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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009


Look at what arrived in the mail today! These were made by my friend Beate who lives in Dusseldorf, Germany. Her beloved beagle, Jeanie, was hit by a car and had to have surgery on two legs. It cost a lot of money so several of her FB and QA friends pitched in to help her get some quick cash. I bought these adorable critters and the door hanger below, from her Etsy shop.


I was rather tired and achy today. Lugging a trunk show of  quilts to and from the house gave me a nasty back ache. I did get my to do list done in spite of it. I took an Aleve and kept on going. The biggest job was getting all the quilts back in their places.

Tonight, I got some work done on a couple of postcards.


A Very Busy Day

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


This morning, I got myself down to the studio so that I could finish this, now named Celestial Black Hole. Last night at my theology class, I unquilted the black areas. It really was a mess and the wrong thread — a metallic silver and black — which kept shredding in the needle. I sometimes like pulling out quilting threads. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because I am fixing something and that is satisfying.

I requilted it with a wavy line using an understated black, copper and gold. I then added some celestial glitz with some gold mica chips in gel medium. I am not all that thrilled with this piece. I am hoping that I can do a better job of finishing the other piece. I have this problem of not wanting to do work that is too perfect (probably because I can’t!), but really, even if I could, I like a more organic look to my work, but this piece is a little more sloppy than I like to show.

Here is a detail:


I took the photos using my new lighting system that arrived today. There are two of these lights with fancy carrying cases. Not sure  where I would take them. Anyway, I got my piece uploaded to the Fast Friday Fabric Challenge (not fast for me) Yahoo site and Blog.


Yesterday, I received a sweet little package from Kirsty in Australia who is part of the 12 X 12 group. She just opened a shop called PomPom Rouge. She had these gorgeous hand-dyed embroidery threads that I loved. She sent some to me. Can’t wait to use these.


Tonight, I got to have 15 minutes of fame at High Fiber Diet meeting. So I packed up a selection of my quilts. It was fun to show some of my early work.

I had leftover lamb from the week-end, and I made the best lamb and lentil soup which we had with feta cheese garnish and pita bread. We had to eat early so that I could rush off to my 6:30 meeting.

During the meeting, we made Momigami paper. This is a way of treating paper so that if looks and behaves like fabric. I used some magazine pages. You start crumpling the paper.


It is a great way tor relieve stress. You just keep kneading it in your hand and then add a drop of oil to your hand and continue then add another drop of oil and keep this up until you have added 5 – 7 drops of oil. Then, you iron the paper between paper towels or brown paper. Here are my two sheets,



These can be cut up and used in collages. Depending upon what you start with, you can get very different results.

So that was my very busy day. I wish I had had time for some Expressive Drawing. I am feeling so much better and have a lot more energy. I was afraid that I was going to start acting my age!! Not yet.

Fun in the Studio

Sunday, October 18th, 2009


This is the result of my first “automatic” drawing for my Expressive Drawing workshop. (Just me in my studio!) It is 3 x 4 feet. You are instructed to stand with a paint brush loaded with paint held as if you are fencing. then you make a mark on the paper.


Then, stand back six feet, look at it and think of what you would like to do next, etc etc, until it seems finished.




And, of course the final drawing is up at the top. It was fun!

Then, I worked on color mixing with the colorhue dyes. I was on a  quest to get brown. I was told to add green and yellow to the purplish brown. Here is what I got. I am happy.


And that yellow green? Oh my goodness, I love that. It happened in my first mix. I wasn’t happy with the brown that I got so I added more yellow – to much for brown, but what a happy accident it was.

One of my students wondered if she would be able to do a creamy color. I diluted the brown and I am quite happy with these two colors.


I also did some work on the black hole. It is coming along.

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.

Friday Fun

Friday, October 16th, 2009


These are quilted images of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, created by Mary Catherine Lamb. She was an incredible fiber artist and recently passed away from a recurrence of ovarian cancer. Some of her work is on view at the Nine Gallery in Portland.

I met Terry Grant there for a long overdue art date. We started at the Contemporary Craft Museum. Saw some interesting stuff. I was very enamored with the pojagi pieces done by Jiseon Lee Isbara, associate professor and head of fibers department, Oregon College of Art and Craft. She will be speaking to my guild at our June quarterly meeting.

Our main purpose was to see Mary Lamb’s work. She used all manner of fabrics from old table cloths and curtains to more contemporary quilting fabrics to create her complex pieces. Each one is made up of squares. Each square is like a completed little quilt. If you click on this, you can see the squares.


These pieces were my favorites:


Above is the Archangel, Michael and below is the Angel at the Tomb – my absolute favorite.


Anyone who has been in my home, knows that I love religious art. Mary collected it, also. Here is the Virgin Mary with cooties. I want this collection!!


Terry took me to Park Kitchen for a belated birthday lunch. We shared two incredible desserts after eating healthy soup and salad. One was a lovely lime concoction with lime curd and topped with house made crackerjacks. The other was a plum/tomato crisp with basil ice cream. They were both delectable and not sugary sweet.

OK, now let’s talk about my work ethic. I only post when I have done something. You all don’t know about those days when I am languishing on the sofa playing Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook.

Over on 12 X 12, we are taking turns handing out awards to each other. Today, Diane did Most Likely to be Pulled Over by the Quilt Police. It is so funny. You have to go read it.

I did manage to read the first chapter in Expressive Drawing. I think it will be a fun book. I love this quote from the first chapter.

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college—that my job was to teach people how to draw, she stared back at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”