Sunday, May 16, 2021

Quick Demo

There is an opportunity that happens when I am not allowed to ruminate on a piece too long. The leaf was a fast soy way demo, and drawn quickly. Likewise the other forms that were printed. I gain confidence in placement, and try to connect the graphics and composition to work. But quick quick.


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Linen is Wonderful

A stitcher, one who makes her designs with thread and needle in intricate stitches, asked me if I'd make some linen that was dyed. So I did. This is larger than a yard, and may split it into quarters. Gut it's a lovely suiting weight. Hope she likes it. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

What You Get

A different look happens once the print dries and if washed. It is knowing that difference and factoring in that gap from wet to washed that gets your guess closer to reality. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Unfinished Businesd

Tomorrow's class homework (!!) is to send in a photo of the work they've got in unfinished stage and then washed and finished. This is not quite the assignment, but show part of it wet. I'm eager to see how it looks dry and washed. Should be a shock.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Almost Stained Glass

Years ago I designed an exhibition of Tiffany glass. Part of the project was visiting the workshop that repaired Tiffany windows. The luminous glass pieces are unforgettable. This color sequence reminded me of that project, although this is just a yard's print on fabric.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Wish I Was There

A friend sent a shot of the Marimekko store in Boston. Lucky I had her text number and could use her as my personal shopper. I've been a fan of their fabrics since I first saw them in the 70s. I might show you what I got when she returns. 


Monday, May 10, 2021

Getting Ahead

For a print class I'll make several demos throughout the day. And each eats fabric. So, I find I need to soda-soak a few more dozen just to stay ahead of the game. I've a video in this blog on how I do this. Bucket soak, drip dry in laundry tub, hang damp. No drip.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Virtual Classroom

A first time I've got a roomful of people printing and I'm not there! We'll, I was there on a small screen, and trying my darndest to check out each and every print style. But we made it work. These folks are in the Northwest Territories, Canada, and have a great community room to use. Wish I was there.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Day Off or Not

Time to take in the Viburnum. Oh, don't think I didn't get stuff done in the studio. There was a mass of fabric to be soda-soaked, prints to be washed, fabric to be ironed, and screens in need of cleaning. But a photo of that ain't pretty, nor smell as sweet as this viburnum. 


Friday, May 7, 2021

Prints I Keep

Tonight I'll host a group from Northern Canada in my studio (virtually, 'natch) and we'll talk about printing, graphics, and techniques. This group is from the pieces that I save and use myself, but I share in class. No worry, there are many on my shop page on my web site. 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Gloves Are Off

Screen printing is a major tool for printing, and I rely heavily on it. Today we dug in to using screens with transitory barriers, as well as fixed blockouts. Just when I think I've learned all the "tricks" I discover another. The reason to keep experimenting. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

QSDS Auction Next Month

The first two weeks of June are times for QSDS and this year it will be virtual. The auction will be virtual as well, and I've sent this small quilt for them to use for their scholarship fund. I'll keep you posted where and when it will be online and how you might bid, should you be so inclined.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Influential Printing

Back to printing, and discovering more ways to "print the table". We've started our 5-day-over-two-weeks class Printing Under the Influence and are happy as clams to dig into the medium, We'll print and be influenced, and influence by printing. Happy thought, indeed! 


Monday, May 3, 2021

Big Art for Big Walls

This weekend I helped to place a piece on extended loan in a home recently furnished. It helps that the walls are 9 1/2 feet high and there's lots of them. They've also some of my printed pillows they brought with them from their other home. I wouldn't mind living here. 

Sunday, May 2, 2021

New Cover Up

A sturdy bench gets a hunk of my printed fabric. A quick makeover and simple gift for my farmhouse girl. All the printing techniques I use can go on silk, cotton,  ane linen. This time, heavy canvas.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

The Weight of a Line

Congregation will premier at Quilt National 21 at the end of this month. This detail has that very thin line  forming a barrier between two graphic areas. It's a elegant solution. I teach how to do this in my virtual class "Line, Shape, Setting" and the next classes are July 20-21 with me, or with QSDS on June 5 - 6. 


