Sunday, September 30, 2012

This is the Chautauqua amphitheater where, as a 16 year old, I saw a television feed of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon in 1969. Talk about time warp -- the amphitheater was build in 1893.  

Saturday, September 29, 2012

To Be Seen as Others See Us

I love how you can so easily capture anything you want on some little device. At my booth, the quilt designs fly here and there, only to pop up someplace -- perhaps with a new identity. Alien forms!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ageless Beauty

The Athenaeum Hotel, on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution, has been welcoming guests since 1881. You would not guess that from first glance. My room is heaven. But I will admit that the floors have a bit of a roller coaster effect. Well, what is straight, anyway?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Packing to Go

Saturday and Sunday this new batch of hand dyed fabric will be at the "Quilting Around Chautuaqua" show at Chautauqua Institution in New York. Chautauqua is tucked into the far left edge of New York, just about to Pennslyvania. There will be a crowd, tons of quilts, and these great fabrics.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Assistant Wanted

Oh, sure, I have this one for now. But mostly she just lets me know which piece of fabric is newest by sitting on it. Someone to iron, say, would be nice. This one can't even turn off the lights. But then, her pay is pretty low.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Its Greek to Me

I always wanted to live in a Greek Revival house. A friend brought me this  pillar (saved from the trash) along with 100 years of dust. I swept, washed, primed and painted. Might not ever get the house to go with this, but it is a start.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Summer Past

A couple of months ago, these were in abundance at the Rochester Public Market. Nice to remember the height of the summer, now that we don't have the height of the heat.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Scent of Autumn

This rambler is Autum Blooming Clematis. I love its "X" shaped blossom, and the scent. I am learning is to grow stuff tall enough -- out of reach of the deer. Now, to keep the bunnies from cutting it at the base. (That railing gets paint after this display.)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gathering in Ithaca

Judy Warner is hidden behind her work.  SAQA New York members came for a "parlor meeting" in Ithaca today, and there was a great deal of inspiration, encouragement, and camaraderie. Nice day for sure.

Friday, September 21, 2012


Hanging to dry are a few pieces that will later be wrapped around a pole and pleated down, for shibori dyed fabric. I have a few batches going here, and will be packing up to take to sell at the Quilting Around Chautauqua at the end of this month. Heat up the irons.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Beeches for Beebe Woods

Historic Highfield asked me to add to their exhibition celebrating 100 years of Beebe Woods. Here is my piece, which now sits stuffed into a mailing tube ready to ship tomorrow. It is 24" x 40". Hope they like it. You can compare it to yesterday's photo. Yes, I have been busy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Back Door Beeches

Needing a design for a quilt based on beech trees, I stepped out my back door to these. It is a mixed hardwood stand, one that I see every day. I am connected to these trees.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hard Boiled

Three were found during my cleanup Sunday. Today only one was left. There is(are) some critter(s) somewhere, sick from eating rotten old eggs. That's three months old, as well.

Monday, September 17, 2012

On the Auction Block

Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA), of which I am a member, holds an online auction each year. My work "Petite Mummy Bags 2" was part of the auction, and it has been sold. Many other classy and intricate works can be seen at

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Water Under the Bridge

Well, actually water going down a raceway (at High Falls' RG&E station), diverted through generators, then flowing down the river. To the lake, to the sea. Never mind, I just really like this composition. It is going on the design wall.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saluting Greentopia

C? CD. Scott Grove and his merry band wove together rows of CDs to make a US flag. Hanging for Greentopia in the Stantec building at High Falls in Rochester. It is up for sale after this venue. And its A O K.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Rusting Away on the Erie Canal

Nothing like the effect of nature on metal to heighten your color sense. Maybe not if you were into banking or philosophy, but for me (or any other visual artist) this is food for the soul.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Behind the Scenes

"Genesee," my piece hanging from the roof of the WXXI building is anchored with garbage bags filled with more discarded nylon material. Here Bev is fixing one of the six panels. Oh, yes, and some bags of topsoil for extra weight.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sketch to Fiber

Nancy interpreted the little sketch (on the right) with her hand-dyed fabrics. She intends the panel for the back of a jacket. It was fun having her in class. Now, those pretties don't have to sit on the shelf.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cutting Up the Pretties Workshop

Nancy's hand dyed fabrics wait to be selected for her composition on the first day of the two-day "Cutting Up the Pretties" class at Marcia's. There was so much smoke in the air, I almost had to run for the fire extinguisher. Day two will have no thinking!

Monday, September 10, 2012

"Genesee" at High Falls

I made this for the Greentopia event this week at High Falls in Rochester. It is about 12' high and 24' wide, and flaps in the breeze. My thanks to Scott Grove for including me, and to WXXI for letting it hang from their roof. Go see it if you can. Till next Monday, I guess. The festival is the 15th and 16th.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Clothesline at Memorial Art Gallery

The annual art festival at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester brings out fine art and fine craft. These tables are a doozie. How could anyone who loves pattern resist these?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fish Fry Fridays

Yesterday my friend Anita was in town, and her wish was for that upstate New York fish fry. This was Jeremiah's version on a bed of sweet potato fies. Brought back memories of growing up near Buffalo. For both of us.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Genesee Falls Backdrop

Behind me (as I stand on the Pont de Rennes bridge) is the Genesee Falls, just north of the Rochester's downtown. My work "Genesee" mimics the falls, and I install it Monday. Just checking the real thing today for accuracy. Ha.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Take Time

Sweet punctuation to the end of the day, I saw this rose at dusk. A nice rememberence of this time of the year, this bloom makes me stop and reflect. Something you have to do at least once a year.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Along the Erie Canal

School's in session, and it's time to hit the water. Three boats of Pittsford Crew members go past us while we dine al fresco. This is the Easy Life.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Now for the Real Thing

Loaded and ready to shoot. Working on a piece that was built earlier this summer, but now can get it finished. Hopefully in time to send off to inquiring jurors. Ha! Tock, tick.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Just Don't Look at the Back

Test run on the new longarm, and yes, the front looks fine. But whoa. The Back is another story. "Tension to be tamed" will be on the works for tomorrow.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Labor Day Parade

The fire truck lead the way, a couple dozen kids on decorated bikes rode past, and an ambulance brought up the rear. The Longmeadow parade around the circle was the event of the day. Perfect way to relax. Tomorrow it is back to the studio.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pepper Your Life

Time to visit the Public Market downtown Rochester. This basket did not make it home with me, but I do have the fixins for ratatouille. Come on over.