Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse?

A friend had this necklace at QBL. What I think of now --  it's all eclipse, all the time. And you bet I'll make something that uses this "add to the center" idea next time I'm at the bead design board.

Monday, August 21, 2017


I've no clue just where that darn moon/sun thing is here, but it's recorded. Imagine, another seven years and the eclipse will arc through my backyard. That's 2,360 more blog posts, give or take, till then.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Home at Last

"Iodine" hangs where I sit for breakfast. Part of the Radical Elements exhibition through SAQA, it is finally home after been gone for four years. It should have an advanced degree for all that time away.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Who Needs Scissors

A tool from one craft becomes the go-to for another. I've taken to using rotary cutters on patterns, this one for a blouse I've had to make. I make sure that I can see the blade, and not the guard, when I'm cutting, as it helps keep my cut accurate.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dresses, Dresses

As  work on my blouses, I am reminded of the teeny tiny stitches in Phillipa Naylor's work. I got a close up look while teaching at the Maine Quilts festival in Augusta this summer. It's really that small.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

More Sewing

It's funny. I hardly ever call when I make a quilt "sewing," but after spending most of the day wrangling this blouse, I easily call it "sewing." I think that distinction is about the difficulty I have making fitted apparel. My admiration for those who tailor.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time Out

As August reaches the half-gone stage, I am pledged to take in what is left of summer. A cool night, a lake view, the last light of the day -- I'll have to get out more before we turn to autumn.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Third Dimension

I've been working on a project that involves making apparel. Which, need I tell anyone who loves to sew things flat, you know -- with two dimensions --  is very hard. Curves that actually curve around something, and fitted stuff. Takes me back to junior high.

Monday, August 14, 2017

In the Mail

I'm always thanked for my teaching work, but this was unusual. A REAL card in the mail, along with a pic of my favorite cat. To say thank you. Made my day. And you're welcome.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

More Discharging

I rediscovered a stencil I'd cut with a friend's Silhouette cutter, and here I've dabbed some Softscrub in the crosses. It takes a minute for the bleach to react, then I'll rinse and plunge in a bucket of water to which I've added Anti-Clor to stop the bleach reaction.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dye Day

 A group of friends gets together each summer for 'dye day' but for me it's 'discharge'. Each year I find new ways to bleach, and the yards work their way to the next project. Wouldn't think they would, but they do. Thanks, Bev, for having us out to your barn.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Flower Wall

We built a flower wall today. That was the extent of my creative force. It will be part of a wedding, and then I think I'll staple it to my ceiling. Just kidding, it would be better on a wall.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Working with My Brains

I've been pulled out of my studio and placed in front of my computer. A bit of writing, some organizing, catching up on the business side of life. My head is sprouting.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Swing Time

The night was stellar, and it was time to take a break and visit the nearest amusement park. I stayed on the ground for this ride, enjoying it immensely. By the way, the colors changed with the revolutions.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sorry Work

I've the task of choosing a saree for an upcoming wedding. These are all on loan, and all are scrumptious. Makes me want to dye those colors, those silks, those beautiful patterns.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Moonlight by Candlelight

For some reason, the electric is off here. Tonight's full moon is behind the cloud, so our moon is a candlelit round turtle shell. Happy full moon craziness.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


The cultivated "teasel" was brought to Skaneateles (a nearby town), making it the "Teasel capital of the world". These thistle, along my walk in the Bristol hills yesterday,  reminded me of that odd fiber world connection. No teasel, no softened wool.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dead Center Gourgeous

Letchworth Park has an incredible gorge. I spent a night in a cabin in the park, then took a short walk to check and make sure the gorge hadn't moved. It hadn't.

Friday, August 4, 2017

From Where You Are

The approach to the Rochester Airport is usually over Lake Ontario, but Sunday the route included my home. Through the haze, and on a vivid and sunsetting sky, I tried to make out where exactly where. I'll be home for the rest of the summer, and that makes me happy.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Art from Non Art

Philadelphia's airport has loads of art. This caught my eye, and I had to take this shot. Makes me want to grab three pieces of fabric, join and remix. Then make this great diagonal.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Take an Airport Walk

Philadelphia pioneered the 1% for art (of the total building costs, used for public art) in 1959. I'm not sure this glass wall installation is considered "art" or part of the PDA, but I loved passing it on my way to terminal F. I think if was terminal F. Days ago, far away.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mark Making Art

Michael Delgado's work -- prints made of photos of gum spots seen on the pavement -- stopped me in my track. On view (above: "My Tribe Only Whispers", 2014) at the Philadelphia airport, these works take abstract marks and create a story in caricature. The black is the gum/print, the color is his creation. Marvelous.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cheesy Glasses, Nice Wine

Maine Quilts Festival's banquet on Saturday had wine, and even wine in plastic was welcome. Then we all sat back to hear Phillipa Naylor talk. Which was even funnier with a bit of wine.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Her Smile Says It All

I love this shot of digging in to work, and loving the challenge at hand. I've spent three days teaching a room packed to the gills with great people in Augusta Maine. We took on improvisational design, composition, and techniques for transferring designs. All good.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Use What You Have

Charlene, like all, came prepared with a bag full of fabrics from which to use. But, one single, perfectly dyed fabric was all she needed.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Design Day

Twenty-five intrepid quilters met me in Maine Quilt Festival for a day with a dozen design ideas. We sewed, cut, pasted, and reassembled our way to many sketches useful for future works. It was all about composition. And a bit of fun.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Too Much Red and White?

