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Friday, November 6th, 2009


I didn’t make any art today, but I saw some great art. I have been very coy about my plans over the last few days. Helen Conway of the Twelves is on an around the world trip with her husband. Her first stop is California and she is spending a few days with Diane Hock, founder of the Twelves. Yesterday, Mr C and I drove down here to our former home so that I could show up at a luncheon Diane was having and surprise Helen. Karen Rips also came up from Thousand Oaks, for the day.

What can I say? It was so special to see the surprise on Helen’s face when I walked in. She had actual tears (of joy, I hope). The above quilt is one she made and gave to Diane. Isn’t it beautiful — all Kaffe fabrics and Freddie Moran houses — two of Diane’s favorite things.

Here are the four of us. I think this is the largest Twelve rendezvous; previously, there was a meet up of 3 of us in Portland — Kristin, Terry and I. In the back are Helen and I and in front Karen on the left and Diane.


Diane invited many of my quilting friends from the area. It was so much fun to see every one and catch up on their quilting escapades. Diane and I were very close with 3 of those who came. We were the gang of five. We were all new to the guild and bonded. If there was a quilt show or a new quilt shop or some other interesting activity, we were there. Here is a photo of us. I miss them so much.


In addition to Diane and I, that is Rita to the right of me and Pat and Janet, sitting in front of us. Our age span was 30 years, Diane being the youngest and Janet, the oldest. Can you believe that she is 85?

After a delicious lunch, we had show and tell. The four Twelves showed our quilts together so we had one third of the body of work in the room. It was so fantastic to see these little gems in person.

Here is some other show and tell. Among Pat Dicker’s treasures was this wonderful village quilt. I love the colors that she used. Pat is one of the most prolific quilters that I know.



Janet had this fun quilt made from silk. The challenge was to do something long and narrow. She also brought this quilt which won her a blue ribbon and $100 at the Marin County Fair. She has been in Quilt National and Visions, but she said it took this long to win a blue ribbon.


Delaine had many lovely little quilts from group challenges. This challenge was yarn.


Patsy had this challenge quilt of abstracted trees. Loving trees as I do, I really coveted it.


Here is a wonderful photo of Helen, Pat and Janet.


And here is Karen and my friend, Sandy.


And all those postcards that I have been making? In celebration of seeing my many friends, I gave each one a postcard. I have two left because two people didn’t make it.

I will leave you with Helen’s lime green shoes which I love! They are going to have a wonderful trip around the world.


Tonight, Mr C and I had dinner at Willy’s Wine Bar. Wonderful small plates and a great selection of Sonoma wines. Tomorrow, we are meeting Helen and her husband, Dennis, for breakfast so that we can have some quality time together. It was a wonderful day and worth the wait and secrecy!!

Art Every Day 5

Thursday, November 5th, 2009


We’re on our way to somewhere ……What’ll we see there, who will be there, what’ll be the big surprise?

Above photo is my meager offering for my art today. Drive-by photos taken with my iPhone!!

I also got some sleeves sewn to a few of my Twelve X Twelve quilts.


I am really, really exhausted. So here are the rest of my “artsy” photos.




Good night.


Thursday, October 15th, 2009



If you saw the movie Up, you realize that I am trying to distract you. I feel as if I have been slacking a bit. I did finish the edging on the post cards and they are ready send out. I uploaded some new work to my website and did an online entry to Form Not Function. This afternoon, I went shopping for some new clothes. I needed some comfortable stuff for everyday wear. Mr C gave me a gift  certificate to Chico’s which I have yet to use. Didn’t get there today, either. By the way, the squirrel was on the deck this morning, looking at me through the kitchen window.

I did some binge shopping on Amazon the other day.


This is a very cool drawing book by Steven Aimone. It has lots of neat exercises which I hope to do.


This new book, Quilting Art, by Spike Gillespie as loads of eye candy work done by 20 contemporary, many that I know and some that are new to me.


This book by Sandra Meech is filled with gorgeous work and art classes that you can take to learn her techniques. I think I will have fun with this, too. I am trying to get myself back to creating more of my own fabric. I so admire my artist friends like Judy Carpenter and  Connie Rose, who get into the studio every day and do the work.

Tonight, I started stiching the black hole piece. I decided not to paint another one. I think I can have fun just stitching and adding some bling to this. This photo has a lot of glare on the foil so it looks a bit weird.


