Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sisterly Love

Today was "The New Big Leaf" class with quilters from Mountain Laurel Quilters Guild in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. Two wonderful sisters grabbed a yard of my fabric and split it to make leaves that show, well, sisterly love. Thanks for all who spent a very swell and happy day making these leaves.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Full Bloom, Full Moon

The Flower Moon which appeared a couple of days ago is aptly named. My viburnum will stand in for the nighttime glow, which you can't miss. And if you did, you could find this by scent, something a moon can't give you.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

It's a Start

At QSDS, the week ends with a great auction and raffle. I thought I'd use this fabric to make two small works, one for each week I'll be there. Time will tell if I get these done!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Scarves to Go

The Memorial Art Gallery as well as Shop One at RIT sells my scarves. Well, they will have more next week when I drop off a few more for them. I use silk exactly as I print the cotton. Loads of color, these are soft and easy to wear. Someday I'll find time to make a shirt.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Pillow Stack

Next week I'll pack these pillows up and deliver them to the Memorial Art Gallery. They're all hand printed and full of color. The shop will echo the next show "Finger Lakes" that highlights artists in this upstate region of New York. I'm happy to be included in the show. And the Gallery Store.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Make Time

This 12" square has been waiting for me to finish it. And with just a few days to spare. I'm ready to send to the SAQA auction before June 1. The auction is online, supports the organization's mission. And there are many, many nice works beside this. Check out Studio Art Quilt Associates here: https://www.saqa.com/auction-quilts.php

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Passing Through Pittsburgh

Xia Gao's work "Passing" is part of the half of the Fiberart International exhibition I saw last week in Pittsburgh. It has three layers of buckrum that are burned in places to reveal an image. The middle portrait is difficult to see (let alone photograph) and the work is haunting.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

It Was Fun

Four County Quilters Guild met tonight in Mt. AIRY, Maryland. I had fun, they had fun. What a great group. My thanks for inviting me!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Wide and Stitched

"Genesee" is now installed at the Stitched exhibit in Memphis. Made to withstand outdoor weather it is made with denier nylon and synthetic fabrics. Large? 24 feet wide by 12 high.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Slice of Life

There was no escaping the mother's day fever. Even ordering  a slice at Pizza Brain in Philly today it was on everyone's mind. Here is the outside dining in true Philly mosaic fashion.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Hair Receivers

Jayoung Yoon's piece "Membrane" is also part of the Fiberart International  exhibit. She used her own hair to weave this.  Definitely gives pause.

Friday, May 10, 2019

No Place to Hide a Dark Heart...

...is the title of this piece from Susan Avishai. Her piece is part of the Fiberart International exhibit in Pittsburgh. I've seen just half of the show, and that's plenty to get my vote for unusual handling of anything fiber. This -- and just you try to hide a dark heart -- is a deconstructed men's dress shirt.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Using that Old Fabric

I can't remember how many years ago I met Tracey at "Quilting Around Chautauqua," a now has-been show, and she bought this great piece of shibori fabric. I don't make that much of shibori anymore, so it was my duty to get her to cut it up! You can see how her New Big Leaf will be a winner.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

My Working Day

I know I'm lucky to do what I do. Travel, teach, trade ideas. While with the North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild I got to work with some wonderful and accepting women to tackle a class in freezer paper templates. Really a wonderful day.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Why Do I Do This?

This blog started because I wanted to see if I could stick to doing something, anything, over and over. A challenge, you might say. What I gained was perseverance, presenting a public face over personal ups and downs, and most importantly, a cleaner way to write.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Added to the Suitcase

These silk scarves are going in my suitcase to visit Pittsburgh tomorrow. I'll be there for a lecture and a Wednesday workshop. If you're around, come hear me. I don't think the North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild would mind.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sink or Swim

My joy to know the screens fit just right in my sink. I love my common kitchen sink pullout faucet with sprayer. Not glamorous, but it works.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Image Less

Well, huff, there seems to be a glitch in the blogger program tonight. Seems I can't upload in image. And that means I've nothing to show. So, quick tell. Went to see Nancy Murty's show in Canandaigua today. She is a fabulous realistic painter who takes such care to depict birds and nature with vibrant color and strong design. You'll have to imagine, I've not a photo to show.