...Apparently, not. The Maine Quilts Festival this weekend has rows and rows and rows of red and white quilts. All fun, in all sizes and patterns. My stash of reds grows, and I'll make one someday.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Happy 40th Maine Quilts!

Pat Delaney's quilt hangs to the left of mine at the entrance to the Maine Quilt Festival. Just a couple of flights getting here, I'm now in Augusta and ready to go. Tomorrow we'll be slashing and burning.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gathering Leaves

While getting supplies for teaching this weekend in Augusta, Maine (hello there Maine Quilt Festivalites!) I came across these foliage squares. I needed these for an upcoming event, so I snagged a few dozen. Remind me to show you the finished project.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Send Me a Text

Cynthia Corbin's work "Text" is now on view at the QBL show held in conjunction with the quilt retreat just south of Syracuse. Aside from her compelling fabric, the design is a clever used of typography and shape.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

More Work Sans Screen

After I've screened a piece or two, I make another with the mixed colors and "paint" with a scraper the thickened dyes. The surface takes on a texture and depth, and I like to use these pieces juxtaposed with other printed and graphic ones. This will be at the QBL mini mart Monday night.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

On the Line

With a day of sun, I've got more soda soaked yards drying on the line. My path from the door to the line is in full bloom, a perk of the job.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Nutty Quilter

All who saw Sharon Evans' five iterations of the "Dear Jane" quilt agree that she was nuts to make these, but a good nuts. She made all six (only five on view) at once, start to finish. They are at the Quilting by the Lake quilt show at the Onondaga Community College through next week.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Taking Over My Hammock

Three silk scarves were drying on the hammock outside this morning. Two went to QBL to sell, the other will travel to "discharge day" next month when my peeps gather. Tomorrow is the last day to find my fabric at QBL. Next week -- I'll be there just Monday night.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It Really Is This Much Fun

Lisa was in my May Pro Chemical and Dye class where she printed this cotton dress. We had fun then, and loads of fun seeing the results today, while she was in class at Quilting By the Lake. Wish I could see the linen tablecloth she printed!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Quilt Show this Week

For years, I've admired Noel Keith's work. Made with silk, these compositions glow with light. The block is simple, but she has a way of making it move and shift. Another from the show at Quilting By the Lake this week.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Round the 'Hood

Part of the fun in vending at a quilt show is seeing the works. This Joe Cunningham's "Michigan Winter" has wonderful stitching with raw edge applique. I've got a detail for its close-up.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Controlled Chaos

For the first week (gone the second) at QBL, the months of printed fabrics are all askew. They're happily unfolded, and may not get ordered again, until packed to take to Maine Quilt Festival the end of the month.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

End of the Week

Visiting Great Camp Sagamore today, the end of a vacation week, made me think how fortunate I am to have the Adirondacks within a day's drive. I've visited almost every year for the past thirty, and am always renewed. Tomorrow is QBL with a suitcase of printed fabrics to sell.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pink House for Art

Cris Winters runs Art at the Pink House, where she shows her work in eco printed textiles and fabric collages. Her Saranac Lake house and shop attest to the fact that every corner of the world has at least one of us textilers in it.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Just Suggesting

Should we be thinking about current politics, here is what that mushroom cloud would look like. Only seen from below.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Line, Squiggle

A visit to John Brown's Museum yesterday had this Victorian fence -- wrought iron with alternating squiggle and tassel as the barrier. His grave site is a mix of mid nineteenth century headstone, and this all black statement.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Repeat this Theme

The circular shape, just cut with a slice missing, is one of my favorite images. As I canoe/kayak near home, or now away in the Adirondacks, the camera finds this to capture over and over. Must mean I need to make another work focused on this, right?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Packin for QBL

I've got the suitcases started with my hand printed fabric. I'll be at Quilting By the Lake as a vendor for their first week, starting on Sunday. Visit, if for nothing else, the great group of quilts that will be there for the show. All at Onondaga Community College, just south of Syracuse.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fridge Tour

To live life with a clear refrigerator, I'd be someone else.  Amid a garage sale notice (won't be there), list of songs from another time, instructions for mixed drink, there's a poster from QN '17.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bit of Rain

This Summer is the opposite of last summer. When we had a drought, and my lawn died, we now have ample water. Which only means that I a) time my soda-soaked hanging out for between rain, and b) can catch a photograph just after the rain.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Stackin Up

In about a week I'll head over to Quilting By the Lake to be a vendor and sell some of these hand dyed and printed fabrics. There aren't many vendors in the exhibit area, but those that are there have wonderful thinks. But I must be biased.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


This is before the washing. And trust me, it looks better here. Somehow the contrast didn't hold, and it always, always, always looks better when it's wet than when it's dry. Gotta have a few dye dogs.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wash Out

Although it looks like a recent drowning, this is my overflow fabric seeking another wash sink. I'm so glad I put in a second tub, so that I have three tubs in which to do the preliminary HOT wash. Yes, my heater is dialed up.