Events, Talks & Workshops

This section includes information on my current, upcoming and past appearances and juried exhibitions and art shows. 

The first subhead below provides downloadable information for guilds and other groups. Please click on one or all three of the images  to get printable descriptions of my Talks & Trunk Shows, Workshops and/or Day in the Studio program of private instruction for individuals. 

I typically tailor my talks to the audience, so I have not described all the possible scenarios here. I also offer private instruction on nontraditional quilting techniques such as "drawing" with your sewing machine, improvisational piecing, painting and printing on fabric. 

Please don't be shy about asking for more information at or 330-472-0161.

Looking for a speaker, workshop or private instruction?

Printable descriptions of Talks & Trunk Shows, Workshops and Day in the Studio (click on images)

Art shows, reviews/publications, coming & past appearances

Mini Maker Faire Akron Public Library

Noon-4 p.m. Sept. 19

Please scramble on over to the library's link for more information: Learn More...

Western Reserve Quilters Anonymous Talk & Trunk Show

10:30 a.m. Sept. 4

If the World Were Ruled by Quilters, a talk and trunk show with flash and color

Conversations in Fiber, Glass & Photographs 2015

May 19-July 23, 2015

This show, fresh off the presses, will join for the first time the talents of myself, glass artist Marianne Hite and fine art photographer Bradley Hart, at the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation in Hudson. We plan to design our collaboration in the near future. I'll report back.

Radio interview on WAKR

Dec. 26, 2014

This was my second chat with Bobbi Horvath on WAKR. My friend and former colleague Jim Carney also asked a few questions. Good time.

Kaleidoscope 2014

Nov. 29-Jan. 1, 2015

The Age of Aquarius was juried into this year's show.

Published in Present Tense: Contemporary Art in Ohio

Nov. 29, 2014

My art quilt titled Concentration was juried into the book along with 80 other contemporary Ohio artists. The book launch party was at Summit Artspace on Nov. 29. Nice crowd!

Fox 8 TV's New Day Cleveland

Nov. 17, 2014

Natalie and the crew came down to Akron to feature me and my art as well as Zeber-Martell, Don Drumm and Jack Baker of Akron Glass Works.

Talk & Trunk Show, Streetsboro Quilt Guild

Oct. 7, 2014 -- 7 p.m.

Why Art Quilts Aren't on Beds, in Frames or Under Glass and 1,000 Questions....Streetsboro. Location TBA.

PIttsburgh Quilt Co. East

Sept. 15-16, 2014

A two-day trip to Pittsburgh, Pa., to deliver a Talk & Trunk Show on Demystifying Color on Monday night, followed by a daylong workshop on Serendipity Wow Reverse Applique, Learn More...

Talk & Trunk Show, Brunswick Art Works

Sept. 3, 2014 -- 7 p.m.

I will reprise the talk I gave at the Akron Art Museum titled That's No Potholder, Buster, How Contemporary Artists are Changing Public Perception About Quilts

Talk & Trunk Show, Medina Spinning & Weaving Guild, Medina

April 15, 2014, 8 p.m.

A talk on the sensitive use of color.

Art Review of Tribal Dance of the Ferns & Fireflies

April 8, 2014

ABJ Art & Architecture Critic Dottie Shinn wrote a review of the AORC Biennial Show and devoted several paragraphs to my piece, The Tribal Dance of the Ferns & Fireflies. Learn More...

AORC Biennial Member Show

March 7-April 12, 2014

This is not a juried show, but it was reviewed by ABJ Art and Architecture Critic Dottie Shinn. Please click on "Learn More..." which will take you to her review about my piece, The Tribal Dance of the Ferns & Fireflies. Learn More...

Fresh Art 2014

March 7-April 12, 2014

My quilt Connected was juried into the show.

From Woman VII Invitational, Lakeland CC, March 2-28, 2014

I have three pieces in Mary Urbas' show, Magic Realism, Continuum and The Love Quilt. This is Magic Realism, 57 inches. Learn More...

Free Workshop: Threadpainting Demo & Q&A in my studio, Summit Artspace

2 p.m. Jan. 25 (Saturday)

Thread is not just for sewing seams! I will show you how to use thread like a paintbrush -- and answer your questions on needles, thread weights and sewing surfaces.