Friday, May 3, 2019

'Round Rochester

Public art is often an integral part of the building, so much so that when a major occupant leaves, like Bausch + Lomb, the commissioned pieces are left intact and become the building's property. That explains this odd handing planetary sculpture in the main lobby of the now Legacy Tower. There is an intricate inlaid floor below with heady inscription to go along with. Match that!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Gallery Check

While doing a little business downtown I popped in to Rochester Contemporary Art Center to see the "Cut/Paste" show that features assembled works. In the small space was a collection of album and disc and tape covers from Carbon 25. These were all fabulous graphics, diverse, and thought provoking. This was one of the covers.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Finishing Line

It took me no time at all to put these on the longarm and quilt them. I have to laugh because they are 2 feet square. But now I can watch a movie and add the facings. Why I have to reward myself with a movie I don't know.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Laundry Day

I've quite a pile of printed fabric from this printing week. These could wait months for me to wash out, but I need them this month for a few lectures and workshops throughout May. Who packs clothes when you can pack fabric?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Keep It Simple

This silkscreen image came from painting soy wax on my screen. Simple, direct, and best, shows the simple mark making that translates to "handmade." You see it as it is wet, the finish will be a shade lighter.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Pink Me, Pink Me

I've been printing with pink for days now. Perhaps that's why this saucer magnolia bloom had me swoon. Highland Park, the perfect evening to see this spectacle. And I mean spectacle. If you're near this Rochester gem of a park, go see for yourself.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Friday's To Do List

Our critique group met Friday and I offered a couple of small works (yet to be quilted) up for discussion. These are bound for the Quilt Surface Design Symposium at the end of May in Columbus, Ohio. Let's see if I can get these under the needle soon!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Time for (Someone Else's) Art

My walls are full of my work, but I am a softy for bold graphic color. So, I break down now and again and actually purchase real art. Today I brought home two works by Judy Gohringer. Happy to own more art. Though I may have to build more walls.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Stacking Up

As I can now get a few days in the wet studio I'm making good use of my drying rack. I find it is so much easier to get these prints laying flat instead of hanging them on a line. The Styrofoam insulation boards are just perfect as they are light, rigid, and washable. Wish I could take these with me when I teach.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Word Has It

Today's mail had word that this work was not accepted in the Sapphire Celebration Contest for the International Quilt Festival. Although I'm a bit taken aback (who wouldn't want this?) I'm happy to have it hang around with me and not travelling for three years. Lesson learned -- don't enter contests against traditional quilts. Cause this ain't one.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Several demonstration pieces from my last printing class made it home with me. I decided to wash them out, iron, and see what I could make of them. These are always interesting to me because they are done quickly, layer over layer, and with no set idea of design or flow. But that is exactly why I like them. Improv at its best.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day

I vaguely remember the first Earth Day in 1970. I was in High School and the concern for the environment had new meaning. Now the stakes are so much higher. And the awareness for treating the earth with kindness so critical. Maybe we should have Earth Year. Every year.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Graffiti On the Wall

Funny that we should end the "On Your Mark -- Print" class that dealt with mark making and free drawn line. This section of wall from the early 1800s is in the Dewolf Tavern in Bristol, Rhode Island. Someone had a bold stroke, a bit of pigment, and free time. Glad it was preserved for us to ponder.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Better When Wet

The first lesson to learn is that the print and dye always always always looks great when first printed because it's wet. When dry, and before washing it's all right, but the washout is the true test for the color's vibrancy. This pile is just superb for color -- rich, varied, and strong. From the last day of printing.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Moonlit Travel

I'll look back on my week in Fall River with fondness for printing and being with others who enjoy that too. Tonight's full moon will be hidden, my guess, but I'll be heading home.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Printing Large

Part of the fun for this printing class at Pro Chem was to find a graphic element and print it large. Christianne rose to the challenge and used a screen print to make large donut shape. And we had the fun of seeing it over and over in various formats.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hanging on the Line

With almost a dozen people printing for days, the prints start to pile up. Good thing there is a great drying rack at the ready. These prints will hang until they are either printed with another layer or head to the wash. Tomorrow we'll take these down and replace them with another batch.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monoprinting Perfection

A good, clean, crisp monoprint takes some care and a bit of planning. Melanie used a foam layer to pull an honorable print in class today. I think monoprinting had risen in the list of most fun printing methods we used this week. But, wait, there's more.

