Monday, October 31, 2016

Dual Faces

I could show you the stack of folders ready for next week's class in "A Dozen Ways" or this two-faced ceramic pumpkin. This choice is more interesting, no? Happy Halloween.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Tuesday's Near and Far

New York's Oculus is the terminal for PATH trains and subway near the World Trade Center site. It has an amazing ability to offer both intimate and expansive space.  Covered in white marble, it resembles fish bones washed up on shore. It'll take some getting used to.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Out of the Gate for Quilt=Art=Quilts

I wrongly estimated the times for tonight's opening, so had a very quick glance at the works now on view at Schweinfurth Art Center for Quilts=Art=Quilts this year. The title wall is Paula Kovarik's work. I'll be back for a couple of lectures, and will make time to check out all the works.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Call Me a Victorian Fool

Sunday's visit to Olana, near Hudson, New York, offered this sunlit bedroom. During the day there is the grand view of the Hudson, and by night, layer upon layer of pattern and color.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Glorious Prints Workshop

Many have asked me about my surface design and dying class. I've got one coming up in May 8-12, 2017 at Fall River, Massachusetts at Pro Chemical and Dye. It will be a fun and spectacular week of printing, hand-painting, applied dye, and stenciling -- with a few more tricks. Registration is open at Pro Chem. Here's the link: (and don't say I didn't tell ya!)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ancient Color Chips

A visit to the Metropolitan Art Museum in NYC yesterday had this on the walk. Glass tiles, rows and rows, seemed like the test tiles we made in ceramics 101. Thousands of years old, and still vivid color.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Raffle quilts are a set unto themselves. The 2017 GVQC quilt had many hands in the making, and on person that was guiding it throughout -- and watching that all was perfect. That guidance came from Cheryl Scholand, who is standing next to it during the GVQC October meeting.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hangin Around

Chris Wickert offered all a chance to buy a raffle ticket for this silk quilt. Slipped on the back of her chair, it sat out the meeting and dared anyone to best it for color and workmanship. No competition.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fall Clean-up

The clothesline has been up so long that the Virginia creeper is using it. With a couple more weeks, I'll take the line down, signaling the end of the outside dying season. But not just yet.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

To See as Others See

Perks of having a friend visit is seeing your town through new eyes. This Albert Paley statue at the Memorial Art Gallery was one on our tour of public installations. Jane Sassaman did not let rain stand in her view.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Figure This

Jane Sassaman creates a simple block quilt that can transpose and translate fabric to become something else. Jane makes the quilt seem intricate and difficult, but it is her wonderful fabric that does the work. It is getting scrutinized by members of the GVQC.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Sassaman Kind of Day

Today's speaker for the GVQC was Jane Sassaman. Her lecture was perfect -- funny, kind, logical, and inspiring. My take was that the design for her art filtered into her fabric designs. This quilt is mainly squares, cut just so, that catch just a certain part of the fabric. Lovely.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

How Do I Rip Thee

Let me count the ways. A friend gave me this little hooked scalpel, and it is just perfect to catch under the stitch and rip away. The holes from getting punched by the needle disappear with a spritz.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

In the Hot Seat

Using a dye painted light canvas made last year, it was time to put the canvas too the bottom, so to speak, and make a Queen Anne into a Anne Shirley (lots of red hair, from of Anne of Green Gables.)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Markers in Granite

Out the window of our workshop was a quiet, meditative cemetery. The graphics, the letterforms, and the shapes of the stones are a reflection for adding shape and line in abstract compositions. Maybe not what the place is for, but what I took away from my visit.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

End of the Day

Not a full house for this Bow Tie class (at least on quilter was missing from this shot), but definitely a class full of talent and loads of fun. We managed to make a block or two while geting a good amount of chatter on design with the new skinny line yesterday.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Old Home Week

We made super fun Bow Tie blocks today, and Becky returned and brought the piece she finished after taking my Skinny Line Leaf class months ago. Loved seeing this and I'm looking forward to seeing her Bow Ties.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Packing Up

Saturday's class in Bow Ties gets packed up and ready to go. My commute is short, just around the next corner, and I'm looking forward to the day. Now for a good night's sleep.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Help Wanted, Not

Photographed the raffle quilt today, this time with its finished binding. A friend's cat was on hand to help anchor the corner. Yes, this is a cheap shot. I know. Pieces, resistance.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Trail Findings

My walking pace was altered when a friend came along on a visit to a favorite jaunt. She said, rightly, that slowing down, and stopping now and again, yields finds. Like this dotted feather. Start for a design, I'd say.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Giving In

This is getting cut apart from the left side of the diptych, to be finished and quilted on the Bernina. Tension, breaking, changing parts. Time for a tune-up. And time to give it up.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Post Debate Tension

With the candidates' names in my head, repeated over and over, the negative energy must have channeled to my hands, and on to the longarm. Tension headaches! Tomorrow is rip out time.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Squaring Up

Often, when I make a piece, even if I'm using freezer paper templates as in this work, I will over cut and leave extra fabric on the sides. That way, I can edit and change that final edge. Getting this ready for the longarm.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Redo is Better

A friend correctly remarked that the raw edge way of sewing on these little shapes did not fit the rest of the work. If one critic would object, so would all the rest. So, a bit of applique (the Sharon Stroud way) fixed them down.

Friday, October 7, 2016

All About Color

Lots of color, that is what is called for. And I bought extra daffodils, to boot. Last night at the Perennial Society Dinner.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Yellow Light

Someday the world will have different lights, not yellow, maybe blue, or green. And that warm dusk glow will change. You're looking down at the Paley sculpture at the Legacy Building in Rochester.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Flower Harvest

My perennial gardening group has a banquet every October. My contribution (today) is the decoration, and these colorful plastic watering cans hold most of my garden's wealth. The hydrangeas are from a friend's uber large plant.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pro Chemical and Dye's Glorious Prints

Oh, at last! Tomorrow the registration opens for my class next May 8-12, 2017 at Pro Chemical and Dye's workshop in Fall River, Massachusetts. All details on line at Pro Chem's web site. Just click here.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Tuck in Those Stray Threads

Before this quilt gets shipped out for photography, the threads need tucking in, weaving in, what ever you do to get the ends taken care of. One of the jobs on the list today.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


After crossing a few items off my list, I had to, just had to, sew something. For certain, there are many other things to finish. The need to just run stuff through the machine was great.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Bit of Field Research

Call it data gathering. Seeking color combinations for the next New Big Leaf. That was today's walk  in the woods at Gannett Hill, in the Finger Lakes hills.