Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Likes Skinny Lines

Finished the scrappy Skinny Line Leaf quilt in time to serve up the candy. Now on to the next in the queue.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skinny Line Leaf with Shibori

Here ya go. Skinny lines, gentle curves, with a half yard of shibori plus a yard of hand-dyed. I'll take this with me when I teach this class. For sure this June at the GVQC show here in Rochester.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Plodding Along with Leaves

I've slapped two pieces on at once to quilt. Now they are off the frame, pinned on the wall, spritzed down, and left to dry overnight. Me? I'm going to bed.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Foot (Steps) In Time

Long before I made a quilt (1981), I made this (1977) as a get-well gift for a friend. On a visit to see her today(2014), I became reaquainted with it. Stars were silkscreened (1971), the red wool tabs were remnants from a coat I made (1974). Ah, history.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Skinny Line Leaf, Now with Lines

In piecing those skinny lines, I figure that I can use 1/2 yard of shibori, 1/2 yard of hand dye. Love the effect, and maybe I'll offer this for the GVQC Quilt Show early June when I teach "The Skinny Line Leaf." Now to connect the blocks, add the frame, and quilt.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Again, With Hand Dyes

Can't leave this block alone. I pulled some of my newly minted hand dyed fabric and tried the block using a half yard for the leaf, and a half yard for the back. Can't wait to add the skinny line.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Won't Be Raking These Leaves

Working out the details for my class on "The Skinny Line Leaf" has me revamping the sizes. And I think it would be great if all the leaves were the same color. Back to the design wall tomorrow. This one I'll quilt up, after I get a nice border on it.

Monkshood on My Walk

Yes, the most deadly plant, and I was all over it to get the best shot. Latin name is Aconitum Napellus, every part of the plant contains the poison acondite. It can cause a horrible death. Best to know what beauty can do. And wise to be "hands off."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blog Hop

A friend, Paula Kovarik, asked me to take part in a blog hop. Her work is amazing, and you can see it here In her company I am just a toad stool. I was to post here October 11, but while I was relaxing in my deck chair, I had real work far from my mind. Now, back at the office, I am at the task. So, this is an unusual post for me here. Long, with commentary, multiple photos. I hope you can bear it. (above detail -- Time of Day: Coffee Break )

Also, I have tagged Judy Kirpich, a strong and creative artist, who will answer these same 4 questions sometime next week on her blog. Go visit there, and be prepared! Find her at

Here are my questions:
What am I working on?
How does my work differ from others of this genre?
Why do I do what I do?
How does my process work?

I'm not much public responses, so here goes.

I am working on a series "Time of Day." What intrigues me is how we move through the day, what starts and stops the day, how we treat the day's segments, and how these punctuations tick the passage of time. Making these "times" into imagery is a different matter. Talk is descriptive, but translating into color, pattern, line, is another matter. I find this challenge good sport. (below-- Time of Day: Happy Hour)

Why do I do what I do? I construct imagery mainly in two dimensions using fiber. I would paint, and painting is certainly part of the preparation of the surface design, but the ability to construct, reform, change dimensions, reconfigure, enables me to break the constraints of the confines of stretched canvas. The act of building is the major reason I work in fiber (mostly fabric).

My process often starts with a collage or fabric/paper sketch. I am not a fan of line drawings, (okay, the above line drawing is the sketch for Time of Day: Dusk / Dawn) as they don't provide me with enough information on shape and mass. I piece spontaneously, combining fabric to see relationships that would not occur had I not joined them randomly in no plan. I love a challenge, and a theme always gives me visualizations to use. (below is Time of Day: Dusk/Dawn)

There are thousands of quilt artists. And often I see work that resembles mine, just a bit. But my work differs in its strength of form and abstraction. Oddly enough, I don't see my style has changed much since I first started working in fabric in 1981. It is still abstract, color rich, and large scale.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On the Wall, Finally

It took a while to wade through my waiting paperwork, but I finally got back to the studio to start work on a proof of a piece I will be sharing at the Genesee Valley Quilt Festival this next summer. Guess I wanted some color in my life, lord knows its all around this fall.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Not Looking at the Plantings

