Sunday, April 30, 2017

Make Mine a Double

I've connected two small works by their sides,  each is 24" square. They are coming off the longarm frame, to be pinned, blocked with a spritz of water, separated, then squared and faced. Then off to QSDS for their gallery of work from instructors. Look for me!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Visiting the Professor

Roland Wise was my painting teacher when I studied art at Buffalo State in the 70s. The Burchfield Penney Center is showing several of his works with an emphasis on the interiors he painted. As my professor, he was kind to say he hoped I would become a painter. I think I did.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tag 'Em

I'm getting ready to teach Glorious Prints at Pro Chemical and Dye, and I'm marking my pfd cotton with squares of tyvek (used as post office mailers) to add a name, the type of fabric, and what I've done. Also, to make sure I get my pieces back.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gallery Visit Today

The Burchfield Penny Art Center's piece from Robert Lyell Flock Untitled, 1981, was one of the works that stood up and asked for attention. Though I studied at Buffalo State, where he taught, I never met him. Wish I had. He passed away this year.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sleeve Me Be

Sleeves again! I sew a tube, press it, and lay it with the seem allowances facing the backing. That crease gives me the mark for rolling it up 1/4" and sewing the bottom. Now I've got a pleat to take up the depth of the hanging rod.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Time Out

Frederic Law Olmsted's Highland Park in Rochester is where thousands (my guess) of lilacs live. There is a festival each year with mobs of people. My choice is to visit early and see the marvelous yellow magnolias. Then commit to memory that yellow shape.

Monday, April 24, 2017

On Deck

In between this and that (and it was a beautiful weekend) I managed to get the binding and hanging strip sewn on this whole cloth quilt. Now to sign, check for stray threads, and bundle up to send off to the Dairy Barn for their shop. One check off the list.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Two to Finish

Now off the longarm, these two small works are next in line to get their facing . So, maybe I can sew while I watch. Hello, Netflix. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Raking Light

I've got a work over my couch that only gets light late in the day, and only in Spring, when no leaves are on the tree. This will soon head to an exhibition, and I'm soaking it all in until it has to leave.

Friday, April 21, 2017

What Shows and Tells

Jenna was at our club's meeting yesterday, and this Shibori Half Square Triangle quilt came out for show and tell. We made this in a class at least 4 years ago, and I'm always glad to see a project finished, especially one that I had a hand in! Nice going, Jenna.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Monoprint for Distraction

My studio divides in half from the sewing side to the dyeing side. So, distraction is just a turn away. Yes, I should be designing, but hey, how about those dyes that need to be used up? Monoprint gets some color wash over it -- just an excuse to use up the thickened dyes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Top Ready for Quilting

One of last night's line-up (on the right, from yesterday) is now in the final form. It is all my own surface designed fabric (secrets revealed in my Pro Chem Class next month) with a few skinny lines for good measure. Now to quilt.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Day's Work All In

Among hanging soda soaked fabric (May's Pro Chem), washing out yesterday's printed fabric (quilt backing SAQA auction), cutting silk for scarves (Mary), ordering screens (Pro Chem), I started four sketches (QSDS June). Weeding an hour, too -- my therapy.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Some for the Road

Quilt Surface Design Symposium, where I'll teach in June, have asked me to send small works to display. They suggested a 24" x 24" size, so my mylar, with my handy-dandy frame drawn in marker, will check and edit, knowing the quilting changes the size.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Trio of 6x6

Rochester Contemporary (ROCO) holds a fund raiser every year, and I met today's deadline to add my 6"x6" works. They will be in good company for the sale -- each is just $20 -- which starts June 3. Trick is to find these among the nearly 3000 works.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Two Hundred Years in Great Shape

Thursday I visited a historic landmark in Naples, New York that has original stenciling from the 1800s. I admired these shapes from work I did 30 years ago, and finally got to see them. Still thrilled to see those flat, cut out shapes. And notice the leaves? Love them leaves.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Working No Matter What

My ideal work table is counter high, wide enough for a good large mat, and lots of space to cut, piece, and sew. But, during a workshop, comfort is not always there. Good thing that others can overlook the perfect setup for a day of trying out something new.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

One Yard Wonder

Liz took advantage of my challenge to make her New Big Leaf block from one yard of my hand dyed fabric. The block is not sewn, but you can see how spectacular it will be. Such a fun, hard working group yesterday at the Towpath Quilt Guild. Thank you for having me!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One Patch Wonder

There is motion in One Patch with Tufting, by Lucy Strauss. A wonderful play of flowering blooms of thread spread over an entire field of color. Made around 1930, it is from a current exhibition at the Munson Williams Proctor Institute in Utica, New York.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Quilt for a Full Moon

Today at the Munson Williams Proctor Institute to see the quilt exhibition there. Made in 1922, this quilt looks totally black, but my camera shows the variation in the cloth. The stand-in for tonight's full moon, this pitch dark work suggest (to me) the stars in the night sky.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Painted Fabric Leaf

My "painted" fabric is fun, but needs a project. Since I'll be teaching The New Big Leaf class on Wednesday, I used it here. Cut from mainly one yard, I like it! I'll be teaching how to make this fabric at Pro Chemical and Dye. And at QSDS in June, I'll show you how I compose and design.

Sunday, April 9, 2017


Albert Paley's massive sculpture Sentinel (it is the largest sculpture on any American university campus) at the Rochester Institute of Technology was lit with the evening light. I was there for a fun evening of expert juggling,

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Measure Low Tech

To cut fabric for dyeing, I like to measure a generous yard. My table is 36" from the floor, so if I let the fabric touch the floor, add a bit more (maybe a hand's width), I can snip and tear my piece.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Get Some Heat

Waking to another snowfall, I just wanted to be warm for a while. I headed to the First Friday open house at More Fire Glass Studio to see some fine glassblowing  by David Schnuckel (and sit as close as I could to the furnace). Visit the Studio in Rochester, New York.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wood if I Could

On my way to Rehoboth to teach, I stopped in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Glad to see another work by Wharton Esherick. Named the originator of the modern crafts movement in the US, Esherick had the brilliant ability to sculpt functional objects into art.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


It's been almost a week away, and my last stop on the road is Baltimore. Spring is here, just about to burst. Tomorrow is welcome rain, unless you're me -- and driving. Home to my work and play.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

After Work

The Skinny Line Leaf's  class had me and the quilters working like crazy. I forgot to snap even one photo, so here is what I did the day before class. A quick step on Coin Beach near Rehoboth, Delaware. Good thing I don't live here, I'd get nothing done!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Morning Celebration

Ocean Waves Quilt Guild celebrated 20 years today, and I got invited. Beside just a lot of laughs, there was a great food. So nice to be part of the celebration.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Skinny Line Leaf Road Trip

I'll be in Delaware next week to teach how to make these little skinny line leaf blocks. It is a great practice in improvisational techniques, sewing a skinny line, and using color. I'll also teach improv quilting at Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus in June. Come and see me!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Freezer Paper in Four Parts

My block for the Skinny Line Leaf is quite simple, and I've got some great fabric to use. I'll use this for my class at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild next week. The packing begins!