Friday, April 30, 2021

Strong Limbs

 There is that strong shape that anchors the array of magnolia flowers. This tree was planted in the late 1800s and is part of a half-mile stretch of magnolias here in Rochester. Sometime you have to find the inspiration and nail it to your blog post.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Off It Goes

I put up over a dozen new yards on my web site, only hoping that I really could keep them all for myself. This one has so much going for it, I wasn't surprised to see it go, but I wish it hadn't! <sigh>

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Exhibit is Still a Thing

Isn't every phrase we say now prefaced with "It's been so long"? What I said over and over when I stopped to visit the Flower City Arts Center for a quick look-round. A photogravure exhibit was a delight, many new ideas, and images that took on the glow of the delicate printing process. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Pillows Printed and Plumped

 Off they go to RIT Shop 1 for the spring collection of art and high craft on the RIT campus. I've got a few on my web site, but now more here for real squeezing. The bench stays home with me.

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Pink Moon

Perhaps tonight's pink moon is happy to be the sprig of leaf circling the earth. That way the moon won't be bothered with earth's climate crisis, pandemic, and oh so many woes. Besides, the moon's not been a part of the earth for eons. 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Line, Shape, Setting

This untraditional traditional looking Bow Ties quilt has all those bits of line, shape and setting that I'll cover in my July 20-21 class of that name. Of course, we look to made ours more abstract, but this appealing format works, too. Sign up if you've got the notion at 


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Pillow Girl

We've all heard of "My Pillow" so there's mine. These are heading out to Shop One 2 at RIT in a week or so in time for this summer's Jazz Festival. I've laid in the textures for now, and will add more layers. Printing fun, yes.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Busman's Holiday

While my car was in the shop for work, I went a few stores down and found a wallpaper store. One of my favorite sources for inspiration, and not just the graphics, the color and combinations of tones, are the designs that caught my eye. I could be talked into  getting some.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Studio Shots

I think this is the era of "looking at yourself". Asked by a magazine to supply an image of me in my studio, it took me days to get the courage, another day to get set up, and more time than I'd like to admit to get a printable shot. I've dozens now, all with that same mug. This is an out-take.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Printing Again

Back in the studio printing. I'm eager to get some prints made to replenish what has been purchased from my website. Of course, I want to keep all that I make, so I have to just love them for a while, then send them off. These will be in the "to go" set.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

My Yard Before the Snow

The snow is about to fall, and this snap is the before. Before nature descends on nature. Today was a bit of reunion with Take Twoers and I'll talk to another bunch tomorrow. At least nature can't snow on our design walls, that is a constant. Those designs emerge, and we let them grow without interference.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Colorado Lecture Hall

I was in Colorado tonight -- virtually! What a great group of people, many who encouraged  me to keep talking, which I did. Here's what it looked like, and my scribbles to protect the innocent! Someday I'd like to meet them in reality. For now, this will do.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Doing My Homework

Take Two is just taking two pieces of fabric and using them exclusively for the composition. These are my two half yard pieces combined and one of the designs I got from the blocks I made. Ten intrepid fiber artists worked along on theirs as well. And yes, it was fun.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Take Two Again

A day of looking at improvisational design has my two half-yard piece back on the design wall for another look. And I must say that this one is looking promising. I am to send some auction quilts to QSDS soon, and perhaps this should connect, get quilted, and be on its merry way.

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Other Side ofthe Camera

Stacks of fabrics, wide design wall, table top machine, rigged camera, stuff, stuff, more stuff. All to show a few pointers and get the wheels spinning for day two of Take Two. Now to do this again for the weekend. 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Take Two Round One

Take Two and round one. My half yard + half yard's skinny line , which we won't be doing (awwwww) in this detail. I've got a "Line, Shape, Setting" class in QSDS in June 5-6 this year. Here's the link: and that's where I'll be teaching that thin line!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Stop and Look

After dropping packages (of fabric going out) at the post office, I saw a great linear arrangement. Tiled brick with lovely cracking, like veins pumping life. I had to record. This is the stuff I try to remember when I print. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Printing Under the Influence Anyone?

