Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sleeve Me Be

Sleeves again! I sew a tube, press it, and lay it with the seem allowances facing the backing. That crease gives me the mark for rolling it up 1/4" and sewing the bottom. Now I've got a pleat to take up the depth of the hanging rod.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Time Out

Frederic Law Olmsted's Highland Park in Rochester is where thousands (my guess) of lilacs live. There is a festival each year with mobs of people. My choice is to visit early and see the marvelous yellow magnolias. Then commit to memory that yellow shape.

Monday, April 24, 2017

On Deck

In between this and that (and it was a beautiful weekend) I managed to get the binding and hanging strip sewn on this whole cloth quilt. Now to sign, check for stray threads, and bundle up to send off to the Dairy Barn for their shop. One check off the list.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Two to Finish

Now off the longarm, these two small works are next in line to get their facing . So, maybe I can sew while I watch. Hello, Netflix. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Raking Light

I've got a work over my couch that only gets light late in the day, and only in Spring, when no leaves are on the tree. This will soon head to an exhibition, and I'm soaking it all in until it has to leave.

Friday, April 21, 2017

What Shows and Tells

Jenna was at our club's meeting yesterday, and this Shibori Half Square Triangle quilt came out for show and tell. We made this in a class at least 4 years ago, and I'm always glad to see a project finished, especially one that I had a hand in! Nice going, Jenna.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Monoprint for Distraction

My studio divides in half from the sewing side to the dyeing side. So, distraction is just a turn away. Yes, I should be designing, but hey, how about those dyes that need to be used up? Monoprint gets some color wash over it -- just an excuse to use up the thickened dyes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Top Ready for Quilting

One of last night's line-up (on the right, from yesterday) is now in the final form. It is all my own surface designed fabric (secrets revealed in my Pro Chem Class next month) with a few skinny lines for good measure. Now to quilt.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Day's Work All In

Among hanging soda soaked fabric (May's Pro Chem), washing out yesterday's printed fabric (quilt backing SAQA auction), cutting silk for scarves (Mary), ordering screens (Pro Chem), I started four sketches (QSDS June). Weeding an hour, too -- my therapy.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Some for the Road

Quilt Surface Design Symposium, where I'll teach in June, have asked me to send small works to display. They suggested a 24" x 24" size, so my mylar, with my handy-dandy frame drawn in marker, will check and edit, knowing the quilting changes the size.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Trio of 6x6

Rochester Contemporary (ROCO) holds a fund raiser every year, and I met today's deadline to add my 6"x6" works. They will be in good company for the sale -- each is just $20 -- which starts June 3. Trick is to find these among the nearly 3000 works.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Two Hundred Years in Great Shape

Thursday I visited a historic landmark in Naples, New York that has original stenciling from the 1800s. I admired these shapes from work I did 30 years ago, and finally got to see them. Still thrilled to see those flat, cut out shapes. And notice the leaves? Love them leaves.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Working No Matter What

My ideal work table is counter high, wide enough for a good large mat, and lots of space to cut, piece, and sew. But, during a workshop, comfort is not always there. Good thing that others can overlook the perfect setup for a day of trying out something new.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

One Yard Wonder

Liz took advantage of my challenge to make her New Big Leaf block from one yard of my hand dyed fabric. The block is not sewn, but you can see how spectacular it will be. Such a fun, hard working group yesterday at the Towpath Quilt Guild. Thank you for having me!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One Patch Wonder

There is motion in One Patch with Tufting, by Lucy Strauss. A wonderful play of flowering blooms of thread spread over an entire field of color. Made around 1930, it is from a current exhibition at the Munson Williams Proctor Institute in Utica, New York.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Quilt for a Full Moon

Today at the Munson Williams Proctor Institute to see the quilt exhibition there. Made in 1922, this quilt looks totally black, but my camera shows the variation in the cloth. The stand-in for tonight's full moon, this pitch dark work suggest (to me) the stars in the night sky.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Painted Fabric Leaf

My "painted" fabric is fun, but needs a project. Since I'll be teaching The New Big Leaf class on Wednesday, I used it here. Cut from mainly one yard, I like it! I'll be teaching how to make this fabric at Pro Chemical and Dye. And at QSDS in June, I'll show you how I compose and design.

Sunday, April 9, 2017


Albert Paley's massive sculpture Sentinel (it is the largest sculpture on any American university campus) at the Rochester Institute of Technology was lit with the evening light. I was there for a fun evening of expert juggling,

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Measure Low Tech

To cut fabric for dyeing, I like to measure a generous yard. My table is 36" from the floor, so if I let the fabric touch the floor, add a bit more (maybe a hand's width), I can snip and tear my piece.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Get Some Heat

Waking to another snowfall, I just wanted to be warm for a while. I headed to the First Friday open house at More Fire Glass Studio to see some fine glassblowing  by David Schnuckel (and sit as close as I could to the furnace). Visit the Studio in Rochester, New York.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wood if I Could

On my way to Rehoboth to teach, I stopped in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Glad to see another work by Wharton Esherick. Named the originator of the modern crafts movement in the US, Esherick had the brilliant ability to sculpt functional objects into art.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


It's been almost a week away, and my last stop on the road is Baltimore. Spring is here, just about to burst. Tomorrow is welcome rain, unless you're me -- and driving. Home to my work and play.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

After Work

The Skinny Line Leaf's  class had me and the quilters working like crazy. I forgot to snap even one photo, so here is what I did the day before class. A quick step on Coin Beach near Rehoboth, Delaware. Good thing I don't live here, I'd get nothing done!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Morning Celebration

Ocean Waves Quilt Guild celebrated 20 years today, and I got invited. Beside just a lot of laughs, there was a great food. So nice to be part of the celebration.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Skinny Line Leaf Road Trip

