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Here I Am!!

Monday, April 11th, 2016


Not sure if time is flying or time is dragging by, but anyway, I am in waiting mode for my new knee. I am trying to keep busy. My SDA job has been keeping me very busy. In the evening, I have been slow stitching and knitting. I am making progress on the piece for the SAQA auction. I am about half done with the front of the Winnie the Pooh sweater:


On Saturday, I went to my Oregon critique group in Eugene. Here are two of my quilts waiting to be discussed:


I have always felt that my Blue Picasso Woman needed something and she helped me realize what it is – she does not have enough space around her. I am thinking about cutting her up and redoing her as a more complicated Picassoesque piece:


Today, I spent the afternoon at the hospital getting poked and prodded to make sure I am fit for the surgery. Hopefully, I am. I have seen folks in worse shape than me come through it ok!!


Day 31

Thursday, December 31st, 2015


I decided to go through my art making for the year. It really is helpful to see everything that I have done. Most was done for my master class with Elizabeth Barton. I am looking forward to moving on, doing my own thing in 2016. The above piece was done to illustrate the importance of value.


ThisĀ  piece was meant to show movement. I hate it when I finished it, but now I am looking at it with new eyes.


I pieced this one to showcase lines. I was happy to see that I could draft something and piece it to size. It is currently in a show in Coos Bay.



These were done for Sacred Threads – a diptych of the 23rd Psalm, now traveling to other venues.


This was my out door installation at Trinity.


Ode to a Tree is traveling with the SAQA Oregon exhibit.


My biggest fail of the year. A good idea that I did not execute very well.


Done for the HFD show, but didn’t get in.

The following are my encasustic pieces which I love. I would love to be able to do more of these.








A sweet little piece I did for a book submission, but it did not get in. I like it, anyway!


This was one of my favorite pieces that I did for the master class.

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This did not get into the SAQA show to which I submitted it. I took it to my crit group and our guest critiquer said it was not finished. I agree. I am going to add 1 or 3 oak trees.


I love this piece, too.


This was the last piece to get finished this year. I think it is quite special. I would like to make another, only larger.

So that is my year in review. Not bad, if I do say so.

Now on to 2016. Wishing all of you a wonderful and productive new year.

Finally, thank you to Cheryl Sleboda for the kick in the butt to get back to regular blogging.



Day 5

Saturday, December 5th, 2015


It is still Saturday here in Portland!! It has been a busy day. We attended a memorial service for a special friend’s husband and then went out to dinner and heard The Messiah with the Oregon Symphony. Just so beautiful and special at this time of year.

I have been working on another kid sweater. This one is brown.

That is it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow.

Day 3!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015


I was bothered by the odd placement of the background columns on this piece. I decided it could be an easy fix. I did the frog stitch (rip it, rip it) and removed the bottom of the offending columns and then lined them up with the tops. I will refuse them and requilt those area.


I will feel better about this piece because I think it is pretty good, otherwise.

On Monday, I got a call from the orthopedic PA that I have been seeing for the cortisone shots in my knees. I had emailed him last week to tell him that I am in constant pain and feel I need to pursue knee replacement. They wanted me to get new x-rays. I went down to the car to drive to the hospital yesterday morning and my battery was dead. I had left an overhead light on. I got AAA here to charge the battery. He said I needed to drive the car for 30- 45 minutes to charge it. So I drove around for 30 minutes and finally got to the hospital at 12:30. They took a bunch of x-rays of both knees. It was not fun.

This morning I got a call to come in and meet with a surgeon. So, Monday, I have an appointment. We shall see what comes of it.

Today, I had an appointment to get my a cut and color of my hair and Mr C had a dental hygienist appointment across town. So he dropped my off. My studio is in the same building so after my getting my hair done, I went up and cleaned up my studio and did some more work on this piece:


It is an assignment for my Master Class that I did not have time to finish. I will divulge more about this later, but suffice it to say that it is taking me lots of time to cur out all those little pieces.

Here is the view of what we call the Flying Geese bridge from studio.


I am now going to watch The Wiz and knit.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

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