Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Williams-Sonoma's magnetic knife holder, a tremendous sale item a few years back, holds my pins. I love it, and I can toss those things from far away. Thought my dear readers would like this tip.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


This "slide" of a developing bone came by way of my medical daughter. But, hey, its just like the fabric I am making. Ha! We must have our brains on the same wavelength. (Cue Van Morrison music.)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lemons to Lemonade

Had some thickened dye leftover, so tried a different dye technique of slopping it on the dry fabric, then adding the soda ash. Washing now, will see the effect later. Might be another trick!

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Next in the 20 x 12 line-up is this "Carnival" based on Mardi-Gras. Don't they remind you of the tall drums? Like the conga-line...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Birthday Gifts

Thanks to all who sent gifts for today. I love these hydrangeas, and maybe there is a "leaf" quilt here in this composition. And I would be nowhere without my friends. Thanks for hanging in with me, too.

Friday, February 24, 2012


Got this car new, for my birthday in fact, in 2004. Yesterday I hit 100,000 miles in it. Seen a lot, and hope to have a few more thousand yet. Here is to milestones, however they show up.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Birthday Dinner

The Restaurant -- Good Luck -- was last night's treat for a last look at being 58! On to 59, I say, and lets see what the year brings. Great vibes, this restaurant, as it is the sight of the old Fabrics and Findings, where I spent lots of $$$$ and lots of time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Lady with the Alligator Purse

Call for the doctor, call for the nurse, call for the lady with the alligator purse. Seen today at the antique mall for all of $59. Real (once) and in perfect shape, that is, of course, for a dead animal.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Love and Kisses

I could use these if I were signing those gigantic greeting cards, but no, these silkscreens are for the next printing session on my wonderful prepainted canvas. Don't you love that duct tape is made in colors? xxx for that.

Monday, February 20, 2012


I've got some lightweight (pre-soaked in soda ash) canvas on to which I have added some direct dye.  Additions of silk screened images will take a few days to finish. Great mindless thing to do, definitely easier than composing!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Opposites Attract

Sunday is the day we send in the 20 x 12 pieces for Quilt2012. This is based on the theme "Opposites Attract" and I was trying to get that circle to do some attraction, electrically speaking. I was hoping that sparks would fly.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fabric and Stitch

More from Priscilla's stock of beautiful textiles. This is a scarf made from two silk pieces that have running stitches the length of the work. It is hard to imagine making it, but oh, so lovely to have in your collection. I love this paisley-type squiggle.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Giving to Yourself

My friend Priscilla Kibbee recently traveled to India. She treated herself to this intricate and stunning fiber piece. I think she deserves it. And am glad she shared her good fortune with me to enjoy as well.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Going Fur Enough

This is a double fur day here. Drizzle, rain, gray. But we are on the last half of the month of February. Got to get better, right? Meanwhile, dontcha love them spots?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Three from One Pot

Three yards that shared a dye pot. I stack them like a parfait, and add dye with each addition. I will sell these this April 13 & 14 at the Lake to Lake Quilt Show in Rushville, New York. Come find me!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Old Dog, New Tricks

An old piece was cut apart and dyed. You can see on the right the last remaining section. It is in the dye pot now, and tonight I will wash it and start to rework this composition. With age comes wisdom? Or just another solution to change.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Winter Fashion Week

Might be fashion week in NYC, but here we are adding chapeaus of snow. Add in gloves and a scarf, and you are good to go.

Social Networking

That's the name of this piece, in response to Jeanne Simpson's Quilt 2012 blog. It is, of course, 20" x 12". And consider this my post for yesterday! Downton Drama carried me away.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Waiting for Winter

Enough with the green. We needed this statement, so we can all relax and enjoy the break from that weird weather. Wreally.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Post Card Follies

I was out at Marcia's today and we designed the back to a postcard she will be sending out this spring. I love letterforms; reminds me of those classes in graphics where we cut and pasted literally on to board. Ah, the good 'ol days.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Flying Solo

You have seen this in draft stages, here it is finished, signed, and ready to hang. Based on a challenge to channel Amelia Earhart's last journey, this is the cockpit and horizon ahead. Figuratively speaking! It is about 24" x 40".

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Size Matters

Cleaning out boxes had me come across this that fit for (I think) two days. My newborn was not quite newborn size. Daughter #2 did not fit in it for even an hour. Though I am glad and love what they grew in to, it is still fun to remember what they started out with.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Old Top Seeks New Home

This old top, which is in excellent shape, is up for sale (for $50) at the Genesee Valley Quilt Club's sale table (thanks, Bev!) Thursday morning at the meeting. I have a few more, and some antique blocks that would love a new home. But this is lovely.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Toys for the Dye Pot

Here is the case where you musn't throw away all those bit and bobs hanging around the studio -- might be useful for dyeing! Here are two pieces with resitance for the dye. Get it? Pieces and resistance. Ha!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Man the Dyepots!

A very boring photo for you all. But wonderful fabrics are in the works, and I can now promise PURPLE! How exciting is that? This summer and fall I will have more great fabrics to sell, if I don't use them for moi first.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hanging Around

What a treat to have the pros install your work. This is "Line Item" going up at The Gables for a show opening next week. There are three artists, and my work is the first to great you.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Work Rooms

You can make anything if you have the right tools. I always believed that. This is a look at a metal workshop. For me, my tools are simpler, but no less important. But if I had to make a whopping gear, I would work here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day

The sun comes out, the groundhog leaves her hole, she sees more of the same, only with a shadow. Happy Ground Hog Day! This is the week's piece for Quilt 2012. Remember? It is only 12" x 20".

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cutting a Shape

I wanted a certain shape for my groundhog's hole, so I have cut it from freezer paper, ironed it to the backside. I then will cut the shape just a bit smaller, clip the curves, iron it using the edge of the freezer paper to guide, and viola (or violin) a hole for me to fill!