theme is Tree of Life, which I had planned to use in each of the segments. Life itself got in the way, however, and instead of my originally planned apple recipe in the Recipe Segment, I'm giving you a recipe for my mom's yummy Raisin Filled Cookies. You won't be disappointed!

Thanks to everyone who kindly commented on my blog, emailed me, and especially mentioned my new podcast on their own podcast!

Here is a photo of the quilt I was commissioned to make. It is part of my Icon Quilt series, and is called Christ Pantokrator, which means "Almighty" in Greek. This image is one of the oldest icons in existence. The original is in Saint Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Desert. The quilt measures about 9 x 18 inches.

CLICK HERE to download the next in my free Alice in Wonderland redwork patterns. This time it's The White Rabbit as Herald, and here's a photo of my finished piece.

My sister-in-law Michelle surprised me with this quilt for my birthday last June. It is a photo of Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter from the upcoming Tim Burton movie, Alice in Wonderland (to be released in March 2010).

THE FIBER ARTS SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 6:28]

CLICK HERE to download the free Tree of Life quilt block and wall hanging pattern. Here is a photo of the completed project:

CLICK HERE to check out Thangles -- they're a real lifesaver when making half-square triangles!

Here's a picture of my oak leaf quilting motif. It's included in the project file.

THE PAPER ARTS SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 11:16]

CLICK HERE to download the Tree of Life Quilt Block Note Card project.

Here's a picture of the completed card.

(Yeah, those are the apples I bought to make the apple recipe I promised...and then I changed my mind!)

THE RECIPE SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 14:25]

CLICK HERE for the Raisin Filled Cookies recipe.

Here's a photo of the cookies. They didn't last long!

CLICK HERE to check out Flying Pigs Farm, one of the only places you can get leaf lard (at least that I've found).

THE GRAB BAG [Podcast minute marker: 18:32]

My deepest gratitude to Eric Peltoniemi for allowing me to record his beautiful song "Tree of Life" so I could share it with you.

The legal stuff:
Tree of Life: Words and music by Eric Peltoniemi, copyright Eric Peltoniemi Music, ASCAP.
CLICK HERE to visit Eric's Web site.
CLICK HERE to visit Red House Records.

Thanks for listening, and until next time, remember:

Creativity isn't a race...
it's an adventure!


  1. I listened to your podcast for the first time last night. It was so good. It was very apparent the time and effort that you put into the final product. I kept thinking all through the podcast what a talented lady you are....and then you ended it with the beautiful singing. I am more than impressed. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Best, Catherine

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words! I hope you continue to listen!