Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Almost Finished

Of six scarves I've printed, I've gotten five sewn and ready to go. That'll be it for tonight, tomorrow is another day.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Gray Days Clear

With a string of rainy days behind us, the sky cleared today. So, whip out strong, clear color for printing scarves. These are silk crepe and are earmarked for Shop One at RIT.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Summer Long Ago

 A visit to the Portland Museum of Art (this last week) and a glance at Wolf Kahn's "High Summer 1972" had me thinking first at the heat and quiet of the land, but now, reflecting back to where I was at that time. I prefer to remember the smell of the field, and the warmth of the sun.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

See You Portland

Portland was my last stop after teaching in Eugene and Hood River Oregon. I have a great affection for Oregon, my guess is because each day I spent with pretty wonderful and caring friends --- some I knew, some just met. Hope to return.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Portland Organic Love

Saturday was market day and I got to tag along with friends who knew just what to get and where. Tonight is my last night away from home, and the dinner promises to be superb. Oregon was kind to me, and I can't help but to love it back.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Portland Museum of Art

A new installation on American Realism is at the Portland Art Museum, and a stop there today reminded me why I so love doing this. Some were old friends, some new. The bronze of two very touching figures is by an artist who's label was elusive, so sorry I can't share. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Art With A Side of Quilt

Tamara Staples included this quilted piece in her exhibition "Side Effects May Include" at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Based on the pill collection left after the death of her sister, pieces included textiles with graphics made from pharmaceuticals.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Full Moon In Portland

In a friend's house in Portland, Oregon are the shapes we feel comfortable with. Round things, oval things, columnar things. Since we've got the full  moon tonight, here is its mate. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

End of the Day

Suzanne finishes her piece made in my class today. Just three fabrics and lots of shifting and work yielded a great study in improvisational piecing. Lots of fun, really lots, and sketches galore. They learned all I knew, now they're off to do it again!

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Autumn Will Wait

There was a glamorous day outside in Hood River, but more beauties inside with the New Big Leaf. Or at least, that was my perception of the class today. Talented, quick quilters all, a few leaves were completed, no doubt to compete with the fall color.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Meeting My Doppleganger

Isn't life funny? Pat Pauly is my host while I'm in Hood River. I'll be teaching two workshops for the Columbia River Gorge Quilters and I'll be staying with Pat Pauly. Yes, there is another Pat Pauly.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Head in the Clouds

I was offered, and accepted, a fight to Portland in a small airplane today. Clear sky, calm air, and nothing to do but enjoy. A great treat for me, and memorable. On to Hood River tomorrow.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Who Needs Pat?

Two quilters in my SAQA Oregon class took over teaching my lesson. They saw my DVD a while back, did the exercise, and excelled! What a treat to see the work they had done, and enjoy this group of sharp and talented artists.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

SAQA Sympatico

It's not often that I get to preach to the crowd, but I did here in Eugene, Oregon where I gave a talk for the SAQA regional conference. There we gathered and we spent a day deep in thought (and lots of fun) on being an artist that confronts and conquers a challenge. What a group!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

On the Way to Eugene, Oregon

This morning's walk took me past a hand built stone wall that was every bit perfection. The line quality, the spacing, the interlocking shapes all said "I was intended." What art should be.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Just in Case

I love leaves. This large thing caught my attention as I walked in a lovely old estate on Portland's edge. I've already done a piece on a single leaf, so this may seem to be telling me to do another. Time will tell.

Mountains Outside Seattle's Airport

Today was a sit-around-the-airport day, hence the time stamp of 10/16/18. But for me, sitting now in Portland, Oregon, it's still Monday. Tomorrow I get to see a bit of this little town and take in warmer days (not the snow and record cold of Golden).

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The View of the Mountains

I was so mesmerized with seeing the edge of the front range out my hotel window in Golden that I forgot to take photos of the lecture I gave today. But my wonderfully kind students were there to cheer me on. And looking back at Debi's work, well, I see those mountains after all.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Finding the Perfect Design

Wendy is using a window cut in a posterboard to find a composition. This is a great way to see the elements, to try out a design before trimming away the edges. I had a great day at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for my Improv Sketches class.  Great class, small but mighty.

Friday, October 12, 2018

H for Have a Good Happening

At the Atlanta airport there is art everywhere. Everywhere.  I'm on route to my class at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for Saturday. We'll be having fun without you -- unless you join us!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Wild Quilts, or Quilts Gone Wild

Eleanor Levie was in town for her lecture "Quilts Gone Wild" at the Genesee Valley Quilt Club. She started with this top that was scrappy, improvisational, and vintage. One of her favorites, and mine too. The quilt at right is the GVQC raffle quilt. Talk about new/old.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

I Should Be Packing

But instead I'm taking a last night out to hear the Dady Brothers in concert (with a hootenany to boot). The scene is the Downstairs Cabaret, which I'll return to once I'm back from my western adventure.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Details, Details, Golden Details

Yes, I'm getting the details set for my trip west. Golden, Colorado the first stop. There's plenty of room in the class on Saturday, so tell your buddies. We'll be doing improv quilting with a lot of design. Oregon from there. But first, a look at the Front Range.

Living With Blue

I live in a Blue State. So, maybe this is the start of the next series. I've finished the little piece, will take it with me later this week to show for my talk in Golden, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. And again, for Eugene, Oregon. And then Hood River, Oregon. My Blue Companion.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

It's Sunday Art Time

The Little Cafe openings are fun and filled with art and artists. And Sunday, cloudy and gloomy? Head to the Little and check out what is happening. Tonight, I'll sew a facing. Today, I'll see some art.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Starter Kit

With just one yard, albeit a wildly printed yard, I've decided to make a piece. I've got an idea for the layout, just need to cut it apart and start the design. I'll take it with me for a talk in Eugene, Oregon in two weeks. I like the challenge of using one yard.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Checkin Out First Friday

A stop on the First Friday list of open galleries and studios was ROCO and their current show "Under Pressure" featuring printmakers. The work at right by Pamela Drix caught my eye. Layered, looped, printed paper was pinned to the wall.  It felt like fabric, so similar to fiber art.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Just One More

I'm trying to squeeze in one more work before I leave for the Rock Mountain Quilt Museum's workshop and lecture in about a week. So, on to the design wall and some printed fabrics. This will be about 3 x 3.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Weaving and Identity

This exhibit was on during my last class at the Schweinfurth "Maya Textiles and Identity in Guatemala". I took a break and caught some of the works. The weaving is superb, and the colors rich. You can still see it on view until October 14.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Mini Me

About 20" square, this is a smaller version of the work that will be in the Quilts = Art = Quilts exhibition at the Schweinfurth. I've mailed this today for their silent auction. I wish I had it for my Golden, Colorado class in Improvisational Design. A good freestyle design!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Quilting Time

Most of my day was taken with shipping supplies ahead of my classes at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado (October 13) and then on to Oregon after that. My after dinner task was quilting this little auction quilt for the Schweinfurth. I'll get it faced, sleeved and in the mail soon.