Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year's Burst

As with counting down the end of the year, I've been counting to the time when my bulbs will open. This one is a few days old, and now I wait for the others to burst. I want my new year to unfold, not just happen all at once.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

This Just In

Nature abhors a vacuum. So, when I took down the piece I'm now quilting, these bits stuck to the wall. They'll have to wait till I've quilted, and then I might, just might, pay attention to them.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Settling For This

After cutting and moving these parts around, I've settled on this. Now it's off to quilt the final. Mind you, it's a warm up for the next work. This is just me getting started.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Tea Time

A friend stopped for tea tonight and I got to spread out the four little works that will travel this summer to Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS) for their challenge. They're almost finished.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Day at the Design Wall

It's time to try variations with the blocks that have developed. Or maybe tomorrow I'll cut it up more.  Think it best to sleep on it.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Cleaning Up

This basket of scraps was to be tossed, then I thought better. It'd be a good exercise to sew them and 'slash and burn' a bit. If I'm not partial to the fabric, then there's no loss in cutting them up. Now I can play with design.

Monday, December 25, 2017


What do you gift a fabric lover at Christmas? A round tablecloth -- bright, graphic, lively --  for the next gathering. Because I didn't have one, and they knew that. To  host the next bright, graphic and lively event. Merry Christmas all my blog visitors!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

Who's woods these are I know, they belong to us all. They are in Washington Grove near Cobb's Hill. They are mine for just this moment, captured here in stillness, and then I release them back to those who will walk here next.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mr. Darcy Must Be Invited

I've ordered a bit of snow for the atmosphere, and let as  many candles as I cared to clean. Tonight was a break from the routine to host dinner with friends. But no Mr. Darcy.  Just the local clan.                         

Friday, December 22, 2017

Paper as Fabric

A stop at the Bevier Gallery today and quick look at "gowns" student made in the CIAS Foundations class at RIT.  I wasn't able to get up close, but even from afar could see paper behaving like fabric.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Solstice Light

The morning before the solstice, the sun rose behind these maples, and the dark sky did tricks and wonders, changing each leaf to a lit candle. I'm always happy to see the winter solstice, and to welcome the return to a longer day.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sewing in the Blue Light

A chance to catch up on shows I've missed and a chance to sew the facings down on my quartet for QSDS. Might as well, before the company shows up, and I'm on.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Shape of Things

I don't often post more than a single image, but I had to compare the stuffed cats and the real cats (not mine, btw.) The stuffed cats have just the bare minimum needed for me to identify the cat shape. Not easy. Stuffed stuff at the Ontario Antiques Mall. Fun.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Workin on a Chain, Gang

Block makers are familiar with chain piecing. But that's not what I do. But I did some chain facing today, which was fun. Now for the hand work which involves sitting.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Under the Needle

Bit of quilting, just to keep it all together. The quilt, that is. Me? Life is quiet, just like the snowfall we've had these past days. Nice.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Full, Now Empty House

Concert night in the packed house at Eastman Theater for Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Mozart's Jupiter. This is a look back, when all was cleared and it was time to go home.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Too Many Cookies

I've made these Cucidate for the last, oh, fifty years. Today I made this year's batch, and managed to 1.) eat a dozen or so and 2) forget to post last night. So, here's to forgetting, and I'll check in later this eve!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


I've taken apart that yard and made five small 12" x 12" works. They look so cleaned up with that frame around them, it's a quickly cut mat to edit. And to see if I like the composition. I only need four, but I like choice.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


A yard of cotton that I've printed is the start of 4 small works for a QSDS challenge. I've started to cut it apart, and work up four small pieces. Stay tuned.

Monday, December 11, 2017

I'm Home

We finally got some snow. This I know cause I've looked out my back door. Which means I'm home. You know I travel (a lot this year!) but I'm hunkered down, home, looking for fun. Distract me from my studio, and invite me over,  you hometown chums.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Single Leaf

Joe Cunningham sent me a pic of a leaf via FB. It hung around my design wall, and compelled me to make this interpretation. It'll be (perhaps) the last of this year, which is fine.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

'Splain Yourself

Rochester Contemporary gives artists in their member's show a chance to speak, admit to how and why they do what they do, and basically 'splain themselves. Which I did. My audience is now enlightened.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Little Heart

Saturday afternoon (that's tomorrow) I'll be checking on my "Little Heart" that is at the Rochester Contemporary art center and speaking, along with many others, in their "The Day the Artists Speaks" program. Always, always thought provoking. You can find me where you see this.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Soften the Edges

Piecing gives a very definite edge to s shape, and in this case, I was looking to soften that line a bit. So, in a style that mimed a drawn shadow, I used stitches to blend and obscure the edge.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Line Up

I omitted the different types of threads for quilting my leaf, and stuck to just cotton. Switching to the domestic machine, an old Bernina from the late 80s, I quilted it atop my cutting table. Switching from left to right foot, it was easy to quilt standing up.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Checking on My Family

This Sunday's talk was also a chance to revisit the Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit at the Schweinfurth. My work "Water, Earth 5" is at right. I kind of miss seeing it around, but I know it'll be home early January.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Body of Work

Yesterday's lecture by Bev Kondolf at the Schweinfurth Art Center featured work that is fluid, both for the piecing -- which she loves -- as well as the quilted stitch. Plus they are just cool to see one after another after another. Take in a lecture. It's always great to hear the why.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Best I Can Do

Facebook, Twitter, you name it. They've all better shots of tonight's Supermoon. But this is mine. Moral: work with what you've got. Then make something of it.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Day Off

Got up, went for a hike, then tackled painting the living room. No reason, other than A) it was Saturday, and B) I had the urge to paint something. Color choices to the left and right. Left won.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Let's Not Argue

My work "Little Heart" is dead center here, and I would like to think that these two were discussing the finer points of my color and stitch. But my guess is that they were just enjoying the opening at Rochester Contemporary tonight, and which gallery to next tour.