Monday, April 15, 2019

We Started

You know I love to print. It is the closest thing to painting. Making printed fabric meets my need for original and diverse graphics. So, teaching these printing techniques that transform fabric from white to wonderful is where I feel comfortable and useful.And I get to be with talented and respectful people. Even better.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

On the Rails

I've left the glitter and wonder of New York city to ride the rail north to Fall River and my class at Pro Chem. We traveled along the coast, catching sight of beaches, sun, and the greening trees. It's going to be a great week.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Taking The Big Leaf Beyond

At my my lecture today for the Empire Quilters I had a surprise! Sue took my Big Leaf class in 2011. She went above the one leaf block and made an entire year of seasons in leaves. Lovely.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Empire Rules

Take Two class today with the Empire Quilters in NYC at Gotham Quilts had some great studies for tackling improv designs. I enjoyed myself quite a lot, and saw old friend as well. Loved being a New Yorker for a day.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Airport Graphics

Waiting at the airport for my flight to New York was rewarded with newly renovated spaces. This carpet tile is just fine for next week's class in printing graphic elements.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Mark Making

Before I shut down the print studio for a while, I dragged out a piece I hadn't finished and added some dark line to it. Now that I see what I've got, it may have to be a landscape. We'll do this and more when we take on mark making at Pro Chem. Can't wait.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

I Love Printing

I'll be in heaven soon. Pro Chemical and Dye is one of my favorite places to print. My class starts next Monday, and goes a week. My two goals are first, make a lot of fabric, and second make great fabric. What more? Still a spot left, I believe. Or two.

Monday, April 8, 2019

On Your Mark!

In a week's time I'll be at Pro Chemical and Dye teaching "On Your Mark -- Print!" that uses myriad ways to print with thickened dye. We'll focus on marks, the basis of printmaking. There are a few spots left, and I'd love to see a full class. April 15-19 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Heck, if you're one of the last three to sign up, I'll give you a yard of printed fabric.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Soda Soak

I was wandering through Walmart (rare for me) and I passed the pool chemical aisle. Sure enough, they've got the 100% soda ash I use for soda soaking my fabric. This works, just look for the ingredients to be 100% sodium carbonate and you're good.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Label, Label, Label

Before the soda soak I sew on labels. I'm showing this (and repeating myself) because I'm hoping the folk heading to Pro Chem in a week will have this labeling done ahead of time. And then I can be crabby about some other mundane thing. Like the weather (what? Not 75 degrees and sunny?).

Friday, April 5, 2019

Bag Full

I've added to my stock of thread for my longarm machine. This time the lineup was with more muted and neutral tones, some dark, some light. I've got some small works waiting in the wings, and if I've got a chance, I'll get to them this weekend. But I've got some printing to do, so we'll see what wins out.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Signature Please

I've always signed my work on the front, usually by embroidering my name. This work was made with luggage grade nylon and was too stiff and difficult. So, I let the longarm do the work.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Reacquainting With an Old Friend

I've got my large work "Genesee" out of storage and hung up to unfold. I'll check it over, redo the hanging mechanism, and ship it off next week for exhibition in Memphis. It surprised me with how the sewn line was so expressive. I must have been in a talkative mood when I made it.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Almost Missed This One

I entered three works in the Memorial Art Gallery's exhibition "Finger Lakes" and got a notice for declining the first two. Hadn't thought about the third, and hadn't read that it was accepted. Come to find, yup, I'm in. So in June, "Take Two: Chinese Lanterns" will be seen.