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Heat Wave

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


We are having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave… Thank goodness for my air conditioned studio! I have not been keeping up with my project to use up my fabric and batting scraps. Tonight, I felt compelled to memorialize the weather we are having by interpreting a heat wave with fabric and thread.

We took the dogs for a walk fairly early. Mr C is doing enough better that he went for the walk with us. I felt miserable when I got home. After a cold shower, I was able to get on with the day. Mia is at art camp, so Miles came over to hang out with us. We watched the Tale of Despareaux while I packed up my Day of the Dead quilt to be shipped to Scranton, PA. I also did a major cleaning and decluttering of my computer desk and made room for my new scanner.

Tonight, we went out to have dinner in an air conditioned restaurant. I had a nice ahi tuna nicoise salad and a glass of rose wine. It was good. The heat wave is due to continue until the week-end. I wonder if I can get a meal out every night!!

Back to the Scrap Bin

Thursday, June 25th, 2009


I had a horrible sinus headache today and am losing my voice. There is something in the air that is making my allergies go bananas. I managed to put away all of the SDA registration materials and get rid of the table that has been part of my office space for 6 months. It was cathartic. It gave me energy. I straightened up the studio and put away fabrics I had been auditioning for the SAQA piece. I got a burst of energy and decided it was time to make another scrap piece. For this, I used fused silk scraps that were left over from the big liturgical piece I did 3 years ago. I fused some color strips and cut curvy strips and arranged them on the silk background and did some simple quilting. Here is a detail:


Today, when I came home from walking Scooter, I found this in my front yard, fortunately before Scooter did.


I ushered Scooter inside and grabbed my camera. She saw me and started escorting the babies away.


Here they are “duck”ing for cover.


I have not seen them since. I don’t know where they came from or where they have gone.

Fiber Art in About an Hour

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Here is Scrap 050709. These little pieces are taking me about an hour. I try to work quickly, not over thinking. I pull out a fused scrap and let it lead me to the design for the night. Tonight it was the background fabric that looked like a forest on fire.


Doing these little pieces is saving my sanity. I can do something fun and creative when I have a spare hour.

Today was play-date with Mia day. Miles has a special group thing on Thursdays. I get to have time with Mia and make dinner for the family. Tonight it was lamb moussaka. It was so delicious. Mia had a very rigorous field trip to downtown Portland where they toured city hall among other sites. She was too tired to do anything but veg in front of the TV.

A very rainy morning turned into a lovely afternoon and evening. I was able to get in two 30 minute walks.

Mr C hung the woodblock print that I purchased from the latest Trinity show. We hung it over the family room fireplace. The room has so many windows, it was hard to get a photo without reflections and a glare. Here are two views.



Tomorrow night is the opening reception for the Trinity Artist’s Among Us show and sale. I do not have work there, but I am working.

A Scrappy Landscape

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

I really don’t know if I will get back to bona fide studio work until I am finished with my responsibilities at the SDA Conference at the end of this month. In the meantime, running into my studio for some scrap play, makes me happy. Tonight, I was feeling really tired. I had been at the computer most of yesterday and today, catching up on registration work and updating the SDA website. This afternoon, Mr C and I went down to Trinity Cathedral to help hang the Artists Among Us show, happening this week-end. I have no work in the show, been too busy!!

I watched Idol and voted several times for Adam. I wanted to just call it a night, but didn’t. I grabbed a piece of batting and went to work … er … play. The piece I picked up was long and narrow, about 2 and a half inches wide. Today, my friend Diane blogged about the Sonoma County landscape. I guess that was on my mind because I did this funky piece that is very reminiscent of the valley where we used to live.


A funny thing happened. I donated one of my scarves to the silent auction this week-end which will go to support the arts at Trinity. I took it in on Saturday and left it behind the stage in the hall where the shows are held. I thought I put it in the arts box, but I couldn’t find a light switch. Long story, short — they couldn’t find it. We looked and looked. It turns out there were some boxes of donations to the pantry that had been put back there. They had been removed at some point between Saturday and Monday evening. Steve and I then went to the pantry storage room and finally found it.

I know she is sound asleep in New York State, so I am going to wish my sister, Carole, a happy birthday when she wakes up tomorrow and checks in on the blog!!  Hippo Birdy, Sis.

Neighborhood Color

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Before we take the neighborhood tour, some fiber talk. I finished quilting my 12 X 12 identity piece.  I have to finish off the corners of the satin stitching and photograph it and I can check it off my list of things to do before Kansas City. I also finished the scrap piece that I started when Mia was here on Thursday. This is Scrap 050209.


These are only about 3″ by 5″. This one has scraps of an old silk dress of mine and a blouse that belonged to Sue Benner’s mother.

Today when we took Maggie for a walk, I took my camera along. You know it is spring and the end of the semester, when Reed College puts up signs telling us we can’t come on campus until next Monday and things like this spring up on the lawn. The event starts with a parade of seniors, through a throng of students accompanied by exuberant music, as they turn in their senior theses.


This was parked on the street with some weirdly dressed folks coming and going.



It was a beautiful morning. We had lots of rain later in the day, but with plenty of sun breaks. I took som photos of some of the beautiful color. All of the photos can be seen in my Eastmoreland Neighborhood Flickr Set.

RED: Japanese Maples and chairs


FUCHSIA: Azaleas






PINK: Dogwood in our backyard


GREEN: Our front yard


Mr C and I went out for dinner and now we are watching the first season of The Tudors. The costumes and sets are just incredible. Being Episcopalian, this story was part of our theology class last year. I love seeing the different ways this story has been told. This one is quite spectacular. I must say, I have never seen such an attractive Henry, before.