Friday, August 31, 2012

Giants Among Us

I tried tried tried to get these enormously tall windmills to look large and looming in this photo. But you can see it is sadly lacking. And that horizon just halfway in the picture plane. Yikes. Well, I was going 55.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thievery Not Welcome

At the Sisters Quilt Show in Oregon this year, I happened to see this quilt. I was taken with it, as it was unusual. And graphically sharp. But now I know that its origin is a printed poster that is quite well known. And this quilter does not cite the original designer. Can't like it now. Original it has to be.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Six of Six Finished

This is the last panel of the six panels for my "Genesee" for Greentopia. Bits of throw-away plastic bags (white part on far right), shower curtain (thank you, Kyra!), nylon canvas scraps, and window netting all stitched down with my longarm machine. Now to trim, and ready for hanging.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


In the thick of things, and this is the view of the workings for "Genesee". Hard to walk through the studio. Reminds me of Audrey from "Little Shop of Horrors". And don't think my studio is always neat and tidy.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sight Unseen

Company came last week and we needed the design walls in my studio. So, here it is vacuumed and stripped bare. It lasted this way until just after the meeting, and now I am knee deep in strips of nylon scraps. You can see "Genesee" out the door hanging down from the balcony.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

All Greek

I know. Crumby photo. Had just a quick snap before leaving the Greek Festival in town. What you can't hear is the loud all greek music, the flash of the frying pan, and the kids running and screaming for the fun they are having. It was fun, even if you were not "young".

Saturday, August 25, 2012

And how can you resist? Wait, that is just tie-dye. Heather Barben takes that tie-dye attitude and just seems to have fun. I saw these in the Adirondacks at the Lowville Autumn Festival a few weeks ago.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Halfway There

Three panels hang from the balcony. I have three more to do to complete my Greentopia piece. It is about 12' high and made with nylon, plastic, fiberglass window netting, and tuille. Oh, and discarded (but new) shower curtains.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Beat the Clock

Many of my fellow artists are trying to finish work to enter Quilt National. My other works have all been seen, but this bit is lingering on the design wall while I finish my Greentopia piece. But I will try to beat the clock. Tick tock.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Missing the Event

I have waited years, yes, years to see this "Queen of the Night" bloom (only for a night, maybe once a year), and last night TWO blooms happened.  Without me. Better to know it happened than to never know. So much for being there.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Greentopia Begins

In less than a month, Greentopia will take over the High Falls downtown Rochester. Here is the beginning of "Genesee" which will hang from WXXI on Mill Street. More to do, more to do.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Clever Bit of Stone

I like this composition a lot, maybe  on account of that diagonal. Or do I just like the water that becomes white? It was on a garden tour this month, and about 15 feet away is the owner's garage. Who would think?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Watch Them Boulders

Otter Creek presents some fine places if you want to go slip-sliding down the river. Just watch out for those impediments. This is a very usual Adirondack vista.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Adirondack Sky

It does not get better than this. Looking out from the Maple Ridge Center, in Lowville, New York, is a perfect sky. For the Adirondacks, a usual sight.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Building Remnants

Along the street in Lowville, New York, is a vacant lot where once stood a building. Left behind are marks from floor joists, post and beam, and bits of wall paneling and materials. I saw this today, and it fascinates me.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Back North

Back at my friend's camp in the Adirondacks. Water has to be warm, globally speaking, and the night promises to be cool. Perfect combo, I say.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Everything You Don't Need

Nancy, of Portland, Oregon, and I took in this spiffy Asian/South American/African/Timbuktu inspired place in her town. It was a delight, and I managed to purchase some beads. Can't need nothing.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I saw this in Delaware on the coast, and I also saw blooms on the streets of Portland, Oregon. So, what's up with that? It is beautiful, white, and I love that shiny leaf. Those shapes are perfect for another big leaf quilt.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Work in Progress

Should I call this garbage? It is another try at using discarded material for a piece for Greentopia at High Falls for this September. I have not gotten a set pattern yet that I like, so its back to the longarm tomorrow for another round. Ding!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Yin and Yang

Okay, divide this photo in two. Beach vs. Boardwalk. These benches flip so that you can choose your view. I must say, I never had seen this part of the Atlantic coast, nor met a boardwalk before. What a week! But, good to be home.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Big Leaf or Wooden Leaf?

I saw this wooden leaf at Rehoboth while getting ready to teach "The Big Leaf". Seemed just the same as my design. My ice cream is on the side for scale (as well as to operate the camera). More neutrals, though. Ha!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Till Death Do Us Sleep Together

Seen at sunset (how appropriate?) in Lewes, this double "bed" must certainly be meant to symbolize something. But what? Can't take that (insert possessive marital thing here).

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Atlantic Sunset

Taken Sunday night from the Lewes Beach in Delaware, this photos seems a good way to mark the heat of the summer. Stunning terrain, beautiful natural grasses and darn swell sand. But hot, hot, hot.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Natural Composition

I am fine with beaches off limits to us humans. These fragile scapes deserve to evolve without our ruffling them up. Which is why I prefer the beach at Lewes to its neighbor, Rehoboth. But, I saw them briefly. More study in the future?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"Big Leaf" Near the Beach

Its hard to capture the glee that Terri and Donna have as they work on "The Big Leaf" today in my class in Lewes, Delaware. It was a full house, lots to take in, and pretty much fun all around. I loved being asked to be there. Thanks!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Jumping Rabbits, Flying Pigs

Summers find this 107 year old Dentzel Carousel spinning at Ontario Beach Park. Love the color, the sound, the light. And the menagerie is lovely.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Good Thought to Have

Stood on the sand of the Atlantic shore today, and though I am unable to add a photo to prove it, I will. This thought will have to do for now -- which is the reason I am travelling. Just to do what makes me feel happy.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Washing Out

On the clothes line is the sketch for the piece I am thinking about. Since I added Solvey over some of the pieces, making sewing over the bits easier, I now have to hose the piece to wash the Solvey out . Makes using Solvey something to rethink, no?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Bits and Bobs

I am working on a piece, sort of a sketch to try out materials. I've got some neoprene, some thin plastic bags, some nylon netting and nylon canvas material. All smooshed together with my longarm. Oh -- the backing is a shower curtain. Kinda fun.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Famous Garden?

It should be. This is a private Brighton, New York garden maintained by someone with great taste and the knack for using a talented landscape designer. Sitting on a city-sized lot, this rear garden features a stream and loads of conifers. And I got to tour it tonight.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Artifact Times 399

William Morris made this wall of hand blown glass for installation in the Portland Art Museum. He mimicked stone, bone, and wood with his glass. Intending that we look at the objects (greater in its sum, than its parts) as a collection. He got the art part of artifact right.