Thursday, June 22, 2017

Printing Again

In my QSDS class, Thelma had a wonderful commercial fabric with this funny slotted circle. I made a screen using it, just a bit different, and am trying it on. Kinda like it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Had to stay out past the sunset, and was greeted by this solar light. Capturing the energy from the sun is not such a bad idea.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ghost Time

The pretty weigela "Ghost" is in bloom. I've been a few thousand miles out this month, and am so happy to get back home to my garden. Yes, there is work in the studio, and yes, work at the keyboard. But, first, a bit of weeding and admiring.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sill, oh. You wets?

Can't make of this exercise in black, perched high above, in silhouette, two clothed figures with exaggerated costumes. The work of Ruben and Isobel Toledo is from their installation at the Columbus Museum of Art. Worth the visit, if nothing else, than to see these figures.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Round Robin Round the Room

I didn't count how many quilts there were, but they ringed the room. What a show (and what fun!) to see the Merrimack Valley Quilt Guild's way of treating a Round Robin challenge. One person told me it was her way to try out using pieced curves. Bravo.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Merry-Mack Leaf

Ronni used a yard of my "painted" fabric to craft her New Big Leaf today at the class with the Merrimack Valley Quilt Guild. I helped her cut it out, only because I was eager to see how it would lay out. I may have to make one for myself!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lowell is Just Down the Road

While visiting the Merrimack Valley Quilt Guild, I had time to pop over to the New England Quilt Museum. A refreshing show of quilts called "Twisted" paired vintage blocks that were then set in a modern way. Way above average longarm quilters did their magic.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Merry Merrimack

Love was in the air tonight when the Merrimack Valley Quilt Guild got together to honor their officers, toast to the new board, and show off round robins and great show and tell. Me? I got my lecture finished just in time!

Handy Dandy Rack

As I pack for a visit to the Merrimack Valley Quilt Guild this week, I am taking some of my hand printed fabrics. Here's my new rack stepping up to the job, holding the fabrics till I wash them out. Clever, no?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

One Last Look at QSDS

We made work so quickly in my two day class, I  was hardly able to get a pic of the final pieces. Larry's work -- large and intricate -- were like the others in the class. Hope I got a shot of those, too. Maybe they'll send me a photo when they're done.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Yesterday at Columbus Museum

A Maya Lin sculpture made of pressed board appeared like top sheet about to land on your bed. With a Helen Frankenthaler work in the background, all the landscapes you needed were before you.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Heading Out

Seven days of teaching have flown by, and the experience at QSDS is memorable. If you've never taken yourself to "quilt camp," find one (they're all over) and immerse yourself in your passion. You'll never be the same.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Not Being Alone

During the class, minds collaborate. Getting feedback is the best, and working side by side is a benefit -- seeing your work through another person's vision. I'll miss these people. If these friends could just walk through my studio once in a while, it would be so great.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Glad to Help

An impromptu shot of my quilt flying by as it is shown to the audience for approval at the QSDS auction. Funds raised went to the scholarship students. Glad to help out. Me? I won raffle items -- twice!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Quick Walk Around

A "walk around "is just shorthand for an impromptu look at what the class is doing, a bit of examining an explaining, and a way to compare notes. Ellen has the spotlight, and I'm happy to hear her viewpoint.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nothing Beats Having Space

Seeing the room as a teacher is not the same as seeing as a student. Having space to work, decent walls to pin work on, generous space between  people -- all are needed for the best way to work. Glad that is here at QSDS.

Monday, June 5, 2017


Susan Shie  a teacher at QSDS, was my roommate for only one night, but we did get to meet for a while. She was kind enough to share a recent piece depicting the wall street defiant girl. She is the defiant one.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Art is the Word

Class starts tomorrow at QSDS here in Columbus. On the campus of the Columbus College of Art and Design stands the sculpture/sign/warning that says it all: study art, make art.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

One Less Thing to Pack

This coming week I'll be teaching at QSDS, and on Tuesday night I get to show and sell my dyed and printed fabrics. I've also got a handful of silk scarves. Minus this one, which was sold before it got in the suitcase. See you all soon in Columbus!

Friday, June 2, 2017

First Friday Tour

When Judy Gohringer (of Anderson Alley Studios in Rochester) posted a photo of this, I was so struck with it that I challenged my Glorious Printers at Pro Chem to try this landscape with thickened dyes. Meeting her tonight, I got to see the work close up. Like it even more.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thanks for Picking Me

My home base quilt group the Genesee Valley Quilt Club awarded me the ribbon (and a prize) for Best Surface Design for my work Time of Day: Coffee Break. The show has the full gamut of quilts, and I am in wildly talented company. See the show in Rochester this weekend at the RIT campus. Info at

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Homework for Next Week

QSDS is next week, and I'll be teaching all design all day. I'm taking time to do a dry run on some ideas, and consequently, warm up my improv skills. Still room in the class -- come join us!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

12 x 12 for SAQA's Auction

Down to the wire, that's for sure. I've made a small quilt -- just 12" x 12" -- for the Studio Art Quilt Associates annual auction. Need to get it bound, finished, and in the mail tomorrow to meet that June 1 deadline. Then wait for the online auction to see where it goes....