A space for one is open in the next Printing Under the Influence class in May. This is a live workshop (me in my studio, you in yours) over Zoom of five classes spread over two weeks. It's all about influences, printing, and making lots of fabric. Check my website for details.

Monday, April 12, 2021


I've spent the last couple of days working on my daughter's new house. It is my kind of escape -- I don't check mail, phones, or anything earthly. Just paint, trim, clean, scrounge for food, repeat. Tomorrow it's back to work. 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Green Up

We're just about to burst in green trees, and this patch of flowers will give way to the next and next that will start to bloom. Rain will continue, for days at 100% (don't remember that being a forecast!) till we're in full on leaf out.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

On Display

More often than I think, I make yards with a center medallion composition. Starting in the middle is satisfying, and it lets me give the outer ring another treatment or motif. This was named (by my web assistant) "On Display". You can see other odd names if you visit the shop.

Friday, April 9, 2021

End of the Week

The week-long class in printing silkscreens is now put to bed. I was supposed to be the subject guide, but I found I learned so much -- a humbling experience. And the printing from the eight who worked with me was inspiring. And it was fun. Which is beyond good for these times. Thank you! 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

What Now

I've often heard classes titled "What If" which confuses me. I'd say for this pile of unfinished work it should be "What Now?" which would force me to confront the inherent design and figure out its compositional strengths. Which I will. After I add more to the pile.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Guilding the Lily

By popular command, I demonstrated my meager knowledge of printing a breakdown screen. Of course, I've added more printing, and rubbing, and scraping color. Can too guild a lily.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Full Speed Ahead

Demonstrating screens with a soy wax resist was the topic today. I made six images, then printed them in succession. So, there was no time to take time! These just landed on the floor dripping away. Usually they are set on a table with a bump up at the head to keep them nearly horizontal. 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Calm Before the Storm

A screenshot of the moments before class. Dyes are ready, gloves, apron and a stack of printed fabric. The over head auxiliary camera wasn't needed, so that'll come off. I loved today, and such a great group of people. How can I be so fortunate to spend the day with this group?  

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Getting the Dyes Ready to Print

Pro Chemical and Dye ships in a day for me, and I love their service. I'll pick two reds, two blues, two yellows, a black and chartreuse for my palette. I find I can get most every color I need from these eight. I'll mix each with pro print paste (Pro Chem product) to make 3/4 quart for a week's printing.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Shared Scene

I know that there are at least eight other people who have a stack of soda-soaked fabric ready to print. There's a video in this blog (search under "video" for it) on how I do it, complete with tips. These are folded and ready to go. Monday is Just Silkscreens, and I'm sticking to that. 

Friday, April 2, 2021

The View From Where I Sit

Untidied and as is, I've got a hunk of fabric printed years ago draped over a bench. Part of the undecided life of furnishing the house. Which is fine. Who wants to be finished?

Thursday, April 1, 2021


I'm closer to home, but first I've a stop at the old house to help get the house ready for moving in. Not for me, I'm staying put! But this is the morning's greeting, and it warmed up enough to saw on the porch. Returning to spring warm, I hope.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

What Some Fishing Line Will Hook

Back in the days when I designed exhibits for museums, fishing line was the go-to for hanging anything invisibly. It's such a standard for installing objects; that pleasing floatiness is so fun. This is, again, at the National Aquarium.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Nearer Water

Visiting Baltimore, I got to take in the National Aquarium where the theme is all about water. Very apt for these times, as climate change has a great effect on the ocean's habitat. Not to mention that I added more wonderful fish shapes to my notebook for printing.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Summer QSDS Virtually

Quilt Surface Design Symposium meets the last week of May through the first week of June. I'll be teaching three classes virtually, two are week long and are surface design and printing. Check them out on their site: