Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Printing on Fabric

Printing on fabric mesmerizes me. I print quickly, almost spontaneously. I know if I make a mistake, I can edit. Two spots are open in the printing class -- one in October, one in November. Each time I have a class, I learn. More, and more. It forces me to print almost without thinking; then I know I'm ok.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A Walk in the Woods

I cling to these days where it's a comfortable walk down the street to the patch of old growth we've got near. This is the time before the leaves obscure the path, and the green color is still there, barely. My studio is clear as well, and soon fabric will be strewn about, the path again hard to see.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Evening Lecture

I visited Minneapolis tonight. Just for a little while, to show them my work and talk about my studio. Outside my door was a warm, clear evening; there the sun hadn't yet set. All in this virtual life, me looking at me, looking at them, all laughing with a second time delay. What a nice evening.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Pile of Work

Works at the ready are part of a showing to a prospective owner. The work they choose will be a wedding gift, a gift to the couple. How lovely. We used a zoom conference to help with selection. 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Take on a Take Two

I've added a Take Two class in design December 2-3. This is a work as I see it evolve on a student's design wall. It's a photo with many reflections, but I can see the progression and composition as it is shaped and moved along. October's class is full, December about half way.  

Friday, September 25, 2020

Go Big, Go Bold

I've posted a new class for those who are more advanced printers or have taken a print class with me. Go Big, Go Bold is printing with an emphasis on the whole cloth design, that is, where the fabric is later not cut apart. This is one finished and quilted. You can see the class at

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Simple but Complex

This piece uses two pieces of printed fabric. There's a December 2-3 class in design -- Take Two -- where the goal is to design with minimal elements. The November  9-13 intermediate/advanced printing class Go Big, Go Bold stresses printing, yes, but more importantly, printing the whole cloth quilt.  Printing goes live Friday at 5. They're on the web site

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Bird's Eye of the Afermath

Since our class today was virtual, I've no record shots of the lovely solutions using the New Big Leaf block. Just a view of what I had left at the end of the day. There was a lot of fabric flying, quilts draped about, and the studio was filled with good company. A good day, and thank you my Big Leaf Piercers! You are the best.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

It's All About them Leaves

Since it's the first day of fall, we in the Northeast must start to worship our leaves. So, a wall of leaves are ready to usher in The New Big Leaf class tomorrow morning. I'll be joined by people from Massachusetts to Alaska, so it should be a fun tour for the day learning about them and also freezer paper templates. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Momentary Spaciousness

I've put away fabrics from last week's class, and have a clean slate for Wednesday's class using freezer paper templates. Now to repopulate with works that I've made using that technique. And I've so many to find. If only there were elves to reorder each night. 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

The New Big Leaf

After I made this four square "The New Big Leaf" I realized that there was an underlying square on point. You can bet I made the next quilt like this with an exaggerated diamond in the center. The joys of hindsight. This is my Wednesday class using freezer paper templates.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

One Spot in October's Print Class

Just the basics, but boy, are they basic. I'll be teaching my Glorious Prints Virtual Class this October  19 - 23. November will be an intermediate level class (especially for my "repeat offenders") So, if fall has you in your print studio, join me in October. Visit for more info.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Big Leaf with a Second Life

Kay from Vermont took my New Big Leaf  class, and after finishing the block decided to cut and rearrange. She said she was taking that cue from me (!!) and I very much like what came about. I love when the project becomes something all together new. Thanks for sending this Kay!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Other Side of The Zoom Fest

Chords stretch all over the ceiling for webcams, microphones, lights. The ceiling got a facelift, with added lights. The carpet got a quick vacuuming. Now that class is over for the week, I'm back to a clear surface table and wall. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Take Two, Day Two

At the day's end of Take Two, well, all hell broke loose. Yesterday's demo piece drifted to populate fabrics nearby. This would be a great way to incorporate orphan blocks for a larger work. Might just have to finish this up. Thanks, class, for the hint. And great two days with ten artists. What great work I saw, and good humor to go with.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Demo Piece Take Two

In the Take Two class we grab (after much deliberation) two  good distinct and different yards of printed fabric to try to design with only those two.  Scale, shape, movement, and other factors determine the composition. It's tough, but fun. Or hard, but challenging. Or mindless, but comfortable. Or easy, but ...

