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This and That

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015


This is Sky Blue Pink hanging in the Etui Gallery in Larchmont, NY. The opening reception was tonight. I was very excited to see this hanging there.

I got word today that two other quilts, previously rejected from shows, were juried into In Stitches in a gallery in Coos Bay, Oregon.



I am behind in my master class homework again. The assignment was to made a piece with lost and found edges. I am doing a row of fall aspen trees using hand-dyed silk. It is taking me ages to cut all the leaves.


This is the half-finished collage for the last Printed Fabric Bee theme, Carribean Ocean.


Here is my not so great contribution.


I printed blue waves on turquoise fabric, using an old carved wood block.




Then, I screen printed orange fish with an old thermofax screen. They were a bit dull, so I added some copper foil to them.


So, you know the drill, if you are interested the giveaway collection of these fabrics, leave a comment on the Printed Fabric Bee Blog.



Summer in the City

Friday, September 18th, 2015


I am keeping busy. I did finish this piece. I am happy with it, I think!! I deliberately kept the composition and quilting simple as my goal was to flatten the picture plane.

I got good news this week, Sky Blue Pink was juried into SPUN, a fiber art exhibit at the Etui Fiber Arts Gallery in Larchmont, NY. I am happy about this because I really love this piece and it is hard to see the beauty of it in a photo.


It has been a meeting week, SAQA, Trinity class and STASH. I also had a really bad flare up of the arthritis in my left knee. I was doing very well for about a week. It is better today and I am so relieved.

I took my rejected neutral submissions in for critiquing. It was suggested that I change the orientation of Pick Up Sticks. I like it in a vertical orientation.


It is going to be a great week-end here in the Northwest. I hope you enjoy yours.

Summer in the City

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015


Here is a sketch that I made from this photo, taken when driving into Seattle.


In my master class we needed to do two sketches, one showing depth and one that was a flattened image. We could choose either one to make a quilt. I chose the flattened one.


I had some fat quarters of fabric designed my Jay McCarroll, the quilting Project Runway winner. My daughter Lisa gave them to me a while back. Here was my first mock up. I was not happy with that lower left corner so I switched up some fabrics.


Here is the final layout, on the sewing machine.


Another quilting image:



And here is the backside. Quite neat, if I do say so. That is a shadow from the sewing machine on the right.

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I had a busy and lovely week-end. Mr C and I celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary on Saturday. On Sunday, we had a family dinner at Lisa and Clay’s, our new meeting place. Yesterday, we checked out the annual Art in the Pearl.

Tomorrow, I have to get up early and pull myself together to pick up Elin Noble and drive her to the guild meeting. She is our guest speaker and workshop leader. She is doing an indigo dying workshop, which I passed on.


Encaustic/Fiber Day Two

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

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We started today by putting yesterdays pieces on the table and critiquing them for composition. She then showed us how adding elements can enhance or improve a composition. She thought the black lines on my piece were two big and that I should scrape them down. I collaged in piece of a net onion bag and some horsehair lines. I just love the look of the lines made by the horse hair. Almost everyone in the class loves this piece, but me not so much. I really like a simpler more serene composition. I think changing the orientation to the top one, helps.

Next on the agenda was learning to wrap a board with fabric. I had a nice piece of funky dyed silk that I think Kristin La Flamme might have given me. To wrap the fabric, you put a very light layer of wax on the board and then press the fabric on the board and smooth it and iron it with a Clover mini-iron to adhere it to the wax.

fabric to board

Then, the board edges and back are carefully waxed and the fabric is wrapped and the corners are trimmed and ironed down.

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Next, we used a soldering iron like tool to burn marks into the top.


Here is this piece with more wax and some horsehair spirals. The wax was not completely dry so it is still opaque in areas.

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Here is a board wrapped with the rusted cheesecloth fabric with marks burned into the surface.


I then covered it with wax and added some pigmented wax and some perle cotton. The wax was not dry on this when I left.


I am enjoying the class so much. I got to have a session with Lorriane and she looked at the encaustic I have done and my art quilt portfolio. She saw a definite relationship with how I approach art quilt composition and my encaustic compositions. That felt good.

Some Time Out

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015


After getting 3 quilts done and photographed, sewing facings, making labels and travel bags, I had to take some time to breath.  Here is the travel bag that I made for the finished Glacier National Park piece which is 24 inches square. It would not roll easily so this is a great way to send out into the world. The plastic sleeve has a photo and identification information.

GNP travel bag

Yesterday, I cleaned up the sewing room which was a bit of a disaster. Lisa and Clay called and wanted to come and hang out and have dinner with us. I love to have them stop by.

Today, I headed to the studio to get some work done. I got the July Printed Fabric Piece done – the theme is insects. I will post photos at the end of the month.

I am behind on my Master Class homework for this month. The theme is rhythm. I need to do a little work on my sketch. I want to do some layering with silk organza and silk charmeuse so I painted some organza to use. Here it is still wet.


It has been nice to have a few days without looming deadlines.