Quilting Arts at PSCSA

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Quilted Portraits by Participants of The Quilting Arts Class

Today marked the culminating event for the Quilting Arts class at The Park Slope Center for Successful Aging.  It was a lovely celebration, and a proud moment for myself, the co instructors, and the participants.  Sadly, we did miss a few of our key members due to travel and illness, and wanted to make sure that Suzanne and Gladys know that they were missed!

The portraits above are now hung in the center in groupings of 6, on either side of the stage, which is a focus of the center.

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PSCSA- You can see the portraits hanging in the distance!

We even caught up with Jenny P, who was especially excited about her portrait’s extra “bling”. (top right)

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Jenny and Instructor Coleen Scott. Photo by Cyndi Freeman

The center looked great decorated with our quilts, the special magazine made by Coleen for the event, and the amazing cake provided by catering, complete with a picture of our most intricate quilt!

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Co-Instructor Cyndi Freeman with Nine Patch quilts.

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Lead teaching artist Coleen Scott with the Hawaiian style quilt.


The beautiful sheet cake by catering with our quilt printed on it!

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Sisters Lily and Irene excited about “Q is for Quilting”, the magazine about our project.

After five months of hard work, we are so proud of what we have accomplished together.  It was a little bit bittersweet leaving today, as we will miss our beloved participants, and hope to work with them again soon.  Huge thanks to the New York City Council, the NYC Department of Aging, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Heights and Hills, and especially, the staff and members of The Park Slope Center for Successful Aging.  It’s been wonderful!

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Co-Instructors Cyndi Freeman and Dottie McCoy work with Irene and Lily to finish framing our quilted portraits the day before our culminating event.

Please visit The Park Slope Center for Successful Aging (7th Ave and 7th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn) to see our work hanging in the center, and for more information, or interest in Quilting classes with older people at your center, please visit http://www.coleenscottdesign.com for contact info!


Q is For Quilting!

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We are proud to announce the culminating event of our SU-CASA grant project at The Park Slope Center for Successful Aging, 463a 7th St. at 7th Avenue in Brooklyn,  THIS FRIDAY from 1:30-3 PM.

We will be presenting the three finished quilts we have made, as well as twelve individual art quilt portraits of participating older persons, framed to hang in the center and provide beautiful decoration!

Below, find a link to our magazine (below the cover image) explaining the program, the projects and quilting techniques that you might like to try yourself!

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For more information, and to attend this event, please see the flyer below:

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If you’re in Brooklyn, we hope you can make it, and if you’re not, we hope you find our magazine inspiring!


People.com’s Tiny Test Kitchen: Sean Brock’s Grilled Hangar Steak with Vidalia Onion Gratin

Sean Brock's Cookbook: Heritage

Sean Brock’s Cookbook: Heritage

The Project: Make It Work  household is just full of cool people.  Our housemate and favorite photo editor at People Magazine, Ben Trivett, had the opportunity to test out a recipe from amazing chef Sean Brock’s (see: Mind of a Chef, Season 2, PBS) new cookbook, Heritage.

Ben prepared the recipe as part of People.com’s new column Tiny Test Kitchens, featured here.

We of course, got to partake in the delectable meal for four, and it was a special treat.  Below is a before and after photo, taken by Ben.  You can see and read more about the cooking process at People.com’s Great Ideas.

Sean Brock's Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Ingredients, prepared by Ben Trivett

Sean Brock’s Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Ingredients

Sean Brock's Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Ingredients

Sean Brock’s Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Prepared by Ben Trivett

Check out the article AND the cookbook for more great recipes from a wonderful chef!


The Project Runway Season 13 teaser is so flashy.  Are they too cool for school now?  We’ll see.  We plan on taking a deeper look into garment construction this season, and hope to share what we know about what we see this time around.  After all, what we like about the show is the focus on the craft of it all.  Make it WORK, people!  And good luck to all!  Live Tweet with us @ProjectMIW TONIGHT!


TBT: That Time in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” when Jason Segel Cried While Watching Project Runway.

You’ll just have to watch the whole movie, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”...or get the dvd and skip ahead- to see the hilarious moment in the 2008 film, that shows Jason Segel’s broken-hearted character bundled up on the couch crying as Heidi Klum says “Auf Wiedersehen” on an episode of Project Runway. It still has us laughing out loud every time. Watch it.

“Speckled” for Chloe Magazine with MAC Makeup



‘Speckled’ – model: Alice Ma – photographer: Alex Evans – hair & make-up: Natalie Ventola – Chloe Magazine Spring14

  • M.A.C. Acrylic Paint in Black Black & Pure White
  • M.A.C. Clear Lipgloss (shine)
  • M.A.C. Chromaline in Landscape Green (eyes)
  • M.A.C. Satin Lipstick in Mocha (lips)
  • M.A.C. Chromacake in Rich Purple (eyes)
  • M.A.C. lip mix in Orange (lips)
  • M.A.C. Fluidline in Blacktrack (brows)

– vmagazine


This is a beautiful series.