I know, I know. I was supposed to be looking at the wonders of what grows in Victoria, B.C. The perfect and majestic pines, the quiltessential bonsai. But this concrete clad arbor had me stop and ponder.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Inside/Outside Color

The red of these leaves matches what is on view inside my house -- Pink Leaf 2. In fact, I can stand at the kitchen table and see both. Yet another connection of art to reality. Glad to have color in my life.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Matt's Infinity Boxes

Last night's opening had Matt Elson's Infinity Boxes on view. Lots of fun, you were encouraged to stick your head in the mirrored  box to see a partner's face split in kaleidoscope fashion. More at Memorial Art Gallery's site

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Through O'Hare Airport

On my journey home yesterday, I passed this wonderful display of transparencies installed in the O'Hare Chicago airport. Art along the way.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Starting at Zero

The return journey starts here at Mile 0 in Victoria, B.C. There will be over a thousand miles, but home will be worth it. Loved my trip, and all the great quilters along the way.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Slash and Burn Victoria Style

Ann pretty much represents how we all felt today (happy) to be working so hard at Slash and Burn today for a seminar in Victoria, British Columbia. Lots of fun between the seams.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Victoria Workshop

The fabric was flying for "The Big Leaf" class here. Wild combinations, as well as sedate ones, were tested in this pattern. We managed time for lots of other topics as well. A full day, and great quilters.

Farewell Saturna, Hello Victoria

With the island in the distance, I make my way to Victoria and a welcoming and warm group of women for two more days of fun. Love this Pacific Northwest Coast.

Monday, October 13, 2014

You Need Another Cup

Stopped at this great renovated bus / cafe for lunch on Saturna Island. We ate atop the double deck. And I shoulda got that second cuppa joe.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Time for Reflection

Here I am in my "deck" chair at the tip of Saturna Island in British Columbia. (Adaline, I will get out and get going, but for now I am just taking a breath before my next task.)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Starting With a Blank Page

Jennifer, Karen, and Eileen were the three hosts with the most for my Langely, British Columbia stay. After a morning of sketches, the task was to transfer it to freezer paper. No mean feat.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Vancouver, Langley to be exact

What fun, and a great group tonight for my talk "Walk on the Wildside". Loved, loved the folks in the audience. Just great!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Butchart Gardens, NOT

Now that I am a ferry ride away from Butchart Gardens, on Vancouver Island, I realize there will not be time to visit. Next best thing? Karen's wild garden here in Langley, British Columbia. Beautiful roses, eh?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Leap of Faith

Thought you would like to see the final quilt that I made from that sketch. It is one of my favorite ways to work, that is, to take a small sketch and interpret large. This is about 4' x 6', I think.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quilting Worlds Apart

As acceptances for Quilt National are pouring in, it is noteworthy to see what took Best of Show in AQS Des Moines. Worlds apart, these two groups. Yet the same medium. You are looking at "Isabelle" by Kathi Carter.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Quilt in the Mail

The Schweinfurth's Quilts=Art=Quilt exhibit will open at the end of this month. They ask participating artists to donate a small work to be auctioned off. I put "Trilogy" in the mail today, and its yours for not much (if you win).

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Old Scissors

Passed this sculptural glob of scissors in a Des Moines window, and figured that it is a perfect statement for those of us who spend time cutting, pasting, making.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tackling that Shibori Fabric

Well, it looks very serious, but once we marked up this (one of a kind Pat Pauly) shibori fabric, the rest was easy. Today's class was great, and there is now a lot of shibori fabric, as well as fun soon-to-be quilts all around Iowa now.

Friday, October 3, 2014

You Art What You Wear

Sher was in my class today at AQS Des Moines for "Cutting Up the Pretties" and I couldn't help but notice she WAS her art. Great class, great work, great fun.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Great Slashers

If you were in this class today you would know what I mean when I say we had a fine time composing with Slash and Burn. Seems like the projects were getting put away, and we wish we had more time, but really, we worked hard! Thanks, it was fun.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Ladies of Des Moines

Well, it was time for a stretch and a wiggle, then it was my turn to talk for 10 minutes. Not long, but enough for a few tips and laughs on how to "Finish, Hang, and Ship Like a Pro." Glad to be there tonight with the AQS show.