Monday, December 11, 2017

I'm Home

We finally got some snow. This I know cause I've looked out my back door. Which means I'm home. You know I travel (a lot this year!) but I'm hunkered down, home, looking for fun. Distract me from my studio, and invite me over,  you hometown chums.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Single Leaf

Joe Cunningham sent me a pic of a leaf via FB. It hung around my design wall, and compelled me to make this interpretation. It'll be (perhaps) the last of this year, which is fine.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

'Splain Yourself

Rochester Contemporary gives artists in their member's show a chance to speak, admit to how and why they do what they do, and basically 'splain themselves. Which I did. My audience is now enlightened.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Little Heart

Saturday afternoon (that's tomorrow) I'll be checking on my "Little Heart" that is at the Rochester Contemporary art center and speaking, along with many others, in their "The Day the Artists Speaks" program. Always, always thought provoking. You can find me where you see this.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Soften the Edges

Piecing gives a very definite edge to s shape, and in this case, I was looking to soften that line a bit. So, in a style that mimed a drawn shadow, I used stitches to blend and obscure the edge.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Line Up

I omitted the different types of threads for quilting my leaf, and stuck to just cotton. Switching to the domestic machine, an old Bernina from the late 80s, I quilted it atop my cutting table. Switching from left to right foot, it was easy to quilt standing up.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Checking on My Family

This Sunday's talk was also a chance to revisit the Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit at the Schweinfurth. My work "Water, Earth 5" is at right. I kind of miss seeing it around, but I know it'll be home early January.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Body of Work

Yesterday's lecture by Bev Kondolf at the Schweinfurth Art Center featured work that is fluid, both for the piecing -- which she loves -- as well as the quilted stitch. Plus they are just cool to see one after another after another. Take in a lecture. It's always great to hear the why.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Best I Can Do

Facebook, Twitter, you name it. They've all better shots of tonight's Supermoon. But this is mine. Moral: work with what you've got. Then make something of it.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Day Off

Got up, went for a hike, then tackled painting the living room. No reason, other than A) it was Saturday, and B) I had the urge to paint something. Color choices to the left and right. Left won.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Let's Not Argue

My work "Little Heart" is dead center here, and I would like to think that these two were discussing the finer points of my color and stitch. But my guess is that they were just enjoying the opening at Rochester Contemporary tonight, and which gallery to next tour.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Giving Up, Giving In

This was loaded on the longarm, but after a few hours of fiddling, I abandoned the sewing (skipping, sewing, skipping along) and pin basted the rest before taking it off the machine. I'll use my little bernina to finish. I'll tackle the skip another time.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Odd Request

On my Thanksgiving day walk with my two grown kids, I caught sight of this painted hydrant. In unison they said "For your blog, mom." So here it is. Now on to other things.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Why Do We Love Lights?

An unusual, freaky, warm end of November had me fill my bare willow branches with string lights. Why do these lights, no matter where I see them, raise my mood? The escaped moon is on the left.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Ready to Quilt

I'll need to trim this, square it a bit, before I put it on the longarm to quilt. Somehow, I feel I need to finish before I start another. And I'm ready to start another.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Window Works

I live in a small cape coddie, where the wall space is taken up by windows. So, after finishing the facing and sleeve, I wanted to see how it looked with normal furnishings. In the dark of winter and no curtain, it's a good solution for now.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


After Thanksgiving , I've hours driving home. Enough time to ask of the problems ahead -- with this church as a metaphor -- shall I fix it, save it, or leave it for someone else? Good thing there is a bit of blue sky in the background.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Burchfield's Birches

Last month I was happy to see Charles Burchfield's painting, all grays and browns, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. The perfect mood to welcome the next season of cold, fresh air.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Giving Thanks

I get to spend Thanksgiving with these two -- now grown up women -- and will not tell them they were once just two goofy kids in different stages of gaining and loosing teeth. For all of you out there, may you have fond memories of days gone, with hope for those days ahead.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Packing to Go

This is the Harvest Tart from the Silver Palette Cookbook that will travel with me to Thanksgiving dinner. Except for the slim portion that was needed to taste test. There will be more food that we need.

Giving Thanks

A lovely friend sent this photo of a banner that I made long ago in 1977. I remembered that I was smitten by a book called "Banners and Hangings" by Norman Laliberte. I so loved the designs in that book, and had forgotten all about that period of my art work

Monday, November 20, 2017

Dog Barking I've Seen

Looking back on October's visit to Denver's Art Museum and this hemp and newspaper construction by Gugger Petter from 2008 "Dog Barking at Two Women." There was fiber work tucked in almost every gallery it seemed. What a joy to find it all.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

In the Middle of It All

It was a full house, and a chance to see old and new friends today at the Schweinfurth Art Center. I brought my first and last quilt, with lots from the past 36 years between. Never did a true trunk show until today, and I guess it went well. Thanks for all who were there. Lovely to see you!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lecture and Water, Earth 5

This is part of the Schweinfurth's Quilts=Art=Quilts show, and tomorrow I'll be speaking there. I've packed 3 suitcases and will try to condense 36  years of my work in about an hour's talk. Come see how I do it! Sunday in Auburn at 2:00.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Early Morning

Even with a perfect workspace or studio, sometimes the best place to sew is at the kitchen counter with a cup of coffee.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

All Bundled Up

I've made a list (you know I make lists)  of works for my talk at the Schweinfurth Art Center this Sunday. I want to take them all. But I have only an hour. Okay, I'll do the highlights. You can hear me Sunday, November 19 at 2:00.  Here's the link to the Quilts=Art=Quilts show:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Off the List

I keep lists. Lists of lists. One item that had been there for a while was to recover my chairs with my own "paintdyed" canvas. So, check that off the list. Move to the next item.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Progress, Slowly

The leaf continues to be built, albeit slowly. The little picture of a leaf is in the upper right corner. My guide.