Monday, May 29, 2017

Details, Details

Natalya Aikens's piece Iron Spine 5XL (detail above) caught me at the Quilt National this weekend. She's uses wild materials (plastic bags, dyed dryer sheets, etc.) to depict architectural details, and all with fabulous hand stitching. I admire this work.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Admiration Society

I met Astrid Hilger Bennett back in 2007 when were at another QN opening. She is steadfastly working always. I admire her work, and was happy to join her at Quilt National. A strong voice.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Part of the Fun

Karen Schulz stands next to her work at Quilt National. Meeting her again, and seeing this work is part of why I came to the opening -- to hear why and how these works were made, to hear Karen and all the others discuss the process. Nice weekend.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hanging With the Gang

Quilt National 2017 opened tonight, and my work, the colorful Normandy, is second in the lineup here. Julia Graziano's work is at left. The works are exciting, the artists here tonight incredibly talented. I'm lucky.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Up For Grabs

In a week or so I'll be in Columbus, Ohio teaching for Quilt Surface Design Symposium. They've asked for a piece for their scholarship auction. So, here it is. Looks like Jacks to me. Oh, and there is still room in my class. Or skip that and just bid on Jacks at the auction.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Radiating Life

Another shot of Circular Abstractions from the Fuller Craft Museum. Curated by Nancy Crow, this show showcases artists she admires, and the challenge to produce work in the genre of a bull's eye.

Git Quiltin'

Why do we leave things to the last minute? Goal is to get this auction piece quilted, mailedt o QSDS, then take care of all the rest soon-to-be last minutes.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Changed My Mind

I looked again at the pile of fabrics from teaching at Pro Chem, and although they were demo yards, there was a lot of new marks and looser feel to the prints. So, this one caught my eye. I've sliced it just a bit. Now off to quilt. Hope to be finished in time to add an auction quilt to QSDS.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It Starts With Ironing

The pile of printed fabric from last wee's Pro Chem class was finally through a last wash, and now  as the iron makes its way across, my thoughts start to form how I'll use the fabric. I've got a piece due for the QSDS auction, if I can get it made up in time.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Explain Yourself

The Finger Lakes Fiber Artists met today and Julia Graziano shared how she came to design this quilt. About a dozen members met, each one working so differently from another, but all excited about fiber work.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Glue Gun Heaven

Fuller Craft Museum's exhibition of works made with -- you guessed it -- q-tips. The artist Ellen Schiffman gave herself a challenge to make a work each week, and many of the weeks she choose to use q-tips  as the media. The texture, form, and shapes were ever changing. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

One Hat Making History

On exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum is a prototype Pussyhat knit by Stephanie Kamerman. The case also shows an aerial shot of Washington D.C. with the crowd sporting this type of hat. The Pussyhat is a perfect symbol for the resistance to the current political will. And now in a collection, documented.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Quilt, Drape, Cover, Cash

A trip yesterday to a room in Paul Revere's house (yes, that Paul Revere) has a quilt, canopy, wing chair cover, and seat cover all in the same floral fabric. Decorating with one fabric was the way to show off . Ok, maybe this is a reproduction, but it was Paul's house.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Musical Quilted Line

The end of a site-seeing day in Boston was a concert of synthesized music, along with a light show. The graphics, I'll admit, were great, but all I could think of was quilted patterns. Oh well.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Loving Your Collection

At the Boston's Museum of Fine Arts today,  I took in the Matisse exhibition. The comparison of his works and his collection was the theme, and this Egyptian textile was part of the show. Think of his later cut paper works, and you will see the connection.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Permanently Collected

Honor is to be part of a collection, and Michael James' work  Interference Effect: (Betrayed) Lover's Knot #1 is in the collection of the Fuller Craft Museum. I've been intrigued with his work for years. This piece from 2004 uses digitally printed fabric.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bull's Eyes

At the Fuller Craft Museum today Kathy Mishima's Life Orbits (detail above) caught my attention for not only the shape and color, but for the extreme quilting threading she put down. If you get the chance to see the exhibition "Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eye Quilts," do.

Friday, May 12, 2017


...And ending the week's class at Pro Chem, where we all learned to dye this type of fabric. This is one I've made, and Vicki's choice for her next quilt challenge. But might have been made by any of the great women in class this week. Thanks for having me!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Heap of Love

It may look like a pile of escapees from the second grade contest to recolor a giraffe, but this is the beginning of a whole new way to look at color and printing. At least that's the way it is for about a dozen women who worked and played to make Glorious Prints.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Getting confident in silkscreening, knowing how to use thickened dye, learning to mix colors, All is part of making Glorious Prints. But having fun, and working so hard you forget to do anything else, is glorious, too.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In the Thick of the Dye

My class this week at Pro Chemical and Dye in Fall River, Massachusetts is full of wonderful women who print gloriously! We've spent the day making fabric with bold color, and layers of graphics. More to come.

Monday, May 8, 2017

On a Roll

My silk scarves have one selvage end, the other is torn, so I will roll that edge and stitch. The little needle guide helps me inch along.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I've Arrived

A gray building beneath a gray sky greets me as I arrive at Pro Chem headquarters in Fall River, Massachusetts. After a day of driving in the rain, I've unloaded under a brilliant sun. Tomorrow we will be all about color; no gray will deter.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

List Checked Off

Today was packing day, and I'm happy to say, I've checked all off my list. Buckets, fabric, and silk screens are loaded in the car. Even a full tank of gas. Next night - Fall River and Pro Chem for Monday.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Call me Ishmael

Improvisationally pieced with my printed and dyed fabric, this 2' x 2' piece is off too QSDS. They needed a name for the label. All I could see was a diving board and a splash in the water. So, there you go. Improv Sketch 3 (Diving Board).

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Scarves of Silk

Neatly packed, with their hangers, these five scarves are shipped off today for sale in a gallery. I've also left some at the Memorial Art Gallery shop, so time to print more. If you're in my class at Pro Chemical next week, bring along some silk to try printing. It's tricky to print, but beautiful fabric.