Art review of Upstairs Downstairs

Jan. 24, 2014, ABJ

Art & Architecture Critic Dottie Shinn reviewed the Penthouse Artists show Upstairs, Downstairs, Works of Art From the Penthouse, and talked about my work, focusing on Learn More...

Upstairs, Downstairs: Works of Art by Penthouse Artists

Jan. 7-Feb. 22

The opening of the show is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Summit Artspace Gallery (first floor). Great art, free food and captivating conversation! Please come!

WAKR Interview with Bobbi Horvath

Dec. 31, 2013

Bobbi and I chatted about the goings on at First Night Akron on WAKR.

Peninsula Fiber Art Show 2013 First Place Winner!

My portrait of Lily the Wonder Whippet won first place in the nonfunctional art category. Learn More...

Penthouse Artists at St. Paul's

Nov. 3-Jan. 2, 2014

This is the debut show of the Penthouse Artists of Summit Artspace, inlcluding myself and Joan Colbert (printing, painting, collage); Bradley Hart (photography); Terry Klausman Learn More...

Out of the Box, Summit Artspace

Oct.-Nov. 2013

Talk and trunk show: North Coast Needlers, Rocky River OH -- 8-13-13

Aug. 13, 2013 -- 7 p.m.

A talk and tunk show at the Don Umerly Civic Center titled: If The World Were Ruled by Quilters.

Pet portraits workshop: North Coast Needlers, Rocky River OH 8-17-13

Workshop will also address whimsical, not realistic, people portraits, for those willing to try. Canceled.

Talk & trunk show: Honey Bee Quilters, Medina, 5-16-13

If Quilters Ruled the World talk and trunk show -- 6:30 p.m. at the Medina County Library, 210 S. Broadway, Medina. Link: Little Red Quilt House

Talk & trunk show: Calico Hearts, Ravenna, 5/14/2013

Title: If Quilters Ruled the World. Details TBA

AORC Annual Juried Show 2013

April 25-June

Luminosity was juried into the show and can be seen in The Box Gallery on the third floor of Summit Artspace, which happens to be only a few feet from my studio. Come see Luminosity and all the other art quilts, two birds with one stone! Don't forget May Artwalk is this Saturday, May 4, from 5-9 p.m. Start at Summit Artspace, then take Lolly the Trolley to all the other art stops on the Artwalk footprint in downtown Akron.

Heart of Ohio Quilt Guild, Newark, OH, April 2013

April 16-17, 2013

Tuesday: If the World Were Ruled by Quilters talk and trunk show. Wednesday: Fabric oil painting workshop. Canceled

Kaleidoscope & Q, March-April 2013

My art quilt titled Q was juried into the show.

NEORQC 2013 Winter Getaway three-day event, 2/15-17/13

A three-day workshop at Quail Hollow Resort

Dancing Threads: Textile Art by Connie Bloom -- Malone College, Canton, Jan. 2013

My work will be displayed at Everett Cattell Library, 2600 Cleveland Ave., Canton.

Akron Art Museum Holiday mART, 12/6/12

I will have small works of art for the holiday shopper. My artwork was featured on the promotional materials.

Fabric Art at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Nov. 2012

A retrospective of my work spanning 15 years.

Kaleidoscope at Summit Artspace, Nov.-Dec. 2012

Lily the Wonder Whippet was juried into this highly competitive regional competition that used to be at the Akron Art Museum under the name the May Show. Click on photos to enlarge. Learn More...

Don Drumm Studios: Out of Their Minds, 10/12

A number of my art quilts were featured in the annual fall show at Don Drumm studios.

Berea Mill Stream Quilters, 9-19-12

If The World Were Ruled by Quilters: How to Unleash Your Creativity talk, trunk show

Double T Quilt Club of Cuyahoga Falls, 6-21-12

Talk: The Sensitive Creation of a Memorial Quilt and a visit with all the other quilts.

Chagrin Valley Quilt Guild, 6-9-12

An overflow pet portraits workshop at Cotton Pickers in Chardon. Learn More...

Chagrin Valley Quilt Guild, 5-12-12

Pet portraits -- How to bring your animal to life in cloth, the first of 2 workshops, at Cotton Pickers, Chardon. Learn More...

