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Shwe Shwe Village

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

My Shwe Shwe Village is finished. It has a label and a sleeve!! I am passing it off to Terry tomorrow and she will ship both of our quilts to Great Britain. The fabrics are based on the designs of the African Indigo Shwe Shwe fabrics. Here is the blue house which was not finished yesterday.


We have been very busy today. I have the monthly SAQA parlor meeting here tomorrow morning so in addition to finishing the quilt, Mr C and I were doing some housekeeping.

I stayed up late last night to watch Michelle Obama on the David Letterman show. She is such a class act and knows just how to handle Dave. But, I am really flagging tonight so I am off to bed early.

Here is today’s 3 X 3. I did some foiling on a quilted leaf shape.



Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

This is an aerial view of the farm in upstate New York where I grew up. A highschool friend sent it to me last year. It was in one of those Christmas photo cards — very retro. Based on how the house looks, I think it was probably taken in the late 50s or early 60s. She found it amongst here fathers things, after he passed away. I scanned it and uploaded it to Photoshop and zoomed in and — whoa— there was my father standing there. Almost in the center of the photo is a gas tank that was used for filling the tractors and truck and the family car. He is standing right there.

I uploaded this because I want to make a quilt of the family homestead. I have done a couple of sketches in my class with Elizabeth Barton. I think it tugged on some buried brain cells. The night after I was looking at the photo and reminiscing, I had a dream and I was walking through the house and I remembered almost every detail of each room.

We had a very successful SAQA meeting today. I think we had about 12 people here and we had some great conversation about entering shows, photography and critiquing. We have decided to meet monthly.

I spent a lot of time, after the meeting, reading my second week lesson for the class and doing some more sketching.

For today’s 3 X 3, I decided that I wanted to do some foiling on red silk. I didn’t have a thermofax screen small enough so I made one. Here is today’s piece.

We got a lot of snow last night, but by this morning, it had turned to slush. And by the time I took Scooter for a walk, after the meeting, this was all that was left in our neighborhood.



Studio Play Time

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The next exercise in the Drawn to Stitch book is to add a layer of marks with variety in sharpness, width, shape, etc. I used some red paint and made marks on the black and white woven piece. Then, I almost obliterated the brown and yellow piece.  I am going to cut this one up and reassemble it. The paint was still wet when I took this photo – messy fun.

I also printed on the organza water with metallic paints using bubble wrap, a stamp with tiny dots, a sponge and even a fish.The yellow in this photo is really more green than this. Metallic paint is hard to photograph.

The second piece of organza has more white space which helps when I layer it.

I am anxious to start cutting and piecing this.

I also worked on a panel for the Dream Rocket project.

The Dream Rocket Team is collecting nearly 8,000 artworks from participants around the globe. The artwork will be assembled together to create a massive cover in which will wrap a 37 story Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. We will also be displaying submitted artwork in dozens of national venues prior to the wrapping of the Saturn V.

The panel has to be 2 ft by 2 ft. I had a quilt that I made for an online challenge last year — a black hole. I mounted it on felt that I covered with gold metallic organza to make it the correct size.

I did some stitching on the organza and added some copper foiling to blend with the quilt. I then covered it with Golden Matte Medium. It ended up looking more gray than gold, but it still works. It will be outside in the elements so I wanted to do something to protect it. Definitely not a great work of art, but it was fun and is going to a fun project. Maybe when the matte medium is completely dry, it will look gold again.

With our health care, we get membership in an exercise program called Silver and Fit. You have a choice of facilities. Mr C goes to 24 hour Fitness. I just don’t like the mega gyms. So today, I went to the local swim and racquet club which has just started a program. I can take Pilates and yoga and work out on the machines. In the summer, I can use the pool.

I feel as if I am getting back into the swing of things. My energy level is greater and I am having a good time. If I keep throwing paint at stuff, something is bound to stick!!

Scooter in the Sky with Diamonds

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009


How cute is this? it arrived today from my BFF in Georgia, Judy. Scooter is fluffy and soft, just like in real life.  I hope he is up there playing and not leaving me!! Thank you, Judy. Mr C and I both love this.

I thought I would show you what I did to the black hole. I was foiling with Bo Nash, trying to get an overall glowing effect in my space thingy. First the Bo Nash didn’t melt and then it just smooshed. Maybe with some stitching, I could save this, but I would rather start over.


Today, I took off and went shopping for some things to fill out my fall/winter wardrobe. It was my reward for cleaning my closet and making more room!! I found some great bargains.

Tomorrow  is STASH at Gale’s house. We are going to carve rubber stamps. I think it will be fun. Terry has carved some cool stamps and will show us the ropes.

In With the New

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Usually, the holidays are a change of pace time for me — a departure from the routine. This year, I have had to keep working in the studio straight through, taking little breaks for merry making. And so, starting a new year does not seem so momentous this time around. I have not had time to assess the past year and think about 2009. Last night while waiting for the concert to begin, I jotted down some goals/resolutions, aspirations.

  1. Eat and cook slower. We are a family of chow hounds. We love food, and we all eat too fast. Perhaps, it was being the oldest of 5 kids!! I also want to do more cooking from scratch as I did when I had a family to feed on a limited budget.
  2. Create an urban garden that will provide through the summer and fall.
  3. Increase my daily steps to a minimum of 12,000 and work towards 15,000.
  4. Keep it simple at home. Continue to rid my space and my life of things that I no longer use or need.
  5. Work out a strategy for entering shows so that I am not doing so much at the last minute.
  6. Apply to be a SAQA PAM. (Studio Art Quilt Association Professional Artist Member)
  7. Enter at least 2 SAQA shows
  8. Read for fun.
  9. Have more dates with Mr C
  10. Continue to create my own textiles through surface design techniques.
  11. Become a better artist through study, practice and critiques.
  12. Spend quality time with M & M (Oh, that will be so hard)

Two things are on the horizon: I am taking another online class, this time with Laura Cater Woods, titled: Idea to Image. It starts next week. I really got so much from my class with Liz Berg. I think online classes are a great way to learn design and techniques. Judy Coates Perez is teaching an online Color Theory Class. I would love to take that, too. My friend, Judy, is taking a monoprinting class from Susan Sorrell. I think the online classes are a very attractive way to learn without spending a bundle and lugging supplies to another location.

I am also going to start working through “Finding Your Own Visual Language”, by Jane Dunnewold, Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan. I might not get to that until late in the month or February.

I also want to start a series based on abstracting trees.

Well, that should keep me busy.

Want to see what I did yesterday?

I decided to do another scarf for Virginia’s invitational reverse auction. I had some liquid procion dyes left from a class I took eons ago. I didn’t even know if they were still viable. I mixed up some chemical water and did squirt bottles of true red, turquoise, yellow and black. I tied a charmeuse scarf around a large pvc pice, scrunched it and squirted it with the dyes. I wanted to make sure that I got strong color so I decided to steam it. I have never steamed anything at home. I have had these things waiting:


I wrapped the silk scarf in newsprint:


Here is is steaming away:


I steamed it for 30 minutes. I was absolutely amazed that there was very little dye to wash out.

You know how I love a little glitter and glam. I wanted to just have a spattering of gold foil over the scarf, but how to do that? Ah, Bo Nash bonding powder. I sprinkled it on in small areas and then foiled. It looks very elegant.


Here is a detail:


So, if you have made it this far (ahem), which scarf should go into the auction?

I must get to bed. M & M are here and will be up early for hot cocoa and waffles.