Monday, November 13, 2017

It's Written in Stone

Before my hike today at Taughannock Falls, I started at the overlook to the falls. Looking down at the barrier was this mass of graffiti. If only I could quilt lines like this. That would be the way to break a solid surface.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Plug and Play

With the design pinned to the design wall, the pieces (with the freezer paper templates ironed to the back) start to fill out the drawing. I've added in veins for this leaf, and mocked in the background fabric. It is always fun to see it become defined, instead of the blobby shape  I use for drafting.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I'd Wear This If I Had It

The Colorado Art Museum's ethnographic art is pretty heady. This parka from 1950 is made by a St. Lawrence Island Yupik artist from Crested Auklet feathers, walrus intestine, leather and fur. For me, the placement of the feathers is just perfect. Almost polka dots!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Snow Time for Working

The best indication of when it's time to get to work is when the work outside is over, and the only thing left is work inside. Hooray! A good hard frost, and now heading for the studio.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Back to the Beginning

This leaf has been under wraps (literally) for months, and now that winter is here, and I've got some uninterrupted time, it's uncovered. The shape is derived from a photo a friend sent; you can see it small at the right. He knows I love leaves. So, this is my beginning, again.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Frost (Finally)

I can't show you the frost on the roof, or the wilt of the leaves. But they are finally there, and I can chop down my garden and put it to bed for the winter. Which leaves me to seek warm, rich, highly caloric food. Evidenced here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hometown Girl

Susan B. Anthony made her life's work women's right to vote. I voted today on the 100th anniversary of that milestone for New York. And voted in the city where she lived (and voted in 1872) and returned again and again to refuel and return to fight for women's right to vote.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Time to Quilt

I'm back in the studio and facing the work I left while traveling. This skinny line experiment is getting quilted on the Bernina I bought in the 80s. It is that close-up and slow-down work I don't often do.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Meet the Artists

The Finger Lakes Fiber Group put work in the May Memorial Church near Syracuse, and we got (most of us) in a group shot today. The opening coincided with a pot luck lunch, so we were both treated as well as the treat.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

First Friday

Rochester, like dozens of cities, hosts open galleries on the first Friday. It is always a chance to catch up on the art crowd, and to see favorite friends' works. These are Judy Gohringer's, catching my attention.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Moon Basket

If the moon had to borrow beauty, it would turn to this intricately made Pomo basket. Round, yes, like the moon, but delicate, with red feathers set in to offer a glow. Happy harvest moon tonight.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Almost, Might-Be, Maybe a Quilt

My visit to the Denver Art Museum had this piece "Late Fragment (after Carver)" by Jeffrey Gibson. He has collaged parts of his earlier paintings in this work. Yes, it sure seems like a quilt -- and I was drawn to the collection of parts that became whole.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

You Know I Love Leaves

While in Denver yesterday, I took a walk through the myriad paths of the Denver Botanical Garden. The greenhouse had the super duper tropical leaves -- pure design feed. With winter (and more time in the studio) coming up, I'm pinning this pic to the design wall.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Blanket Story

Marie Watt's piece in the Denver Art Museum stacks blankets, covers, and cravings. It is a moving tribute to the nature of love and what is used for showing love. My visit here today too short.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Today's Goal -- The Front Range

The morning greets with this never ending width of mountain range from my hotel window in the suburbs of Denver. The goal was to set foot in the foothills. Just to say I was there.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Makin Lines While the Sun Shines

Golden Colorado was a balmy 72 today while we perfected the skinny line and Bow Ties. The class proved to be quick, adept, and a great group to work with. Can't think about tomorrow and 32 degrees.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Rocky Mountain Quilt Modern

A lecture for the Colorado Quilting Council in the morning, was followed by a visit to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Boulder for the afternoon. A hearty group from the Denver Modern Quilt Guild was on view with bold patterns and even bolder quilting. See for yourself.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Denver Airport Might Just be a City

I've landed, and now am getting a sense of what awaits. I think color, cold, and a few high (though distant) peaks. There is room in my Sunday class on Bow Ties -- making that lovely skinny line. Sponsored by the Colorado Quilting Council at the Golden Quilt company in Golden.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

It Happens Every Year

...but I still have to capture this vine (Virginia Creeper?) growing on my fence. Through the summer, it is my green wall. Just about now it shouts for attention, then suddenly goes away. Must be why I'm compelled to love that red.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

One More for the Road

Here's the top of the bow ties -- you know, the one I couldn't stop making. I've got it folded into a tiny package and ready to stuff in the suitcase for my workshop Bow Ties this Sunday in Denver. It'll pack next to my down vest and gloves.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I'm a FAN

Fiber Art Now (that's FAN to you) came today with the article that I wrote "An Artist's Sense of Place." It's a wonderful magazine -- and it's sold everywhere --  that you need to discover.  And not just because yours truly wrote and article.

Monday, October 23, 2017

I Can't Help It

Now I know why those traditional quilters go on a binge. It is that "just one more" ailment that takes over. Okay, I'll finish this, then that's IT.