Monday, September 14, 2020

Happy Wave in the Breeze

Today's yard in the yard is waving happy because I've now got a full house for my October virtual printing class. That means I'll have to add one in November.  Maybe November 9 - 13.  I'd love to have a class for those who've already taken a class. To take it up a notch. Go Big, Go Bold, or Start with Dark. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

George in Freezer Paper Templates


George, here, was made with freezer paper templates. Just explaining how to do this is fun to hear. Yes, the New Big Leaf class this September 23 uses the same freezer paper technique. I'll guide you through a 2' x 2' leaf while explaining the technique of freezer paper patterns. There's two spots left for this class. .

Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Line-up

A group of hand printed yards wait for me to point and shoot. One will married to another and then reassembled. I'll be getting ready to teach Take Two this week, and am so looking forward to getting in some sewing time!

Friday, September 11, 2020

A New York Conversation

 Judith Plotner named her piece just that. Part of the Schweinfurth's Made in New York show, it has Judith's signature wild construction, beautiful coloration, and manipulated high contrast printing. Visit the show if you can.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Stones with Fealing

Or stones that felt, more clearly. This sculpture "Funeral Cairn"by Joy Muller-McCoola at the Schweinfurth's Made in New York show is made with felted stones. It was all I could do to not touch it, just to feel the weight. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Made in New York

Made in New York is an annual art exhibition held in Auburn, New York. This photograph "Blue Ribbon Winner, Carter Stanton, Otsego County Fair" by Wesley Bernard included one of the only artists statements that spoke of the artist's selfless work. His project "Blue Ribbon" portrays young farmers who raise and show their livestock. Wish the other works on view held more gratitude and thought.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Rather Ordinary

 I've discovered a Facebook group called "Buy Nothing" and then the neighborhood where you live. So, we an give away anything. I have lugged these tiles since 1981. I realized my love of blue is long lasting, these just make me want to grid up cobalt for another 40 years.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Happy Labor Day

The only non-labor I did today was avoid answering emails, business, administrative stuff. I resurfaced part of my studio ceiling, took record shots of my work, and napped in the hammock. This is my week off from studio work, tomorrow the garden calls.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Facing the Day Away

A Marimekko print for the back is the perfect foil for this next quilt.  I always hand-sew the facing and the hanging sleeve. After this, it's going to be photographed and sent out for jury lookies. So, you won't see this work for a while. Which means -- get going on another!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Quilting Away

I've threaded up the Gammill longarm and have attached the quilt to it. Now to get the quilting done. It's quite simple, really. I just follow the lines that are in the print. You'll see.


Friday, September 4, 2020

Here's a Short Lecture

Tonight's lecture on Instructors Presentations -- I'm up first -- is about 10 minutes long. You can see it via Facebook and the Peters Valley School of Craft page. It's fun, I think, and you can see what I've been up to. Here's the link:

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Ten Minutes for a Lecture

Peters Valley has asked me to be part of a talk tomorrow night. Ten minutes in all, I've spent hours curating this list. Why this becomes time consuming, I'll never know. But I'll get it finished, and forget  the back story. Because it's always fun to be "live". 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

New Work, New Moon

Tonight's new moon is hidden behind clouds tonight, so I offer this part of my latest work as a standin. I'll submit this to a 2021 exhibition. So, you won't see the finished till I've results. But, I've got more works waiting in the wings -- just few full moons away.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

A Different Way to See My Fabric

I sell my printed fabric, and Jane bought a few pieces and used them to recover her bench. I love how the painting looks with the seating. Well, great painting, too. But now it's got good company! Thanks, Jane, for sharing this with me.