I'll be in Delaware next week to teach how to make these little skinny line leaf blocks. It is a great practice in improvisational techniques, sewing a skinny line, and using color. I'll also teach improv quilting at Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus in June. Come and see me!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Freezer Paper in Four Parts

My block for the Skinny Line Leaf is quite simple, and I've got some great fabric to use. I'll use this for my class at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild next week. The packing begins!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Color Choices

After seeing my printed silk scarves,  a friend asked for one made specifically with her pallet. I love her color choices, and will try my best to incorporate these in a printed scarf. Heck, I may steal this group for my next little quilt.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wet Always Looks Better

When thickened paste is applied to white cloth, it is saturated, and well, looks great. Like sealed with polyurethane. It will dry, react to the mordant, and with a washout, look entirely different. Don't get swayed by the wet look.  See for yourself this May with me in "Glorious Prints" at Pro Chemical and Dye.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

No, No Dead Bodies

It does look like a crime scene, but this is just my way of mixing colors right on my screening table. So glad I had help finding white plastic. It was in an industrial supply store. My roll was about $100.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Where to Put It

When you shop for a sink, or a silkscreen, you don't measure the rest of your "equipment". So, it is serendipity that in that tight spot of looking where to set down a dripping mess the two fit perfectly!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Product Placement

Look beyond the pillows in my booth to see the one far away. No, that pillow in the background did not escape to visit another artist's booth. I added that pillow to spice up a friend's booth. And it did get noticed. Spread the love, perhaps.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Weekend Pop Up

Pillows plumped and scarves draped, I've set up work in the gallery full of color and cloth. I love to share this world of art quilting visitors. And a shout out to Martha Sielman's book on Abstract and Geometric quilts -- handy to share with visitors, offering the world of art quilts.

Friday, March 24, 2017

At the Ready

I've lined up scarves, and bought a new movable rack for showing small pieces, all to show my work at Rochester Contemporary's Pop Up art show. Looks good in the middle of my kitchen, we'll see how it looks in a real gallery. Show continues Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lunchtime Diet

My lunch hour was for the current exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery. Around the corner was the recently acquired "Wishing Well" by Sam Gilliam (1997). He was my age when he painted it. Must be my attraction to it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Freezer Paper Again

My shopping list often includes freezer paper, and now I've another reason to buy it. I've ironed it to the back of my soda soaked silk. What a difference in printing! I'm able to move the work around on my table, and transferring to piece to the drying rack is a breeze. Who new!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Stacked Up

Hand dyed, printed, and painted linen makes wonderful pillows. These are ready to be packed up for this weekend's show as well. Tomorrow I print more, and a bit of silk for scarves. With, incidentally, are all the techniques I will teach this May at Pro Chemical for my "Glorious Prints" class.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ready to Go

Ready to hang, and just in time for the pop-up show of artists at Rochester Contemporary this weekend, I've still got more work to finish. But, this is ready to go. It is a whole cloth measuring about 42" x 37".

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Life, And More of It

The remains of the party becomes the top edge for the quilt on the wall. Color, and lots of it. Tomorrow it's back to work.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Hard to see in this pic, but I've dyed sets of old tablecloths in my favorite chartreuse. I love that you call a table cloth a cloth. There will be a party tomorrow, and company's comin.

Friday, March 17, 2017

It Should Be Spring

If you can't have spring, you can force it. I clipped these from friend Nancy's yard between the wind storm and the snow storm. For a few days I can cheat nature and have my forsythia.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


For this whole cloth quilt I've cut 2 1/2" strips that I am joining together. I'll lay them across the angle on my cutting mat and freehand cut the angle. Nice to have a guide built right in. Sew, press, then fold in half before attaching to frame the quilt.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

On the Machine

I make one-yard sized whole-cloth quilts for function (like a couch quilt), for the small size (fits just right over a table), and for the person who wants a quilt in an affordable range. But, that one yard is a doozy.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What Was Once Complicated

The simple double exposure of the snow covered head and the kitchen interior would have been multiple exposures and lots of tricks 40 years ago when I was learning photography. Now it's a snap. Happy Snowstorm.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Goin Nowhere

Suitcase, quilts, fabric, projector -- all lined up. But the impending snowstorm heading in tonight makes my travel to Syracuse improbable. So, I'll take a rain/snow check and visit the Towpath Quilt Guild in April.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Glorious Prints for May

The day's ironing -- prints from this week --  to show at my lecture and workshop for the Towpath Quilt Guild near Syracuse this week. I'm teaching at Pro Chemical and Dye this May (two full moons away) "Glorious Prints" and a week of fun. There is room for two more, so come!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dropping Little at a Time

I've been back to check how cool it is at home, and I've still got at least another day before power might be back. Meanwhile, I've packed some sewing, unwashed printed fabric, and a new book to take to my home away from frigid home.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Were Did I Go?

My once-a-day blog post was rudely interrupted with a wind storm. As I write this Friday afternoon, my county still has 79,000 customers without power, me one of them. So, the wind has me taking a break.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pro Chem in Two Months

I'm printing, this time screening. I'll be in Fall River, Massachusetts, in two months, for a five day class "Glorious Prints." There are two spots left in the class May 8-12, so pass the word. I'll bring this finished if it's still around.

A New Leaf

I've started this leaf, and you can see I've got a freezer paper pattern on the drawing table and the full scale drawing on the design wall.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Every Basket is Handmade

Mary Benson, who was a  Pomo Native American, made this basket around 1904. It is twined (I think) from willow, sedge and redbud. I do know how to weave and coil. Twining is something else, and so is this basket.