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Construction Details

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

I don’t know why I sometimes have this intense need to push my pause button when I have the materials and I have a plan. Taking that first cut to fabric is sometimes daunting. I finally started cutting some strips of the silk fabric and constructing building blocks for my chartreuse piece.

I am making a very geometric abstract piece and it is a bit more tedious than I like to work, but I think it will be worth it.

I have finally waded through all the set-up on Ebay to list a quilt for sale with 90% of the sale going to Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief.

Click here for the link. I hope it doesn’t just sit there!

This arrived via Fedex today, requiring a signature.

What is it, you ask? It is the cover for my new iPad2 which sadly, won’t arrive until a month from today.

This is a Quilt

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Submissions for the SAQA trunk show, titled This is a Quilt, are due in California on Friday. The piece only needs to measure 9 – 10 inches square and only 8 inches will show through the mat. I decided to try to get something done and Fed-exed later this week. Since I spent most of the day doing SDA website training an work, I haven’t had much time.

I went down to the studio to start working and discovered that my furnace is not working. So tonight, I put on my long underwear and a couple of sweatshirts and managed to put in a couple of hours.

This is the silk organza that I painted last year for a Twelve X Twelve piece. I love the colors and so decided to put it to use again.

For the background, I am using a hand-dyed silk/cotton blend that I bought at PIQF last year.

Here is the thread that I found in my stash.

For the background, I did simple linear machine quilting.

Then I did a temporary gluing of the organza pieces.

Now, I just need to stitch the organza with the Perle cotton, trim it up and add a back and voila — This is a Quilt.

I went into the living room this afternoon and noticed that my Amaryllis is blooming.

Lost My Momentum

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

or maybe I am just catching up on stuff after the manic quilting. I did get the bamboo hanger on this little piece which was in the latest Tote Tuesday auction. It has left for Arlington, TX.

I got some guild errands done. I worked on the SDA website. I helped Stephanie with a computer problem. I played with some indigo scraps for the next 12 X 12 quilt in our color/colour theme of blue, white and a little black. I also uploaded the new work to my website. So, I guess it was not a total waste.

My friend, Terry, has been doing some very deep blog posts lately. So I have been feeling quite shallow. On a day like this, I worry about being a big snore bore.

Here are a couple of things I saw on my walk with Scooter today, taken with my iPhone.

That would be Jack, my favorite son-in-law. Nice sign, I think.

I am off to watch men’s ice skating and Project Runway with remote in hand.

Art Every Day 10

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009


Here is another idea that I have for the Bird’s Eye View show.  A few years ago, Mr C and I went to the Grand Canyon and I took lots of photos, looking down into the canyon. I have always wanted to abstract one of these photos and create the canyon in fabric in some cool colors.

I used the Photoshop photocopy filter on the above photo with this result:


I have printed this on 11 X 14 paper and will put tracing paper over it and redraw with simple graphic lines and shapes.

So there is my art for the day. I had to spend most of the day doing tasks for the Columbia Fiberarts Guild and SDA. It involved thinking and writing. Tonight, I had Arts Commission meeting at the cathedral. They asked me to be the featured artist for Artists Among Us in May. My work will be featured on all the promotional postcards and posters and I will have a lovely spot, front and center to display my work. I am very honored and excited.

I have a silk scarf in an auction to help a young woman with breast cancer. She is a friend of my daughter’s partner, Clay. There are several nice items in the auction. Take a look and think about bidding on something. Here is the link: Art Sustains Us

Good Things

Saturday, October 17th, 2009


Isn’t this gorgeous? It is a one of a kind copper silk pine cone made for me by my daughter,  Stephanie. She fuses silk to wool and cuts strips and then cuts the little pine cone pieces and stitches them to a wool core. Click on the photo to see it larger. We had a great family dinner tonight.

I got some good mail today. I purchased the following pair from the Art Now for Autism auction. I gave them to M & M.


The artist is Georgina Lopez from El Paso. I was touched by her artist statement:

I enjoy making funny and at times, macabre pieces of art, but it’s still considered whimsical. The reason for donating this work is that I’m a parent of an autistic adult child. He was the 3rd and last of my children and our lives changed dramatically after his birth, as those who have gone through it know. Since then, he’s taught us about being more compassionate, especially to young mothers who look as if they’re ready to eat their child in public…who knows what their story is, love in a way that can sometimes be impossible physically and mentally, learn to say no to the small stuff and yes to new adventures, think outside the box…way outside the box, and has brought out the best in all of us.

As for my little pieces of art, I’ll introduce you the “the boys.” Chuy and Gustavo are brothers lying side by side. As you can see from Chuy’s little grin, he’s the prankster. He likes to play jokes on his brother and older cousin and the other dolls that surround him on the wall.

I also ordered an Art Now for Autism t-shirt which arrived today. The art work is by Karen Friday. It makes a great logo for the shirts.


I did some more stitching on the black hole piece. I did some bobbin stitching with some gold yarn and couched some copper Perle cotton. I quilted the background with a black/silver metallic which gave me fits. I still want to do some embellishing on this.


This is another black hole that I painted which I didn’t like at first, but it has grown on me. It has cooler colors. I painted the background with some mica chips.


I finished chapter two of the Expressive Drawing book which has the first workshop in it. I had to go out and buy some more black acrylic paint and a large pad of paper and some proper brushes. I am gonna love drawing with paint and a brush.

So far I have learned the difference between descriptive drawing and expressive drawing. As you can imagine, descriptive is the kind that most of us think of when we say we can’t draw and is the default approach in Western culture. Those of you who know me probably understand, now, why I am so excited about this book’s process. I hope to have my first drawings to share, tomorrow.