Fresh Art 2012: Fresh & Springy Annual Juried Exhibition at Summit Artspace

*Award for Sun Soup, a 4-foot piece featuring hand dyed and hand painted elements with extensive freehand drawing. Was featured in the ABJ (photo only). It has been sold.

AORC Annual Juried Show 2012

My white art quilt, Cross-Pollination, was featured in the show.

Ohio Long Arm Quilters-1-21-12

A tour of my studio at Summit Artspace and a lecture on the third floor. Visitors are welcome -- we'll have a few extra chairs.

History of Craft Class, University of Akron, 11-9-2011

An hourlong lecture for professor Donna Webb's students.

Kaleidoscope 2011

Centered was juried into the show. It can be seen in my studio. About 36 inches square.

Reflections of Nature Quilt Show, Rocky River, Nov. 12-13, 2011

I was a judge and delivered several inspiring speeches about taking risks in order to grow at Rocky River Nature Center.

Association of the UA Retirees, University of Akron, 9-14-11

My talk and trunk show included slices of life from my current career as a quilt artist and my former life as a newspaper reporter and columnist.

Women's Art League, 9-10-11

A talk and trunk show for other women artists at the Woman's City Club on Exchange Street.

Akron Art Museum, 8-4-11

My talk: That's No Potholder, Buster: How Contemporary Artists Are Changing Public Perception About Quilts.

Memory Makers, Hudson, 7-11-11

An irreverent but informative and inspiring talk, plus art quilts and time to talk about them.

AORC Annual Juried Show, March 2011

*Award for my Tree Series piece called "Just Friends." It has been sold.

NEORQC 2012 Getaway, Feb. 25-27, 2011

I was chosen to teach Fabric Oil Painting at the three day weekend. The Getaway was a victim of the bad economy and was canceled.

Leadership Akron, 12-7-11

An overview of my metamorphosis from reporter to quilt artist at my studio at Summit Artspace

Medina County Art League, 11-22-10

About 50 artists attended the meeting, where I shared quilts and stories and information about how to get a foothold as a professional/emerging artist in Northeast Ohio.


If the World Were Ruled by Quilters

Feel trapped in your quiltmaking? Doing the same all over again? I explain how to unleash your creativity and free yourself from the quilt police. An inspirational talk riddled with quilt humor and a trunk show full of fun and color.

That’s No Potholder, Buster

OK, so how do you get respect in the world of art, especially when you’ve been known as a reporter and columnist for three decades? There’s no quick answer, but there are a few absolutes that apply to all artists, and Connie will lay them out for your organization. She will also talk about the rocky road she took from reporter to artist and how other quilt artists are faring across the country, even in these lean times. There are a few who are making an astounding $100,000 a year -- and that means the public’s perception of the quilting arts is changing dramatically. (Given to Medina County Arts League, Nov. 22, 2010)

The Sensitive Creation of a Memorial Works: Celebrating Life After a Death

The making of memorials is a complex, spiritual and physical process involving in depth interviews with the family, restoration of decades old fabrics and waiting .... for messages, signs and clues on what to do. This talk is appropriate for groups interested in the afterlife, spirituality, memorials, genealogy as well as memorial quilts.


A Day in the Studio, a one day program for quilting enthusiasts

Quiltmakers often spend long hours in the studio, alone. Their friends and family may not be quiltmakers themselves, so certain questions are never answered, such as: Are my quilts “good”? Do they qualify as art? What are their strong and weak points? Was my use of color effective? How could I have made them even better? What techniques should I employ to push my quilt making to the next level? Am I using the right tools? Can I paint on my quilts? Do I have to stitch by hand? Do I have to use a machine? What if I hate the quilting? What if I hate piecing? What if I hate (fill in the blank). Learn More...

Fabric Oil Painting

Make your own Monet with dry ingredients. This technique does not use any paint, just fabric and thread. But it makes your quilts look like impressionist paintings. See photos here. Learn More...

Painting and printing on fabric

You will be using textile paints to color and pattern your own cloth. Get out the kitchen utensils and sink stoppers for stamps. Use a dental syringe to write. The finished fabric will look great all cut up in your quilts. Here are some photos. Learn More...

Hand embroidery on needle felting

Hand embroidery on needle felting with a Jack and the Beanstock sized needle and perle cotton. It's easy but you can get powerful results, especially when you add beading. We'll do it all in this class. Learn More...