Tomorrow, I am looking forward to an art date with Terry. We are going to see the work of art quilter, Mary Catherine Lamb, who recently died from cancer. She was too young. Her is a link to a video about her and her work.


Sunday, September 20th, 2009


I have been partying  up a storm with the family, celebrating the marriage of these two, my son, Mark, and Jayme. They have not gotten married, yet. They have the rings, they have the commitment, but they are just going to go to city hall in San Francisco some day and do it. Jayme orchestrated a get-together of both sides of the family here in Portland.

On Thursday night, they put together a delightful meet and greet dessert party at the Sellwood Yoga Studio where Mark had done the landscaping for his friends who moved up here from SF. Here is my daughter, Steph and M & M sitting in the courtyard.


On Friday night, we had everyone at our home for a beautiful meal catered by Papa Haydn, a restaurant noted for their desserts.


I had purchased lots of fall flowers  – sunflowers, dahlias and zinnias, which Lisa and Clay arranged in vases for all the tables.


The food was fabulous and the service was impeccable. We received rave reviews from every one. We were able to arranged seating for all who came which required some furniture rearrangement. We like the new living room arrangement so much that we are going to keep it for awhile.

Saturday was the day for the picnic out on Sauvie Island at the Kruger Farms. We awoke to a steady rainfall, but the weather forecast called for sun by the afternoon. And we were not disappointed. What a great time we had. This was coordinated by Mark and Jayme. They bought the food, rented a huge BBQ, and thought of every detail for a fun time in the country. Some of Jayme’s relatives cooked some great sides and Stephanie made killer cookies.

We took Scooter with us. It was his first long drive for an adventure. He had a great time. There was the cutest little dog who lives on the farm who kept running over to our site to play with Scoot. He looks like a cross between a chihuahua and a Jack Russel Terrier.


We were right next to the corn maze and at one point, Scooter ran off into the maze and it took some time to find him.

Here is a photo of everyone who was there, except the photographer.


We took about 6 attempts to get a photo of our family. Here is one of the takes. It is almost impossible to get Miles to look at the camera, especially when his Uncle Mark is giving him the elbow!!


It was a wonderful 3 days. We loved Jayme’s family. We loved having Steve’s brother Mike and some of his family and David who came all the way from Florida. Right now, I am pretty exhausted. If you are interested in seeing all the photos that I took, they can be seen on this Flickr set, Mark and Jayme Celebration.

Here is some other stuff going on in my life. I was very excited to have Mystical Forest purchased on the first day of the SAQA auction for $750 by Teri Springer, who is becoming a patron since she owns two of my pieces.

I didn’t get into Quilts=Art=Quilts this year. I am disappointed, but that frees the work to enter in another show.

I now have the correct diagnosis for my brother-in-law, Ray. He has myelodysplastic syndrome which prevents the making of white blood cells. The only treatment is a bone marrow transplant, and he is considered to old to get it. I am deeply pained for my sister and her children and grandchildren.

There is a lot of other stuff rattling around in my brain, but it will wait for another day.

We Have Winners!

Saturday, August 29th, 2009


I had 80 commenters who would like to be in the running for some gericon art. I used the random number generator and here are the winners:

First pick: Cindy Strine, who said that she has been reading my blog since the very first post so I think that is fitting that she won this. Cindy will receive the Spooner Lake Aspen quilt that I do not send to Art for Autism. I haven’t decided yet.

Here is a detail of the piece above:


This is the second piece:


Here is a detail:


The second place person is Pippa Moore, a textile artist from Vancouver Island, Canada. She was my roommate one year at Art Quilt Tahoe. She gets her choice of the smaller Spooner Lake Aspens study or one of my indigo dyed scarfs.



And, tada, the third place person, who receives what Pippa does not choose is another great Canadian friend, Dale Ann Potter.

Here is the original photo that I took at Spooner Lake in the Tahoe area of Northern California.


I have been riveted by the Ted Kennedy events so I have been a little slow getting this all together. So if the three of you will e-mail me your adresses and choices, I will get all of these in the post next week.

Don’t forget to send a bundle for the Iraqui Bundle of Love project, the brain child of my friend, Kristin’s, hubby. Click on the logo to find out more information.