Monday, September 16, 2019

Getting It Quilted

Haven't gotten to use my new longarm in a while, do this little work is just perfect for a night of quilting. Want to get it over to Schweinfurth before I leave for Australia. Tick Tock.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Back on the Design Wall

Quilts=Art=Quilts asks for a donated piece for the exhibition. Thought it would be fun to make a companion work using the similar fabric that is found in the accepted work. So, here is the start of Little Blue Garden.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Time for Some Fireworks

All the work I did today was boring and not picturesque. So here is the end of the day, sitting canalside, watching fireworks. Just relaxing. Necessary.

Friday, September 13, 2019

September's Full Moon

Today's driving was almost 400 miles worth. Tonight's reward was some local music and a full moon to guide me home. Tomorrow I'll tackle my list, and perhaps more music.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Way Off Mark

A quick trip to IKEA while visiting Baltimore had me remembering why I love clean modern design. This rug, woven with that red check, would just be great to print, and then mess up. Ideas, for sure. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

On a Roll

To select a piece for a new hanging, I've gathered the likely suspects. You can see my method for rolling on a pool noodle, then covering with fabric, and tying fabric ties to secure. Last item is a name tag. Works for me.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

I've Hit 3000!

Over 8 years I've posted every day. Today the half moon cookie gets marked for the celebration of 3,000th blog post. Lots of life changes -- coming, going, adding, and subtracting. Thanks to my friends who read this, as well as the people I meet who surprise me with "Oh, I read it every day." Who'd have thought?

Monday, September 9, 2019

Do Your Excercise

A simple four patch is part of the class I'll be teaching in Brisbane, Australia later this month. So, here's the start. Just ideas for starting compositions, this is one in the class "Dozen Ways: Design for Art Quilts." The packing has begun!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

In Harmony

My weekend was consumed with the Turtle Hill Folk Festival here in Rush, New York. Beside three great concerts were dozens of workshops. One on writing original songs, was an eye opener to compare the composing process to how I would start and edit a fiber piece.

Time Difference

It's the wee hours of the morning for me -- I've spent the day at a Folk Festival -- and talked past midnight.So this post is now on the 8th. West coast sees me a few hours earlier, and Australia (my next stop on the tour) is half a day later. It's all road tar in the crack of time.

Friday, September 6, 2019


Friends have work at the Geisel Gallery downtown Rochester. The building has a good collection of art placed in and around. Leonard Urso's work "The Prophets" is mighty tall and strong. Wonder what they would predict for our future.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Enough Color For You?

A few hours of ironing these fabrics has me loving the intense color that emerges. I've done some monoprinting as well as silkscreening. With a few more methods to get color and areas of distinct pattern, I'm liking it.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Try a Little Thermofax

With a piece of indigo printed fabric as the base, I've printed a thermofax image a few times using fabric paint. Just experimenting now, but I've wanted to get myself acquainted with my thermo machine. Need to do more.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hitting the Stacks

Multiples of a pattern or color is a good thing, as I'd have enough to use on a big piece. Each is about 40" square, so going big means I have to do this again and again and again. So, I did.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Quick Look at the Other Side

Rochester Contemporary Art Center put on an juried exhibition of work by artists that work at art institutions. It was a good gathering of media, from abstract to realistic, and a few things in between  -- like clods of turf. The artists did indeed take back the walls.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Pillows Ready to Go

Since the Memorial Art Gallery has sold out of my pillows (and that's a good thing) I'm in the process of making more. Just need tags, then they are out the door!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Old Rack for New Work

This rack has a hand shaped set of "hinges" that hold the three sections together. I love this and use it to hang the just ironed fabric yards. This drying rack is something I've hauled around for about 40 years. Longer than some of my long-time friends!

Friday, August 30, 2019

How Many Screens Do You Use?

I'm often asked the number of screens I have on hand. Can't say, but with washing after a long stretch of printing the stack looked about to take over the path. Maybe a dozen? Need at least two or I'd be singing solo. This is more like a choir.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Quilt With Fugitive Color

I've had this old quilt for years and years. When it was first made, all the red baskets were RED. But one of the reds was fugitive, and 'beiged" out. I'm intrigued with how those parts placed themselves with built in randomness.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Staying Home

My plan was to bring "Blue Garden" with me to Australia next month. But this will travel to Auburn, New York for the Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit at the Schweinfurth Art Center. I'll pack up another, and those who will be with me for the Geelong Fibre Forum will settle for a substitute.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


One of my eco print bundles was unwrapped after a long week. The long silk had plenty of plant material, but the result was more like a stained cloth. Might have better luck with the next ones.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Getting Flights

Part of my day was finishing travel plans for flying around Australia. I'll be teaching there in a month, and this task is finally finished. Now for the smaller details. I've got a list!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Back on the Print Table

It's fun to try new graphics on the silk screen. This reminds me of a fish's spine. Maybe that's why I laid down a green and black pallet. Something fishy.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Start With Dark

My next year's visit to the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville, Washington will be a printing class I'm calling "Start With Dark". These monoprints are a good example where the darkest color is laid down first. I'll let this go overnight and add something tomorrow. Or not.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Start the Clean-Up

Layers of stuff that traveled this summer to workshops have landed on the print table. Now I'm ready for a week of printing, and these give me ideas for the week. Brush strokes from soy wax may work out fine on a screen. Or just directly drawn on a plate for monoprinting. Such finds.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Why We Love Light

