Sunday, July 31, 2016

Green All Around

Adirondacks again, for a break, before I get back home and face the design wall. Can't please more.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pink Flowers at the Pink House

Cris Winters runs "Art at the Pink House" Gallery in Saranac Lake, New York. I'm happy to be asked to juror a show of multi-media work that will be on view starting next week. Bonus -- being in the Adirondacks at the height of summer.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Nod to the Democrats

This quilt, in honor of Hoover, may now be seen as a marking for the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Love the repeated letterform. I saw this at the AQS Syracuse quilt show this weekend.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Don't Listen to Everyone

Mikyung Jang sent this quilt to the AQS Syracuse show. I saw a lovely quilts, with folded lines. The lines are there, I am supposing, because she folded it on the diagonal. Someone must have told her that diagonal folding would not make fold lines.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


We are in the thick of party versus party. I like the opposition made in this photo of two flowers and two people,  Perspective, scale, size, and image are determined by our vantage point.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Shopping for Dresses

It is difficult to know fabric, love fabric, and then try to settle for what a designer has chosen to be acceptable fabric. Better, sometimes, to not have any background, so that seeing haphazard combinations does not bring up a knee jerk reaction.

Monday, July 25, 2016

I've Said this Before

As I finished dinner, I realized that I had been deconstructing the composition of the quilt opposite me. Checking the color, the shapes, the line -- you know, how it was designed. There is nothing better than living with your work to understand your voice.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer Gardens

I've been so preoccupied with making and selling fabric that I've spent little time in my garden. I want to run about and shout "Hold on, wait, don't bloom just yet." Time to slow down and see the daisies.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

National Hammock Day

Ok, National Hammock Day was yesterday, so I'm a day late in celebrating. I've moved my hammock to the back deck, and yes, use it way more than when it was in the yard. Closeness counts!

Friday, July 22, 2016

What Goes Around

Maggie stopped in to show me a quilt she made which included my shibori dyed fabric from many years ago. And she bought more hand painted fabric this week, so I may have to return in six years to see what happens to those pieces. My thanks for sharing this. Cool!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Going, gone

I've added a dozen new prints to the offerings at my QBL quilt show table, and just two remain. Good and bad. Telling people I make wild prints isn't the same as letting them see the fabric. Like the good writer's mantra: show, don't tell.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hanging Out

These prints on silk and linen were keeping me company this week, until they caught the eye of some passerby and went home with them. So much for falling in love and hoping for permanence. I've got a couple of silk pieces left to hang out with till Friday at QBL.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Full Moon, Full House

Ruth White was the voice of SAQA tonight at the QBL quilt show, spreading the word about the group that represents art quilters world wide. She also brought my 2008 12 x 12 auction quilt (that she owns) called "Little Big Red." It was a delight to see both Ruth and my quilt.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Afternoon Lecture

At the quilt show at QBL there is a daily (?) lecture in the show, and today had a passel of interested quilters. The quilter Deborah Heeps told of her stylistic changes over a period of time.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

In the Distance

All this week I'll be sitting next to my pile of hand printed fabrics for sale at QBL's quilt show. And for company there are wonderful works to admire. Mine included (the second from the right) in a collection from the Quilt Diva's and Art Quilt People, a group formed to encourage and admire working in art quilts.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Nostalgia Trip

Last night was my 45th high school reunion in Williamsville, NY. Held during the town's "Old Home Days" at Island Park, there was a rousing 8 or so people to gather. One remembered me, I remembered two. Can't imagine the 50th.

Friday, July 15, 2016

On the Line

A wash out and then line dry, and these silks are ready to iron and pack up for QBL. They are, as expected, lighter in color saturation than the printing color, especially when you look at them wet. I still like the results.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Back on the Table

I've got just enough space to run a two yard length of silk on my padded table to do some printing and direct painting on this silk. It's different than cotton, as the silk slips around and is way flimsy, but I've gotten results that I like. This will be at QBL next week when I am vending,

Back on the Table

I've got just enough space to run a two yard length of silk on my padded table to do some printing and direct painting on this silk. It's different than cotton, as the silk slips around and is way flimsy, but I've gotten results that I like. This will be at QBL next week when I am vending,

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Back Home

Greeting my arrival home today was a ripe clump of crocosmia and batch of daisies. I want to make time stand still so I can neither miss a day lily bloom, nor forgo the scent of lavender. Travel takes its toll.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer Leaping

A tour of Longwood Gardens included a visit through the du Pont summer home, complete with interpretive panels. This graphic explains what they thought of fun back "in the day." Du Pont referred to the dancers as "anesthetic" rather than "aesthetic."

Monday, July 11, 2016

Garden of Delights

I'd heard of Longwood Gardens from friends for years. So, my travels were going near, and I stopped in to walk the paths. A bit of history and a lot of color, and I can see botanical forms creep in to the studio.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Getting Naked in the Park

Passed a group of ladies in Fairmount Park in Philly today, and had to commend them on their form, and their good sense to dress lightly for this summer's heat. Not that I would follow suit.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Tile Works

A visit today to the Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown, Pennsylvania had me wondering about this mold that was used to make the multicolored tile. It transferred the lines to clay, and then the potter cut the shapes accurately. A chance to see divided and pieced work in a new way.

Friday, July 8, 2016


Garden tours are a favorite when the summer is here. This is a double Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower, seen late in the cycle, but I'm glad that I found it.

Thursday, July 7, 2016


The crepe de chine silk took the dye differently than I thought, but I like the look of it. It is abut 18" wide and about six feet long. I'll make more, and plan to bring them with me to QBL for the first week.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Get Ready

Figured that I could try out some printing on silk, so here we go. If I find success, this heap of lovely white will be colorful long scarves. And I'll bring them to the first week at QBL to sell at the quilt show.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Exhibition at Nu Mvment

My work was installed today at Nu Mvmnt here in Rochester. The space is a facility for yoga, pilates, and dance. And, for those art lovers, it has an expanse of gallery wall space perfect for two dimensional work. I'll be there for the First Fridays in August and September for gallery open night.

Monday, July 4, 2016

If a Tree Falls in the Forest

It is only real if you can record it, share it with someone else, and not just hear it. Tonight's scene for the fireworks. I've recorded it, shared it, and now it's real.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Before the Wash

I've got nine screen passes on this yard of fabric. The print always looks dark and dramatic at this wet and just-printed stage. Trust me, the final piece if just fine. Ironing it tonight.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Collections Are Just Collections

My house was built on a dump. So, gardening becomes low grade archaeology -- I find bits of tile, glass, metal. Some folks collect fossils, or china, or dare I mention, fabric. It's all collections, our study of the properties of objects.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Checking on My Work

The Annual 6x6 fundraiser at Rochester Contemporary asks artists to donate a piece 6" x 6" that they sell for $20 regardless of what it is. My two works, closest to the right edge, one kinda orange, one kinda blue, both sold. That's good. More funds to run the joint.