This hot summer has cooled today, a welcome change. I followed the sunlight around my living room's east, south, and west windows. Then I remembered why summer shadows were so fluid. The leaves, of course, shapes melting together in lovely blobs.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

110 Yards of Fun

I usually order a 100 meter roll at a time. But a slip of the tongue had me accepting 500 meters. No problem, it will get printed in no time. Come November!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Going Home

The Gallery Store at the Memorial Art Gallery has (or had) a set of my pillows. Seems that someone needed eight of these, and cleaned out the store. Well, you know what I've got to do now.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Highs to Lows

A week ago I was riding past the heights of San Juan mountains in the southwest of Colorado, this week it's the lows of a sink to drain soda-soaked fabric. It all is part of the work. Travel, teach, regroup.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Foolin with Indigo

Half of the day at the Schweinfurth wet-studio was spent experimenting with indigo. I'm a printer comfortable with MX or Procion dyes, not natural pigments. I've not gotten the hang of this process, that would take years. But the results are of interest, let's say.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bits of Plants

Our fiber group here took over the Schweinfurth's wet studio to try some eco printing and indigo printing. I could get into this plant-gathering and flinging-about practice. I've got some cotton and silk that are bundled and will have to wait a couple of weeks for the reveal.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Shoe's On the Other Foot

Such grumbling I get from those who put together items on the class materials list the night before class. Well, now it's my turn to find, gather, pile up. Tomorrow is a "play day" where we will experiment with eco dying and indigo printing. I'm almost ready.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sturgeon Moon

This almost full moon was taken when I left Phoenix on Monday night. This vast land, holding its mark from humankind from city to town, from ancient to modern, was always lit by the moon. It was a lovely ride, and sure enough, this moon has followed me home.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

How Large Can You Cut?

Pam (at the Durango class) is cutting into her piece, using one of my prints plus a commercial stripe. We all loved the narrow color pallet and simple design. The key here is that with a large cutting mat, you can cut large. You need that expanse to stay big. It shrinks anyway. So, start big.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Philadelphia, Just Passing Through

I boarded Durango Monday evening, and in the wee hours of this morning we rode over Philadelphia. This journey was pleasant, filled with people who were eager and willing to try new techniques. And new sights for me, and many friends who helped me to get there. Thanks, Stitch. Thanks, Durango.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Train Ride

The narrow gauge train from Durango to Silverton was impressive. Not the least was the proximity of the rail to the cliff's edge. It's impossible to capture the beauty in a snap.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Walk Among the Ruins

I was treated to a visit to Mesa Verde today by my hosts Linda, her husband Fred, and Pam. Both women were with me in class this week, and I got to share in their joy of living with such rich history around Mesa Verde in the Southwest corner of Colorado. A workout for both body and soul.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Lovely Lovely Week

Leeann is the owner and chief engineer at Stitch in Durango, Colorado. She hosted me for a three day workshop on Improvisatioal Design for her group -- 23 in all. Everything about this class was lovely -- the space, the town, and especially Leeann. If ever be in Durango, check out her top notch store. And thank you all!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Starting to Compose

The sketches are pouring out like the Animas River. Well slow down a bit for a final Take Two challenge. What a great group of women to take exploring.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Long But Satisfying Day

There was nothing that stumped these talented women who were in a class Stitch organized in Durango, Colorado.  We've two more days to explore composition and design, and enjoy ourselves a bit more.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Here's a Start

I've chosen two fabrics that are very close in value, and this shift and reassemble may not work. But, I've committed, so I'm gonna see what happens.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Take Your Pick

I'll be heading to Colorado for a three day improv class in Durango. Thought it a good idea to try out what I'll ask them to do -- pick two. These three are fairly happy, but one has to go. Decision time.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Line Up

A quick sketch of line work. I've just used fabric and glue stick to fix to paper. This is such a simple study, but fun to see how the line width can vary. Might have to use this someday.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Packing the Essentials

Agents must have a good time figuring out what I'm up to with quilts, fabric, rotary blades, rulers and such. I've paired the clothes down, even my kit bag. Just what I need for three days in Durango, Colorado. I'll be teaching at Stitch on Thursday, and just a door away from the quilt shop. Better leave room.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

You Want the Art You Are

As one of the judges for this Rochester Park Avenue Festival today I caught this lady deciding on another indigo printed item. She was already decked out to match. Can't get enough of a good thing. And, hey, this indigo stuff is really a good thing.

Friday, August 2, 2019


The coffee house had music tonight, and I thought it best to go. Did I do any work today? Maybe not that you'd think. Tomorrow is another day.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Recon Mission

I'm a volunteer for a great group of music lovers here in town. My job was to collect graphics on this ice cream store. Such suffering I did to get my job done.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

When It's Not Washed Out

I've done a test to tell if my fabric is sufficiently colorfast. That is: will it bleed color when wetted or washed. I've put the printed fabric on top, wool batting in middle, then white solid fabric on bottom. Sew a few rows, wet with spray bottle or soak, and let dry. Bleed through is no good.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

People are Doing Ladders

In the Denver airport I stopped to take in an art piece made of glass that had layers of ladder-like elements. I've seen this motif in quilts, weavings, paintings, well, you name it. You don't have to look to hard.